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Travis Buchanan

Travis Buchanan is currently a managing partner and co-founder of Competere Partners, a business strategy, development, and acquisitions company. He currently oversees opportunity analysis and business strategy and development for the portfolio of companies.

He previously worked at Keystone Mortgage Corporation where his role includes sourcing, analyzing, and underwriting commercial real estate loans as well as performing property inspections and financial analysis for the company's commercial loan portfolio. He played a critical role is redesigning the companies processes and systems, and helped close approximately $400 million in commercial loan opportunities.

Prior to joining Keystone, Travis was a Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Beverly Hills. There he focused on investment, insurance, estate, and personal and corporate retirement planning. During his three year career at RBC he obtained his Series 7, Series 66, multiple insurance licenses and earned his Certified Financial Planner(tm) Designation (CFP(r)).

During the same period he Co-Founded Fedt Attire, a custom fit suit and dress shirt company where as CEO he was responsible for building the internal & external operations platform and managing international supplier relationships, the supply chain, and sales process.

Travis earned a Bachelor's of Science; Finance, Real Estate, Law from California State University, Long Beach in 2007. He competed for the University's Division I Water Polo team and earned All American and All Conference Honors, was President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council as well as a President's Ambassador for the University. He currently sits on the Associate Board for Heart of Los Angeles Youth; a non-profit focused on delivering programs in Arts, Academics, and Athletics for underserved youth and stays involved at CSULB as an Innovation Challenge Mentor, a Corporate Mentor, and is the President of the CSULB College of Business Alumni & Friends Board of Advisors. Travis currently lives in Redondo Beach California with his wife that he met at CSULB.

Cody Burton

Cody Burton is a recently retired executive from The Boeing Company. During his 32 years at Boeing, he held a variety of positions in the Commercial Aircraft and Space Exploration Divisions. His primary areas of responsibility included the design and construction of facilities for aircraft manufacturing, for launch vehicle manufacturing and space vehicle launching. Additionally, he served as Director of Boeing’s Manufacturing and Laboratory Development Center in Huntington Beach.

Cody is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering. Cody and wife Kathy have a daughter, Lian, who is a recent CSULB graduate in Criminal Justice.

John Dahl

John Dahl is a strategic and results driven multi-disciplined Business Professional with an extensive financial and business development background. For the past several years John has been providing advisory services to an array of small and middle market businesses owners and officers.

In the previous 20+ years John was primarily involved in the Mortgage Finance, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, and Financial Advisory segments within the Financial Services Industries. Firms included large global firms (Bank of America and Merrill Lynch), a Mortgage REIT (AMREIT which we took public with a successful $100mm IPO less than a year after inception), and a start-up tech company (E-Register; casualty in the era).

He grew up in Illinois, getting his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, followed by a move to California where he earned his MBA from San Francisco State University.

John is very passionate in promoting corporate and individual social responsibility as an integral part of one’s business and personal life. His own motto;

"Live Well AND Give Well!" Experience the Joy in Both!

James E. DeOlden

Douglas Aircraft, Section Head Electrical Engineering. 1965-1972 while attending CSULB, was an integral part of the electrical design for the DC10. Developed and interacted with basic computer design programs. Obviously basic computer skills when compared to today but allowed use of these skills at Allergan in clinical trial information presentation. Developed basic engineering skills during this period.

Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Head Research Microbiology 1972-1976 All phases of USP microbiology testing and EU testing. Tested hundreds of formulas for microbiological effectiveness on soft contact lenses, gathered and submitted data and documentation to the FDA related to preservative effectiveness, Extensive D-value studies, Identification of clinical isolates. Worked on enzymatic clearance of soft contact lenses. Tested new antimicrobial agents and filed the data for 5products used clinically in eye infections.

Abbott Scientific Products Director of QC and RA 1977-1978. All aspects of CFR section 600, then called the Bureau of Biologics (BOB) specializing in all aspects of sterility testing and pyrogen testing. As a member of the new product research team assisted in the development of new biological products. Assisted in PLA and NDA submissions to the BOB.

Microbiological Associates Director of RA/QA 1978-1982. Also was the Director of the Quality Control Labs. Was part of the development team for Elisa products. Was the first company to get an approval for Elisa used in testing for Rubella. Submitted over 80 510K’s many related to Elisa test kits and testing procedures, and other FDA documentation. Submitted EU documents for Elisa diagnostics. Was a major researcher in the development of Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) test and test kits. Headed the design and implemented a new 20,000 square foot sterile filling operation with a filling rate of over 50 bottles per minute. The design was for large volume products used in cell culture growth and testing.

University of Maryland, 1981-1982 Completed an MBA with a specialty in Finance.

Flow Labs 1982-1983 Director of Strategic planning. Developed plan to the executive branch for the future growth of a 100MM company.

Left Flow Labs and developed a business plan for the start of a new company. The business plan and our team joined the Sybron Corporation to start Mediatech. The plan was a 4.5MM business plan for the development of the operation. My position was the President of Mediatech in 1984.

As a start-up was involved in all aspects of a new company and developed a plant of 24,000 square feet. The production operation in 1984 was the most technical design at that period. The company management bought Mediatech in 1986 and it was then Mediatech, Inc. During that period we grew slowly due to a lack of funds. In 1993 secured additional funds through a Small Business group in a public company. From 1983-2011 the company grew at a CAGR of 23 percent. During the growth of the company I submitted all documentation to the FDA related to medical diagnostics.

With the successful growth of the company, in 2003 we purchased in land and built a new plant of 120,000 square feet including a second floor. Designed the entire plant of 60,000 square feet of sterile filling operations and laboratory space. The products produced were large volume sterile products for use in tissue culture.

Sold Mediatech to a fortune 500 Company in Dec 2011, retired in June 2012 and now living in Chino CA.

Now involved in other research aspects of Diabetes and microbiological testing using my LLC.

Mike Grimshaw

Mike Grimshaw has over 30+ years' senior level sales and management experience in the highly competitive technology industry with industry leaders IBM, Cisco, Nortel and Unisys. He has successfully launched new strategic products and won numerous sales and recognition awards for his contributions. Mike was the founder and President of Pace Data and the US President of Israeli based RAD Network Devices. Mike has proven success in the challenge of bringing innovative start-up companies - Equinox Networks, Andrew Corp., Shasta Networks and Ellacoya to acquisition or IPO.

Mike is Managing Principal of the Grimshaw Group and an Adjunct Professor at Marymount California University - Palos Verdes in the Business & Entrepreneurial program. Mike is an accredited angel investor and founded the entrepreneurial growth & funding program called the Monday Club-South Bay and is past president of the Maverick Angels-South Bay investment group. He is also co-founder of the non-profit South Bay Entrepreneurial Center ( ) business incubator, training and mentoring center headquartered in Old Town Torrance, CA. The SBEC is proud to be a charter sponsor of the CSULB Innovation Challenge.

Shellie Hunt

Shellie Hunt’s gift of transformational impact has taken her clients beyond motivation, to lasting results through teaching the precise “How to” in the designs of your success from the inside out! A successful Global Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, International Motivational Speaker, Trauma Expert, Author of the "Success is by Design" Series and TV Executive Producer.

Shellie is Founder and CEO of Success is by Design, ReMake MY Life LLC, The Women of Global Change, and other multiple companies. Shellie has shared the stage with some of the top human potential and business speakers in the world and is a lead mentor in the Billionaire Adventure Club. She has appeared on national talk and radio shows with audiences in the millions and has been mentioned in Her appearances are numerous from CBS, ABC, USA Today, CBS MoneyWatch, Beyond the Dow, HLN and many others. Shellie currently is a proud member of the Alliance of Women and Media, which promotes positive progress and change for women and sits as a judge for the last three years for nationally televised Gracie Awards.

Shellie has currently been described in the international press as “One of the best orators and coaches of human potential available for public speaking and a master of business structure and multiple sources of income.” Her speaking skills and courses cover the full spectrum. She has focused her life’s work in the realm of human potential and business success. Shellie has presented to and coached well over ten thousand individuals from all walks of life. These include CEO’s, business owners, inventors, authors, managers, Supreme Court judge, blue-collar industries, teen trainings, as well as the general public.

For over 25 years Shellie Hunt has specialized in personal improvement and corporate leadership trainings. She has worked with major corporations to include Time Warner, M3, The Young Entrepreneurs Society, VH1, Pacific Electric, and Kimberly Clark to name a few. Having grown up in poverty, Shellie’s passion and mission is to show people they too can create their own life success and awaken to all that is possible! Shellie has also been awarded International Women's Day Outstanding Service Award for Excellence! One of her proudest accomplishments is that she is a single mom and on a mission to empower others.

Additional Shellie Highlights:
  • Featured with Michele Obama at the National Women’s Political Caucus
  • Part of the Women’s Engineering group at Cal State Long Beach
  • Serves on the board with Boeing and the CIA for the International Collegiate Strategy Competition Series
  • Won the Global Humanitarian Award for her work with her company Women of Global Change at the World Congress Center
  • Offered her own TV network
  • Has taught on college campuses in Harvard, Chicago and at Cal State Long Beach
  • Her company the Women of Global Change will feature a 9 page spread in Women in Wealth Magazine
  • Additional pieces in Success & Performance Magazine

Robert M. Irwin

Mr. Irwin is the principal owner and president of Outsourcing Services, Inc. a consulting firm providing senior level advisory services to privately owned business with revenues from $20million to $200million. He has over 25 years of experience as CEO and COO to high growth companies in diverse service, manufacturing and distribution industries including a subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company. He works with existing operating companies to improve performance and maximize shareholder value by interfacing at the “c” level to support the existing management team. Mr. Irwin has extensive experience in: turnarounds, acquisitions, strategic planning and implementation, due-diligence, business plan development, corporate repositioning, budget, finance, operations, staffing/human resource administration, risk/disability management, contracts, communications, marketing and business development. Particular industry experience includes industrial maintenance, heavy construction, oil, refining, petrochemical, energy, environmental, technology, financial services, manufacturing, metal fabrication and machining, staffing, human resources, marine, jet aviation services, aerospace, medical research, disability management, beauty, transportation and distribution. Mr. Irwin personally acquired over a dozen companies and directed the successful start-up of 10 additional operations. His experience includes directing and managing the growth of a 17 employee one office regional company with annual revenues of $2million to over 2,000 employee multiple office national operation with revenues of over $80million and leading the acquisition with institutional partners of the largest niche distribution company in the nation. He has also served as a director, advisory board member or consultant to companies involved in the health care industry, commercial real estate, energy and environmental services, retail department stores, restaurants, plastics manufacturing, cosmetics, heavy construction and maintenance, investment banking, technology, staffing, insurance and risk management.

Mr. Irwin attended the University of Southern California majoring in business administration with an economics minor. He was also a long time resource to Pepperdine’s MBA program on entrepreneurship and is currently involved in the mentoring program for the graduate school of business at Cal State Long Beach. Mr. Irwin serves as an independent Trustee and chairman to the Teamsters Health and Welfare Trust (M.U.S.T.) and is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Young Presidents’ Organization Graduates (YPOG), World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) among others and currently holds active California General Contractor A & B Licenses.

Mr. Irwin’s leisure activities include boating, big-game fishing, tennis, fine dining, wine tasting, travel and reading.

Lawrence (Larry) S. Jordan

Larry Jordan is a member of the Orange County Network of the Tech Coast Angels and was a founding member of this organization’s Los Angeles Network. He has personally invested in over 26 angel funded startups in the past 12 years. He began his career in sales and sales management with Honeywell Information Systems. He later served as International Vice President with Prime Computer, a Fortune 500 Company. Mr. Jordan joined FileNet (now FileNet/IBM) as a founding member of the Senior Management team and led this pioneering Orange County software company’s strategic sales efforts in content management for 12 years during its growth from $0 to $250 million in sales. Mr. Jordan then completed a three year term as CEO/Chairman of TouchStone Software Inc (NASDAQ-TSSW), a leader in personal computing diagnostic and anti-virus software.

Most recently, Mr. Jordan was the CEO/Co-owner of Mobile Messaging Solutions Inc ( The Company was purchased from Verisign in 2008 and then sold in 2010. This company provides mobile solutions to various organizations including Coca Cola’s My Coke Rewards, Carlson Marketing, and Bell of Canada as well as text messaging services to the interactive TV markets including voting for the leading reality talent shows. Mr. Jordan has served on the Advisory boards of both the UC Irvine Schools of Art and Computer Science. He has also served as a coach and mentor at the Loyola Marymount EMBA and the UCI MBA programs. He also participates annually in the UCLA Anderson/GAP program as a judge.

Mr. Jordan received a BS Economics from Arizona State University. He has a Directors Certificate from the Directors Institute, the Anderson School UCLA.

Jason Kim

Jason Kim is currently the Director of Strategic Planning at Millennium Space Systems, a privately owned small satellite company based in El Segundo, CA performing multi-million dollar contracts for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, NASA, and Commercial customers. In this role, he works closely with corporate leadership to chart the course for the company's future, develops and manages strategic initiatives including capture and management of new business, develops strategic alliances across the space industry domain to include small to large tier companies, and supervises multi-disciplinary personnel. Since he joined the company in 2009, there has been a 5X increase in amount of revenue generation, 4X increase in number of employees, and 4X increase in square footage of R&D and Manufacturing space.

He previously worked at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as Manager for the Space Situational Awareness portfolio as well as for classified satellite flight programs. As part of the University of California at Los Angeles Global Access Program, he consulted for a New Zealand technology start-up Bay City Technologies and developed a Strategic and Operations business plan to introduce the company's unattended CDMA-based remote sensing system to monitor agriculture, dairy and livestock for large US Cooperatives. Prior to that, he served in the United States Air Force as an officer, leading multi-person teams to deploy first-of-its-kind upgrades to the manned U-2 and unmanned MQ-1 Predator aircraft systems as well as classified satellite prototype systems with high impact to Operational missions to include over Afghanistan in 2001 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Jason earned his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management with emphasis on Entrepreneurial and Technology Management in 2009, and he was the Northrop Grumman Corporation Technical MBA Fellow during this time. He has two trade secret awards from Northrop Grumman Corporation. He earned his MS Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology with emphasis on Digital Signal Processing in 2002, and he was the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute Fellow during this time. He has a United States Air Force Commendation Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster and Achievement Medal. He earned his BS Electrical Engineering with Mathematics Minor from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999, with Senatorial and Congressional Nomination, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX, 3rd District).

Frank Martinez

Frank Martinez joined Griffin Structures in 2010. In the role of Executive Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Martinez manages all business development activities such as strategic planning, marketing, and public relations with a particular emphasis on planning, finance, and construction management. He also assists in the coordination and support of Griffin’s Executives in the company’s core markets, including: public sector, institutional, and private sector. Mr. Martinez was the mentor for 2012 Innovation Challenge winner, GlydeTech.

Mr. Martinez is very involved with industry organizations where he serves as a mentor to those entering the design and construction field. Some of his affiliations included: California State University, Long Beach’s College of Construction, Engineering and Management, Board Member, Pacific Region, Society of College and University Planners; Construction Management Association of America; Former Vice President, WTS Orange County and Los Angeles; Western Council of Construction Consumers; Former President, Toastmasters International Costa Mesa; Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, and Los Angeles Headquarters Association. Mr. Martinez is also a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach, and the Association of Commercial Real Estate Executives, Inland Empire-ACRE-IE, and the American Public Works Association, Southern California chapter. In addition, Mr. Martinez is currently a Commissioner and Vice President on the city of Long Beach Water Department.

Mr. Martinez’s broad background includes sales and marketing experience with major architectural and engineering firms such as Jacobs; URS; and AECOM.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.

Steve Meyers

Steve Meyers is a leading attorney in the areas of securities laws compliance and technology licensing. He has over 25 years of business law experience with emerging and high growth companies. He began his legal career as an Enforcement Attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission in San Francisco. He went on to become in-house counsel with several publicly traded and pre-IPO companies in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley in both a legal and business development capacity. During the "Dot-Com Boom" in 1999-2000, Steve was the sole in-house counsel for a Silicon Valley B2B e-Commerce company before its monster IPO, negotiating and drafting all of the company’s license agreements and strategic partnering and joint marketing arrangements. Thereafter he relocated to San Diego, and became Special Counsel to, Inc., formerly the world’s largest online music service provider, where he advised management on, and negotiated, complex license and business agreements.

He relocated to Palm Springs in 2006, where he assists companies to raise money in compliance with federal and state securities laws. He specializes in the preparation of private placement memoranda (Rules 504 and 506 and Form S-1 IPOs) and advises companies on valuation methodologies and ways to structure and present offerings to maximize successful capital raises and shareholder value.

Steve’s private practice experience includes running his own solo practice, as well as previous positions with a Bay Area-based national law firm and with boutique securities law firms in San Francisco and La Jolla.

Steve received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. His undergraduate education was at University College, London, England, and Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, from which he graduated with a degree in economics with honors. Steve has been an Instructor in Legal Writing and Research at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, as well as a judge for the Annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, which is currently hosted by California State University, Long Beach.

When not chauffeuring his 15-year old daughter to the mall or playing basket ball with her 6 year old brother, Steve dreams of returning to San Diego and learning to surf.

Richard (Rick) Neill

In 1970 Rick went to work for an old school friend who was struggling to get a business going in the distribution of truck parts. In 1972 they formed a partnership and began Phillips Industries, a manufacturer for wire and cable and related electrical products for the heavy duty trucking industry.

Phillips Industries grew to become a major world wide manufacturer and supplier to the trucking industry and a major contributor as the industry converted from “electrical to electronic” era. Phillips developed and held patents on a number of products in this area as it grew to a $60 million multinational company.

During his tenure at Phillips, Rick performed a number of functions in the organization as the company grew, primarily in the sales and manufacturing area. He was a major contributor in the purchase of two companies and folding them into the Phillips family. In his final 10 years at Phillips he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until he retired in 2000. In addition to his duties at Phillips, Rick was actively involved in Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, Council of Fleet Specialists, and The American Trucking Association.

Rick joined Eastman Industries, a Private Investment Banker, as a Partner covering the West Coast in 2002, a position that he still holds. Eastman’s primary client base is companies with annual revenues from $10,000,000 to $50,000,000.

In 2000, Rick was appointed to the Board of Directors of ChildNet Youth and Family Services a non profit serving at-risk children and families in Southern California. During his 10 years on the board he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Foundation Board before resigning in 2010.

Today Rick serves as Chairman of the Board for Goals for Life a Long Beach based non- profit also serving at-risk kids using former NFL Players as mentors to the kids through the public schools.

Rick and his wife Lynn live in Long Beach. They have three grown children and six grandchildren all living in Southern California.

Parviz Parhami

Dr. Parviz Parhami has founded and is currently the Chairman and CEO of SARA Corporation. SARA is a multi-disciplinary research organization, which creates solutions to complex problems for the defense, homeland security and energy industries. Dr. Parhami has received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Kevin Peterson

Kevin Peterson is one of the founders of P2S Engineering and has 30 years experience working in consulting engineering. His experience outside engineering includes writing and executing business/marketing plans, finance, strategic planning, contract review and acquisitions.

Mr. Peterson was appointed President/CEO of P2S Engineering in 2005 after serving as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer since 1996. The firm was recognized in PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for exemplary management of clients, staff, and projects in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The firm has also consistently been named in the top 25 best places to work in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal since 2009.

Mr. Peterson was appointed President/CEO of P2S Engineering in 2005 after serving as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer since 1996. The firm was recognized in PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for exemplary management of clients, staff, and projects in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The firm has also consistently been named in the top 25 best places to work in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal since 2009.

  • Publications Department Chair, 2008-2011
  • Constitution & Bylaws Chair, Nominating Chair, 2005-2006
  • Society President-Elect, 2003
  • Society Vice President, 2002
  • Society Secretary, 2001
  • Chapters & Membership Chair, 1997-2000

His current activities include serving as Secretary of IEEE PCIC Standards subcommittee responsible for the development of 42 electrical standards. He also serves on the executive committee of ACEC CAMEE (Council of American Mechanical & Electrical Engineers) as Chair-Elect. Mr. Peterson has served as chair of IEEE P80005 Shore Power Connection working group developing international standards for shore-to-ship connections since 2006. This group published IEC/ISO/IEEE 80005-" “Cold Ironing: High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) Systems" in 2012 and is currently working on 80005-2 "Communication Interface Description" and 80005-3 "Low Voltage Shore Connection Systems."

Matt Petrime

Matt Perime graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to University of California, San Diego and received a Master’s Degree in Bioengineering. After his graduation from UCSD, Matt joined Applied Medical as a development engineer. Applied Medical is a highly vertically integrated medical device designer and manufacturer based in southern California. While at Applied Medical, Matt earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Over his nineteen years at Applied Medical, Matt has held a variety of positions within engineering, manufacturing, clinical development (marketing), and senior management. This experience has allowed him to gain specific expertise in financial management, strategic thinking, building strong teams, and expanding business through exemplary communications skills, performance delivery, new market development, and negotiation.

Dave Phillipson

Dave Phillipson has been a Business Trainer since 1987, working with such companies as Ford, AT&T, Remax, Century 21, Nordstrom and others, and while that may seem impressive in print, what really stands out is the results he gets for his clients.

Dave has been a producer for the WallSt. Network, where he not only helped produce "The Three Minute Press Show" and the first contracted original content on Fox Business News, he was a mentor to CEOs, CFOs and COOs, of numerous public companies. He's also held series 6, 7, 15, 23, 24, 62, 63, 79, and Series 3 Licenses.

Dave has been a producer for the WallSt. Network, where he not only helped produce "The Three Minute Press Show" and the first contracted original content on Fox Business News, he was a mentor to CEOs, CFOs and COOs, of numerous public companies. He's also held series 6, 7, 15, 23, 24, 62, 63, 79, and Series 3 Licenses,

Dave Phillipson is now a representative for CEO Space which is an income acceleration, entrepreneurial training and world class business networking organization, providing MBA-level training and development and an immersion experience of cooperation that results in income acceleration through exponential business growth.

In just 5 meetings in the last year, CEO Space has generated over $3 Billion Dollars in funding for its members, while all the banks and venture capital firms were sitting on their hands.

CEO Space was founded by BJ Dohrmann, whose father was a mentor to Walt Disney, Napoleon Hill, Buckminster Fuller, Jack Kennedy, W. Edwards Demming, Earl Nightingale and many others.

For the last thirty years, BJ has been known as "Coach of the Coaches" ...Anthony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Cannfield, Lisa Nichols, T. Harv Ecker, Robert Kiyosaki, Les Brown and just about any other big name you can think of.

He is also a mentor to high-powered executives such as the president of Starbucks, HSN, Conoco-Phillips, and many world leaders of the United Nations.

Tianjiao Qiu

Dr. Tianjiao Qiu is associate professor of marketing. She received her Doctoral degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She teaches Principles of Marketing, Marketing Management, Business to Business Marketing and International Business at CSULB. She has published papers in various journals, such as Journal of Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. Her papers have also been published in Proceedings of the AMA Winter Educator's Conference, Proceedings of the AMA Summer Educator's Conference, and Proceedings of the Annual Academy of Marketing Science Conference. She has won best paper award in Inter-organizational Issues in Marketing Track at 2011 Summer Marketing Educators' Conference and in Global and Cross Cultural Marketing Issues Track at 2012 Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference.

JJ Richa

JJ Richa is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience in a vast spectrum of the technology industry. Mr. Richa is a results-oriented serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated his strategic, proactive, and creative abilities with the successful start-up and launch of several companies including TransBoundaries Corporation - a SaaS/WaaS technology company for the hospitality industry, – an online ecommerce portal for exquisite and unique shoppers, and Ultimate Computer Systems Inc. - a custom software development company with main concentration on the financial sector. Mr. Richa is a Managing Director at Trenchant Ventures, LLC - a private equity firm with concentration on distressed business acquisition and restructuring. Mr. Richa holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from California State University Long Beach. Mr. Richa is a private equity investor and is a member of Tech Coast Angels. He serves on the board of for-profit in addition to not-for-profit organizations that help start-ups in accelerating business growth and raising capital.

Ross Riddle

Ross Riddle graduated from CSULB in 1972, having earned a BS in Business Administration, with a Major in Management. He is President/CEO of South Coast Shingle Co./A-1 Building Material, one of southern California’s oldest distributors of roofing and masonry materials, where he’s worked for over forty years. He started at the bottom, and worked his way up in the family company. Industry affiliations include: Board member of Roofing Contractors Association of So. CA, Board Chairman of Nemeon, a national buying co-op for Roofing/Siding industry. Charitable affiliations include: Board member of Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation, Board member of Pacific Battleship Center, responsible for bringing the USS IOWA Battleship to Port of Los Angeles/San Pedro as a permanent museum. He’s married, and has two grown children and lives in Belmont Shore.

Michael Rosenthal

Michael Rosenthal has over 25 years of business experience in Southern California. During the past 10 years, Michael has been serving clients in the financial services industry. He is the president and founder of M.A. Rosenthal & Associates Inc. – a private financial services firm located in Orange County, CA providing advice and guidance in all areas of business and personal finance.

Prior to starting M.A. Rosenthal & Associates, Michael spent 8 years at Merrill Lynch specializing in retirement planning and corporate financial services, focusing on employee stock option/ownership plans, executive compensation plans and employee retirement plans. Before serving in the financial services industry, Michael spent over 15 year in the Electronics Manufacturing industry, holding various management positions in Operations, Marketing, and Sales. In March of 2000 he co-founded Microcom Inc, now a13 year-old Technology Company in Tustin, CA serving OEM’s global manufacturing needs.

Michael studied Business Management and Finance at Pepperdine University and volunteers as a financial coach helping individuals and families with their finances.

Roy Scholvinck

Roy Scholvinck has over 30 years of consulting experience, 25 of which were working for top tier consulting firms during which he assisted small, medium and large companies across a wide variety of industries, to improve performance, grow, and plan for the future. Throughout his career he has demonstrated the ability to work with key executives and business owners to successfully identify and analyze problems/issues, define practical solutions, and direct and monitor implementation efforts. He has worked for, and assisted, a number of start-up companies including, a major wireless provider, a wireless data service provider, a manufacturer of a three-wheeled electrical vehicle, a hazmat service provider, a software company , and others. He has significant international experience that includes working with clients in North and South America, Bahamas, Western Europe, Africa, Australia.

Joe Vicic

Working for a large multi-national for over 40 years, 20 of which were in the emerging Asian markets, has allowed me to experience all facets of business covering sales and marketing, operations, finance, human relations and strategic analysis.

My time in Asia allowed me to start with a clean slate (60 people and US$25M in revenue) and grow to US$1.3B in revenue and over 8,000 people in the course of 14 years, in markets that will continue to expand and provide ongoing challenges for the future generations of business leaders.

I feel that I can provide inquisitive minds with a wealth of real-time information and methods as to how to approach these markets and avoid pitfalls that have, to the uninformed, laid waste to billions of dollars and destroyed many careers.

Arnie Wilkins

Arnie Wilkins has forty-five years of experience in sales and marketing management in the major appliance and HVAC parts aftermarket. He has worked in a broad range of functions, products and channels. He sustained leadership performance in a variety of traditional and pioneering global assignments.

Mr. Wilkins worked for Sealed Unit Parts Co., where he was account manager and worked directly with corporate headquarters for Sears, Home Depot Supply, Hughes Supply, Fidelitone, Interline and others. He brought in valuable and new vendors to the company and increased sales with the above accounts from $600K to over $3,7M. He also worked many years for General Electric/Gem Products, where he also significantly increased sales.

Christiane Beyer

Dr. Christiane Beyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University Long Beach. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research in the fields of Engineering Design, CAD/CAM, and cutting-edge technologies, particularly 3D scanning, reverse engineering and additive manufacturing technologies for product development. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, where she subsequently served for five years as Chief Engineer. She supervised projects and coordinated numerous projects for fundamental and applied research sponsored by companies, research communities and public funds in the area of automotive, aerospace, consumer products, and bioengineering. The current focus of her research is on the design and manufacture of strong and lightweight structures.

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