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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.

Dennis Fernandes

Dennis studied Liberal Arts and Business Management at California Polytechnic State San Luis Obispo. Currently, he is Managing Partner and CEO for a Midstream Gas Company based in Santa Maria, CA. Prior to that Dennis worked as a Business Development Consultant with 3 Phases Renewables, developing business strategies for Enterprise companies based in Southern California. The types of projects he worked for his clients include: electricity procurement (Direct Access), Demand Response programs for Investment Owned Utility companies, Onsite Generation and Energy Storage. He founded Pinnacle Consulting Solutions in 1997. He initially focused on Wireless Technology Build outs for various Cellular companies (Verizon, GTE, Sprint, Nextell, LA Cellular, and Global Pacific). He has worked in several areas of Expense management for a variety of companies, including Mattel Corporation, US Auto Parts, Pacific Alliance Medical Centers, College Hospital, Summit Entertainment, and Keller Williams RE Group.

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.

Jason Kim

Jason Kim is 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, 5X increase in number of employees, and 4X increase in square footage of R&D and Manufacturing space. He has managed complex, multi-million dollar Government R&D contracts that provide first-of-its-kind space capabilities for National Security.

He previously worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation 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 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.

In 2009, Jason earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, with emphasis on Entrepreneurial and Technology Management, and was the Northrop Grumman Corporation Technical MBA Fellow during this time. He has two trade secret awards from Northrop Grumman Corporation. In 2002, he earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, with emphasis on Digital Signal Processing, and he was the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute Fellow during this time. He received a United States Air Force Commendation Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster and an Achievement Medal. In 1999, he earned his BS in Electrical Engineering, with Mathematics Minor, from the United States Air Force Academy, 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.

Frank McEnulty

Frank McEnulty is an experienced financial executive with an extensive background in new business start-up, finance and accounting, multiple location management, real estate development, financial analysis, workout and mediation, presentations and public speaking, cash management, property management, development and operations.

Mr. McEnulty is currently involved with three separate, start-up entities. First, as President and CFO of Meghan Matthews, Inc., Long Beach, CA, a privately-held investment company with a diverse business portfolio which has included live music venues, mortgage loans, real estate development, consulting, business start-ups, consumer products, manufacturing, restaurants, magazines, entertainment and clothing. Second, as President of Cell MedX Corp a publicly traded, start-up company involved in researching a new path to diabetic pain management - Third, as acting CFO for a new, publicly traded entertainment company called Zonzia -

Mr. McEnulty serves on the Board of Directors for Ojai Oil Company, Oxnard, CA and also teaches Finance and Management classes at CSULB and CSULA. Mr. McEnulty has B.S. degrees from CSU Long Beach in Accounting and Finance and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore is a process control expert, entrepreneur, and manager.

Robert received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., with a specialization in Automatic Control and a Minor in Industrial Management.

Robert developed and installed supervisory software for The Foxboro Company Digital Systems Division. At Foxboro he developed and installed their first application package for process control.

At Sentrol Systems he managed North American operations, responsible for selling, installing and servicing closed loop computer control systems. At Gould/Modicon he managed engineering and manufacturing of instrumentation for the Measurement Systems Division.

In 1983 Robert Moore was the inventor of the first real-time expert system for process control and he later co-founded and was President of Gensym Corporation to introduce this technology, the G2 real time expert system, to the process industry. Gensym was twice on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. Gensym became a public company with an IPO in 1996 with a market capitalization of more than $150 Million. In 2008 the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA), awarded Robert the ISA Founder Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in artificial intelligence and expert systems in process control systems.

Robert was a member of the Orange County Tech Coast Angels, the largest Angel organization at that time, and was on the Executive Committee. He participated in due-diligence and other startup support, and was the 2005 manager of the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch competition.

Robert was a Member of the Board of Directors of Matrikon, Inc for nine years, until Matrikon was sold to Honeywell, Inc. in 2010.

Robert is President of Calventuretech, LLC, his current affiliation.

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.

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.

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.

Traci Shoblom, M.S.

Traci Shoblom is the Creative Director and owner of Shoblom Productions, started in the 1960's by Traci's father, Lee Shoblom. In 1980, Traci became the youngest person in Arizona history to have her own weekly radio show at the age of 14. Today, she carries on the family tradition by writing and producing outstanding audio and video projects for clients such as IBM, Honda, Unilever, Disney, ESPN, and others.

Traci began her writing career as a freelance scriptwriter in 2000. In that time, she's worked with leaders and celebrities in almost every field, including Ken Blanchard, Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Marshall Goldsmith, Dr. Mark Hyman, David Bach, T. Harv Eker, Nightingale Conant, AuthorHouse, and Herbalife, among others.

Her portfolio includes more than five hundred explainer video scripts, five fully produced Nightingale Conant audio programs (including the best selling The Top 2%), and dozens of corporate training videos, crowdfunding pitches, and commercials. She is currently working on two high-profile audio programs; one for Dale Carnegie Training, and another to be published by Gildan Media in 2016.

Traci also teaches the art of scriptwriting to up-and-coming writers at the annual Story Expo conference - the "ComicCon of Hollywood Writers."

Traci has written four books of her own, including Motherhood, Apple Pie, and Other Fattening Things, How to Become a Life Coach, If I Die Before I Wake, and How NOT to Write a Book. She has also penned several un-authored vegetarian cookbooks, and has authored dozens of articles, whitepapers, and academic chapters and cases.

Traci earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She also earned two Master's level certificates in health education and health coaching from the National Institute of Whole Health.

In her role as an executive coach, Traci has worked with more than 7500 executives around the globe. She has provided services to companies as diverse as ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Budget Car Rentals, GTE, Sun Microsystems, Nortel, and Northrop Grumman.

Traci is a passionate vegan, and is an award-winning photographer who enjoys mentoring college-aged students as they pursue their dreams. She lives in Long Beach, California with two of her three children and one very loud cat named Lucy. Traci's oldest daughter is off pursuing her own dreams.

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Michael Thorburn

Michael Thorburn brings, to the Innovation Challenge, expertise in many facets of project management, design, engineering, manufacturing, operations and business development. He has worked for over thirty years in the telecommunications, aerospace, and space science industries, most notably, for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space Systems/Loral, and most recently, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and DIRECTV.

While employed by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, on behalf of the National Science Foundation and its partners from Europe and Asia, Michael was the Joint-Observatory Head of Engineering and Project Manager, and led a team of hundreds of engineers and technicians, in the north of Chile, building the world's largest radio telescope, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Michael managed the completion of the construction, and the initial operation, of this remarkable telescope. In his tenure, ALMA grew from but a few array elements to its full complement of sixty-six (each element was a 12-meter class antenna, instrumented with several microwave radiometers cryogenically cooled to 4 degrees Kelvin, and operating from 30 GHz to 900 GHz.) The scope of this job included all of the high technology electronics in Chile (antennas, microwave systems, digital signal processing and communications systems) plus the entire engineering infrastructure (power generation and distribution, roads and facilities.) This large-scale, and complex, international science project, made for a remarkable experience that will never be forgotten.

In late 2013, after the completion of the ALMA array, Michael returned to the USA to join a former customer and his team at DIRECTV. Today, he is responsible for the development of RF communications systems and corresponding new products in a truly commercial electronics company, supporting millions of subscribers in the USA and Latin America.

Michael has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has lectured at several universities and was selected at Adjunct Lecturer of the Year in 2010 at Santa Clara University. Throughout his career, he has been very active in professional engineering organizations, such as the IEEE. In 2015, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers by his alma mater, Oregon State University. He is enthusiastic about working with students and entrepreneurs to help them realize the full potential of their ideas.

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