Dean's Executive Council

The Dean's Executive Council is a consultative body at California Lutheran University's School of Management. Members of the Dean's Executive Council are C-level executives in companies that are leaders in their industries. The members advise and support the Dean of the School of Management directly on matters related to the strategy and overall vision of the School. Through their engagement, these executives provide support to both maintain and raise the School's standing and profile in the national business community. Through its advice, the Dean's Executive Council influences advancements that will create global leaders of the future.


Dan Bane

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Trader Joe's Company

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Dan Bane

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Trader Joe's Company

Dan Bane is Chairman and CEO of Trader Joe's Company. Mr. Bane was appointed to this position in July 2001. Previously he was President of Trader Joe's West, the larger of the Company's two operating divisions. Trader Joe's, with annual sales over $11 Billion, has 400 specialty grocery stores nationwide and is one of the fastest growing and most successful privately held companies in the country.

Mr. Bane graduated from USC in 1969 with a BS in Accounting. After graduation and a foundational period of 13 years in public accounting, he held management positions with professional service, wholesale and retail firms.

Mr. Bane serves as a member of the Board of the Southern California Sports Council and the Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Pasadena.

Sandy Brown, CPA, PFS, CGMA

Ret. Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.

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Sandy Brown, CPA, PFS, CGMA

Ret. Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.

Sandy Brown has served in key leadership positions at two Fortune 100 firms and one Fortune 200 firm -- most recently as Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of Transamerica Financial Advisers, Inc. She is a Sarbanes-Oxley Financial Expert and a CPA.

Under the Transamerica umbrella, Sandy also served as Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of Transamerica Securities Sales Corp.; and Director, Intersecurities Inc. She pioneered TFA Synergy®, the first completely paperless platform in the independent broker/dealer channel. For ten years, Sandy successfully directed 3,300 independent registered securities and insurance sales representatives with no regulatory sanctions during a period of intense compliance supervision. While at Transamerica, Sandy was hand-picked by AEGON, NV executive management to attend the firm's elite Executive Education program at the University of Nyenrode in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prior to her time at Transamerica, Sandy was Vice President, Mutual Fund Administration at Bank of America; Chairman of the Board, World Horizon Funds (an international proprietary mutual fund complex); and Chief Financial Officer of Bunker Hill Income Securities Fund (a closed-end fund). She was responsible for the management of all affairs related to the five independent boards of directors who were responsible for Bank of America's mutual fund universe ($28 billion in total assets), comprising some 40 funds of various types, registered both nationally and internationally.

Sandy orchestrated due-diligence teams for major acquisition targets and served as a principal adviser in executive-level acquisition negotiations, including those leading to the successful purchases of Continental Bank and Robertson Stevens. During this period of intense industry change, she merged approximately 36 mutual funds and 5 fund complexes, enhancing marketability and overall efficiency. Sandy also served on Bank of America's inaugural National Diversity Council.

In addition, Sandy also held executive positions in two non-profit organizations. She served on the Investment Committee of the American Heart Association, and as a Board Director for Los Angeles Youth Programs (LAYP), a non-profit organization that provided essential support for the families of children suffering from debilitating, long-term disabilities.

Currently, Sandy provides the financial services sector with strategic consulting related primarily to registered investment advisors, broker dealers, banks, insurance companies, and mutual fund organizations.

Kim Congdon

Managing Director/ Chief Human Resources Officer
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Kim Congdon

Managing Director/ Chief Human Resources Officer
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Kim Congdon is the Managing Director/Chief Human Resources Officer for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is responsible for leading Human Resources as well as the Academy’s Foundation including, leadership of the Operations team, Strategic Planning, Programming, Education, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy’s Film Archives. Ms. Congdon was brought in to introduce best practices to a newly chartered organization with the ambitious goal of creating the world’s only major museum dedicated solely to motion pictures. In an organization that was tied to its traditions including typewriters and 3x5 index cards, change needed to be managed swiftly, but in a way that retained its excellence. Ms. Congdon implemented a wholesale change in health and welfare benefits as well as retirement benefits. She also developed and implemented a new organizational structure and is leading the initiative to create the organizations first ever vision, mission statement and strategic plan. She also put in place leadership development programs, performance management systems and incentive programs. None of which had previously existed.

Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Congdon served as the Regional Vice President, Human Resources for Time Warner Cable with responsibility for over 9,000 employees. During her tenure, Ms. Congdon reorganized Human Resources from 5 separate divisions to a regionalized structure. As a member of the integration team for two mergers, she helped combine the cultures and workforces of Adelphia and Comcast with Time Warner, overseeing workforce reductions and employee transitions. She developed and implemented a plan to increase employee satisfaction that included new benefits programs, employee training and career path planning, leadership development and succession planning. In the area of process improvement, she was responsible for initiatives which resulted in reducing operating costs by 10%.

Ms. Congdon’s previous experience includes senior Human Resources positions in technology start-ups such as e-Policy and Ortel (which later became part of Lucent) as well as a global entertainment role with Sony Pictures.

She has a BS in Psychology and Communications from Emerson College in Boston and is a graduate of the Advanced Human Resources Management Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Gemma Godfrey

Board Director, Broadcaster, Quantum Physicist

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Gemma Godfrey

Board Director, Broadcaster, Quantum Physicist

Voted the most popular business influencer on social media and named among the “savviest” on Wall Street by the Wall Street Journal, Gemma Godfrey shapes company strategy and public opinion alike.

With a strong track record managing investments for the world’s biggest companies, Godfrey takes businesses to the next level of growth. She advises ‘Game Changer’ firms to generate strong financial performance and is their Ambassador in the media.

Chief Investment Strategist at Brooks Macdonald, the publically listed wealth manager, Godfrey’s firm runs $10 billion across 11 offices. Setting the vision and direction of the firm, assets have trebled in the 3 years under her leadership.

With refreshing perspective, as a former quantum physicist, she is also an Advisor to the Board of Templars Communications Consultancy and JC Investments. Godfrey offers practical guidance, develops company strategy and determines risks to mitigate in order to achieve corporate objectives. She is an Advocate for the Alternative Investment Management Association.

Godfrey educates that in order to shape public opinion, you must empower people with knowledge. A true thought leader, she brings clarity to complex subjects and makes the alienating instead engaging and accessible. An Official Contributor and co-Host on CNBC, the channel reaches 390 million households around the world. She is also a trusted business expert on daytime television and was selected by the BBC as one of the world’s Top 100 Women “striving to make the world a better place”.

Previously, as Chairman of the Investment Committee at Credo Group, Godfrey built the firm to a scalable and profitable position. Moreover, as a Hedge Fund Manager at GAM and Julius Baer, she took her fund from laggard to top decile of performance, leveraging her success at UBS and Goldman Sachs.

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C. William Guy

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstone Leadership Solutions

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C. William Guy

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstone Leadership Solutions

Bill Guy is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Leadership Solutions, the Los Angeles member firm of Cornerstone International Group, which he founded in 1989 and for which he serves as Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Guy has served as a consultant to Boards of Directors and senior management of many of the world's largest organizations in both the public and private sectors. This senior-level consulting has included numerous executive evaluations of Chairpersons, Presidents, Managing Directors, and other top management in virtually every industry.

Previously, Mr. Guy served as a Senior Partner and Director of Ward Howell International Group and earlier as Senior Associate of Korn/Ferry & Associates, both firms being leaders in the field of retained executive search. Prior to entering the executive search profession, Mr. Guy served as a Group Executive for six subsidiaries of an NYSE-listed conglomerate (International Industries Inc.) with worldwide responsibility.

An active philanthropist, Mr. Guy served three terms as President of Outreach Love, an international charity for children who are under-privileged, homeless, or mentally handicapped. He also has served seven terms on the National Council for the Boy Scouts of America, and received the coveted "International Who's Who in Community Service" award, granted by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.

Mr. Guy holds a degree in business administration and a degree in economics from California State University, Northridge, and has guest lectured to students from many colleges including Stanford, USC, UCLA, UCI, Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont Colleges), SFV College of Law, etc. Additionally, he has written many articles, books, and guest columns on the subjects of career planning and organizational leadership.

Simone Lagomarsino

President and Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Oaks Bancorp & Heritage Oaks Bank

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Simone Lagomarsino

President and Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Oaks Bancorp & Heritage Oaks Bank

Simone Lagomarsino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Oaks Bancorp, parent company of Heritage Oaks Bank. She joined Heritage Oaks in September 2011, with more than 20 years of experience in executive positions at financial institutions in Southern California. During her tenure with Heritage Oaks, the Bank has achieved the best financial performance in its thirty year history. Heritage Oaks Bank has $1.6 billion in assets and is the largest community bank headquartered on California's central coast. The Bank operates 12 branches and 2 Loan Production Offices from Paso Robles to Oxnard.

She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the Alzheimer's Association's California Central Coast Chapter, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo.

She earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Claremont Graduate School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Harlan A. Levine, M.D.

Chief Executive
City of Hope Medical Foundation

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Dr. Harlan A. Levine, M.D.

Chief Executive
City of Hope Medical Foundation

Harlan Levine, M.D., is chief executive of City of Hope Medical Foundation. In this role, he oversees the ambulatory and outpatient practices on City of Hope's main campus and community clinics and leads strategic growth. He is a member of City of Hope's organization-wide executive team.

Prior to City of Hope, he served as executive vice president of Wellpoint, Inc., leading the Comprehensive Health Solutions division, and overseeing health and specialty management, pharmacy, and healthcare, retail and HIT strategy.

Prior to WellPoint, Dr. Levine was the national practice leader for Tower Watson's health management consulting practice. Before that, he served in roles of increasing clinical management responsibility, including chief clinical officer of OptumHealth, a division of United Health Group, based in Minneapolis; and regional medical director of PacifiCare of California, based in Los Angeles.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and licensed by the Medical Board of California, Dr. Levine has held an appointment on IBM's Watson Healthcare Board of Advisors and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and the Strategic Advisory Board for Quantum Health. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and interned at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.

Kevin Manion

Chief Financial Officer
Young's Market Company

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Kevin Manion

Chief Financial Officer
Young's Market Company

Kevin Manion is the Chief Financial Officer for Young's Market Company and Young's Holdings, Inc.

Young's Market Company is a $2.9Billion, 125 year, family owned distributor of wine and liquor servicing the happiness needs of the Western United States. Young's Holdings is the family business office which includes liquor distributorships, minority private equity investments and real estate holdings.

Prior to Young's, Mr. Manion has been the interim CFO for Hostess Brands (Twinkies and Wonderbread); Bolthouse Farms, a produce and beverage company (sold to Campbell Soup); EBS Dealing Resources, a financial services company (sold to ICAP, Plc); Synapse, a direct marketing company (sold to Time, Inc.); Aimcor, a chemical distributor (sold to KKR); Nestle USA as Corporate Controller and CFO for the ice cream (Dreyer's), water (Arrowhead) and pet food (Alpo) businesses. He has also been with SilverPoint Capital, which is a $5B hedge fund, as a portfolio company advisor and Entenmann's/Oroweat as a Division Controller. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in the privately held business consulting group in Milwaukee, WI and San Francisco.

Mr. Manion is a CPA, Certified Treasury Professional, Certified Production and Inventory Control Manager, Certified in Investor Relations and Certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

His undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Manion is on the board of Greenhouse Marketing Agency; Wilson Daniels, Inc. a fine wine distributor and the Notre Dame Club of Ventura County. He is also co-host of the Southern California CFO Summit, an annual invitation-only conference of CFO's.

Jim Maser

Ret. President & CEO, Rocketdyne

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Jim Maser

Ret. President & CEO, Rocketdyne

Jim Maser is currently Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for GenCorp. In this position he is responsible for the growth of GenCorp business base and corporate strategic planning and reports directly GenCorp's President and CEO.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Maser served as President of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR). He was responsible for the design, manufacturing and performance of power and propulsion systems. Rocketdyne, now part of Aerojet Rocketdyne is the world's premier liquid rocket propulsion technology company, with a foundation that extends to the beginning of the U. S. space program.

Mr. Maser has also served as President and General Manager of the Sea Launch Company, and was President and Chief Operating Officer for Space Exploration Technologies.

Mr. Maser graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor's and a master's degree in Engineering. He later received a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Mr. Maser has a strong background as an aerospace engineer with extensive experience in program management, engineering, strategic and transformational leadership.

L. Bruce Mills, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer
ProAmerica Bank

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L. Bruce Mills, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer
ProAmerica Bank

L. Bruce Mills, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of PROAMÉRICA BANK and is responsible for overseeing its growth and profitability and expanding its market and financial strength. Mr. Mills is a member of the company's Executive Committee and serves on the Board of Directors.

Since Mr. Mills became President and CEO in July 2012, PROAMÉRICA BANK's loan and deposit production has increased, while asset quality has improved. Additionally, PROAMÉRICA has achieved profitability and demonstrated good financial performance.

During his 30-year banking career, Mr. Mills has established a solid reputation as an innovative leader spanning roles as Director, President, CEO, COO and CFO, at both publicly-traded financial institutions and private banks. He has established a successful track record of growing institutions under challenging economic conditions and managing fast growth scenarios both organically and by acquisition. He has also raised $70 million in common equity through public offerings and private placements.

Before joining PROAMÉRICA BANK, Mr. Mills served as President and COO of San Diego Private Bank in La Jolla, where he successfully improved asset quality, profitability and internal control systems. With his dynamic changes, he was able to improve regulatory ratings from less than satisfactory to satisfactory and obtained a release of a regulatory order. Prior, he served as President and CEO of Partners Bank of California, where he developed an innovative de novo bank, achieved pre-provision profitability within two and half years, and built a strong portfolio of loans and deposits.

Mr. Mills has been actively involved in the Southern California community for the span of his career. He currently serves as Director of the Boy Scouts of America - Los Angeles Area Council, a member of LA5 Rotary Club and member of the Dean's Executive Council for California Lutheran University School of Management.

Mr. Mills holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands and a MBA-Finance degree from California State University San Bernardino.

Ruby L. Randall

Ret. President, Vistage International, Inc.
Past CEO, Tony Robbins International

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Ruby L. Randall

Ret. President, Vistage International, Inc.
Past CEO, Tony Robbins International

Ruby Randall oversees Vistage's worldwide operations and its global community comprised of over 17,000 members, 1000 speakers, 700 independent-contractor Chairs, and 150 employees. Since joining Vistage in 2007, Ruby increased organic growth rate of the core business while simultaneously creating incremental growth by launching new products/services, expanding into new markets, penetrating deeper into existing markets, and developing new sales channels. She was pivotal in the successful sale of the company to private equity investors in 2012. Ruby has extensive background in creating scalable, predictable growth of human capital-intensive businesses in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Between 2002 and 2007, Ruby was CEO & President of Robbins Research International (dba Anthony Robbins Companies), the leading provider of personal development and peak performance coaching to business leaders around the world, reaching over 50 million people from over 100 countries. Ruby led a diffuse power structure, including thousands of volunteers and contractors, to grow the core and pioneer innovations that transformed a celebrity/founder-dependent business into a sustainable, scalable model.

During her tenure at 20th Century Fox, Ruby launched new product lines (rental videos, sell-through videos, laser disks, video games, and online e-commerce) and expanded into new distribution channels driving rapid growth of the new Fox Home Entertainment division to over $850 million in just six years.

Ruby advanced through progressive levels of responsibilities with such quality organizations as 20th Century Fox, Upper Deck, and Procter & Gamble Distributing Company. Positions included Chief Operating Officer, President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer. Throughout her career, Ruby has garnered numerous business and workplace-excellence awards. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester, while starting up her first business, and earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.

Ravi K. Sawhney

President and Chief Executive Officer
RKS Design

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Ravi K. Sawhney

President and Chief Executive Officer
RKS Design

As the founder and CEO of RKS Design, Ravi Sawhney has spent more than thirty-five years at the forefront of product and technology innovation and has grown his industrial design consultancy into a global leader in the fields of strategy, innovation and design.

Mr. Sawhney, a Canadian born designer of Indian descent, was raised in Los Angeles, California where he attended CSU Northridge and Art Center College of Design. Today he leads RKS in Southern California, a firm he started in 1980 after leaving Xerox where he was the lead designer on the first generation of touch screen interfaces. He remarkably alternates between roles as CEO, entrepreneur, lecturer, author, designer and, most importantly, as an advocate of design's ability to help others and make the world a better place.

Mr. Sawhney is a regular columnist/blogger for Fast Company, as well as a popular corporate and academic lecturer. He is also founder and initial jury chair of IDSA's Catalyst Case Study™ program, imbued with showcasing design's power for positive change. While leading RKS, Mr. Sawhney invented the Psycho-Aesthetics® design methodology, which Harvard Business School adopted as a case study before it became the central focus of Predictable Magic—a book authored by Mr. Sawhney and co-authored by Deepa Prahalad, published by Wharton School Publishing in August 2010. Mr. Sawhney was inducted into the IDSA academy of fellows in 2009 and holds a Ph.D. (hon.) from the Academy of Art University.

Blaise R. Simqu

President and Chief Executive Officer
SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Blaise R. Simqu

President and Chief Executive Officer
SAGE Publications, Inc.

Blaise R. Simqu is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Publications, one of the leading academic and educational publishers in the world. The SAGE group of companies includes SAGE Publications, Inc., Corwin Press, and CQ Press based in Washington, DC., in the U.S.; SAGE Publications, Ltd. in the U.K.; SAGE Publications, Ltd. Pvt., in New Delhi, and SAGE Asia-Pacific in Singapore.

Mr. Simqu has been part of the SAGE organization for more than 20 years. He has held a variety of positions from Editor to Vice President to Executive Vice President. He was appointed C.E.O. in 2004. He has also worked with the Hampton-Brown Company, Jossey-Bass Publishers and the Kinko's Corporation.

Mr. Simqu serves on the Board of Directors for California State University, Channel Islands, located in Camarillo, California, Teach for America, located in Los Angeles, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. He has a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is married and has two children.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of business professionals who serve as advisors to the School of Management and provide valuable insights on developments in the business community. The members of the Advisory Council come from a variety of industries and functional backgrounds, and several members are alums of the School. Focusing on program improvements and program enhancements, they support the School of Management on a wide range of activities involving students, faculty and alumni.


Haider Alawami

Economic Development Manager, City of Thousand Oaks

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Haider Alawami

Economic Development Manager, City of Thousand Oaks

Haider Alawami graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985 with Bachelor of Science in Public Administration & Planning. He has worked for the City of Thousand Oaks for 27 years, 25 years as a planner in Community Development Department and 2 years as Economic Development Manager in the City Manager’s Office. As Economic Development Manager, he is the liaison between the business community and the City.

Mr. Alawami’s major planning accomplishments include: the adoption of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan, the Oaks mall expansion and renovation, The Lakes shopping center, Many Mansions and Area Housing Authority affordable housing projects, Gardens of the World, and he is also a graduate of the 2008/2009 Thousand Oaks Leadership Academy.

He has been married to his wife, Cathy for 31 years and raised two kids; Andrew age 27, and Nesreen age 24.

Jay Bradshaw

Senior Program Manager, Disney’s Technology Solutions and Services

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Jay Bradshaw

Senior Program Manager, Disney’s Technology Solutions and Services

Jay Bradshaw is a Senior Program Manager with Disney’s Technology Solutions and Services. Jay is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). Jay has led numerous technical and business projects with increasing complexity, strategic value and high visibility within multiple business segments, and across the enterprise. He frequently interacts with senior executive staff regarding project status, issues and risk and issue management.

As a Senior Project Manager with Disney's Technology Solutions & Services, he has led projects and portfolios of projects, including delivering a multi-year, multi-phase transition of banking relationships for TWDC globally, impacting areas such as disbursements, payroll, cash vault and lock box services.

Jay received his Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from California Lutheran University.

Jason Carignan

President, Miravante Brands, LLC

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Jason Carignan

President, Miravante Brands, LLC

Jason Carignan is President of Miravante Brands, LLC, an independent brand and product development company focused on launching innovative new wine and spirits concepts. The company’s first product, Nuvino, a single-serve, premium wine in a pouch, will launch in April 2014.

Jason began his career in marketing but his passion for design, innovation and trend-spotting quickly had him working seamlessly across many fronts as brand consultant, experience architect, product designer, entrepreneur and writer.

Early in his career, Jason worked as a marketing executive in the banking industry where he gained extensive client-side brand management experience and organizational fluency for getting things done in large firms. In 2003, he formed Tonic, a boutique brand and design consultancy located in Southern California, where he helped launch innovative products and experiences for leading healthcare, hospitality, financial services and technology brands including Anthem Blue Cross, The Four Seasons, Countrywide Bank, USAA and Sprint.

By 2009, Jason’s experience developing breakthrough products eventually led to the creation and co-founding of Vapur, the original foldable reusable water bottle. Vapur’s eco-friendly Anti-Bottles® have won a number awards from Outside Magazine, Backpacker, National Geographic and Men’s Journal and have been adopted by athletes, celebrities, activists and families alike. Vapur products are now sold in stores across the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide.

Tonic eventually merged with Red Marketing in 2010, where Jason continues to serve as Partner, leading key client engagements for retail software giants Aspect, JDA and RMG Networks among others.

Jason is a frequent guest speaker and serves on the Board of the American Red Cross Ventura and the Dean’s Advisory Council for California Lutheran University’s School of Management where he also holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. He currently resides in Thousand Oaks, Calif. with his wife and two sons.

Jim Cathcart

Author

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Jim Cathcart

Author

"Cal Lutheran inspires me. It is a school with integrity as well as intelligence. I consider it an honor to serve as an advisor to the School of Management. The faculty and administration have done a fine job of creating an environment where students thrive and learning advances continually."

Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is a Sales & Marketing Hall of Fame member (2012) and the author of 16 books including the international best sellers: Relationship Selling and The Acorn Principle. He is an industry leader among professional speakers and holds virtually every award and credential in that field. His 2,800 presentations worldwide to over 2,000 separate clients has given him a broad perspective on the keys to business success in any field. His decade of involvement with Cal Lutheran is evidence of his commitment to helping people succeed. In addition to his domestic business he is an active speaker and advisor to clients around the world. In his spare time Jim is a mountain trail runner and a professional entertainer.

Sue Chadwick

Retired Senior Vice President & Private Client Advisor, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust

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Sue Chadwick

Retired Senior Vice President & Private Client Advisor, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust

Suzanne M. Chadwick is Senior Vice President & Private Client Advisor serving clients and the community of Ventura County.

Ms. Chadwick joined SBB&T in 1993. She was selected to launch the Bank’s presence in Ventura County in 1995, and has subsequently been widely recognized for her successful cultivation of that market, and her deep involvement in community activities throughout the county.

Ms. Chadwick is a long-time resident and veteran Ventura County banker, with a 39-year financial services career in those communities. For the 21 years prior to joining SBB&T, she held a variety of positions with the former Bank of A. Levy.

Ms. Chadwick is a 1994 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School affiliated with the University of Washington in Seattle.

Her commitment to local civic and charitable organizations in Ventura County continues to distinguish her among the community’s most dedicated residents. She has received Ventura County Leadership Academy’s first Distinguished Community Leader Award. She has received the “Carl F. Lowthrop – Golden Eagle Award” from the Ventura County Economic Development Association; the “Woman of Distinction Award” from the Girl Scouts of Tres Condados; the “Women Helping Women Award” from Soroptomist International of Oxnard; the “Woman of Achievement Award” from the Buena Center Business and Professional Woman’s Organization; 2006 Oxnard Woman of the Year, Top 50 Women in Business, 2007 Clara Barton Spirit of Community Volunteer of the Year Award, 2007 Woman of the Year for California State Senate District 19 and United Way Women’s Leadership Award in 2011.

Ms. Chadwick currently serves on the Community and Foundation boards of St. John’s Regional Medical Center, member of the California Lutheran University CERF Board, KCLU Advisory Board, Ventura County Economic Development Association, Carnegie Art Museum, Ventura County Fair Foundation, Ventura County Farm Bureau Foundation, Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard, American Cancer Society Community Council and the Board of Counselors for the California Lutheran University School of Business. She is also a member of the Oxnard Rotary Club.

Meghan Clark

Partner, Clark*Everson LLP

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Meghan Clark

Partner, Clark*Everson LLP

Meghan Clark is a founding partner at the law firm Clark*Everson LLP in Westlake Village, California. After being a partner in Ventura County’s two biggest law firms, in 2013 Meghan decided to channel her entrepreneurial spirit and start her own firm. Currently, the five lawyer boutique firm focuses on representing business and management on every employment law issue possible, along with general business law, litigation and appellate work.

Meghan’s practice concentrates on employment law and appellate work. She also uses experience gained from years of handling civil litigation matters and intellectual property issues, to provide day-to-day advice to employers. Her background in litigation makes her uniquely positioned to advise and strategize with clients on how to avoid winding up in the courtroom. However, if litigation cannot be avoided, Meghan represents her clients before all possible agencies and courts.

Meghan was recognized as one of Super Lawyers' “Rising Stars” in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2006, she received the Pacific Coast Business Times' "Top 40 under 40″ award. In 2013, she was one of six women selected by the Pacific Coast Business Times in the Professional Services category for the Top 50 Women in Business award. In 2014, she was selected as the “Editor’s Choice” in the same category.

A Ventura County native, Meghan is active in the local community and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for California Lutheran University’s School of Management and is the Vice Chair of the East Ventura County Employer’s Advisory Council. Meghan is a past board member of the Ventura County Bar Association, the California Young Lawyers Association, past president of the Ventura County Barristers’ Association and past coach for the Thousand Oaks High School Mock Trial Team.

Meghan is a frequent speaker and often presents seminars to various associations on employment matters.

Primo Custodio

VP Human Resources, Operation & Technical Services, NBC Universal

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Primo Custodio

VP Human Resources, Operation & Technical Services, NBC Universal

Primo Custodio has been the Vice President of Human Resources for NBC Universal since September 2001. In this role, Custodio oversees the human resources function for the Media Works division that comprises of studio operations production and post production, Strategic Initiatives Analysis, Sourcing, West Coast Real Estate, and Environmental Health Services.

Custodio began his career with NBC Universal in 1988 and has held various positions in Employee Benefits, Training & Development, Labor Relations, Staffing, and Employee Relations. During his tenure with the Company, he has overseen the Human Resources team through five significant mergers and acquisitions.

Custodio holds an MBA in management and organizational behavior and a B.S. in business management from California Lutheran University.

Wayne A. Davey

Consultant, Resources Global Professionals

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Wayne A. Davey

Consultant, Resources Global Professionals

"I serve on the CLU School of Management Board of Advisor because I belive that a fulfilling and meaningful life can be best acheived through love, family, education, and service to others. More importantly, serving on the Board of Advisors provides me with the opportunity to hopefully share my professional and life experiences with the next generation of business leaders."

Wayne Davey is currently employed by Resources Global Professionals and is consulting with a variety of public companies and not-for-profit organizations to solve problems, implement initiatives and help drive change through all levels of businesses all over the world. Much of his professional background in this area was gained from his significant operational, financial, accounting, audit, enterprise risk management, corporate governance and compliance experience at Abraxis BioScience, Amgen, Hughes Electronics, and Rockwell International.

Recently, Davey was the Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller at Abraxis BioScience. Abraxis BioScience is a global biotechnology company based in Los Angeles. Prior to his employment at Abraxis BioScience, he was the Executive Director of Corporate Audit for the biotechnology company, Amgen. Davey worked with the General Auditor, senior company management, and the audit function staff to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the operations of Amgen.

Prior to his position at Amgen, Davey was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Operations at a privately-held technology company, Rockwell Scientific Company (RSC), located in Thousand Oaks, California.

Davey has served on numerous regional boards, including the Ventura County Economic Development Association (Chairperson for two years), the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Ventura County POWER Task Force, Thousand Oaks Rotary Club, Thousand Oaks Rotary Club Foundation, Thousand Oaks Boys and Girls Club, Ventura County Indicators Study, Camarillo Library Advisory Committee, and Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival. He was a Board member and past Chairperson for the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) Foundation, and was a co-founder of the CSUCI Business and Technology Partnership (BT&P).

Davey was also the President and Executive Director for the Ventura County Discovery Center for Science and Technology, working on the design, development and construction of a 70,000 square foot "hands-on" science center centrally located adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, California.

Wayne received a BS degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA degree from UCLA. Wayne and his wife reside in Camarillo. They enjoy traveling and have made many trips to Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Steven D. Dorfman

Retired Vice Chairman of Hughes Electronics

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Steven D. Dorfman

Retired Vice Chairman of Hughes Electronics

Steven D. Dorfman is the retired Vice Chairman of Hughes Electronics. During his time at Hughes he served as CEO of Hughes Space and Communications Company, the world’s leading builder of communication satellites and a provider of Space Systems for the NASA, NRO, Navy and Air Force; Hughes Communications, a leading owner and operator of communication satellites; and Hughes Telecommunications and Space, a unit responsible for the above businesses plus the international development of DirecTV.

While CEO of Hughes Communications, Dorfman was responsible for the development of the Galaxy System, the leading North American satellite service provider, subsequently merged with Intelsat; the JCSAT system for Japan, in partnership with Mitsui and Itochu; the initiation of the direct to home business at Hughes which ultimately became DirecTV; and several other satellite businesses. After retiring from Hughes, Mr. Dorfman was the Hunsaker Visiting Professor at MIT, the Chairman of ProtoStar Ltd and a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee.

Mr. Dorfman has served on the Boards of Hughes, Raytheon, PanAmSat, American Mobile Satellite, Galaxy Latin America, JCSAT, DirecTV, Galaxy Institute, ProtoStar and HRL Laboratories. He has been a Trustee of the Boys and Girls Club and the Devereux Foundation. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Tennenbaum Capital Advisory Board, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, and is a Senior Fellow of the California Council for Science and Technology. He has served on advisory committees for NASA, FCC, USIA, Department of Transportation, Air Force, USC School of Engineering, Hughes Network Systems, Boeing Satellite Systems, JPL, Ames Research Center and the National Research Council.

Among Mr. Dorfman’s awards are the Distinguished Public Service Award, NASA’s highest award, for his work on Pioneer Venus; the Society of Satellite Professionals Hall of Fame; and Via Satellite’s Satellite Executive of the Year for 1995.

Henry Dubroff

Owner and Chief Editor, Pacific Coast Business Times

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Henry Dubroff

Owner and Chief Editor, Pacific Coast Business Times

"I serve on the board of counselors because it represents an opportunity to help California Lutheran University become a regional powerhouse in executive education, producing the next generation of corporate leaders."

Henry Dubroff is founder and majority owner of Pacific Coast Business Times, the award-winning, weekly business journal for Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties in coastal California. The Business Times, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010, also operates the web site pacbiztimes.com and produces a number of successful awards events each year.

Dubroff co-authored "Battling Big Box: How Nimble Niche Companies Can Outmaneuver Giant Competitors", co-founded the Green Coast Innovation Zone, a three-county economic development group focused on clean technology, and is a commentator on KCLU, the NPR station for the Central Coast and a regular contributor to the Denver Post's Sunday opinion section.

Dubroff was the business editor of The Denver Post from 1988 to 1995 where he was part of a management team that rescued the newspaper from near-bankruptcy. From 1995-1999 he was the editor at The Denver Business Journal.

In addition to serving on the CLU School of Management Board of Counselors, Dubroff serves on the board of Ventura County Economic Development Association, United Way, and on the advisory board at the Martin V. Smith School of Management at California State University, Channel Islands. He was graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. and received his Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Tim Gallagher

President, 20/20 Consulting

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Tim Gallagher

President, 20/20 Consulting

Tim Gallagher is the co-owner of The 20/20 Network, a Southern California-based strategic communications and public relations company. The 20/20 Network serves government agencies, individuals and private businesses that need to develop their branding message and then deliver it to a specific audience. The company uses all methods of media from old to new to social.

The 20/20 network specializes in reputation management and crisis communication. The owners are experienced in dealing with news media reporting a crisis. In less stressful times, The 20/20 Network assists clients in "getting the word out."

The firm helps in all communications areas from pitching stories to traditional media, to establishing social media profiles to setting up websites that can be found easily by search engines.

Steven Guzzo

Strategy Manager, Planning & Governance at Walmart

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Steven Guzzo '04

Strategy Manager, Planning & Governance at Walmart

Steven Guzzo, born in California, now resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and a Master in Business Administration from California Lutheran University. Steven’s background is in business management, information technology, education and entrepreneurship. He is employed by Walmart as an ISD Strategy Manager and is the co-founder of an entrepreneurial company with US patents pending. Prior to joining Walmart, he served as the Director of IT for a large newspaper company, and as Vice President for Bank of America. Steven is focused on equality for the LGBTQ community, and in addition to his involvement with the Center for Equality, serves as a Chair for Walmart’s PRIDE associate resource group.

Jean L Helm

Business Development Principal with Jacobs Technology

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Jean L Helm

Business Development Principal with Jacobs Technology

Jean is an accomplished executive with Jacobs Technology who is highly skilled in interpersonal relations, with an established performance record supporting a wide variety of government and international programs both in operations and business development. She has significant leadership experience in a wide range of operating environments and a consistent record of success in a variety of business cultures including cross-functional business teams and matrix organizations.

Currently a Business Development Principal with Jacobs Technology, a premier provider to NASA, the DoD and commercial clients, Jean supports corporate business development goals by providing expertise in understanding client request for proposal (RFP) requirements and translating those requirements into language that is easily understandable by non-technical personnel.

Jean is also assigned as the company’s new and renewing contracts Transition Manager. In this role, she manages contract transitions, working with the contract management team and clients to establish company processes and procedures specific to the client and contract, deliver initial documentation, and hire a qualified workforce to execute contract requirements. She also assists in establishing the required functional roles (i.e., Human Resources, Security, Information Technology).

Collateral duties include corporate-level instruction, regularly traveling to different Jacobs business units across the country to provide expertise in communications, conflict resolution, high performance team building, engaging employees in a high performance culture, managing employee performance, and organizational trust and integrity.

Previously, Jean spent 15 years as a Jacobs Program Management and Logistics Operations Director, supporting several Navy programs under an engineering services contract. During this time, Jean was also assigned as the group Community Relations Director. As such, she recommended non-profit partnerships, managed the business unit giving campaign, and conducted a yearly scholarship search.

Prior experience includes program support positions of increasing responsibility working for manufacturing and services firms Control Data, Science Applications International Corporation, Hughes Aircraft, Litton Industries and Lear/BAE.

Jean holds an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from CLU, a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Minnesota State University, and an Engineering Management Certification from the California Institute of Technology.

Tommie Joe

Chief Operating Officer of Education Management Systems (EMS), Inc. and Pathways Management Group (PMG)

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Tommie Joe '97

Chief Operating Officer of Education Management Systems (EMS), Inc. and Pathways Management Group (PMG)

Mr. Joe is a business executive who has built a highly successful career in such diverse industries as telecommunications, manufacturing, education, healthcare, information technology, software development, and petroleum. Throughout his career he has demonstrated his ability to build and grow businesses by articulating vision, creating strategic plans, streamlining operations and removing silos. He is respected by his peers and colleagues for his insistence on adherence to corporate values that create cohesive teams that deliver better bottom line results.

Mr. Joe is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Education Management Systems (EMS), Inc. and Pathways Management Group (PMG) which manages independent study public Charter Schools. In this role, Mr. Joe is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company which includes having the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems in place to ensure the successful growth of the company.

Prior to joining Education Management Systems, Mr. Joe served as the President of DEX Services worldwide Supply Chain Services, an industry leader of reverse logistics supply chain services, President and COO of ISD Corporation a leader in the Justice Software industry, President and COO of Public Communications Services, a telecommunications and software application enterprise for law enforcement.

Mr. Joe began his career as an engineer for Exxon Company, USA, where he progressed up the management ranks for 17 years and managed multi-million dollar offshore oil and gas exploration and development projects in the Gulf of Mexico and California. Mr. Joe then became Chief Operating Officer for CyberOptions, Inc., a consulting and product development firm specializing in the healthcare industry.

Mr. Joe received his MBA in Information Technology Management from California Lutheran University and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is active and has served in several community and professional groups, including: Vistage International, Forum for Corporate Directors, UCLA Global Access Program Judge, and USC Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition Advisor. He is a Certified Director and was a Board Member for the Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels since 2011 and has invested in a number of local startups.

Andrew P. Kiefer

Manager, CBIZ

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Andrew P. Kiefer

Manager, CBIZ

Andrew Kiefer, CPA, Director at CBIZ and Shareholder at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. specializes in providing tax, audit, attest, and consulting services to companies in the construction, manufacturing, retail, and software industries. CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. is the 7th largest accounting firm in the country and Andrew is based in their Ventura County office.

Jerry Knotts

President, California Coast Venture Forum, Inc.

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Jerry Knotts

President, California Coast Venture Forum, Inc.

"My wife and I have been strong supporters of CLU since 1987 and serving on the CLU Board of Counselors offers me an excellent opportunity to contribute consistent with my current business and entrepreneurial activities."

Jerry Knotts is an entrepreneur and has worked with entrepreneurs for over 20 years. He co-founded the California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks Venture Forum, was co-operator of numerous venture forums though-out Southern California, and helped create the Central Coast Venture Forum, now known as the California Coast Venture Forum. Over this period of time, he started four companies and mentored over 250 start-ups.

Currently, Jerry is President, California Coast Venture Forum, Inc., parent of the Clean Business Investment Summit (CBIS), held annually in Santa Barbara, and serves as mentor for the LARTA Institute, Maverick Angels, and the Southern California BioMedical Council (SoCALBIO).

Jerry serves as Chairman, Executive Committee for BioQuip Products, Inc., and as a member of the Blue Ocean Sciences.

In addition to his service on the Advisory Council, Knotts has been an advisor to the CLU Entrepreneur Roundtable and is President, South Coast Youth Leadership Conference, Inc, Thousand Oaks; Treasurer, Youth Enrichment Foundation, Inc., Alexandria, VA; and Executive Secretary, Society of Wild Weasels.

His previous executive positions included Commander, (USAF) Washington Area Contracting Center, Andrews AFB, MD; DCASPRO Detroit Diesel Allison, Indianapolis, IN; Vice-President/General Manager, Government Electronics Division, California Microwave Inc., Woodland Hills, CA; and Vice-President, American Nucleonics Corporation, Westlake Village, CA.

Jerry holds a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) from The Pennsylvania State University; and an MBA from Auburn University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

Linda Catherine Le

Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector

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Linda Catherine Le MPPA, CPFIM, ACPFIM ’03

Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector

Linda Catherine Le is the Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector for Ventura County. She is the Chief Operations Officer for the overall administration and operation of the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. Prior to joining the Honorable Judge Steven Hintz, Ms. Le served as a Program Management Analyst for the County of Ventura, County Executive Office/Budget and Finance Office for seven years.

Ms. Le holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, graduating cum laude from Long Beach State University, and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration, graduating summa cum laude from California Lutheran University. She is an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University in the MPPA program since 2005.

Ms. Le is certified as Advanced Certified Public Finance Investment Manager (ACPFIM). She is a member of California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada, and the California Municipal Treasurer’s Association.

Ms. Le serves as a board member in leadership roles to various organizations, including as a Chair to the inaugural Ventura County Women’s Economic Roundtable Advisory Commission; a steering committee member of the Ventura County Leadership Academy; a member of the Community Leaders Advisory Panel of the Camarillo Health Care District; a member the Ventura County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee; and appointed advisory member to the City of Camarillo Citizens Advisory Committee on Land Use.



Nancy Mayerson

Owner, Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations, Inc

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Nancy Mayerson

Owner, Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations, Inc

"It is an honor to participate on the Advisory Council and help influence the School of Management programs, ensuring they remain dynamic, progressive and relevant to employers' needs, while being inspiring to visionary students. For me personally, it's an enriching experience to gain the insights and perspectives of other business and academic leaders on issues facing business, government and the world economy."

Nancy Mayerson launched Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations (MMPR) in 1993 after 10 years of challenging positions in marketing, public affairs, and community relations and outreach. With MMPR, she continues to build on her expertise of providing successful marketing and PR efforts for a wide range of public and private sector clients.

In her professional and volunteer activities, she is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the region. She is on many nonprofit organizations' boards of directors including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, CLU's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, the board of the Center for Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County, and the newly formed Rio Schools Foundation. She recently served on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, United Way of Ventura County and the Ventura County Civic Alliance.

Over the years, MMPR has helped many nonprofits get their message to the community. Clients have included the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, New West Symphony, the Camarillo Library and California Lutheran University, among others.

Nancy was honored as Community Advocate of the Year (2009) by the National Association of Women Business Owners-Ventura County, and was recognized multiple years by the Pacific Coast Business Times' at one of the Top 50 Women in Business. MMPR is honored as a Family Friendly Employer annually, and received the Ventura County Work-Life Initiative's Organizational Leadership Award for Small Business, among other distinctions.

Kamalika Roy

Principal IS Business Systems Analyst, Amgen Inc.

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Kamalika Roy ‘06

Principal IS Business Systems Analyst, Amgen Inc.

Kamalika Roy has been with Information Systems group at Amgen Inc., since 2013. She has worked in a variety of roles, engaging with core business areas such as IT Service Management, Medical Information Management, Clinical Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to joining Amgen, Kamalika held IT positions in internationally in London and India.

Kamalika is a PMI Certified Project Manager and an ITIL certified Service Level Management Practitioner, with extensive experience designing and optimizing technology to drive business performance.

Kamalika has B.A in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University in India, and a M.A and M.Phil in Political Science from the University of Delhi in India. She graduated from California Lutheran University’s School of Business in 2006, with a specialization in Information Systems Management.

Beth Scott

Partner, Thrivent Financial

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Beth Scott ‘01

Partner, Thrivent Financial

Beth Scott is a Partner with Thrivent Financial and has served this Fortune 500, Not-for-Profit organization for over 10 years. Her Partner role involves hiring, training and supporting Thrivent’s Financial Representatives, specifically focusing on those located in Southern California. She has previously worked as a Financial Representative and Recruiting Manager for Thrivent, based in Woodland Hills, CA and in Scottsdale, CA. She is a Certified College Planning Specialist and Fraternal Insurance Counselor.

Beth graduated from CLU in 2001 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and minor in Political Science. She is married to Jason Scott (2002 CLU alum) and has one daughter, Sabin Scott, who is two years old.

Ed Summers

President & CEO, Ventura Chamber of Commerce

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Ed Summers

President & CEO, Ventura Chamber of Commerce

Ed Summers joined the Ventura Chamber of Commerce in November 2011 after serving in the financial services and banking industry for 28 years. His experience includes 12 years as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Affinity Bank. At Affinity Bank, Ed also served as the Bank’s Community Investment Officer and chaired the Bank’s contribution committee. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Regional Commercial Banking Manager for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties at Bank of America. Prior to banking, Ed worked in academic development for the University of Southern California and Claremont University Center.

Summers has been active in the community, serving as a Councilmember for the City of Ventura from 2005 to 2009. During this time Ed served on numerous committees including Chairing the Council’s Economic Development Committee and Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. While on City Council he worked with the Chamber of Commerce to present the first Economic Summit in 2009. Ed has a strong background in economic and community development. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Business at California Lutheran University. Ed was recently appointed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to the County’s Workforce Investment Board. He was a director of Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) for 12 years, serving as chair of the organization for three years and served as President and a Board member of the Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County (EDC-VC). He was Co-Chair of the Ventura County 2005 BRAC Task Force, is Immediate President of the Board for the Ventura Boys and Girls Club. Ed has served on numerous Boards including Casa Pacifica, the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, CAPS, and the Ventura Music Festival.

John Tone

Executive Vice President, Loan Servicing, PennyMac Loan Services, LLC

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John Tone

Executive Vice President, Loan Servicing, PennyMac Loan Services, LLC

"I am proud to be able to serve on the Advisory Council in an effort to give something back to the University that gave me so much."

John Tone serves as Executive Vice President, Loan Servicing at PennyMac Loan Services. PennyMac began operations in January 2008 as a start up venture, and has grown into a top 20 mortgage loan servicer with a portfolio of over $50 billion in just five years. John's main areas of responsibility include compliance, governance, claims, vendor management, property preservation and accounts payable. John has served in a variety of senior and middle manager positions in both retail and mortgage banking operations at Countrywide Home Loans, Home Savings of America, and The Bank of New York Mortgage Company. He has managed a diverse group of departments and divisions including: sales, operations, compliance, customer service, communications and collections. He has built teams ranging from 4 to over 1,000 employees across as many as six sites. John graduated from Cal Lutheran with an MBA in 2003. He resides in Simi Valley with his wife of 22 years, Anne, and their twins, James and Jillian.

Richard Williams

Retired Aerospace Engineer

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Richard Williams

Retired Aerospace Engineer

From mid-1997 until his retirement in 2004, Mr. Williams held executive positions includ-ing the senior Vice President of Sea Launch Company, LLC for Contracts and Procure-ment. He was responsible for all contractual commitments for this multinational general partnership venture, engaged in the launching of large commercial telecommunication satellites from a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Wil-liams was the Director of Business Management for the Space Shuttle Main Engine program at the Rockwell International/ Boeing Company for 4 years during which he negotiated a $1.2 billion extension to the prior contract. His aerospace career in total spanned 42 years from Apollo to Sea Launch.

Mr. Williams holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California (1965) and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University (1982). While at Sea Launch he served as member and president on the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners (4 years), as a member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (4 years), and as a member of the California Space and Technology Association Board of Directors (4 years).

In retirement Mr. Williams serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for the Arts( Executive Committee), served as member, vice chair and chair of the Board of Governors for the Civic Arts Plaza Theaters, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Conejo Valley Historical Society (President 2012) and is the co-chair with his wife Elaine of the annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival. The festival has been recognized by the city as a major art event and enjoys the reputation as the best outdoor arts festival in the county.

He has been a Rotarian since joining the Long Beach Rotary in 2001 and as a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary since April of 2004. He is an active member of Rotary and has served as Director of International Service and member of the Board. He served as President in 2011-2012 and served as an Assistant District Governor for the five clubs in the Conejo Valley in 2013-1014. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Paul Har-ris Society and the Bequest Society. He is also a Major Donor to Rotary International.

Mr. Williams brings a wealth of experience in corporate management, strategic plan-ning, negotiation, organizational structures, international business and program man-agement. His interest in management education is supported by his corporate back-ground and his personal interest in the development of qualified business managers and executives.

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