Past Speakers

2019-2020 Speakers
  • Alex McIntyre
    Ventura City Manager
  • Alexander Nguyen
    Oxnard City Manager
  • Andrew Powers
    Thousand Oaks City Manager
  • Greg Ramirez
    Agoura Hills City Manager
  • Joseph Collins
    Executive Director, C5LA
  • Amy Steinfeld
    Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck
  • Harold Edwards
    President and CEO, Limoneira


2018-2019 Speakers
  • Amy Johnson
    News Anchor and Reporter, KCBS/KCAL9
  • John Loesing
    Editor, The Acorn Newspapers
  • Lance Orozco
    News Director, KCLU Radio
  • Darrin Peschka
    News Director and Senior Editor, Ventura County Star
  • Elena Brokaw
    Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director, Museum of Ventura County
  • Robin Gose
    President and CEO, MOXI, The wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
  • Luke Swetland
    President and CEO, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Amanda Sabicer
    Senior Vice President of Unlocking Innovation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • Jeff Gorell  
    Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles


2017-2018 Speakers
  • James Treanor
    President and Chief Executive Officer, ADRx
  • Frank Watanabe
    Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Kanan Therapeutics
  • Hai Yan
    Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, REMD Biotherapeutics
  • John Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Davies Public Affairs
  • Thomas Tighe
    President, Chief Executive Officer, Direct Relief
  • Rick Stollmeyer
    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, MINDBODY
  • Eyal Gluzman
    President, Martha's Senior Gourmet
  • Stan Luker
    Partner, Moss Adams Transaction Services


2016-2017 Speakers
  • Kevin Demoff
    Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Rams
  • Michael Bronner
    President, Dr. Bronner's
  • Pamela Lopker
    President and Chairman, QAD
  • Jeffrey Edell
    Chairman and Co-founder, IndieU
  • Natalie Edell
    Chief Executive Officer and Creator, IndieU
  • Shannon Hillygus
    General Manager, Marriott Ventura Beach
  • Jane Lee Winter
    President, Town & Country Travel
  • Warren Speiker
    Managing Partner, Continuing Life retirement communities 


2015-2016 Speakers
  • Vanessa Bechtel
    President and CEO, Ventura County Community Foundation
  • Eduardo Cetlin
    President, Amgen Foundation
  • Steve Hilton
    Chairman, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Ron Brand
    Shareholder, Jackson DeMarco Tidus & Peckenpaugh
  • Aaron Herzberg
    Marijuana Entrepreneur and Attorney, CalCann Holdings
  • Gordon Morrell
    Executive Vice President, Yardi Systems
  • Anant Yardi
    President and Founder, Yardi Systems
  • Ronald Greenwood
    Chairman, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation
  • Jacqui Irwin
    Chair, Select Committee on Cybersecurity, California State Assembly
  • Mike Pettit
    Chief Information Officer, County of Ventura
  • Francis Tam
    Partner, Moss Adams

Prior Events
2014-2015 Speakers
  • Theodore F. Craver, Jr.
    Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International
  • Lynn E. Maulhardt
    President of the Board of Directors, United Water Conservation District
  • Susan B. Mulligan
    General Manager, Calleguas Municipal Water District
  • Robert Saperstein
    Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Edgar Terry
    President and CFO, Terry Farms
  • Ronald C. Werft
    President and CEO, Cottage Health System
  • Thomas Vozzo
    CEO, Homeboy Industries
  • Tor Sweeney
  • Deborah Sweeney
    CEO, MyCorporation


2013-2014 Speakers
  • Greg Angle
    President and CEO, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
  • Matteo Dinolfo, M.D.
    Medical Director, UCLA Health, Department of Medicine Community Offices
  • Steven Sell
    President, Health Net Western Region Health Plan
  • Kristin Decas
    CEO and Port Director, Port of Hueneme
  • Lynda Weinman
    Cofounder and Executive Chair,
  • Cynthia M. Ruiz
    Deputy Executive Director of External Relations, Port of Los Angeles
  • Jon Irwin
    Former President, Rhapsody International


2012-2013 Speakers
  • Scott Mitnick
    City Manager, City of Thousand Oaks
  • Stephen E. Heaney
    Managing Director and head of Public Finance, Stone & Youngberg
  • Kurt Yeager
    Shareholder, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
  • Woody Rollins
    Chief Talent Officer and Co-founder, Eucalyptus Systems
  • Barry McComb
    Cultural Affairs Director, City of Thousand Oaks
  • Seth Merewitz
    Partner, Best Best & Krieger
  • Bud Ovrom
    Deputy Mayor for Commercial and Residential Development, City of Los Angeles
  • Scott Sollers
    Managing Director Public Finance, Stone & Youngberg
  • Capt. Lawrence Vasquez
    Commander, Naval Base Ventura County


2011-2012 Speakers
  • Jody DeVere
  • Beth Mansfield
    Public Relations Director, CKE Restaurants
  • Shawn Mulchay
    Founder and former CEO, Socialmash Media
  • David Flaks
    Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
  • Angel Martinez
    CEO, President and Chairman of the Board, Deckers Outdoor Corp
  • Michael Powers
    County Executive Officer, Ventura County
  • Sue Chen
    Founder, Nova Medical Products


2010-2011 Speakers
  • Bill Buratto
    President and CEO, Ventura County Economic Development Association
  • Bill Camarillo
    CEO, Agromin
  • Steve Gill
    Co-founder, Partner, Gills Onions
  • John Shields
    Former Chairman and CEO, Trader Joe’s
  • Jane Wells
    Business news reporter, CNBC
  • Marla Vasquez
    Senior Vice President and Regional President, Wells Fargo’s Community Bank
  • Carolyn Casavan
    CEO and Senior Principle Engineer, West Coast Environmental and Engineering
  • Craig Perkins
    President and Executive Director, The Energy Coalition
  • John Krist
    CEO, Farm Bureau of Ventura County


2009-2010 Speakers
  • Janet A. Garufis
    President and CEO, Montecito Bank & Trust
  • Lynda Nahra
    President, Community West Bank
  • John Nerland
    President and CEO, California Oaks State Bank
  • George S. Leis
    President and CEO, Pacific Capital Bancorp
  • Keith Leonard
    President and CEO, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals
  • James D. Power III
    Founder and former CEO, J.D. Power and Associates
  • Donald E. Petersen
    Former Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co.
  • Capt. James J. McHugh
    Commander, Naval Base Ventura County
  • Jonathan Greenblatt
    Founder and President, Our Good Works


2008-2009 Speakers
  • David Banks
    Director, Center for Asymmetric Warfare, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Bob Brooks
    Ventura County Sheriff
  • Steven R. Chealander
    Member, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Gregory D. Totten
    Ventura County District Attorney
  • Scott Foraker
    Chief operating officer, R&D, Amgen
  • Michael Towbes
    Chairman and Owner, The Towbes Group and Montecito Bank & Trust
  • George H. Cogswell III
    President and Publisher of the Ventura County Star


2007-2008 Speakers
  • Scott Simon
    Radio Host, Weekend Edition Saturday
  • Eva Conrad
    President, Moorpark College
  • Richard R. Rush
    President, California State University Channel Islands
  • Howard E. Wennes
    Interim President, California Lutheran University
  • Verena C. Kloos
    President, BMW Group, DesignworksUSA
  • Tim Gallagher
    Former President and Publisher, Ventura County Star


2006-2007 Speakers
  • Paul Orfalea
    Founder, Kinko's, Orfalea Family Foundation
  • James D. Power IV
    Executive Vice President, J.D. Power and Associates
  • Chris Denove
    Vice President and Partner of J.D. Power and Associates
  • Michael Murray
    Ventura Market President for St. John's Hospitals
  • Gary Wilde
    President, Community Memorial Hospital
  • Jim Sherman
    President and CEO, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center


2005-2006 Speakers
  • Duke Blackwood
    Executive Director, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation
  • Ron Kripalani
    President and CEO, Countrywide Capital Markets
  • Derek Cheung
    President and CEO, Rockwell Scientific
  • Blaise Simqu
    President and CEO, SAGE Publications


2004-2005 Speakers
  • Stephen C. Goodall
    President and CEO, J.D. Power and Associates
  • Dennis Fenton
    Executive Vice President, Amgen
  • Peter Nolan
    President, Dole Worldwide Packaged Foods
  • Harold Edwards
    President and CEO, Limoneira Company


2003-2004 Speakers
  • Duke Potts
    Executive Vice President, Technicolor
  • Denny Weinberg
    Executive Vice President, CDO, WellPoint


2002-2003 Speakers
  • Hugh Ralston
    President, Ventura County Community Foundation
  • Thomas Glanzmann
    President, Baxter BioScience