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Peggy BerryPeggy Berry

Retired Executive, Boeing

Peggy Berry is an aerospace consultant who teaches undergraduate classes at CSULB in Supply Chain, Quality and Production Planning, and MBA classes in Management and Global Supply Chains. Before retiring, she was Director, Supplier Management for Boeing’s C-17 Program and director of C3 Networks and site lead for Anaheim and Huntington Beach. Previously, Berry worked at McDonnell Douglas. Berry holds a B.S. in Production Operations and Procurement Material Management and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.

 

James Bottrell headshotJason Bottrell

Marketing Coordinator, Braid Theory
Jason Bottrell has a passion for branding and communications, particularly crafting and relaying a company/product persona. He graduated from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Business in Marketing. He has owned and operated a consumer goods business with suppliers in the U.S., Australia and China and knows the challenges faced by startups. 

 

 

Tom Bowman HeadshotTom Bowman

Founder, Bowman Design Group

Tom Bowman is Founder of the exhibition and marketing firm Bowman Design Group and Founder and CEO of Bowman Change Inc., a consultancy that works on science-driven public engagement and sustainable business strategy. Tom has been a small business owner for 25 years and has worked with the C-suite leadership in a variety of industries. Tom’s company received a Cool California Small Business of the Year Award in 2009 and Tom was inducted into International Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2016. Author of The Green Edge, Tom chairs the exhibition industry’s sustainability committee and is President-elect of Sustainable Business Long Beach. He has advised government agencies including NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation and the White House Council on Environmental Quality on public outreach.

Stephen Boyer HeadshotStephen Boyer 

Industrial Design Professor, CSULB
Steve Boyer has over 25 years of experience developing technology and creating content for a wide variety of interactive media. He has served as a software engineer, hardware engineer, designer, and producer at top media entertainment companies and has been on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Otis College of Art and Design, and University of California San Diego.Boyer earned his Master of Architecture degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He served as Director of Research and Development for Interactive Entertainment at Vivendi Games, and is the founder of three startups. 

 

Brian BudzinskiBrian Budzinski

Structures Engineering Manager, Boeing

Brian Budzinski received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering and a private pilot license from Purdue University. He received his Masters of Business Administration from California State University Long Beach. Upon graduation from Purdue, Brian served as a flight test engineer for Flight Test Associates in Mojave, California performing flight test, design, and aerodynamic analysis. In 2012, Brian joined the Boeing Company, serving as a design engineer on the 737MAX propulsion team and a product review engineer, providing aircraft repairs to global customers. He is currently a structures engineering manager of the 737NG wing and empennage responsive team.

Cody Burton

Retired Executive, Boeing

Cody Burton is a retired Boeing executive. During his 32 years at the company, he held a variety of positions in the Commercial Aircraft and Space Exploration divisions. He was responsible for the design and construction of facilities for aircraft manufacturing, for launch vehicle manufacturing and space vehicle launching. He also served as Director of Boeing’s Manufacturing and Laboratory Development Center in Huntington Beach. Burton is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering.

Allison E. Butler

Legal Studies Lecturer, CSULB 

Allison Butler is a lecturer in the CSULB Legal Studies Program and is responsible for the College of Business Administration's Legal Information Clinic. She has been a practitioner since 1991 and is a member of the California and Florida Bar. Butler has served as counsel for numerous business entities during the past 20 years. She is the author of "A Practical Guide to the CISG: Negotiations through Litigation," and co-author of "The International Contract Manual." She is the recipient of various grants with her recent research, "More than a White Rabbit: Alice Requires Substantial Difference Prior to Embarking on Patent Eligibility," being published in Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest. Butler is also a Florida Civil Law Notary and an arbitrator.

Ann Carpenter headshotAnn Carpenter

CEO, Braid Theory
Ann is a strategic and market-focused leader dedicated to building the tech entrepreneurial community in Southern California. She brings more than 30 years’ experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development, and community outreach in the corporate world, with nonprofit organizations, and as an entrepreneur. A former director of marketing at PortTech, director of strategic planning at Lockheed Martin, and programmer at Unisys, she has served as an advisor, coach, and mentor to many tech startups.

 

John CascellJohn Cascell

Senior VP Managed Care, MemorialCare Health System

With more than 25 years of healthcare experience, John Cascell is responsible for payor contracting and strategy development for MemorialCare’s six-hospital system and Medical Foundation. He oversees the data analytics division of Managed Care, and works with physician organizations affiliated with MemorialCare. Cascell is also responsible for directing the negotiating activities of MemorialCare’s joint ventures, which includes more than 20 outpatient surgery and imaging centers. Cascell has a B.A. in Economics from University of California Irvine and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. 

 

Jim Cooper HeadshotJim Cooper

CTO, Braid Theory

Jim has 15 years experience in commercialization and concentrates on bringing to market early-stage and emerging-tech startups in various market segments. He specializes in customer and market validation, competitive analysis, business modeling, and go-to-market strategy with a rigorous and methodical approach to project and evidence-based entrepreneurship. Educated in Australia and the U.S., he has a background in economics and life sciences, experience in public and private sectors, and helps companies in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, biotech, food techmarine, and transportation. He sits on the advisory boards of eight startups. 

Ann Orion Enkoji

CSULB Lecturer and Consultant

Ann started her consultancy, atmo, to provide business resources to creative companies and entrepreneurs. Her work focuses on generating ideas that support and strengthen a company. Programs include new business, account management, business plans, staffing, and negotiating contracts. She previously worked as an archivist for Charles and Ray Eames, exhibiting ceramic artist,office manager for a New York art dealer, retail buyer in Singapore, founding partner for a spice blend company, board director of Addison Design, and director of business development for Lloyd Northover UK. She teaches a class on how to design a plan to balance ideas, time, and money.

Alan Edgett headshotAlan Edgett

Manager, GetPerception

With more than 20 years’ experience in online advertising, marketing and marketing research, Edgett is an expert in real-time bidding and data analytics for direct-response advertising. He manages GetPerception, a digital advertising agency he co-founded. Formerly, he was CMO for COVE, a real estate lead-generation marketplace, led digital strategy for Experian’s Consumer Direct Division, raised $17.5 million for MarketWire, and held online marketing and business development roles at Akamai Technologies, Eteam, and Farmers Insurance. He was Experian’s Global Innovator of the Year in 2010 and a member of Yahoo!’s Digital Advertising Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Arizona, and served in the U.S. Air Force.

 

Laura GonzalezLaura Gonzalez

Finance Associate Professor, CSULB

Laura Gonzalez has been teaching Finance for more than a decade. A member of the Southwestern Finance Association board, she has served on committees for the Financial Management Association and Eastern Finance Association, as associate editor of a peer-reviewed journal, and in over 60 program committees for academic conferences. Her research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics and other journals, and presented at the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserves of New York and Chicago, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Financial Management Association, and other conferences. She has worked as a consultant for Prolider on Spanish multinationals, as an import entrepreneur, and as a researcher for Telefonica SA.

Michael GrimshawMike Grimshaw

Managing Principal, The Grimshaw Group

Mike Grimshaw is Managing Principal of the Grimshaw Group and an adjunct professor at Marymount California University-Palos Verde. He is an accredited angel investor and founded the entrepreneurial growth and funding program called Monday Club-South Bay and is past president of the Maverick Angels-South Bay investment group. Grimshaw has over 30 years’ senior technology sales and management experience with IBM, Cisco, Nortel, and Unisys. He was founder and president of Pace Data and RAD Network Devices, and co-founder of the nonprofit South Bay Entrepreneurial Center incubator, training and mentoring center.

Dean Heiss headshotDean Heiss

Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison 

Dean Heiss has over 12 years of experience in project management, project controls, and regulatory and corporate financial aspects of major projects and programs throughout a number of industries. He is currently a senior project manager in Operational Finance at Southern California Edison (SCE), where he has represented the company as an expert witness within evidentiary hearings, managed teams of project controls professionals, and acted as SCE project controls representative during planning, bidding, execution, and closeout of multiple major construction projects. Heiss holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from CSULB. 

J.R. Jiminex headshotJ.R. Jimenez

Marketing and Event Manager, Entrepreneur Magazine

JR Jimenez has a B.A. in Psychology from the Cognitive and Neuroscience department at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from CSULB. Currently, he serves as the Marketing and Event Manager for Entrepreneur Magazine.

 

 

 

Glory Johnson headshotGlory Johnson

VP, Aegis Rapidtext
Johnson started her career as a certified court reporter, selling the agency she started to a national legal services company. She partnered to start Rapidtext, which developed one of the first captioning systems for a PC platform, became the dominant provider of remote classroom captioning, and provided document management services to government agencies and Fortune 100 companies. Rapidtext was acquired by PeopleSupport and then Aegis. She was retained as a vice president and now provides business consulting. Johnson holds an associate’s degree in court reporting.

 

Jason KimJason Kim

Director of Strategic Planning, Millennium Space Systems

 Jason Kim is Director of Strategic Planning at Millennium Space Systems, a private satellite company in El Segundo, Calif. Since he joined the company in 2009, there has been a fivefold increase in revenue generation and employees, and a fourfold increase in R&D and manufacturing space. Kim previously worked at Northrop Grumman as manager for the Space Situational Awareness portfolio and classified satellite flight programs. In 2009, he earned his MBA from UCLA, with an emphasis on entrepreneurial and technology management, and was the Northrop Grumman Technical MBA Fellow. In 2002, he earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, with an emphasis on digital signal processing.

frank-martinezFrank Martinez

Executive VP of Business Development, Griffin Structures

Frank Martinez joined Griffin Structures in 2010. As Executive Vice President of Business Development, Martinez manages 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. Martinez was the mentor for 2012 Innovation Challenge winner GlydeTech. He serves as a mentor to those entering the design and construction field and is a Commissioner and Vice President with the city of Long Beach Water Department. He holds a B.A. in Public Relations from CSULB.

Frank McEnultyFrank McEnulty

Financial Executive

Frank McEnulty is an experienced financial executive with a background in new business startups, 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. McEnulty is President and CFO of Meghan Matthews, a privately-held investment company; President of Cell MedX, a publicly traded, startup researching diabetic pain management; and acting CFO for a new, publicly traded entertainment company called Zonzia. McEnulty serves on the Ojai Oil board and also teaches Finance and Management at CSULB and CSULA. McEnulty has B.S. degrees from CSULB in Accounting and Finance and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Aron Meystedt headshotAron Meystedt

Entrepreneur in Residence, Heritage Auctions

Aron Meysted explores make-vs-buy opportunities, locating acquisition targets and performing due diligence as EIR for the world's third-largest auction house. He is also owner of Dallas-based XF.com Investments, a domain-names aquisition and consulting firm.and for build out. We also offer private domain strategy consulting for businesses and early stage venture capital funding. Aron has the distinction of owning Symbolics.com, the first .com registered on the Internet.

 

Adam MooreAdam Moore

Screenwriting Assistant Professor, CSULB

Adam Moore has been a screenwriter, video game writer, comic book writer, television show creator, and professional educator for more than a decade. Along with his writing partner, Kevin Abrams (Alpine Labs), Adam has co-developed film and television projects for Dark Horse Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment, State Street Pictures, Sparkler Entertainment, Relativity Media, FilmNation Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Landscape Entertainment, and LBI Entertainment; as well as video game projects for Ubisoft, Digital Embryo, Codemasters UK, and IBM / Walt Disney World EPCOT Center. Adam is the Co-Creator (with Kevin Abrams) and Executive Producer of “The Pinkertons,” an hour-long syndicated drama that airs in Canada. Adam worked on “Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction,” is co-creator of “Vendor,” and Faculty Advisor for the Video Game Development Association. 

Robert Moore 

President, Calventuretech

Robert Moore developed and installed supervisory software for the Foxboro Co. Digital Systems Division. At Sentrol Systems, he managed North American operations, and was 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. Moore invented the first real-time expert system for process control and co-founded Gensym, which went public in 1996 with a $150 million market capitalization. Robert was a member of the Orange County Tech Coast Angels, and was the 2005 manager of the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch competition.

Richard Neill HeadshotRichard (Rick) Neill

Founder, Phillips Industries

Rick Neill co-founded Phillips Industries, a manufacturer for wire and cable and related electrical products for the trucking industry. Phillips Industries grew to become a major worldwide 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, Neill was a major contributor in the purchase of two companies. In his final 10 years at Phillips he held the position of Executive Vice President and COO until he retired in 2000.

karl-pearsonKarl Pearson

Partner and Managing Director, SierraConstellation Partners

Karl Pearson is a partner and managing director at SierraConstellation Partners. A turnaround and restructuring professional with more than 23 years of business experience, he assists corporations, private-equity-backed companies, and privately held enterprises with interim C-level management, financial advisory, operational improvement, due diligence, M&A support, project management, IT implementation, and portfolio management services. Pearson has worked with large and small companies in a variety of industries and held management roles with Mellon Bank, PNC Bank, Dyson Kissner Moran, Honeywell, Rain Bird, and Catalytic Solutions. A member of the Turnaround Management Assn. and American Bankruptcy Institute, he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

kevin-petersonKevin Peterson

Founder, P2S Engineering

Kevin Peterson is one of the founders of P2S Engineering and has 30 years of experience working in consulting engineering. His experience outside engineering includes writing and executing business/marketing plans, finance, strategic planning, contract review and acquisitions. Peterson was appointed President & CEO of P2S Engineering in 2005 after serving as the firm’s COO 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. His serves as Secretary of IEEE PCIC Standards subcommittee and the executive committee of ACEC CAMEE (Council of American Mechanical & Electrical Engineers) as Chair-Elect. Peterson has served as chair of IEEE P80005 Shore Power Connection working group developing international standards for shore-to-ship connections since 2006.

Tianjiao QuiTianjiao Qiu

Marketing Associate Professor, CSULB

Tianjiao Qiu has expertise in international marketing strategy, new product development, and entrepreneurship. She teaches undergraduate courses in marketing management, business-to-business marketing and international business. She has also taught at Zhejiang University, a leading comprehensive university in China. Professor Qiu’s research has been published in top-ranked journals in the field of marketing, such as Journal of International Marketing and Journal of Product Innovation Management. She has won multiple best paper awards at the American Marketing Association Annual Conference, a leading academic conference for marketing scholars, faculty, and doctoral students. She has applied her expertise in product development and entrepreneurship in advising student teams as Innovation Challenge program mentor since 2010. 

ross-riddleRoss Riddle

President & CEO, South Coast Shingle Co./A-1 Building Material

A 1972 CSULB graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration, Riddle 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 40 years. He’s a member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Southern California and Board Chairman of Nemeon, Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation, and Pacific Battleship Center.

 

Bill Ridgeway headshotBill Ridgeway

Former Owner, Bill Ridgeway Design & Consulting
Throughout his career, Bill Ridgeway has worked as a draftsman for North American Aviation on the Apollo program, the U.S. Army Reserves, and for the Los Angeles Fire Department, where he retired as captain. He operated Bill Ridgeway Design and Consulting from 1972 to 2004 and has worked as a real estate developer since 1962.

 

 

 

Clay Sandidge headshotClay A. Sandidge

President Muni-Fed Energy
Clay A. Sandidge has 30 years of experience in the renewable energy development, water/wastewater, engineering, environmental and air quality, and real estate transaction and development segments. Throughout his career he has focused on providing integrated solutions to private industry, ports, utilities, developers, manufacturers, and municipal, state, local and federal government clients. He has worked with air quality and maritime emissions systems, solar, micro wind turbines, micro turbines, thermal energy storage, LED lighting, green building energy resource management, and environmental remediation. 

 

Allen SchreiberAllen Schreiber

Managing Director, Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Managing Director of Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors’ Schulten Group, Allen Schreiber develops customized solutions to help high-net-worth investors maximize their current and future wealth. Under his leadership, the Schulten Group manages more than $1.5 billion in assets. Schreiber has a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from Chapman University. He is a Private Investment Management Portfolio Manager, a member of the firm’s Premier Advisor Chairman’s Council, and serves on the board of directors for St. Mary Hospital Foundation and The Pegasus School.

Mike Smith headshotMike Smith

Travel Consultant 
Mike has been employed in the travel and tourism business since 1980, with much of his career being devoted to promoting outbound travel from North America. In addition to marketing and business enrichment, he also has experience in North American tour operations. He has managed strategic consumer and trade advertising campaigns for South Pacific tourism bodies and sales and marketing for hotel groups, attractions, transport providers, and upscale resorts. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

 

 

Reo Song HeadshotReo Song

Marketing Assistant Professor, CSULB

Reo Song is a CSULB Assistant Professor of Marketing, specializing in business analytics, customer relationship management, digital marketing, diffusion of innovation, and international marketing. He has published in academic journals such as Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, and European Journal of Marketing. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Advertising.

 

Michael ThorburnMichael Thorburn

Assistant VP of Technology, AT&T

 Michael Thorburn has expertise in project management, design, engineering, manufacturing, operations and business development. He has worked for over 30 years in the telecommunications, aerospace, and space science industries, including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space Systems/Loral, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and DIRECTV. While employed by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, he was the Joint-Observatory Head of Engineering and Project Manager, and led a team of hundreds of engineers and technicians, building the world's largest radio telescope. Thorburn 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. In 2015, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at Oregon State University.

Doug Tilford headshotDoug Tilford

Former General Manager, Akamai Technologies

Doug Tilford has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing. Most recently, he served as general manager of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia for Akamai Technologies, managing nearly 1,000 people and turning it into the company’s leading division. During the past 16 years, Tilford has held numerous roles at Akamai. He was previously Director of Marketing and Sales for MarketWire.com, and worked in product management at Mattel, and in sales at Xerox. Tilford holds an MBA from University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from University of Arizona.