Board of Directors
A Los Angeles Times sportswriter labeled Mike Brown "Mr. Grandstand."
Yet, the moniker reveals only a small part of the legacy of the man who built what was to become one of the largest grandstand/staging companies in the world, erecting everything from Olympic stadiums to arena stages for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.
To say Mike Brown is a signal figure in the field of live-event productions would be to put it mildly. Before selling his premier company, Mike Brown Grandstands, to Brand Scaffolding in 1999, Brown was the "go-to-guy" for any and all grandstand and staging projects in the United States and Canada.
No Job was too difficult.
In what was prefigured to be semi-retirement, Brown scarcely seems to have slowed.
He divides times between homes in Laguna Beach and Bermuda Dunes, CA. Along with Nancy, his wife of 50 years, Brown is steadily involved with activities of four children (two boys and two girls), plus a dozen grandchildren. He's involved, as well, in numerous projects - not the least of which is his role as acting chair of Sharp Seating, which markets and sells nearly 100,000 seats for the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
For nearly a half century, he has belonged to both Elks and Kiwanis clubs. He is honorary chairman of Brown United and consults on projects like ESPN's X-Games. And he has served as trustee to both Citrus College and the University of La Verne, where he contributed the land that enabled the school to enlarge its campus.
Brown credits a multitude of associates for his accomplishments, but none more so than the late Jim Stivers. A friend and mentor who assisted Brown with personal and business development for over three decades, Stivers is recalled by Brown "the most honorable man I ever knew."
It all begins in the late 1940's, where Brown was an 11-year-old paperboy in his native Pasadena. On his route one day, he discovered a box of reserved-seat tickets mistakenly left on a bleacher stand set up for the Rose Parade. Well-schooled in honesty, he returned the tickets and was rewarded with six prime seat tickets for the parade.
Ironically, he already was selling seat cushions on the morning of the parade, but his good deed led to a lifetime friendship with the man who owned the seats, Pasadena car dealer and former world motorcycle speedway champion Jack Milne.
Milne also was in the portable seat business; it wasn't long after Brown graduated from high school before the two forged a business and personal relationship, which lasted until Milne's passing in 2000. Actually, Brown's big break came in 1959 when a client called Milne, wanting to rent some of the Rose Parade seats. Milne suggested Brown intervene and, if a rental could be worked out, the two would split the profits.
The deal proved a success and Brown was in the grandstand business. In 1964, still with only a small inventory of seats, Mike Brown Grandstands was incorporated.
But the company grew rapidly, as did the number of seats Brown acquired, sub-leased or utilized for jobs coast to coast. With a simple mantra - "always outperform your customers' expectations" - Brown Grandstands' modus operandi became a benchmark for sporting and entertainment grandstands and staging.
Mike Brown Grandstands was the official supplier at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Employing 46 semi-trailer trucks, the company moved all the staging for the opening and closing ceremonies in an amazing overnight demonstration.
Again at the Lake Placid and Atlanta Olympics, Brown Grandstands did massive amounts of work. Also the Commonwealth Games in Canada.
From golf tournaments to tennis stadiums to auto racing tracks, no job was too big or too small - not to mention the installation of hundreds of concert stages for major touring attractions.
Through all, the annual Rose Parade in his hometown Pasadena has remained Brown's favorite task. Even as a half a million spectators annually line the streets on New Year's Day, Brown may be found walking the parade route as a white-suited volunteer, just to be certain everyone is having a good time. It should come as no surprise that, via Brown's involvement with the Tournament of Roses, he is now a member of the Rose Bowl Legacy Committee tasked with overseeing major improvement to the Rose Bowl.
It has been an unbelievable ride for the modest, affable man who still credits "a whole lot of folks" for his success. But Mike Brown will never forget that December day over 60 years ago and how a box of abandoned parade tickets led to a lifetime of industry and community service.
James W. Hirschmann, III, Legacy Connections Board Chairman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Western Asset Management Company
Mr. Hirschmann currently serves as the chief executive officer of Western Asset Management Company, Legg mason's largest subsidiary by assets under management, and one of the world's largest fixed-income managers.
Mr. Hirschmann joined Western Asset in April 1989 in a business development capacity. In 1995, he spearheaded Western Asset's International efforts through the acquisition of Lehman Brothers Global Asset Management in London. In 1997, he relocated to London to build Western Asset's international business and integrate the U.S. and U.K. operations. Soon after returning to Western Asset's headquarters in Pasadena, California, Mr. Hirschmann was appointed president and chief executive officer in 1999, and has been a key driver in the impressive growth and major global position that Western Asset has achieved as one of the world's leading bond managers.
Prior to joining Western Asset Management, Mr. Hirschmann served as vice president for Invesco Trust Company in Denver, Colorado. Before that, Mr. Hirschmann was a vice president at Atlanta/Sosnoff Capital Corporation in New York, NY.
Mr. Hirschmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration with an emphasis in Accounting for Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and also serves as a member of the Finance and Administration Committee, and member of the Audit Committee at Widener University.
In addition, Mr. Hirschmann is a member of the Investment Committee of Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, the Board of Directors of Medical Simulation Corporation, the Advisory Board of the Lost Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, regent of the Board of Regents at Loyola High School of Los Angeles and member of the Board of Directors at Marymount High School of Los Angeles.
J. Michael Hennigan
J. Michael Hennigan is a founding Principal of McKool Smith Hennigan. Mr. Hennigan specializes in the litigation and trial of complex commercial cases, and has been lead counsel in more than 45 major jury trials in state and federal court. As lead trial counsel for plaintiffs, Mr. Hennigan has litigated judgments and settlements of more than $8 billion for his clients.
Mr. Hennigan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been consistently identified in prominent legal publications as one of the country's top trial lawyers, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Who's Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America. Chambers ranks him in "Band 1," among the top dozen litigators in California and among the top 25 nationwide, calling him "a terrific trial lawyer." Mr. Hennigan is also routinely identified as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Hennigan was a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, and was a lecturer in research and writing at the University of Arizona College of Law in 1973.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Mr. Lucenti brings more than 20 years of public accounting experience with Deloitte & Touche LLP, including leadership roles as a Senior Strategic Client Relationship partner in Los Angeles, serving as the Pacific Southwest Region Audit Enterprise Risk Services Marketplace leader. During this time he was involved in building client relationships with a focus on driving quality service before assuming the managing partner role for the firm's Orange County practice in June 2008.
As managing partner of the Orange County practice, Mr. Lucenti oversees the firm's four business groups: audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. He leads the firm's Orange County marketplace and community activities and serves as an advisory partner on many of the practice's major clients. In addition, he is in charge of Alumni Relations for the Pacific Southwest practice of Deloitte. His professional and community activities include the Forum for Corporate Directors -- Member, UCI Dean's Advisory Board of the Paul Merage School of Business. Mr. Lucenti sits on the Advisory Committee for a Better L.A., and is with the American Martyrs Catholic Church on the Financial and Facilities Committee. Mr. Lucenti is a graduate of Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Arts and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Meyers is the Chief Executive Officer of Shangri-La Construction (SLC) and is involved in all aspects of SLC's operations and is specifically responsible for strategic objectives and business development. Mr. Meyers is a pioneer and champion with respect to cost-effective, sustainable construction and clean technology innovation. As the CEO, Mr. Meyers has completed the first LEED Platinum private aircraft hangar, the first LEED core and shell Gold certification in Las Vegas, Nevada with a full retrofit of the 302 E. Carson building and recently obtained the first LEED Platinum certification for core and office space for Citadel Environmental in Burbank, California.
Mr. Meyers has a personal passion for real estate and business development. He obtained his real estate broker's license over 11 years ago and has been working in the industry ever since. He began his career managing high-end residential properties in Bel Air, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles. Mr. Meyers also gained extensive experience in the commercial real estate sector, eventually leading him to a strategic management role with an SLC affiliate in the acquisition, construction and sale of a 12-acre project in Bel Air.
In addition to Mr. Meyers' involvement with SLC, he has overseen Shangri-La Entertainment (Polar Express, Beowulf and Martin Scorsese's Shine A Light) and Shangri-La Music (Jerry Lee Lewis's Last Man Standing and The Pretenders' Break Up The Concrete) since their inceptions.
Mr. Meyers graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. As an accomplished student athlete in UCLA's prestigious football program, Mr. Meyers excelled both on and off the field. He was honored as a two-time All-PAC 10 Guard, Third Team All-American, Academic All-PAC 10 and Academic All-District and also briefly played for the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League.
Some of Mr. Meyers' awards include: the Green Ambassador Award and Environmental Charter Schools award. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International and sits on the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate Advisory Board.
Carolyn Miller graduated from Brigham Young University in 1972 with a BS degree in Accounting. She has held financial positions with a number of companies including the International Division of Carnation, Fritz Companies, Inc., Carlsberg Financial, Mattel and Van de Kamps.
Following her marriage to Charles D. Miller (Chairman and CEO of Avery Dennison) in 1982 and subsequent move to Los Angeles, she became a private investor, interior designer and manager of family properties. They have two daughters born in 1987.
Carolyn's philanthropic endeavors have included chairing the Heart Ball of the American Heart Association on three occasions, hosting events for various worthy causes including United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Rose Bowl Legacy Committee, organizing Girl Scout troops and volunteering with Operation Walk and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. After putting together a merger of two non-profit psychological training schools, she served on the Board of Philips Graduate Institute, becoming Chairman from 1999 to 2001.
Carolyn has been a board member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, the Blue Ribbon and The Music Center. She has co-chaired LA Alive several times. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she has been involved in many sports initiatives including spearheading the growth of women's and girls' lacrosse in Southern California and, for ten years, serving as a member of the board of California Special Olympics. She has been a lifelong collector of modern and contemporary art and has been a member of the Fellow of Contemporary Art since 1984.
Carolyn divides her time between Pasadena, California and Wilson, Wyoming.
Charles D. Miller*
Chairman & CEO
Avery Dennison Corporation
* 1928-2011 Founding Board Member
Charles D. Miller joined Legacy Connections ~ the Rose Bowl Campaign as a founding Director, having retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Avery Dennison Corporation, the Pasadena-based global leader in branding and information management solutions and was a Director Emeritus of the Avery Dennison board of directors.
Mr. Miller joined Avery Products Group, the precursor of Avery Dennison, in 1964 as director of corporate planning. He was named vice president and managing director of the Materials Europe division in 1965, vice president of Fasson International Operations in 1968, and group vice president of the Materials Group in 1969. In 1975, Mr. Miller was elected president and chief operating officer of the corporation and a member of the board of directors. In 1977, he was elected president and chief executive officer, and in 1983, he was elected chairman and chief executive officer. He served as chief executive officer for 21 years until May 1, 1998, and served as chairman of the board of directors until May 1, 2000.
Mr. Miller began his business career in 1949 with Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, holding a series of sales and marketing management positions during his ten years with that firm. From 1959 to 1964 he was affiliated with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc., first as a consultant and later as an associate.
Mr. Miller was born March 1, 1928, in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Miller was the non- executive chairman of the board of Nationwide Health Properties, where he was a director. He also served as a director of Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) and the Los Angeles Sports Council. He was a former member of the boards of directors of Southern California Edison, Korn/Ferry International, Mellon West, and the LA84 Foundation (formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles).
In addition, Mr. Miller was a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and Occidental College. He was the past chairman of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Business Advisors and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He was also Director, Nationwide Health Properties, (also Non-Executive Chairman of the Board); Director, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR/KPCC); Director of the Los Angeles Sports Council Executive Board member; and Director of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
Ronald A. Okum
President & Founder
Okum Insurance Co.
Mr. Okum has served as an underwriter for various life insurance companies since 1966 as well as an in-demand instructor and keynote speaker for insurance professionals and executives alike. A former Alhambra High School science teacher and football coach, Mr. Okum proudly serves as a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and its more prestigious Top of the Table, which recognizes the top 300 insurance underwriters in the nation. He has been a consistent recipient of the National Association Life Underwriter's National Quality and National Sales achievement award and the recipient of virtually every service and achievement honor from American United Life and Ohio National Life Insurance Company.
Mr. Okum brings a great deal of community service to the Legacy serving as the Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley Life Underwriters Association (past president), Life Underwriters Training Council (instructor), Past President of the Tournament of Roses Association, Pasadena Optimist Club (past president), San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America (past vice president and three-time Scout-O-Rama chairman), San Marino Little League (former manager), San Marino Girls Softball League (past president), Pasadena Quarterbacks Club (past president), YMCA (fund raiser), National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for scholar/athletes (past president), Coordination Committee of St. Felicitas and Perpetua Church (past treasurer), Ron and Nan Okum Biology Scholarship at California State University, Los Angeles (past sponsor), CSULA Development Committee (past chairman), CSULA Athletic Committee (chairman), CSULA Presidential Advisory Board (member), CSULA Foundation (board member), Crittenton Classic Charity Softball game between Los Angeles Dodgers wives and celebrity team (former wives manager; founder and coordinator), San Gabriel Country Club (board of directors), National Chair Parents Association, University of Southern California, San Marino School Foundation(member), American Heart Association (director), Loyola Marymount University Parents Association (chair, The Almansor Center (chairman), Loyola University Board of Regents (regent)and the Cal State University of Los Angeles, Alumnus of the Year of 2002.
Mr. Okum was born in Detroit, Michigan May 29, 1941 and moved to Southern California in 1960. At the age of 70, he is most active in golf, tennis, jogging, swimming, skiing, youth sports and is the collector of antique furniture and works of art. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles in 1963; Master's degree in 1970 from California State University, Los Angeles. He has been married 45 years to his wife Nan Okum having two daughters, Erin 42 and Amy 38, six grandchildren; Courtney 14, Colin 12, Bridget 10, Luke 7, Megan 5 and Grace 2.
Ronald L. Olson
Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP
Ronald L. Olson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Mr. Olson has practiced law with the firm since 1968. Mr. Olson also is a director of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, and Western Asset Trusts. He serves as a director of several non-profits, including the RAND Corporation (formerly chair), the Mayo Clinic, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the California Institute of Technology. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Claremont University Center and Graduate School from 1984 to 1994 and Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southern California Public Radio from 1999 to 2004.
Steven J. Olson
Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Secretary John Bryson
U.S. Department of Commerce
Olson was a partner at O'Melveny & Myers, LLP in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2011, where he regularly represented companies in domestic and international complex commercial litigation, civil and criminal government enforcement actions, and corporate compliance and governance matters. Steve served as the firm's worldwide Hiring Partner and was a member of the Partnership Admissions Committee. He also served as the firm-wide Talent Development Partner, where he was responsible for the training, mentoring, performance reviews and compensation of the firm's approximately 750 associates and counsel worldwide.
In 2011, Olson served as President and Chief Legal Officer for Aletheia Research and Management, Inc., an independent, registered asset management firm in Santa Monica with separately managed account strategies for institutional and high net worth individuals. The firm also sub-advises European and Canadian mutual funds.
Prior to joining O'Melveny, Olson served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. In that position, he concentrated on prosecuting securities and investment fraud cases.
Olson has been recognized in his field by Legal 500 and named a "Rising Star" and a "Super Lawyer" in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine.
Olson has also been active with educational and civic organizations throughout his career. He served as a board member of the Stanford University Alumni Association and on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way for Greater Los Angeles. Additionally, Olson is the Secretary of the Kidspace Children's Museum Board, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a board member of Rose Bowl Legacy. Olson has a B.A. with honors from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was Contributing Editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law.
Christopher C. Rising
Rising Realty Partners
Christopher Rising manages the day-to-day business activities of Rising Realty Partners (RRP), while also serving on its investment committee. Prior to RRP, Mr. Rising served as Senior Vice President, Asset Transactions at MPG Office Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MPG) where he oversaw all acquisitions, dispositions and related transactions for the company. He joined the company in 2007 as a Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives working directly with the CEO to formulate MPG's strategy for reducing leverage and restructuring the company.
In 2003, Mr. Rising founded The Rising Real Estate Group (RREG), a real estate investment and brokerage company which through its partnership with Barker Pacific Group (BPG), a Los Angeles based real estate operator and developer, raised an equity fund vehicle known as Hamilton Capital Partners (HCP). Mr. Rising currently sits on the investment committee for HCP, a co-invest vehicle which has acquired more than 25 real estate assets, and now includes 18 self storage facilities, retail, industrial, office and condominium projects.
As an owner, Mr. Rising has overseen the restructuring of the self-storage operation, acquisitions, and leasing operations. RREG is also a principal along with BPG and Golden Boy Enterprises, Oscar de la Hoya's firm, in 626 Wilshire Blvd., 156,000 square foot office building located in downtown Los Angeles.
Mr. Rising, a graduate of Duke University and Loyola Law School, began his professional career as an associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop). Mr. Rising spent several years at Cushman Realty Corporation (CRC), working in the Office of President under brokerage legend John C. Cushman, Ill. Mr. Rising then served as a Director at Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. (C&W), joining C&W after its merger with CRC in 2001.
Mr. Rising currently serves as Chair and President of the Board of Trustees of Chandler School in Pasadena, as a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola High School, as a member of the Athletic Advisory Board at Duke University, as a member of the Board of Overseers at Loyola Law School. He formally served as President of the Loyola High School Alumni Association.
Nelson C. Rising
Rising Realty Partners, LLC
A veteran of 40 years in the real estate industry Nelson Rising is the Chairman of Rising Realty Partners, LLC, a real estate investment and operating company.
Prior to forming Rising Realty Partners, Mr. Rising was President & CEO of MPG Office Trust, Inc. a New York Stock Exchange listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Formerly known as Maguire Properties, MPG Office Trust is the owner of 53 percent of the institution quality office space in downtown Los Angeles. Rising was a senior partner of Maguire Thomas Partners from 1983-1994, (the predecessor company to Maguire Properties) and was the partner-in-charge of the Library Square development that included the 73-story US Bank Tower and Gas Company Tower.
Rising served as Chief Executive Officer of Catellus Development Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, from 1994-2005 and during his 11-year tenure he oversaw the company's successful evolution from a railroad land company, to a diversified development company and to a real estate investment trust. Most notable of the many Catellus developments is Mission Bay in San Francisco, the largest mixed-use development in the history of the city. Catellus merged with ProLogis in September 2005 in a $5.5 billion transaction.
Mr. Rising is a former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and is Chairman Emeritus of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Rising is also Chairman of the Grand Avenue Committee that acts as the real estate advisor to and negotiator for a joint powers authority consisting of the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and the County of Los Angeles for the Grand Avenue project, a 3.6 million square foot, $3 billion development located on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.
Rising currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The Irvine Company, and the Boards of Trust Company of the West and Foley Timber & Land Company. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committees of the California Institute of Technology and the W. M. Keck Foundation.
Rising received a B.A. with honors in Economics from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers prior to entering the real estate industry.
Daniel H. Rothenberg
Senior Vice President / Financial Advisor,
UBS Financial Services
Daniel H. Rothenberg has lived in Pasadena since 1988 when he began attending Chandler School. Dan went onto Polytechnic High School after Chandler and then attended Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard University in 2004 with a degree in Economics, Dan went into the wealth management business at Morgan Stanley.
Dan is currently a Senior Vice President / Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services where his group advises corporate retirement plans, non-profit endowments and foundations as well as high net worth individuals with assets under management in excess of $4,000,000,000.
Dan serves as a trustee on the board of Chandler School as well as the board of The Phoenix House of California. Dan and his wife Sarah reside in Pasadena with their 17 month old daughter Morgan.
James F. Rothenberg
The Capital Group Companies
Jim Rothenberg is Chairman of The Capital Group Companies as well as Chairman of Capital Research and Management Company, Chairman of the Executive Committee of CRMC, and Non Executive Chairman of American Funds Distributors. He serves on the boards of CRMC, The Capital Group Companies and AFD. In addition, Jim is a portfolio counselor for The Growth Fund of America and Washington Mutual Investors Fund. He is also Vice Chairman of Fundamental Investors and GFA.
Jim joined Capital in 1970 after receiving an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard. Jim is a Chartered Financial Analyst and was named to the Harvard Corporation as the treasurer of Harvard University in 2004. He also serves as a director of the Huntington Memorial Hospital, the California Institute of Technology and KCET. He was a Governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) from 1996 to 2002.
Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP
Mickey Segal, CPA, is the Managing Partner of Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP. Mickey graduated cum laude in accounting from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. In 1997, he was inducted into their Accounting Hall of Fame and he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University's business school. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mickey has served two-four year terms on the Arcadia City Council and served as Mayor twice. Mickey also chaired the City of Arcadia's Financial Advisory Committee.
Mickey is involved in numerous philanthropic activities. Mickey chaired and completed the $2.5 million Capital Campaign to raise money for the Arcadia Unified School District's Technology Plan. He has also chaired and completed a $6 million Capital Campaign for Covenant House. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Arcadia Methodist Hospital and has chaired the Capital Campaign for the new Tower raising over $28 million to date. Mickey has co-chaired the American Cancer Society's Southern California Invitational Golf Tournament for six years. He also co-chairs the Heartbeat of Hollywood Golf Tournament for the benefit of the Motion Picture Television Fund. The one day event raises over $700,000. Mickey is a board member of the Unified Educational Trust at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and is the Vice-Chair of Planned Giving for their $150 million Capital Campaign.
Mickey and his wife, Lee, have three children, Allison, Matthew and Andrew, and live in Arcadia. They are members of the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, where Mickey is a past President. He has chaired the major gifts committee for the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. Mickey is also a member of Hillcrest Country Club. Mickey enjoys playing golf, watching football and baseball games and participating in community activities.
LifeSource Water Systems
A resident of Pasadena for over 15 years, B.J. Wright currently serves as the Chairman of LifeSource Water Systems. LifeSource Water, a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of whole house water systems is based in Pasadena, CA and has been in operation for over 25 years. LifeSource Water Systems manufactures and sells water filtering and conditioning systems for both residential and commercial uses. LifeSource systems are eco-friendly, do not waste water, and eliminate the need for bottled water in homes and businesses. Mr. Wright's son and daughter currently manage the business. Mr. Wright also founded and serves as President of Blue Grass Industries. Blue Grass Industries has formed thoroughbred racehorse partnerships through breeding, buying and selling champion racehorses since 1991.
Additionally, Mr. Wright is on the Board of House of the Children. Their current project, Rainforest Flow, is bringing clean drinking, bathing and cooking water to various villages and tribes in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.
Mr. Wright was born in Shelbyville Kentucky, and has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1960.
President and Chief Executive Officer
CSC ~ Contemporary Services Corporation
Mr. Zumwalt, the pioneer of peer group security and crowd control, first organized CSC in 1967 as a much-needed solution for entertainment security. After receiving his degree from UCLA, Mr. Zumwalt expanded CSC into a full service corporation. His innovative systems and CSC's success across the United States have made him a respected authority in crowd management. Over the past forty-one years, Mr. Zumwalt has directed the growth of the company from its modest beginnings into a global firm with fifty thousand employees and thirty-nine branch offices. CSC has provided its services to the Rose Bowl for many years and has "never lost the field."
Andrea L. Van de Kamp, Campaign Director
Andrea Van de Kamp is a long time resident of Pasadena, married to former California State Attorney General John Van de Kamp.
A successful businesswoman and fundraiser, she recently started her own consulting firm after 14 years as chair of Sotheby's West Coast business activities.
In 2003 she completed her volunteer position as chair of the Board of Governors of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, and she chaired the development committee to raise funds to build the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a $274 million building that opened in October 2003. She remains chair emeritus of the Music Center.
Earlier in her career, she served as Director of Public Affairs for Carter Hawley Hale Stores; Director of Development of the Museum of Contemporary Art; Executive Director of the Southern California Coro Foundation; and Associate Director of Admissions for Dartmouth College.
Mrs. Van de Kamp is a member of several community organizations, where she is currently active including: Chairman Emeritus of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, Board of Councilors of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, UCLA Hammer Museum, the California Community Federation, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Board of Directors.
A graduate of Michigan State University, she received her Master's Degree from the Teacher's College of Columbia University.
Laura Farber, Tournament of Roses Rep.
Hahn & Hahn, LLP
Laura V. Farber is a partner in the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn.
Farber practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment disputes.
Farber is the Chair of the ABA General Practice Solo and Small Firm Division, Chair of the ABA 's House of Delegates Credentials and Admissions Committee, Immediate Past Chair of the ABA's Commission on Youth at Risk, and a member of the ABA Journal Editorial Board. She also served as Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division from 2001-2002. She will become a member of the Board of Governors at the Annual Meeting in August 2012 and serve until August of 2015.
Farber also is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where she served on the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1997 and as a member of the Minorities in the Legal Profession Committee from 1994 to 1995. She was President of the Barristers, the LACBA's young lawyers division, from 1996 through 1997.
Farber also is a member of the Latina Lawyers Association.
Her civic activities include serving as a newly elected Vice President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, previous service on the board of directors for the YWCA and on the executive committee, current bylaws chair for the South Pasadena Middle School Booster Club, and current member of the Vecinos, a civic group fostering culture and education in South Pasadena.
The Los Angeles Business Journal has named Farber one of the top 50 women lawyers in Los Angeles. Farber also received a Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
Mark Harlan, UCLA Representative
Sr. Associate Athletic Director - External Relations
Mark Harlan is in his first year as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at UCLA, having joined the staff in July.
Harlan will work with the Associate Athletic Director of Development on all facets of fund development for the athletic department, including Capital and Major Gifts, the John Wooden Athletic Fund and the Bruin Varsity Club. He also oversees UCLA's Athletic Marketing, Promotion, Branding, Licensing and ticket sales efforts as well as the official athletic department web site. In addition, he is the department's liaison with ISP Sports, UCLA's corporate and media rights holder. He is a member of Dan Guerrero's senior staff.
Prior to coming to UCLA, Harlan served as the Senior Vice President for Central Development at The University of Arizona Foundation, beginning in 2007. His oversight included Annual Giving, Corporate Relations, Communication and Marketing, Donor Services, Gift Planning, Scholarships and the GIFT Center, a service of the Foundation that offers UA faculty, staff and development personnel support with their non-governmental charitable grant seeking activities.
In 2005, Harlan became the Senior Associate Athletic Director at San Jose Sate overseeing all units in external relations. There, he presided over two record-breaking revenue years as well as overseeing the sports of football, men's soccer and women's basketball. He negotiated the department's first ever corporate rights agreement with Learfield Sports as well as a comprehensive television deal with Comcast Sports to air Spartan football and basketball games. In 2006, the football team, under head coach Dick Tomey, won nine games and the school's first bowl victory in 16 years. In 2005 and 2006, ticket sales nearly doubled.
In 2004, Harlan joined the athletic staff at Northern Colorado. There, in his role as an Associate Athletic Director, he helped redesign the department's fundraising efforts as well as playing an integral role in the school's transition to Division I and membership in the Big Sky Conference.
In 1994, Harlan joined the University of Arizona Athletic Department as an event coordinator. Previously, he has served as a graduate assistant on Tomey's football staff, directing recruiting and operational activities. He was promoted to Director of Operations, overseeing numerous intercollegiate and NCAA championship events. In 2000, then Athletic Director Jim Livengood asked Harlan to assist with raising money for the department, which eventually led to him becoming an Assistant Athletics Director for Regional Development and Marketing. He was instrumental in securing major gifts during Campaign Arizona for the Student-Athlete that raised over 80 million dollars in facility and operational enhancements.
Harlan holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's degree in Education from Arizona. He and his wife Carolyn have two children, daughter Savannah (5) and son Austin (2).