Board of Directors
Mickey Segal, Legacy President
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.
Ronald A. Okum, Legacy VP & Treasurer
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.
James W. Hirschmann, III, Legacy Secretary
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.
Jeffrey L. Glassman
Jeff joined Covington in 2007 and has practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Most recently, Jeff served as Managing Director of Bingham Legg Advisers LLC, a joint venture created by the law firm Bingham McCutchen and investment manager Legg Mason. Prior to that, he was a principal at the law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years.
Jeff graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and received his JD, magna cum laude, from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
Jeff is Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Jewish Home and Chairman Emeritus of American Jewish University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wallis Foundation, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, Art Center College of Design, and Southern California Grantmakers.
Jeff is a member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University and is a member (formerly co-chair) of the Advisory Board of the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Jeff for many years served on the Board of Directors of IFES, the Washington based NGO, which provides election assistance in emerging democracies around the world.
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.
Angelo Mazzone, Sports and Entertainment
Mr. Mazzone brings an expansive knowledge and background in the sports and entertainment industry. He is a former partner at PrimeSports International , a leader in corporate hospitality and sports and entertainment marketing. Mazzone is a former Associate Athletic Director for UCLA , and holds a law degree from the UCLA School of Law. He has successfully represented numerous collegiate and professional sports coaches.
Steve Olson serves as the firmwide Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. In addition to white collar matters, his work for clients includes general corporate litigation and international transactions, specifically focused on foreign direct investment into the United States.
As a former federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Steve regularly represents companies, boards of directors and executives in criminal and civil matters against government enforcement agencies. He also advises companies and independent directors in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations. Steve has extensive jury trial experience both at the government and in private practice.
Steve rejoined O’Melveny in July 2013 after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Commerce Secretary. Steve also served as Executive Director of SelectUSA, the federal initiative to attract increased investment in the United States by international businesses. Steve built the SelectUSA program and under his leadership, it helped channel more than US$25 billion in new foreign direct investment, creating and retaining tens of thousands of American jobs. During Steve’s tenure, SelectUSA handled a pipeline of over 800 in-bound investment matters from businesses all over the world, helping investors navigate the U.S. regulatory environment and providing valuable counseling regarding state and federal incentive programs.
Steve has been named One of the Most Influential People in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Business Journal, recognized by Legal 500 in the category of White-Collar Criminal Defense and named a “Super Lawyer” in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine.
Steve has served as O’Melveny’s firmwide Talent Development Partner, firmwide Hiring Partner, and a member of the Partner Admissions Committee.
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.
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.
A Pasadena resident since the 1980s, Dan attended the Chandler School through 8th grade and graduated from Polytechnic High School. He then went on to Harvard University and earned a BS in Economics. After his time in Cambridge, he returned to Pasadena and began his career as an investment advisor. He started with Morgan Stanley in their downtown Los Angeles office where he worked until 2010. In 2010, Dan and his team moved to UBS Financial Services Inc. He advises individuals, institutions and family offices as the firm approaches its 7th anniversary.
Dan is married to Sarah, a graphic design artist, and they just celebrated their 6th anniversary. Sarah runs her own graphic design business in South Pasadena. Dan and Sarah have two young children, Morgan (6) and William (3).
As a native to Pasadena, Dan has been active in the local community as well. He is a past-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chandler School and is involved on a number of other advisory councils for Pasadena organizations.
Regional Managing Director
First Republic Bank
Shiva Sattar is a Regional Managing Director at First Republic Bank, overseeing the San Diego and Orange County regions.
Ms. Sattar has more than two decades of experience in financial services. Prior to joining First Republic, she was a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Regional Director at Union Bank. Prior to that, she held various leadership positions at Wells Fargo/Wachovia, including Private Banking Regional Director in the Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles markets.
Active in the community, she is a board member of the Center Stars, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and serves on the advisory board of South Coast Repertory. She is also a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund, a nonprofit subsidiary of the United Way.
Ms. Sattar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. She is currently an Executive MBA Candidate at USC Marshall School of Business.
Shelley B. Thompson
Seyfarth & Shaw
Shelley B. Thompson is an experienced attorney, wealth advisor, and banking executive. She is presently practicing law in the area of trusts and estates. Previously she worked at Bank of Hawaii, where she served as Vice Chair, Chief Fiduciary Officer, member of the Managing Committee, and Manager of the Investment Services Group. She was responsible for delivering trust, investment, private banking, and brokerage services to high net worth indiciduals and institutions.
Prior to Bank of Hawaii, Ms. Thompson served as a member of senior management and oversaw wealth management at a number of major banks, including Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank, and City National Bank. She has also served as a Trustee of the Lillian Disney Trust and as a director of a private trust company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Ms. Thompson is a member of the State Bar of California. She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Active in the community, Ms. Thompson serves on the Boards of the Girl Scouts of Great Los Angeles, the Pasadena Literary Alliance, and the Organization of Women Executives. She has served as Chair of both the Hawaii Theatre Center and Child & Familiy Service, as well as Vice Chair of the Hawaiian Humane Society. She has also served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations, includig the University of San Diego, the Pasadena Humane Society, KCET Public Televisions, and both the Guthrie and Ordway Theaters.
Dr. Betty Uribe
Executive Vice President
California Bank and Trust
Dr. Betty Uribe is the Executive Vice President at California Bank & Trust, where she leads Commercial and Personal Banking throughout Southern California. For nearly three decades, Dr. Uribe has been transforming business, culture, and people through values based leadership.
At California Bank & Trust, Dr. Uribe has P&L responsibility for the Greater Southern California retail and business banking network; the Bank has more than $11 billion in assets. Under Uribe's leadership CB&T has been named the "Best Bank in Orange County," for two consecutive years, as voted by readers of the Orange County Register.
A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, organizational turnarounds, and peak performance, she has been honored consistently for her strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors.
Uribe is widely regarded as an industry expert in financial services with expertise in commercial banking, retail banking, marketing, public relations, risk management, and strategic planning. As an executive for Fortune 500 national and regional banks, she has effected business turnarounds, achieving over 20% increase in pre-tax profits in a declining economy, double digit revenue growth in less than twelve months, double digit expense management, and significant increases in efficiency ratios. Her leadership of De Novo strategies for leading banks resulted in the roll out of over 100 new retail and business banking locations, most of which became accretive within 18 months.
Dr. Uribe has worked with leaders from every walk of life - CEOs of multinational corporations, military generals, political leaders, advocates for humanity, psychologists, university presidents, and parents. Her entrepreneurial background has given her a broad and universal understanding of various industries and businesses within the U.S. and international markets.
As an international and bilingual speaker, Uribe has lectured in North and South America and Asia; her work has been published in financial and business publications and trade journals in China, Singapore, Russia, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. She has been featured in national and local media - television, radio and print. Included in the many honors bestowed upon Dr. Uribe are "The Most Prominent Latina in Los Angeles", "Top 25 National Corporate Elite" and author of #Values: The Secret to Top-Level Peefonnance in Business & Life.
Dr. Uribe currently serves on three for-profit private company boards: Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, United States and Next Step Asia, Hong Kong. She also serves on several non-profit boards in the United States
Darren Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of Wescom Credit Union, a Pasadena-based financial cooperative serving more than 200,000 members throughout Southern California.
Wescom, with $3.0 billion in assets and 22 branches, is one of the largest credit unions in the nation. Wescom’s commitment to the delivery of unparalleled member service has enabled it to achieve double-digit growth rates in assets, loans and membership.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Wescom provides brokerage services, financial planning and property and causality insurance to not only Wescom members, but also members of other participating credit unions. In addition, Wescom provides correspondent services and back-office processing to other credit unions.
Prior to joining Wescom in 1997, Darren served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. He also held an executive position at Hughes Aircraft Employees Federal Credit Union (Kinecta).
Darren is a graduate of Pepperdine University and has completed executive development courses at Stanford University and Harvard Business School.
Peter J. Zarifes
Peter is a Managing Director and Director of Wealth Management in the South Pasadena office of Whittier Trust. He has more than 25 years of experience working with high net worth individuals and families.
Prior to joining Whittier Trust, Peter worked for over a decade at Bessemer Trust where he was a Managing Director and Senior Client Account Manager, and was responsible for the business throughout the western United States. Prior to that, Peter spent 11 years as a Principal at Desmond, Marcello & Amster, where he specialized in the valuation of privately-held companies and intangible assets. Peter began his career in the Audit Department at Price Waterhouse. He is a contributing author to several books and publications on business valuation and has qualified as an expert witness on this topic. His unique combination of skills and experiences is particularly helpful to clients who are involved with closely held businesses.
A native Southern Californian, Peter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.
Board of Advisors
Dennis Alfieri, Principal, Alfieri Investments
Dennis Alfieri is a Real Estate Developer and a Governmental Affairs specialist. A Principal at Alfieri Investments and the Founding, Managing Member of Bantry Property Services, LLC as well as one of the original Developers of the Irwindale Speedway.
Dennis is currently Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles County Harbor Commission since 2009 and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning issues relating to the operation and management of Marina del Rey located in Southern California.
Dennis is a 31-year member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and a member of the Executive Committee and a Board of Director for the Children’s Burn Foundation and a Board of Trustees for Methodist Hospital foundation.
Dennis began his career serving as a Field Representative for a U.S. Congressman and in 1983 Dennis joined the office of Presidential Advance team where he performed both domestic and international advance coordination for President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Dennis was a member of the Commission of Presidential Scholars and Delegates to the White House Conference on Small Business.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Les Allan, Managing Member and Advisor, Los Angeles Investment Co. LLC
Les Allan is the Managing Member and Advisor with The Los Angeles Investment Company, LLC, a Los Angeles, California advisory company serving the needs of smaller companies, their owners and their successors. As well as a Pasadena Angel investor, Les sits on the board of several rapid growth companies as well as the board of Foothill Family Services. Prior to this, Les spent over 20 years leading the development of institutional businesses and multiple products for Goldman Sachs, Jefferies and Lehman Brothers, before becoming CEO of Cargill Investor Services, Inc.
Growing up in Edinburgh, Scotland, Les has been a lifelong soccer fanatic, in particular, following Heart of Midlothian and Chelsea Football Clubs, where he maintains season tickets to this day. In addition to his financial career, Les is the founder of Goals Soccer Centers in Los Angeles, the largest soccer facility of its kind, also awarded “Sports Center of the Year. He is also the Executive Producer of Pelada, an award winning soccer documentary. Les lives in Los Angeles with his large, sports loving family.
Kevin Bixler, Vice President, Chicken of the Sea
William Bogaard, Former Mayor of Pasadena
Early in 2015, Mr. Bogaard completed sixteen years as Pasadena’s first directly elected mayor. His time in office was an active, involving completion of the Gold Line light rail system through Pasadena; construction of extensive housing, both market rate and affordable; public school reform; establishment of new cultural institutions; and strengthening of the City’s neighborhoods. Investment in infrastructure during this period, including an expanded convention center and a renovated Rose Bowl, exceeded one billion dollars.
Previously, he was Executive VP and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services company with branches in eleven western states, until its merger in the late 1990’s with Wells Fargo & Co. He directed the Company’s legal and legislative activities, dealing with capital, credit and compliance issues. Prior to joining First Interstate, he was engaged in a corporate securities and administrative law practice as a partner in a Los Angeles law firm.
A specialist in corporate finance, Mr. Bogaard has domestic and international experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets matters, mutual funds and investment, and regulated industries. In 1987, the Los Angeles Bar association honored him as Outstanding Corporate Counsel.
He has served as arbitrator of complex business disputes and was visiting professor of law at the Michigan Law School in 1996-1997 and adjunct professor at the USC Law School in 1997-1999, teaching courses in banking law, business organizations and securities regulation. Mr. Bogaard has served as chairman of Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a life sciences incubator and workforce development program, since its inception 12 years ago; partners include Pasadena, CSU Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, and Pasadena City College.
Mr. Bogaard graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the Michigan Law School and served as an officer of the U.S Air Force in Los Angeles and Casablanca, Morocco.
Mike Brown, Chairman, Sharp Seating Company
Pamela Brunson, Sr. VP of Marketing and Development, Wolfgang Puck
Key to the success of the Wolfgang Puck companies is finding talented, top-quality individuals and providing them with the opportunity to build their careers within the organization. Pamela Brunson exemplifies this core goal. In her 30 plus years with the Wolfgang Puck family, she has played an integral role in growing, creating and cultivating the brand.
As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development for Wolfgang Puck Catering, Brunson leads brand strategy and growth for the company and its forty-five locations across the country in special events, corporate dining, cultural, hotel, conference and sports segments. Brunson oversees advertising, marketing, public relations and philanthropy and in addition, undertakes business development, a crucial role as Wolfgang Puck Catering expands into new markets and creates unique concepts.
A California native, Brunson began her career with the company as Chef Wolfgang Puck’s personal assistant at Spago Hollywood in 1985, after graduating from UCLA. She quickly immersed herself in all areas of the restaurant business from management and operations to special events and media relations.
Brunson was given the chance to join the opening team of Puck’s former restaurant Granita in Malibu as General Manager, a position she held for four years. She later returned to Puck’s flagship Spago to assist in the transition of moving the restaurant from its original location in Hollywood to its current home in Beverly Hills. During this time, Brunson assisted in the development of the restaurant’s catering arm, helping take Spago’s renowned food and hospitality to a new level, by growing the off-premise catering business in Los Angeles.\
It was from this the idea was born to expand into a national chef-led catering company. Brunson worked alongside CEO Carl Schuster to deliver on Chef Puck’s vision of providing a true restaurant-quality experience in a special event setting. Schuster’s strategic partnership Compass Group, the world’s largest foodservice organization, fueled the company’s expansive growth.
Brunson shares in Chef Puck’s dedication to giving back to the community. She developed and managed the American Wine & Food Festival for more than 25 years. This world-renowned festival benefited Meals on Wheels and raised more than 15 million dollars. She recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, and manages company engagement with Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, Chefs to End Hunger, and Stu and the Kids Foundation.
Connie Campbell, Former Tournament of Roses and RBOC
Connie Campbell is a leading authority on Stadium Management and Event Operations. In her 25 plus years in the industry she has successfully managed 25 Rose Bowl Games, including two BCS National Championship Games, Super Bowl, Olympic Soccer, Major League Soccer events, World Cup All-Star Soccer, the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, numerous College football games, Major Concerts, Motocross and other special events.
Over the years she has been retained by organizations to help provide management studies and organizational assessment of both immediate and long-term administrative needs. Most recently she partnered with long-time associate Jim Steeg to assist the Rose Bowl Management Company with an organizational and administrative assessment of the Rose Bowl Stadium. She was retained by the non-profit organization, Discover the World (DTW) were she assisted the organization overcome administrative, organizational and operational challenges both in the US and Africa in order to provide needed resources to their orphanages in Kenya. Her recommendations ultimately provide organizations with a better foundation for overall improved operations, quality of time management, cost effectiveness and a better direction for the organizations future.
Campbell began in event management as a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Public Affairs, Public Policy and Planning in 1984. After a successful internship with the White House, Office of Public Affairs and then Office of Management and Budget in Washington DC, she was hired by the City of Pasadena to assist the Rose Bowl Stadium, Brookside Golf Courses and Parks and Recreation departments with budgeting and program analysis in preparation for the 1984 Summer Olympics. She was quickly given the responsibilities of Director of Events for the Rose Bowl Stadium due to her management and organizational abilities. During her time at the Rose Bowl Stadium, Campbell’s management responsibilities grew quickly to included responsibility for oversight of all Stadium Operations and Event Management. Responsibilities at that time included, tenant negotiations and relations; facility and event budgeting; facility event preparation, management of event and facility personnel, vendors and sub-contractors; management of facility Concessionaire; interfacing with City of Pasadena Board of Directors, Rose Bowl Management Board of Directors and Residence Associations regarding facility events; event coordination and interfacing with CHP, Cal Trans, City of Pasadena Police, Fire, Paramedics, Human Resources, Public Works, Water & Power, Building Safety, Permitting and Licensing departments and oversight of facility field crews, maintenance and repairs. During her time at the Stadium she became interested in Turf maintenance, taking courses in Agronomy, learning from turf industry experts and joining the Sports Turf Managers Association, allowing her to travel to other facilities to share information and resources. Campbell became committed to ensuring the high quality standards of the Rose Bowl playing field by providing her crew with management, top industry resources & equipment. The Rose Bowl playing field is known today as one of the top in the industry.
Campbell continued her tenure in Event Management when the Tournament of Roses challenged her to help it bring the Rose Bowl Game up into the rapidly changing world of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Campbell served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Rose Bowl Game from 1998 until 2006, with extensive responsibilities, including the management and oversight of all administrative and event operations for the Game and surrounding Tournament Arroyo Seco Festival. Her responsibilities included, Interfacing with Rose Bowl Management Committee, Stadium and City Officials, Conference Officials, Athletic Department Officials; all organizational infrastructure including staffing; development and training of event staff; oversight of Game Administration, budgets and finances; oversight of all facility operations; design and implementation of all Media & Marketing materials, tickets; design, coordination and management of extensive credentialing system; design and implementation of Game Day information guides and Media brochures; design of Game program cover and stadium pageantry; Management of TofR Game merchandise including vendor selection, merchandise selection and logo designs; Management of hospitality venue at Stadium; and VIP’s; Hotel and Transportation selection and management for Teams, Conference Officials, Media, Game Officials and Athletic Dept. Officials; coordination with Stadium Event Operations; oversight of field preparation; build outs for media area; selection and oversight of team practice facilities; and oversight of numerous Tournament of Roses volunteers who were associated with Game Committees. Under Campbell’s leadership, preserving the historical significance of both the facility and the Rose Bowl Game was a top priority. Campbell was able to do this and restructure the event into the more modern premier college football event it is today and hosting the National Championship Game every 4th year.
Beyond the Rose Bowl Stadium and Tournament of Roses, Campbell served as an event management consultant for a number of events held at Stadiums across the nation and has been asked to speak on event management and organizational structure at various industry conferences.
Campbell has staged numerous local charity events and served as a member of the Stadium Managers Association, Pasadena Management Association, Pasadena National Charity League, Sports Turf Managers Association and Flintridge Prep Parent Board and Southern Methodist University Parent Council. She is married to Kirk Campbell whom she met at USC. They both have a son, Kyle (26) and daughter, MacKenzie (23) who both graduated from Southern Methodist University and reside in Dallas.
David DiCristofaro, Wells Fargo, Executive Vice President and Lead Region President for the Greater Los Angeles Area
David DiCristofaro is executive vice president and lead region president for Wells Fargo Bank in Greater Los Angeles which serves customers across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. DiCristofaro oversees 274 stores and approximately 5,000 team members.
DiCristofaro assumed his current role in December 2014, and has been a region president in Southern California since 2006. Prior to his role as region president he served as chief financial officer for Wells Fargo’s L.A. Metro region.
DiCristofaro joined Wells Fargo through the former Norwest Bank in 1997. In 1999, he was named to head finance and strategy for Wells Fargo’s Northern California region. Before joining Wells Fargo, DiCristofaro worked as a consultant with BDO Seidman, a senior consultant with FinExc Consulting Group LLC, and as vice president of corporate planning for Roosevelt Bank.
DiCristofaro received his Bachelor’s degree in finance and management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
DiCristofaro currently serves as board chair of The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Pasadena Educational Foundation, and The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Terry Donahue, Retired UCLA Head Coach and NFL General Manager
Terry Donahue, former head football coach of the UCLA bruins, received college football’s ultimate honor of being elected to the College Football hall of Fame in April 2000. He was also elected to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997, the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005.
During his two-decade career, Donahue built one of the most successful programs in the country and concluded his 20-seasons as head coach at his alma mater, UCLA, as the winningest football coach in Pacific-10 and UCLA history. His 24-20 victory over USC on November 18,1995 set a new standard with a record 98 conference wins. That win was his fifth straight against his cross-town rivals, and a fete never accomplished by either team in this competitive rivalry.
Donahue’s 151 career victories were the most UCLA history and his winning percentage of .654 in bowl competition is the fifth highest in college football history among coaches with at least 10 bowl appearances. He was one of just two coaches to ever win eight consecutive bowl games, and was the first coach in history to win a bowl game in seven consecutive seasons, winning the 1983 and 1984 Rose Bowls the 1985 Fiesta Bowl, the 1986 Rose Bowl the 1986 Freedom Bowl, the 1987 Aloha Bowl and the 1989 Cotton Bowl.
For three seasons following his departure from UCLA (1996, 1997, 1998), Donahue wa the lead college football analyst for CBS Sports covering the SEC and Big East Conferences.
In 1999, Donahue was hired by Bill Walsh to become the Director of Player Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, and in January of 2001 was named General Manager of the team, a position he held for four years (2001-2004).
Currently, Donahue works as a college football analyst for the NFL Network and for Fox Sports covering NFL games and the Bowl Championship Series.
Among his many accomplishments, Terry has been honored by UCLA with the university’s Professional Achievement Award in 1986 and received the school’s highest recognition by being selected as Alumnus of the Year for 2008.
The following is a list of Coach Donahue’s most impressive accomplishments:
- A winning record against every school in the Pacific-10 Conference after 20 years of competition.
- A hand in 10 of UCLA’s 13 bowl victories – one as a player, one as an assistant coach, and eight as head coach. UCLA had never won a bowl game until Donahue competed as a player.
- Only coach in school history to record three 10-win seasons (1981, 1987 and 1988).
- The only Bruin coach to defeat the Trojans in three consecutive years, twice. He was 10-5-1 in his last 16 games against USC.
- A total of 12 Top-20 ratings – nine in his last 14 seasons – including five Top-10 finishes.
- Donahue identified, recruited and developed 34 first-team All-American selections, including 1995 choices Jonathan Ogden and Karim Adbul-Jabbar, 1994 selection Kevin Jordan, 1993 selection J.J. Stokes, 1998 selections Troy Aikman and Carnell Lake, 1987 selection Ken Norton Jr., and three-time consensus All-Americans – linebacker Jerry Robinson and safety, Kenny Easley.
- Football News’ Coach of the Year in 1982, Man of the Year in 1983, and Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1993. Winner of the General Robert R. Neyland Memorial Trophy in 1997.
Patrick S. Donahue, CEO, Donahue Schriber Realty Group
Patrick S. Donahue serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donahue Schriber Realty Group.
Mr. Donahue joined the company in 1979 and has been engaged in nearly all of the 32 million square feet of retail space in which the company has been involved. He has worked in every aspect of the business, including leasing, asset management, development and corporate strategy. Mr. Donahue has been instrumental in fostering key relationships and opportunities that paved the way through the company's early days in regional mall development and management and parlaying the knowledge and disciplines obtained into becoming a recognized leader in the operation and development of neighborhood, community and power shopping centers.
Mr. Donahue previously served as Executive Vice President Operations and took on the role of President after the sudden death of his brother, Dan Donahue, in 2002. He added the CEO role when Tom Schriber stepped back from his day-to-day duties in 2005. Mr. Donahue assumed the role of Chairman of the Board upon Tom Schriber's retirement in 2010.
A 1978 graduate of California State University Fullerton, Mr. Donahue currently serves as a Trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is a frequent industry-wide speaker. He is actively involved with KidWorks and its Dan Donahue Center in Santa Ana, CA as well as Guardian Scholars at Cal State University Fullerton in Fullerton, CA and the California Showcase.
Mr. Donahue has three adult children and resides in Laguna Beach with his wife, Paula.
Paul Engl, General Manager, IMG/WME
Paul Engl is the General Manager for IMG/William Morris Endeavor at IMG College in Los Angeles. Working for IMG as a leader in corporate sponsorship acquisition and partner engagement, Paul’s responsibilities include all management and administrative duties as it relates to both UCLA Athletics, the UCLA Alumni Association and the Rose Bowl Stadium properties. Paul has led combined revenue growth for all IMG College, Los Angeles based properties to a total of $17.155M in 2015, reflecting a 174% growth. He was a General Manager of the Year finalist from IMG for his results in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to IMG, Engl was the Director of Corporate Sales for the Oakland Raiders for three years, selling sponsorship packages, premium suites and tickets.
A graduate of St. John’s University in New York, New York, Paul resides with his wife and four children in nearby Arcadia.
Dr. James Erickson, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of California System
Dr. James H. Erickson served as President of The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California. He served previously as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of California, Merced and Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Riverside. He is currently serving as the Director of The Center for Philanthropy and professor at La Sierra University. Jim also consults at various Universities in the region.
As the former Executive Director of the UC Riverside Foundation from his arrival in 1985, annual private sector support grew from $1.6 million to more than $27 million with the addition of 26 endowed chairs. Dr. Erickson also taught in the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR.
At UC Merced, Erickson led a development program that has generated fourteen endowed chairs
for the first new University of California campus in nearly 40 years. He has also recruited a Foundation Board of Trustees comprised of approximately 105 of the leading corporate and professional leaders from the Central Valley of California and beyond.
Prior to the University of California, Dr. Erickson served as Assistant to the President and as Dean and Associate Provost at Bradley University for 23 years.
In 1995, Dr. Erickson was awarded a Fulbright Academic Administrator Award at the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath in England. His published studies comparing University Development programs in the United States and the United Kingdom have been widely used throughout Europe and the US. He has also conducted seminars for European universities for The British Council and for CASE Europe, and he has been an advisor to several universities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
Erickson was named Citizen of the Year in Riverside, California, the Inland Empire of California, and Peoria, Illinois. He received the Vernon Jordan Humanitarian Award from the National Urban League and served as President of the Urban League in two states. He was named on of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Illinois. He received the 1999 Tribute Award from CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education). He has received the Tomas Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Awards from Bradley University and the Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity. He has served on various boards, including Childhelp, USA, the First Amendment Coalition and the National Athena Foundation for Women.
He received his doctorate from Indiana University. He and his wife Jan are both retired from UC Riverside and are parents of two adult sons, both of whom are UCR graduates.
Dr. Brad Glowaki, Owner/ Founder, Glowaki Chriopractic and New Patient Maven
Dr. Brad Glowaki is an in-practice chiropractor who runs high-volume offices in Seal Beach and El Segundo, California. Dr. Glowaki has treated several professional athletes, including those in the MLB, NHL and the Olympic Games – most notably Misty May during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Brad also works frequently with local corporate groups and youth to educate them on the specific health and wellness benefits of chiropractic care.
Dubbed the “New Patient Maven”, he breaks away from recycled ideas for practice growth by sharing his experience to save chiropractors from making the same mistakes he made in the past. He is also frequently a featured speaker internationally and nationwide on chiropractic techniques. Always innovative and cutting-edge, Dr. Glowaki is in high demand as a nationwide speaker to share his “home-brew” of marketing strategies that are not found anywhere else.
Selected from over 10,000 chiropractors in California, Dr. Glowaki received the 2008 award for Chiropractor of the Year for his teaching of practice growth. He was also awarded The Chiropractic Leadership Alliance International Ambassador of the Year in 2010. A graduate and former lacrosse athlete at the University of Delaware, Dr. Glowaki is married to Jessica with four beautiful children.
Jim Granger, President, Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC)
Jim Granger began his CSC career in June of 1991 as the Director of Operations. Within two years, Jim was promoted to Co-Branch Manager of the Los Angeles Branch. Over the next several years, Jim was given more responsibility and was promoted to Regional Manager (1997), Vice President of Administration (1999), Senior Vice President (2001) and President of CSC (2011).
Jim has over 38 years of experience in the crowd management field, including management of CSC’s Los Angeles branch office. Jim has formulated and executed operational plans at numerous major events, including the Rose Bowl Game and Rose Parade, UCLA football, World Cup Soccer, Super Bowl, USC football, Raiders football, as well as festivals, numerous concerts and special events. Prior to his CSC experience, Jim worked in the crowd management field for several years. As President of CSC, Jim is responsible for overseeing all corporate administrative functions and branch operations for 50 regional US offices.
Harvey Hyde, Retired Collegiate Football Coach and Current Radio Host on AM710 ESPN-LA
Harvey Hyde has been a popular staple in the college football world dating back to 1963. The current Arcadia native had coaching stints at the University of Hawai’i (1966-67), UNLV (Head Coach from 1982-85) and Long Beach State (1990) under NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach George Allen. In addition to his coaching experience on the NCAA Division I level, Hyde also held key positions at the University of the Redlands (1963), Notre Vista High School (1964) and Pasadena City College. In particularly, while at PCC, he was the program’s head football coach from 1968-81, winning multiple honors and being named the Metropolitan Conference coach of the Year during his tenure. Hyde was inducted into the PCC Hall of Fame in 2016.
His influence as a coach and teacher of the game of football has resonated all the way to the professional ranks of the National Football League (NFL), having coached and developed several athletes, including Randall Cunningham, Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, Ickey Woods, and many more.
Harvey’s influence in the sports world can also be heard on the airwaves, having logged more than 8,000 radio talk shows over more than 25 years. Most notably, Hyde is the the co-host of USC’s pre-game show (since 2002) and Trojan Brunch (since 2005), which are both heard on ESPN-LA AM710. Since 1985, Hyde has also hosted the one-hour ‘Sportopics’ Radio Show which can be heard on key Las Vegas stations as well as 26 national affiliates. He has also played a television production role in The Jerry Tarkanian Show, which was broadcasted to approximately 16 million people during its stint in Las Vegas, and the Beating the Odds series.
As a member of the local community, Hyde’s involvement with Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Game and the Rose Bowl Stadium is greatly established. As a volunteer to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, the venue’s non-profit organization, Hyde co-chaired a campaign to raise the philanthropic funds that named the Stadium’s broadcasting level as the Keith Jackson Broadcast Center. The level was formally dedicated in honor of Keith Jackson during a private celebration on December 9, 2015.
Harvey has also served as a committee member for the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, while additionally acting as the Master of Ceremonies for several functions including the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Luncheon, Rose Bowl Kick-Off Luncheon, and the Gillette Touchdown Challenge.
Keith Jackson, Former American Broadcaster
Tom Johnston, Owner, Stay Home Safe inc.
Angela LaChica, President and CEO, LaChica Sports, Inc.
President and CEO
LaChica Sports, Inc.
Angela LaChica is the President & Chief Executive Officer of LaChica Sports, Incorporated, a comprehensive athlete management firm. Combining her years of sports industry expertise and business strategy, Angela leads the development and execution of national marketing and media campaigns for top athletes and premier sporting events.
For nearly 20 years, Angela has consulted for major sports properties including the NFL, NBA, MLB, ESPN, NIKE, Adidas, and the NCAA. Career highlights include:
- Leading the operating committee for the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic NCAA basketball game played on the flight deck of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson
- Generating over $1.5 million in client contracts
- Five seasons managing Men’s SDSU basketball internal team operations
- Directing marketing campaigns for NBA star player’s international youth basketball camps, impacting over 1,800 children globally
Committed to providing top-level service for her clients, Angela is currently pursuing her law degree. Her savvy as an entrepreneur and professional success lead Angela to one of her most recent, and honored positions as an adjunct professor in the Sport Management Graduate Program at CSU Long Beach, from which is she also is an alum. Courses include the Advanced Sport Media & Marketing and the Business of Sport.
Recognition has come in many forms for Angela, such as Women Who Mean Business Award (2011 & 2014), San Diego Magazines’ People to Watch Nominee (2013) and Outstanding Emerging Professional Award (2015). She has been featured in several media spots and articles discussing leadership roles related to her journey in the professional sports industry. Angela was most recently invited to serve on the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.
Angela resides in San Diego, CA and enjoys spending her free time with her family, friends and her rescue dog, Nosara.
Connect with Angela at LaChicaSports.com and on LinkedIn at: http://bit.ly/1LoWeEh
Dr. Lilly Lee, Plastic Surgeon, Pasadena, Palm Springs & Beverly Hills
Dr. Lee is a board certified plastic surgeon and active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. She is now in private practice in Pasadena/San Gabriel, Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills, with a particular focus in complex revision rhinoplasty and Asian eyelid aesthetic surgeries.
In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys golf and outdoor activities with her husband and their 5-year-old daughter. Dr. Lee and her husband, Dr. Tom Chang, are involved with The Pasadena Playhouse, research at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Foothill Family Service and contribute to several charities supporting higher education for underprivileged Coachella Valley students.
Dr. Lee specializes in many procedures, including abdominoplasty, aging treatment, arm tuck, blepharoplasty, tummy tuck, Botox injections, breast lift, brow lift, ear tuck, fat grafting, laser eyelid surgery, laser skin treatment, ptosis eye surgery, rhinoplasty, and wrinkle treatment.
Steve Mann, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Steven Mann is Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Wells Fargo Private Bank Southern Pacific Region, and is based in Pasadena. Mr. Mann manages a staff of financial professionals overseeing the company's wealth planning, private banking, investment management, trust services, and brokerage services from Pasadena to Santa Barbara.
From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Mann served as the Regional Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Beverly Hills. He joined Wells Fargo in 1994 as a Business Development Officer with the Wealth Management Group, was later promoted to manage the Pasadena Region from 1997 to 2003. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mann was Vice President of Bank of California's Trust & Investment Management Group and was Client Services Director for the Churchill Management Group. Mr. Mann began his financial services career more than 30 years ago as a securities broker at E.F. Hutton & Co. after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.
Mr. Mann has lived in Pasadena for the past 20 years and has been active in serving the community. He is a past board member of the Pasadena Playhouse, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, and SPARC, and is currently a board member of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Cancer Support Community, Pasadena. He is married to long time Pasadena resident Sally Mann and they have three children.
Cade McNown, Senior Managing Director, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.
Cade B. McNown is a senior managing director for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., where he is responsible for business development and client relations. Mr. McNown has eight years of sales and advisory experience in the investment management industry.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, he was a quarterback in the National Football League.
Growing up in California and Oregon, Cade has strong roots in the Southern California community and Rose Bowl family. He attended UCLA where he was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Bruins. The left-hander started more than 20 games at the Rose Bowl and led UCLA to two Pac-10 Championships and a Rose Bowl appearance in 1999. A two-time All-American, he left UCLA as the career record-holder in nearly every statistical category. Drafted in the 1st round (12th overall) by the Chicago Bears in the 1999 NFL Draft, Cade played professionally for the Bears, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
David Meltzer, CEO, Sports1Marketing
Dave Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a firm he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon. Sports 1 Marketing is a sports and entertainment firm that leverages the relationship capital that surrounds the world's largest sporting events.
Previous and current projects include: The Super Bowl, The Masters, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Kentucky Derby, The Oscars, Consumer Electronic Show, Aggregated Marketing Platform, Nonprofit Tool Kit, and over 5,700 charitable events, golf tournaments, and galas. Dave is an author and sought after motivational speaker.
His books include; Connected to Goodness and Compassionate Capitalism, both of which became international best-sellers. Among his many media recognitions are; Entrepreneur Magazine; 2017 Top Five Best Entrepreneurial Speaker, Forbes; 2016 Top Ten Keynote Speaker, and Variety Magazine; Sports Humanitarian of the Year, for his ongoing philanthropic work.
As a Technology Pioneer Dave was the CEO of Samsung's first smartphone division and the global release of the PC-E Phone. He later became the CEO of the most recognized sports agency in the world; Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment.
Andy Meyers, President and CEO, Shangri-LA Industries, LLC
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.
Fritz Miller, Partner, Signature Estate and Investment Advisors LLC
Fritz Miller, CFP®, ChFC, AIF®, is a Partner at Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC's (SEIA) Pasadena office. He is a Registered Representative of Signator Investors, Inc. Since 1985, Mr. Miller has been in the securities and insurance business and has addressed a variety of audiences, giving hundreds of seminars over the years. He enjoys speaking to service groups, businesses and charitable organizations on topics pertaining to investments, retirement and estate planning.
Mr. Miller’s current memberships include the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is married with four children and has lived in the Pasadena area for more than 20 years.
Mr. Miller received his Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) program through the American College and also has obtained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification through the CFP Board of Standards, Inc. Additionally, he has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) professional designation. He is a licensed insurance agent of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. (CA Insurance Lic. #0685877).
David Misch, CEO, Community Bank
David R. Misch is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank in Pasadena, CA. Dave has over thirty years of experience, twenty of which were at Mellon Bank. He has held various positions at national and community banks including CEO of four community banks and, while at Mellon, serving as the Chief Credit Officer, the Head of M&A and strategic planning and the head of Private Banking.
In 2010, Dave joined Private Bank of California and remained CEO until its acquisition in 2013. Today, David oversees Community Bank a $3.6 billion financial institution with seventeen offices in five counties.
Dave is a graduate of Penn State University. He is active in the California Bankers Association and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Warren Moon, President, Sports1Marketing and NFL Hall of Famer
Warren Moon is an exceptional competitor, mentor and humanitarian. He is a man who leads by example, encourages others to excel and readily gives 100 percent of himself to everthing he's involved in. On and off the football field he has achieved great success due to his drive for perfection and his compassion for others.
Warren was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in September 2001 as a result of winning five championships in six years. To honor his achievements, a plaque was placed on the wall of Honor in Commonwealth Stadium (home of Edmonton Eskimos) in August 2001. Warren is one of only 21 persons to receive the honor. Despite spending his first six professional seasons in the CFL, Warren ranked third all-time in NFL passing yardage racking up nearly 50,000 passing years in 17 NFL seasons and fourth in touchdown passes thrown at the time of his retirement. The Tennessee Titans (formerly the Houston Oilers) retired his number in 206. In his first year of eligibility, Warren was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 becoming the first undrafted quarterback and the first African- American quarterback to be so honored. Currently, Warren sits on the Board of Directors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and continues to be an active member.
After his professional football career, Warren has continued his charitable endeavors. For the past 16 years, Warren has hosted an annual reception during the Pro Bowl benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where he currently sits on the advisory board. Warren founded his own non-profit organization, The Crescent Moon Foundation, in 1989. It is nowmore active than ever and is dedicated to providing support for educational pursuits that will benefit children most in need who have displayed a commitment to their community, as well as other charitable causes. As part of the Crescent Moon Foundation's mission, the Rising Moon Scholarship Program awards ten scholarships of up to $5,000 annually to students that demostrate a commitment to their community, excel in leadership and acedemics, and who are in need. Warren was named NFL's Man of the Year in 1989 for his work in the community. He regularly colunteers his time and expertise to a variety of charitable organizations that raise awareness and fund for communities in need. Warren generously donated $250,000 to his church, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, to build a new community center.
Warren spent many yers hosting an annual celebrity-bowling tournament, which raised fund for the Urban Youth Scholarship Fund. He also co-hosted many annual celebrity golf tournaments each year raising over 3 million dollars to benefit the Children's Hospital of Seattle. He is a founding member of the Field Generals, an African-American QB Club dedicated to molding young African-American QB's into future leaders. Additionally, he served as an ambassador for the NFL promoting the game of football to young people worldwide. Warren supports the initiatives of Practice Like Pros by making sure to allocate time to sit on panels to spred awareness of the consequence of head injuries during youth football. This program works to change legislation in order to establish minimal contact in high school football practices, therefore, teaching them to "practice like pros." He works with and promotes the Beating the Odds Foundation in order to encourage real-life role models that have overcome obstacles in their lives, and who have triumphed. For the last few years he has co-hosted an annual Los Angeles event in order to support the GEANCO Foundation, which leads special orthopedic medical missions, runs maternal and infant health programs, and supports Nigerian primary schools. most recently, he was named the 2015 receipient of the UNstoppable Achievement award at the 6th Annual unstoppable Gala. He is the first athlete to receive this award following last year's winner Malala Yousafzai, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now an ambassador for the Unstoppable Foundation and helps to raise funds to create sustainable living and provide education to children and thier families in kenya.
Currently, Warren is the color analyst for the Seattle Seahawks and has worked with TNT, DirecTV, CBS Westwood One Radio, FOX Sports and as a specialist with the NFL for pre-season games. With ten years of experience as a partner at Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, Warren began Sports 1 Marketing in 2010 with David Meltzer, CEO at Leigh Steinberg. As the President and co-founder, Warren leads Sports 1 Marketing to maximize the value of its clients by cultivating unique and lucrative business opportunties for corporate brands, elite athlets and strategic partners. The business is built on the foundation to make a lot of money, help a lot of people and have a lot of fun.
Despite leaving the gridiron in 2000, Warren contnues to lead by example, encouring oether to excel, and readily gives 100 percent of himself to all of his endeavors be it family, business, mentoring or humanitarian concerns.
Brian Panish, Managing Partner, Panish Shea and Boyle LLP
One of the country’s leading trial attorneys, Brian Panish has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include a $4.9 billion verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, and over forty verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million in personal injury, wrongful death and business litigation cases.
Since 2011 alone, Mr. Panish has obtained more than $225 million in verdicts, including eleven eight-figure verdicts. Among them are a $36.5 million jury verdict against Schneider National for a big-rig crash that left a woman with severe spinal cord injuries, a $34.5 million verdict for a man who suffered a below the knee amputation after being hit by a tractor trailer, a $17.4 million verdict for a Ph.D. student who suffered brain and jaw injuries during a rear end chain collision accident, a $17 million jury verdict against the Los Angeles MTA in the wrongful death of a visually impaired passenger, a $17.845 million award in a wrongful death case involving four family members killed when a Marine jet crashed into their home, a $20 million jury verdict for a woman who suffered a brain injury in a hit-and-run accident involving a J.B. Hunt tractor trailer, a $17 million jury verdict for a 84-year old man hit by a bus resulting in a leg amputation, a $15.3 million jury verdict for a woman and her daughter after the woman was severely injured on a negligently driven Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District bus, and a $10.45 million jury verdict for the family of a security guard killed on the CBS studio lot.
Mr. Panish has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations as being among the top trial lawyers in the country. Among other honors, he received the 2014 Consumer Attorney of the Year from the Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the area of Personal Injury, and Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and in 1999 by the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. Mr. Panish is a member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, comprised of 100 of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ lawyers. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and was the 2011 President of the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA.
Mr. Panish received his law degree, with honors, from Southwestern Law School, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Southwestern in 2011. He received his B.S. from California State University Fresno, where he was named Scholar Athlete, was the recipient of the Athletic Directors Award and was named outstanding alumnus at the school’s Centennial Celebration in 2010.
Charlie Plowman, Publisher, Outlook Newspapers
Charlie Plowman, the Publisher of Outlook Newspapers, is a graduate of the University of Southern California who has been working in mass media markets for nearly 30 years.
Plowman has received philanthropic awards from Union Station Homeless Services, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lake Avenue Church's Community Foundation, Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena Art Alliance and PTA Founder's Day. He also has worked closely with the Special Olympics, Habitat For Humanity, Pasadena Police Department Explorers, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department, and Foothill Family Service, and has sponsored/promoted events for National Charity League, Five Acres, Hillsides, Hathaway-Sycamores, Pasadena Playhouse, the local schools' Educational Foundation and Booster Club, Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Hospital, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Arcadia Methodist, YMCA and Kidspace Museum, in addition to many other organizations.
The Outlook is the biggest community weekly newspaper in the entire San Gabriel Valley. It has earned recognition as a top 4 finalist in four separate categories at the California Newspaper Publishers Association annual statewide competition, received the prestigious Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, as well as the PTA Founder's Day honor for its contribution to local schools.
"We are blessed to have a tremendous staff, which is a key to the Outlook's success," Plowman said. "Our editorial, sales and production departments work extremely well together, and they love to cover our community."
Plowman moved to the area 1978 where he attended local schools from elementary through high school, and became a two-time all-league basketball player and team captain. His journalism and broadcasting emphasis in college earned him bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.
Philip Putnam, Senior Partner, Monteleone & McCrory, LLP
Mr. Putnam is a senior partner at Monteleone & McCrory, LLP, where he heads the corporate, tax, and estate planning division of the firm. As both an attorney and certified public accountant, Mr. Putnam specializes in general business and corporate law, real estate, taxation, and estate planning matters.
Since joining the firm in 1980, Mr. Putnam has specialized in business, real estate and tax matters, corporate governance, business formation (including corporations, partnerships, LLC’s and LLP’s), joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and dissolutions (an area in which he has one of the leading published cases in California), employment law (where he has developed substantial expertise in counseling employers in a variety of employment related matters), unfair competition/trade secrets, complex real property transactions, construction (with particular expertise in the field of the construction of sports stadiums and arenas, including ADA issues), estate planning, and regulatory matters. Mr. Putnam serves as general counsel for many small to medium-sized corporations based throughout the United States, as well as several foreign companies.
Mr. Putnam is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California, as well as the United States Tax Court and United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Putnam serves as a settlement officer at the United States Tax Court, where he has vast experience in handling estate, gift and income tax matters, and also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, Mr. Putnam is currently on the South Pasadena City Council (where he has served as both Mayor Pro Tem and as Mayor).
Mr. Putnam is past president of the Wilshire Bar Association and has served on its Board of Governors for many years. Having served on various committees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, he is currently on the State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Mr. Putnam is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, USC Legion Lex, the American Bar Association, the Illinois C.P.A. Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has served on the USC Athletics Board of Counselors.
Mr. Putnam obtained his undergraduate degree (with honors) in accounting from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1977. He went on to earn his law degree in 1980 from USC. While at USC, Mr. Putnam received numerous honors and awards in both law and accounting. He has lectured on taxation for the California State C.P.A. Society, and is a frequent lecturer for numerous other organizations in the fields of employment law and estate planning.
Linda Rasmussen, IBM, Apple Partnership Director for North America
Linda Rasmussen leads the Apple and IBM Partnership for IBM in North America. This exclusive partnership, announced in July 2014, teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business applications and services.
Prior to this assignment, Linda led the global IBM team supporting a large entertainment and media company for over 18 years. In addition to managing and directing IBM resources, Linda was actively involved in supporting the corporate organization, as well as multiple business units with their key initiatives and business process strategies. Most recently, she managed efforts around digital media solutions for both the media and studio organizations, as well as coordinated sponsorship and media advertising relationships.
In addition to leading the Media and Entertainment team, Linda has worked in a variety of areas during her 36-year career with IBM, including systems engineering, education and training, and employee recognition. Linda is also involved in mentoring young professionals both inside and outside of IBM. Three times Linda has received national recognition, including the Chairman’s Quality Award.
Although born in Pennsylvania, Linda spent most of her time in Southern California. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has completed professional courses offered through graduate business programs at Harvard and Boston Universities.
Linda resides in Pasadena and enjoys golfing, gardening, cheering on college sports, and spending time with family and friends. She participates in many community activities in the San Gabriel Valley, having served on several Boards, as well as led local philanthropic fund-raisers.
Andre Reed, NFL Hall of Famer
NFL Hall of Famer
Andre Reed was a Wide Receiver in the NFL for sixteen seasons. He played at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and in 1985, he was drafted in the 4th Round by the Buffalo Bills. He played with the Bills from 1985-1999 and the Redskins in 2000. He was a Pro Bowler 7-straight times and went to 4 straight Super Bowls with the Bills. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, and is regarded as one of the best Wide Receivers of all time.
Following his career, The Andre Reed Foundation was established in 2010 to help underprivileged children reach their full potential and become responsible contributors to their communities.
Jimi Reed, Account Manager, PTS Staffing Solutions
Jimi Reed is staffing & recruiting professional specializing in the oil & gas industry. He has been involved in staffing for engineering, construction management and environmental since 2007. Jimi has spent his career building extensive industry relationships throughout California and in 2013 started a national group building a network of contacts throughout the U.S. Previous to his time in staffing Jimi spent 10 years in the event industry opening and managing five offices in two states as the Sales Director and eventual Vice President for a California based photography & video service company.
Jimi is an alumni of The Ohio State University where his studies focused in economics and psychology. Born in Ohio and raised with mid-western values, Jimi still has strong allegiance to the state and the university.
Jimi is the current Vice Chair of the Western States Petroleum Association Associates. He has been involved with the WSPA Associates since 2007 and is active in advocacy for the petroleum industry in the state of California. Jimi meets with Senators and Assembly members on several occasions throughout each year to discuss legislature issues and concerns for the oil & gas industry and California employment as a whole.
Jimi has held committee and leadership roles in various charity fundraising events including annual golf tournaments for the Professional Environmental Management Association, Southern California Petroleum Industry, Western States Petroleum Association and the Long Beach State Athletic Club. These events support charities including RM Pyles Boys Camp, Sand Diego Hospice, Orange County YMCA Children’s Fund, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
Jimi resides in Long Beach, California with his wife Lindsey.
Clay Sandidge, President and Founder, Muni-Fed Energy
Clay A. Sandidge is a founder of Muni-Fed Energy and serves as the company’s President. He has 23 years of experience in the water, waste water, engineering, environmental and real estate transaction and development business in Southern California. 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 engaged in various projects in the alternative energy arena working with new technology, solar, various wind turbines, energy efficiencies, environmental remediation, Brownfields development, port development, construction management, as well as green building resource and energy resource management. Clay has incorporated the latest technology as well as practical and economical solutions into his projects.
Clay has provided solutions for numerous clients such as the Ports, Municipalities and Private Industry. He is a board member of the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, president of Future Ports and is actively involved with many other local civic associations in Southern California.
Mark Shuster, Manging Director, Shuster Financial Group LLC
Mark Shuster is Managing Director of Shuster Financial Group, LLC (SFG). SFG and its affiliate companies provide consulting services to Private, Public, Tax Exempt entities and High-Net Worth individuals.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors for ARC Reinsurance Company, Surf City, Inc. and PGF, Inc. Mark also sits on the Advisory Boards for ORCO Block Company and the Craig School of Business - California State University at Fresno.
Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from California State University at Fresno. Mark, his wife Daina, and their three children, Sterling, Alec and Kirstin, reside in Arcadia, CA.
Gregg Smith, Owner, Smith Brothers Restaurants
Robert Wagner, Sports Marketing and Development Executive
Bob has spent more than three decades in the sports and entertainment industry, the majority in which he has held executive roles for the organization.
Most recently, Mr. Wagner was the Vice President of Partnerships & Business Development at the LA84 Foundation, an organization which is the legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. LA84 Foundation funds youth sports in Southern California, trains coaches and examines the role of sports in our society. In this role he oversees the creation and management of local and national partnerships with companies, foundations and community-based organizations interested in supporting youth sports programs and related research funded by the LA84 Foundation. He was also responsible for the Foundation’s brand equity and overall awareness in Southern California.
Bob joined the LA84 Foundation in 2013 after working as Corporate Vice President of Strategic Alliances for the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, one of the largest amusement-resort operators in the world. He was the Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey franchise and the Honda Center from 2004 to 2011 leading all business operations. He also held senior level positions with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Gene Autry and the Walt Disney Company’s California/Anaheim Angels (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) MLB Baseball Club and Mighty Ducks/Anaheim Ducks NHL Hockey Club. In these roles, he secured high-profile naming rights, cable television broadcast agreements, expanded community relations and fan development efforts, and generated millions of dollars in sponsorship and ticket sales revenue through successful marketing, public relations, advertising and broadcasting campaigns.
He currently serves on the Corporate Partner Committee of the Southern California Special Olympics as well as on the Advisory Board of the Sports Management Program at his alma mater, California State University, Long Beach. Bob is also currently a member at the University of Oregon’s Student Athletic Career Mentoring Program and on the board of directors of the Inter-City Water Foundation. He also consults for the Theme Park Industry with Congolink-North America and the Coleman Research companies. In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Bob has been a sports marketing instructor at the University of San Francisco and at California State University, Long Beach. He also tours the guest speaking circuit at sports management programs at several of the top universities across the United States. In 2011, he was named Orange Country Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council and the Orange County Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
Bob is a third generation native of Seal Beach, California and currently resides in Dove Canyon in Orange County with his wife Debbie. They have three children, Ryan, Amanda and Nick.
Jane Wood, COO and Executive Vice President, WESCOM
Jane Wood is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Wescom Credit Union.
As Chief Operating Officer, Jane is responsible for Branch Administration, Member Services, Information Technology and Delivery, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources and Development, and Enterprise Risk Management. She serves as an advisor to WeCare, Wescom’s employee-run charitable foundation. Jane joined Wescom in 1997. In 2003 she was appointed Executive Vice President and in 2004 she was named Chief Operating Officer.
Jane has participated in the activities of the California Credit Union League and the Credit Union Executive Society. She is a chapter leader for the Global Women’s Leadership Network of the World Council of Credit Unions.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and an M.B.A. from the University of Laverne, Jane has attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she completed the Executive Development Program associated with the California Credit Union League. She is also a graduate of the CUES Advanced Leadership Institute of the Harvard Business School.
Lisa Stadnykova, Vice President, Scorpion Computer Services
Lisa Stadnykova is the Vice President of Business Development at ScorpionComputerServices.com, a Los Angeles-based global think tank of high IQ, high EQ individuals. Lisa leads initiatives to evolve, refine and expand the company’s EQ based clientele and protocols. ConciergeUp.com, powered by Scorpion, provide solutions to any problem ranging from technical, legal, marketing and social media strategies to cybersecurity protection, family and corporate governance as well as cutting-edge technologies to improve health, wellness and happiness.
Before joining Scorpion, Lisa was Senior Producer of the Associated Press Television News in Paris, France. For over a decade, supported by her dedicated ENG team, she provided Entertainment and Arts and Culture content to over 1 billion people on the AP’s daily global feeds. Ms. Stadnykova has interviewed thought leaders, artists, philanthropists and the industry’s most influential individuals which include Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.
Each decade of life has brought change, reinvention and growth, adding value to the broad experience level that she now accesses in order to support the innovations she provides to clients on a daily basis. She began by studying economics and political science at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Paris where a career as a journalist flourished. Additionally, Lisa studied multiple modalities in alternative health care which fueled her passion for her current research and the support she provides in the emerging fields of artificial intelligence, epigenetics, and mitochondrial studies. Lisa has produced, directed and written projects in France, Canada and the USA. She is an award-winning short film director and has enjoyed success as a song writer in Canada and Asia.
Lisa is President of the newly founded M.V.P. Consulting Solutions, Inc.
Damon Zumwalt, President and CEO, Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC)
Damon Zumwalt founded CSC in 1967 following his freshman year of college. While attending UCLA, Damon balanced the management of his newly established company with his academic and athletic pursuits, as a member of both the wrestling and football teams. After receiving his degree from UCLA, Damon expanded CSC from a single-city operation with only 20 employees to over 80,000 employees and more than 50 branch locations throughout the United States. The pioneer of peer group security, Damon also facilitated CSC’s evolution from its original focus on concert security into a full spectrum crowd management and event security firm. His innovative methods and CSC’s success over the past 48 years have made Damon a highly respected event management authority.
In addition to CSC, Damon has since founded other companies including ProtaTECH, APEX Security Group, and Contemporary International. ProtaTECH, an information technology firm, supports CSC through its workforce management program, e-learning platform, and accreditation system. APEX Security Group, an executive protection firm, utilizes highly trained security personnel to work in conjunction with CSC at events that require support above and beyond standard event security and crowd management services. Contemporary International provides expertise and services for the world’s largest events and has provided services for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the 2010 G8/G20 Summit in Toronto, and 9 Olympic Games. CSC and its affiliate companies provide services for more events that any other firm in the world, and through Damon’s leadership, have set the global industry bar for quality event security and crowd management services.