Legacy Foundation Advisory Board
Dennis Alfieri, Managing Member, Mission Real Estate Group
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 Director, CREO | MONTMINY and Co.
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.
Lindsay Amstutz, Senior VP/General Manager, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports San Diego, Prime Ticket
Lindsay Amstutz currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for three FOX Sports regional networks in Southern California, a position she has held since 2017. In this capacity, she helps manage day-to-day operations for FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego which serve fans across Southern California, San Diego, Nevada and Hawaii.
In 2012, she assumed the role of Vice President of Marketing for FOX Sports Regional Networks, leading marketing and on-air promotional efforts across the FOX family of 22 RSNs.
Amstutz joined the FOX Sports family in 2011, serving as Director of Marketing and On-Air Presentation for FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket in Los Angeles, overseeing both linear and off-channel marketing initiatives and supporting the network's team and ad sales partners.
In 2009, she assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Sparks where she was responsible for developing and implementing innovative sales and fan development initiatives, while recruiting corporate, media and community partners. Amstutz joined the Sparks after two years with the National Basketball Association’s Team Marketing & Business Operations group where she served as Director, WNBA Team Business Development, consulting and advising teams on advancing all aspects of the business.
Ahead of her time with the NBA, Amstutz functioned as a sports and entertainment transactional associate for O'Melveny & Myers LLP. In addition, she was employed in the athletic marketing departments for Santa Clara and Stanford University.
In 2018, Sports Business Journal recognized Amstutz as a “Forty Under 40” recipient and listed her in the publication’s inaugural “Power Players: Regional Sports Networks,” Multichannel News profiled Lindsay in their June special section, “Women in the Game”; and Women in Sports and Events (WISE) honored Amstutz at their annual “Women of the Year” luncheon. In 2016, Multichannel News featured Amstutz on their list of 40 Under 40 to watch, WISE presented her with the “Women of Inspiration” Award, and she attended the WISE Executive Leadership Institute.
In addition to her currently role, she helps lead the “Women of FOX Sports” initiative, is an active leader of WISE, is on the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission’s (LASEC) Board of Directors and the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) marketing committee.
She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics, and a Master’s degree in Communication. Afterward, Amstutz received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. A native of Chatsworth, Calif., she currently resides in Pasadena, Calif., with her husband, son and daughter.
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.
Darrell Brooke, Principal, The Brooke Law Group
Darrell Brooke is the principal of The Brooke Law Group, PC, whose office is in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. He has been a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1997. His office was previously headquartered in Pasadena, where he also served as a two-term President of the Old Pasadena Business Association.
Currently, Mr. Brooke is serving as President of the Monrovia Rotary Club as well as the Treasurer of the Pasadena Playhouse, where he has been a board member for the past 9 years. He raised over $2M during a critical fundraising shortage seven years ago. Previously, Darrell has been a two-term president of the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club, being instrumental in creating the first ever stand-alone Rose Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Mr. Brooke currently serves as a pro bono legal counsel for the Monrovia Historical Preservation Group. He is a Rose Bowl Premium Seat Holder.
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.
Rene Castro, Public Sector Manager, Los Angeles County, Colonial Life
Rene is currently a Colonial Life Pubic Sector Manager overseeing all of L.A. County in the public and commercial market. His primary responsibility is to develop, and grow relationships within the county sector and to expand growth within our public market. He is also responsible for developing and culturally changing the dynamics of the L.A. team to expand into the private sector market by developing relationships with private businesses as well as broker agencies to expand our business model to be a hybrid of a County and commercial sector organization.
In 2001, began his career in the Voluntary benefits sector with Aflac. After spending over 3 years in the health care market he quickly grew in his first 6 months as a top associate in the company and led the region with new accounts and new premium. Due to his top performances as a new associate he was quickly promoted into a District level position to build and develop his own team and to help grow the L.A. West market. Within the first 6 months quickly became recognized as the top recruiter and developer of new talent and business.
As a DSC (District Sales Coordinator) he was asked to develop new business within LA and Orange County. With only 1 new agent he quickly grew from just 1 representative in early 2002, to almost 25 by the end of 3rd qtr 2002 and was only one of the few organizations to develop over $1 million in growth within his first year. Growth and development was his primary responsibility and with that he promoted many of his agents into leadership and training roles while continuing to build and grow internally. In 2004 after 2 years of solid double-digit growth as a District Manager, Rene’ was asked to take over a struggling Regional operation in the Santa Clarita Valley and became one of the top Regions in the L.A. area for Aflac.
Within the first two years the Santa Clarita Heat Region became a top-3 producer for the Region. The SC Heat continued to have great success until 2011 when he was once again asked to move operations to the Long Beach area under Todd Mason. Through many years of friendship, Rene’ has continued to follow and assist Todd in growing within the Voluntary Benefits sales arena.
In 2013, he was asked to move from Aflac to Colonial Life and oversee operations for L.A. County. In the 4 years of tenure that Rene’ has been with Colonial, he has led L.A. County with more than double-digit growth of close to $6 million in annual sales and has been recognized as one of the top 5 organizations in the entire country for Colonial. With continued support his objective and goal is to grow L.A. County well beyond $10+ million in annual sales.
Rene is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Communications. He is an alumni member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and continues to do charity work through the organizations as well as mentorships for graduating alumni. He is married to Kate Castro and has two children Brady and Finley.
David DiCristofaro, Financial Services Executive
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 H. 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.
Laura Farber, Partner, Hahn & Hahn
Ms. Farber is a member of the Hahn & Hahn's litigation and employment practice groups. She is an accomplished trial lawyer in the areas of employment and commercial litigation, and personal injury. She is also a noteworthy leader in many organizations, including the American Bar Association.
A graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University's Law Center, Laura is a member of the prestigious Tournament of Roses Executive Commmittee. She will serve as the leader of the 131st Rose Parade and the 106th Rose Bowl Game in 2019-20.
Farber also serves a valuable role on Legacy's Museum Committee.
Gerald Freeny, Retired, Law Enforcement, and Tournament of Roses President, 2018-19
In 2019, the Rose Parade will mark its 130th anniversary and the Rose Bowl Game will host its 105th edition. Gerald Freeny will preside over the festivities as the Tournament of Roses President as the first African American to hold the prestigious honor.
Gerald Freeny, who has had a successful career in law enforcement, joined the nonprofit Association as a volunteer in 1988, and has served on its Executive Committee.
Freeny is a native of Pasadena whose parents and grandparents were long-time volunteers in community organizations, influencing his decision to get involved in the Tournament of Roses while in college at Cal State Los Angeles.
Freeny also serves a valuable role on Legacy's Museum Committee.
“I grew up here and had the opportunity to go to the parade as a child, to go to the Rose Bowl game as a child,” he said. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to Pasadena.”
Jeffrey L. Glassman, Chairman, Covington Capital Management
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.
Dr. Brad Glowaki, Owner/Founder, Glowaki Chiropractic 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.
Henry Hernandez, President, Inter-Con Security Systems
Henry Hernandez is President of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. Inter-Con is one of the world’s largest security companies, with over 30,000 employees operating in over twenty countries and on four continents. The company is located in Pasadena.
Henry was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He went to Holy Family School in South Pasadena, and Loyola High School. He played Football and Baseball at Loyola before matriculating to Harvard College. He played rugby for four years at Harvard and graduated cum laude in History and Literature.
He was accepted to Harvard Law School and deferred his start date for one year to work as a snowboard instructor in Beaver Creek, CO. While at HLS, he was the editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and Speaker's Chair of the Harvard Catholic Law Students Association. After law school, he accepted a clerkship with the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Following his clerkship, Henry became an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. While transactional attorneys at S&C are “generalists”, his practice focused primarily on private equity and commercial real estate transactions. After four years at S&C, Henry joined Inter-Con. Inter-Con was founded in 1973 by Henry’s grandfather, retired LAPD Officer Hank Hernandez. The company focuses on providing large-scale, customized security services for clients with elevated threat profiles. Today, Inter-Con’s clients include the Departments of State, Justice, Energy and Defense, as well as Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals, and various public utilities.
While the security industry has come to be dominated by private equity and institutionally-run competitors, Inter-Con remains a 100% owned and controlled by the Hernandez family. In addition, while the industry is made up primarily by smaller sub- $50M companies, Inter-Con has grown organically to over $500M in revenue, making it one of the five largest security companies in the world.
In January of 2018, Henry was promoted to President of Inter-Con, with responsibility for all company operations. Since that time, Inter-Con has continued its organic growth, focusing on large contracts with commercial clients that fit Inter-Con’s business model.
Personally, Henry met his wife Christina while both were freshmen at Harvard. She graduated with honors in neurobiology at Harvard and went on to UCLA Medical School. She is an emergency room pediatrician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. They have one son, Jack, who is 2 years old. In his free time, Henry enjoys running (he has run the Boston and New York Marathons) and golfing (he is a member of Annandale and Los Angeles Country Clubs). He snowboards frequently and follows Notre Dame, the Los Angeles Kings, and the NFL generally. He lived in Santiago, Chile for a year during college and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is active with the Be the Match Foundation, which supports individuals with blood cancers. He and Christina live with Jack in Pasadena.
Harvey Hyde, Retired Collegiate Football Coach and Current Radio Host
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.
Tom Johnston, Owner, Stay Home Safe Inc.
Angela Lachica, 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. Lily 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, Regional Managing Director, Wells Fargo Private Bank
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.
Todd V. Mason, Territory Sales Leader, U.S. West/Southern California, Colonial Life
Todd Mason currently serves Colonial Life as Territory Sales Leader for all Market Sales Sales U.S. West/Southern California responsible for directing, forecasting, and communicating the market development/implementation of broker, direct, commercial and public sector sales for Colonial in Southern California and the West Region.
In August of 2002, he began his career with Aflac as an Account Enrollment Executive for the West Territory. In August of 2003, he was promoted to the position of Supervisor in Recruiting and Development, Marketing. In May of 2004, Todd was promoted to National Director, Recruiting and Multicultural of Development.
As National Director of Recruiting and Multicultural Development, Todd directed the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective field force recruiting strategies to attract and retain field force personnel as well responsible for diversity initiatives and multicultural marketing. In 2005, Todd was promoted to National Recruiting Consultant for Aflac’s Field Force.
In August of 2008, Todd was promoted to Aflac State Sales Coordinator of CA/BW, and again to CA/Los Angeles Northeast in July in 2009. During his tenure at CA/LANE, the state finished #1 % of MPI for the Pacific Territory and in the top 1/3 of the Aflac Nation. In addition, he was awarded with the Career Builder Award as SSC of CA/LANE.
Todd proudly served with the United States in the Army’s Infantry from 08/1990 - 08/2000 as a soldier and Infantry Commanding Officer.
A few military accolades include:
• Qualified Top Gunnery Platoon out of 100 plus Platoons in XVIII Corps. • Top Platoon Physical Fitness Award out of 36 Platoons in 1st Brigade. • Proudly served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm for over 6 months during actual combat. • Awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Combat Infantryman's Badge and numerous other awards.
Todd holds a Master’s of Science degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As well as the designation of Chartered Leadership Fellow from The American College.He is married to Tanisha and has two boys; Cameron and Chandler.
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.
Dave Meltzer, CEO, Sports 1 Marketing & S1Media House
Dave Meltzer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sports 1 Marketing & S1Media House one of the world's leading sports & entertainment marketing agencies, which he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback, Warren Moon.
Prior to S1M, he was CEO of the world's first smartphone, the PC-E Phone, and later became CEO of the world's most notable sports agency, Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment. Dave is an award-winning humanitarian, an international public speaker, best-selling auther, and is profiled by national publications such as entrepreneur, Forbes, ESPN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Yahoo, SB Nation and Variety.
Andy Meyers, President and CEO, Shangri-La Industries, LLC
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).
Mark J. Miller, Operating Partner with Five Crowns Capital Private Equity LLC.
Mark J. Miller is an executive that has extensive retail and wholesale executive level experience leading companies from $10.0 million to $4.0 billion in sales. Mr. Miller has experience in developing strong sales growth, product development and marketing operations in the United States.
Most recently, Mr. Miller served as the CEO of Sullivan Gift Co., a leading premium wholesaler of gifts and home decor product to over 10,000 independent home decor stores across the country. His prior roles include Sr. VP of Merchandising for the Disney Stores and President of Big Lots, one of the largest extreme value retailers in America. He currently is a Managing Director for Five Crowns Capital a private investment firm that sponsors buyouts of small and middle market companies.
He received his MBA from Miami of Ohio School of Business and a Masters of Personnel and Counseling from Miami of Ohio. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Forever New, a 42-year-old company the number one provider of fine specialty fabric care wash in the USA.
David Misch, Banking Executive, former CEO
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.
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.
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.
Robert W. Renken, Senior Vice President, Whittier Trust
Robert W. Renken is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Whittier Trust. He is responsible for the legal affairs of the Trust Companies and their affiliated entities
Bob brings to Whittier Trust over twenty years of experience in providing legal advice to closely held businesses and high net-worth individuals, focusing on business succession and estate planning, tax strategies, non-profit organizations and trust administration. His most recent position was as a Shareholder of Clark & Trevithick in Los Angeles. Prior to that Bob held the position of Senior Vice President, Trust Counsel with Fiduciary Trust International of California. Bob has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer and is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax, trust, business and related topics to professional groups and trade organizations.
Bob obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Science degree from University of the Pacific. He is a member of the California State Bar and a member of the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America Greater Los Angeles Area Council.
Gus Ruelas, Managing Partner, The Agency
Gus Ruelas is an entrepreneur, real estate visionary and managing partner with The Agency RE. With over 22 years of contribution to the real estate industry in Pasadena and surrounding areas, Gus has been responsible for conceptualizing new and innovative ways to approach the business. Focusing on work environments and the effect they have on productivity, Gus built one of Pasadena’s most successful offices from the ground up, establishing himself as a dominant influencer in Pasadena’s real estate community. Currently, he has partnered with the founders of The Agency RE to bring real estate to another level in Pasadena. In addition, he is co-owner and founder of Snap NHD, a burgeoning Real Estate Disclosure company that has already exceeded its goals as it continues to grow. A father of two, and a local Linda Vista resident, Gus and his wife Melissa enjoy being a part of their community, engaging with it, and contributing to it as much as possible.
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.
Craig Sindici, Senior Director of Sales, Los Angeles Dodgers
Craig Sindici is currently the Senior Director of Sales at the Los Angeles Dodgers having re-joined the club after a stint leading the Rose Bowl Premium Seating staff from May 2016-July 2018. As Senior Director of Premium Sales at the Rose Bowl, he oversaw the day to day sales and operations of all Terry Donahue Pavilion seating options including the Suites, Loge Boxes and Club seats. Prior to his return to the Dodgers, Craig had spent the 13 seasons with the club.
Prior to his first sting with the Dodgers, Craig got his start in sales with the iGo Corporation in Reno, NV and worked in public relations with Copithorne & Bellows.
Craig graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communications. He currently resides in Pasadena with his wife and three children. He is active with AYSO Region 13 as a soccer coach for his daughters and also with Pasadena American Little League as a tee ball coach for his son.
Gregg Smith, Owner, Smith Brothers Restaurants
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.
Jeff Throop, CEO/President, George L. Throop Company
Jeff Throop was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He attended Pasadena schools including Pasadena City College before joining the Army in 1972-1974 to be stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. Jeff joined the family building material business after the Army, George L. Throop Company. The company's property was condemned twice in four years in the early 1970's, once for a freeway interchange, and once for eminent domain, (Ralph M. Parsons Company). The company still has a retail building material yard, started in 1921, but now specializes in producing specialty concrete mixes and grouts. One of the company's chief products includes concrete that can be driven on in 1-hour (or utilized by an airplane in 2 hours) after pouring.
One of Jeff's most notable and proud achievements is 45+ years as a volunteer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses that puts on the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, where is was President in 2011.
Jeff resides in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife, Angel. They have five kids, 10 grandkis, and 2 Labradoodles (around 90 lbs. each!) They love to travel, snow ski, and spend time with family and friends. Jeff also enjoys fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles.
Pamela Tyus, Director of Marketing & Promotions, Salem Media Group
Pamela T. Tyus is the Director of Marketing and Promotions for Salem Media Group Los Angeles (AM870 The Answer, 99.5 KKLA and AM590 The Answer). Pamela was raised in Altadena and the Pasadena Area; graduating from John Muir High School. She has performed on the Rose Bowl field with the marching band, and had her high school graduation at the bowl. Her passion for the Rose Bowl became even more deeply rooted once her Mother, Jacqueline Howard, was elected as President of the Tournament of Roses Foundation.
After attending UCLA, she began her career in broadcast media. Pamela started with an internship at KGGI 99.1 in Riverside/San Bernardino. Pamela has worked for media outlets such as KFI-AM, KOST FM, and FOX Ch. 11. In 2003, she found a home with Salem Media Group Los Angeles where’s she’s been for the past 14 years. Pamela and her promotions team, are responsible for creating and managing over 75 events annually in Southern California.
For the past 10 years, AM870 has been a proud media sponsor of the Rose Bowl Stadium's annual 4th of July spectacular, AMERICAFEST. Through the partnership, Pamela became an ardent supporter of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. In 2017, Pamela helped produce the very successful “Military Spouse Day of Pampering” and "Pampering of Breast Cancer Survivors" during the month of October. The collaborative effort with the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation resulted in their first community outreach events. Pamela has made it her mission to go beyond what is necessary to make an impact on her surrounding community.
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.
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.