Board of Trustees: Steve Veres, President (Seat No. 3), Tina Park, First Vice President (Seat No. 2), Nancy Pearlman, Second Vice President (Seat No. 6), Kelly Candaele (Seat No. 4), Mona Field (Seat No. 1), Miguel Santiago (Seat No. 7), Scott J. Svonkin (Seat No. 5), Daniel Campos, Student Trustee Highlighted Speaker Bios
Conference Panel Member Bios


Larry Frank
Office of Mayor, Deputy Chief of Staff of City of Los Angeles, Neighborhood and Community Services

Larry serves as Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services in the Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. As a senior staff member, Larry is responsible for several city departments including the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, Community Development Department, the Bureau of Contract Administration, the Mayor’s field operations, constituent services, volunteer services, external Labor issues, workforce development and the city anti-poverty programs. He was a faculty member at UCLA, where he worked as both the Staff Director and Research Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education before coming to City Hall, Laurence graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University with a B.A in Religious Studies. After graduation, while on leave from Princeton Seminary, he took a full-time position with the United Farm Workers Union. He worked for two other unions until 1982, when he formed a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that focused on voter participation and conducted two local initiative campaigns. In 1990, he obtained his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and developed a sentencing practice while specializing in juvenile law.


Bryan Liles
Thunderbolt Labs, Executive Vice
President
Bryan is well known in the technology development community for having coined the "TATFT" process for test-driven development for software. He leads development teams on complex projects, is a prolific teacher, and has probably spoken at more conferences than you've attended. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bryanl and on GitHub at https://github.com/bryanl


Dr. Lance Ford

Cisco, Educational Technology Advocate
Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco. For the seven years prior, he served as a teacher and technology facilitator/coordinator for Howe Public Schools in Howe, Oklahoma. Howe is a rural district in southeast Oklahoma with a student population of 500 students. The district incorporates a wide variety of technological tools to reach its 21st century student population. Central to these tools is the infusion of video technologies at all levels. The elementary site is implementing a one-to-one laptop initiative that provides students with access to tools from personal video conferencing and collaboration to individual podcasting projects. Middle school science students have participated in collaborative projects with students across the country conducting research and comparing results. Students in the high school participate in video production classes responsible for shooting, editing and producing bi-weekly webcasts. Live and on-demand streaming of videoconferences has been an active part of the Howe integration over the past ten years. Currently, the school uses their equipment for everything from broadcasting basketball games live via the Internet to student created virtual field trips.

Lance has been a speaker for both state and national conferences on technology integration. He has presented for the Oklahoma Technology Association Conference, Missouri Distance Learning Association, Arkansas Distance Learning Association, Texas Distance Learning Association, EduComm in conjunction with InfoComm, NECC/ISTE, and US Secretary of Education's Virtual School House. Lance has been named Wal-Mart regional teacher of the year, Oklahoma Technology Administrator's Technology Director of the Year, and the recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007 Lance was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, was awarded the 2008 Long Term Service Award from the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and received the Technology Facilitator of the Year award from the National Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Additionally, Lance received the Gold Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in the spring of 2008. He completed his PhD in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision in the summer of 2009 from the University of Oklahoma. As a technology trainer, Lance has had the opportunity to train over 2500 teachers from Alaska to Maine and Canada to Texas in the effective implementation of video conferencing technologies into the classroom.

Lance is the President of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and is a member of ASCD and ISTE. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, Farmington where he teaches a graduate course in technology integration for teachers. He enjoys having the opportunity to work with other technology directors and teachers across the nation in the process of direct integration with curriculum. Lance's focus is not the technology. Instead he is focused on impacting individual students and helping them attain their maximum potential through the personal interactions made possible with various technical tools. Students in an information age need to focus beyond the facts. They must be able to access, synthesize, and present materials to their colleagues in a meaningful engaging and interactive fashion.


Sam Stokes
Microsoft, Academic Developer
Sam Stokes has been doing software since he was 16, which was a very long time ago. During the 80s, he was on the design team for the Global Positioning Satellite vehicle and MD-11 automatic flight control system, (the MD-11 was an airliner built by McDonnell-Douglas). During the 90s Sam worked with building enterprise apps using software that barely worked for networks that functioned randomly. In the 2000s, Sam worked at Microsoft as a Technology Evangelist.

Sam is currently involved in Windows App designs and can put together a certifiable app quicker than most folks (except for the infamous Peli).

Finally, he thinks that software is too complex for 99.99% of the population, and this includes app developer. His passion is to bring software to the masses so that all may benefit from coolness of app building!


Paul Audley
FilmL.A., President
Paul Audley comes to FilmL.A. from The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, for which he served as Arizona state director. Audley has an extensive background in community-based nonprofit organizations and government, having served as mayor of Fairfield, Connecticut and deputy secretary of state for Connecticut. An attorney, Audley has created and implemented numerous long-term strategic plans and creative technology solutions, and managed media relations, finance and administration.

Dr. Chito Cajayon

Los Angeles Community College District, Vice Chancellor, Economic & Workforce Development Department
Dr. Chito Cajayon is the Vice Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District's (LACCD) Economic & Workforce Development Department. He brings close to 20 years of workforce and economic development experience to the district, which he applies on a daily basis to develop local, regional, and statewide initiatives. Dr. Cajayon holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Cal State University-Long Beach, a Certification in website development, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Cal State University-Dominguez Hills, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California.

Robert Carpenter
Cal State University Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Global Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Rob Carpenter, the new Executive Director of the Global Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Cal State Los Angeles, is a serial "hybrid" entrepreneur, thought leader, and cutting edge change agent who has successfully founded numerous ventures in the public, private, and civic sectors. Most recently, he started and sold an investor-backed social and mobile commerce startup that was called "one of the best websites on the internet" by PC Magazine, named an Emerging Technology Company of the Year by TechAmerica, and that partnered with companies ranging from Amazon.com to MasterCard Marketplace. Prior to that, he founded a nonprofit that built a diverse multi-industry coalition of more than 75 organizations that helped secure $40 billion in new transportation revenues for Los Angeles, including monies to build the much-anticipated "Subway to the Sea."

Rob has served in the White House Office of Political Affairs, as the Special Assistant to the CEO of Teach For America, and as an innovation advisor to numerous international, national, state, and local private and public sector leaders and organizations. His writings and ventures have been featured in numerous media outlets like the New York Times, CNN/Fortune, ABC, NBC, and Fox News, amongst others. Rob's vision at the Global Center is to help advance the "Entrepreneurial Society" locally and globally.


JoAnne Golden
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Director of Public Policy
JoAnne Golden joined the LAEDC in November 2010 and is responsible for leading the LAEDC's public policy activities. In this capacity, Ms. Golden assists in creating, communicating, and implementing the LAEDC's public policy agenda. Ms. Golden also administers the LAEDC's various Strategic Advisory Committees, which help move both the LAEDC public policy agenda and the L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development forward.

Prior to joining the LAEDC, Ms. Golden served as the Policy Manager for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association-a nonprofit association founded in 1945, which is dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective, and efficient government. As Policy Manager, Ms. Golden led the policy efforts for the Association, including creating its policy priorities and conducting research and analysis. Ms. Golden drafted several reports for the Association, including the region's first-ever comprehensive pension report which provided a detailed look at pension benefits offered in the 17 CalPERS-contracted cities in San Diego County. Ms. Golden also worked closely with local and state governments to provide good government recommendations throughout San Diego County. Ms. Golden's research and advocacy at the Association not only helped save San Diego taxpayers millions of dollars through pension reform, but it also provided for more transparency in and accountability of government throughout the San Diego region.

Ms. Golden has additional experience in economic development and land use issues through working at the local level for the City of Taylor's Planning and Economic Development Department; at the private level for Schmitz & Associates, Inc., a Malibu-based land use consulting firm; and at the nonprofit level for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

Ms. Golden has a Master's of Public Policy with a dual emphasis in Economics and State and Local Policy from Pepperdine University. She graduated summa cum laude from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science and a Pre-Law Certificate of Completion.


Genine Wilson

Kelly Services, Vice President
Genine Wilson's experience brings over 20 years in talent procurement and results driven leadership, with a proven track record in understanding market trends, providing innovative solutions, talent acquisition assessment and planning. Joining Kelly Services in 1999, Genine has lent her experience to several roles and initiatives within the organization focused on change management, sales and operations, revenue and profit growth, and organizational planning. Being in the human capital solutions industry, Genine is passionate and invested in the development of a strong future workforce within Los Angeles and meeting emerging industry demands. Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Workforce Development Committee for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, industry and education are able to come together to focus on these current and future needs.

Genine currently serves as Vice President for Kelly Services, a workforce solutions organization, and has responsibility for all staffing verticals for Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. This includes setting the strategic initiatives and direction for specialized staffing verticals in the territory focusing on workforce Total Supply Chain Management and developing client solutions and efficiencies, talent engagement and retention, and career development.


Martin Howell
ARUP, Associate
Martin Howell is an Associate with Arup in Los Angeles and leads their sustainability group. He has over 20 years of experience and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. Martin’s experience consists of assessing and applying low energy and environmentally responsible techniques to meet the needs of his clients for new and existing buildings as well as master planning studies. Martin currently works with Los Angeles Community College District as a key member of their energy team providing technical advice ranging from renewable energy, retro-commissioning, central utility plants and utility incentives. He is also working with San Bernardino Community College District, developing their sustainable construction program. Martin has written corporate sustainability standards for a number of clients including Procter & Gamble and has developed low carbon approaches for projects such as the Treasure Island Master Plan in San Francisco and an 184-acre resort in Aqaba, Jordan.


Raymond Gallego

FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising, Director of Operations, Career Center
Raymond J. Gallego is considered a vanguard in the career development industry. He is currently Director of Operations for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and manages the Career Center operations on all four campuses. He utilizes all the tools available to achieve his goals of creating an effective and strategic method to representing FIDM Students and Alumni to the industry. Ray's professional experience in ePortfolios, websites, social networking and blog sites has been instrumental to his work. Having recently customized a private career site for the FIDM Portal, students and alumni can take advantage of its full capacity to achieve their goal of landing a job in their specific industry. The FIDM portal has over 1800 new industry related jobs per month as well as a 90% placement rate of graduates six months after graduation.

Ray has developed and implemented many new student/alumni-training initiatives to enhance their skills for the achievement of career goals. As an educator, Ray is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and to promote high quality resumes and portfolios that reflect updates and changes in the design world.

Ray has been an instructor, a career advisor, and special project lead in the higher education field which has led him to gain invaluable depth of knowledge of the professional industry. In his previous career Ray was in the Design/Build (manufacturing) and architectural industry for 22 years. As a result, his skills range from the interior design, architecture, project management, budget & estimating, manufacturing, customer relations and corporate administrator which have been instrumental in his career.


Steve Samuelian

California Consulting, LLC, Owner
California Consulting, LLC Owner Steve Samuelian has held various leadership posts during a career spanning over 25 years. He began as a volunteer for a political campaign and founded a political foundation where he served as president in high school and college. Steve graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona with a degree in Political Science. In January 1995, he was appointed as Field Director for U.S. Congressman George Radonovich. He was later promoted to District Director overseeing the 19th Congressional District Office staff and District operations for the Congressman, where he served in this capacity for 8 years.

A tireless worker for Armenian-American issues nationwide, Steve has traveled twice to Armenia. He traveled as an international election observer as part of the Office Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) delegation to observe the adoption of Armenia’s first Constitution. His election observation report was later filed in the US Congress Congressional Record.

In 2002, Steve was elected to the California State Assembly representing the 29th Assembly District. He was appointed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee by the Speaker and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

Steve Samuelian founded California Consulting, LLC in 2004. California Consulting quickly established a reputation for hard work and a commitment to success for its clients. Through that special hard work ethic, California Consulting, LLC is the largest grant writing company in California. With over 75 clients statewide California Consulting, LLC has secured over $117,000,000 for its clients through Federal, State and foundation grant funds.

Steve has been the keynote speaker, a panelist and has participated in many forums, conferences and events throughout California. He has been interviewed by local, State and National Television, Radio and Newspaper outlets on a variety of issues related to local government and education.

Steve is happily married with two children and resides in Southern California.


Larry Laboe
Producer
Larry Laboe began producing film, television, commercials and new media projects with international production and distribution company SXM. His first network series was NBC's 'Ctrl' starring Tony Hale and Steve Howey. Mr. Laboe more recently began work as a producer on Comedy Centrals series 'Matumbo Goldberg' starring Anthony Anderson, Jenna Elfman and Oscar Nominee Michael Lerner, Directed by Oscar nominated Rob Pearlstein and NBC's 'FCU: Fact Checkers Unit' starring Pauley Perrette, Luke Perry, Jon Heder, Donald Faison, Alex Trebeck and more. Mr. Laboe also produced two series, 'Disney Kitchen Jam' and 'Diagnosis Stories' for Disney Interactive and the feature film 'Chasing Eagle Rock' starring Erick Avari, Michael Welch and Mary-Margaret Humes.


Adrian McDonald

FilmL.A., Lead Research Analyst
Adrian McDonald is the lead research analyst at FilmL.A., where he tracks production trends and studies the economics of the film & television industry. Prior to his current position, from 2010 to 2012 Adrian helped spearhead FilmL.A.'s Film Works public education campaign, which was created to help educate the public about the economic and cultural importance of California's film & TV industry. Adrian is the author of two law review articles published in the University of Pennsylvania's Journal of Business Law (2007 & 2012) about runaway film & TV production and the use of government incentives to lure productions.

A native of New Providence, New Jersey, Adrian earned his B.A. degree in Political Science in 2002 from DePaul University and then his J.D. in 2007 from South Texas College of Law.


Dr. Anil Salim Muhammed

HR Cloud, Technology Consultant
Dr. Anil Salim Muhammed is a Technology Consultant at HR Cloud, the market and technology leader in on-demand human capital management for the public sector. He also teaches business and information technology courses at Rio Hondo College. Prior to this, he served in public education for over 5 years.

In 2000, Dr. Muhammed attended University of California, Davis where he received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. After working for a couple of years, he continued his education at University of California, Irvine where he completed his Master of Business Administration. Given his passion for educational reform, Dr. Muhammed began leveraging his technical and managerial background to improve business practices in public education. This eventually led him to the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California where he completed his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

In his spare time, Dr. Muhammed actively volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations and serves on various committees, sharing best practices and applying knowledge to benefit the welfare of the people in and around his community.

Jorge Mata
Los Angeles Community College District, Chief Information Officer
Jorge Mata joined the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) in February 1989. He began his career in Los Angeles Valley College one of nine colleges in the LACCD. In December 2007 Jorge was selected to be the provisional Chief Information Officer for LACCD.

In December 2008, after a national search, Jorge was selected at the CIO for the LACCD. The Los Angeles Community College District is the largest community college district in the United States serving more than 250,000 students annually at nine colleges, spread throughout 36 cities in the greater Los Angeles area The LACCD colleges include, East Los Angeles College, Pierce College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, West Los Angeles College, South West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Mission College.

Jorge has been recognized for innovation in disruptive technology that maximizes value for his organization. The LACCD is currently in the middle of a 6 billion dollar capital construction program. In addition to all the operational and strategic initiatives in security, infrastructure and applications development, Jorge is leading a large group of IT professionals in standards development and IT procurement to support and leverage the capital construction program.

Jorge has been responsible for all aspects of technology at both the college campus and district wide level and has held the titles of micro-computer specialist, computer network specialist, Senior computer network specialist, Manager of College Information Systems and Chief Information office.

r Jorge continues to emphasize the role of IT in supporting and achieving the core mission of his institution: Student Success. He is passionate about the role of community colleges in helping students reach their goals and the value that IT can provide in that process.

Jorge attended East Los Angeles Community College and holds a B.S degree in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix Online and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the College of Business and Economics at California State University in Los Angeles.

Bruce Wilcox

Sierra Systems
Inc., Director, Lecturer, California State University at Long Beach
Mr. Wilcox is a Director at Sierra Systems, an information system consulting firm, with a specialty in Business Intelligence systems consulting focused on public sector and education clients. He is also a part-time lecturer in the business college at California State University at Long Beach and with the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mr. Wilcox received his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and his MBA from UCLA. He is currently completing a Ph.D. program at the Claremont Graduate University with a focus in data mining and computational finance. His full profile can be viewed at http://www.linkedin.com/in/bwilcox6 and on his blog at www.bwilcox.net


Ernesto Larios

Sierra Systems, Principal Consultant
Ernesto Larios ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/ernestolarios ) is a Principal Consultant with Sierra Systems and is accountable for Solutions & Technical Architecture as well as Project Management and Delivery. Mr. Larios is primarily focused on Business Intelligence and IT Service Management and has over 10 years of IP in Public Safety & Law Enforcement.

Josh Stempel
Toshiba America, Digital Products Division, Corporate Social Responsibility
Josh Stempel manages Corporate Social Responsibility for Toshiba America Information System’s Digital Products Division. Before joining Toshiba, Josh served as the managing editor and co-founder of GreenMyParents – a book and social media platform where young people engineered sustainability projects in their home and negotiated with mom and dad for a share of the savings. As a sustainability strategy and marketing consultant, he enabled major non-profits like World Wildlife Fund and Al Gore’s Life Earth to partner with corporations, such as Esurance, SmartCar, Pepsi, Philips and AEG to create meaningful and engaging cause campaigns. Josh Stempel has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.


Ryan Swier
Employment Training Panel, Marketing Specialist
Ryan Swier joined the Employment Training Panel (ETP) in 2007 as a Contract Analyst at the San Diego regional office. In 2011, Ryan assumed a role in Marketing Division, where he serves an integral member marketing in ETP program to the Southern California region. Ryan's focus is to attract and retain businesses that contribute to a healthy California economy by providing reimbursement to off set training cost. Prior to joining ETP, Ryan worked for State Compensation Insurance Fund as a Workers Compensation Claims Adjuster. He obtained his BA in Marketing from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and his MA in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from National University in San Diego, CA.


Mike Bonifer

GameChangers, CEO
Mike Bonifer has spent his career changing the game by introducing and expressing brilliant new ideas to the marketplace: as the publicist on the groundbreaking motion picture Tron and author of the book, The Art of Tron; as a founding producer for The Disney Channel; as a pioneer and popularizer of electronic and digital media (Disney; Pixar; Smithsonian; et al); as the Chief Storyteller for the Live Earth concerts for the environment in 2007; and today, as the co-founder (with Dr. Virginia Kuhn) and CEO of GameChangers, which brings techniques from improvisation theater to the theater of business. He is the author of GameChangers - Improvisation for Business in the Networked World.

With GameChangers, Bonifer and a global network of skilled pracitioners have designed an improvisation-based system to help clients share their stories more effectively, conceive strategies as collaborations with customers, and generate positive outcomes from unforeseen circumstances. He speaks about subjects ranging from Agile Development to Quantum Storytelling to How The Bonifers Turned Their Family Farm Into a Theme Park. He's an earnest beginner on the guitar, and occasionally performs improv at IOWest Theater in Los Angeles. Serendipity is his specialty.


Antonio Rodriguez

GameChangers,
Writer/Educator

A writer/educator from New York City, who joined GameChangers for "the opportunity to explore quantum narratives," Antonio was a founding member of the Brooklyn Theatre Company. His plays have been staged in such historic New York theaters such as the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Dixon Place. He has developed and conducted art/leadership programs for many of New York City's most troubled schools, and has for many years worked for the Posse Foundation, which has awarded over 3,000 four-year college scholarships to at-risk high school students with heroic potential. Antonio's unique understanding of street theater, storytelling, learning technologies, and networked economies give him the ability to create learning opportunities and insights for our clients that they cannot get from anyone else.


Beverly Macy

Keynote Speaker, Educator, Author
Beverly is an educator, author, speaker, and thought-leader in marketing strategy and the power of social media. Her focus is on how real-time social media, global branding, big data/mobile/cloud computing, is affecting communications and business trends today. She is the author of The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing and she contributes regularly to The Huffington Post, and Social Media Monthly magazine.

She is a strategic advisor to corporate, academic, and governmental organizations on a variety of topics ranging from global marketing and branding to using real-time social media trends to generate top line growth. Her clients have included Toyota, The Walt Disney Company, Xerox Corporation, United Healthcare, Qualcomm, Boeing, ReachMD, Amgen, and Weber Shandwick.

Beverly spent 14 years at Xerox Corporation in global sales and marketing and began her career at Wang Laboratories in software development. She teaches Executive Marketing Courses, including Social Media and Global Branding, at UCLA Extension and lectures at USC.

Lennie Ciufo

Los Angeles Valley College, Director of Job Training Department
The Director of the award winning Job Training department at Los Angeles Valley College, Lennie Ciufo has served as its leader since 1994. Now celebrating almost two decades of service, the efforts of Mr. Ciufo have resulted in more than 20,000 jobs for the local community as well as having upgraded skills for 16,000 individuals.

A business graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mr. Ciufo returned to Los Angeles to earn his Masters in Education. In 1975, he joined the staff at the college, working in the school's business department. At the same time, Mr. Ciufo owned and managed his own business, giving him valuable insight into the needs of the workplace as well as curriculum development, a specialized commodity used extensively by Job Training today as they work with various companies.

Now reigning over a department committed to training qualified workers for local businesses, his string of successes have been touted by such high-visibility companies as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and Baxter Healthcare, while being recognized by the City of Los Angeles.


Paul De La Cerda

Los Angeles Southwest College, CTE Dean in Academic Affairs
Mr. De La Cerda has an extensive business and technical background with an Engineering degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma State University. He also possesses an Executive Management Degree from University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Currently, he serves as the CTE Dean in Academic Affairs for the Los Angeles Community College District at Southwest College. At the college, he oversees multiple Federal and State funded grant programs including a recent $5M H-1B Department of Labor award and the Department of Homeland Security and Cyber Security programs. He also served as the director of the Goldman Sachs Foundation funded small business development program. Previously, he was the first Director of Grant Administration for the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Public Safety Office where he procured and administered over $100M in Department of Homeland Security Urban Security Initiative and State Homeland Security anti-terrorism grants.

He is an experienced business consultant with over 10 years in government and public relations including working with various Federal, State and City/County of Los Angeles public safety departments including LAPD, Port of LA, Sheriffs Department, and LA World Airport. He is both a San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal 40-under-40 award winner and was elected to public office in 2005 where he serves as the first Latino elected School Board Member for the Saugus Union School District in North Los Angeles County.


Naja El-Khoury

Los Angeles Southwest College, Professor

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
1. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Principal Investigator of a two-year grant (2011-2013). Under this grant, three new programs were developed: Computer Science Homeland Security A.S. Degree, Homeland Security & Computer Networks Certificate of Achievement, and Homeland Security Network Administrator Certificate of Achievement.

2. U.S. Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training Grant. Co-Developer of Homeland Security Computer Science program (2010-Present). Development not-for-credit computer science and technology courses contextualized for the homeland security field to prepare workers for employment and advancement.

3. Achieving the Dream at Los Angeles Southwest College. Data Team Member (2010-Present). The Lumina Foundation's Achieving the Dream is a national initiative aimed at helping more community college students succeed, with a special focus on students of color and low-income students. The Data Team collects, analyzes, and disseminates data on student outcomes to diagnose institutional strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies for improving institutional and student performance.

4. Supplemental Instruction Supervisor Workshop offered by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Participant (2010). This workshop provided Los Angeles Southwest College faculty members and administrators with the tools to implement supplemental instruction for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students.

5. Los Angeles Valley College Tech Prep Program, Counselor, Mentor and Director Assistant (2001 - 2008). Educational partnerships between Los Angeles Valley College, 16 Los Angeles Unified School District High Schools, and 18 public and private employers to introduce and prepare high school students for careers in computer science information technology, manufacturing technology, electronics, engineering, fire technology, wild land fire technology, business, accounting and law.



Monte J. Chapin

Graphisoft, Business Process Leader
Monte J. Chapin has over thirty years of professional experience in the architecture and construction industry; specializing in high-end residential, multi-family, mixeduse and commercial/retail projects. He integrated BIM - Building Information Modeling - into professional practice in 1991. Nearly 20 years later, he is continually expanding the potential of BIM using Graphisoft’s renowned Virtual Building™ solution, ArchiCAD. As Business Process Leader at Graphisoft North America, he is engaging new processes of collaborating, coordinating and communicating information and data contained in the 3D geometry of Virtual Building™ through interoperability initiatives and exchanges of BIM data; particularly, using IFC (Industry Foundation Classes).

Since 2001, he has been mentoring and teaching ArchiCAD and Virtual Building™ - providing architects, designers, engineers, builders and owners with knowledge and solutions necessary to leverage the new paradigm of BIM technology in virtual design and construction processes and workflow.

Monte joined Graphisoft in 2008 to advance the concepts of innovative new processes and workflow using ArchiCAD for design, construction and operations; modeling, simulating and analyzing building performance as integrated systems thinking. He is championing a shared vision: promoting new business models and fostering team learning, as AEC companies revise business strategies to integrate BIM technologies and processes into their organizations.

Currently, a member of the buildingSMART alliance, he is on the Board of Directions. He also served on the Design Work Group and Project Committee for the NBIMS-US Version 2 and will be serving on the Product Development and Market Education Subcommittees for the NBIMS US version 3. Additionally, he is a member of the OmniClass Technology Sponsor Group and OmniClass Development Committee. He is also a participant on the Technical Sub-Committee for the AGC BIMForum.


Alvin Oei

Randall-Baylon Architects, Designer
Since the age of 15, Alvin Oei realized the principles and importance of design by working with his dad in a family owned structural design company called "Oei & Associates." In 2007, Alvin began his educational journey by attending Art Center located in Pasadena. With the opportunity to grow in the industry, Alvin took a detour from school to jump head-first into the professional design industry by working with Randall-Baylon Architects, Inc. as a designer. Alvin specialized in restaurant and health clinic design where he could flourish by putting detail, character and personality into all of his projects. After 6 years, Alvin will be returning to Art Center to finish a degree in Environmental Design in the Fall of 2013 during which time he will continue working in the industry giving workshops in ArchiCAD and working on specialty projects.


Brad Wyman

Producer

Brad Wyman is one of the most prolific and successful producers of independent films in Hollywood. With over 30 features to his credit, Wyman has worked with an impressive roster of A-list talent, from Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron to Matthew McConaughey and Cristina Ricci. His impressive 25 year career boasts the indie blockbuster, MONSTER, the Patty Jenkins film that earned Charlize Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress. A six time alum of The Sundance Film Festival, Wyman's other career highlights include FREEWAY starring Reese Whitherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland; Executive Produced by Oliver Stone, TREES LOUNGE, starring, written and directed by Steve Buscemi, THE CHASE starring Charlie Sheen, the cult classic THE DARK BACKWARD starring Bill Paxton, Judd Nelson and Wayne Newton and LOVE AND SEX starring Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau. Brad also produced BLITZ, a London police thriller starring JASON STATHAM, and HARD LUCK for Sony Pictures, directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Wesley Snipes.

In 2005 Wyman added television to his to his resume when he Executive Produced the hit reality series TOMMY LEE GOES TO COLLEGE for NBC. Wyman co-produced LOOK with internet pioneer Barry Schuler and the critically acclaimed film was written and directed by Adam Rifkin. Shot entirely from the perspective of surveillance cameras, this riveting and timely feature gives a brutally honest account of the secret lives of everyday people in a country where eavesdropping is becoming the rule rather than the exception. The film LOOK was turned into an 11 episode series, which aired on Showtime in 2010-2011 and recently debuted on www.hulu.com/look.

In 2010, Brad Wyman launched WyTV, an online streaming channel for which he produces original programming including music, comedy, health and other variety entertainment. In early 2011, WyTV made international news by streaming four episodes of Sheen's Korner, starring Charlie Sheen. The show had more than 8 million views during the week that it aired. WyTV also produced Fleischer's Universe, a variety show hosted by actor comedian Charles Fleischer. Guests on the show included Marilyn Manson, Jason Schwartzman and Harland Williams. Global Soul TV, a music show hosted by DJ Matt Robinson, featured a performance by rising musician Austin Brown. In 2011, WyTV launched Blythe Raw Live, a raw foods show hosted by Blythe Metz. Despite a relatively unknown host, Wyman was able to build the Blythe Raw Live brand online and to date the show has received 445,000 live views in addition to 8 million recorded views. Hulu agreed to feature episodes of Blythe Raw Live on its site, marking the first time this has happened for an original live online show.

Brad is currently the vertical lead for film, TV and web content at Indiegogo.com. Indiegogo is the world's crowdfunding platform. This is the perfect convergence of all Wyman's talents. Indiegogo has democratized Crowdfunding, enabling anyone to finance any idea, project, company or creative concept on their site. Brad stated, with regard to the film vertical, "I feel like an Indie Studio head with 100's of features on our site and helping all these movies get financed, making filmmakers dreams come true."


Kenneth F. Crawford

U.S. Small Business Administration, Lender Relation / Economic Development Specialist
On June 24, 2007, Ken assumed the responsibilities of Lender Relation Specialist for the Los Angeles District Office of the SBA. In this position Ken counsels walk-in clients, speaks at various seminars, workshops and works with the Finance Division in training our network of Bankers. Ken is the Veterans Outreach Representative as well as the Faith-based Outreach Representative.

A long time resident of Inglewood Ken Graduated from George Washington High School and Los Angeles City College, attended The University of California at Los Angeles. Ken is a decorated Vietnam era veteran, started his career at SBA in 1997. Ken worked at the Business Information Center (BIC) until the SBA opened. The One Stop Capital Shop in 2001, he worked there until the program ended. Upon returning to the BIC he began to outreach and market SBA programs and services to the community until it became the number one BIC in the country.

As an Economic Development Specialist Ken is the District Office Technical Representative for the Los Angeles District Office four Women Business Centers.

Gina M. Parodi de Reid
Boeing,
Technical Lead Engineer in Boeing Test & Evaluation's System Integration Test Lab (SITL) and Project lead for the C-17 Test & Evaluation Integrated Product Team (IPT)
Gina is both a Technical Lead Engineer in Boeing Test & Evaluation's System Integration Test Lab (SITL) and a Project lead for the C-17 Test & Evaluation Integrated Product Team (IPT).

Gina has over 16 years of Aerospace experience where the majority of her years were spent as a technician in the Space System laboratory at Honeywell Engines Systems & Services performing functional testing of components and precision cleaning in a clean room environment for the International Space Station amongst other programs. Boeing recruited Gina in 2006 as a Technical Service Specialist to refine Mylar, Catia, and Unigraphics drawings as well as to maintain the Boeing Mobility Integration Center (BMIC), a futuristic avionics view of Net-Centric Operations. The following year, Gina transitioned to the Avionics Integration Support Facility (AISF) where her expertise in Computer-Aided Design was utilized to incorporate changes to hardware drawings. In 2008, Gina was offered a permanent position as a Test & Evaluation Engineer in the C-17 Test & Evaluation (IPT). In 2011, Gina became the Technical Lead Engineer of the BT&E SITL. Gina serves interchangeable roles as the Project Lead and Lead System Engineer for projects that impact AISF.

Since 2002, Gina has been supporting the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) collegiate design series at California State University Los Angeles by speaking at events and providing guidance to students in system engineering practices, career, and leadership. Gina's most recent involvement is mentoring the university's ECO Car Control team.

Gina has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Production Management from California State University Los Angeles. Gina has obtained a certificate in Test & Evaluation from the University of Alabama, a certificate in Systems Engineering from the University of Missouri Science & Technology and is currently pursuing her Masters in Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri Science & Technology.

Gina enjoys spending time with her family and participating in outdoor activities such as snowboarding, water polo, and volleyball.


Larry Braman

GlobalCareerCP.com,
Career Consultant

Larry Braman (http://GlobalCareerCP.com) is a Los Angeles-based career consultant who helps clients nationwide find and create more fulfilling, productive careers. Drawing from his extensive experience in business and as a professional writer and actor, Larry enables his clients to rise above their competition by powerfully presenting and marketing themselves--in person and in writing.

With a reputation as a highly motivating and engaging trainer and facilitator, Larry has designed and delivered hundreds of career development workshops and seminars. Recent engagements include Kia Motors USA, Baxter Healthcare, and the University of Redlands.

A graduate of the University of Virginia and Circle in the Square Theater School, Larry holds multiple career coaching certifications from Lee Hecht Harrison, the world's leading provider of corporate outplacement services.


Sophia Viklund

backCODE, Principal
Sophia Viklund first got the programming bug with C++ as a teenager in college. Working in software and web development since 1998, she became an entrepreneur. backCODE, a game development studio in Pasadena focusing on Serious Games (including for military applications) and Entertainment projects, is the 4th technology company that she has founded. Sophia was named in Forbes in July 2012 as one of a select group of "Female Founders to Watch", and again in March 2013 as part of a group of "Women in Gaming to Watch."

With strong commitments to both technology business initiatives and bringing women into technology, Sophia is an active mentor for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for the White House Equal App challenge and UC Irvine Computer Science. Department and her mission is to bring more women into technology/STEM education and business entrepreneurship.

Sophia holds a masters degree in linguistics with concentration in speech recognition and multiple technical certifications, and has a special interest in teaching programming languages. She also completed a Masters program in Environmental Design at UCLA with a thesis in BIM (building informational model) and is LEED AP certified (US Green Building Council).

She is a co-organizer of Girl Geek Dinners/Los Angeles chapter, on the board of Directors of 50/50 leadership, a co-founder of PyLadies, a non-profit that taught women programming in Python, and on the executive board of Caltech Enterprise forum. She speaks at and participates in or moderates numerous panels at many conferences, actively promoting women's participation in technology and entrepreneurship.

Forbes links:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarabrown/2013/04/16/women-in-tech-were-inittogether/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/women2/2013/03/29/12-women-in-gaming-to-watch-entrepreneurs-edition/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/women2/2012/06/23/silicon-beach-female-founders-2012/
Grant Viklund
backCODE, Principal/CEO
Grant Viklund is the Principal/CEO at backCODE, a Pasadena California based game development studio specializing in web, desktop and mobile projects. At backCODE he has helped the studio grow from a shop specializing in SaaS & backend web development to a full service studio that develops top tier applications for mobile & desktop, entertainment & serious games both internally and for clients such as Google, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, Lockheed Martin and Qualcomm.

A 16 year veteran of the Motion Picture and Game industries Grant has worked as an Artist, Developer and Supervisor on over 40 different productions. Prior to joining backCODE, he was a Senior Technical Director at Dreamworks, working on such productions as Flushed Away, Monsters vs Aliens, and Kung-Fu Panda 2. Grant was also the CG lead on The Simpsons movie, where he built the crew from the ground up to deliver computer generated characters and effects.

Grant has a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College and is the founder of the Los Angeles Unity3D user group, the second largest Unity3D user group in the world.


Cole Hershkowitz

Chai Energy, Founder
Cole Hershkowitz graduated from Caltech where he lead the Solar Decathlon Computing Innovation Team in developing novel ways to interact with a sustainably-built and solar-powered home. Among several innovations, the team developed technology that would allow you to point at lights to turn them on or off.

Cole is now a Founder of Chai Energy, where he is using widespread data, complex algorithms, and fluid interfaces to empower homeowners with a simple understanding of their energy-use and lifestyle.


Ka Suen

Chai Energy, Co-Founder/CTO
Ka Suen graduated from Caltech with a BS in physics in 2012. He has always been interested in data mining and using the insights from large data sets in real world applications - not something you always get in physics. As Co-Founder and CTO of Chai Energy, he has been able to fully realize his passions. The insights from data mining are directly used by homeowners to help them not only understand their energy use but to also help them become more energy efficient.
Jensen Penalosa
FBI, Supervisory Special Agent

Supervisory Special Agent Jensen Penalosa has been a Special Agent with the FBI since 2005. SSA Penalosa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to entering on duty with the FBI, SSA Penalosa was employed by FileNet Corporation, as a software engineer. SSA Penalosa is currently assigned to the Los Angeles Field Division, where he supervises a Cyber Crime Squad that specializes in the investigation of computer and high-technology crimes, including computer intrusions, and other types of malicious computer activity.


Kevin DeBre'

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Partner
Kevin DeBre' advises entrepreneurs and companies engaged in building businesses based upon technology or intellectual property assets and he has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating intellectual property-driven deals. A business lawyer, a registered patent lawyer and a former engineer, Kevin handles a wide range of transactions, develops IP protection strategies and advises management teams on compliance with privacy and data security laws and regulations.

His clients include software companies, semiconductor design firms, mobile commerce businesses, e-commerce enterprises, electronics and hardware manufacturers, media companies, content publishers and medical device manufacturers. Kevin has been quoted in numerous high-tech industry publications and has appeared on Bloomberg TV. He is frequently a speaker at conferences on technology commercialization and intellectual property licensing and he has published several articles on IP licensing. Kevin is the author of "Licensing of Trade Secrets and Know-How," a chapter of Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California, an attorney's practice book published by the State Bar of California. In addition, Kevin is a contributing author of "Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances," a chapter of Intellectual Property in Business Transactions, an attorney's practice book published by Continuing Education of the Bar, and is an update author of "Exploiting Trade Secrets by Licensing" and of "Form Licensing Agreements and Provisions," two chapters of Trade Secrets Practice in California (Second Edition) published by Continuing Education of the Bar.

Kevin was selected in 2009, 2008 and 2006 as a Southern California Super Lawyer and is the founder and Chair of the Licensing Committee of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section. Prior to joining Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Kevin was a partner in leading international law firms, including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, where he headed the firm's technology transactions practice in Southern California. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. John G. Davies, United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Kevin received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law and his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis. He is a member of the California Bar.


Louis A. Wharton

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Partner
Louis A. Wharton is a Partner of the Firm. Louis' practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

He counsels clients in the technology, internet/e-commerce, pharmaceutical, apparel and entertainment industries, among others. Louis' work in the securities compliance area involves advising the Firm's public clients on a variety of '33 Act and '34 Act work, including reviewing and filing registration statements and current, quarterly and annual reports.

His practice in the corporate finance area involves structuring and negotiating public offerings and private placements of both equity and debt securities, including PIPEs and angel and venture backed transactions, for the Firm's private and public clients.

In addition, Louis' mergers and acquisitions practice involves strategizing with and negotiating on behalf of the Firm's clients on a variety of public and private mergers (including reverse mergers), strategic stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, both buy- and sell-side.

Louis also counsels the Firm's clients on other aspects of their business activities in his general corporate practice, including commercial transactions, incentive compensation and corporate governance.

Louis serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees, and is actively involved on the Executive Committee of the ProVisors Technology Industry Group. Louis received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a member of the California Bar.


Ryan Azlein

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Partner
Ryan Azlein is a Partner with the Firm. Ryan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, focusing on emerging growth, development stage and middle-market companies as well as venture capital firms, angel investors and strategic investors. Ryan's practice concentrates on venture capital and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and executive compensation matters, intellectual property development and licensing arrangements, SEC reporting and disclosure, public and private securities offerings, complex partnering arrangements, and general corporate matters.

Ryan has substantial experience managing a variety of business transactions, including numerous venture capital, angel and seed financing transactions, private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions in the public and private markets and public and private offerings by public companies.

Ryan also counsels companies in connection with SEC reporting requirements and registrations, federal and state securities laws, corporate governance issues, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology and licensing issues, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and commercial contracts. In addition, Ryan has expertise in advising companies in their formation process.

Ryan is actively involved in the Southern California emerging company and venture capital community. Ryan regularly lectures to entrepreneurs, peer groups and students on various topics, including venture capital financing and issued faced by emerging growth companies.

Ryan received his B.A., with Honors, from the University of San Diego in 1996 and his J.D. in 1999 from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the California Bar. Prior to joining the Firm in 2002, Ryan was previously practiced in the global firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and with the law firm Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey, LLP.

Ryan was named a Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star in 2009 and 2010.


Steve Goldstein

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Partner
Steve Goldstein is a Partner of the Firm and Chair of the Interactive Entertainment and Video Games practice group. Steve served as an associate of the Firm from 2003 to 2005, and rejoined the Firm in 2009. Prior to rejoining the Firm, Steve acted as Director of Business Development and General Counsel for Flagship Studios, Inc. from 2005 until 2008.

Steve's practice concentrates on advising clients within the video game industry on legal issues across all aspects of their business, including negotiation of video game publishing agreements, merchandizing agreements, co-marketing agreements and other inbound and outbound licenses regarding the exploitation of video game intellectual property, Internet best practices, drafting of online game privacy policies and terms of use, alternative financing, global corporate structuring, and legal issues related to the use and trade of virtual goods.

Steve's clients include independent video game developers and publishers in the console, social, casual and massively multiplayer markets, online game operators, and media and technology companies related to the video game industry.

In his role at Flagship, Steve negotiated all of its publishing, co-marketing and ancillary properties agreements, including agreements with Namco Bandai Games America, Inc., Hanbitsoft, Inc., The9 Limited, Massive, Inc., LiveGamer, Inc., Microsoft, Nvidia, Creative Labs, Alienware, Weta Workshop, TOKYOPOP!, Dark Horse Comics and Simon & Schuster, among others. Steve also spearheaded the creation of a multimillion dollar line of credit for Flagship with Comerica Bank based on Flagship's video game properties. In his capacity with Flagship, Steve co-founded and served as President, Americas & Europe for, Ping0 LLC, a digital publishing and online operations subsidiary of Flagship Studios. Additionally, Steve managed the founding of the Ping0, LLC affiliate, Ping0 Interactive Limited, an Ireland company.

Steve has spoken at a variety of video game related conferences, including Game Developers Conference, Game:: Business:: Law Summit, San Diego Comic-Con, Austin Game Developers Conference, Online Game Developers Conference, Consumer Electronics Show and Law Seminars International's Gamer Technology Law panel and acts as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches a course on the law of video games and virtual worlds.

Steve received his B.A. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his J.D. from University of Southern California Law School. He is a member of the California and Hawaii Bars.

Michelle Yaiser

Adobe, Instructional Designer for Creative Cloud Learning and Training
Michelle Yaiser is Instructional Designer for Creative Cloud Learning and Training at Adobe. She works with creative professionals, educators, students, and other creatives to plan and produce learning resources that help people better use Adobe software. Prior to joining Adobe, Michelle was a professor of Web Design & Interactive Media teaching object oriented programming and interactive development. Away from a computer, Michelle is a clarinetist, dancer, and race car driver.


Mike Marinoff

Professional Speaker, Staffing, Recruiting & Career Development Expert
A seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of experience, Michael leverages his extensive business, staffing, recruiting, educational background and expertise, to architect innovative solutions that help his clients achieve key organizational objectives and maintain a competitive advantage.

An expert in the field of staffing, recruiting and hiring, Michael has expanded into Career, economic and Workforce Development Solutions and works extensively with local communities, public officials, colleges and job seekers alike to develop opportunities with Local, National and International Employers.

Patrick Rodriguez

U.S. Small Business Administration Los Angeles,Public Information Officer and an Economic Development Specialist
Patrick Rodriguez is currently the Public Information Officer and an Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration Los Angeles District Office where he assists aspiring and existing business owners to access SBA programs and services. Previously, he worked for Congresswoman Linda Sanchez for five years as her Senior Congressional Aide in the Cerritos District Office - he covered business, transportation, and veteran issues in addition to event planning and speech writing.

Patrick has extensive political campaign experience and has worked as a consultant for firms seeking contracts with state and federal government agencies in addition to working in the Public Affairs/Government Relations Division of Time Warner Cable. Patrick was also in the Army Reserve where he worked as a Journalist and Military Historian, serving in Kosovo in '02 and in Iraq in '05 and '06. He was honorably discharged after eight years.


Serena Ehrlich

Mogreet, Director of Marketing
With 20 years in the newswire and marketing industry, I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best companies in New York, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

Currently, I design and implement strategic, corporate social media programs created to meet a range of business goals from visibility and engagement to increasing sales and decreasing company costs. My approach utilizes a blend of new and traditional marketing, public relations, investor relations and street marketing techniques to ensure sustainable results.

I design corporate and brand social media programs and am familiar with social programming within regulated industries. Understanding that social platforms are ripe for customer complaints, I create and implement social media crisis plans and triage programs that build deeper relationships resolving customer issues in real-time, while building a long-term online reputation for the company.

My clients include celebrities, Fortune 500 brands, start ups, lifestyle, consumer, digital platforms and online video productions and producers. I participate in several groups and boards including: NIRI (National Investor Relations Institute) serving on the LA chapter board of directors, which has proven to be very interesting as the SEC continues their crackdown on RegFD, SOX, stock options and web-based disclosure. www.niri.org.

I am also a founder for the international Social Media Club and run the LA chapter. SMC is dedicated to the best practices in social media. www.socialmediaclub.org.

A frequent public speaker, past and future speaking events on the topics of social media, mobile and/or monetization include: TAG (retail analyst) Conference, SMCLA, SMC, PRSA, NIRI, UCLA and more.

Specialties: Integrated communications expert for public, private and startup companies. Specialties include social media, social media customer care, digital branding, customer care, social selling, mobile marketing, text marketing, data analytics, social marketing, SEO, communications.


Stuart Fried

Career Coach and LinkedIn Specialist
Stuart Fried is an experienced career coach and LinkedIn specialist with 30+ years in recruiting, career and job search coaching, corporate Human Resources, workshop and webinar facilitation, and social media. He has been an active member with LinkedIn since 2006, and currently has a network of more than 2200 direct connections and 14+ million total. Stuart provides LinkedIn coaching and training to individual businesses and job seekers as well as a variety of professional, networking, and student groups. He currently presents a monthly LinkedIn workshop at SCORE Los Angeles for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

As a career coach, he also works with job seekers providing help with resume preparation, job searching, networking, interviewing and career change. Stuart works at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) with the Ernst & Young Career Center as a part-time career coach and has delivered LinkedIn and career-related workshops at CSUN, College of the Canyons, Cal Poly Pomona and Pomona College. He recently facilitated a LinkedIn workshop for the CSUN Alumni Relations program and a LinkedIn webinar for the UCLA Anderson School MBA Alumni Association. Stuart also works with JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) providing job search assistance through the ConejoWorks program.
Brendan Reilly
EON Reality, Business Development Manager
Brendan Reilly is the Business Development Manager for EON Reality Western United States, all of Canada, and Director for EON Reality Sports. His focus is on expanding EON's presence in the areas of Energy, Education & Workforce Development, Aerospace, Defense, Sports, Entertainment, and Medical sectors. Brendan's professional background is rooted in sports and the business of sport having worked as a collegiate basketball coach at Illinois State University. While at Illinois State he received his Master's Degree in Sports Management. After serving as an assistant at Illinois State he went and worked in the front office with the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball before joining EON Reality.


Tim DeMoss

Port of Los Angeles, Clean Trucks Program Manager
Tim DeMoss manages the landmark Clean Truck Program for the Port of Los Angeles (POLA). He oversees technical, environmental, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the Port’s CTP. This includes management of the Port’s “concession” program involving 1,000 licensed motor carriers, which collectively deploy approximately 11,000 heavy-duty Class 8 drayage trucks to move cargo into and out of the Port’s marine terminals. Tim has been a Port of Los Angeles employee for six years, and has managed the Port’s CTP for the last three years. Over the course of his 22-year career as an environmental engineer or specialist, Tim has worked in multi-disciplinary environmental mitigation efforts involving hazardous waste, solid waste / recycling, water quality, and air quality.

He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, M.S. Environmental Science, Loyola Marymount University.
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