IMA has gone to extraordinary lengths, to carefully assemble a group of individuals who provide vision and influence for the Internet marketing community around the world. The objectives of the IMA International Executive Committee are to:
- Introduce to IMA leaders in all fields that touch Internet marketing
- Represent IMA with international businesses, governments and universities
- Advise IMA on international cultural and business issues and opportunities
- Bring in investors and supporters around the world
- Connect nations around the central topic of Internet marketing
- Help create global standards around the Internet industry
We are very pleased and honored to have the following world-class, high-level professionals on the IMA International Executive Committee.
Mr. Roseman founded ARC China in 2008 to focus on investments in Chinese domestic consumption-oriented SMEs in second and third tier cities.
Prior to founding ARC China, Mr. Roseman was an investment banker at Barrington Associates and Lehman Brothers, working in M&A, as well as public offerings of debt and equity.
Mr. Roseman is currently a member of both the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and the Board of Governors Member of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as well as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He was recognized in 2007 by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of Los Angeles’ top entrepreneurs under 30 years of age.
Mr. Roseman is a current board member and former board member of numerous public and private companies. He has appeared on numerous international and Chinese media outlets, including print and television, discussing China and its interaction with the international capital markets.
Mr. Roseman is currently based in Shanghai.
Al Frink is the first Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, serving as chief advocate for the U.S. manufacturing sector within the federal government and brings 30 years of private-sector experience to his new position. As a small business executive, Frink built an internationally recognized carpet manufacturing company, Fabrica International, a carpet manufacturer from Orange County, Calif.
As the Assistant Secretary, Frink will advocate, coordinate and implement policies that will help U.S. manufacturers compete globally. Some of the challenges he will focus on include: o Enhancing government’s focus on manufacturing competitiveness;
• Creating the conditions for economic growth and manufacturing investment;
• Promoting open markets and a level playing field;
• Lowering the cost of manufacturing in the United States;
• Investing in innovation; and
• Strengthening education, retraining, and economic diversification.
Frink co-founded Fabrica in 1974 with a $100,000 Small Business Administration loan. Fabrica develops, manufactures and sells high-end luxury carpet and rugs to retailers, interior designers, furniture stores and other markets, and is considered the best in class. The company, which started with five employees, now employs more than 400 individuals and has never experience major layoffs. Within the carpet industry, his company distinguished itself through innovation and quality product. All of Fabrica’s operations – including manufacturing and distribution – are located in the United States. The company was acquired by The Dixie Group in 2000.
He is a champion of export. As his company’s chief advocate and salesperson, Frink opened foreign markets and took responsibility for all international accounts. He understands both the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing and will be a credible voice to others in the sector, particularly small and medium-size businesses.
Frink is also a committed and dedicated volunteer and public servant, particularly on cultural and educational issues within the Hispanic and Native American communities.
Community and Volunteer Work
• Former Member, Exporters’ Textile Advisory Committee, The Department of Commerce
• Former Member, Board of Directors – The Latino Coalition
• Member, Orange County Hispanic 100
• Member, Board of Directors – YMCA Orange County Metro
• Member, Board of Directors – Pacific Symphony Orchestra
• Member, Board of Directors, Lincoln Club – Orange County
• Member, Advisory Board, Carpet and Rug Institute
Awards and Achievements
• In 2004, Frink was inducted into the prestigious Small Business Administration Hall of Fame.
• Silver Trumpet Award, the industry’s most prestigious award from the Southern California Floor Covering Association.
• Distinguished Service Award, Native American Preparatory School (NAPS).
Alexander Gray is the founder and CEO of Skylight Global Inc., a world-class real estate investment and online marketing firm.
Alexander’s success has been featured in publications such as The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Toronto Star and The Financial Times. His achievements have also been featured as a success story in Wealth Builder Magazine.
Alexander is a regular guest speaker to the graduating students of Ryerson University’s Entrepreneurship Program in Toronto, Canada. His visits have helped students understand “real world” marketing, as exemplified by his company’s successes for branding and consumer recognition.
For real estate investing, Alexander has concentrated his company’s efforts in the foreclosure markets of Las Vegas, New York City and Florida during the recession. However, Skylight Global Inc. has prominence in global markets, focusing on nation-wide opportunities for its long-term investment strategy.
Alexander is also involved in building online membership sites, mobile apps and offering search engine optimization services for the clients of Skylight Global Marketing and Skylight Global Productions. Using the many facets of Skylight Global to unleash his creativity is a hallmark of Alexander’s personality.
With his new position in IMA’s International Executive Committee, Alexander aims to expand his knowledge of marketing in the digital frontier by connecting with the many professionals who engage IMA’s events. He is excited to promote IMA to Canadian entrepreneurs and expand the activities of IMA to a broader international audience.
Ardem is Director, Middle East Sales at General Monitors, a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of high tech gas monitoring and flame detection instrumentation.
Prior to his current position, Ardem served as Manager, Product Manager and Regional Sales Manager at the company.
He is currently based in the United Arab Emirates.
David Krauss brings almost two decades of experience from the financial services sector and the enterprise software industry as a top business strategist and expert in helping organizations apply technology to better control and mange risk. He has a broad perspective in working with numerous Fortune 500 companies operating in multiple countries, giving him a unique background in understanding the different regulations, industry standards and other risk management challenges that often put a strain on precious financial and IT resources
FlipSwitch implements innovative educational experiences for middle and high school students. Blended learning and flipped classrooms improve student performance and FlipSwitch’s mission is to empower schools to use those techniques. The Company’s software helps teachers and administrators use data about student performance to improve instruction.
Dominick has been a pioneer in this industry. During his time at George Washington University, Dom interned with an educational lobbying firm advocating for historically Hispanic colleges and universities. After receiving his MBA from University of Phoenix, Dom helped develop innovative learning programs for under-served students. Dom continues that work at FlipSwitch and within his local community.
Prior to joining FlipSwitch, Dom ran an independent consulting firm focused on educational-based marketing. An expert researcher, Dom worked hard to teach business leaders how to use information to improve revenue.
Currently residing in Phoenix, Dom is a proud husband and father.
As the director at NetTrackers, Dhruv has been involved in various aspects of project development, from conception and planning to bug testing and load management.
The company uses a SCRUM-based approach to project development and has a number of developers who use PHP, Perl and Action Script to create engaging web applications and services.
Their core team strength lies with using specific frameworks such as Yii, CodeIgniter, Zend and CakePHP to develop quickly in an MVC-based setup.
Dhruv is based in the Kolkata area of India.
Frederick Vallaeys founded Top Tier to help companies grow through online marketing, a field in which he has over 10 years of experience. He joined Google in 2002 when there were only 400 people at the company and he helped build AdWords into the powerhouse marketing tool that it is today. He has been recognized by the Google executive management group for his involvement with the AdWords API, creating the AdWords Editor, launching Google Instant and his work on Quality Score. He was also part of the team that acquired Urchin (now Google Analytics) and one of the driving forces of the teams that made conversion tracking widely available to search engine marketers.
Before Top Tier, he served as Google’s AdWords Evangelist, helping advertisers learn about which Google products are best to support their marketing goals. He was one of the few Googlers to cover the entire spectrum of online marketing solutions, including search, social, mobile, organic and display in meetings with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and events with some of the most promising up-and-coming SMBs.
Until 2012, he was one of the longest-standing members of the team that developed the Quality Score mechanism and his insights into ads quality have been shared at industry events and been used in the creation of the number one book on Quality Score.
Frederick has spoken at numerous search marketing conferences in the United States and abroad including Search Engine Strategies (SES), Search Marketing Expo (SMX), Ad:Tech, PubCon and the Online Marketing Summit (OMS). He has contributed his search marketing expertise to trade books like “AdWords for Dummies,” McGraw-Hill’s “Advertising and Promotion” text book, Brad Geddes’ “Advanced Google AdWords,” and Craig Danuloff’s “Quality Score in High Resolution.” He has appeared on NPR, ABC News, PBS, Fortune Small Business and many other news outlets to explain how online marketing and AdWords can help companies find more customers. He also has presented about online advertising to MBA programs worldwide, including at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Prior to Google, Frederick was an engineer at Sapient as well as a part-time wedding photographer who found new customers through AdWords. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He was born in Belgium and moved to the Silicon Valley when he was 15.
Garrett Dallas works on new ventures for Coinstar/Redbox. He helps grow a portfolio of automated retail businesses spanning food and beverage, beauty, healthcare, entertainment, and consumer electronics. He is also a member of the board of Social Innovation Advocates.
Prior to joining Coinstar, Garrett worked at Taco Bell, where he held various roles in strategic planning, franchise finance, and restaurant development. He helped launch major programs including Cantina Bell and breakfast.
Garrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Garrett Pendergraft is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Garrett earned a degree in Computer Science at the University of Southern California and enjoyed a brief career in visual effects before returning to school to study Philosophy. While studying Computer Science, he did internships with Evans & Sutherland, Intel, and the CIA.
Garrett holds master’s degrees from Talbot School of Theology and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside. He has taught courses in Logic, Ethics (including Business Ethics), Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Religion; and his research interests focus on free will and moral responsibility. He has served on the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Computers, and is currently a member of the Program Committee for the Pacific Division of the APA.
Garrett is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to transform higher education. He is constantly experimenting with new technologies in the classroom, and he was recently awarded a Pepperdine University Grant for Faculty Innovation in Technology and Learning. He was the lone faculty representative in Pepperdine’s Mobile Technology Strategy Development group, and he is currently working on designing a project for Pepperdine’s Waves of Innovation initiative.
An Engineer by education & an Entrepreneur by choice, Gaurav Oberoi is a creative thinker by passion and a Digital Marketer by profession. As Vice President – Business Operations at Pensa Media, Gaurav spearheads the operations, expansion and partnerships. Pensa Media is one of India’s first Google AdWords Premier SME Partners. Gaurav leads the team to formulate and execute Digital Marketing strategies for a wide range of advertisers of all sizes from across the globe.
Gaurav’s Entrepreneurial interests have always been alive to create India’s largest Digital Marketing Education Platform. He launched Digital Academy in August 2012, with a mission to educate Indian Youth for career competitiveness in a Global Economy. Attributing his courage and conviction to his mentors, Gaurav is set to educate, coach and mentor a new league of Internet Marketers in his next endeavour – Digital Academy.
Gaurav is known to be a problem solver, constantly researching business scenarios and consulting companies on Conversion Rate Optimization. He speaks at conferences covering web analytics and optimization, and writes a blog on topics dealing with the intersection of marketing and technology.
Know Gaurav better: www.gauravoberoi.in
Henry R. Loubet is Chief Strategy Officer for Keenan. Mr. Loubet came to Keenan in the spring of 2003. Named in 1997 as one of California’s Top 100 Healthcare Executives, Mr. Loubet has considerable accomplishments in executive level managed healthcare, hospital administration, and e-healthcare.
Mr. Loubet has extensive managed healthcare experience, with UnitedHealthcare where he served as CEO of their Western Region. Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Mr. Loubet was President of Foundation Health of California. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of Health Net. In six years, he led the healthplan to grow to 500,000 members. Mr. Loubet also served as Vice Chairman/Chief Operating Officer of the early adopter to the online pharmacy industry, DrugEmporium.com from 2000-2003.
Mr. Loubet serves on a number of the nation’s premier healthcare organizations in Board of Director and Advisory Board capacities, as well as non-profit boards. Mr. Loubet holds master’s degrees from University of Pittsburgh and University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’’s degree from Rider University, New Jersey.
Ivan Choi served as president from January 1010 to December 2011 of REOMAC® on January 1, 2010. REOMAC®, has served the foreclosure industry for 25 years. Members include mortgage servicing executives, asset managers, foreclosure attorneys, real estate brokers, and real estate closing service providers.
Mr. Choi is a 15-year veteran in mortgage banking, with a background in ﬁnance, technology, originations and servicing. He currently works at Matt Martin Real Estate Management. Prior to Matt Martin, Mr. Choi worked with Primary Residential Mortgage and Prospect Mortgage and prior to Prospect he was an executive with Bank of America, where he established and managed programs related to mortgage originations and foreclosure disposition. Active in the real estate community at-large, Mr. Choi is recognized as a mortgage default expert and industry speaker. He serves as a board member for the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), as well as a member with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). Mr. Choi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Pepperdine University. He resides in Riverside County with his wife, Melanie, and daughter, Isabella.
As Director of Global Partners for Microsoft Business Solutions, James Maiocco is responsible for engaging and negotiating strategic, global partnerships for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP. He works closely with product marketing and research and development to identify and pursue partners with valuable intellectual property to complement core sales, marketing, customer service, and social capabilities embodied in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as Vice resident of Corporate Development and Acting General Counsel of Gomez, Inc. (acquired by Compuware, Inc. in 2009), where he executed strategies to expand its solution suite to improve design, deployment, and monitoring of digital marketing experiences. He worked closely with the CTO and CMO to manage the Gomez Executive Strategy Board of digital marketing executives from the largest banking, consumer products, hospitality, retail, technology and travel firms. Earlier in his career Maiocco was CEO of Klir Technologies, a SaaS IT management company (acquired by Gomez in 2007), and worked as a business attorney counseling companies on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. He has spoken at numerous events pertaining to the transformational impacts of online business, including those sponsored by Dow Jones, Network World, Pacific Crest Securities, SiiA, and SaaSCon.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Jason McDowall has had quite a journey in life. A photographer and artist by trade carrying an LBIPP and LMPA (Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association), Mr. McDowall chose to leave the photography industry in the early 90’s to help a friend open a new pawn broking store in the heart of Glasgow. He became the General Manager of what turned out to be Scotland’s largest pawn broker. In 1997, with worldwide internet usage on the rise he decided to take up Web and SEO development and it was in the internet that he found his true calling. Mr. McDowall along with a handful of others developed and built a white-label system which allowed affiliates to have their own customized online stores. During the late 1990s the program was in use by more than 300 websites and was processing over 3 million dollars per year in transactions.
In 2002, Mr. McDowall moved to the Bahamas and immediately saw a lack in the tech industry there. Although internet was widely available and used, local businesses had not taken advantage of the interactive means of reaching consumers, and thus BahamasLocal.com was born. In 2006, during the time BahamasLocal.com was developed there were less than 100 Bahamian businesses that had company websites. Between 2006 and 2009, BahamasLocal.com was developed, built, and all the data regarding local businesses was added. In 2009, there had been 3 major changes made to the site, 3 members of staff, and an official launch in April of that same year. In December 2009, BahamasLocal.com was presented with The Visionary Award from The 2009 Visionary Business Leaders Conference held in Nassau, Bahamas.
Since then, BahamasLocal.com has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands in The Bahamas. Mr. McDowall has worked tirelessly to solidify the company’s position as the top online information resource in and for the Bahamian market and the only Bahamian search engine. At present BahamasLocal.com is the sole online partner of companies such as Galleria Cinemas- the only Bahamian Cinema company, Cable Bahamas- the primary cable provider in The Bahamas, BTC- the Bahamas’ Telecommunications Company, Atlantis, Paradise Island- the flagship resort of Kerzner International, Bahamas Speed Week Revival- an international racing event held in The Bahamas, and Heineken (Bahamas) who sponsor the BahamasLocal.com Events Section. In addition, BahamasLocal.com receives on average 200 news articles daily from 4 major local news organizations, the site boasts the largest real estate MLS (Multiple Listing Service) in The Bahamas, and has one of the largest available classifieds section which is 100% free to use.
Understanding the need to be active and constantly innovating, in 2011 Mr. McDowall started arranging partnerships with all the Rotary Clubs in The Bahamas, The Bahamas Humane Society, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and others to use the Events Section on BahamasLocal.com as a centralized event calendar for The Bahamas. He also developed a comprehensive Job Section with The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce which is due to launch in 2013. In late summer 2012, upon return from a trip to Google Headquarters in San Jose, California and the Internet Marketing Association Conference in Las Vegas, Mr. McDowall was asked to contribute a weekly tech article to one of the leading Bahamian Newspapers, and shortly thereafter was approached by a number of media houses interested in BahamasLocal.com hosting weekly tech segments on air (radio) starting in 2013.
As successful as BahamasLocal.com is, Mr. McDowall has an even greater vision for how he, through BahamasLocal.com, can further enhance the Bahamian internet experience. Having developed a multi-use shopping cart system the next hurdle is e-commerce, which is presently not readily available through banks in The Bahamas. With BahamasLocalTV (in the works) and the upcoming launch of the Bahamas Music Awards, owned by BahamasLocal.com and geared at assisting and recognizing local artists, 2013 is sure to be a fast paced year with even greater developments for the site.
Jason McDowall has lived in the Bahamas for more than ten years with his lovely wife and two children. As CEO and President, he operates BahamasLocal.com from an office in the heart of Nassau, New Providence along with a dedicated 8 member team.
Jeanniey Mullen is Global Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Zinio, the world’s most popular digital newsstand and publishing media marketplace. Mullen is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape and grow brands into well known dominant and successful entities. An early player in the digital space, Mullen is renowned as a pioneer in email, digital marketing, digital publishing and brand building. Her knack at being first in new markets gives her an edge. Today, she brings this extensive experience to bear at Zinio, defining and implementing strategies to create explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands and consumers. These initiatives have commanded monumental growth in her five year tenure.
Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, and a frequent keynote speaker.
A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. In 2011 she founded the VIVmagnificent Woman Program, now owned by VIVMag.
Jeanniey is recognized as a Top CMO and author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Women’s Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.
Over 15 years of IT Channel marketing expertise, specializing in demand identification and market growth initiatives. Currently Director of Marketing for Sun Microsystems division of Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 200 IT company. Key responsibilities include developing and implementing North American marketing and communications strategy, and developing customized growth plans for top channel partners.
Jordan Fiksenbaum has been working professionally in the live entertainment industry for more than 23 years. He has been involved in numerous senior management roles specializing in:
• Sales and Marketing
• Business and Strategic Planning
• General Management
• Event Programming
• Ticketing and Operations
Within the theatre industry, he has worked on a number of award-winning productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, Les Misérables, Spamalot and many more.
Currently serving as the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations North American Resident Shows Division for Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Fiksenbaum is responsible for the day-to-day marketing, sales and PR activities for ten shows, as well as one show currently in production. He is responsible for generating 6.5 million tickets for $650 million in revenue this past year. Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Fiksenbaum was Vice President of Theatrical Presentations for Kimmel Center Inc. in Philadelphia, where he developed the Center’s inaugural theatrical season and had executive oversight and day-to-day management over all theatrical operations for the 50 productions that the Center presented during his tenure.
Mr. Fiksenbaum has also worked as a business consultant with a diverse group of companies including Feld Entertainment, Dupont, the Kodak Theatre, Theatre Dreams, and the Olympics in Sydney and Salt Lake City.
Justin Choi founded Cie Studios in 1998 while he was still in college, and has grown the business into a specialized digital agency with offices on both U.S. coasts and more than 50 employees. He has generated two venture-backed spin-offs:Cie Games, a social gaming company; and PostRelease, an innovative ad platform and new ad unit designed to influence discussions on online forums.
Cie Studios is a digital agency that specializes in custom web and mobile application development and social platforms for businesses. Cie’s expert team serves as a special project strike force – creating leading-edge interactive solutions to help companies create new business opportunities or solve a host of communications or management challenges.
The company has created a wide variety of leading-edge solutions for companies including Pioneer Electronics, Chrysler, Toyota/Scion, Nitto Tire, Dreamworks and more. Under Choi’s leadership, Cie Studios is developing custom business applications for multiple platforms including the web, Andriod, iPhone, and other mobile devices such as the iPad. One current solution is a social channel management tool that lets companies with dealer networks manage online training, efficiently disseminate information, coordinate rewards programs and foster multi-way communication.
Choi has two patents pending – one for PostRelease and one for Server Side Rendering technology, a breakthrough new high-speed Web-based, photo-realistic render engine.
Telstra is the largest Telco and Media Company in Australia. They provide the building and operation of telecommunications networks and the marketing of voice, mobile, internet access and pay television products and services throughout the country.
In her current role, Karina provides the direction for data architecture, measurement and optimisation, as well as helping the businesses drive insights to improve their products in the online, mobile and IPTV space.
Karina is a regular speaker at a number of analytics, search marketing and technology conferences, such as: SMX, eMetrics and Ad Tech in Australia and overseas.
Prior to joining Telstra, Karina has worked on a number of news and consumer websites and applications owned by Fairfax, which is one of Australia’s largest publishers. Her primary responsibilities in this role were to drive the overall analytics strategy, evangelise analytics across the company, implement best practices and give optimisation support for new technologies and platforms. During her time at Fairfax, Karina rebuilt and managed their membership database, web services and subscription services systems that were central to the business.
Karina has worked on some award winning iPhone and iPad Applications including Domain; the leading Australian real estate space, as well as RSVP; Australia’s largest and premier dating site. Karina continues to pioneer mobile analytics in Australia and is now working on new standards for Smart TV set-top boxes.
Karina is thrilled with the appointment at IMA’s International Executive Committee representative in Australia and hopes to assist with providing voice and setting up new industry standards in the region.
Mr. Ki Y. Nam founded T3 Motion, Inc. in March 2006 and has been its Chairman since March 16, 2006. Mr. Nam has been Chief Technology Officer of T3 Motion, Inc. since April 2012 and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Nam serves as a Senior Vice President of Business Development and a Member of Senior Management team for REMEC. Mr. Nam served as its Interim Principal Financial Officer of T3 Motion, Inc. since January 2, 2012 and Chief Executive Officer. He served as the President of T3 Motion, Inc. He is a Leader in the design and manufacture of high frequency electronic subsystems used to move integrated voice, video and data traffic over wireless communications networks. Mr. Nam has over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur developing and marketing advanced technology applications. In 2001, Mr. Nam founded Evolutionary Electric Vehicles. Mr. Nam also spent ten years holding various senior management positions at Powerwave Technologies, Inc. Prior to REMEC, Mr. Nam founded Paradigm Wireless Systems, Inc. in 1999 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He serves as a Director of T3 Motion, Inc. He served as a Director of AirIQ Inc. since November 29, 2004.
Prior to his current position,Mr. Arikan was in charge of developing the Turkish market and the region for Wealth Management services by utilizing the full services of the bank. In addition to his current responsibilities, he is still part of investment bank teams on a project/client basis. Previously he served as Head of Investment Bank involved in M&A transactions, project finance of infrastructures (including energy, water and transportation projects) and syndications.
He has served as a non-executive Board Member of ETI Biscuit Group, Eskisehir since 2003. The group is the second largest cookie, cake and chocolate producer and distributor in Turkey with 85% market share in cakes and total sales of USD $400 million.
From 1989-1991, Mr. Arikanwas Head of Department, Prime Ministry of Turkey, Privatization Administration, based in Ankara, Turkey, where he was in charge of State Economic Enterprises including iron and steel, petrochemical, refinery and airline. During his tenure, the first generation of cross-border privatizations were realized through strategic sales. He also served as an Executive Board Director in the largest private sector energy company, a gas company and a major textile conglomerate, and represented golden shares of the government in the cement sector after the sale of the companies to major multinationals.
From 1987-1989 he served as Project Director for the Fund for Private Assistance in International Development in Washington D.C., a fund for private investments in developing countries with programs ranging from privatizations to debt swaps.
He began his career as a Design Engineer and Project Manager at MEAD, PC in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Arikan graduated from Harvard Business School (AMP), Virginia C. University (MBA) and Bosphorus University in Istanbul (BS Mech. Engineering). He is the President of the Bosphorus University-BUMED Alumni Organization, which has 10,000+ members, a Founding Board Member of the Private Sector Volunteers Council, a Board Member and Treasurer for the Turkish U.S. Business Council, and President of the Istanbul Chapter of the U.S. Propeller Club.
Mr. Arikan was born in Ankara, Turkey. He is married and has two daughters.
From her first day of 1L orientation in 2007, people who met student Kyndell Paine (’10) knew that she was a woman with a clear vision for success and the tools to excel in whatever field she chose. An active student who attended “every mixer, seminar and networking function at Chapman,” Kyndell earned a well-deserved reputation as a savvy networker and an engaging ambassador for the law school. “I wasn’t the type of student to hole up in my apartment and study every minute of the day, she admitted — I took advantage of every opportunity to get out there.” Her persistent but professional style of networking paid off in early 2011, when she landed her self described dream position as Manager, Government Relations at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, just a few miles from the Chapman campus.
Kyndell traces her success in landing this plum position to her participation in an innovative legislative advocacy course at Chapman, part of the school’s Institute of Public Law program. It was here that Kyndell met her mentor and friend, adjunct professor Carrie Nocella, a Chapman University alumna and current Director of Government Relations and Minority Business Development at the Disneyland Resort. “The class was amazing,” noted Kyndell. “We had a slew of guest speakers – heavy hitters from the community such as State Senator Lou Correa, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.” Kyndell later used those very contacts in her various positions in government relations and public policy.
Prior to getting the Disney position, Kyndell was on a fast track in government relations and public policy. As part of the course work in the legislative advocacy class, she was encouraged to take a related internship. Kyndell was hired as a policy advisor for Orange County Supervisor, John Moorlach, a one-semester internship that she parlayed into a two-year full time position. Kyndell also worked as a student assistant in the Government Relations office at Chapman University, working in the office of Sheryl Bourgeois, Vice President for University Advancement.
Kyndell acknowledges that she has an aggressive style of networking, but points out that “I never bombarded Carrie with my resume, even though I really wanted to get my foot in the door at Disney.” Instead Kyndell built a friendship with Carrie and proved that she could do the job. Her persistence, coupled with her experience, led to the current position.
Even though she is not in the courtroom, every day Kyndell uses her legal education and training. “People don’t realize how much law is incorporated into this (government relations) job,” she explained. Examples include staying abreast of contract negotiations, ensuring compliance with laws, analyzing and tracking legislative issues. “In this position, I found a job with the perfect mix of creative troubleshooting and interaction with the law,” she beamed as she settled in for a long career at the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Mr. Armstrong is CEO of Ware Malcomb, a leading national design firm, providing planning, architectural, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients throughout the world. Established in 1972, the firm has 11 offices throughout the United States and in Toronto, Ontario Canada and in Panama City, Panama.
Mr. Armstrong is both an accomplished architect and strong business leader. He is well known for his strategic, visionary approach to the company’s management and growth, as well as his commitment to fiscal discipline to ensure the overall health of the firm. His strong design ability and focus on creativity and innovation greatly influence all aspects of the organization. His philosophy of embracing change and rewarding achievement and innovation has resulted in a highly successful, dynamic firm. In 2008, Mr. Armstrong was selected as an award winner for the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Orange County/Desert Cities Region and was also a national finalist.
Mr. Armstrong joined Ware Malcomb in 1984 and shortly thereafter was responsible for running the firm’s Los Angeles office. In 1988, Mr. Armstrong became a Principal of the firm, and then became CEO in 1992. Mr. Armstrong is a licensed architect in over 40 states, as well as in Ontario, Canada. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) from Kent State University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. Mr. Armstrong is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a LEED accredited professional.
In 2010, Mr. Armstrong was a guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and Chapman University, Argyros School of Business. He has been published in a variety of media including OC Metro, Real Estate Business Online, and SIOR’s Professional Report, to name a few.
Mr. Armstrong is also an accomplished artist, including work in a variety of mediums such as paintings, furniture design and sculpture. To view his portfolio, please visit www.LRAart.com.
Mr. Armstrong’s current professional and charity affiliations include the following: Chair, Kent State University Foundation; Founding Member, United Way’s Real Estate Community Builders; and Member, Hoag Center Visiting Committee, Hoag Center for Real Estate & Finance, Argyros School of Business, Chapman University and the Ernst & Young EOY Alumni Advisory Council. He is an active member and sponsor of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) and SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors).
His previous professional and charity affiliations include: Guest Lecturer, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Graduate Real Estate Program 2008-2010; Past Member, Vistage; Advisory Board, Hall & Foreman; Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member CSP, 1999-2008; Advisory Board, Buzzsaw.com; The United Way Real Estate Steering Committee 1999-2006; Vice President, Board of Directors, Ballet Pacifica; Chancellors Club at University of California Irvine; and CHOC Corporate Partners.
Lucetta “Lucy” Dunn is president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council. In her first year at OCBC, she hosted a visit from President George W. Bush and helped lead a major successful campaign by the business community to Renew Measure M, funding the next 30 years of transportation improvements for Orange County.
Before joining the Business Council, Lucy was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and confirmed by the California State Senate in 2004 to serve as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
Lucy received the California State Legislature “Woman of the Year 1997” for her civic involvement, influence and participation in public policy task forces. In 2001, she served as the first woman president in the 80-year history of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and was slated to be president of the state-wide California Building Industry Association when Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to his team. In 2005, she received CBIA’s “D. Gregg Brown Award” for her work advocating housing and homeownership.
The Orange County Business Journal honored her with its 2006 “Women in Business” award, which recognized five out of 150 nominees for distinguished careers in business. In 2007, California State University, Fullerton, awarded her its prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” Award.
Lucy is also an attorney admitted to practice before the California State Bar, the federal bar and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a director of a number of non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities of Orange County, Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.
She is the mother of two sons and resides in Coto de Caza.
As director of management, marketing and business programs at UC Irvine Extension, the continuing education arm of University of California, Irvine, Mitchell has developed and managed a large portfolio of diverse certificate programs in Internet Marketing, Social Media, Marketing, Project Management and Agile. Mitchell has vast experience in developing successful programs and building relationships with subject matter experts worldwide. In addition, Mitchell’s innovative programs help address the needs and challenges of the diverse business communities that UCI Extension serves.
Prior to joining UC Irvine Extension, Mitchell worked in marketing at The Irvine Company, where she helped develop and promote campaigns publicizing the many Irvine Company initiatives and community events throughout the area.
Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in educational foundations from the University of Oregon, and a master’s degree in special education from Chapman University. Mitchell and her husband Kevin live in Huntington Beach with their two children.
Mr. Bonakdar has nearly 30 years of experience working in the hotel and casino Industry, with expertise in gaming, marketing, technology, design and development. Mr. Bonakdar has seen the evolution of gaming and technology firsthand by providing leadership for multi-million to billion dollar hotel and casino expansions, renovations, and development projects that have occurred throughout the nation since 1993. Mr. Bonakdar is currently serving as the Chief Marketing Officer for Colusa Casino Resort. Prior to this position, Mr. Bonakdar has held numerous executive level positions working for corporations such as MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Epic Gaming, and International Gaming Technology. In addition, he is the founder and the CEO of Veritas Casino Solutions LLC.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bonakdar has always stepped up to the plate willingly to face new challenges with a positive approach. Mr. Bonakdar’s innovative thinking along with his passion for uncovering opportunities and continuously improving service, technology, and marketing strategy has contributed greatly to the overall success of the commercial companies and the tribal enterprises he has worked for.
Mr. Bonakdar is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Business, and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, Bachelors degree in Hotel Administration, and Associates in Applied Sciences in Hotel, Casino, and Food and Beverage Operations. In addition, Mr. Bonakdar is an accomplished artist and has been producing architectural, digital, and fine artwork for over 2 decades. Mr. Bonakdar’s works of art are in private collections, have been showcased in galleries, museums, and designer homes featured in art and architectural digests and publications. For more information on Mr. Bonakdar’s art please visit www.artofbonakdar.com.
Mr. Bonakdar and his wife June are involved with numerous charities in Las Vegas and in California, and plan to develop a youth foundation for music and art in the near future.
Mike Moran is widely recognized as one of the UK’s most experienced Digital Producers. After gaining an honors degree in English and Media, he joined Granada Television where he honed his craft before founding the award-winning Mojofuel in 2000.
Mojofuel rapidly grew and quickly carved a reputation as one of the leading digital production agencies in the United Kingdom, working across a wide range of business sectors.
Working from Manchester, London and Los Angeles, Mojofuel has broadened its services into digital marketing communications. The business boasts an enviable client list including the UK’s largest train operating company Northern Rail, Serco, Eurosport, GrupoModelo (Corona Extra), Tsingtao, Electronic Arts, Hilton Group, Shell, GSK and Nintendo, together with Mike’s role as a digital consultant for global agencies such as Weber Shandwick and BurstonMarsteller.
As the business has grown, so too has a strong tie with Microsoft. As an accredited supplier, Mojofuel produced the first live-streamed interview with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair from No.10 Downing Street; filmed and live-streamed a concert by The Killers from Brixton Academy as well as filming and producing a range of video content for MSN Video, Microsoft internal, XBox and Windows Live.
More recently, Mike has produced music videos for two of the world’s largest dance music stars, Deadmau5 and Tiesto. He has also become a recognized expert in the production of demonstrative video evidence where he has developed a product called VisualAid for major UK legal firms including Pannone and Irwin Mitchell.
Nicole McMackin is the Managing Partner of Irvine Technology Corporation. She has been with ITC over seven years and initially served in the role as Vice President of Sales. Nicole has an established career in sales and management with a strong emphasis of account management within fortune 300 organizations. Nicole began her career in staff augmentation services with a locally based Orange County company, Abbott Resource Group, where she was quickly recognized as one of the top performers company wide for both her strong leadership skills as well as her unprecedented sales figures. Later, Nicole then transitioned to Advecta IT whereby she sold and managed multiple premier accounts as well as led a large team of account managers and recruiters. Nicole grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
In addition to his executive duties, Richard leads the Product Development Group at Xytech, focusing on the continued expansion of the MediaPulse suite of applications.
Richard has been designing and maintaining computer software programs for over 30 years. In 1984 Richard founded Medical Digital Technologies. Under this banner he designed and coded the MED–OCCUR software system, which was sold to over 600 orthopedists, anesthesiologists, ophthalmologists, surgery centers, and medical clinics. He then designed a Job Management System for post production facilities and started Xymox Systems, Inc. In 1998, with the acquisition of Gentech, the company changed its name to Xytech Systems and Richard was named Chief Executive Officer. In 2004 Richard assumed the role of President as well.
Mr. Robert C. Adams has been Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Development of Microsemi Corp. since June 2007. Mr. Adams has served as a Principal of Canaccord Genuity Inc. He joined Adams Harkness’s Emerging Growth Semiconductors franchise in 2003, focusing his research on analog and mixed signal semiconductors and digital media IC companies. Mr. Adams served as Vice President of Investor Relations of Microsemi Corp. since June 2007. Prior to joining Adams Harkness, he served with Kaufman Brothers as its Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst covering semiconductor and electronics companies. Mr. Adams served as an Associate Analyst of Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. Previously, he served as a Senior Equity Analyst and an Executive Director, covering semiconductors with CIBC World Markets Inc., Research Division. He also served as Equity Analyst of Montgomery & Co., LLC, Research Division and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Research Division. Mr. Adams has been recognized as a leading sell-side analyst by publications such as Institutional Investor (Honorable Mention 2000, 2001; Home Run Hitter 2001) and The Wall Street Journal (All Star Analyst 2002). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. Mr. Adams earned a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis in 1991.
Robyn Lurie is Director, New Media & Digital Entertainment at Universal Pictures. Robyn focuses on worldwide digital financial performance for the film studio, operational analytics and management of special projects including windowing strategy and tests of new digital products.
Robyn joined NBCUniversal in 2007 as part of a general management rotational program, where she worked on special projects across film, cable, network and digital divisions in both New York and Los Angeles. She has also held roles in Financial Reporting at Twentieth Century Fox. Robyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of
Serge is an IT Executive with over 20 years’ experience leading strategic, developmental, and operational initiatives. He has held key leadership roles in widely recognized name brand companies, and gained significant expertise managing IT departments in global, multi-brand environments. He specializes in operating multi-channel retailing, including luxury goods, fashion apparel, skin care, and cosmetics. His technical expertise includes retail, wholesale, distribution systems, e-commerce, high availability mission critical environment, and legacy systems conversions. He further specializes in e-commerce, change management, M&As, IT security, disaster recovery, business continuity and risk management.
Since 1859, the simple letters “A&P” have stood as a trusted source of fresh, high-quality food for the family dinner table. Starting with our first store at the corner of Vesey and Church streets in New York City, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company continually strives to better meet the needs of families in all of the neighborhoods we serve.
Today, with more than 300 stores operating under the A&P, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum’s banners, we’re proud to be one of the largest grocery companies in the Northeast. Despite our size, we are still a local business, working with local growers, bakers and manufacturers. Our goal is to bring personal, top-notch service to the millions of people living in the diverse communities of the Northeast.
Shant Sahakian is the Founder and President of Sedna Solutions, a full service marketing and design firm based in Los Angeles. Sedna Solutions serves businesses, non-profit organizations, and government institutions with integrated marketing solutions, including Internet Marketing, Web Design, Branding, Advertising, and Public Relations. Since 1999, the firm has helped produce effective programs and powerful results for hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Shant’s passion for his work at Sedna Solutions is matched by his passion for community service and giving back. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kiwanis Club of Glendale, Arturo Sandoval Institute, Glendale Young Professionals, Glendale Youth Alliance, Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation, and GAR.
Shant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and Certificate in Marketing from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Daniel J. McClory is a seasoned international investment banker whose corporate finance transactions have spanned the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. He serves as Managing Director of the Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC in Southern California where he leads the Equity Capital Markets Group.
Dan’s client list has included US, EU, Chinese and African companies seeking growth capital and merger & acquisition opportunities financed primarily through the public markets. Mr. McClory’s transactions have placed Hunter Wise in the Top Ten of placement agents on league tables compiled by PlacementTracker.
Mr. McClory has completed public offerings,financings and M&A deals for clients listed on the London Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, NYSE Amex, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the Over-the-Counter Markets. He has opened Hunter Wise offices in London and Beijing in support of the firm’s investment banking clients in both locations.
In prior years Dan also advised companies on the Official List of the Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin, the Nuovo Mercato in Milan, the Neuer Markt in Frankfurt, and the SWX New Market in Zurich.
He was formerly with CIGNA Securities, where he earned the Chartered Financial Consultant designation (ChFC) from The American College, and the Ford Motor Company, where he served as a Zone Sales Manager for the Ford and Lincoln Mercury Divisions.
A Detroit native, Dan is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, earning a BS in English and an MA in Language and International Trade. He was a three-time captain of EMU’s NCAA Division I cross country team. McClory was named an “Outstanding Young Alumnus” of EMU in 1992 and “Eastern Man of the Year” in 2010, when he was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree and gave the Commencement Address for graduates, 10 years after President Bill Clinton earned similar honors from EMU.
Mr. McClory’s 2008 gift of $1,000,000 to the Eastern Michigan University Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country programs was the largest contribution in EMU Athletic Department history. He serves as a Trustee on the Board of the EMU Foundation, and is a member of the Steering Committee for Eastern’s $50 million “Invest. Inspire” capital campaign, chaired by fellow EMU scholar-athlete Rodney Slater, who served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in the Clinton Administration.
McClory is a Director of the USA Track & Field Foundation Board, which is chaired by Nasdaq OMX CEO Bob Greifeld. The USATF Foundation, headquartered in Indianapolis, provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes and anti-doping education. Dan is a member of the Youth Committee of the Foundation and also serves on the USATF’s Business Development Committee for the national governing body that selects the U.S. Olympic Team.
Dan is a Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). He was among the first group of investment banking professionals worldwide to be awarded the prestigious Corporate Finance Qualification (CF) sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the ICAEW.
Dan is also a member of the Association of Chinese Finance Professionals, the Hedge Fund Association, the US-China Chamber of Commerce, the Royal Over-Seas League and the British-American Business Council. He is a dual citizen of the US and Italy, and fluent in Italian.
McClory is a member of the Gen Next organization, dedicated to learning about and becoming engaged with the most pressing challenges facing future generations. He is active in Gen Next’s Venture Philanthropy and Gen Equity arms which invest in causes and individuals finding and executing on systemic, impactful and long-term solutions related to economic growth, education and international security.
Mr. McClory has been a member of the speaking faculty at the Reverse Merger Conference, the PIPEs Conference Europe, the Industry Summit on PIPEs, the Alternative Exits Conference, the Summit on Alternative Capital Raising, and the China International Private Equity Forum.
Tilly Levine co-founded the Tilly’s concept in 1982 and formed our company in 1984. She has served as a Vice President and Director since our inception. Ms. Levine currently serves as our Vice President of Vendor Relations and has served in that capacity since 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Levine was responsible for the buying of guys’ and boys’ apparel. Ms. Levine has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry.