The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Advisory Board is a volunteer group of donors and community members, who works with the Board of Directors to lead and advise on the growth of Legacy in spirit of the Rose Bowl Stadium’s future.
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Advisory Board is a volunteer group of donors and community members, who works with the Board of Directors to lead and advise on the growth of Legacy in spirit of the Rose Bowl Stadium’s future.
Managing Member, Mission Real Estate Group
Dennis Alfieri is a Real Estate Developer and a Governmental Affairs specialist. A Principal at Alfieri Investments and the Founding, Managing Member of Bantry Property Services, LLC as well as one of the original Developers of the Irwindale Speedway.
Dennis is currently Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles County Harbor Commission since 2009 and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning issues relating to the operation and management of Marina del Rey located in Southern California.
Dennis is a 31-year member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association and a member of the Executive Committee and a Board of Director for the Children’s Burn Foundation and a Board of Trustees for Methodist Hospital foundation.
Dennis began his career serving as a Field Representative for a U.S. Congressman and in 1983 Dennis joined the office of Presidential Advance team where he performed both domestic and international advance coordination for President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Dennis was a member of the Commission of Presidential Scholars and Delegates to the White House Conference on Small Business.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Managing Director, CREO | MONTMINY and Co.
Les Allan is the Managing Member and Advisor with The Los Angeles Investment Company, LLC, a Los Angeles, California advisory company serving the needs of smaller companies, their owners and their successors. As well as a Pasadena Angel investor, Les sits on the board of several rapid growth companies as well as the board of Foothill Family Services. Prior to this, Les spent over 20 years leading the development of institutional businesses and multiple products for Goldman Sachs, Jefferies and Lehman Brothers, before becoming CEO of Cargill Investor Services, Inc.
Growing up in Edinburgh, Scotland, Les has been a lifelong soccer fanatic, in particular, following Heart of Midlothian and Chelsea Football Clubs, where he maintains season tickets to this day. In addition to his financial career, Les is the founder of Goals Soccer Centers in Los Angeles, the largest soccer facility of its kind, also awarded “Sports Center of the Year. He is also the Executive Producer of Pelada, an award winning soccer documentary. Les lives in Los Angeles with his large, sports loving family.
Chief Media Officer – OneTeam Partners’
Lindsay Amstutz currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for three FOX Sports regional networks in Southern California, a position she has held since 2017. In this capacity, she helps manage day-to-day operations for FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego which serve fans across Southern California, San Diego, Nevada and Hawaii.
In 2012, she assumed the role of Vice President of Marketing for FOX Sports Regional Networks, leading marketing and on-air promotional efforts across the FOX family of 22 RSNs.
Amstutz joined the FOX Sports family in 2011, serving as Director of Marketing and On-Air Presentation for FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket in Los Angeles, overseeing both linear and off-channel marketing initiatives and supporting the network's team and ad sales partners.
In 2009, she assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Sparks where she was responsible for developing and implementing innovative sales and fan development initiatives, while recruiting corporate, media and community partners. Amstutz joined the Sparks after two years with the National Basketball Association’s Team Marketing & Business Operations group where she served as Director, WNBA Team Business Development, consulting and advising teams on advancing all aspects of the business.
Ahead of her time with the NBA, Amstutz functioned as a sports and entertainment transactional associate for O'Melveny & Myers LLP. In addition, she was employed in the athletic marketing departments for Santa Clara and Stanford University.
In 2018, Sports Business Journal recognized Amstutz as a “Forty Under 40” recipient and listed her in the publication’s inaugural “Power Players: Regional Sports Networks,” Multichannel News profiled Lindsay in their June special section, “Women in the Game”; and Women in Sports and Events (WISE) honored Amstutz at their annual “Women of the Year” luncheon. In 2016, Multichannel News featured Amstutz on their list of 40 Under 40 to watch, WISE presented her with the “Women of Inspiration” Award, and she attended the WISE Executive Leadership Institute.
In addition to her currently role, she helps lead the “Women of FOX Sports” initiative, is an active leader of WISE, is on the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission’s (LASEC) Board of Directors and the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) marketing committee.
She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics, and a Master’s degree in Communication. Afterward, Amstutz received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. A native of Chatsworth, Calif., she currently resides in Pasadena, Calif., with her husband, son and daughter.
Tony Ayon is an entrepreneur and business developer. Tony is the Owner/Broker of Miramar International, the largest Real Estate Company in Kern County, with over 425 agents and 11 offices throughout the Central Valley. With all his business endeavors, Tony employs over 500 people.
Tony was born in Mexicali, Mexico and moved to the U.S when he was five years old. After going to Cal State University of Bakersfield, Tony worked for many non-profit agencies. At age 26 Tony started his Real Estate career. In 2010 Tony and a partner started a local brokerage, Miramar International. Within four years it became the largest brokerage in Kern County. In 2018 Miramar International was ranked number 289 in the nation out of over 90,000 brokerages. Tony expanded his business into Restaurants, Medical Spa, Commercial/ Residential Real Estate and many other business ventures.
Tony lives in Bakersfield and is married to wife Xochitl and has three boys. Tony’s biggest contribution is giving back to the community and teaching people how to invest in themselves.
Administrative Vice Chancellor, UCLA
Michael J. Beck is the current Administrative Vice Chancellor for UCLA. He began his UCLA service on March 1, 2016. With senior management responsibility for a broad spectrum of administrative, operational and service units, he is responsible for developing policy, monitoring compliance and overseeing campus operations in the following areas: Business Transformation Office; Campus Human Resources; Central Ticket Office; Environment, Health & Safety; Events and Transportation; Facilities Management; Financial & Organizational Services; Housing and Hospitality Services (including student housing, faculty housing, and UCLA conference centers); Information Technology Services; and the UCLA Police Department. The organization has an annual operating budget of approximately $700 million and more than 4,700 employees.
Prior to arriving at UCLA, Mr. Beck served as the City Manager for the City of Pasadena since October 2008. With responsibility for the overall operation of the city’s government and an annual operating budget of approximately $685 million, he managed 14 departments within the city, including finance, fire, housing and career services, human resources, human services and recreation, information technology, libraries and information services, planning and community development, police, public health, public works, transportation, and water and power.
During Mr. Beck’s tenure in Pasadena, he developed a five-year fiscal plan to reverse a structural operating deficit; led an economic development strategic planning effort, which resulted in the creation of Innovate Pasadena – a non-profit organization committed to advancing the greater Pasadena area as a leading center of innovation for technology and design; developed and implemented a $150 million funding solution for an unfunded pension liability; championed capital investment appropriations of $670 million for renovations to public facilities, infrastructure and equipment, including the $182 million Rose Bowl renovation project; managed the emergency response of a devastating windstorm in 2011; and developed a department of information technology to better utilize technology to serve the community.
Mr. Beck previously served as assistant city manager (2004-08) and deputy city manager (2001-04) for the City of Riverside, where he was responsible for creating the funding strategy for the $1.8 billion Riverside Renaissance infrastructure initiative. From 1987 to 2001, he worked at UC Riverside in different capacities, including director of economic development and real estate services and director of new initiatives and special programs.
Mr. Beck served as president of the California chapter of the International City/County Management Association and on other non-profit boards. He earned a B.A. in business economics and an MBA from UC Riverside.
He and his wife, Brigid, are the parents of four sons, ages 27, 24, and 20-year-old twins.
Emeritus – Former Mayor of Pasadena
Early in 2015, Mr. Bogaard completed sixteen years as Pasadena’s first directly elected mayor. His time in office was an active, involving completion of the Gold Line light rail system through Pasadena; construction of extensive housing, both market rate and affordable; public school reform; establishment of new cultural institutions; and strengthening of the City’s neighborhoods. Investment in infrastructure during this period, including an expanded convention center and a renovated Rose Bowl, exceeded one billion dollars.
Previously, he was Executive VP and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services company with branches in eleven western states, until its merger in the late 1990’s with Wells Fargo & Co. He directed the Company’s legal and legislative activities, dealing with capital, credit and compliance issues. Prior to joining First Interstate, he was engaged in a corporate securities and administrative law practice as a partner in a Los Angeles law firm.
A specialist in corporate finance, Mr. Bogaard has domestic and international experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets matters, mutual funds and investment, and regulated industries. In 1987, the Los Angeles Bar association honored him as Outstanding Corporate Counsel.
He has served as arbitrator of complex business disputes and was visiting professor of law at the Michigan Law School in 1996-1997 and adjunct professor at the USC Law School in 1997-1999, teaching courses in banking law, business organizations and securities regulation. Mr. Bogaard has served as chairman of Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a life sciences incubator and workforce development program, since its inception 12 years ago; partners include Pasadena, CSU Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, and Pasadena City College.
Mr. Bogaard graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the Michigan Law School and served as an officer of the U.S Air Force in Los Angeles and Casablanca, Morocco.
Principal, The Brooke Law Group
Darrell Brooke is the principal of The Brooke Law Group, PC, whose office is in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. He has been a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1997. His office was previously headquartered in Pasadena, where he also served as a two-term President of the Old Pasadena Business Association.
Currently, Mr. Brooke is serving as President of the Monrovia Rotary Club as well as the Treasurer of the Pasadena Playhouse, where he has been a board member for the past 9 years. He raised over $2M during a critical fundraising shortage seven years ago. Previously, Darrell has been a two-term president of the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club, being instrumental in creating the first ever stand-alone Rose Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Mr. Brooke currently serves as a pro bono legal counsel for the Monrovia Historical Preservation Group. He is a Rose Bowl Premium Seat Holder.
Emeritus – Chairman, Sharp Seating Company
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M. Scott Carter
Most recently, Scott was the Executive Vice President/General Counsel for UC Advantage in Aliso Viejo, a national unemployment consulting firm dedicated to helping employers control the administrative and tax-related costs associated with unemployment. Carter also had stints as a Sports Agent with Steinberg Sports, working directly for Leigh Steinberg, as well as serving as the Executive Vice President of Sports 1 Marketing managing the business development of the firm while acting as CFO and COO. He was nominated for Orange County CFO of the Year in 2018 by Orange County Business Journal. He holds his Juris Doctor from Western State University with a Philosophy degree from the University of Utah, a Pac-12 Conference school.
Public Sector Manager, Los Angeles County, Colonial Life
Rene is currently a Colonial Life Pubic Sector Manager overseeing all of L.A. County in the public and commercial market. His primary responsibility is to develop, and grow relationships within the county sector and to expand growth within our public market. He is also responsible for developing and culturally changing the dynamics of the L.A. team to expand into the private sector market by developing relationships with private businesses as well as broker agencies to expand our business model to be a hybrid of a County and commercial sector organization.
In 2001, began his career in the Voluntary benefits sector with Aflac. After spending over 3 years in the health care market he quickly grew in his first 6 months as a top associate in the company and led the region with new accounts and new premium. Due to his top performances as a new associate he was quickly promoted into a District level position to build and develop his own team and to help grow the L.A. West market. Within the first 6 months quickly became recognized as the top recruiter and developer of new talent and business.
As a DSC (District Sales Coordinator) he was asked to develop new business within LA and Orange County. With only 1 new agent he quickly grew from just 1 representative in early 2002, to almost 25 by the end of 3rd qtr 2002 and was only one of the few organizations to develop over $1 million in growth within his first year. Growth and development was his primary responsibility and with that he promoted many of his agents into leadership and training roles while continuing to build and grow internally. In 2004 after 2 years of solid double-digit growth as a District Manager, Rene’ was asked to take over a struggling Regional operation in the Santa Clarita Valley and became one of the top Regions in the L.A. area for Aflac.
Within the first two years the Santa Clarita Heat Region became a top-3 producer for the Region. The SC Heat continued to have great success until 2011 when he was once again asked to move operations to the Long Beach area under Todd Mason. Through many years of friendship, Rene’ has continued to follow and assist Todd in growing within the Voluntary Benefits sales arena.
In 2013, he was asked to move from Aflac to Colonial Life and oversee operations for L.A. County. In the 4 years of tenure that Rene’ has been with Colonial, he has led L.A. County with more than double-digit growth of close to $6 million in annual sales and has been recognized as one of the top 5 organizations in the entire country for Colonial. With continued support his objective and goal is to grow L.A. County well beyond $10+ million in annual sales.
Rene is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Communications. He is an alumni member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and continues to do charity work through the organizations as well as mentorships for graduating alumni. He is married to Kate Castro and has two children Brady and Finley.
Estate Director, Compass Real Estate
Born in Pasadena and raised in San Marino, Brent has first hand knowledge of the issues that matter most to homeowners and parents in the Pasadena area. Having matriculated P-12 through the public school system in San Marino and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, Brent is a California native with the resources and network only established through living in the area since the 1970's.
After graduating from Berkeley, Brent immediately went to work in venue management for the 1994 World Cup in Pasadena and then in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics. Upon completion, Brent returned to the Bay Area and was involved with tech startups until he founded his own technology consulting company in Mill Valley, CA. Working mainly in the finance sector with hedge fund, mutual fund and money management firms, Brent provided a wide array of technology consulting services. It was this consulting that brought him back to Pasadena to assist his mom, Linda Chang, in utilizing technology to improve and streamline the real estate industry. This partnership led to Linda being one of the first adapters of a robust web presence and starting and maintaining a large database of potential buyers and sellers.
Since coming to the industry, Brent and Linda have consistently been ranked among the top producers in the country. In 2012 they were ranked #15 of all agents in Coldwell Banker worldwide and #128 of all real estate agents nationally. Keeping with Brent's knowledge of fusing technology with real estate, in 2016 Brent and Linda took on a new venture and founded the Pasadena office of Compass, a start-up using technology to improve the home selling and buying process. In three years they have taken the office from a handful of agents to over 200 occupying over 30,000 sf of office space in Pasadena. Compass has become the leading brokerage in Pasadena and is on the path to becoming a publically traded company.
Other than work, Brent is diverse supporter in the community. He is the largest individual financial supporter of the Pasadena Senior Center, is on the advisory council of the Huntington Library and Gardens, and is a board member of the San Marino Police Foundation. With many childhood friends leading worthy community causes, Brent has been fortunate to be a part in reshaping the community for the benefit of a diverse group of residents and visitors.
Karl is the founder and owner of Pasadena-based Charlemagne Wines. Karl is a fine wine importer, wholesaler, retailer, and distributor. An Irishman who found his way to Pasadena, California after leaving the trading floors of London, New York, and Tokyo where he worked as an Inter Bank currency options broker at various firms including Cantor-Fitzgerald and Tullett-Prebon.
Karl is tri-lingual and has had a strong interest in wine since his teens, and his first job after high school was working at the famed Paul Jaboulet Aine Estate in the Rhone valley in France. This apprenticeship was cultural and ingrained an approach to the wine business that is very much based on a sense of place and education.
Financial Services Executive
David DiCristofaro is executive vice president and lead region president for Wells Fargo Bank in Greater Los Angeles which serves customers across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. DiCristofaro oversees 274 stores and approximately 5,000 team members.
DiCristofaro assumed his current role in December 2014, and has been a region president in Southern California since 2006. Prior to his role as region president he served as chief financial officer for Wells Fargo’s L.A. Metro region.
DiCristofaro joined Wells Fargo through the former Norwest Bank in 1997. In 1999, he was named to head finance and strategy for Wells Fargo’s Northern California region. Before joining Wells Fargo, DiCristofaro worked as a consultant with BDO Seidman, a senior consultant with FinExc Consulting Group LLC, and as vice president of corporate planning for Roosevelt Bank.
DiCristofaro received his Bachelor’s degree in finance and management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
DiCristofaro currently serves as board chair of The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Pasadena Educational Foundation, and The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Patrick S. Donahue
Retired CEO, Donahue Schriber Realty Group
Patrick S. Donahue is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donahue Schriber Realty Group.
Prior to his retirement in late 2020, Mr. Donahue joined the company in 1979 and has been engaged in nearly all of the 32 million square feet of retail space in which the company has been involved. He has worked in every aspect of the business, including leasing, asset management, development and corporate strategy. Mr. Donahue has been instrumental in fostering key relationships and opportunities that paved the way through the company's early days in regional mall development and management and parlaying the knowledge and disciplines obtained into becoming a recognized leader in the operation and development of neighborhood, community and power shopping centers.
Mr. Donahue previously served as Executive Vice President Operations and took on the role of President after the sudden death of his brother, Dan Donahue, in 2002. He added the CEO role when Tom Schriber stepped back from his day-to-day duties in 2005. Mr. Donahue assumed the role of Chairman of the Board upon Tom Schriber's retirement in 2010.
A 1978 graduate of California State University Fullerton, Mr. Donahue currently serves as a Trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is a frequent industry-wide speaker. He is actively involved with KidWorks and its Dan Donahue Center in Santa Ana, CA as well as Guardian Scholars at Cal State University Fullerton in Fullerton, CA and the California Showcase.
Mr. Donahue has three adult children and resides in Laguna Beach with his wife, Paula.
General Manager, Learfield IMG College
Paul Engl is the General Manager for IMG/William Morris Endeavor at IMG College in Los Angeles. Working for IMG as a leader in corporate sponsorship acquisition and partner engagement, Paul’s responsibilities include all management and administrative duties as it relates to both UCLA Athletics, the UCLA Alumni Association and the Rose Bowl Stadium properties. Paul has led combined revenue growth for all IMG College, Los Angeles based properties to a total of $17.155M in 2015, reflecting a 174% growth. He was a General Manager of the Year finalist from IMG for his results in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to IMG, Engl was the Director of Corporate Sales for the Oakland Raiders for three years, selling sponsorship packages, premium suites and tickets.
A graduate of St. John’s University in New York, New York, Paul resides with his wife and four children in nearby Arcadia.
Dr. James H. Erickson
Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of California System
Dr. James H. Erickson served as President of The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California. He served previously as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of California, Merced and Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Riverside. He is currently serving as the Director of The Center for Philanthropy and professor at La Sierra University. Jim also consults at various Universities in the region.
As the former Executive Director of the UC Riverside Foundation from his arrival in 1985, annual private sector support grew from $1.6 million to more than $27 million with the addition of 26 endowed chairs. Dr. Erickson also taught in the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR.
At UC Merced, Erickson led a development program that has generated fourteen endowed chairs for the first new University of California campus in nearly 40 years. He has also recruited a Foundation Board of Trustees comprised of approximately 105 of the leading corporate and professional leaders from the Central Valley of California and beyond.
Prior to the University of California, Dr. Erickson served as Assistant to the President and as Dean and Associate Provost at Bradley University for 23 years.
In 1995, Dr. Erickson was awarded a Fulbright Academic Administrator Award at the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath in England. His published studies comparing University Development programs in the United States and the United Kingdom have been widely used throughout Europe and the US. He has also conducted seminars for European universities for The British Council and for CASE Europe, and he has been an advisor to several universities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
Erickson was named Citizen of the Year in Riverside, California, the Inland Empire of California, and Peoria, Illinois. He received the Vernon Jordan Humanitarian Award from the National Urban League and served as President of the Urban League in two states. He was named on of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Illinois. He received the 1999 Tribute Award from CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education). He has received the Tomas Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Awards from Bradley University and the Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity. He has served on various boards, including Childhelp, USA, the First Amendment Coalition and the National Athena Foundation for Women.
He received his doctorate from Indiana University. He and his wife Jan are both retired from UC Riverside and are parents of two adult sons, both of whom are UCR graduates.
California Sports Lawyer®
Jeremy M. Evans is the Chief Entrepreneur Officer (CEO), Founder & Managing Attorney at California Sports Lawyer®, representing entertainment, media, and sports clientele in contractual, intellectual property, and dealmaking matters. Evans is an award-winning attorney and industry leader based in Los Angeles.
His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, models, directors, television showrunners and film producers, studios, writers, individuals and businesses in contractual, intellectual property, formation, production, distribution, negotiation, and dealmaking matters. Evans is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an Emphasis in American Politics (BA '05), Thomas Jefferson School of Law with a Juris Doctor (JD '11), Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law with a Master of Laws in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law (LLM '18), and Pepperdine University George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management with a Master of Business Administration in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management (MBA '20).
Prior to opening California Sports Lawyer®, Evans worked as a Graduate Law Clerk at the Superior Court of California, advising judicial officers in civil and criminal law and motion matters. Prior to law school, he worked as the associate director for corporate finance at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. He has also worked as a legislative aide and field representative in the California State Legislature and continues to work on local and national campaigns.
Partner, Hahn & Hahn
Ms. Farber is a member of the Hahn & Hahn's litigation and employment practice groups. She is an accomplished trial lawyer in the areas of employment and commercial litigation, and personal injury. She is also a noteworthy leader in many organizations, including the American Bar Association.
A graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University's Law Center, Laura is a member of the prestigious Tournament of Roses® Executive Commmittee. She served as the leader of the 131st Rose Parade and the 106th Rose Bowl Game® in 2019-20.
Farber also serves a valuable role on Legacy's Heritage Committee.
Sr. Vice President, U.S. Bank
Michael is an Area Vice President of Sales for U.S. Bank. He joined U.S. Bank in 2018 and is responsible for corporate card sales in the commercial market in Southern California. He is a highly accomplished, results-oriented leader with more than 29 years of experience overseeing business sales and management, sales and marketing and customer retention for private and large Fortune 500 organizations, as well as, a Fortune 50 organization.
Michael is also the founder and host of The Student Manager Podcast. Michael’s personality, talent and content delivers the #1 College Search and Admission podcast with guests sharing raw, real stories and experiences that help high school students and parents with the process that will educate them as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education.
Michael is a 1993 graduate of Long Beach State University with a degree in Communications and Broadcast Journalism. Michael is married with three children. He resides in Newport Beach, California and is a college sports enthusiast who loves to golf and ski. He also serves on the board of the Orange County School of the Arts Legacy Fund.
Retired, Law Enforcement, and Tournament of Roses® President, 2018-19
In 2019, the Rose Parade will mark its 130th anniversary and the Rose Bowl Game® will host its 105th edition. Gerald Freeny will preside over the festivities as the Tournament of Roses® President as the first African American to hold the prestigious honor.
Gerald Freeny, who has had a successful career in law enforcement, joined the nonprofit Association as a volunteer in 1988, and has served on its Executive Committee.
Freeny is a native of Pasadena whose parents and grandparents were long-time volunteers in community organizations, influencing his decision to get involved in the Tournament of Roses® while in college at Cal State Los Angeles.
“I grew up here and had the opportunity to go to the parade as a child, to go to the Rose Bowl game as a child,” he said. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to Pasadena.”
Jeffrey L. Glassman
Chairman, Covington Capital Management
Jeff joined Covington in 2007 and has practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Most recently, Jeff served as Managing Director of Bingham Legg Advisers LLC, a joint venture created by the law firm Bingham McCutchen and investment manager Legg Mason. Prior to that, he was a principal at the law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years.
Jeff graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and received his JD, magna cum laude, from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
Jeff is Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Jewish Home and Chairman Emeritus of American Jewish University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wallis Foundation, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, Art Center College of Design, and Southern California Grantmakers.
Jeff is a member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University and is a member (formerly co-chair) of the Advisory Board of the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Jeff for many years served on the Board of Directors of IFES, the Washington based NGO, which provides election assistance in emerging democracies around the world.
Dr. Brad Glowaki
Owner/Founder, Glowaki Chiropractic and New Patient Maven
Dr. Brad Glowaki is an in-practice chiropractor who runs high-volume offices in Seal Beach and El Segundo, California. Dr. Glowaki has treated several professional athletes, including those in the MLB, NHL and the Olympic Games – most notably Misty May during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Brad also works frequently with local corporate groups and youth to educate them on the specific health and wellness benefits of chiropractic care.
Dubbed the “New Patient Maven”, he breaks away from recycled ideas for practice growth by sharing his experience to save chiropractors from making the same mistakes he made in the past. He is also frequently a featured speaker internationally and nationwide on chiropractic techniques. Always innovative and cutting-edge, Dr. Glowaki is in high demand as a nationwide speaker to share his “home-brew” of marketing strategies that are not found anywhere else.
Selected from over 10,000 chiropractors in California, Dr. Glowaki received the 2008 award for Chiropractor of the Year for his teaching of practice growth. He was also awarded The Chiropractic Leadership Alliance International Ambassador of the Year in 2010. A graduate and former lacrosse athlete at the University of Delaware, Dr. Glowaki is married to Jessica with four beautiful children.
President, Chavez Realty Development LLC
David is the President of Chavez Realty Development LLC and has a diverse holding background in commercial and multi-unite residential properties. Living just a half-mile from the Rose Bowl with his family, David was born and raised in Pasadena. He attended Flintridge prep, Pasadena City College, and San Diego State University, majoring in Business. In the early 1990’s, he formed an electrical contracting business, Century Electric, which eventually converted to include audio, video and automation. He is an active volunteer in the community including with the Pasadena Optimists and the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club.
President, Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC)
Jim Granger began his CSC career in June of 1991 as the Director of Operations. Within two years, Jim was promoted to Co-Branch Manager of the Los Angeles Branch. Over the next several years, Jim was given more responsibility and was promoted to Regional Manager (1997), Vice President of Administration (1999), Senior Vice President (2001) and President of CSC (2011).
Jim has over 38 years of experience in the crowd management field, including management of CSC’s Los Angeles branch office. Jim has formulated and executed operational plans at numerous major events, including the Rose Bowl Game® and Rose Parade, UCLA football, World Cup Soccer, Super Bowl, USC football, Raiders football, as well as festivals, numerous concerts and special events. Prior to his CSC experience, Jim worked in the crowd management field for several years. As President of CSC, Jim is responsible for overseeing all corporate administrative functions and branch operations for 50 regional US offices.
Investor, Brand Owner and Media Host
Jessica has many titles under her belt; Mom, Investor, Owner, and Host.
Starting her career at the age of 19, Jessica has made a name for herself in the entrepreneur industry. She is joined Kevin Connolly’s podcast network, Action Park Media Group, as one of his main radio show hosts. Jessica has successfully founded a popular blog, Sleepless Mom, where she regularly writes about everything from parenting stories and must-have products for moms, to her favorite beauty products. Not only has she created a blog but is also part owner of BB lifestyle, an organic CBD skincare line, and is an investor in Sugar Taco, plant-based restaurants in Hollywood and in Sherman Oaks. She graced the cover of LA Weekly’s ‘Women in Business’ issue as well as Forbes in the ‘working mom’ issue. In 2021, she launched Fetch Cocktails, a new hard seltzer line.
Jessica Hall currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kyle Carlson, and their two children Sophie and Jake. Jessica is a talented TV and radio personality with an ever-growing community.
President, Inter-Con Security Systems
Henry Hernandez is President of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. Inter-Con is one of the world’s largest security companies, with over 30,000 employees operating in over twenty countries and on four continents. The company is located in Pasadena.
Henry was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He went to Holy Family School in South Pasadena, and Loyola High School. He played Football and Baseball at Loyola before matriculating to Harvard College. He played rugby for four years at Harvard and graduated cum laude in History and Literature.
He was accepted to Harvard Law School and deferred his start date for one year to work as a snowboard instructor in Beaver Creek, CO. While at HLS, he was the editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and Speaker's Chair of the Harvard Catholic Law Students Association. After law school, he accepted a clerkship with the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Following his clerkship, Henry became an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. While transactional attorneys at S&C are “generalists”, his practice focused primarily on private equity and commercial real estate transactions. After four years at S&C, Henry joined Inter-Con. Inter-Con was founded in 1973 by Henry’s grandfather, retired LAPD Officer Hank Hernandez. The company focuses on providing large-scale, customized security services for clients with elevated threat profiles. Today, Inter-Con’s clients include the Departments of State, Justice, Energy and Defense, as well as Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals, and various public utilities.
While the security industry has come to be dominated by private equity and institutionally-run competitors, Inter-Con remains a 100% owned and controlled by the Hernandez family. In addition, while the industry is made up primarily by smaller sub- $50M companies, Inter-Con has grown organically to over $500M in revenue, making it one of the five largest security companies in the world.
In January of 2018, Henry was promoted to President of Inter-Con, with responsibility for all company operations. Since that time, Inter-Con has continued its organic growth, focusing on large contracts with commercial clients that fit Inter-Con’s business model.
Personally, Henry met his wife Christina while both were freshmen at Harvard. She graduated with honors in neurobiology at Harvard and went on to UCLA Medical School. She is an emergency room pediatrician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. They have one son, Jack, who is 2 years old. In his free time, Henry enjoys running (he has run the Boston and New York Marathons) and golfing (he is a member of Annandale and Los Angeles Country Clubs). He snowboards frequently and follows Notre Dame, the Los Angeles Kings, and the NFL generally. He lived in Santiago, Chile for a year during college and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is active with the Be the Match Foundation, which supports individuals with blood cancers. He and Christina live with Jack in Pasadena.
American West Mortgage and Naples Realty
Retired Collegiate Football Coach and Current Radio Host
Harvey Hyde has been a popular staple in the college football world dating back to 1963. The current Arcadia native had coaching stints at the University of Hawai’i (1966-67), UNLV (Head Coach from 1982-85) and Long Beach State (1990) under NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach George Allen. In addition to his coaching experience on the NCAA Division I level, Hyde also held key positions at the University of the Redlands (1963), Notre Vista High School (1964) and Pasadena City College. In particularly, while at PCC, he was the program’s head football coach from 1968-81, winning multiple honors and being named the Metropolitan Conference coach of the Year during his tenure. Hyde was inducted into the PCC Hall of Fame in 2016.
His influence as a coach and teacher of the game of football has resonated all the way to the professional ranks of the National Football League (NFL), having coached and developed several athletes, including Randall Cunningham, Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, Ickey Woods, and many more.
Harvey’s influence in the sports world can also be heard on the airwaves, having logged more than 8,000 radio talk shows over more than 25 years. Most notably, Hyde is the the co-host of USC’s pre-game show (since 2002) and Trojan Brunch (since 2005), which are both heard on ESPN-LA AM710. Since 1985, Hyde has also hosted the one-hour ‘Sportopics’ Radio Show which can be heard on key Las Vegas stations as well as 26 national affiliates. He has also played a television production role in The Jerry Tarkanian Show, which was broadcasted to approximately 16 million people during its stint in Las Vegas, and the Beating the Odds series.
As a member of the local community, Hyde’s involvement with Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Game® and the Rose Bowl Stadium is greatly established. As a volunteer to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, the venue’s non-profit organization, Hyde co-chaired a campaign to raise the philanthropic funds that named the Stadium’s broadcasting level as the Keith Jackson Broadcast Center. The level was formally dedicated in honor of Keith Jackson during a private celebration on December 9, 2015.
Harvey has also served as a committee member for the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, while additionally acting as the Master of Ceremonies for several functions including the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Luncheon, Rose Bowl Kick-Off Luncheon, and the Gillette Touchdown Challenge.
Owner, Stay Home Safe Inc.
Asset Manager, Everest Capital Management
Mr. Kohorst joined Everest in 2014. Prior to joining Everest, he worked for Alliant Insurance, Inc. as a Program Administrator for their Owner/Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs for the Construction Services Group. Mr. Kohorst was a three year baseball letterman for the University of Kansas, and was First Team Academic All Big XII in 2012. Mr. Kohorst earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Management and Leadership from the University of Kansas in 2012
President and CEO, LaChica Sports, Inc.
Angela LaChica is the President & Chief Executive Officer of LaChica Sports, Incorporated, a comprehensive athlete management firm. Combining her years of sports industry expertise and business strategy, Angela leads the development and execution of national marketing and media campaigns for top athletes and premier sporting events.
For nearly 20 years, Angela has consulted for major sports properties including the NFL, NBA, MLB, ESPN, NIKE, Adidas, and the NCAA. Career highlights include:
Leading the operating committee for the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic NCAA basketball game played on the flight deck of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson
Generating over $1.5 million in client contracts
Five seasons managing Men’s SDSU basketball internal team operations
Directing marketing campaigns for NBA star player’s international youth basketball camps, impacting over 1,800 children globally
Committed to providing top-level service for her clients, Angela is currently pursuing her law degree. Her savvy as an entrepreneur and professional success lead Angela to one of her most recent, and honored positions as an adjunct professor in the Sport Management Graduate Program at CSU Long Beach, from which is she also is an alum. Courses include the Advanced Sport Media & Marketing and the Business of Sport.
Recognition has come in many forms for Angela, such as Women Who Mean Business Award (2011 & 2014), San Diego Magazines’ People to Watch Nominee (2013) and Outstanding Emerging Professional Award (2015). She has been featured in several media spots and articles discussing leadership roles related to her journey in the professional sports industry. Angela was most recently invited to serve on the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.
Angela resides in San Diego, CA and enjoys spending her free time with her family, friends and her rescue dog, Nosara.
Connect with Angela at LaChicaSports.com and on LinkedIn at: http://bit.ly/1LoWeEh
Elizabeth S. Lachman
Principal, McKool Smith Hennigan
Elizabeth Lachman is a Principal in the Los Angeles office of McKool Smith Hennigan.
Elizabeth's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. She has represented individual and corporate clients in various areas of the law, including commercial, contract, and partnership disputes, as well as in cases arising under the Federal False Claims Act. Elizabeth has been a member of the trial team on multiple cases that have resolved favorably for the firm’s clients. She joined the firm in 2008.
While a Cardozo law student, Elizabeth worked at Cardozo’s Innocence Project and Cardozo’s Securities Arbitration Clinic.
Whitney (Whit) Latimer
Whit Latimer serves as President of Bancap Investment Group (Bancap). He has been with the company since 1985 and also manages the day-to-day operations of Bancap Commercial Real Estate Services. Prior to joining Bancap, Whit was a Senior Auditor for Deloitte and Touche and a Director of Operations for Times Mirror Cable Television. He is a graduate of Claremont Men's College where he holds a BA in Economics and Accounting. Whit was President of Long Beach Rotary (2001-2002) and the Boy Scouts of America (Long Beach Area Council; 2004-2005). He serves on the boards of the Larry and Helen Hoag Foundation as well as Queen City Investments.
Dr. Lily Lee
Plastic Surgeon, Pasadena, Palm Springs & Beverly Hills
Dr. Lee is a board certified plastic surgeon and active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. She is now in private practice in Pasadena/San Gabriel, Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills, with a particular focus in complex revision rhinoplasty and Asian eyelid aesthetic surgeries.
In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys golf and outdoor activities with her husband and their 5-year-old daughter. Dr. Lee and her husband, Dr. Tom Chang, are involved with The Pasadena Playhouse, research at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Foothill Family Service and contribute to several charities supporting higher education for underprivileged Coachella Valley students.
Dr. Lee specializes in many procedures, including abdominoplasty, aging treatment, arm tuck, blepharoplasty, tummy tuck, Botox injections, breast lift, brow lift, ear tuck, fat grafting, laser eyelid surgery, laser skin treatment, ptosis eye surgery, rhinoplasty, and wrinkle treatment.
Todd V. Mason
Territory Sales Leader, U.S. West/Southern California, Colonial Life
Todd Mason currently serves Colonial Life as Territory Sales Leader for all Market Sales Sales U.S. West/Southern California responsible for directing, forecasting, and communicating the market development/implementation of broker, direct, commercial and public sector sales for Colonial in Southern California and the West Region.
In August of 2002, he began his career with Aflac as an Account Enrollment Executive for the West Territory. In August of 2003, he was promoted to the position of Supervisor in Recruiting and Development, Marketing. In May of 2004, Todd was promoted to National Director, Recruiting and Multicultural of Development.
As National Director of Recruiting and Multicultural Development, Todd directed the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective field force recruiting strategies to attract and retain field force personnel as well responsible for diversity initiatives and multicultural marketing. In 2005, Todd was promoted to National Recruiting Consultant for Aflac’s Field Force.
In August of 2008, Todd was promoted to Aflac State Sales Coordinator of CA/BW, and again to CA/Los Angeles Northeast in July in 2009. During his tenure at CA/LANE, the state finished #1 % of MPI for the Pacific Territory and in the top 1/3 of the Aflac Nation. In addition, he was awarded with the Career Builder Award as SSC of CA/LANE.
Todd proudly served with the United States in the Army’s Infantry from 08/1990 - 08/2000 as a soldier and Infantry Commanding Officer.
A few military accolades include:
• Qualified Top Gunnery Platoon out of 100 plus Platoons in XVIII Corps. • Top Platoon Physical Fitness Award out of 36 Platoons in 1st Brigade. • Proudly served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm for over 6 months during actual combat. • Awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Combat Infantryman's Badge and numerous other awards.
Todd holds a Master’s of Science degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As well as the designation of Chartered Leadership Fellow from The American College.He is married to Tanisha and has two boys; Cameron and Chandler.
Dr. Chris Mattmann
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Chris Mattmann is currently the IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO) at NASA JPL. He is also the Division Manager of the AI, Analytics and Innovative Development Organization in the Information Technology and Solutions Directorate at NASA JPL.
He has over 20 years of experience at JPL and has conceived, realized, and delivered the architecture for the next generation of reusable science data processing systems for NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory, NPP Sounder PEATE, and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Earth science missions.
He was the first Vice President (VP) of Apache OODT (Object Oriented Data Technology), the first NASA project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and he led the project’s transition from JPL to the ASF.
He contributes to open source and was a member of the Board of Directors at the Apache Software Foundation (2013-2018) where he was one of the initial contributors to Apache Nutch as a member of its project management committee, the predecessor to Apache Hadoop. Mattmann is the progenitor of the Apache Tika framework, the digital “babel fish” and de-facto content analysis and detection framework that exists.
Dr. Mattmann is the Director of the Information Retrieval & Data Science (IRDS) group at USC and Adjunct Research Professor.
He teaches graduate courses in Content Detection & Analysis & in Search Engines & Information Retrieval.
Dr. Mattmann has materially contributed to understanding of the Deep Web and Dark Web through the DARPA MEMEX project.
His work won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in 2017.
Dr. Mattmann, is a graduate of USC and was born in Santa Clarita, CA. He is married with three children.
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Cade B. McNown is a senior managing director for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., where he is responsible for business development and client relations. Mr. McNown has eight years of sales and advisory experience in the investment management industry.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, he was a quarterback in the National Football League.
Growing up in California and Oregon, Cade has strong roots in the Southern California community and Rose Bowl family. He attended UCLA where he was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Bruins. The left-hander started more than 20 games at the Rose Bowl and led UCLA to two Pac-10 Championships and a Rose Bowl appearance in 1999. A two-time All-American, he left UCLA as the career record-holder in nearly every statistical category. Drafted in the 1st round (12th overall) by the Chicago Bears in the 1999 NFL Draft, Cade played professionally for the Bears, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
Partner, Signature Estate and Investment Advisors LLC
Fritz Miller, CFP®, ChFC, AIF®, is a Partner at Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC's (SEIA) Pasadena office. He is a Registered Representative of Signator Investors, Inc. Since 1985, Mr. Miller has been in the securities and insurance business and has addressed a variety of audiences, giving hundreds of seminars over the years. He enjoys speaking to service groups, businesses and charitable organizations on topics pertaining to investments, retirement and estate planning.
Mr. Miller’s current memberships include the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is married with four children and has lived in the Pasadena area for more than 20 years.
Mr. Miller received his Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) program through the American College and also has obtained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification through the CFP Board of Standards, Inc. Additionally, he has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) professional designation. He is a licensed insurance agent of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. (CA Insurance Lic. #0685877).
Financial Executive, former CEO
While in Pasadena until 2018, David was Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank in Pasadena, CA. Dave has over thirty years of experience, twenty of which were at Mellon Bank. He has held various positions at national and community banks including CEO of four community banks and, while at Mellon, serving as the Chief Credit Officer, the Head of M&A and strategic planning and the head of Private Banking.
In 2010, Dave joined Private Bank of California and remained CEO until its acquisition in 2013. Today, David oversees Community Bank a $3.6 billion financial institution with seventeen offices in five counties.
Dave is a graduate of Penn State University. He is active in the California Bankers Association and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Managing Partner, Panish Shea and Boyle LLP
One of the country’s leading trial attorneys, Brian Panish has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include a $4.9 billion verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, and over forty verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million in personal injury, wrongful death and business litigation cases.
Since 2011 alone, Mr. Panish has obtained more than $225 million in verdicts, including eleven eight-figure verdicts. Among them are a $36.5 million jury verdict against Schneider National for a big-rig crash that left a woman with severe spinal cord injuries, a $34.5 million verdict for a man who suffered a below the knee amputation after being hit by a tractor trailer, a $17.4 million verdict for a Ph.D. student who suffered brain and jaw injuries during a rear end chain collision accident, a $17 million jury verdict against the Los Angeles MTA in the wrongful death of a visually impaired passenger, a $17.845 million award in a wrongful death case involving four family members killed when a Marine jet crashed into their home, a $20 million jury verdict for a woman who suffered a brain injury in a hit-and-run accident involving a J.B. Hunt tractor trailer, a $17 million jury verdict for a 84-year old man hit by a bus resulting in a leg amputation, a $15.3 million jury verdict for a woman and her daughter after the woman was severely injured on a negligently driven Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District bus, and a $10.45 million jury verdict for the family of a security guard killed on the CBS studio lot.
Mr. Panish has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations as being among the top trial lawyers in the country. Among other honors, he received the 2014 Consumer Attorney of the Year from the Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the area of Personal Injury, and Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and in 1999 by the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. Mr. Panish is a member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, comprised of 100 of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ lawyers. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and was the 2011 President of the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA.
Mr. Panish received his law degree, with honors, from Southwestern Law School, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Southwestern in 2011. He received his B.S. from California State University Fresno, where he was named Scholar Athlete, was the recipient of the Athletic Directors Award and was named outstanding alumnus at the school’s Centennial Celebration in 2010.
Sr. Vice President Administration, Wescom Credit Union
Melissa Pederson is passionate about the credit union movement of “People Helping People” as the Senior Vice President of Administration for Wescom Credit Union with more than 25 years of service. In her current capacity, she provides leadership for various support departments, including Business Analytics, Enterprise Risk, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Partner Development and Training and Development.
Prior to her position in Administration, Melissa served as the Senior Vice President of Member Services, who led a network of 23 branches and a 75 seat, multi-channel contact center where she focused on strategic oversight, member sales and service initiatives, development of goals, budgets, objectives and analysis of results.
Melissa is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School (2006), completed the Advanced Leadership Program through the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business (2005) and is currently completing her Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Penn State.
Publisher, Outlook Newspapers
Charlie Plowman, the Publisher of Outlook Newspapers, is a graduate of the University of Southern California who has been working in mass media markets for nearly 30 years.
Plowman has received philanthropic awards from Union Station Homeless Services, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lake Avenue Church's Community Foundation, Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena Art Alliance and PTA Founder's Day. He also has worked closely with the Special Olympics, Habitat For Humanity, Pasadena Police Department Explorers, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department, and Foothill Family Service, and has sponsored/promoted events for National Charity League, Five Acres, Hillsides, Hathaway-Sycamores, Pasadena Playhouse, the local schools' Educational Foundation and Booster Club, Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Hospital, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Arcadia Methodist, YMCA and Kidspace Museum, in addition to many other organizations.
The Outlook is the biggest community weekly newspaper in the entire San Gabriel Valley. It has earned recognition as a top 4 finalist in four separate categories at the California Newspaper Publishers Association annual statewide competition, received the prestigious Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, as well as the PTA Founder's Day honor for its contribution to local schools.
"We are blessed to have a tremendous staff, which is a key to the Outlook's success," Plowman said. "Our editorial, sales and production departments work extremely well together, and they love to cover our community."
Plowman moved to the area 1978 where he attended local schools from elementary through high school, and became a two-time all-league basketball player and team captain. His journalism and broadcasting emphasis in college earned him bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.
Senior Partner, Monteleone & McCrory, LLP
Mr. Putnam is a senior partner at Monteleone & McCrory, LLP, where he heads the corporate, tax, and estate planning division of the firm. As both an attorney and certified public accountant, Mr. Putnam specializes in general business and corporate law, real estate, taxation, and estate planning matters.
Since joining the firm in 1980, Mr. Putnam has specialized in business, real estate and tax matters, corporate governance, business formation (including corporations, partnerships, LLC’s and LLP’s), joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and dissolutions (an area in which he has one of the leading published cases in California), employment law (where he has developed substantial expertise in counseling employers in a variety of employment related matters), unfair competition/trade secrets, complex real property transactions, construction (with particular expertise in the field of the construction of sports stadiums and arenas, including ADA issues), estate planning, and regulatory matters. Mr. Putnam serves as general counsel for many small to medium-sized corporations based throughout the United States, as well as several foreign companies.
Mr. Putnam is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California, as well as the United States Tax Court and United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Putnam serves as a settlement officer at the United States Tax Court, where he has vast experience in handling estate, gift and income tax matters, and also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, Mr. Putnam is currently on the South Pasadena City Council (where he has served as both Mayor Pro Tem and as Mayor).
Mr. Putnam is past president of the Wilshire Bar Association and has served on its Board of Governors for many years. Having served on various committees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, he is currently on the State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Mr. Putnam is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association, USC Legion Lex, the American Bar Association, the Illinois C.P.A. Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has served on the USC Athletics Board of Counselors.
Mr. Putnam obtained his undergraduate degree (with honors) in accounting from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1977. He went on to earn his law degree in 1980 from USC. While at USC, Mr. Putnam received numerous honors and awards in both law and accounting. He has lectured on taxation for the California State C.P.A. Society, and is a frequent lecturer for numerous other organizations in the fields of employment law and estate planning.
David Quigg is a retired financial services executive with over 30 years at Wells Fargo. His most recent role with Wells Fargo was Senior Vice President, Regional Affluent Segment Director for the Western Region.
An alumni of UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Quigg brings decades of leadership in retail banking and senior staff support roles from his professional stops both on the West Coast and the Midwest. During his long-standing career with Wells Fargo, he has managed thousands of team members, including most recently 1,200 premier bankers, in 5 regions to achieve sales and service objectives in 22 Western states.
Quigg is a Pasadena resident in the neighboring Rose Bowl Stadium community. Quigg’s local non-profit board experience includes the Pasadena Symphony from 2001-2005 and Center Theater Group from 2015 - present.
Retired, IBM, Apple Partnership Director for North America
Linda Rasmussen leads the Apple and IBM Partnership for IBM in North America. This exclusive partnership, announced in July 2014, teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business applications and services.
Prior to this assignment, Linda led the global IBM team supporting a large entertainment and media company for over 18 years. In addition to managing and directing IBM resources, Linda was actively involved in supporting the corporate organization, as well as multiple business units with their key initiatives and business process strategies. Most recently, she managed efforts around digital media solutions for both the media and studio organizations, as well as coordinated sponsorship and media advertising relationships.
In addition to leading the Media and Entertainment team, Linda has worked in a variety of areas during her 36-year career with IBM, including systems engineering, education and training, and employee recognition. Linda is also involved in mentoring young professionals both inside and outside of IBM. Three times Linda has received national recognition, including the Chairman’s Quality Award.
Although born in Pennsylvania, Linda spent most of her time in Southern California. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has completed professional courses offered through graduate business programs at Harvard and Boston Universities.
Linda resides in Pasadena and enjoys golfing, gardening, cheering on college sports, and spending time with family and friends. She participates in many community activities in the San Gabriel Valley, having served on several Boards, as well as led local philanthropic fund-raisers.
Account Manager, PTS Staffing Solutions
Jimi Reed is staffing & recruiting professional specializing in the oil & gas industry. He has been involved in staffing for engineering, construction management and environmental since 2007. Jimi has spent his career building extensive industry relationships throughout California and in 2013 started a national group building a network of contacts throughout the U.S. Previous to his time in staffing Jimi spent 10 years in the event industry opening and managing five offices in two states as the Sales Director and eventual Vice President for a California based photography & video service company.
Jimi is an alumni of The Ohio State University where his studies focused in economics and psychology. Born in Ohio and raised with mid-western values, Jimi still has strong allegiance to the state and the university.
Jimi is the current Vice Chair of the Western States Petroleum Association Associates. He has been involved with the WSPA Associates since 2007 and is active in advocacy for the petroleum industry in the state of California. Jimi meets with Senators and Assembly members on several occasions throughout each year to discuss legislature issues and concerns for the oil & gas industry and California employment as a whole.
Jimi has held committee and leadership roles in various charity fundraising events including annual golf tournaments for the Professional Environmental Management Association, Southern California Petroleum Industry, Western States Petroleum Association and the Long Beach State Athletic Club. These events support charities including RM Pyles Boys Camp, Sand Diego Hospice, Orange County YMCA Children’s Fund, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
Jimi resides in Long Beach, California with his wife Lindsey.
Robert W. Renken
Senior Vice President, Whittier Trust
Robert W. Renken is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Whittier Trust. He is responsible for the legal affairs of the Trust Companies and their affiliated entities
Bob brings to Whittier Trust over twenty years of experience in providing legal advice to closely held businesses and high net-worth individuals, focusing on business succession and estate planning, tax strategies, non-profit organizations and trust administration. His most recent position was as a Shareholder of Clark & Trevithick in Los Angeles. Prior to that Bob held the position of Senior Vice President, Trust Counsel with Fiduciary Trust International of California. Bob has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer and is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax, trust, business and related topics to professional groups and trade organizations.
Bob obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Science degree from University of the Pacific. He is a member of the California State Bar and a member of the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America Greater Los Angeles Area Council.
Benefits Consultant, AFLAC
Senior Banking Executive
Rick Robinson is SVP, Investment Sales Manager responsible for building the East West Trust Group and developing the bank’s next generation investment philosophy and process. Prior to East West Bank, Rick was a SVP and Regional Manager of Investment and Fiduciary Services for Wells Fargo in Arizona. His responsibilities included leading the region’s investment and fiduciary professionals who offer a customized, customized approach to wealth and portfolio management for individuals, families, foundations and endowments. In addition, the fiduciary team provided clients access to four other key Wealth Management services–private banking, trust, estate and financial planning. Prior, Mr. Robinson was the Southwest Regional Chief Investment Officer where his responsibilities included economic and market forecasts and updates, media interviews and membership on the alternative strategy committee.
Mr. Robinson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry where he provided investment services to institutional and high net worth individuals. Mr. Robinson is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from UCLA-Anderson School of Management. Mr. Robinson’s professional affiliations include the Phoenix CFA® Society and the Rotary Club of Scottsdale. He also serves as President of the Desert Botanical Garden Foundation, a board member of the Desert Botanical Garden and as a member of the CTFA Advisory Board.
Managing Partner, The Agency
Gus Ruelas is an entrepreneur, real estate visionary and managing partner with The Agency RE. With over 22 years of contribution to the real estate industry in Pasadena and surrounding areas, Gus has been responsible for conceptualizing new and innovative ways to approach the business. Focusing on work environments and the effect they have on productivity, Gus built one of Pasadena’s most successful offices from the ground up, establishing himself as a dominant influencer in Pasadena’s real estate community. Currently, he has partnered with the founders of The Agency RE to bring real estate to another level in Pasadena. In addition, he is co-owner and founder of Snap NHD, a burgeoning Real Estate Disclosure company that has already exceeded its goals as it continues to grow. A father of two, and a local Linda Vista resident, Gus and his wife Melissa enjoy being a part of their community, engaging with it, and contributing to it as much as possible.
Dr. Jared Salvo
Kern Cardiac Institute (KCI)
Dr. Jared Salvo is a Bakersfield, CA cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment & management of heart & cardiovascular conditions.
Originally from New York and raised in Santa Clarita, Jared attended UCLA for undergrad and graduated in 1995. He attended Georgetown University from 1995-1997 for a Master's in Biophysics. Attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences and finished in 2001. Did his internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at UCLA from 2001-2007. This was followed by doing a cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 2007-08.
Jared has been in private practice as a board-certified Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist for over 13 years in Bakersfield, CA. He is currently the owner of the Kern Cardiac Institute (KCI). Also, he is currently the Chief of Cardiology Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
Jared is married to his wife, June, who is also a physician in Internal Medicine. They have two children Luke (15) and Jake (11).
Energy Market Sector Leader, P2S Engineering
Clay is currently the Energy Market Sector Leader for Long Beach-based P2S Engineering.
Prior to joining P2S as one Clay A. Sandidge was a Senior Project Manager and Founding Principal of Muni-Fed Energy, now a part of P2S Inc.
He has 30 years of experience in the water, waste water, engineering, environmental and real estate transaction and development business in Southern California. Throughout his career he has focused on providing integrated solutions to private industry, ports, utilities, developers, manufacturers and municipal, state, local and federal government clients.
He has engaged in various projects in the alternative energy arena working with new technology, solar, various wind turbines, energy efficiencies, environmental remediation, Brownfields development, port development, construction management, as well as green building resource and energy resource management. Clay has incorporated the latest technology as well as practical and economical solutions into his projects.
Clay has provided solutions for numerous clients such as the Ports, Municipalities and Private Industry. He is a board member of the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, president of Future Ports and is actively involved with many other local civic associations in Southern California.
Manging Director, Shuster Financial Group LLC
Mark Shuster is Managing Director of Shuster Financial Group, LLC (SFG). SFG and its affiliate companies provide consulting services to Private, Public, Tax Exempt entities and High-Net Worth individuals.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors for ARC Reinsurance Company, Surf City, Inc. and PGF, Inc. Mark also sits on the Advisory Boards for ORCO Block Company and the Craig School of Business - California State University at Fresno.
Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from California State University at Fresno. Mark, his wife Daina, and their three children, Sterling, Alec and Kirstin, reside in Arcadia, CA.
Owner, Smith Brothers Restaurants
Global Sports Sponsorships, Herbalife Nutrition
Dario Soto manages the global sports sponsorships at Herbalife Nutrition where he works with some of the top teams, athletes, and events from all over the world. He is also an adjunct professor at California State Long Beach in the Graduate Sports Management Program.
Prior to joining Herbalife Nutrition, Dario worked at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in corporate partnerships and at Cartan Global in a business development role managing the FIFA World Cup and Olympic worldwide programs.
Dario was named one of Huffington Post’s 40 under 40 Latinos in Sports, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/40-under-40-latinos-in-sports_b_12587594
Dario did his undergrad studies at UCLA, where he received a B.A. in history. He received his M.A. at the CSULB Graduate program in Sport Management. Dario also received a Master’s in Sports Organizations Management through the International Olympic Committee’s program, supported by the Spanish Olympic Committee and the University of Lleida (MEMOS).
Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Dario grew up in Alhambra, CA just 10 minutes from the Rose Bowl and resides in Los Angeles. He’s an avid supporter of his alma mater UCLA and began attending the Rose Bowl from a very young age. Some of his earliest memories at the Rose Bowl include watching Wayne Cook connect with J.J. Stokes for multiple touchdowns and UCLA’s 13-9 win over their rival in 2006. Dario has traveled all over world and been part of World Cup’s, Olympics, top soccer matches and major sporting events, but still lists the Rose Bowl as the top venue he’s ever been to for its history, majesty and amazing views.
Vice President, Scorpion Computer Services
Lisa Stadnykova is the Vice President of Business Development at ScorpionComputerServices.com, a Los Angeles-based global think tank of high IQ, high EQ individuals. Lisa leads initiatives to evolve, refine and expand the company’s EQ based clientele and protocols. ConciergeUp.com, powered by Scorpion, provide solutions to any problem ranging from technical, legal, marketing and social media strategies to cybersecurity protection, family and corporate governance as well as cutting-edge technologies to improve health, wellness and happiness.
Before joining Scorpion, Lisa was Senior Producer of the Associated Press Television News in Paris, France. For over a decade, supported by her dedicated ENG team, she provided Entertainment and Arts and Culture content to over 1 billion people on the AP’s daily global feeds. Ms. Stadnykova has interviewed thought leaders, artists, philanthropists and the industry’s most influential individuals which include Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.
Each decade of life has brought change, reinvention and growth, adding value to the broad experience level that she now accesses in order to support the innovations she provides to clients on a daily basis. She began by studying economics and political science at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Paris where a career as a journalist flourished. Additionally, Lisa studied multiple modalities in alternative health care which fueled her passion for her current research and the support she provides in the emerging fields of artificial intelligence, epigenetics, and mitochondrial studies. Lisa has produced, directed and written projects in France, Canada and the USA. She is an award-winning short film director and has enjoyed success as a song writer in Canada and Asia.
Lisa is President of the newly founded M.V.P. Consulting Solutions, Inc.
CEO/President, George L. Throop Company
Jeff Throop was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He attended Pasadena schools including Pasadena City College before joining the Army in 1972-1974 to be stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. Jeff joined the family building material business after the Army, George L. Throop Company. The company's property was condemned twice in four years in the early 1970's, once for a freeway interchange, and once for eminent domain, (Ralph M. Parsons Company). The company still has a retail building material yard, started in 1921, but now specializes in producing specialty concrete mixes and grouts. One of the company's chief products includes concrete that can be driven on in 1-hour (or utilized by an airplane in 2 hours) after pouring.
One of Jeff's most notable and proud achievements is 45+ years as a volunteer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® that puts on the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game®, where is was President in 2011.
Jeff resides in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife, Angel. They have five kids, 10 grandkids, and 2 Labradoodles (around 90 lbs. each!) They love to travel, snow ski, and spend time with family and friends. Jeff also enjoys fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles.
Community Relations Project Manager, MBI Media
Pamela Tyus-Smith has had a career in Radio/Media/Marketing since 1990. Currently, she is a Community Relations Project Manager with MBI Media. Pamela was raised in Altadena and the Pasadena Area; graduating from John Muir High School. She has performed on the Rose Bowl field with the marching band, and had her high school graduation at the bowl. Her passion for the Rose Bowl became even more deeply rooted once her Mother, Jacqueline Howard, was elected as President of the Tournament of Roses® Foundation. After attending UCLA, she began her career in broadcast media. Pamela started with an internship at KGGI 99.1 in the Inland Empire and went on to work for media outlets such as KFI-AM, KOST FM, and KTTV Fox 11 LA. In 2003, she found a home with Salem Media Group Los Angeles where she worked for over 17 years. AM870 has been a proud media sponsor of the Rose Bowl Stadium's annual 4th of July spectacular, AMERICAFEST. Through that partnership, she was invited to become an Advisory Board Member. In 2017, Pamela helped produce the very successful “Military Spouse Day of Pampering” and "Pampering of Breast Cancer Survivors" during the month of October. The collaborative effort with the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation resulted in their first community outreach events. Pamela has made it her mission to go beyond what is necessary to make an impact on her surrounding community.