Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council provides feedback to the College of Business, students, and faculty, and helps raise the profile of the school and its students in the business community.


Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez

President & CEO, Alvarez Technology Group

Luis' biography

Luis Alvarez has spent almost 14 years growing his award winning company, Alvarez Technology Group, Inc. (ATG), into the premier information technology services company on the Central Coast. Starting as a one-man operation serving Salinas, CA, ATG now employs over 35 professionals who provide IT support throughout California. He is a much sought after speaker and writer and serves on the advisory board for several technology vendors and partners. Prior to founding ATG, Luis was a partner in another technology startup that he and his partners sold in 1999. He spent 23 years on active duty and in the reserves in the United States Air Force, serving all over the world bit primarily in West Berlin, Germany during the Cold War. He is married to Ronni and has two daughters from his first marriage, Lea and Dana, as well as a brand new granddaughter, Alice. Throughout the last decade, Luis has volunteered and served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Old Town Salinas Association, the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is president-elect of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Jazz Festival and past-president of the Rotary Club of Salinas.

John Avella

John Avella

Executive Director of Sustainable Hospitality Programs, College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay

John's biography

John’s background includes forty-five years of human resource development and operations experience in the hospitality industry. He has been Vice President of Human Resources for Marriott Corporation, The Rainbow Room and Windows on the World. He was also the Human Resource Director at the 2002 Olympics for all food service facilities. He also worked for the Cleveland Browns Stadium to open their upscale food facilities in 1999 and has been the Director of Human Resources for the US Tennis Open food facilities. John is presently the Executive Director of Sustainable Hospitality Programs at Cal State University at Monterey Bay. John is in the process of developing a degree in Sustainable Hospitality Management. He is also President of EQ International Perspectives (New York and Monterey) their clients include: Google, Coca Cola, Toyota, Columbia University, New Jersey Restaurant Association, Sony Pictures, and Metro-North Railways to mention a few. He has a Doctoral degree from Columbia University, with a concentration in Adult and Organizational Learning. His research focuses on the application of Emotional Intelligence to Guest service training. He has developed a training/behavior change process that creates Guest/Staff Loyalty and enhances emotional competence. Dr. Avella has spoken nationally and internationally about the application of Emotional Intelligence to Customer loyalty and leadership. John is also a Master Trainer for the EQi 2.0 and 360, the most validated assessment instrument that measures Emotional Intelligence skills. John has also coached senior executives from many national and international organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors for The California Travel Association and the Monterey County Hospitality Association. John has also competed nationally and internationally in Triathlons for the past 24 years.

Michael Briley

Michael Briley

Managing Partner, Hayashi Wayland

Michael's biography

Michael Briley began working at Hayashi Wayland in 1988, and today, serves as Managing Partner. He spends the majority of his time guiding the firm’s operations and long-term strategy. Mike also does considerable work in the audit arena for non-profit and for-profit clients, and provides tax and consulting services. He is a member of the AICPA and CalCPA. Outside of work, Mike shares his talents with educational organizations. He served as both Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Hartnell College Foundation. He has also worked with CSUMB’s School of Business in developing an accounting concentration at the university. In 2011, CSUMB honored Mike with their Business Leadership Award. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Fresno. He’s been married to his wife Ann for more than 29 years, has five children and a full life. A former aspiring musician, Mike now enjoys listening to his children play music, rooting for the Giants and 49ers, and relaxing in the Sierras.

Tom Bryan

Tom Bryan

CFO, Taylor Farms

Tom's biography

Tom Bryan was born in Jefferson, Georgia in June of 1953. After high school, he attended Duke University and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Management Science.After working for 2 years in banking in Atlanta, he went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MBA in Finance in 1980.Tom and his wife Julie were married in 1980 and their 2 children are now 30 and 32 years old. After receiving his MBA, Tom returned to commercial banking for 6 years at which time he left to take a position with Dole Vegetables in Salinas in 1986. He has been in the produce industry since then with Dole, Fresh Express and for the last 19 years with Taylor Fresh Foods as its CFO.

Dave Cote

Dave Cote

Advisory Board Member, SMarketplace

Former CEO & President, Symmetricom

Dave's biography

Dave Côté is an accomplished technology executive, advisor, and investor, with over 30 years of success in growth-oriented, high technology environments from start-ups to publicly traded companies. He has demonstrated year on year success in delivering revenue, profit and business objectives, exhibiting strong planning skills in creating company vision as well as product and go-to-market strategies. Dave has extensive international and domestic experience with customers, partners, financial/industry analysts and press. He is a hands-on leader experienced in building winning leadership teams and company culture focused on urgency, transparency and results.

Dave is currently on the Advisory Board of start-up SMarketplace, which is bringing digital efficiency and big data analytics to shopper marketing. Dave was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Wave Systems, a security software company, sold to ESW Group. Prior to that, Dave was the CEO and President of publicly-traded Symmetricom, the leader in precise timing for communications, government and enterprise, from August 2009 to May 2013. Symmetricom was sold to MicroSemi in 2013. Dave served as CEO and president of Packeteer, a publicly-traded communications company specializing in WAN optimization, from 2002 to June 2008 when it merged with Blue Coat. From 1997 to 2002, Dave was General Manager and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing for IDT, where he founded and grew a major new division and executed a successful repositioning of the company. Previously, he held marketing leadership positions at ZeitNet (sold to Cabletron) and earlier at SynOptics (Nortel Networks), where he was a key contributor to the company’s accelerated growth. Prior to that, Dave spent ten years at Apple Computer in a number of marketing roles.

Gill Campbell

Gill Campbell

CEO, Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway

Gill's biography

Gill Campbell joined Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2001 as the facility’s CEO and General Manager. Overseeing a staff of 30, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts five internationally-recognized motorsport events each year. Under Campbell’s guidance, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula, the not-for-profit organization that manages Mazda Raceway, has undergone major improvements and received countless awards. She has overseen a $22 million construction project, resulting in state-of-the-art pit row suites and garages, information trylon tower and the Red Bull Energy Center. Campbell serves as the president of the Road Racing Industry Council, a national motorsports organization, and is the organization’s first female president. She is a current board member for the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Monterey County Hospitality Association’s Economic Development Committee.​

Sharon Crino

Sharon Crino

Interim CEO, for-profits & non-profits former vice president & general manager, Eastman Kodak

Sharon's biography

Sharon Crino currently acts as an advisor and consultant to a number of local, and international businesses. Previously, Ms. Crino held senior management positions at Eastman Kodak including Vice President and General Manager, Display Group, WW and Vice President and General Manager, for the $2B Health Imaging Business for Europe, Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Russia with responsibility for 35+ countries. She has resided in London, England and Geneva, Switzerland. After leaving Eastman Kodak, Ms. Crino held positions at the American Red Cross, Voices for Children and Monterey Peninsula College Foundation. Ms. Crino is currently on the Board of Directors for the Carmel International Film Festival, CSUMB College of Business Advisory Board and the Carmel-by-the Sea Rotary Club. Ms. Crino resides on the Monterey Peninsula her husband Dr. Samuel Crino.

Carol Davis

Carol Davis

Former adjunct professor, College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay

Carol's biography

Carol Davis joined the faculty at the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay for the Fall semester 2006, and retired after the Spring semester in 2015. During her time at CSUMB, Carol taught freshman and junior level business communications courses as well as the Fundamentals of Marketing course. Carol actively led course design and development for all the courses she taught on campus. She also completed workshops aiding in design of blended and online courses, and taught using all methods of delivery. Carol has worked with Pearson Education on writing instructor materials for several business textbooks, including Kotler & Armstrong's Principles of Marketing. Carol chaired the Business Showcase committee for seven years, co-chairing with Professor John Avella for three years. She joined the Business Advisory Council in 2008. Carol and her husband, Jeff Davis, created the Friends and Family Scholarship Fund to aid College of Business students.

Richard De Andrade

Richard De Andrade

CEO, Solare Inc

Richard's biography

Richard De Andrade is an emigre from South America holding several undergraduate degrees. He received his MBA in 1996, from MIIS in Monterey, CA.

With currently more than 30 years of experience in finance and business management related functions, he has provided advisory expertise on aspects of Corporate Governance/Compliance/Audit, Business Consulting and Advisory consulting to US and foreign companies ranging in revenue size from below $2MM to over $5BN in annual revenue.

Richard is currently the founder and CEO of Solare Holdings LLC, a holding company that operates various Solare businesses including Solare Inc., Solare Trace Inc., Solare Capital LLC, Solare Inc., Can Do Funds Management LLC., and the Monterey Incubator. Richard has owned and operated other businesses in past, and is also active in the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Monterey, Silicon Valley, and internationally.

Richard is also active in several charitable organizations helping children, animals, and the elderly. He has recently been nominated for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay Man of the year to help raise awareness and funding for blood cancer.

David Eldredge

David Eldredge

President, Gourmet Garden

David's biography

David Eldredge is the President of the North American operations for Gourmet Garden, an Australian based company specializing in fresh herbs and spices. David has over 35 years of experience in the fresh produce industry including roles as CEO of NewStar Fresh Foods and Executive Vice President of Tanimura and Antle. He also has a consulting business specializing in the fresh produce business and has served as Chairman of the Produce Marketing Association and other industry groups. He graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Marketing and lives in Salinas with his wife Sally and has 3 grown children. When not working he enjoys the frustration of golf.

Michael Fox

Michael Fox

CEO, Goodwill of Silicon Valley

Michael's biography

Michael Fox is Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley. He has over 25 years of experience in redefining business processes and penetrating new markets for companies in the wholesale and B2B service sectors. Mr. Fox is an entrepreneurial executive with a strong record of revenue and profit growth through analyzing complex business challenges, and developing and executing effective business strategies. As the newly appointed CEO of Goodwill SV Mr.Fox led a team that grew the organization from a combined loss of 3.5 million dollars in 2007 and 2008 to a profit of 2.5 million dollars in 2009 and 2010.In 2012 Goodwill achieved an operating profit of over 3.5 million dollars and invested an additional 1.3 million into Mission Services. He led this remarkable turnaround by simplifying Goodwill’s supply chain, shifting the product mix, creating a customer friendly shopping experience, investing in operating assets after years of neglect, and refinancing debt during the most difficult banking and liquidity crisis of our generation. As President of M.E. Fox &Company, one of the Bay Area’s leading wholesale beverage distributors, he was responsible for reversing a three-year decline, driving revenues from $28M to$60M by acquiring key brands like Snapple and Corona to boost market share as well as negotiating lucrative agreements with SOBE, Red Bull, and Gordon Biersch. Mr. Fox was lead negotiator for a revised Teamster contract that fostered a $12M revenue jump and greater profits from key product lines. Mr.Fox is past Chairman of the Silicon Valley San Jose Chamber of Commerce; San Jose Chamber PAC, San Jose Mineta Airport Expansion Initiative, and West Valley Mission College bond measure. He has held numerous campaign and political advisory positions including finance chair Jim Cunneen for Congress, finance chair Dolores Carr for District Attorney, finance chair Able Maldonado for State Senate, and Mayor Ron Gonzales’s kitchen cabinet. Mr. Fox was co-founder and chair Baseball San Jose. He currently serves as finance chair for Team San Jose, member of the advisory board of the School of Economics and Business atSt. Mary’s College Moraga, Chamber PAC board, and is a member of San Jose downtown Rotary Club. He has held numerous leadership roles in local and regional charities and devotes considerable time to fund-raising and charity work. Mr. Fox is married to Lori and has one son Michael who attends University of San Diego and a daughter Megan who attends Loyola Marymount University. Mr.Fox received his B.A. at the University of San Diego and a Trans Global MBA at St. Mary’s College.

Jeff Froshman

Jeffrey Froshman

Financial Consultant, Wells Fargo Advisors; Distinguished Lecturer, College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay

Jeff's biography

Jeff Froshman is the "original" faculty member with our College of Business, teaching here since January 1996. He is also one of the founders of this Advisory Board & a past-President. Jeff was designated a "Distinguished Lecturer" by the University in 1998. He founded our accounting program, taught the initial classes and assisted with the expansion of the accounting concentration to its current level. Over the years Jeff has been on numerous hiring committees, including the one that brought to our University Dean Shyam Kamath. A retired CPA, Jeff is currently a Financial Consultant with Wells Fargo Advisors at the Santana Row office in San Jose.

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Juana Gomez

Corporate Director of Human Resources, Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.

Juana's biography

Juana Gomez is an energetic and accomplished business professional as well as an active and caring community member. Juana is currently leading the Human Resources Corporate Team at Monterey Mushrooms, the world’s largest Mushroom grower. Previously, Juana spent 22 years at Earthbound Farm, one of the world’s leading organic food brands and was part of the leadership team at Scaroni Family of Companies, the largest west coast provider of H2A guest workers to the Vegetable and Berry industries. Juana is passionate about children, education and inspiring others to shoot for the stars. She holds an A.S. in Accounting from Cabrillo College, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with emphasis in HR from SJSU, and an MBA from CSUMB. Juana has been involved in community outreach from a young age. At 19, she managed a voter registration drive for the League of Women Voters. She has served as an election officer for the Santa Cruz County Elections Department and was elected to multiple leadership roles at Alianza Charter School in Watsonville, including Site Council President, Parent Committee Treasurer and Secretary.

Ray Griffin

Ray Griffin

Director, U.S. west region at Robinson Fresh

Ray's biography

A founding partner and the former General Manager of FoodSource, a fresh produce sourcing and supply chain Management Company. With a degree in Agriculture from California State University, Chico, he started out selling produce for Merrill Farms, a well-established grower \ shipper in the Salinas Valley of California. He quickly rose to sales manager and was responsible for quadrupling sales during his tenure. He established himself as an expert on global markets and export sales while at Salyer American Fresh Foods, where he served as International sales manager and commodity specialist. Ray later went on to Misionero Vegetables where he served as the North American sales manager. He was the first to introduce Misionero’s organic packaged salad line into the Eastern Canadian retail market, a market that had resisted fresh-cut packaged organics until that time. Ray started his career in produce twenty five years ago and has been affiliated with many industry organizations. After a successful sale of his company to C.H. Robinson Worldwide, a fortune 300 company in 2005, Ray managed through the integration and is currently responsible for C.H. Robinson’s U.S. West region. Managing over 165 employees in 11 locations which include 2 production facilities, he has a dedicated focus on the growth and development of FoodSource\CHR's private label and supply chain management teams. His experience with international trade and fresh-cut packaged organics has had a significant impact on the growth of the company’s private label produce programs in both the retail and food service sectors. Ray is service driven with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Griffin has sat on boards with United Fresh and Fresh Cut Processors. He has also attended the United Fresh Washington Public Policy conference and participates in the Produce Marketing Association. He is active in his local community, supporting Boy Scouts, Relay for Life and local migrant-worker programs. Griffin is father to three children, Steven, Kelly, and Jennifer.

Jody Hansen

Jody Hansen

President & CEO, Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Jody's biography

Jody Hansen entered chamber management in 1994 and has served as president and CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber since 2010. Hansen chairs the Council of Monterey Business Associations. She serves on the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses, Coalition of Monterey County Chambers of Commerce, California State University Monterey Bay Business Advisory Council, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District’s Ordinance No. 152 Oversight Panel, Monterey County Children’s Council, Brandman University School of Education Advisory Board, and Rancho Cielo’s Business Advisory Council. She previously served on the Monterey Regional Airport Master Plan Project – Planning Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the City of Seaside’s General Plan Update Task Force Group. Hansen previously held executive positions in the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, and Arcata Chamber of Commerce, where she established the 7th California Welcome Center. In 1979, she co-founded a Silicon Valley employee benefits firm, now known as The Vita Companies. She holds a BA in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley; Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations were earned from The American College of Financial Services.

Kathleen Johnsen

Kathleen Johnsen

Vice President of Human Resources, Pebble Beach Company

Kathleen's biography

After nineteen years leading the human resources team at Pebble Beach Resorts, Kathleen Johnsen recently left to start her own human resources consulting service, K. Johnsen Human Resources Consulting Services. The last three years prior to starting her consulting business, she served as Vice President, Human Resources for Pebble Beach Company. Because she has worked on the client side of human resources for over 25 years, she consults from a practical, hands-on perspective. K. Johnsen Human Resources Consulting Services exists to help companies train, engage, and retain their human capital, and navigate California’s complex labor law landscape. Ms. Johnsen brings vast knowledge and experience in all facets of talent management and quality HR services to her clients. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Additionally, she received my Certificate in Human Resources Management from Cal State Northridge. In addition to her last nineteen years in the hospitality industry, Kathleen also has extensive knowledge and experience in retail, food & beverage, manufacturing, distribution and service industries. Over the course of her career, she has held positions that have progressively provided her with more responsibility, and have required an increasing depth of knowledge and expertise. Kathleen believes in giving back to my community by volunteering with the CSUMB Business Advisory Council, Monterey County Free Libraries Adult Literacy, Shoreline Community Church, Community Homeless Solutions Women’s Shelter, and Monterey County Reads.

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson

Erik's biography

Erik Johnson is one of three children born in Oakland, and raised in Pacific Grove, to Ray and Dolores Johnson. His father, Ray, encouraged him to experience college life outside of California. In 1968, Erik graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Business. After graduation, Erik did what many young adults do in-between college and career life; he backpacked around Europe for 6-months. Erik’s European backpacking trip served as the first of many to come in his lifetime of travel and worldly excursions. After returning to California, Erik held a number of short-termed jobs as the “hippie” in him began the daunting task of determining what kind of career he’d eventually like to settle on. Ultimately, it was real estate that brought Erik to Santa Cruz County in 1971. However, not long after his move, Erik decided a career in Real Estate wasn’t for him. And from there, his ambitions of opening his own business grew.

In September, 1973, after making unsuccessful bids on a health food store, ice cream shop and donut shop, Erik purchased a 600 square foot business in Scotts Valley, CA for just $429. With the suggestion of his father and mentor, Erik chose to call his restaurant Erik’s DeliCafé. Completely new to the restaurant business, Erik quickly enlisted the help of his family. Erik’s father, Ray, prepared the homemade soups, his mother, Dolores, crafted the deli salads and baked goods, while his brother, Chris, an attorney, handled the lease negotiations. After dating for more than a year, Erik’s wife-to-be, Judy, moved to Santa Cruz in 1974 from San Jose. She worked behind the counter and helped with personnel, hiring, training and catering. Each night after closing the deli, Erik would drive from Scotts Valley to his parent’s home in Monterey, to pick up the next days’ supply of food. It was very important to Erik, and still is, that the food be high quality, homemade and with very few preservatives.

Through the years, Erik’s father played an integral part of the deli’s business development. It was actually Ray, who conceived the appealing Way Station themed barnwood and antique décor, which became one of Erik’s DeliCafé’s many unique trademarks. Ray helped with the decorating, collecting parlor heaters and antiques from all over the western United States. But, most important to Erik was that his customers always felt comfortable and welcomed at his deli.

By 1978, Erik added three more delis in Santa Cruz County; Capitola, Aptos and Santa Cruz. With the growth of Erik’s business so did his community values. Erik was first asked to join the Dominican Hospital Board in 1984, a Board he served on for 15 years. After all these years, Erik still feels strongly about giving back to the community that supported him and his business. Erik gives back both with his time and through financial donations. He’s served on multiple boards and committees throughout the year and donates to a number of organizations and non-profits both personally and through Erik’s DeliCafé’s “Erik’s Gives Back” programs.

Erik still likes to travel, visiting 38 countries outside the United States, most recently Turkey this past June. What he enjoys most about traveling are the adventures, the escape and every now and then “getting back to basics.”

To this day, Erik still visits and dines at his restaurants a couple times a week. After 41 years in business, Erik still holds many titles at Erik’s DeliCafé - Founder, C.E.O., President, and (most important) mentor to not only the many employees that have worked with Erik over the years but also his two children, Brian and Katie, who also work in the family business. Brian has worked in the Corporate Office as General Council for six years, and Katie has worked in the delis and soon will take on a new role at the company as Team Leader and Corporate Trainer.

When asked what he is most proud of over the years, Erik answered, “I’m most proud of the values employees learn while working at Erik’s. I believe it’s important to treat everyone with respect, work as a team, and no matter what, continue to improve and learn.”

Sundar Kamath

Sundar Kamath

Senior Vice President of Technology, Sanmina Corporation

Sundar's biography

Dr. Sundar Kamath is senior VP (corporate technology) of Sanmina Corp., a $6B global electronics contract manufacturer headquartered in San Jose, CA, with presence in 25 countries. His responsibilities include product design and development, new product introduction and manufacturing technology. He has previously held technology development and product management positions at IBM Microelectronics (E Fishkill NY), and, MicroModule Systems Inc. (Cupertino, CA). He holds numerous patents and has published extensively in technical journals and conferences, and, received his PhD in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Kathy Kobata

Managing Partner, Tostevin Accountancy Corporation

Kathy's biography

Kathy Kobata began her CPA career with Tostevin Accountancy Corporation and is currently the managing shareholder. She is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its Tax Division and The California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has served on the board of the California Society and was the Monterey Bay Area CPA Discussion Group leader for many years. She currently serves on the board of The CPE Forum of the Central Coast, a professional organization for attorneys and CPA's. She served seven years as the chair of the CSUMB College of Business Advisory Council. She also serves on the Women's Leadership Council at CSUMB and previously was a member of the Planned Giving Council. She is also a member of the Community Foundation for Monterey County Professional Advisor Council.

Lorri Koster

Lorri Koster

Chairwoman & CEO, Mann Packing Company

Lorri's biography

Lorri A. Koster is Chairman, CEO and a primary shareholder of Mann Packing Company; a grower, shipper, processor of fresh vegetables headquartered in California’s Salinas Valley. Mann Packing is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US. Lorri was raised in the agricultural industry and is the third generation of her family to work in produce. Lorri has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a minor in business marketing from California State University, Chico. A “baseball mom” and “Forty Niner Faithful” she resides in Salinas with her husband Tom where she loves cheering on their two boys, Jack and Sam.

Joe Mathai

Joe Mathai

Senior Vice President, San Francisco Bay Regional Banking Manager

Joe's biography

Joe Mathai is a senior financial services executive with over 23 years of leadership experience in the industry. He has vast experience leading billion dollar bank divisions to best in class success in diverse marketplaces serving business, private banking and mass market clientele. He specializes in designing and implementing processes that balance brilliant client experience with true relationship building processes to accurately assess and fulfil all the financial needs of every client.

Joe is the Senior Vice President and Region Executive of City National Bank, a Royal Bank of Canada Company, leading Personal & Business Banking for Northern California. In this role, Joe leads a highly qualified team of branch managers, business bankers and relationship managers to serve a high net worth portfolio of business and personal clients with customized solutions delivered by a team of advisors.

Prior to his current role, Joe was the Senior Vice President and Regional President of Wells Fargo Bank leading the Central California team of over 700 bankers and managers from Gilroy to Santa Barbara. During his almost 2 decades as a leader at Wells Fargo, Joe was instrumental in developing scores of senior leaders for the company and led an enterprise-wide formal President Development program.

Joe came to the United States as a student in the mid-eighties with $20 in his pocket and attributes his success to a combination of relentless and tenacious hard work, eternal optimism and the enormous opportunities available in America. He is passionate about education being the only sustainable avenue to break the poverty cycle and thus volunteers actively with multiple organizations that promote education, especially to those traditionally underserved. Joe earned undergraduate degrees in Business and Computer Science from New Delhi University and Clarion University of PA respectively. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia.

Joe lives in Gilroy, CA with his wife and son who is a high school sophomore. The Mathai family loves to travel around the world together. Joe is an avid photographer and motorcycle rider who rode his motorcycle on the highest road in the world at age 20. He dreams of riding his motorcycle to the Arctic Ocean soon.

Jocelyn Martin-Leano

Jocelyn Martin- Leano

Chief Operating Officer of Rushmore Loan management Services

Jocelyn's biography

Jocelyn Martin-Leano is the Chief Operating Officer of Rushmore Loan Management Services, a preeminent “High Touch” residential servicer and an industry leader in special servicing. Prior to joining Rushmore, Jocelyn was the Chief Operating Officer of Genworth’s U.S. mortgage insurance division, where she oversaw underwriting, policy servicing and claims, loss mitigation, servicer oversight, and IT. Her more than twenty-five-year-long career in mortgage banking spans various management positions with Citibank, Bank of America, ITT Residential Capital, and Irwin Home Equity, where as President, she managed originations and built the servicing platform, achieving high ratings from S&P and Fitch and Moody’s.

Leinette Limtiaco

Leinette Limtiaco

President & CEO of Central Coast Federal Credit Union

Leinette's biography

Leinette Limtiaco is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Coast Federal Credit Union. Leinette has close to 30 years of experience in the credit union industry and started with the then Fort Ord Federal Credit Union in 1985. Leinette began serving as President/CEO in February of 2005, after serving as Accounting Manager since 1996 and training with former President/CEO for a few years leading up to his retirement. Leinette graduated with an AS, Business Administration / Accounting from Monterey Peninsula College; BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; and continuing her Master’s in Business Administration also at the University of Phoenix, as well as completion of credit union education at the NAFCU Management Development Institute, and continues to serve as a Notary Public for the State of California. Leinette also serves on several boards for business development for the Credit Union, currently serving as Vice Chair-Finance for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; served as President and now Treasurer for the Marina Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer for the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries; as well as serving as Past-President for the Salinas Valley Business Women’s Network, Professional Women’s Network of Monterey, The Alternative Board, Monterey Bay Chapter for the California League Credit Unions, as well as personal service for PTSAs for her children and within her church in Marina.

Bethany Mayer

Bethany Mayer

President & CEO, IXIA

Bethany's biography

Mayer brings over 25 years of technology experience to Ixia and joins the company from HP where she held several key executive roles since 2010. Most recently, Mayer served as HP’s senior vice president and general manager of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business and led the company’s NFV initiative. Previously, Mayer was senior vice president and general manager of HP’s Networking Business unit, where under her leadership the business unit delivered 12 consecutive quarters of growth. Prior to that, Mayer was vice president, marketing and alliances for HP’s Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking Group. Prior to joining HP, Mayer served as senior vice president, worldwide marketing and corporate development at Blue Coat Systems, and has held roles in product management at Cisco Systems and operations at Apple Computer and Lockheed Martin. Mayer holds a BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from California State University, Monterey Bay.

Jack McKenna

John F. “Jack” McKenna

Former dean, College of Business at CSU Chico

Jack's biography

Jack McKenna graduated from Whittier College in 1968 with a degree in business administration. At this point he went on active duty with the naval reserve and taught a class in "Naval Management Analysis" for senior enlisted and junior officers. After leaving the navy, he completed a master’s degree in management at San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine, which he completed in 1978. Jack then joined the faculty at California State University, Chico where he spent the next twenty-three years as a professor and administrator. Jack has authored over thirty-five journal articles, seventy conference papers and three books.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

CEO, Driscoll’s

Kevin's biography

Kevin Murphy is the CEO of Driscoll’s and is responsible for all worldwide operations. Driscoll’s grows and markets fresh strawberries,raspberries, blackberries and blueberries worldwide. They are headquartered in Watsonville with operations in over twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries. Kevin came to Driscoll's from Capurro Farms where he served for three years as President. Kevin led this family-owned company through aseries of transformations that led to a merger of Capurro Farms with Growers Express. Prior to Capurro, Kevin was with Fresh Express for almost 15 years.During that period he held various jobs that included heading up strategic planning, marketing and operations for the company. Kevin was born and grew up in South Africa. He has an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and a MBA. He is married with two children aged 23 and 21 and lives in Monterey. His hobbies include running, sailing, squash and golf.

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Kelly O’Brien

Partner & COO, Sensortech Services LLC

Kelly's biography

Kelly Erin O’Brien is CEO of Tendaji, LLC, a woman-owned, employee-driven service company based in Monterey, California. Tendaji aspires to fulfill its core principles of responsible business: Profit, Customer Service and Employee Equity, Respect for the Environment, Community Service and Transparency in Governance. Continuous Improvement is a key process in the Company’s approach to Operations. “Tendaji” is a Swahili expression, meaning, “makes things happen”.

O'Brien was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Sensortech Services LLC, a medical device logistics and program management services company. O’Brien’s career includes Environmental Engineering Research and Management for University of Santa Clara, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, and FMC Corporation, San Jose CA. As founding partner and Chief Information Systems Officer of Gaia Systems, Portola Valley CA, O’Brien designed and developed of Environmental Management GIS software and introduced two commercial products into the market.

Between 1990 and 1996, O’Brien taught Environmental, Health and Safety Management at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz Extension, Foothill – DeAnza Community College District, Cupertino, CA, Merritt College, Oakland, CA, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA and the Community College of San Francisco. She is Past President of the Board of Directors of KUSP 88.9 FM, Central Coast Public Radio. She was former on-air host of Life in the Fast Lane, a program that highlighted technologies that may lower dependence on fossil fuels.

O’Brien holds a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), Sustainability and Environmental Management, Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Fane Opperman

Fane Opperman

Managing Director - Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; adjunct professor, College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay

Fane's biography

Fane Opperman is Managing Director – Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. Fane has taught Personal Financial Management and Human Resource Strategies for the past seven years in the CSUMB College of Business. He has served on school boards for several decades. He is a graduate of The University of Minnesota and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation.

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Consultant, adviser, former interim CEO, COO & Vice President of Special Projects, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Michael's biography

Michael Peterson is a consultant and adviser to healthcare organizations, educational institutions and legal firms. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Renown Health, an integrated health system in Reno, NV. Peterson has spent over 40 years of executive leadership in healthcare. He retired from Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, CA in 2011. From 2001 to 2011 he had been the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President of Special Projects at Stanford. He was an owner of The Peterson Network, LTD, which provided interim/transitional leadership to healthcare organizations. Prior to that, Peterson has been a Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer to hospitals and health systems in California and the Midwest. He has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a founding member of Health Insights Foundation, a health executive educational organization. Peterson has a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He was born and reared in Lewistown, MT, is married and has one adult daughter.

Julius Robinson

Julius Robinson

Managing director - corporate social responsibility for the Americas, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Julius' biography

Julius Robinson serves as managing director and head of MUFG Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) group for the Americas. He is responsible for company-wide CSR strategy and programs in the United States, Latin America and Canada, including charitable giving, community outreach, environmental stewardship, and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance and investment.Mr. Robinson also oversees the bank’s government relations activities and the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the nonprofit entity that acts as the agent for the bank’s charitable contributions. In addition, he is responsible for the bank’s Community Advisory Board. Mr. Robinson joined the bank in 1986 and has more than 37 years of banking experience and a comprehensive knowledge of credit analysis, underwriting, residential mortgage, and commercial and consumer lending. His career includes expertise gained through positions with San Diego Trust & Savings, Crocker Bank, Chase Manhattan, Home Savings of America, GMAC Mortgage, his own private consulting firm in marketing and sales management as well as a previous stint at Union Bank before he returned to the company in 1997 as a vice president and regional manager. He was promoted to market president in 2006, responsible for the bank’s then 120-branch network in the Central Valley, Central Coast, and Northern California. Mr. Robinson is well known for his community involvement. He is Chairman of Operation HOPE’s Northwest Board of Directors and Advisor to the CSU Monterey Bay Business School Board and Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce. He is on the boards of Students Rising Above, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), Bay Area Black United Fund, and the Oakland Education Fund. In addition, he was the 2009 Bay Area Chair for the American Heart Association. Honored for his community service, Mr. Robinson received congressional recognition for his work in the field of corporate social responsibility and his dedication to the Filipino-American community in 2014. He also has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Educating Young Minds; the Corporate Philanthropy Achievement Award from the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation; and the Community Leadership Award from the California Journal for Filipino Americans. In addition, Mr.Robinson was recognized with the Fredrick D. Patterson award as Individual of the Year from the United Negro College Fund in 2010; was named by the council of 101 Black Men as a leader and role model to the community in 2007; and received the Whitney Young Award from the Boy Scouts for meritorious service to the community in 2006. He was the keynote speaker for the 2008 Graduating Class of Alliant International University. Mr. Robinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and economics from the United States International University, and completed the post- graduate program with Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, Seattle. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Practice in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Sue Storm

Sue Storm

Senior Vice President of Business Banking, Pacific Valley Bank

Sue's biography

Sue Storm has played a key role in lending, sales and service with local area banks for nearly 25 years. In addition to her long career in banking, Sue graduated from the University of Californian at Berkeley and also earned her MBA from Golden Gate University. Born and raised in the Salinas Valley to a family whose deep agricultural roots go back five generations, Sue has been and continues to be an active volunteer with Junior Achievement as Chair of the Advisory Board, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare Foundation as VP of Fund Development, Impower, Ag Against Hunger, Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County, Farm Day, Santa Lucia Rotary and California Rodeo, as well as several other organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and in the Salinas Valley area.

Larry Samuals

Larry Samuels

Senior Advisor to the President at CSU Monterey Bay

Larry's biography

Larry Samuels currently serves as Senior Advisor to the President of CSU Monterey Bay, with responsibilities to develop and advance the University’s relationships with private sector entities and other higher educational institutions. Prior to joining CSUMB, Dr. Samuels has held several senior executive positions in the high technology industry, including CEO of PredPol, President & CEO of, Exec. V.P./COO of Creative Labs, Managing Director of Truevision, VP of Worldwide Strategic Markets and General Manager (U.S.) for Atari, V.P. Sales and Marketing for Mass Microsystems and President of Vicom Distribution. In the course of such work Dr. Samuels has built several worldwide sales, marketing, finance, engineering and operations teams from startup phase to worldwide market leadership. He holds a PhD and MA in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Stanford University and a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley.

Tony Walker

Tony Walker

President and CEO of ComForcare Senior Services

Tony's biography

Tony Walker is currently the President and CEO of ComForcare Senior Services, an agency that provides non-medical in home care for seniors and persons of adult age that enables them to live in the comfort and security of their own homes. Tony started his ComForcare operation in January 2003 providing support to clients in Santa Cruz County. In 2005 he diversified operations by becoming a provider of respite services supporting families with persons of all ages with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disability and seizure disorders. In 2013, his ComForcare operation celebrated its 10 year anniversary by signing on its 1,000th client. Prior to starting ComForcare, Tony spent 30 years in the hi-tech world in a variety of sales and marketing positions with domestic and international corporations, most recently as Vice-President of Marketing for Pericom Semiconductor in San Jose. Tony moved to New York from his native England in 1978 and relocated to Santa Cruz in 1984. Tony has been married to his wife, Tina for 40 years and the couple has 2 daughters, Nicola aged 37 and Victoria aged 35. From 1985 thru’ 2012, Tony served as a trustee of Gateway School (private elementary K thru’ 8th grade) and has been a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) since 2001.