Global Leadership Council

Mission
The mission of the San José State University Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Global Leadership Council is to assist the Dean, faculty, and staff in attaining global status as a leading college of business.

The Global Leadership Council will achieve its mission through a membership of individuals whose business community stature and accomplishments bring credit to the College and who individually and collectively provide:

  • Advice and counsel to the Dean, faculty, and staff on strategy, important issues affecting the future of the College, curricula and programs;

  • Support and assistance to the fundraising efforts of the College;

  • Input to the Dean, faculty, and staff for assessing the progress of the College and measuring achievement of goals and objectives;

  • Insights to the Dean, faculty, and staff on how the College can enhance the impact of its services on various stakeholder groups;

  • Valuable contacts for faculty access to the business community for applied research purposes and to help them further develop their public service skills; and

  • Valuable contacts for students and advice in their career selection decisions and job-seeking activities.

Membership

James L. Bareuther

Former Chief Operating Officer, Brown-Forman

William E. Barton

Retired CFO and Senior Vice President of Granite Construction

Edward E. Benson

President and CEO Two Sheltie Productions, LLC

Phillip R. Boyce

Board Member, Tower Foundation
Former CEO and Chairman of the board, Pacific Western Bank

Richard L.Conniff

Chief Financial Officer, Xactly Corp.

Joseph C. Consul

Vice President & CFO, Everdream Corporation

Jenny Dearborn

Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of SAP

The Honorable Rod Diridon, Sr.

Board Member, Tower Foundation
Emeritus Sr. Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Dan Doles

President and CEO, Mojix, Co-founder and Director, Connexive

Annette Finsterbusch

Former Ceo of Ketra

Jacques Francoeur

Founder & CEO, Spheric Security Solutions

Jay B. Fulcher

President & CEO, Ooyala

Carla Griffin

Broker/Owner, Griffin International Acquisitions, B&A Realtors

Gary Kalbach Founding Partner, El Dorado ventures
Eric Kelly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sphere 3D Corp.

Roop Lakkaraju

Executive Vice President, CEO and CFO, Support.com

Cynthia Lazares

Board Member, Tower Foundation
Lazares Companies

Donald Lucas

Lucas Trust Properties, LLC

Paul Logue

Vice President, Enterprise Customer and Market Insights Hewlett-Packard Company

Bradley S. Maihack

Retired worldwide director of Business Programs and Operations;
Cloud Automation and Management Business,  Hewlett-Packard Company

Naresh Malik

Global Head Business Innovation, Lee Inc.

JJ McClatchy

President and CEO of McClatchy Management Company

Reshma Nigam

Founder and CEO Markable Solutions

Timothy S. H. Omé

Managing Director, Synergy Advisors, LLC

Gary J. Sbona

Board Member, Tower Foundation
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Regent Pacific Management Corporation

Dr. Gary M. Silver

Retired Cardio-thoracic Surgeon and Private Investor

James E. Thompson

Founder and Chairman of Crown Worldwide Group

Edward Van Deman

CEO and Co-Founder, Financial Navigator 

Vince Voron

VP, Executive Creative Director, Dolby Laboratories

Anthony Wong Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Badu Networks, Inc

Oliver Yu

Executive in Residence, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

 

James L. Bareuther

James L. Bareuther retired from Brown-Forman in September 2010 after serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  Brown-Forman, headquartered in Louisville, KY is one of the world’s top ten wine and spirits companies.

Bareuther was responsible for Brown-Forman’s spirits and wine business in more than 140 countries across the globe.  Bareuther, who reached the company’s mandatory retirement age in September, 2010 served as COO for the company since 2003.

Prior to joining Brown Forman as director of U.S. sales in 1994, Bareuther was executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Seagram Classics Wine Company in New York and California.  He previously worked for Beringer Vineyards, a leading wine firm in Napa Valley, California.  Bareuther earned a B.S. degree from San Jose State University in 1967 and served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy from 1968-1973. 

Bareuther served three terms as chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the U.S. and around the world.  Jim also chaired The Century Council, an organization designed to fight underage drinking and drunk driving. 

Currently, Jim serves in an advisory capacity for two leading, multi-state beverage alcohol distribution companies, two Napa Valley wineries,  on the board of First Beverage Group , a full-service financial services firm dedicated exclusively to the beverage industry, a board member of Windy Hill Spirits,  and is a member of the global advisory council for the College of Business at San Jose State University College.   Additionally, Bareuther serves on the board of Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization that works to eliminate childhood hunger in America.


William (Bill) E. Bartom
BS '67 Accounting & Finance
Mr. Barton started at Granite Construction in 1980 as a cash manager until promoted in 1988 to company treasurer, and then in 1990 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President. He is now Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Granite Construction and serves on the subsidiary board of directors of Wilder Construction, Incorporated and ITC, Incorporated, to which Granite Construction has a minority interest in. Mr. Barton received his MBA from Santa Clara University in 1973.


Edward E. Benson
BS '61 Industrial Management (Minor in psychology) & 
MS '62 Business Administration

President and Chief Executive Officer, Two Sheltie Productions, LLC.

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Phillip (Phil) R. Boyce
BA '66, Business Administration
Mr. Boyce is the President of Boyce & Associates, a property development firm. Mr. Boyce is the retired chairman of Western Capital Management. He and his wife, Susan, founded Pacific Western Bank when he was 30 years old, which later became Western Capital Management. In 1994, the bank merged with Comerica Bank.

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Richard (Dick) Conniff
MBA '87
Mr. Conniff is a former President & Chief Operating Officer of Focus Business Bank. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive officer and Chairman of Heritage Commerce Corporation Mr. Conniff has been President and COO of Heritage Commerce Corp since 2000; President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank East Bay, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heritage Commerce Corp, from 1998 to 2000; President and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Bank, an industrial loan company, from 1997 to 1998; and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of South Valley Bancorporation from 1995 to 1997.

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Joseph C. Consul
BS '82 Business Administration
Joe Consul is responsible for all of Everdream's financial, accounting, human resource and IT operations. Mr. Consul brings to Everdream 20 years of finance and operations experience with full business life cycle experience from start-up stage through public offerings and a successful track record of achieving significant ROI for investors. Prior to joining Everdream, Consul was the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Arcot Systems, a leading provider of identity management solutions for e-payments, pharma and banking applications. Before that Consul served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ: TMWD), where he led Tumbleweed's IPO. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations for Fractal Design Corporation, and also held senior finance positions at Ray Dream, XA Systems Corporation, and Adobe Systems. Consul holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and was licensed as a California C.P.A.

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Jenny Dearborn
Recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2014 and 2015, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in learning, human capital management and business culture. A regular contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, Jenny has also written for Tech Republic, USA Today and industry publications including CLO Magazine, HR Executive and Talent Development Magazine. Her book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, published by Wiley in February of 2015 is #1 on Amazon.com in the “new business releases” category. Jenny is the Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of SAP, where she is responsible to align and drive all corporate learning and enablement activity for SAP’s 75,000 employees worldwide. This is her fourth Chief Learning Officer role.

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The Honorable Rod Diridon, Sr.
BS '61, MS '63
Rod recently retired as chair of the County Board of Supervisors and Transit Board after 23 years in elected office. He chairs transit projects at the local, regional, state, national and international level and is credited with returning rail to the Valley. He is currently on the corporate boards of the San Jose National Bank and Empire Broadcasting Corporation as well as numerous community associations. He has served as chair of over 50 local and national organizations. The main San Jose train station is dedicated the San Jose Diridon Station. Rod was the 1983 Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient and a charter member of our Association. He served as our Association's President for two terms from 1996 to 1998 and currently serves on our Executive Committee as Past President.

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Dan Doles
BS 85'
Dan graduated from the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business in 1985 with a concentration in accounting and has been a successful serial entrepreneur. Dan worked his way through school and his wife Carolyn is also a Lucas College and Graduate School of Business alumna. After graduation, he worked for Ernst & Young for 6 years on accounts in the computer software industry; founded the Red Pepper Software company, which was acquired by PeopleSoft; became Vice President of Sales Operations for PeopleSoft; was CEO of WhereNet, a computer software company for about 10 years; and recently founded another software company.

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Annette Finsterbusch
BS Economics and Geology 
Annette is a Director for Applied Ventures in the Corporate Business Development group of Applied Materials, responsible for identifying, recommending and managing venture capital investments. She is also a Kauffman Fellow. She received a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Geology from the University of Houston and a Master's in Business Administration in Strategy and Finance from San Jose State University, where she was honored with the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award in 2004. 

Prior to joining Applied Materials, Annette was the CEO at MindShadow.com, a technology spin-out of DaimlerChrysler's Research and Technology Center. Prior to that position, she was an investment manager for DaimlerChrysler Venture Capital, responsible for enterprise software investments. She also had previously worked for Applied Materials, leading its business development efforts in Russia, Belarus and Armenia from 1996 through 2000, chartering the company's first office in Moscow.

Annette's philanthropic directorships include seats on both the Board of Directors for the Junior League of San Jose and the Exceptional Women Executives of San Jose State University

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Jacques Francoeur
Jacques is the founder and CEO of Spheric Security Solutions. He joins us with an accomplished track record of industry and thought leadership in the field of Cybersecurity. He has published numerous technical white papers and has been a driving force in founding a number of cyber initiatives1 . Jacques’ corporate career includes Ernst & Young, SAIC, Adobe Systems, Inc., KPMG, and the Canadian Space Agency. He also has an accomplished academic record with a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.

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Jay B. Fulcher
BS ' 85 Management
Jay B. Fulcher serves as Ooyala's President and Chief Executive Officer. In his role, Mr. Fulcher is responsible for sales, marketing, product development and customer service. Mr. Fulcher's career spans nearly 20 years of senior management roles in sales, marketing, field operations, professional services and product development at leading enterprise software companies including SAP, Red Pepper Software, and PeopleSoft. At PeopleSoft, Mr. Fulcher served as President of the Products Division, and then as Executive Vice President of PeopleSoft Global Services.

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Carla Griffin
BS' Accounting and Finance
Carla graduated from SJSU with a BS in Accounting and Finance, she has broad experience in accounting, auditing and financial management, having spent 10 years as a financial executive with Philco Ford Microelectronics, Product line Controller and Internal Auditor for Fairchild Semiconductors and Controller/Treasurer for Advanced Micro Devices. Following her semiconductor career, she started working in real estate and financial consulting with an emphasis on early-stage startups. She is now a broker/owner with B&A Realtors and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). In addition, she is a broker/owner with Griffin International Acquisitions, which are merger and acquisition specialists for mid-range ($5-50 million) companies. She has received many awards, including Ambassador of the Year from the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce; recipient of the Dean’s Service Award in recognition of her Outstanding Service; and an honoree of our Beta Gamma Sigma chapter.

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Gary Kalbach 

Gary Kalbach was on the Tower Board for many years and agreed to re-engage with our College. He is a founding member of El Dorado Ventures, a venture capital company in Menlo Park. Gary has served on the boards of over 40 technology start-ups; plus on the board of multiple non-profits.


Eric Kelly 
Eric has served as the Sphere 3D Corp. Chairman since July 2013 and Chief Executive Officer since the company's merger with Overland Storage in December 2014.  He served as Overland Storage's CEO since January 2009, its President & CEO since January 2010 and as a Board member since November 2007.  Prior to joining Overland, Eric was President of Silicon Valley Management Partners Inc., a management consulting and M&A advisory firm which he co-founded in 2007.  He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the technology industry.

His earlier positions have included Vice President and General Manager of Storage Systems Solutions at Adaptec Inc., President and CEO of Snap Appliance which was acquired by Adaptec, President of the Systems Division at Maxtor Corp. as well as various executive-level roles with Dell Computer Corp., Diamond Multimedia, Conner Peripherals and IBM. 

Eric currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council, where he offers advice and counsel to the Obama administration on strategies and policy recommendations on ways to promote and advance U.S. manufacturing. 

He earned an MBA from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Business from San Jose State University.  

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Roop Lakkaraju
BS Business Administration and Accounting 
As chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance, Roop Lakkaraju oversees all 2Wire financial, governance, and administrative practices. Prior to joining 2Wire, Roop served most recently as interim chief financial officer at Solectron (acquired by Flextronics in 2007). Previously, he was responsible for Solectron's global business finance organization and, prior to that, he was CFO of Solectron's Technology Solutions Business Unit. Before joining Solectron, Roop was a principal at Safeguard Scientifics, a holding company that provides capital and strategic, operational, and management resources for growth-stage technology businesses. Roop was also a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Technology Practice of their Audit and Business Advisory Services Group. Roop is a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from San Jose State University, and currently serves as a board member of the San Jose State University Alumni Association.

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Cindy Lazares
BS ' 76 Accounting
Mrs. Lazares is the Co-founder of Lazares Companies. She was one of the original founders of Shilling & Kenyon, Incorporated in 1982. Prior work experience includes four years as a tax manager with Arthur Young and two years as the in-charge director of tax for the regional firm of Moss Adams & Company She remains a part-time financial consultant. Cindy is the recipient of the 1995 California Legislative Woman of the Year award. She was also selected to receive the 1995 Women of Achievement Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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Donald Lucas
B.S Marketing, 1969
Donald Lucas was the founder of the Lucas Dealership Group, one of the first multiple franchise automobile companies in the country. From 1964 to 2000, Lucas owned more than 40 different dealerships in San Francisco, Santa Clara, Monterey and Hawaii. Throughout his career, Donald represented 33 separate manufacturers, both imported and domestic.

By 1999, the Lucas Dealership Group had grown to become one of the top 25 automobile companies in the country with 900 employees and producing close to $500 million in sales annually. In 2000, Donald sold the Lucas Dealership Group Corporation, retaining most of the real estate holdings subsequently sold in 2011. He currently heads Lucas Trust Ventures, which oversees the real estate and private investment holdings.

It all began just seven blocks from the university where Donald, then a junior attending SJSU, opened his first used car lot to help pay for his education. Donald graduated from SJSU in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. 

Well-known for their philanthropy, particularly for their strong interest in the arts and programs for disadvantaged youths, the couple’s charitable work includes: Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose; Arts Council Silicon Valley; YWCA Villa Nueva; YMCA; Boy Scouts; Symphony Silicon Valley; San Jose Museum of Art; Ballet San Jose; The Summit League; Hoover Institution; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Monterey Bay Aquarium; The First Tee of Monterey County; Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; Hospice Foundation of Monterey; Monterey Museum of Art; Honolulu Academy of Art/Contemporary Art Museum; and North Hawaii Community Hospital.

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Bradley S. Maihack
BS ' 78 Accounting
Brad is a 31 year veteran of Hewlett-Packard's Financial leadership community. Over Brad's career at Hewlett Packard he has held a wide range of senior financial management and controllership roles across a broad range of high technology businesses, most recently as Controller and Worldwide Director of Finance for Hewlett Packard; OpenView Management Software Business (the 13th largest software company in the world).

Brad is a recognized financial & business leader within Hewlett Packard and is often sought after in regards to leading significant business turnarounds and growing high profile new business ventures in the company. He and his global team of Finance professionals lead the development and implementation financial management strategies & processes necessary to optimize global business performance and to transform the financial management culture of organizations. Recognized for his unique background and experience in successfully managing high technology businesses throughout every stage of the business life cycle, Brad is uniquely qualified for the leadership challenges inherent in helping make Hewlett Packard the world's number one information technology company.

Brad holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration; Accounting concentration, from San Jose State University. He is the co-creator & co-chair of the Silicon Valley Financial Management Institute, an active member of Silicon Valley Financial Executive International, and serves on Board's of a number of other Silicon Valley professional organizations.

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Naresh Malik
Naresh's career spans over 25 years in large multinationals where he led strategy, business development and change management for new growth technology businesses. Currently he is the Chief Strategy Officer for a startup venture building virtualization solutions for telecommunications networks. Prior to that he was Director of Strategy and Planning for Cisco's Industry Solutions Group based in the Bay Area. Naresh moved to Cisco from IBM where he was Associate Partner for the Emerging Business Opportunities practice. He has extensive international experience having worked and lived in Bangalore, The Netherlands, London UK and the USA. He holds and MBA from City Business School London and a D.Phil in Physics from University of Oxford

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J. J. McClatchy
B.S. , M.S., J.D. 
J. J. McClatchy is the great-great grandson of the founder of the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from San Jose State University. 

J.J. is President and CEO of McClatchy Management Company, handling acquisition, sales and management of extensive commercial real estate and stockholdings. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

J.J. has been honored with the National Endowment Award, National Heritage Award, and Who's Who among Executives and Professionals in America's Business. He serves the community through many organizations, including the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, WEAVE, and the National Women's Health Initiative. He has also served as a Presidential Appointment to the Housing and Urban Development, a member of the California Safety Center Board, co-chair of the Sacramento City Unified School District, School to Work program, and was appointed to the Advisory Committee to the Little Hoover Commissi

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Reshma Nigam
Ms. Reshma Nigam is Founder & CEO of Markable Solutions – a digital marketing company. Prior to that she was Co-Founder & CEO of aMarketForce, a leader in B2B sales, marketing and lead generation services. Ms. Nigam has worked with RightWorks Corporation, Xporta and nthOrbit, when they were startups. She was also VP of Medical Market Research for Frost and Sullivan. Her expertise includes digital marketing, business management, business strategy development, start-up marketing, market research, consulting, sales operations, product launches, global marketing, direct marketing

Ms. Nigam is an advisory board member of the Global Leadership Council at Lucas Graduate School of Business, SJSU. She is also the Chairperson of Art Forum at San Francisco, Bay Area 

She holds MBA and BA degrees from San Jose State University, a Post-Grad diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, and BA in English Literature from India.  

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Timothy S. H. Ome
Mr. Ome's career spans over 20 years as an investment banker, management consultant, venture capitalist and senior financial officer. His experience involves a full range of corporate finance, corporate development, strategic advice and operating management for technology companies from start-up's to global multinational electronic firms.

Timothy Ome began his finance career with Lehman Brothers as an investment banker. He rose to Senior Vice President and Principal in the firm and was recognized as being the key architect and executive that built Lehman Brothers' Asia operations. He then joined Bank of America and was a key contributor for the establishment of its investment banking subsidiary BancAmerica Securities. At BancAmerica Securities he was a Managing Director, and head of its technology practice. Mr. Ome was also with Arthur Anderson's Corporate Finance Group as co-head of its national technology practice. He was also a senior investment banker with C.E. Unterberg, Towbin. He left investment banking and joined APPRO International as Senior Vice President Corporate Development where he restructured the company and engineered the acquisition of VA Linux systems hardware business. He transitioned to venture capital as a venture partner with Profile Venture Partners and later joined Star Capital Partners now known as Boston Biotech, as a General Partner. He was also at Genyous Biomed International an early stage oncology company as its Senior Vice President Corporate Development. He was last with Trenwith Securities as the Managing Director of the firm's Silicon Valley Office.

He received his BA in American Studies and Applied Mathematics from the University of Hawaii. He holds a graduate degree from the Japan America Institute of Management Science, Tokyo, Japan with concentrations in Computer Science and International Management. He received his MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business from the George Washington University Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. In his academic career he received the Times Scholarship, the Fujitsu Fellowship and the Scottish Rite Fellowship. He is currently a board member of the Software Business Cluster, the Environmental Business Cluster, and the HiveGroup.com.

He is a frequent speaker at various technology conferences such as the Microsoft Fusion Conference, the Technology Transfer Society of North America, BancAmerica Securities Semiconductor Conference, the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, The George Washington University Graduate School of Business and the National Asian American Society of Accountancy (ASCEND). Mr. Ome was recently published in the Deal.com "the Current State of Mergers and Acquisition in Technology." He is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Development Committee at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California. Tim holds NASD Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

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Gary J. Sbona
BS '66 Business Administration
Gary founded Regent Pacific in 1974, and is chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As a senior executive with over 38 years of domestic and international business experience, Gary has led the Regent Pacific teams involved in the firm's most difficult and complex engagements. He has participated in over 100 technology, commercial and retail/distribution engagements providing expertise in the analysis and development of alternative courses of action available to underperforming or troubled companies. This expertise includes the development of successful turnaround plans, negotiations with creditors and stockholders, and management of worldwide operations for multinational companies, as well as, operational and financial restructuring for businesses of all types. Gary has also acted as an advisor or a principal in more than 85 merger, acquisition, and divestment activities. His experience spans global publicly-traded and privately-owned companies as well as limited partnerships and family-owned businesses.

Gary currently serves as executive chairman of Verity, Incorporated. He is a member of the board of directors of KTEH-TV, a San Jose public television station, and a member of the International Board of Advisors for the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University. He has recently served as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Auspex Systems, Incorporated, a publicly-traded storage solutions company; as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clarent Corporation, a publicly-traded broadband telecommunications company; as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accelerated Networks, Incorporated, a public company providing broadband telecommunications; as a director of 3D Systems Corporation, a publicly-traded global solid imaging and mass customization company; and as a director of Calico Commerce Corporation, a publicly-traded software company.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Institute of Directors, London-UK, the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the International Federation of Insolvency Professionals (INSOL), the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA). Gary was selected as a finalist for the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Under Gary's leadership, Regent Pacific has been the recipient of the TMA 1999 National Award for the Large Corporate Turnaround of the Year, the 1997 Silicon Valley Service Provider of the Year award, and the 1994 TMA Turnaround of the Year award.

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James (Jim) E. Thompson
BS '62 Aeronautics Engineering
Founder and Chairman of Crown Worldwide Group, Jim Thompson is a US citizen and permanent resident of Hong Kong. Raised in New Jersey, Thompson graduated from San Jose State University in California, receiving a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. He has also studied in Stanford University's (US) Executive Program, a post-graduate course for senior executives.

An experienced expatriate, Mr. Thompson has lived in the Far East since 1963, when he moved to Japan. Two years later he founded his company, which was originally named Transport Services International. The company became known as Crown Pacific in 1970 and today it is known as the Crown Worldwide Group. He moved the company headquarters to Hong Kong in 1978.

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Edward Van Deman
B.S. Mathematics
As CEO and Co-Founder, Ed is responsible for Financial Navigator's corporate strategy and implementation. Edward's entire career has been devoted to building and using financial reporting systems. In 1983, FNI introduced the first integrated general ledger accounting and portfolio management software solution to the High Net Worth marketplace. That solution has since evolved into the complete Navigator software suite, which meets the complex needs of family offices around the world.

Ed has received the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designation certified by the CIPM Association, a division of the CFA Institute. Ed is currently a licensed CPA in the states of California and New York, and has earned the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He also holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

Prior to co-founding FNI, Ed was a Registered Investment Advisor with a leading investment management firm in Northern California where he served High Net Worth clients. His career began as a CPA with KPMG in New York City. Ed holds an MBA (with Distinction) from New York University, and has done post-graduate work in finance and information technology at the University of Chicago and in the Stanford University Executive Management program for high-tech executives. Ed also holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Davidson College.

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Vince Voron
MBA
Vince Voron is Vice President, Executive Creative Director of the Global Brand Content Marketing team at Dolby, where he oversees design, brand, digital marketing, experiential marketing, the Dolby Theatre®, and the Dolby® Institute.

 Until 2013, he was Associate Vice President and Head of Design for Coca-Cola North America. His responsibilities included driving the strategic design vision, industrial design, and brand visual communications for eight global brands, creating innovative and alluring touchpoints for millions of consumer interactions.

Vince began his career at Apple in 1986, serving as Senior Industrial Design Manager until 2006. He developed and led the human factors and color teams responsible for iMac®, PowerBook®, iPod®, and iPhone® devices.

Vince has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA degree from San José State University, and a diploma in human ecology from Université de Paris René Descartes. He holds more than 30 design patents.

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Tony Wong

27 years of broad functional experience & leadership (Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain, Customer Service, SW Quality) at Apple, HP, Sun Microsystems, Gateway Computers, Black & Decker, and 3M


Oliver Yu
BS, MS, PHD
Oliver Yu is president of the STARS Group, a technology and resource strategy consulting firm spun off from SRI International. He also serves as an adjunct professor within the Lurie Graduate School of Business.

Previously, Yu was director of energy and technology strategies for SRI, where he managed technology and resource projects worldwide, and acted as a senior advisor to Commonwealth Edison, the Taiwan Power Company, the energy minister of China, and the president of Philippines. Before SRI, Yu spent 15 years as a manager of planning analysis for the Electric Power Research Institute. Yu holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, a master's in the same field from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master's in statistics and a doctoral degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

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