"The academic programs and experiential opportunities provided to the MBA students and business/non-profit community by the Price Center are bold and unique. UCLA is well positioned in Southern California to take advantage of the flurry of entrepreneurial activity on its doorstep and the Price Center should be right in the thick of things."
- Brian Farrell, upon his inauguration as Chairman of the Price Center's Board of Advisors
Marx L. Cazenave II has devoted his professional career to expanding business opportunities for minorities, women and start-up companies. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Progress Investment Management Company, a San Francisco-based manager of managers, focusing on emerging firms (small, minority, and women-owned investment companies). Since its inception in 1990, Progress Investment Management has funded more than 125 emerging firms across a broad range of public security asset classes. Progress currently manages more than $7 billion in assets for some of the world's largest public and corporate pension funds. Mr. Cazenave was appointed by President Carter to serve as Regional Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), and he also has served as Director of Business Development for the State of California and as a Principal Consultant to the State Assembly Office of Research. Mr. Cazenave served on the Board of the National Associate of Securities for Professionals (NASP) Foundation and was awarded the 8th Annual NY NASP Foundation Wall Street Hall of Fame Award in February 2006. Mr. Cazenave also received the NASP Travers Bell Award In 2011. Today, he serves on the advisory boards of the UCLA Anderson's Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Busara Advisors, Bennu Ventures, Cazenave Consulting Group , Vicente Capital Partners, Making Waves Education Program in Richmond, California, the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California and formerly on the board of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. Mr. Cazenave received his B.A. in political science from California State University, Los Angeles, 1962 and completed Stanford University's Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Smaller Companies in 1978.
William M. Cockrum has won numerous teaching awards, including recognition as the top entrepreneurial professor in the nation in a survey conducted by Business Week in 1996. He has become a legend for a case-study entrepreneurial finance class he has taught for more than 25 years, teaching students the ins and outs of acquiring and sustaining the financing for organizations.
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Bill Cockrum spent 25 years in financial services initially as a marketer and lastly as CFO/CAO and one of the top senior officers at Becker Paribas, Inc. a 3,000-employee investment banking firm. When the company was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1984, Cockrum began his second career as a consultant to chief executive officers. He serves as a consultant in a variety of industries on issues such as organization structure, strategy, marketing, finance, and administration.
Shortly after starting consulting, Cockrum became a full-time professor at UCLA Anderson teaching students the business and finance skills needed to succeed as entrepreneurs. Mr. Cockrum currently teaches entrepreneurial finance, business ethics, and investment management and more than 7,000 students have passed through his classroom for these courses. He also is a member of the School's Board of Visitors, the Anderson Alumni Board, the Advisory Board of the Price Center, and a member of the UCLA Foundation investment committee and a Governor of the Foundation.
Professor Cockrum is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Management of Cranfield University, Cranfield, England as well as a visiting Professor and a member of the Advisory Board of the Betteny Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at Cranfield. Cockrum is also a Visiting Professor ay the Graduate School of Management at Warwick University, Coventry, England.
Timothy Conver joined AeroVironment as president in 1991, became chief executive officer in 1993, and chairman and CEO in 2007. Prior to joining AV, Tim was president of Whittaker Electronic Resources, Simi Valley, CA. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the House Ear Institute. He received a B.S. from the University of Montana and an MBA from UCLA.
Greg Craig is the CEO of Inupiat Energy Marketing, Inc. responsible for overall business activities, risk management, strategic direction, and ensuring a culture of ethical and mutually beneficially business relationships. Previously, Mr. Craig has been chairman and CEO of large, public and privately held, energy companies and active on a variety of boards and advisory councils. Most recently, Mr. Craig served as chairman and CEO of Commerce Energy, a publicly listed (AMEX:EGR) natural gas and electricity retailer serving more than 150,000 customers. In this capacity, he led a complete business turnaround which involved refinancing, restructuring, and selling the business to Universal Energy Group, a public energy retailer based in Toronto, Canada (TSX: UEG)
Prior to Commerce Energy, Mr. Craig served for two years as CEO of Macquarie Cook Energy (formerly Cook Inlet Energy Supply, LLC), a multi-billion dollar North American energy supply and services company. Mr. Craig had previously founded and served for 15 years as CEO of Cook Inlet Energy Supply, LLC, which was acquired by Macquarie Bank of Sydney, Australia, in November of 2005.
In 1996, Mr. Craig was selected as one of 20 United States (U.S.) delegates to join President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor at the Asian Pacific Economic Conference in Manila, Philippines. In 1997, Mr. Craig was appointed by Energy Secretary Federico Pena to the National Petroleum Council and, in that capacity, also advised several subsequent energy secretaries. In 1998, Craig was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Export Council as one of a select group of CEO's who provide recommendations to the President on U.S. export issues. He has also served as a member of the Natural Gas Business Development Roundtable at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Craig was born and raised in Alaska, is a shareholder of Cook Inlet Region Inc, (one of the 11 Alaskan Native Corporations established by Congress Under the Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971), and is of Inupiat Eskimo heritage. He earned a BA degree from the University of Alaska and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. Mr. Craig is chairman of the board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial studies at UCLA and also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Weingart Center, the western U.S.'s largest homeless shelter. Previously, Mr. Craig served on the board of directors of the Minority Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. and on Sempra Energy's Community Advisory Council.
James B. Freedman is a co-founder of Intrepid Investments Bankers, LLC. Previously, he was founder and managing director of Barrington Associates Investment Bankers which was acquired by Wells Fargo in 2006. Mr. Freedman has over 27 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience and is an expert on the financial aspects of corporate strategy. Since founding Barrington Associates in 1982, he has advised over 500 middle-market companies in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuation and strategic decisions. He acted as principal financial advisor in corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions ranging in value from $20 million to $1 billion, including the acquisition of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey team, the sale of Applause, Inc., Encore Video, Roundhouse Products, and OnStaff, and the recapitalization of RSI Home Products, Inc., Halex Products, and L. Powell Company. Before founding Barrington Associates, Mr. Freedman was vice president at the Foothill Group, Inc., a publicly held commercial finance and equipment leasing company, where he was in charge of corporate development and the commercial lending division for California.
Mr. Freedman is a member of the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Anderson, the Board of Directors of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, the Board of Directors of the Yosemite Fund, the Board of Directors of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research and the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is also a past member and former Chairman of the Young Presidents' Organization, Los Angeles Chapter, and a current member of the Chief Executives' Organization and the World Presidents' Organization. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC and a member of the board of directors of several private companies. He serves as co-chairman of the annual Middle-Market Conference on Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Freedman graduated with a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in 1975, and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1978.
Tom Georgis is senior vice president of development at Solar Reserve where he leads the company's efforts to develop large-scale solar thermal and photovoltaic energy projects in the Americas and Asia. He manages SolarReserve' project development portfolio of over 3000 MWs in the United States and is leading the company's expansion into China, Australia, and Latin America. Mr. Georgis has over 20 years of development and operational experience in the energy, technology, and government service sectors, holding several senior management positions, most recently as Managing Director of International at GlobalTec Solutions, a privately held technology company where he was responsible for all aspects of the company's international expansion. Mr. Georgis was a Principal and Managing Director at Exodus Energy LLC a Houston based privately held power and natural gas firm. While at Exodus, Mr. Georgis focused on the development and acquisition of energy assets, acting as lead developer on several multi-million dollar innovative technology energy facilities including natural gas storage, offshore LNG regasification, and petroleum coke gasification. Previously, Mr. Georgis was a manager at Enron Corp. where he was responsible for developing and structuring energy asset projects internationally; negotiating and closing over 500 MW of power generation agreements. Mr. Georgis's experience includes structuring transactions for energy and infrastructure projects, negotiating with lenders, and advising investors in all aspects of energy project acquisition and project development including: storage and transportation capacity sales, gas and alternative fuel power generation, natural gas pipeline arrangements, and power purchase agreements. Mr. Georgis also served nine years as a Naval Special Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Mr. Georgis graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in International Studies and obtained a Master's of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles.
Elaine Hagan is the executive director of the Price Center, which oversees teaching, research, extracurricular and executive development programs related to entrepreneurship at UCLA Anderson. She has served as the Center's chief operating officer since 1991, and is also a member of its Board of Advisors. In addition to her responsibilities within the Price Center, Elaine works closely with other centers and external affairs units throughout the school, and serves as a member of the advisory committees for the UCLA Teaching Incubator (based in the California Nanosystems Institute building) and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) Program consortium of schools. She has also been an advisor to numerous growing companies and entrepreneurial programs around the world. Previously, Elaine worked in Stanford University's Office of Development, and served on the turnaround management team of a privately-held manufacturing firm in San Diego. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Irvine and her MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Amir Heshmatpour is the Founder and Managing Director of AFH Holding & Advisory LLC, an integrated advisory and consulting firm serving U.S. and international clients who seek strategic counsel and sophisticated access to global capital markets. Since founding the Company in 2003, he has led AFH through numerous successful transactions both in the United States and China. Prior to founding AFH, Amir Heshmatpour was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metrophone Telecommunications, Inc., a company he began in 1994 with $ 30,000. At the age of 24, Amir Heshmatpour completed his first reverse merger between Metrophone and Datawave Communications, a prepaid telephone card company, which was affiliated with AT&T. Over the next ten years, Amir Heshmatpour spearheaded Metrophone's growth, leading it through a total of 17 acquisitions and growing the business to over $100 million in revenue. Metrophone was twice named among the 100 fastest growing companies in the Northwest and by 2003 the company operated in 34 states and was ranked among the top 10 public service providers in the U.S. Mr. Amir Heshmatpour was recognized as "Businessman of the Year" by the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2003 and served as Head of the Republican Congressional Business Advisory for the year. His philanthropic exposure began at an early age, as his family founded Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics, an organization serving children with special needs and their families. He has served on the Board of "Young Life", a teen-mentoring organization and currently serves on the board of the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE), an organization promoting financial and economic literacy. Amir Heshmatpour attended Pennsylvania State University, and in 2010 he completed the UCLA Anderson Director Education & Certification Program.
Jonathan ("Jake") Jacobs is a senior partner at Rose, Snyder & Jacobs, a 45-person full service CPA and consulting firm in Encino that deals with high net worth families, and public and private middle market companies. He spent 20 years at KPMG Peat Marwick where he was partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles middle market practice and partner-in-charge of the first Big 5 office in the San Fernando Valley. Jake received his B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.
Christopher D. ("Kit") Jennings is managing director of Roth Capital Partners. Previously, he was co-Chief Executive Officer of Global Euro Net Group and a managing director of Cruttenden Roth Incorporated. Before joining Cruttenden Roth in 1995, Mr. Jennings was a managing director at Sutro & Co., and a principal and senior managing director of Maiden Lane Associates, an equity fund organized to arrange and invest in management buyouts. Mr. Jennings was previously associated with Dean Witter Capital as a managing director he was responsible for major corporate clients in Southern California. Prior to joining Dean Witter, Mr. Jennings was an investment banking officer with Warburg Paribas Becker. Mr. Jennings graduated with a BA in economics and public policy from New College in 1975, and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1980.
Jeff Lipp's experience is in the payments and marketing services industries. Currently, Jeff is the Executive Director of Gift and Loyalty Services for Heartland Payment Systems, one of the largest merchant credit card processing companies in the United States. In this role, Jeff oversees electronic gift and loyalty card services for a portfolio of approximately 50,000 merchants in North America. Jeff was the co-founder and CEO of Chockstone, Inc. (acquired by Heartland Payment Systems in 2008) and Pure Payments, Inc. (acquired by iMALL in 1999), building two innovative technology companies in the payments and loyalty industries. Prior to those experiences, Jeff worked in the merchant acquiring and e-commerce business of First Data Corporation, as well as in corporate finance in Lehman Brothers' Technology Group. Jeff holds a BA from Williams College, an MBA from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and serves on the Board of Open Doors Organization, P.S. Science, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Sound Body Sound Mind.
Nicholas C. Memmo is a managing partner of Vicente Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based investment firm providing equity capital to privately held growth companies across North America. Previously, he joined Kline Hawkes & Co. as a Partner and is currently a member of the investment committee for Kline Hawkes Pacific, L.P. Nick is Chairman of Rayne Water Corporation which is an innovative water technology and services company that sells and services smart water treatment products for the residential and commercial markets.
Previously, Nick was a Founding Executive and member of the Board of Directors of USFilter Corporation (NYSE: USF), a Fortune 300 company and the leading global provider of water and wastewater treatment systems, products and services. He was at the center of USF's strategy to consolidate the water industry and played a key role in the growth of the company's revenues from $17 million to $5.2 billion. Nick was president & COO of the Process Water Group, the industrial process water equipment and services division of USF. Prior to USF, Nick was employed by Hercules Incorporated, a specialty chemical company, first in engineering and product development, and later in sales, marketing and distribution positions.
Nick is presently a Board Member for Medbridge Healthcare and he has had board seats and board observer positions for the following companies: CaseStack, Environmental Services Group. IPMobileNet, Keylime Software, National Water & Power and PrimeSource Surgical.
Pat Morrin is the former co-founder, CFO and vice president of Basis Communications Corporation, a communications semiconductor company based in Fremont, California. In 1998 when Cirrus Logic, a leading supplier of semi-conductors, sought to divest itself of certain lines of business, Pat engineered Basis as a spin-out. After doubling revenue and attracting a world class engineering team to work on its network processor products, Basis was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2000. He has served on the boards of eHospital, Inc. and Annexient (now XPFLOW Software). Pat received a BA in English and a BBA in business management from the University of San Diego, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Judy Munzig oversees the Topa Topa Ranch and Nursery, Inc. in Ojai, California. Topa Topa Ranch is a citrus and avocado farm in Ojai, including a wholesale avocado tree nursery. Munzig is vice president of insurance, real estate, and other industries. Prior to Topa Topa, Munzig was a teacher with the Ojai Unified School District. She received a B.A. from Stanford University and is active in community affairs in the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. is senior associate dean of UCLA Anderson. In this role, he oversees a variety of key areas and initiatives within the school, including development, alumni relations, marketing and communications, and executive education. Dr. Osborne is also professor of Global Economics and Management and founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which serves to organize faculty research, student activities and curricula related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development at UCLA Anderson. He has been at UCLA since 1972.
Osborne established UCLA Anderson's Director Education and Certification Program, designed to assist officers and directors of public and private firms better understand their responsibilities as fiduciaries and best practices in corporate governance, and the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program, which provides management training for executives in growing companies. Together with UCLA colleagues, he has led the development of several programs that apply business models to the nonprofit world, including four in partnership with health care giant, Johnson & Johnson: The Head Start - Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program, The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Institute and The Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program and The Management Development Institute for Providers in the AIDS/HIV Supply Chain.
Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum, Inc., Heckmann Corporation, Wedbush Inc., and First Pacific Advisors' Capital, New Income, and Crescent Funds. He has served on the corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., and First Interstate Bank among others. He has served as an economic fellow at the Brookings Institution and directed studies at the SEC that contributed to changes in Rule 144, Regulation D, and other exemptive requirements to the securities laws designed to lower costs and improve liquidity and capital market access to venture capitalists and emerging growth firms alike. He is also a trustee of Harvard-Westlake School and the Fidelity Charitable Trust, and has served as a governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Investment Company Institute. Osborne is currently on the board of the Independent Directors Council.
Professor Osborne's research interests include venture capital and private equity, and the role of the board of directors in private and public corporations. He remains active in the entrepreneurial and venture development community, has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and consults with growing companies and non-profit organizations on business and economic matters. Dr. Osborne received his B.A. degree in electrical engineering, M.A. in economics, MBA in finance and his Ph.D. in business economics from Stanford University.
Angela Pennington is head of inventory management for Classic Party Rentals, the nation's leading full service event rental company. Angela oversees Classic's nationwide inventory operations and purchasing. Prior to Classic, Angela was manager, commercial relations for Blackboard Inc., an e-education enterprise software applications and services company. As manager of commercial relations, she negotiated and implemented new commercial license partnerships. Angela also has several years of experience in sales and marketing with Fortune 500 companies and direct line management activities. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and an undergraduate degree in economics from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Angela was also a member of The Applied Management Research (AMR) team at UCLA Anderson that worked closely with the Price Center to develop the judging criteria for the inaugural Global Salon Beauty Awards program that was held in London in 2004, and served as a judge for the 2006 program in Barcelona.
John W. Rende is a healthcare portfolio manager and partner at Weintraub Capital Management in San Francisco, a $2 billion cross-over fund. His prior work experience is in both finance and biotechnology. Mr. Rende is a Board member of The First Tee and former board member of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. He has an MBA from UCLA Anderson and graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in biology and economics.
Matt Schwab, since co-founding Karlin Real Estate in 2008, has overseen $75 million in opportunistic acquisitions in office, multi-family, and residential assets, in addition to the purchases of the associated, secured debt. Using his experience from over $600 million in career acquisitions, Mr. Schwab has aggressively built Karlin Real Estate's presence in the real estate and restructuring investment communities. He has moderated and served on a number of panels, including the Distressed Investing Annual Conference in New York City and the Lido Family Office Wealth Conference. Mr. Schwab currently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson, the board of the Association for Corporate Growth, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Manager's Association. Mr. Schwab is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S. in Economics), UCLA Anderson (MBA), and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
Peter E. Schwab is the former chairman & chief executive officer of Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Peter had been with the company since 1982 and spent 38 years in the asset based lending industry before returning in 2010. Before Wells Fargo Foothill, Mr. Schwab was Vice President/Business Development of Barclays American/Business Credit, and prior to that was employed at the National Acceptance Company of California. Mr. Schwab has served as the Chairman and the President of Finance of the Commercial Finance Association and was a member of the Southern California Finance Conference and held the position of Secretary. Mr. Schwab also serves on the Board of Directors of The School of Business, California State University, Northridge. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Schwab earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Northridge and his Master's degree from California State University at Los Angeles.
Larraine D. Segil is an author and expert in the field of strategic alliances. She was a partner with Vantage Partners, the leading consultancy that provides international strategic alliance services to industrial and technology companies worldwide and is now Partner Emeritus. She co-founded WorldTEN a worldwide network of presidents of high technology companies. She served as past CEO of a High Purity Metal Materials Company, as well as a medical services company, and a financial services holding company. Prior to her entry into the business world, she was an attorney in international trade. She has taught a two day program to senior executives as part of Executive Education at Caltech and has done so for the past 23 years and is a regular keynote speaker for companies and governments worldwide. Larraine is the author of 7 books on alliances and leadership, published by Random House, John Wiley and Sons and Amacom including a novel published by Penguin Books. She has been a speaker at the Stanford CEO Education Series who sells her videos on Strategic Alliances and she provides online executive education programs as part of the Ninth House Network as well as Athenaonline.com which is part of The Institute of Management Studies. She is a senior research fellow at IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Segil received a BA and BA Honors (MA Equivalent) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, her MBA at the Pepperdine PKE Executive program and her JD degree from Southwestern University where she is currently an Associate Professor of Law teaching The Business of Alliances to Law Students. Ms Segil sits on the Board of Frontier Communications, (NYSE: FTR) a Fortune 300 company, and on the board of The Committee of 200, the premier global women CEO's group. In 2009, Ms Segil was appointed to the board of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tropical Diseases Group (TDR), in Geneva, Switzerland. She has endowed two scholarships in her name at Drucker/Southwestern for a JDMBA woman student annually and at Pepperdine University for an MBA student annually. At present she is running a family holding company, Little Farm Company, providing cheeses, jams, relishes and organic produce.
Richard A. Spitz, Esq. is the former chairman, technology markets and member, CEO and board services at Korn/Ferry International. He handled high-profile searches for senior executives on behalf of public corporations, leading pre-IPO, emerging technology, software, hardware, electronic systems, information technology, communications and convergence media companies. He is also experienced in executing professional and financial services and senior attorney/counsel searches. Mr. Spitz has personally conducted more than 500 search assignments, 100 of which were president, chief executive officer, and board member engagements. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry in 1996, Mr. Spitz worked for a prestigious international law firm, where he advised businesses and investor groups on business planning issues, and negotiated M&A transactions, venture capital investments, licensing and alliance arrangements. His law practice extended across the technology and entertainment markets globally. Mr. Spitz is currently on the board of directors of Mandalay Media, Inc. (OTC: MNDL). He received a BS in business administration with a concentration in finance from California State University, Northridge, a master's in law from New York University Law School, and a juris doctor from Tulane University Law School.
Frederick R. Ulrich, Jr. graduated from West Point with a BS, served four years in the military including a one year tour in Vietnam, and graduated from the Harvard Business School. From 1972 to 1982, he was a member of the corporate finance and merger and acquisition departments of Morgan Stanley & Co. and Warburg Paribas Becker where he worked on billions of dollars of financings and mergers. Between 1982 and 2002, Mr. Ulrich was the CEO of boutique merchant banks formed to pursue leveraged buyouts and new ventures. Under his leadership these entities raised hundreds of millions of dollars to finance acquisitions. Mr. Ulrich advised the companies he co-founded on over one hundred transactions including acquisitions, divestures, financings, public offerings, management changes.
Mr. Ulrich has also worked with development stage ventures including The Oz Entertainment Company, Sysdome Corporation, Year Disc. He has been a director of fifteen companies including two that were taken public and has served as the CFO of two companies. From 2002 to 2010, he served on the board of directors of The San Jose Water Company, a publicly traded company that provides water to the city of San Jose.
In 2002, Mr. Ulrich retired to spend time with his wife and children, to develop his Verbal Cogitator internet vocabulary program, and to continue losing golf balls at courses in the West. He has invested in several independent films and has formed a motion picture production company called Lost Fifties Films, LLC, which is working on producing films in a variety of genres. From his experience in the film industry, he advises all MBAs to avoid it like the plague.
Skip Victor is a senior managing director and co-founder of Chanin Capital Partners, which was purchased by Duff & Phelps, a NYSE company providing investment banking and other financial services to companies on a global basis. Mr. Victor has extensive experience in all phases of corporate restructurings and recapitalizations including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, court testimony, and other advisory services. Both prior to and subsequent to Duff's acquisition, Chanin has consistently been ranked as one of the leading restructuring firms in the country. In 2010 Chanin was awarded Boutique Restructuring Financial Advisor of the Year by the Turnaround Atlas Awards.
Mr. Victor has also been a guest lecturer on several reorganization panels, including seminars on bankruptcy taxation and the UCLA Anderson.
Prior to Duff & Phelps and Chanin Capital Partners, Mr. Victor was vice president in the corporate finance department of Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc., specializing in bankruptcies and restructurings. While at Drexel, Mr. Victor worked on a number of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, exclusive sales, new financings and exchange offers.
Mr. Victor received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson, where he received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Service, and his B.A. from Cornell University. He is also a member of the board of directors of Bennington Marine Holdings LLC, the Los Angeles Child Guidance Center, and Israel America Academic Exchange. Mr. Victor also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Price Center and the Institute for Analysis of Global Security in Washington DC.
· Arts & Culture: The foundation supports excellence in the arts with an emphasis on education.
· Children & Youth: The foundation realizes the importance and need for programs and services that positively impact today's youth.
· Education: The Foundation is committed to excellence in education with an emphasis on innovative approaches to engaging students of all ages. In line with its other interest areas, the Foundation encourages economic and ethnic diversity of students and faculty.
· Entrepreneurship: Grants for entrepreneurship education and training programs in this area are focused primarily on higher education, but the foundation will also consider programs that engage a wider audience, such as high school students, women's groups and the urban poor.
· Environment: A clean, healthy and sustainable environment for all living things - for this and for future generations - is a goal of the Foundation.
· Health: The Foundation's focus on health care supports excellence in research, training, health care services, and outreach to the poor and medically underserved. The Foundation recognizes the importance of mental health treatment and family planning services as integral components of health care delivery.
· Human Social Services: The Foundation focuses on programs that provide food, shelter and supportive services to the most vulnerable members of society - homeless people, abused and neglected children, families in crisis, the elderly, and people with physical and developmental disabilities. Of particular interest are programs that encourage and support independence and self-sufficiency.
· Medical Research: Grants in the area of medical research are generally initiated by the Board of Trustees.
• Civic & Community and Jewish Related Causes: The Price Family maintains its historic commitment to Jewish causes, as well as civic organizations in the trustees' local communities.
Bob Waldorf, founder, former president and CEO of Idea Man, Inc., graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a BA in business administration. He completed the Executive Program in Management at UCLA Anderson in 1982. Mr. Waldorf entered the Promotional Products Industry in 1962. After earning a well-respected reputation in the industry, he started Idea Man in 1971. As president of Idea Man, he insisted that the company follow his basic philosophy of commitment and service to clients. Because of this approach and attitude, Idea Man grew to become one of the top twenty firms in an industry of over 13,000 companies. He elected to sell the company in 1999 to have time to pursue other interests. Mr. Waldorf was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Promotional Products Association International in 2008.
Eric Wedbush has been investing in and advising private and public middle market companies for over sixteen years. Currently, Mr. Wedbush directs WEDBUSH's investment activities, oversees its strategic initiatives, and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to joining WEDBUSH in 2000, Mr. Wedbush spent ten years as an executive with Wedbush Securities in the Equity Capital Markets Group, most recently as the Director of Equity Research. Prior to his role as Director of Research, Mr. Wedbush was a Managing Director of Investment Banking where he advised middle market companies and institutional investors on equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Wedbush began his private equity career with Wedbush Capital Partners, an institutional investment partnership where he completed several management buyouts and growth financings for lower middle market companies. Eric currently serves on the Boards of WEDBUSH, Wedbush Bank, Reyn Spooner, Criterion Brock, Triple 7, and is a board observer of BATS Trading and ExtruMed. Additionally, he serves as a Managing Director of both Wedbush Capital Partners and Wedbush Opportunity Partners. Eric holds an M.B.A. from The Anderson School at University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from San Diego State University.
Richard S. Wiley is president and CEO of Jackson Square Aviation, LLC, and previously was president and chairman of Pegasus Aviation, a privately-held, international aircraft leasing, management, and aviation Services Company headquartered in San Francisco. Mr. Wiley built Pegasus into the world's largest commercial aviation leasing company. Previously, Mr. Wiley founded and managed Pegasus affiliates, Pegasus Capital Corporation and Aviation Assets Holding Company. Prior to that, he was a vice president with CIS Corporation, originating transactions and marketing aircraft to third-party investors. He holds a BS degree from the Indiana University School of Business and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
David S. Williams III is the former chief marketing officer and head of business development for PatientsLikeMe, the leading health data sharing platform for people with life-changing illnesses. Williams served as the lead Business Development and Marketing executive, developed the corporate brand, and formed the company's revenue strategy. David has more than fifteen years of healthcare, pharmaceutical, and internet industry experience to the PatientsLikeMe team. Previously, Williams founded two successful consulting firms focused on fundraising-one for non-profits (featured in Black Enterprise magazine in 2003) and the other for start-ups looking for venture funding (where he helped companies raise in excess of $25 million). Williams earned his B.S. in economics with a concentration in entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in digital strategy and a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the UCLA Anderson.
Jane Wurwand. As the founder and owner of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute post graduate training centers, Jane Wurwand is one of the most recognized and respected authorities in professional skin therapy. Under her leadership, Dermalogica has grown to be the leading professional skin care brand, used by more than 75,000 skin therapists in over 50 countries around the world. Wurwand's leadership has been documented in the company's profile in the Harvard Business Review and her business acumen recognized through appointment to the board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson and to the advisory board of FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising].
In May 2010, Jane joined with Step Up Women's Network and Bayer HealthCare in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Pill and participated in a Roundtable event alongside four other leading women including Gloria Steinem and Hilary Swank. The event was filmed and chronicled in an upcoming book with Annie Leibowitz, who photographed Jane in late July.
Wurwand has been voted 'The Most Influential Industry Leader' by American Spa magazine and was named Beauty Industry West's 'Entrepreneur of the Year' for 2010. She was named 'Business Woman of the Year' for 2009 by the National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles, and participated in a Keynote Panel for their annual Women's Business Conference in June 2010. Wurwand gave the Keynote Address for the NFTE [Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship] 2010 Regional Youth Business Plan Competition. She also serves on the board of S.K.I.N. [Skin Care for Kids in Need] and is actively involved in their outreach program to group Foster Homes in California.
In 2010, Jane was invited to become a member of the C200 [Committee of 200], a nonprofit organization filled with the world's most influential female entrepreneurs and leaders dedicated to the advancement of women in business.