George Abe is a lecturer and Faculty Director of the Strategic Management Research (SMR) Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His teaching responsibilities include entrepreneurship, business plan development and field study program advisories. SMR is the field study program, required of all Executive MBA students.
He was Business Development Manager for the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property, which is responsible for patent protection and commercialization of UCLA research.
Previously, he was a venture partner with Palomar Ventures, a VC firm in Santa Monica, California. Before Palomar, he was with Cisco Systems in the office of the chief technical officer. Prior to that he was with Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE:IN, now BT) where he designed Infonet?s IP data service and helped spinoff the company from its parent, Computer Sciences Corp (NYSE: CSC).
From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the board of directors of Switchcore AB, a publicly traded fabless semiconductor designer in Sweden. He has also held board of director positions with various startup companies and not-for-profit organizations.
He is the author of Residential Broadband, which presents an analysis of high-speed residential networking, published by Cisco Press.
Founder, Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates
Carmen Bianchi has been a Family Business Consultant since 1991. She is the founder of Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates, a consulting firm serving the needs of closely-held and family businesses as well as those of the family office. Carmen founded the Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC) Business Forum at San Diego State University (SDSU) and recently retired as Director in June 2012. Prior to her time as SDSU, she founded the Family Business Forum at her alma mater, University of Texas at El Paso and was invited to consult and initiate the Entrepreneurship in Family Business Program at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She teaches in the College of Business a class in Family Business Management at San Diego State University.
Tim's practice, spanning almost 40 years, emphasizes representing closely-held and family-owned businesses (including family offices) as well as the owners and executives of those entities. Tim represents clients in a wide range of matters, such as virtually every need of high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses. His work involves myriad family office matters, general business, estate and succession planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, philanthropy, real estate, entertainment, hospitality, intellectual property, tax, labor, litigation, land use and more. Tim represents companies, business people, entertainers and athletes with regard to the entire spectrum of legal projects and provides guidance in business and even personal matters in which a lawyer may not typically be involved.
Dr. Joanne Frese Norton
A member of the prestigious Family Business Consulting Group, JoAnne has been working with multi-generational family businesses for well over a decade, primarily in the areas of family governance and leadership training. She is the former Vice President of Shareholder Relations for a large family-owned media company, and she now works with family businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Norton is also a speaker for Vistage International and T.E.C., which provide training to CEOs and executives, as well as for the Global Family Business Network of the Young Presidents' Organization.
In 2001 Dr. Norton created the Family Business Dynamics course at California State University, Fullerton and was an adjunct professor in the School of Business and Economics at CSUF for seven years. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Cal State Fullerton Family Business Center. Dr. Norton has made presentations for the Inland Press Association's Family Owners Next Generation Leadership Conference, the New York Family Business Center, the University of North Carolina at Asheville's Family Business Forum, the Family Business Network in Cannes, France, and the Graduate School of Banking, just to name a few. Dr. Norton earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, and she trained at the Georgetown Family Center in the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory. JoAnne grew up in a successful second-generation family business in the Midwest where she learned the complexities of maintaining harmonious relationships as well as the importance of maintaining good communication by observing her father, mother and two uncles. She lives in Irvine, California with her husband Brian.
Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
Senior Associate Dean - UCLA Anderson
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 resource development, alumni relations, corporate initiatives, marketing and communications and executive education. Dr. Osborne is also professor of Global Economics & Management and founder and faculty director of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA. The Price Center serves to organize all faculty research and student activities and curricula related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development at UCLA Anderson. A corporate governance expert, Dr. Osborne formed a Director Education and Certification Program designed to help officers and directors of private firms prepare for the higher level of scrutiny that comes when they take their companies public. This program also educates directors and officers regarding SEC regulations, FASB considerations, Nasdaq rules and the current best practices in corporate governance.
Dr. Osborne is also an expert in social entrepreneurship who has developed several programs that apply business models to the nonprofit world. For more than 13 years, The Price Center has created and run some innovative management development programs, including four in partnership with health care giant Johnson & Johnson. Other programs include The Institute for the Study of Educational Entrepreneurship (ISEE) and the UCLA/Los Angeles County Office of Education Head Start Leadership Institute. Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum and the Heckmann Corporation, and has served many years on the corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Interstate Bank of California, Nordstrom, Inc. and K2, Inc., 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.
Linda Davis Taylor
Managing Director - CCM Family Advisors
Linda Davis Taylor is Managing Director at CCM Family Advisors, the family advisory services practice for Convergent Capital Management. This group advises clients on issues of wealth transition, family governance, and philanthropy. In addition to her role as Managing Director at CCM Family Advisors, Linda is CEO and Chairman at Clifford Swan Investment Counsel, a City National Bank affiliate in Pasadena, CA.
Prior to becoming CEO and Chairman at Clifford Swan, in January, 2010, Linda served as non-executive Chairman of the Board at the firm for two consecutive years, and as CEO of Philip V. Swan Associates from 2002-2007. Her previous experience also includes twenty-five years in senior management positions in philanthropy and admissions for several distinguished educational institutions, including Amherst College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College and Emory University. She is also an equity partner in her family’s 4th generation business.
Linda is currently a trustee of Scripps College in Claremont, CA, where she serves as Chairman of the Board, and is on the board of directors at the College Access Foundation of California. Committed to philanthropic activity, Linda is also a trustee of her family’s private family foundation.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her two daughters and spouse.
Miguel M. Unzueta
Miguel Unzueta is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations. He joined the faculty at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006 after earning his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
His research explores how people understand their position within social and interpersonal hierarchies and the impact this understanding has on their perceptions of self, others, and group-based inequality.
Professor Unzueta's latest research explores the manner in which people and companies define diversity and the impact that particular diversity definitions have on the representation of racial minorities in organizations. His research has been published in top management and psychology journals including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In recognition of his research record, he was awarded the Eric and "E" Juline award for excellence in faculty research at UCLA Anderson in 2012.Professor Unzueta teaches the core organizational behavior course in both the FEMBA and daytime MBA programs (@MGMT 409). Starting in Fall 2013, he will also teach a Fiat Lux seminar entitled "Why Sports Matter: Using Social Science to Understand the Appeal of Sports." In 2010, Unzueta was awarded the George Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award. More recently, he was selected by Poets and Quants as one of the best 40 business school professors under age 40.
Professor Unzueta is currently a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Social Issues, is serving on the editorial board of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and is the chairman of the Riordan Programs' advisory board.
President, Wedbush Inc.
Eric Wedbush has been investing in and advising private and public middle market companies for over twenty years. Currently, Mr. Wedbush directs WEDBUSH's investment activities, oversees its strategic initiatives, and serves on the Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as a Managing Director of both Wedbush Capital Partners and Wedbush Opportunity Partners.
Mr. Wedbush's investment experience includes leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity, negotiated investments into public companies, and venture capital. His specific industry experience and focus includes consumer products and services, basic manufacturing, financial services, environmental and specialty retailing. 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 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. Eric currently serves on the Boards of WEDBUSH, Inc., Wedbush Securities, Wedbush Bank, Wedbush Europe, Lime Brokerage, The UCLA Anderson School of Management Price Center Board of Advisors, and is a board observer of BATS Trading.