2017 Spring Seminar Speakers

Aaron Dyer

Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader, City National Bank

Aaron Dyer is a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader with City National Bank's Personal & Business Banking Division.   Based in Los Angeles, he is responsible for a team of Relationship Managers focusing on the lending and banking needs of companies with $3MM to $20MM in annual sales and their owners.

Prior to joining City National, he was a Business Banking Manager at Citibank. Dyer has more than 15 years of experience working in the financial services industry.   Dyer earned his bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa University and his masters of business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He resides in Sherman Oaks with his wife and two boys.

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Holly Han

Director, Special Projects and Steinbeck Family Business Seminar, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Holly Han is an entrepreneur and business strategist who has founded and led media, technology, consumer products, and fashion businesses in New York and Los Angeles for the past two decades.

Ms. Han began her career at Vera Wang and developed product for Bloomingdale’s and Anthropologie, authoring the Vault Career Guide to the Fashion Industry. She received her MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she received fellowships from the Young President’s Organization and Asian Business League. She also holds degrees from UC Berkeley, the Fashion Institute of Technology, with additional studies at Caltech and Parsons School of Design, and was a professor at Marylhurst University’s MBA program.

Ms. Han was a co-founder of MyShape, an innovative online retailer with over 700,000 members backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Tenaya and featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She also founded Dahlia, establishing a new model for the pearl industry disrupting Tahitian market hegemony. As COO of SmartWear, she developed a new class of patented energy-generating textiles in partnership with DuPont, Nike, the NIH, NSF, and NASA. She restructured luxury chocolatier John Kelly Chocolates as COO with a focus on profitability and targeted expansion. She was a founding Account Director for the Taproot Foundation in Los Angeles, providing pro bono consulting for deserving nonprofits.

Ms. Han is Director of Special Projects at the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson, where she led the Knapp Innovation, Creativity, & Knowledge Conference for Women, Entrepreneurs Conference, Steinbeck Family Business Seminar, and the Woo Greater China Business Conference, as well as counseling students and alumni on entrepreneurship.

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Heath Gregory

CEO & President, Baron Equities, Inc.

Heath Gregory joined Baron in November 2006, to direct the expansion and management of Baron's portfolio. He brings over 18 years of executive management and business development experience from the technology and real estate industries. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands and MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Richard Pink

President, Pink's Hot Dogs & Former Managing Director, Clarion Partners

Richard Pink is President of Pink's Hot Dogs, "A Hollywood Legend Since 1939," and recently retired as Managing Director of Clarion Partners, a $45 Billion national real estate investment company. Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of law, which was earned concurrently with a Masters of Business Administration degree at University of Southern California. Pink's was started in 1939 by Richard's parents, Paul and Betty Pink, with a pushcart they purchased for $50, which money they borrowed from Richard's grandparents. Paul and Betty operated the hot dog stand with about 30 employees until 1985 when they retired.  At that point, Richard, his wife, Gloria, and his sister, Beverly, took over the operation of Pink's. Since that time, Richard has created over 35 combinations of hot dogs and a dozen combinations of hamburgers to satisfy the variety of tastes of its loyal patrons, who include many movie and TV stars. As the Pink's name grew nationally due to media appearances, large restaurant operators came to the family wanting to license the Pink's name and products in various amusement parks, hotels, arenas and several county fairs. Pink's now has 15 locations plus one in the Philippines.  Pink's also has an active catering business.  

At Clarion Partners, a $45 Billion real estate investment firm, headquartered in New York, Richard was Managing Director until he retired from Clarion one year ago.  At Clarion, Richard was responsible for opening and staffing the Los Angeles regional office and was directly involved in the acquisition of over $1 Billion of real estate in California including office buildings, industrial properties, apartment complexes and retail buildings. Richard has over 45 years of real estate experience including senior executive positions in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, brokerage and management of commercial properties throughout the U.S. including the legal documental of real estate transactions.  Richard also represented German capital for 10 years including the acquisition of properties in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Richard started in real estate at the age of 19 as a residential salesman while attending undergraduate, graduate and law courses in college.              

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Timothy Lappen

Founder & Chair, The Family Office Group & The Luxury Home Group at the law firm of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

Tim Lappen's practice, spanning more than 40 years, emphasizes representing clients as their "outside general counsel" in virtually any legal matter of importance to them, anywhere in the world. Tim's work involves myriad family office matters, luxury homes, business, general residential and commercial real estate, entertainment, hospitality, intellectual property, tax, labor, litigation, land use and more. He also represents entertainers, athletes and others with regard to a variety of projects, including estate planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, philanthropic and general business advice.

Tim is particularly well-known for his pioneering work with local, United States and international family offices as well as anyone who has an interest in a luxury home - buyers, sellers, lessors, lessees, developers, architects, general contractors, lenders, borrowers and owners who need advice on such disparate matters as contracts, boundary disputes, litigation, land-use and zoning and even labor and employment issues involving the household staff. His expertise extends to projects involving general business law. He is especially effective in his work with family-owned and other closely-held businesses as he can advise such clients on a wide range of topics. As one of the founding directors of the twice-yearly UCLA Anderson Steinbeck Family Business Seminar, he speaks often on the matters of particular importance to such clients.  

As founder and chair of his law firm's Family Office Group and his law firm's Luxury Home Group, Tim has presented at conferences and moderated a number of panels, including the Milken Institute Global Conference and, most recently including the Lido Consulting Eleventh Annual Family Office Investment Symposium, including the Private Family Office Roundtable and the Family Office Panel Discussion and a panel at Haute Living's Third Annual Los Angeles Luxury Real Estate Summit with some of the top real estate agents in Southern California.

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Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.

Senior Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Professor, Global Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship

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.

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Margaret Shih

Board of Visitors Term Chair Professor in Management and Organizations & Senior Associate Dean of FEMBA and Full Time MBA Programs, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Margaret Shih is the Board of Visitors Term Chair Professor in Management and Organizations and Senior Associate Dean of FEMBA and Full Time MBA programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her research focuses on the effects of diversity in organizations. In particular, she focuses on social identity and the psychological effects of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and stigma in organizations.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Professor Shih served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for 8 years, and also worked at the RAND Corporation. She serves on the executive committee for the International Society for Self and Identity and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She was also an editor for the special issue of the Journal of Social Issues. She has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, Social Sciences and Humanities of Research Council of Canada, John Templeton Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ph.D. Social Psychology, Harvard University
M.A. Social Psychology, Harvard University
B.A. Psychology, with honors, Stanford University

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Robert Rivinius

Executive Director, Family Business Association of California

After serving for 30 years as President & CEO of the California Building Industry Association, a large statewide organization representing the homebuilding industry at the Capitol, Rivinius now is a principal of The RHR Group, and serves as Executive Director of the new Family Business Association of California (FBA), which represents family businesses on public policy issues.

FBA was founded by a group of leading family business owners and now has 140 prominent family businesses, and those who serve the needs of family businesses, involved throughout California.   A graduate of the California State University, Sacramento School of Business and Public Administration, Rivinius has received the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Business School and the Distinguished Service award from the CSUS Alumni Association.  Rivinius holds a certificate in International Business from the American Graduate School of International Business, and his forty-year career in organizational management includes serving as President & CEO of the Greater Los Angeles World Trade Center Association, serving the international business community in Southern California.  

Rivinius has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives, as President of the National Association of Home Builders Executive Officers Council, and as President of the Sacramento Society of Association Executives, which in 1985 named him Association Executive of the Year.  In addition, he served as President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento.   In 1987 Governor George Deukmejian appointed Rivinius to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, which at the time had 1.5 million students on 108 campuses.  He was reappointed by Governor Wilson and served as President of the Board in 1993.   For ten years Rivinius served on the Board of Directors of HomeAid America, a national organization that has built over 300 multi-unit shelters for the temporarily homeless.  He was inducted into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame in 2004. 

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Frances Stroh

Award Winning Author and Fulbright Scholar

Frances Stroh was born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.A. from Chelsea College of Art in London as a Fulbright Scholar. She practiced as an installation artist, exhibiting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London before turning to writing. Frances is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and her work across all media explores issues of identity, point of view, and the mythologies that define us.

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Eric Sussman

Senior Lecturer, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Since 1995, Eric has been a lecturer in accounting and real estate at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he has been voted Teacher of the Year thirteen times by Anderson’s MBA students, and has been awarded the Citibank Teaching Award (1998) and the Neidorf Decade Teaching Award (2008), both voted upon by a committee of faculty members. He has also received recognition by Businessweek as one of the Top Ten Most Popular Business School Professors in the country.

He teaches in the areas of cost/managerial accounting, financial accounting (beginning through advanced), financial statement analysis, equity valuation, corporate financial reporting, and real estate investment and finance to undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education students. He created Insight FSA, an analytical software tool to automatically and critically measure, evaluate, and report upon the financial accounting and corporate reporting risk for all public companies via Edgar On-line.

In addition, he has advised numerous Full-time and Fully Employed MBA field study teams and consulted for large and small firms, nationally and globally, and is a frequent lecturer on varied financial, accounting, and corporate reporting topics. He has led student travel groups to Brazil, China, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi. He has served as an expert witness and consultant for commercial litigation, involving matters of corporate financial reporting and disclosure, audit effectiveness, valuation, real estate due diligence and related practices, and overall damage analyses.

Outside of campus, Mr. Sussman is president of Amber Capital, Inc., Manager of Fountain Management, LLC and Clear Capital, LLC, and Managing Partner of Sequoia Real Estate Partners, and the Pacific Value Opportunities Funds, which have acquired, rehabilitated, developed, and managed over two million square feet of residential and commercial real estate in the past 20 years. The firms' portfolio presently consists of industrial, multi-family residential, single-family residential, and retail properties (approximately 2,200 residential units and some 500,000 square feet of commercial space).

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Causeway Capital’s group of funds (International Value, Emerging Markets, Global Value, and Global Absolute Return Funds, which collectively have nearly $8.0 billion in assets), sits on the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development, Inc. and Bentley-Forbes, LLC; and was former Chairman of the Presidio Fund and former Audit Committee Chair of Atlantic Inertial Systems, Inc., a producer and manufacturer of electromagnetic sensors. He received his MBA from Stanford, with honors, in 1993, after graduating Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1987. He is a licensed CPA in the State of California.

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Jeremy Tillman

Co-Founder, Dapper Goat

After graduating from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship, Jeremy founded a successful marketing agency. During his career, he has had the pleasure of serving some of the world's most notable brands including Qualcomm, Marriott International, American Heart Association, EDS, Tenet Healthcare, Hilton Hotels, UCLA, and the U.S. Navy. Committed to giving back, Jeremy is actively involved in several non-profits, including have been a founding board member and principal benefactor of an award-winning repertory theatre.

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Sara Tucker

Director of the Coaching and Team Skills Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Sara Tucker is director of the Coaching and Team Skills Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her team exercises have been adopted in the full-time, FEMBA and EMBA programs, as well as in the masters in financial engineering (MFE) program. She also coaches and teaches leadership among executives and graduate students. Previously, Ms. Tucker directed the Applied Management Research Program, overseeing 80 graduate student teams each year as they undertook strategic projects for outside organizations or started their own businesses.

Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Ms. Tucker was an international project manager at the Getty Conservation Institute, developing and monitoring archaeological site conservation projects in the United States, Africa, China, Latin America and Eastern Europe.Ms. Tucker has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. She has studied in Russia, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, the principal accrediting body of coaches internationally, and a certified somatic coach with extensive training in coaching that addresses the whole person.

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Miguel M. Unzueta

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Miguel Unzueta is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 2006 after earning his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Professor Unzueta's 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. His latest research explores the manner in which people define diversity and the impact that particular diversity definitions have on the representation of underrepresented group members 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 in 2012.

Professor Unzueta teaches courses on managerial psychology (MGMT 409) and negotiations (MGMT 286) in both the FEMBA and full-time MBA programs. In 2010, Unzueta was awarded the George Robbins Teaching Award at UCLA Anderson. More recently, he was selected by MBA blog Poets and Quants as one of the best 40 business school professors under age 40. Outside of UCLA, Miguel Unzueta has conducted trainings on decision-making, negotiations, diversity, and implicit bias to various educational institutions and companies including the Scripps Research Institute, the Office of Head Start, Inner City Law Center, and the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.

Professor Unzueta is currently a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Social Issues. He is also the faculty director for the UCLA Anderson/Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute - a program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African organizations devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations throughout Africa.

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