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Executives in Residence

The Orfalea College of Business is proud to bring its Executives in Residence program to Cal Poly’s campus. Throughout the year, business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs will spend time with our students and faculty to share their unique insights on their field and how they’ve earned their success. The executives, including many of our own alumni, can provide current students with a relatable perspective on how their Cal Poly degree prepared them for challenging, dynamic careers that lay ahead. Faculty will also bolster their understanding of current industry trends as they shape their curriculum to empower career-ready graduates. Through class lectures, faculty roundtables and campus tours, the executives will get to know Cal Poly today, seeing first hand how Learn by Doing breeds success in the Orfalea College of Business.

Students signing up for the Executives in Residence Roundtables should visit the student information page.


Matt Bonner - Business Administration & Accounting '91

As Chief Operating Officer & Legal Partner, Matt is responsible for all legal matters with respect to DCM Ventures' investments, global fund operations, and domestic and international regulatory compliance. In addition, Matt oversees the firm’s global operations and administration. Matt is actively involved with the structuring, planning, negotiation and execution relating to DCM Ventures' investment activity, and various transactions involving the firm’s portfolio companies. Matt also serves in an advisory capacity to DCM Ventures' portfolio company management teams regarding legal and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining DCM Ventures, Matt spent 8 years working as a corporate and securities attorney with Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP (Menlo Park, CA), focusing on the representation of venture capital funds, venture and institutional investors, emerging growth private and public companies. Previously, Matt spent 5 years with Ernst & Young working in their tax department in both the Securities Group (New York, NY) and Financial Services Group (San Francisco, CA).
Matt is a member of the State Bar of California and is also a Certified Public Accountant (California). Matt lives in Woodside with his wife and two daughters and is an active member of the community, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Woodside High School Foundation. An avid soccer player, Matt plays soccer every weekend.

Josh DeFigueiredo - Information Systems '02

Josh DeFigueiredo has worked throughout his career to plan, coordinate, and execute enterprise security, privacy, and compliance programs for businesses. Josh champions Workday’s continued leadership in the areas of privacy, security and compliance and serves as a liaison between the Trust Office and Workday’s business stakeholders and customers. In his seven years with Workday, Josh has provided customers and internal stakeholders alike an accessible, transparent insight into the programs Workday has in place to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its customers’ data and Workday’s continued investments into these programs. Josh is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business and a concentration in Management Information Systems.

Harlan Findley - Finance '88

Harlan Findley is the Director of Strategy, Planning & Analysis in Google’s People Operations organization. He also teaches the "Demystifying Technologies" course in Stanford's Continuing Studies program. In his 25 years in the Silicon Valley, Harlan has held leadership roles in Product Management, Operations and Finance. Prior to Google, Harlan served as Director of Product Management for telecom equipment company Neophotonics (NPTN). He also held the position of Director of Operations, managing factories, contract manufacturers and supply chains on three continents. Previous roles include running operations for solar cell manufacturer UltraDots, consulting for Arthur Andersen and teaching high school. Harlan received an MBA from Stanford GSB, and a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife Jane, their two young children, and two ill-behaved dogs.

Mike Fischer - Economics '88

Mike Fischer has been a leader in digital entertainment for over twenty-five years across and across multiple continents. After starting his career at Sega Enterprises in Tokyo, Mike went on to lead Sega’s entertainment marketing in the US before going on to executive positions including CEO of game publisher Square Enix, VP of digital video at Amazon, head of US marketing for Microsoft’s Xbox division, and Consume & Online Officer for Microsoft UK. Mike is currently an angel investor and advisor to numerous startups in the digital entertainment space, including companies working in Virtual and Augmented Reality, eSports, game development and digital marketing. Mike was a 1988 Cal Poly graduate in Economics, with a concentration in Econometrics.

Zack Georgeson - Finance '00

Zack Georgeson is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Mile Rock Capital, a value-oriented real estate investment firm that focuses on special situations and non-traditional assets. Since inception, Mile Rock has acquired 36 assets totaling over $1.4 billion in value through structured equity, debt and distressed transactions. Prior to forming Mile Rock, Zack managed West Coast and Pacific Northwest acquisition and development investments for Stockbridge Capital Group. Zack was also previously Manager of Land Acquisition and Site Development at Habitat for Humanity, an affordable residential housing non-profit organization in Orange County, CA. Zack began his career in New York City as a Research Analyst for Glenview Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, and an Investment Banking Analyst for Merrill Lynch. Zack received his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Brett Johnson - Finance ‘03

Brett Johnson is a Vice President, Investment Professional in the Los Angeles office of Goldman Sachs. Prior to his current role in the Investment Management Division, Brett was a Sr. Financial Analyst responsible for portfolio construction, analysis and investment strategy. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Brett worked for The Private Bank at Bank of America. In this capacity, he advised high net worth individuals and families on investment management, estate planning and lending. During his undergraduate study, Brett interned with Deloitte & Touche in its advisory practice. He graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Business, concentration in Finance. Brett is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute, Pacific Council on International Policy and the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.

Brad Johnson - Marketing '01

Brad Johnson is the co-founding partner of Park Street Partners, a real estate fund manager specializing in manufactured housing investments. Prior to forming Park Street Partners, Mr. Johnson worked for Wells Fargo’s real estate investment bank, Eastdil Secured. His responsibilities there included joint venture equity advisory resulting in over $3.2 billion in closed deals. Prior to Eastdil, Mr. Johnson held real estate acquisitions positions with The Swig Company, a private real estate investment firm, and TA Associates Realty, a private equity real estate fund advisor. Mr. Johnson began his career in the logistics industry, co-founding the consulting firm Lojistic. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Catherine Magaña - Marketing '01

Catherine M. Magaña, managing partner, CERTIFED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM), has emerged as a top North County San Diego business leader since co-founding WWM Financial and Savvy Women Wealth Management. Catherine began her financial management career at Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley) in 1999. She then partnered with Steve Wolff and Cliff Wiese in 2004 while at Smith Barney and now serves as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) for WWM Financial and Savvy Women Wealth Management. Catherine leads WWM Financial and Savvy Women Wealth Management in its focus of women’s finances through their “Savvy Women Invest on Purpose” and “Becoming a Seriously Savvy Woman” educational series. Catherine graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

Matt Potter - Accounting and Finance '91

Matthew Potter is the CFO of Delphi Ventures in San Mateo, Calif. The company was founded over 25 years ago and was one of the first venture capital firms to focus exclusively on investing in life sciences projects. Matt leads Delphi's operations, compliance, reporting and administration. Prior to joining Delphi in 2000, Matt was a controller at Bluecurve, Inc., an enterprise performance management software startup, until the company's acquisition by Red Hat, Inc.Prior to Bluecurve, he spent six years in public accounting with former Arthur Andersen managers providing audit, tax and business advisory services to private companies, real estate investment partnerships, and not-for-profit organizations. Matt is a certified public accountant (inactive) and a member ofthe National Venture Capitalist Association CFO task force. He received his B.S.in Business Administration from Cal Poly in 1991 with a dual concentration in accounting and finance.

Lance Tullius - Finance '93

Lance R. Tullius is the founder and president of LR Tullius, a merger and acquisition advisory firm based in San Diego, California. He has over 20 years of experience advising middle market businesses relative to their strategic goals and exit strategies. He has completed over 100 merger and acquisition transactions in his career, representing over $1 billion in aggregate transaction value. Tullius is a frequent presenter at various merger and acquisition related conferences. He also has authored numerous articles for different industry trade publications on topics including the sale of closely held businesses, preparing an exit strategy, valuation, and merger and acquisition market trends. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, and a concentration in Finance.

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