Simon Arkell - MBA '94
Simon Arkell is CEO and co-founder of Predixion Software, a cloud-based predictive analytics platform for enterprises which has financial backing from major corporations such as Accenture, GE, EMC and major VC firms. Prior to founding Predixion, Simon was an operating partner at Triton Pacific Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based private equity firm and co-founder of numerous high technology companies in the mobility, cloud and consulting industries. Simon was recently named Orange County Technology Alliance CEO of the year for mid-sized companies. Simon is a two time Olympian and former Australian record holder in the pole vault and in his spare time when not playing with his kids, he serves as program chairman at Megan’s Wings, a charity supporting families with children fighting cancer. Simon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of New Mexico in 1991 and an MBA from Cal Poly in 1994.
Bill Aston - Accounting '87
Bill Aston graduated the Orfalea College of Business with an accounting concentration in 1987. After initially joining KPMG, he soon ventured out into the world of start-ups. Initially specializing in supply chain, finite capacity scheduling and procurement, he moved in to the area of customer experience, voice recognition and customer omni-channel self-service. Aston was the first VP of sales for several different young companies early in his career and eventually helped a few companies IPO. Today he is the general manager and vice president for North America at a fast growing pre-IPO SAAS company. Aston has built teams and winning cultures from the very early stages to the midsize stages during his career. He specializes in SAAS, go-to-market strategy, proper organizational growth and most importantly execution. Building business cases and product positioning have been key drivers to Aston’s success.
Barry Banducci - Aerospace Engineering '60
Barry Banducci built a career on leading technological operations in the business world. He has held executive positions at Fairchild Semiconductor, General Electric’s Electronic Component Operations, The Allen Group, which is one of the first U.S. companies to have a bilateral trade agreement with the People’s Republic of China. He has had extensive responsibilities in Europe and Asia. For more than a decade, he was a principal shareholder, president and CEO of The Equion Corporation, a major manufacturer of original equipment and aftermarket parts and equipment to the North American market. Barry has been semi-retired and self-employed since 1994. Since then he has stayed active by assisting and investing with J.P. Morgan Partners, a private equity group, to acquire and build automotive related businesses. Barry has also held the position of chairman at Proliance International for more than 10 years. He graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1960.
William “Bill” Barton is the president and CEO of California Closet Company, Inc. operator of the California Closets brand of custom home storage solutions. The company operates 125 stores through 70 company-owned and franchised locations across North America and operates manufacturing plants in Michigan and Arizona. He was the co-founder and president of Tier Technologies, an information technology professional services firm, in 1991. Grew it to 1,200 employees, 24 offices and $120 million in sales by 2000. Tier made the 1997 “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies in the America. Tier went public in 1997 (NASDAQ: TIER). Barton held prior management positions at American Express and American Airlines. He graduated from the M.I.T. /Inc. Magazine “Birthing of Giants” Executive Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and holds a Presidential MBA from Pepperdine University. Barton is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and World Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO). Bill lives in Marin County, California along with his wife Nancy, they have 4 children and two grandchildren, including Thomas, who is attending Cal Poly concentrating in accounting and finance.
Dolores Bernardo - Finance ‘96
Dolores leads Google’s manager development programs globally. Her team’s mission is to make sure that every Googler has a great manager (as defined by Google’s Project Oxygen study). She is especially proud to help Google’s innovative leaders develop mindfulness & emotional intelligence through Google’s science-based Search Inside Yourself program. Prior to Google, Dolores was Director of the Western Region for Catalyst, the premier institution that focuses on women’s advancement in business, consulting with companies such as Microsoft on human capital strategies. Dolores started her career as a change management consultant at Accenture. She is a finance alumna of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business.
Mike Bickel - Industrial Technology ‘85
Mike graduated from the Orfalea College of Business in in 1985 with a degree in Industrial Technology. He returned to complete a Master of Science in Industrial and Technical Studies degree, with distinction, in 2002. Mike is President and owner of Rantec Power Systems, Inc. based in Los Osos, Calif. Rantec is an engineering company and upper-tier designer and manufacturer of power supplies for the military and aerospace markets. As a senior executive at Rantec, Mike purchased the company and has overseen its growth, expansion and success. The vast majority of Rantec hires are Cal Poly graduates. Mike has been an involved member of the College’s Industrial Technology Advisory Board since 2005, where he has contributed to the overall strategic plan of the IT program. He has also taught a product development course and provided student projects and mentored student teams.
Russ Bik - Industrial Technology '70
After graduating Cal Poly with an industrial technology degree and founding several startups, Russ Bik served in the Navy and U.S. Naval Air Reserve. In 1976 he joined Intel as one of the first 100 employees of the Systems Division. He was then recruited to join Sun Microsystems in 1982 where as a founding shareholder he wore many hats, including building more than a billion dollars in revenue as vice president of operations. He served concurrently as a member of the Executive Committee and later became president of Sun Federal, a wholly-owned subsidiary he founded that focused on sales to the CIA and NSA. After retiring from Sun, Bik continued to work closely with the venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers as a corporate officer, CEO and board member at numerous portfolio companies. He continues to support entrepreneurship opportunities at both UCSB and Cal Poly where he has been a member of the President’s Cabinet Advisory Council for more than a decade.
Doug Blankenship - Accounting '83
Doug Blankenship has held a variety of financial leadership roles in both large and small companies predominately in the life science industry. Most recently, including three years in Switzerland, he partnered with the heads of the newly formed Roche Global Quality & Compliance and Technical Regulatory organizations. With more than 3,500 FTEs and greater than $750 million, Blankenship helped secure the resources to develop and implement a sustainable strategy that has vastly improved the quality and compliance position of Roche Pharma. He raised over $140 million at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Virage Logic and eHealth via two IPOs, private placements and a line of credit. Following Amgen’s acquisition of Abgenix, he moved to Cork, Ireland as the Finance Director for Amgen’s planned greenfield biologics manufacturing facility. Blankenship started his career as an auditor at Peat Marwick, now KPMG. Blankenship earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting at Cal Poly and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rich Boragno - Finance '94
Rich Boragno is the chief financial officer for Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drink for people on the go. He oversees the company’s accounting, information systems, treasury and financial planning and analysis functions. Rich has held several positions since joining the company in 1999, including senior financial analyst, director of finance and accounting, and VP of finance. Prior to Clif Bar & Company, he worked for Esprit de Corps as a manager of financial planning and analysis as well as for Kaspick & Company as an investment portfolio analyst. Rich graduated from the Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business in 1994 as a business administration major with a concentration in finance. He also holds an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University.
David Bowin - Management Information Systems '85
David Bowin is the Director of Cloud Strategy in Oracle Application Development. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1985 with a degree in Management Information Systems from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business. David’s career in enterprise business solutions started with Accenture where, as a senior manager, he focused on developing and implementing a full spectrum of solutions for high tech and consumer packaged goods customers. Leveraging this experience, David joined PeopleSoft as they transitioned from being an HCM only solution provider to the delivery of a full ERP suite of applications. David has been part of the Oracle Cloud Applications Development team from the onset and as a leader in the Application Strategy team has been involved in guiding the overall scope and direction of Oracle’s Cloud Applications. In his current role David is focused on enabling customers and partners in their adoption and roll-out of Oracle Cloud Solutions.
Sal Cesario - Business Administration ‘86
Sal Cesario graduated from Cal Poly in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Sal was drafted into the NFL as a lineman that year and spent three years playing professional football. In January of 1989, he pursued a career in packaging and joined the sales team at Kent H. Landsberg Company, where he led the company’s growth in the Pacific Northwest during the 1990s. Cesario join PACCESS Packaging in 2005 as Global Sales Manager and focused specifically on selling packaging design, development and sourcing to global brands who produced products in Asia. In 2010 he became a USA Sales and Marketing Manager for Micro-Pak Ltd, a privately owned Hong Kong-based company offering protective packaging products and technical services intended to prevent mold on products produced and shipped from Asia around the world. Today Cesario’s role has expanded to Global Sales, managing its sales force and offices in Portland, New York, Holland, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Cesario currently serves on the Orfalea College of Business’ Packaging Advisory Board.
Craig Chrisney - Accounting ‘88
Craig Chrisney is the CFO of Idealab, a technology incubator located in Pasadena, Calif. Over the past 20 years, Idealab has launched more than 150 companies in the areas of software, internet/mobile technologies,robotics, and renewable energy. As CFO, Chrisney encounters unique finance, tax and regulatory matters for both Idealab and its operating companies. Chrisney started his career in public accounting at the Los Angeles office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advanced to senior manager in the technology,information, communications and entertainment practice. Craig received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting in 1988. Chrisney is also Certified Public Accountant.
Scott Cooper - Accounting ‘91
Scott Cooper graduated with a degree in business administration in 1991. He is the CFO of Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC. He spent eight years as the CFO for WaveTec Vision Systems, Inc., where he raised more than $60 million of new venture-capital backed equity in four financing transactions; secured more than $10 million with three venture-debt facilities; and helped develop the company to grow from zero revenue to $15 million. WaveTec was sold for $350 million to Alcon. A former football player, Cooper is a supporter of the Accounting and International Fellowships, Cal Poly Athletics, and Construction Management. He served on the Accounting Department Advisory Board from 2010-15 and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Cooper and his wife, Laura (CM, ’91), have two children. Their son Thomas is enrolled at Cal Poly.
Rob Croxall - Finance ’96, M.S. Industrial Technology '98
Rob Croxall is the founder and president of El Segundo Brewing Company LLC. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a baseball scholarship and completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cal Poly. After graduation, Croxall spent thirteen years in finance and business management roles in the aerospace divisions of TRW, Hughes, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. In 2011 he left a promising careen in the aerospace industry and attended the Professional Brewers Program at UC Davis, after which he opened El Segundo Brewing Company. The brewery has gone on to win multiple awards for the beers Rob developed as well as receive national attention from media such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and Fox News. Croxall also serves president of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild and is a member of the City of El Segundo Economic Development Council (EDAC).
Michael Dobak - Marketing '91
Michael Dobak is the CEO of Ogilvy & Mather West and South. Dobak earned a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Cal Poly. He began his career in Los Angles at CBS Network and DMB&B. In 2000, he joined Hall Riney & Partners in San Francisco where he helped position and market emerging mobile technologies such as the camera phone, the video phone and the first 3G broadband network. Dobak then moved to Arnold in Boston where he led the Progressive account and its infamous “Flo” campaign. He then transitioned to Ogilvy & Mather, working with IBM and Smarter Planet. He was appointed CEO of the firm’s West Coast office in 2013 and its Southern office in 2014. He lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and three children.
Walt Duflock - Accounting '89
Walt Duflock has spent more than 20 years building marketing and sales organizations at technology companies in Silicon Valley. Most recently, he spent five years as the vice president of marketing at APTARE, an enterprise software company. Before that, Duflock developed marketing programs at Lexis-Nexis, eBay, MerchantCircle and Plastic Jungle. He is also an active angel investor and startup advisor with more than 25 angel investments. Duflock received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting at Cal Poly and a law degree from Santa Clara University.
Brett Eldridge - Electrical Engineering '89, MBA '95
Brett Eldridge is the SVP of Global Customer Services at Palo Alto Networks where he has managed all post-sales functions for the past seven years. Brett was the VP of Product Management at Infoblox and was responsible for defining product strategy and direction. He previously managed the worldwide team of Systems Engineers and Professional Services Engineers at Infoblox. Brett received a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering (1989) and a Master’s of Business Administration (1995) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Pete Feldman - Finance '90
Peter Feldman, the executive director of global marketing at Amgen Inc., is a well-rounded business leader with management expertise spanning a wide range of operational functions – finance, marketing, strategy and operations. His experience in biotechnology at Amgen started in finance, managing the company’s investment portfolio. He then led the Sales and Marketing Financial Planning team, eventually moving formally into the sales and marketing function. Peter successfully integrated pricing strategy and contract operations including government price reporting and customer service during a time of significant growth, competitive product launches and regulatory change. Peter went on to lead a marketing team responsible for the company’s first therapeutic in oncology and also led pipeline product teams developing launch positioning and strategy as well as shaping clinical programs to enhance life cycle opportunities. He is currently responsible for developing and executing strategy and life cycle management plans for Amgen’s largest brand with sales in excess of $4 billion. Peter graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1990 with a B.A. in Business Administration and a concentration in finance. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1996.
Joe Ferrentino - Economics '89
Joe Ferrentino is a partner in the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP. His civil litigation practice encompasses construction, business, real estate, and insurance. Ferrentino has been counsel for developers in some of the most complex and publicized construction defect cases in California. He has tried several of these actions, has argued matters before the Court of Appeal, and has recovered multi-million dollar case settlements for his clients. In the insurance area, Ferrentino has recovered millions of dollars in damages against several of the largest insurance companies in the country. He was selected as the Orange County “Attorney of the Year” in 2013 in the area of real estate by U. S. News and World Report “Best Lawyers in America.” He has been listed in “Best Lawyers” in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Ferrentino obtained an Economics degree from Cal Poly in 1989 and then graduated from Loyola Law School in 1992.
Helio Fialho is the CEO and Co-founder of LeftLane Sports, a members-only sports eCommerce company featuring footwear, apparel and outdoor gear. Helio founded Auspient, a leading eCommerce vertical solutions provider for web design, hosting production and email marketing. He served as CEO for nearly 20 years at Auspient. Helio also led Copeland’s Sports for more than a decade as COO and CEO. Throughout his career, Helio has also founded and led a bevy of successful ventures, including CHET Enterprises, an early stage technology investment company that mentors and finances young entrepreneurs; T&H Investments, a real estate investment and holding company; Riders Pulp, an action sports DVD distributor servicing the retail wholesale channel; Uptown Jean Co., a California-based retail store chain; and American Perspective Bank (sold in 2012 to Pacific Western Bank).
Forrest Fleming - Industrial Technology '78
Forrest Fleming is chief executive officer and board member of TrueVision 3D Surgical, the leader in computer-guided surgery. He has a distinguished track record of creating successful start-up companies across a diverse industry portfolio specializing in creating, funding, and executing business plans to optimally commercialize world-changing inventions. Fleming has served in senior sales and marketing positions for several successful startups, including Parametric Technology (professional engineering software), Celera Genomics (drug discovery), and Cinesite, a division of Kodak (digital imaging services). Most recently, he served CEO of ScentAir Technologies, a pioneer in creating scent-marketing solutions for retail environments and consumer brand promotions. Fleming holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.
Alison Fleury is the senior vice president of business development for Sharp Health Care, San Diego’s leading integrated healthcare delivery system. Fleury is responsible for Sharp’s strategic planning, long-term financial planning, and financing initiatives, as well as mergers and acquisitions activity. She joined Sharp in1991 and held several financial leadership positions before being promoted to her current role in 1997. Prior to joining Sharp, she was a manager and firm-designated healthcare specialist of Deloitte. A San Diego native, Fleury received her Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Accounting Graduate award. She serves on Cal Poly’s Athletic Director Council and the Boards of Directors of YWCA of San Diego County, the Health Research and Educational Trust, and Sharp Health Plan. Fleury is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.
Steve Giusto - Accounting '85
Steve Giusto has built a dynamic career leading professional, business and education services organizations. He graduated Cal Poly with a degree in accounting in 1985. After joining Deloitte, he rose to the rank of partner and co-founded the professional services firm Resources Connection Inc. Steve then became CFO for Korn Ferry International, eventually becoming the strategic advisor to the CEO for the talent and leadership consulting firm. In 2011, he became president of Apollo Education Services, (AES), a division of the Apollo Education Group (APOL), which includes the University of Phoenix. Today, Steve is the CEO of Purposely Inc., an innovative online platform that helps connect students in higher education to meaningful careers.
John B. Goodrich
John B. Goodrich joined Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. as senior partner in 1970, specializing in corporate and partnership law, taxation, intellectual property and securities law. He recently retired from spending 30 years on the board of Trimble Navigation Ltd. and has served on a large number of private and public boards. He oversaw patent litigation between foreign and domestic semiconductor companies and commercial litigation for diverse corporate clients in the Western U.S.. He counseled venture funds on their structure and counseled more than 300 emerging growth companies from their formation through their public offerings, sale or demise. He was a founder and president of MaxSP Corporation, a firm specializing in advanced solutions for corporate data security and recovery. Besides practicing law, Mr. Goodrich has operated a large cattle ranch in Montana, participated in setting up a beef marketing organization there, and now owns and operates the Tonini Farm and Cattle Company in San Luis Obispo. He earned a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from New York University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. degree in economics from Stanford University.
Trista Handisides - Marketing '99
Trista Handisides has been with Facebook for more than seven years and recently took on the role of director of training and development for Facebook’s growing Advertising Technology Business. Her team is responsible for training and development of both internal teams and external customers. Prior to this position she held a variety of senior marketing positions, including director of product marketing and customer immersion, customer strategy and marketing communications. Prior to Facebook, she was at Yahoo for nearly eight years years in varies sales and marketing role,s including leading front page advertising solutions. Handisides graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in business administration in 1999.
Mark R. Harris - Accounting '95
Mark Harris manages the investment responsibilities of the Avenue Asia Strategy. Previously, he served as the head of Avenue Asia’s Asset Management Group and the chief financial officer of Avenue Strategy. Before joining Avenue in 2006, Harris was the corporate financial controller of Hutchison Telecommunications International. Prior to that, he was the vice president of finance and financial shared services for VSource, a U.S. publicly-listed company in the Asia Pacific region. Harris also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose, London, and Singapore, where he was a manager in their Global Capital Markets Group. At PwC, he listed numerous foreign companies in the United States, which involved working with both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange. Harris graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also an active Certified Public Accountant.
Amanda Harvey - Finance '00
Amanda Harvey is a portfolio manager at Vista Capital Partners, a wealth management firm in Portland, Ore. She provides financial planning and investment management services to high net worth individuals and families and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. A native of San Diego, Harvey graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a concentration in finance. Her interest in investing was sparked by participation in the Student Managed Portfolio Project her senior year, and after graduation she took a client service role with Charles Schwab & Company in La Jolla, Calif. Harvey’s career experience has since spanned many aspects of the financial services industry, including equity trading for Brandes Investment Partners and Manager of Operations for Deschutes Portfolio Strategies. She enjoys exploring the beaches and forests of Oregon with her husband Ryan and daughter Caroline.
Jeff Henley is the Vice Chairman at Oracle Corporation. He has been a member of the corporation’s board of directors since June of 1995, including his role as Chairman from 2004 to 2014. Henley was Oracle’s Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President from March 1991 to July 2004. Prior to joining Oracle, Henley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Holding Company and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Saga Corporation. He also served as Director of Finance at Memorex Corporation and as Controller of International Operations at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. Henley gives his leadership to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Engineering College for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Digital Consumer Solutions Inc. and serves on the Advisory Board of InTouch Technologies. Henley has a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from UCLA. In 2004, he received the UCLA Anderson School’s Outstanding Alumnus award.
Kathy is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in mathematics and a minor in business administration. She began her career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where she spent five years in a technical computer vvv program and then worked with EDS customers at their various locations and multiple industries. Hession then joined Cullinet Software in Boston where she worked on relational database management systems, first an international marketing specialist traveling to 14 countries over several years. Her career then took her to Silicon Valley where she continued as a product marketing manager at several database companies there. While working in the valley, she took advantage of the booming economy and growth in relational database companies and transitioned her career to sales with a focus on large banks and retailers in the West. She then advanced into sales management for large national and international accounts. Hession’s most recent position before retiring from IBM in late 2016, was operations manager of the hybrid cloud division – west region were she focused on building IBM’s Cloud Sales team organizations and operational support including forecasting and managing sales expectations for the business. She lives in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Kim Hibler - Management '81
Kim Hibler leads global sales for Mobility Apps at Citrix, a global software company. Before Citrix, Hibler spent 11 years in sales leadership roles at Dell, most recently as vice president and general manager of small and medium business sales for the Americas. She previously served as Dell’s vice president of global sales effectiveness and oversaw the productivity of the sales organization. Prior to Dell, Hibler held a number of senior sales roles with Arrow and Wyle Electronics. A strong entrepreneurship advocate, she served as a judge for the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a member of the Committee of 200, an elite group of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and innovators advancing women’s leadership in business. Hibler has held a number of leadership roles in cancer and Alzheimer’s research organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cal Poly.
With more than 20 years of investment banking, consulting, project management and operational experience with high technology companies, Chris Hieb has advised clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions with highly active buyers and financial sponsors, focusing on the enterprise software, advanced analytics and contact center software infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Signal Hill, Hieb spent more than seven years building the M&A practice at Pacific Crest Securities. He began his investment banking career at SoundView Technology Group, continuing his career at W.R. Hambrecht as the Head of West Coast M&A, and then Oppenheimer as the Head of West Coast M&A, prior to joining Pacific Crest in 2008. Hieb also spent a decade in the fields of nuclear technology and advanced materials including work at several U.S. nuclear facilities, followed by an appointment to the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations. Hieb earned a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and conducted course study in Economics and the Analysis of Competitive Markets at California Polytechnic State University.
Brian is Vice President for Development at R & R Partners, an advertising, branding, public relations and digital marketing agency with offices throughout the nation. He came to R&R from Playboy Enterprises, Inc. While working as vice president and associate publisher, Brian oversaw Playboy’s integrated marketing and development efforts across the magazine and two online brand extensions, and was responsible for identifying and securing new business opportunities and growing existing accounts. His association with the company began as an account manager of the spirits, entertainment, tobacco and gaming ad categories for a group of magazines including Playboy and Men’s Fitness. Brian earlier worked for Alpha Media Group, owner of Maxim and Blender magazines, and advertising and design agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky as a media supervisor and planner.
Rich Jacobsen - Finance '85
Rich Jacobsen is a Managing Director at Greenhill & Co., a leading independent advisory firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Greenhill, Rich was a Managing Director at Citigroup and head of the firm’s healthcare service investment banking practice. He started his investment banking career at Salomon Brothers in 1989. Mr. Jacobsen was featured as one of Institutional Investor Magazine’s Rainmakers of the Year for 2012. Over the course of his career, he has advised clients in mergers and acquisitions of more than $35 billion in value. Rich received an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is currently a board member of the California Citrus Growers Association, Rocky Hill, Inc. and Cathedral School for Boys, as well as a past board member of the San Francisco Zoological Society.
David Jacobson is a managing partner with Ridgewood Properties, a commercial real estate development company that helps clients create and implement strategies for repositioning aging commercial properties to achieve the highest and best use. Jacobson’s career also includes more than 25 years as a marketing and business development executive in the enterprise software and hardware industries. He has led teams in designing and launching more than 50 products and initiatives for Wyse Technology, Sybase and SAP. Prior to that, he was an investment banking and venture capital analyst in the high technology industry. David is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. David and his wife of 25 years live in Marin and have successfully launched two children. On a sunny day you can find David on his boat on the San Francisco Bay or mountain biking on Mt. Tamalpais.
Nic Johnson - Mechanical Engineering '03
Nic Johnson is a managing director in PIMCO’s Newport Beach office and a portfolio manager focusing on commodities and multi-asset portfolios. He joined PIMCO in 2004 and managed the portfolio analyst group prior to joining the portfolio management team in 2007. He specializes in structural risk premiums as well as overall portfolio construction. In 2012, he co-authored “Intelligent Commodity Indexing,” published by McGraw-Hill. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2004, he was a research fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, helping to develop Mars missions and new methods of autonomous navigation. He has 11 years of investment experience and holds a master’s degree in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly.
Darrin Jones - Accounting ‘92
Darrin Jones is the director of Intel’s Microsoft Data Center organization, which is responsible for driving Intel architecture adoption and cloud computing sales. He and his team collaborate with Microsoft’s engineers and sales teams to define and drive next generation data center architecture. Previously, Jones was director of Microsoft’s $19 billion cloud and enterprise business market intelligence team, where he built and ran a global team that assessed the long-range business model impact of application migration to the cloud (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS). He also ran quarterly global demand forecasting. In addition to his experience at Microsoft, he spent time in investment banking, public accounting, and 13 years at Intel in roles ranging from field sales, business development, product pricing and IT. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1992), is a CPA, and held a General Securities Representative (Series7) and Securities Agent and Investment Adviser Representative (Series 66).
Tammy Kiely - Accounting '93
Tammy Kiely is a partner in the technology, media & telecom banking division of Goldman Sachs in San Francisco. She began her career at KPMG in 1993 where she worked with technology companies providing assurance services. Tammy joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 and was promoted to managing director in 2007 before becoming a partner in 2014. She currently runs the global semiconductor investment banking practice for the firm, where she works with companies on a broad range of financing and strategic advisory transactions. Tammy earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal Poly in 1993 and her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1999. She also serves on the board for the American Heart Association in Silicon Valley.
Joe Kolina - Political Science '86
As a fully licensed bank advisor and sports marketing executive, Joe is currently combining his 30 years of business experience into a new role as Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Sports 1 Marketing (S1M), a division of Warren Moon enterprises. S1M recently launched an award-winning technology called the Aggregated Marketing Platform (AMP) that Joe is delivering into the sports & entertainment industry. For decades, Joe has been a leader in building relationship capital. He originally spent four years working in the stock market, before joining International Management Group (IMG), the global sports agency where he spent six years in Hong Kong. After returning from Asia, he opened his own sports boutique for nine years, Starscope Management, Inc. which allowed Joe to pursue a more diverse set of projects which included budgeting, forecasting, tax and management of athletes’ financial affairs, managing golf course marketing, running events and producing television shows. In 2012, he joined BBVA Compass, dedicated an advisory practice on a digital banking platform and integrated financial planning software. A scholarship football running back for the Mustangs and Political Science graduate from Cal Poly in 1986, Joe still stays very involved in the school’s alumni and athletic fundraising activities. Joe holds a MBA in Finance from Fordham University, New York. Joe and his wife Shelley, a real estate executive, have six children and resides in Newport Beach, California.
Kevin Krantz - Management Information Systems '98
Kevin Krantz is the director of global sales at LinkedIn. Today, he builds a global sales team focused on creating a connected enterprise across a variety of facets encompassing talent, brand marketing, lead generation, and learning. He has been at LinkedIn since 2009, serving as an enterprise relationship manager, a senior sales manager and director of global accounts for LinkedIn Sales Solutions. Previously, Krantz was an associate director with AT&T. He also directed business development for Woodland Tech, a company he owned in Chicago. Krantz graduated Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, concentrating in management information systems.
Christine Lau - Management Information Systems '99
Christine Songco Lau is a senior rogram manager in Open Source & Making Science at Google, currently focusing on internal programs and chief of staff responsibilities within engineering. She started working for Google in 2003, with notable roles as a consumer operations manager on Blogger, a technical program manager on Google Code, a core team lead for Google I/O, and a manager/regional lead of SE Asia for Developer Relations. Before joining Google, Lau worked as a software engineer at IBM and a sales engineer at Global Center/Exodus Communications. She graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s in business administration, concentrating in management information systems. Outside of work, Lau loves being a wife, a mom of two toddlers, and enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding, traveling, and cooking/eating.
Ty Lee - Accounting & Information Systems '94
Ty Lee is the VP and head of the Americas region for Johnson & Johnson’s Diabetes Care Companies (Animas Corp., Calibra Medical, LifeScan Inc.), including the key markets of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico & the U.S. His responsibilities include sales of $1 billion, commercial go-to-market models, market access/ development, shaping the external environment, key customer relationships, marketing, and developing diverse talent. Ty began his career at J&J more than 20 years ago in a $50 million business unit and drove billion+ level growth while in U.S. & international finance, engineering, global supply chain, sales, and marketing roles. Ty holds a B.S. from Cal Poly, an M.S. from Northwestern University, and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School. He also serves on Cal Poly’s Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Dept. Industry Advisory Board.
King R. Lee
King R. Lee served as chairman, president and CEO of Good Technology, where he guided operational efficiencies and product direction to solidify the company’s position within the enterprise mobility market. Prior to that, he spent more than twenty years helping companies transition to high growth in diverse industries. Lee was president and chief executive officer of Quarterdeck Corporation, a leading developer of PC software, where he successfully drove worldwide operations and increased the company’s market cap from $50 million to more than $800 million before spearheading its successful sale to Symantec. He co-founded and served as CEO of Wynd Communications, a pioneer in wireless email tailored to special needs customers. King also lead the XTreeCompany and Fifth Generation Systems, utility software companies acquired by Symantec. King brings a successful background in the highly competitive consumer market, and held management positions with General Mills and Lever Brothers.
Quentin Lilly - Business Administration '83
Quentin Lilly is president of Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of DVD, Blu-ray and related home entertainment products. In his role, Lilly is responsible for the strategic development and growth of worldwide operations including manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain operations. Under his leadership, Technicolor’s Home Entertainment business has grown dramatically — both organically and through strategic acquisition. Lilly also serves on the Executive Committee of Technicolor, Inc., the Paris-based, publicly-traded parent company. Prior to his current role, Lilly held various positions of increasing responsibility including serving as senior vice president of Planning and Development and Chief Operating Officer. He spent approximately seven and three years, respectively, as a member of the Investment Banking/Capital Markets Groups at Smith Barney and Crowell, Weedon & Co. before joining Technicolor. Lilly is a 1983 graduate of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business and has been member of its Dean’s Advisory Council since 2005.
Matt Locati - Finance '89
Matt Locati has 26 years of experience in the design, development, construction and management of conventional and affordable housing. After graduating from Cal Poly with his bachelor’s in business administration and finance in 1989, he worked as a project manager for Hampstead Pacific Development Corp. where he oversaw a variety of residential and commercial projects. In 1991, Matt incorporated TerraCorp Financial, directing property management operations while working on a variety of development projects ranging from a 200-unit, low-income housing complex to planning a 1,200-acre resort in Mexico. Matt continues to oversee TerraCorp while serving as President of Terrex Development Corp. where he directs its team in structuring acquisitions, designing improvements and supervising construction of conventional and affordable housing. He recently broke ground on a 16-lot gated community in the Lafayette Hills and is negotiating to acquire a site in Carmel Valley where Terrex will attempt to get a 255-unit affordable housing community approved.
Kevin MacKenzie - Finance '99
Kevin MacKenzie is a senior managing director in the Orange County office of HFF, one of the largest commercial real estate intermediaries in the country. He is primarily responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of several West Coast offices, as well as originating debt and equity placement transactions throughout the United States. Since joining HFF in 2004, MacKenzie has been involved in excess of $8 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Prior to HFF, he worked in strategic finance and business development roles at various venture capital backed technology companies in Silicon Valley. During his tenure in the technology industry, MacKenzie played a key role in raising more than $250 million in venture capital from prominent firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Benchmark Capital, among others. MacKenzie graduated magna cum laude from Cal Poly in 1999 with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics.
Saira Malik - Economics '92
Saira Malik is a managing director and Head of Global Active Equity Portfolio Management for the TIAA organization. In addition, Malik has portfolio management responsibilities for the diversified equity investment strategy. She joined the TIAA organization in 2003. Malik has 21 years of investment experience, including positions with JP Morgan Asset Management as vice president and portfolio manager for a small cap growth fund, as well as an equity research analyst. She earned a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, as well as an M.S. in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Jim Marocco - Economics '94
Jim Marocco is a vice president of finance for Alphabet/Google Inc. He started working at Google in 2003 and has been responsible for a variety of key financial activities including accounting and controls, compliance, forecasting and analysis, financial and order management systems, strategic deal support and managing outsourced operations. Marocco currently manages a global team responsible for all financial activities associated with Alphabet’s “Other Bets” business segment, including products such as Google Fiber and autonomous cars. Prior to joining Google, he held various financial and management positions at technology companies including the parenting media start-up Dr. Spock Company, Lycos, NEC Technologies and Fujitsu. Additionally, he serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Northern California chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Marocco graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S. degree in economics in 1994.
Guy Martin - Engineering Technology ‘83
Guy Martin is the vice president of operations at Parker Aerospace. He was named to the position in 2015 and holds financial and operational responsibility for multiple divisions of the company. Since 1983, Martin has held a number of leadership roles at Parker, including serving as a leader for the information systems, manufacturing engineering, operations, and business teams. He also worked a site director and general manager, where he was able to grow business by more than 80 percent during the economic recovery. Martin earned his MBA from the University of Utah and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Cal Poly.
Al built his career at some of the finest advertising agencies in the world, including TBWA Chiat/Day, Grey Advertising, and Ketchum Advertising. Over the course of his career, Al has guided national and international advertising programs for companies such as 3M, Bank of America, Rockwell International and Xerox. As President/CEO of Worldwide Partners, Al has the unique position of helping partner agencies build their business and that of their clients, connecting the dots of how global issues, economics, business trends, technology and politics impact marketing, advertising, agencies, clients and consumers. As a thought leader in international marketing and business, Al is published regularly in leading marketing and business publications worldwide on topics ranging from the global economy, to branding, to business management, to advertising.
Shari Moore - Accounting ‘89
Shari Moore serves as NetApp’s vice president of human resources for product delivery organizations worldwide and is a member of the its Human Resources Leadership Team. Prior to joining NetApp, she was vice president of human resources for Hitachi Data System’s global sales, services and support. In this role, Shari drove the design and deployment of the company’s new sales compensation plan and oversaw senior leader development. Shari has also led human resources teams at Performant Financial Corporation and Hewlett-Packard. Shari is a core adjunct faculty member at Golden Gate University where she supervises courses in the Master of Science in Human Resources program. She volunteers her expertise for the Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council and the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative. Shari earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, concentrating in accounting, from Cal Poly and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University.
Eric Morham has built a dynamic career leading global companies in the beer and wine industries. He recently retired as president and CEO of Constellation Brands Canada. Within Constellation, he also led its luxury division, Icon Estates, and served as vice president of its international division in North America. Prior to his time at Constellation, Eric guided Heineken, Delicato Family Vineyards, and the Robert Mondavi Corporation toward success. He currently serves as a member of Applied Silver, LLC’s advisory board. Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ryerson University in Toronto. He is also an alumnus of Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Kevin Moultrup - Information Systems '83
Kevin Moultrup has more than 30 years of executive leadership and sales experience in technology. Moultrup is co-founder of Heirloom Inc., a leading provider of Enterprise Cloud software where he provided the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of an enterprise cloud computing to any organization. He spent 18 years at Micro Focus in many executive roles, including EVP of worldwide channels sales and president of North America where he was responsible for sales, service, and marketing. Moultrup was on the executive team that purchased Micro Focus in 2001 and grew the valuation from $90 million to $1.5B. Before joining Micro Focus, he spent six years in various executive sales and marketing roles at Sun Microsystems. Moultrup graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in business administration and a concentration in information systems.
Warren Nelson - Accounting '72
Warren Nelson is the president of Nelcal Private Equity and the founder, director and CFO of AmeriTies Holdings LLC. AmeriTies is the largest supplier of wood railroad ties to the Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE:UP). Nelson graduated from Cal Poly in 1972 with a degree in accounting and earned his MBA from UC Berkeley in 1974. His professional career began with Price Waterhouse where he worked in the audit area from 1974 to 1982. After leaving public accounting he entered private industry as a controller with Smith International Inc. Smith went through a series of difficult financial turnarounds including a bankruptcy filing but emerged financially strong. It was at Smith that Warren acquired turnaround skills which led to other turnaround projects including Huntway Refining Company. Huntway was also an NYSE listed Company. First as CFO and then as president and CEO, Nelson led the turnaround of this Company and tried to take the company private but was out-bid by Valero Energy Corporation. Following Huntway started AmeriTies. Nelson has worked as CFO of several other public companies and is currently exploring investments with companies whose attributes are similar to AmeriTies. He currently serves as president of Boy Scouts of America Ventura County Council and is active with Gideon’s International.
Mark Newton - Environmental Engineering ’00
Mark graduated from Cal Poly’s Environmental Engineering Program in 2000, and the MBA/MS Engineering Management Program in 2002. He spent three years working as a civil engineer for the County of Sacramento, before changing careers to the entertainment business. For the last 13 years, Mark has worked in post production management ranging from running post production facilities, to series from MTV’s “Meet the Barkers” to Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Mark is currently the senior vice president of post production at Thinkfactory Media.
Steve Olson - Industrial Technology '94
Steve Olson is the founder and president of ProtoMed Engineering, a medical device design, prototype and production manufacturing company located in Santa Clara, Calif. ProtoMed was started part time in his garage in 2004 and now operates out of a 5,000 sq. ft. facility with CNC milling, turning and injection molding capabilities. ProtoMed’s primary focus is on helping medical device companies develop and manufacture components for patient care by offering engineering consulting, CNC machining and injection molding services. Customers include Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, St. Jude Medical, Abbott Vascular and Google. Prior to starting ProtoMed, Olson spent 15 years working for medical device start-ups developing and manufacturing hand held devices, miniature mechanisms and assembly fixturing for minimally invasive surgery. Steve holds eight patents relating to delivery devices for stent grafting of abdominal aortic aneurysms, coronary arterial bypass grafting and customizable coronary stent delivery, among others. Olson graduated from Cal Poly in 1994 with a degree in industrial technology.
John Ormiston - Marketing '87
John Ormiston is a founding partner in 1026 Beverage Company, a producer and marketer of wine and spirit brands for domestic and international sales.
After graduating from Cal Poly in 1987, John joined E&J Gallo’s management development program. Since then he has held leadership positions with some of the world’s largest wine and spirit producers. He has been involved in the development of successful brands including Jack Daniel’s, Pinnacle Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Sonoma Cutrer, Glen Ellen and Fetzer Wines. In 2011, he led the creation of the Alliance Company, a joint venture between Brown Forman and Bacardi, two of the world’s largest spirits producers. He created 1026 Beverage Company in 2015 and is a leader in sales management and social media marketing in the wine and spirits industry. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine in 2000.
Tyler Painter - Finance '93
Tyler Painter serves as the chief financial officer for Solazyme (to be renamed TerraVia), bringing more than 20 years of experience in financial management and investor relations. Before joining Solazyme, Painter worked at several publicly traded companies, including CarsDirect and Gap. He most recently served as vice president of finance and investor relations and corporate treasurer for Wind River Systems (acquired by Intel in 2009). Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Dan Pavlinik - Finance '02
Dan Pavlinik is currently an executive vice president with A10 Capital, a specialty finance portfolio company of HIG Capital, an $18 billion private equity fund and KKR. He leads the company’s financing efforts in California. Prior to A10, Pavlinik served as an investment banker at Citigroup and UBS in San Francisco, New York, and Houston. He originated and executed financing in both the bank and bond markets for corporate issuers and financial sponsor-owned companies. Pavlinik worked across a broad array of sectors, including real estate, technology, oil and gas, energy, building products, healthcare, media and telecommunications, financial services, industrial, consumer products, and retail. Before joining Citigroup and UBS, Dan was with Trust Company of the West in their distressed/special situations group. Dan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2002, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics.
Chris Penner - Industrial Technology '93
Chris Penner is the senior vice president of global channel sales and alliances at Box, which recently had a successful IPO in January 2015. In this role he runs the indirect sales and partner strategy for Box worldwide. Prior to joining Box, Penner worked at NetApp where he served as the senior director of the Microsoft business unit, the senior director of strategic alliances and solutions, among other leadership roles. Prior to NetApp, he led strategic alliances, channel sales, business development, and OEM sales at Interwoven (acquired by Autonomy, then HP). Prior to joining Interwoven, Chris worked at Plumtree Software (IPO in 2002, acquired by BEA/Oracle) where he was the director of global system integrators, channel sales and alliances. Penner spent his earlier years as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, working with companies such as Intel, HP, Boeing, Clorox, and Silicon Graphics. Earlier in his career, he held management roles at Agilent Technologies (formally Varian Associates), as well as Kaiser Permanente. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly in 1993 and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1997.
Michael Pongon is the CEO of PointB, Inc. Under Mike’s leadership, the firm has grown to 600 employees in eight U.S. markets, with revenues in excess of $140M. Point B has also become100 percent employee-owned. In his five years as CEO, Pongon has led the diversification of Point B’s business portfolio, with the launch of venture capital and property development units. He was honored in 2008 as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list, and his firm was recently recognized by Fortune magazine as a “Best Place to Work.” Pongon has a number of published articles and led speaking engagements on employment issues, culture, and how to best run an employer of choice. He is an active volunteer in his community, and is currently on the board of directors for the National MS Society based in New York. Mike received his B.A. in accounting and information systems from the University of Washington in 1996.
Meredith Schmidt - Accounting and Finance '97
Meredith Schmidt is the executive vice president of global revenue operations at Salesforce and reports directly to the company’s CFO, Mark Hawkins. In addition to managing the sales operations, compensation, and product and enablement teams, she has been an influential presence for driving innovation at Salesforce for the past ten years. Her prior experience at PeopleSoft and KPMG provided Meredith with a wealth of knowledge that ultimately enabled her to streamline our sales negotiation process and successfully recognize revenue. Most recently, Meredith has been a guiding force on the “Quote to Compensation”initiative that has optimized deals and will drive revenue even further. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in finance and accounting. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Mike Selfridge is the COO for First Republic Bank, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, he served as the company’s deputy Chief Operating Officer and also as the chief risk officer. Prior to joining First Republic Bank, Selfridge was head of U.S. Regional Banking at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), where he was responsible for commercial banking and private equity services throughout SVB’s 29 regional offices. Prior to SVB, he was with HSBC and Wells Fargo Bank. Outside of work, Mike has served on the advisory board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and he is currently on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cal Poly, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and he completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mike is also a Founders’ Circle Member at Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Eric Shain - Accounting '90
Eric Shain has been involved with film and tv production for several years. As the vice president of production finance for the Disney ABC Networks Group, he financially manages more than 30 shows in production ranging from Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior to Shadowhunters on Freeform. Eric started his career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touché where he obtained his CPA and then moved on to Warner Bros. Audit where he was involved in many company projects including the audits of several theatrical productions. Knowing that this was the path he was destined to follow, he worked on blockbuster shows such as Batman & Robin, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm and Pearl Harbor. From there he moved into Disney where he managed a short-form production group which eventually led him to his current role in production finance. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting in 1990 from Cal Poly. Eric is on the Board of Directors for a local YMCA association and is on a team in Ventura that races Hawaiian outrigger canoes.
Mark Shearer - Management '98
Mark Shearer is the senior vice president for business development/Chief Revenue Officer with the Oakland Raiders. Shearer began his career in investment banking with Montgomery Securities before transferring his skill set to the sports industry. He just completed his 17th season with the Oakland Raiders and his first in his present capacity. Shearer oversees the club’s revenue generating departments including corporate partnerships, premium/ticket sales and service, business development and analytics, merchandise and Raiderettes. His more recent responsibilities involved analysis and strategic planning of several possible relocation markets. After helping to identify possible long term stadium solutions, he has worked closely with the Raider executive team, the NFL and other third parties to help plan for several contingencies and a smooth transition. Shearer started with the Raiders in the merchandise department in August of 1999. He helped open more than 20 brick and mortar Raider Image locations as well as launch the team run, online store still owned and operated by the club today. In 2009, he was promoted to oversee premium/ticket sales and service and in 2013 started the business development department. A native of Sonoma, Calif., Shearer earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Cal Poly in 1998.
Dan Sheehy - Accounting '83
Dan Sheehy is vice president/controller of Panda Restaurant Group Inc., a family owned international restaurant company operating the Panda Express restaurant chain. During his tenure, he has managed the accounting department, which consists of financial reporting, treasury, payroll, accounts payable, lease accounting and accounting systems during the Company’s growth from 240 restaurants and $160 million in revenue in 1998 to its current 1,800 restaurants and $2.5 billion in revenue. Prior to his eighteen years at PRG, Sheehy was the Corporate Controller for Wolfgang Puck Food Company for nine years, which operated full-service, casual dining restaurants and a packaged foods division. His first job out of Cal Poly was with Nestle USA, starting his career as a staff accountant and rising to division controller before moving on to help Wolfgang Puck start his food empire in 1989. One of Sheehy’s passions is baseball, and in addition to managing recreational and travel baseball teams for eight seasons, from 2009-2013 he served on the Board of Toluca Baseball, Inc., a PONY baseball league serving 750 families in the San Fernando Valley. Sheehy is an avid golfer, hiker, and FAA-licensed pilot.
Sharon Smith - Finance '89
Sharon Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Sharon is currently vice president of IT finance at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Union Bank supporting the information technology financial planning and analysis function. Prior to joining MUFG in 2015, Sharon held various leadership and management positions at HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation), one of the largest banking and financial services institutions in the world, working in a variety of departments including finance, operations, marketing, technology, and sales. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a finance concentration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1989 and graduated with her MBA from San Jose State University in 2005. Smith lives in Dana Point, Calif. with her husband of 26 years (also a Cal Poly alumni), teenage daughter, and two rescue dogs and enjoys hot yoga, traveling, and hiking.
Brent Smolinski - B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Computer Science
Brent Smolinski is a partner with McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office. Brent graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in economics and M.S. in computer science. Before joining the firm, Brent held technical and leadership positions for firms like SAS and Wachovia Investment Bank, as well as government research facilities and high-tech start-ups. Smolinski’s expertise lies in acquisition strategies and diligence for tech and tech services companies. Throughout his career, Smolinski has conducted product and service strategies within data center hosting and cloud services space, developed the firm’s data center and cloud design, and has also conducted more than 20 studies on data center diligence and strategy. He currently leads IT infrastructure practices, and he also leads a broad range of corporate and institutional investors on enterprise technology targets.
Carole L. Souvenir leads employee relations at Tailored Brands, the holding company of Men’s Warehouse. She joined the company in April 1998, moving from vice president, to senior vice president, to chief legal officer and executive vice president by August of 2006. Carole graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 and earned her law degree from University of Washington in 1987. She previously was a partner at Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager & Carlsen (now known as Miller Nash Graham & Dunn) in Portland, Ore. where she worked from 1987 until 1998.
Jordan Stankowski - Finance '08
Jordan Stankowski is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley that invests in technical founders with disruptive ideas strongly rooted in software and computer science. He is responsible for counseling portfolio companies and startups on go-to-market strategies. Stankowski also helps to broker sales and partnership opportunities between startups and Global 2000 firms, with a heavy focus on consumer businesses in the marketing and digital field. Previously, he worked at Apple on the iPhone team helping to support new market expansion in the telco market and developing commercial strategies for key carrier partners. His career began in Apple’s financial development program, where he held various analyst roles on such teams as iTunes, M&A, Online (Australia), and Enterprise (Australia). Jordan holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Mike Tate - Accounting '98
Mike Tate most recently served as CFO of a private stealth semiconductor company, which was sold to Amazon in 2015. Prior to that position, Mike served as the CFO of another semiconductor company, NetLogic MicroSystems, Inc., from 2007 to 2012. During Mike’s tenure, NetLogic enjoyed over 400 percent revenue growth, five successful acquisitions, and the sale of NetLogic to Broadcom Corporation for $3.7 billion. Prior to joining NetLogic,Mike was the interim CFO of Marvell Technology Ltd. from 2001 to 2007. Mike joined Marvell in January 2001 when he led the sale of Galileo Technology Ltd. to Marvell for $2.7 billion. At Marvell, Mike served in various senior financial management roles and managed numerous acquisitions and debt financing. From 1994 to 1997, Mike held various senior financial management positions at S3 Incorporated. In addition, Mike served for more than five years at Deloitte& Touche LLP. Mike graduated from Cal Poly with honors in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in accounting.
Terry Tognietti - Industrial Engineering ‘79
Terry Tognietti is an entrepreneurial business leader with experience in technology, consulting and consumer products. He is the founder of Tognietti Group Inc., a business consulting firm mentoring entrepreneurs in commercialization efforts. He also leads Universal Healthcare Network LLC, a digital medical records company, and Energy By Wind LLC, a renewable energy firm. Prior to founding Tognietti Group, he was chairman and co-founder of Consumer Solutions Inc., a consumer product consulting firm guiding inventors in their efforts to market their products. Terry has led a variety of companies as CEO, including World Narrowcasting Corporation, QwikStrip Products and Drypers. Tognietti began his professional career at Proctor & Gamble in 1979, serving as a cost engineer and product manager. Terry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Cal Poly in 1979 and was recognized as an “Outstanding Industrial Engineering Graduate.” Tognietti was also honored with the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department’s “Professional Achievement Award” in 1999.
Brandon VanBuren - Accounting and Finance '06
Brandon joined Google Capital in 2014. Prior to Google Capital, Brandon worked at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. where he focused on private equity and growth equity investments in the technology sector. He is passionate about democratizing disruptive technologies. Brandon graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mark Vranesh - Accounting ‘90
Mark is the CFO of Homejoy, which is building a leading platform for home services. Prior to joining Homejoy, Mark played an integral role in taking Zynga Inc. from startup through IPO, bringing on over a billion customers and driving revenues in excess of $1B. Through his previous roles at Ernst & Young, Support.com and Fortinet, he has cultivated a passion for building strong teams and partnerships with employees, business partners and shareholders, driving new and innovative business models, and organizing the business for rapid scaling and global expansion. Mark graduated Cal Poly with a degree in Accounting in 1990.
Barry Waitte - Accounting ‘79
Barry Waitte, a northern California native, graduated from Cal Poly in 1979 with a degree in accounting, has had various management/leadership positions. After his digital design start up was acquired by AOL, Barry managed business and corporate development throughout some of AOL’s biggest acquisitions and growth phases. Still yearning for another successful start-up, Barry left AOL to launch a string of a dozen enterprises in a six-year period, one of which was sold to Microsoft in 2005. Today, Barry advises many companies through their growth as an advisor and board member. More recently, Barry has focused his efforts on his passion for wine. Since 2001, he has made wine for Tamber Bey Vineyards in Calistoga. He is also an avid philanthropist in his northern California community and equine sportsman, participating in endurance horse racing around the world.
Bransby Whitton - Environmental Engineering and Chemistry '97
Bransby Whitton is an executive vice president and real return product manager in PIMCO’s Newport Beach office. He previously spent five years in Singapore as a director and head of PIMCO Asia Private Limited, overseeing all aspects of the client servicing and business development efforts in Southeast Asia. Whitton joined the firm as an account manager and a credit product specialist in Newport Beach before relocating to Singapore in 2006. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2002, he was with Merrill Lynch and Deloitte Consulting. He has 13 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and undergraduate degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Brett Wingo - Industrial Technology ‘89
Brett Wingo is the vice president and general manager of the Service Provider Infrastructure Group at Cisco, leading global strategy, product development and marketing direction of Cisco’s comprehensive, Routing, Optical and Cable service provider products. Previously, Wingo served as the vice president and general manager for Cisco’s Home Networking Group, tackling end-to-end responsibility for the Linksys brand and select service provider products. After overseeing a successful turnaround of the Home Networking Group, Wingo spearheaded the sale of the business to Belkin. Prior to Cisco he joined other executives to help found and build a network data storage company that was acquired soon after successful product launch. Following the acquisition, Wingo joined the senior executive team of another startup that created a new market for wireless location systems where he drove its transformation from a product company to a solutions provider. Wingo stayed on as divisional vice president for mergers and acquisitions before leaving for Cisco in late 2008. Wingo began his career in Silicon Valley technology with Apple, working towards substantial business improvements in worldwide technical, operations and product development during his nine year tenure. Wingo earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Cal Poly.
Jim Zurbuchen - Accounting ‘81
Jim Zurbuchen is co-owner of B&Z Properties, Inc. and related companies, a diversified commercial real estate development, investment and asset management company. Past projects include master planned residential communities, suburban office, industrial and retail buildings as well as golf courses. In 1981, Jim joined Deloitte, Haskins and Sells where he specialized in non-profits, leveraged buyouts, long-term government contracting as well as participating in the firm’s continuing education programs as an instructor. In 1985, Jim joined Angeles Real Estate Corporation, a real estate investment company, as First Vice President in the general partner department where he was responsible for acquisitions, asset management, portfolio strategies, litigation and dispositions. In 1990, Jim moved to Sacramento and joined a local real estate company in the position of chief financial officer which he purchased in 2000 and recast as B&Z Properties. Jim graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, concentration in accounting. Jim is a certified public accountant (inactive) and licensed real estate broker.