Board | Junior Achievement of Northern California

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT of Northern California Board of Directors

 

Adrian Dimech - Chairman of the Board VP Service Delivery & Assurance

AT&T

Matthew H. Davis - Vice Chairman of the Board, Golf Classic Committee Resident Managing Director

Aon

Cristene Burr President/CEO

Junior Achievement of Northern California

Thomas J. Quinlan - Secretary/Legal Counsel Partner

Reed Smith

Michael Day - Treasurer Retired

CSAA Insurance Group

Kevin Coleman - Chair, Audit Committee Partner, Western Area IT Advisory

KPMG

Bill Schlough - Chair, Giant Race Committee Senior VP & CIO

San Francisco Giants

Deborah T. Affonsa VP Customer Service

PG&E

Carla Boragno VP Site Services

Genentech

Seth Catalli Regional VP of the West

SAP

Maliika Chambers, Ed.D. Director, Enterprise Learning Archit. & Solutions

Robert Half International

Sean Crabtree Managing Director, Technology Strategy

Accenture

Vinicius David Senior Director, Head of HP Consumer & SMB

HP, Inc.

Elaine Genevro Executive VP & Regional Executive

Union Bank

Kim Gershon Head of Auto for the Personal Finance Division

Bank of the West

Alyson Griffin VP Data Center Marketing Strategy, Global Marketing and Communications

Intel Corporation

Julie Hilt Senior VP & Regional Director

U.S. Bank

Brad Holsworth Managing Partner

Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.

Jeff Huebner VP Treasury

CSAA Insurance Group

Mary Huss Publisher

San Francisco Business Times

Chris Jacobs Director, CA

Cisco Systems

Eddie Lee Corporate VP & Treasurer

Xilinx, Inc.

Mark S. Linsky Retired

Hewlett-Packard

Louis Lombardo FBM Avionics Director

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Loren Mahon VP Global Finance Systems & Operations

Oracle

Sean McKenna Associate Vice President

North Highland

Robert Muzio Senior VP, Western Division Group

Comerica

Norah Nicholls Principal, Tax

Deloitte

Dean Nicolacakis Partner

PwC

William Oldenburg Retired

Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream

Louis Rajczi Partner

Forte' Ventures

Mark Secker Audit Partner

Ernst & Young

Marc Singer Director

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Eric Sleigh Head of Global Technology Market Development

Thomson Reuters Corporation

Steve Sprinkle VP U.S. Sales

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Christopher Sullivan General Manager

Oakland Marriott City Center

Karthik Suri COO

GE Digital

David Swanson Director of Device & Cloud Sales

Microsoft Corporation

Stephen Troy Director, CEO & Founder

AeroFund Financial, Inc.

Adrian DimechChairman of the Board 

VP Service Delivery & Assurance, AT&T

Adrian's professional career spans over 20 years and includes numerous executive sales and field operations positions supporting major telecommunications and pay television organizations in the delivery of video and wireless broadband data services both within the United States and throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
 
Prior to joining DIRECTV in 2009, Adrian was vice president at Connect Television, Inc. In this role, he oversaw all key aspects of the organization's business operations, including supply chain and logistics, finance, field operations and human resources. Prior to that, he was director of Business Development and director of Operations at Connect Television, Inc. Before his time at Connect Television, Inc., Adrian was director of Sales for Latin America at Hybrid Networks, Inc. and Andrew Corporation/CommScope Holding Company Inc., fixed broadband wireless access equipment providers that engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and deployment of terrestrial wireless systems that provide digital video services and high-speed broadband data access for businesses and residential consumers.
 
Adrian holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of the industry text "Digital wireless cable signal acquisition & the receive site". Adrian and his wife, Kristi, have two sons. He is based in El Segundo, CA

Matthew H. DavisVice Chairman of the Board, Golf Classic Committee

I am proud to lead one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier insurance and risk management services organizations. Aon Risk Solutions combines specialized risk expertise, analytics, and innovative thinking to create and deliver custom solutions to meet the needs of our clients. As the worlds largest insurance broker, we also harness our global leverage in the insurance marketplace for the benefit of our clients.

Our client value propositions are industry specific. We serve most of the industries which drive the Bay Area economy, including Technology, Financial Services, Construction, Real Estate, Retail, Public Entity, Education, Life Science, Hospitality & Tourism, plus emerging industries like FinTech and the Sharing Economy.

Our market share has doubled in the past five years. Come to see why Aon San Francisco has become the risk and insurance advisor of choice amongst Bay Area companies, and the employer of choice for Bay Area insurance professionals.

Cristene BurrJA of Northern California President/CEO

Cristene brings 26 years of nonprofit, for profit, and entrepreneurship experience to her role.

Most recently, since 2009 Cristene served as the Executive Director of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, an organization that raised $8 million dollars/year to serve 32,000 students in the San Ramon Valley. Cristene began her professional career in sales and marketing, holding various management positions with the McGraw–Hill companies and the Thomson Corporation. She also has entrepreneurial experience having created three limited-service chain restaurant concepts and preparing them for acquisition and future expansion. Cristene holds a BA in Communication from the University of California, Davis. She lives in San Ramon with her husband Doug and her two children, Meghan and Alex. In her free time, you will see her around water, either the pool watching her children compete in swim and water polo, the lake where her children fish or at the beach where her husband and son surf every chance they get.

Thomes J. Quinlan

Thomas J. QuinlanSecretary/Legal Counsel

I advise emerging and established technology, healthcare, and life science companies throughout their development and growth stages and in M&A and act as outside general counsel for private companies. I enjoy negotiating technology licenses and development agreements, SaaS, BPaaS and other cloud computing and outsourcing arrangements especially for industries like finance and health that have special contract and security requirements.
 
A few years ago, I became a CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional) so that I could be better equipped to advise on data security and the protection of regulation sensitive information. I have taken several U.S. clients through the EU and Swiss Safe Harbor processes and related policies.

Michael DayTreasurer

I am currently serving on the Board of Directors of Recology, Inc., a waste management and recycling firm headquartered in San Francisco, CA. I chair the Audit Committee and serve on the Compensation, Leadership and Innovation Committees.

Kevin ColemanChair, Audit Committee

I have worked at KPMG for more than 20 years with 5 years in the audit practice and the rest in the advisory practice with most of my focus on IT advisory. I have worked in a variety of industries including financial services, high tech, dot com and state and local government. I am very interested in how technology is deployed by organizations to improve operational effectiveness.
 
More recently I have worked on a variety of projects to improve company's risk management programs. In particular, I have developed and deployed an overall IT Risk Management program addressing information security, operational risk, and continuity risk. Additionally, I have deployed a GRC platform to support compliance, operations, and financial control risk management.

Bill SchloughChair, Giant Race

Since Schlough's arrival in 1999, the Giants have been recognized as one of the most innovative teams in sports, playing a pioneering role in the world of HD video, mobile content, ticketing, and payment systems. Wireless connectivity has been a primary focus since 2004 when AT&T Park became the first sports facility to provide free Wi-Fi to all fans. Schlough's IT team has also implemented numerous proprietary analytic tools that helped secure three World Series titles so far this decade.
 
An Olympic enthusiast, Schlough is a board member of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) and served on the committees for San Francisco's bids to host 2012, 2016 and 2024 Olympic Games. His event experience includes assignments at the 1994 World Cup along with Olympics in Atlanta, Salt Lake, and Torino, Italy. Previously, he worked as a consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Electronic Data Systems. More recently, Schlough served as Interim President of the Giants' Class A San Jose affiliate and was appointed to the team's board as chairman in 2012.
 
In addition to his Giants and Olympic activities, Schlough supports Bay Area causes with a focus on education and athletics, serving for over a decade as a board member of Junior Achievement of Northern California. He is also an avid supporter and leading fundraiser for the Giants Community Fund.
 
Schlough was inducted into CIO.com's CIO Hall of Fame last summer, was named Trace3's 2016 CIO Outlier of the Year and InformationWeek's 2012 IT Chief of the Year, and is a member of Sports Business Journal's 2010 "Forty Under 40" class of promising young executives in the sports industry. A San Francisco native and Ironman triathlete, Schlough holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Deborah T. Affonsa 

Vice President, Customer Service, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, 2014 – present. Responsible for over 1850 employees with an annual budget of over $140 M including a $100 M regulated retail services company, 5 contact centers, 75 local customer service offices, customer account management, customer journey mapping, escalated customer relations, and customer impact for an investor-owned utility with natural gas and electricity revenues of over $18 billion per year.

Carla Boragno

Carla Boragno

A transformational global business leader with a 25+ year track record of success. Expertise across multiple disciplines including engineering, corporate real estate/facilities management, workplace strategies, and M&A/integration. Experience leading large scale cross-functional organizations and initiatives that require innovative solutions. Serves on the Board of Directors for Genentech Foundation, Bay Area Council and Junior Achievement, Northern California region. Sought after as an inspirational speaker and mentor.

Seth Catalli

Seth Catalli is the Regional Vice President of the West for SAP, the worlds largest maker of business software. Prior to SAP, Seth has held similar roles at successful software companies such as Workday and Oracle.
 
Seth hails from the Bay Area and went to High School in Marin County. He went to Cal Poly for his undergraduate in Environmental Engineering and then St. Mary's College in Moraga for his Masters of Business Administration.
 
He began his involvement in Junior in 2005 as a classroom volunteer and has taught JA in all elementary school grade levels. Today, Seth is a Board member of Junior Achievement.
 
Seth resides in Danville CA with his wife Liz, with one daughter in 7th grade, three children at Monte Vista High School and oldest son at Ole Miss in his first year of college.

Maliika Chambers, Ed.D.

Dr. Maliika Chambers is a renowned learning, talent, and leadership development expert with over 25 years of experience helping leaders transform the culture and climate of their organizations to yield positive change. A former university professor (and JA alum), she worked to prepare the next generation of professional educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and business.  She has authored several trades and academic journal articles focused on best practices in the utilization of training to drive change/crisis response management, tailoring learning solutions to the needs of diverse audiences, and the role of executive engagement in successful business transformation efforts. In her prior roles as a learning and development leader in the oil and gas, healthcare, and high-tech industries, Dr. Chambers has developed strategic planning processes to align organizations' human capital strategy to key business priorities and designed collaborative spaces for cross-functional teams and senior leadership to contribute to the way training and development is envisioned and deployed that remain in place today. In her free time, Maliika enjoys spending time with her family and friends, writing, and cooking.

Sean Crabtree

Sean Crabtree is a Managing Director in Accenture's Strategy practice based in San Francisco. Sean helps Major Energy, Chemical, and Agribusiness clients define and deliver innovative, value-based digital and technology strategy. Mr. Crabtree frequently partners with clients to pilot new disruptive business models (most recently Digital Marketing, Communication, and Product Information Management). He has defined and led multiple global Transformations and ventures in partnership with clients in the Fortune 100. He has helped clients launch grassroots business enabled technology capabilities in emerging markets.

Vinicius David

High-tech product and services executive with over 15 years of multinational experience, including general management of mid to large size organizations, sales, product management, strategy, P&L, and business operations.
 
Vinicius is currently the senior director and head of HP`s consumer personal systems services division responsible for Device-as-a-service ( PC Subscription) products, technology services, and software. Start-up board member & advisor to founders and CEOs on the product, value creation, go-to-market, and strategy.
 
He has an extensive exposure to cross-cultural dynamics and international business practices in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia through frequent travel and long-term residency. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Elaine Genevro

Elaine is an accomplished executive with more than 31 years of experience in the financial services industry. Elaine's leadership helps to foster long-lasting community relationships and offer our new and existing customers outstanding products and services."

Genevro joined Union Bank in 2003 as a senior vice president and regional manager when Monterey Bay Bank, where she served as director of Retail Banking, was acquired by Union Bank. In 2009, she was named a market president for Central California. Prior to Monterey Bay Bank, Genevro served as a senior vice president and regional manager for Bay View Bank, where she oversaw the bank's offices in the Greater Bay region. She also held management positions at First Interstate Bank and Bank of America.

Kim Gershon

Bio coming soon!

Alyson Griffin

For over 15 years, I've blazed a trail of success for top technology companies.
 
Throughout my charge, I've traveled six continents, developing a keen understanding of global culture and its impact on strategy, which has allowed me to spearhead marketing initiatives that delivered landmark results in the highly competitive technology landscape—all while championing thought processes that changed industries.
 
With expertise in digital, web and social marketing, I've launched compelling campaigns that delight customers, garner widespread coverage, and drive sales. Concurrently, with the proven ability to synthesize critical information quickly and resolve escalated issues, I've implemented best practices while seamlessly managing multiple projects.
Julie Hilt

Julie Hilt

Julie Hilt has been in the banking industry for more than 30 years. The first 18 years were spent at Wells Fargo Bank in a number of different roles. Hilt joined US Bank in 2004 as an In-Store District Manager in Northern California. She has been the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager in Northern California since October 2008.

Brad Holsworth

Brad Holsworth

Over 30 years of experience that includes 24 years in public accounting, four years as a National Firm assurance partner, and six years in private industry as a chief financial officer for both publicly traded and private companies. Six years of industry experience include financial services and bio-pharmaceutical. Has also served on various corporate boards of directors for both publicly traded and private companies, including audit committee chairman for an NASD traded company. Currently a member of Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. executive committee and Board of Directors.
 
I want to use my extensive accounting, finance, and business knowledge to help companies grow their business and to ensure there tax and financial statement compliance is met.

Jeff Huebner

I work in Enterprise Risk at CSAA Insurance Group, working with teams to manage our enterprise risk, economic capital framework, ceded and assumed reinsurance programs, corporate insurance, and business resilience. I specialize in helping make explicit risk decisions to grow our invested assets and protect our firm.
 
At CSAA Insurance Group, we have a diverse and inclusive culture that cares about the communities we serve. This gives me the time and support to serve on the boards of Junior Achievement and the California Insurance Guarantee Association, as well as help coach my three girls' various sporting activities.

Mary Huss

I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset, and enjoy working with creative high-achievers. I am growth-oriented and that includes both numbers and people.
 
My career foundation rests on having started something from nothing early on when I was low person on the totem pole at an ambitious newspaper startup, and the owner/ founder tossed me an idea and said I'd have to figure it out on my own.
 
Today, I am proud to lead the number one source for local business news and information in the San Francisco Bay Area. What I love about this business is that it is forever changing, and we have the ability to create something new every day.

Chris Jacobs

For more than 30 years I have been blessed to be able to constantly create and recreate myself in this ever changing and ever evolving industry that is technology. Cisco, especially, has given me the ability to learn from the best, while also being given the latitude to use my diversity and innovative skills to find better and new ways of doing things. What you get out of a career in technology is what you put into it. It's truly a career that keeps on giving.
 
Technology is about keeping relevant, being competitive and keeping a leadership position, it moves fast and changes often to meet the demands of the future.

Eddie Lee

Eddie C. Lee is Corporate Vice President and Treasurer at Xilinx. He joined Xilinx Inc. in 2004, reporting to the CFO as the Treasurer. Eddie's responsibilities include worldwide corporate cash management, credit & collections, purchasing, global site services, risk management, and capital structure strategies.
 
Before joining Xilinx Inc., he was the Managing Director at Pfizer Inc. and managed the Dublin Treasury Services Center, in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to Pfizer, Eddie joined Intel Corporation after college and spent 17 years at Intel's Treasury. From 1995-2001 he was the Assistant Treasurer reporting to the VP & Treasurer with responsibility for all capital markets activities.

Mark S. Linsky

Mark is retired from Hewlett-Packard's R&D and Support Engineering Management Group.

Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, Mark was an engineer with General Radio Company.

Louis Lombardo

Louie is responsible for program management of SBIRS Follow-on Production Programs within the Surveillance & Navigation Systems line of business. The Space Based Infrared Systems' mission is to develop, acquire, and sustain space-based infrared surveillance, tracking and targeting capabilities for missile early warning/defense, battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence. SBIRS contributes to the Department of Defense mission to deter war and protect the security of the U.S. by providing timely and accurate missile warning/defense information. Its systems are critical for protection against global and theater ballistic missile attacks against the U.S., its deployed forces, and its allies.

 

Loren Mahon

Loren Mahon

Loren Mahon is Vice President, Global Finance Systems, and Operations, CEO Office at Oracle. Loren Mahon joined Oracle more than 25 years ago and has held various leadership positions within Oracle Finance. Loren currently serves as Chair on the Board of Directors at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, is on the Scholarship Committee for the Professional Business Women of California, and is a member of the Executive Committee for Oracle Women's Leadership initiative. She is a board member of FEI as well as a member of the Silicon Valley Chapter and serves on the Committee for Finance and Information Technology. She is also on the board of the Bay Area Alliance for Girls.

Sean McKenna

As a member of the Pacific Region's Executive Team at North Highland, Sean's primary focus is on the development and growth of accounts, primarily in Retail and Healthcare, with an emphasis in HR, Supply Chain, and Change Management. In addition, Sean is also the People Experience Lead, holding the firm and our people accountable for creating and sustaining a positive employee experience at North Highland. He has been a San Francisco resident since 2000, with the exception of a 1-year stint in London in 2015/2016. At the end of the day, no matter the industry or function, helping clients achieve meaningful,   lasting results is what motivates him.
 
Beyond serving clients and helping solve their most complex problems, at North Highland we want to create sustainable, long-term economic empowerment in the communities in which we work and live. Our end goal will be to stop poverty before it starts. To do that, we must fix the root causes of poverty, not just its symptoms, through disruptive new approaches.  
Junior Achievement is an ideal organization for us to align with as we seek to support organizations and projects that tackle financial stability, family-sustaining employment, and housing holistically because our research shows these core areas can have a bigger and longer-term impact.
 

Robert Muzio

Bob's career in banking commenced in the late 1970s and since 1983 he has been working with local, primarily privately owned and operated businesses. Bob joined Comerica Bank in their Palo Alto Middle Market Banking office in 1998 and eventually was elevated to Group Manager of the newly created South Bay Region operating out of the Bank's Western Market headquarters in San Jose. The Region's clients include various businesses in multiple industries/disciplines including technology, food, and beverage, garment, contracting, service, entertainment, manufacturing, and general distribution.
 
Shortly after joining Comerica, Bob became the Northern California primary contact for the Bank's involvement in Junior Achievement and served on the Board of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. One of his key responsibilities has been chairing an annual JA fundraiser, which to date has generated over $200,000 to support local programs and services. In addition to JA, Bob has been involved since the early 1990s in various capacities including past Board Chair for the Easter Seals Society of the Bay Area and currently serves as Audit Committee Chair.

Norah Nicholls

Norah is the West Market Leader in Global Employer Services within Deloitte Tax and serves some of our largest, marquee tech clients on the west coast.
 
Norah is focused on working with business and HR leaders to align mobility with broader business and talent priorities, such as succession planning, talent development, recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion, data-driven decision-making, priority market growth, and innovation.
 
She also works with clients to identify innovative approaches to manage the global supply and demand of talent and close gaps between opportunity and capability. One of her key areas of focus is helping business and HR leaders drive increased collaboration and partnership to make a meaningful impact on employee engagement as well as help clients assess possible impacts and scenario plan around regulatory changes, such as immigration reform.
 
She has a Master of Comparative Literature and Bachelor of Honors, both from the University of Western Ontario (Canada); and completed studies in Master of Industrial Relations at Queens University (Canada). She is a certified Global Mobility Specialist and a member of the Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM).
 
Today, Norah actively supports the Oakland Animal Shelter, ASPCA, and Planned Parenthood, as well as several other local charities in Oakland.
 
Norah's participation in Jr. Achievement in high school marked her first foray in business and helped set the stage for her interest and success in business.
 
Outside of work, Norah enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, her daughter Isabella and dog, Lucy. She is an animal lover and enjoys exploring the wine and food in the region, as well as hiking and running.

Dean Nicolacakis

Management advisor to information based businesses where technology is a key enabler of business change. My goal is to help business and IT professionals develop and execute key business strategies that require close collaboration, deep analytics, and proactive change management.
 
I co-lead the Fintech practice at PwC focused on helping incumbents navigate the changing landscape and start-ups to scale.
William Oldenburg

William Oldenburg

Bill Oldenburg has over 35 years of general management experience in the consumer products industry. He retired in 2006 as Executive Vice President of Operations for Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. In this capacity, he was responsible for manufacturing, engineering, procurement, warehousing and quality for all of Dreyer's, Nestle and Haagen-Dazs branded ice cream and frozen dessert products. Following the merger with Nestlé's Ice Cream Division, Bill led a three-year supply chain re-engineering effort, which resulted in a world-class "cow-to-consumer" supply chain. The total capital requirement exceeded $600 million, which included two of the world's largest ice cream manufacturing operations in Bakersfield, California and Laurel, Maryland.
 
In addition to his operations responsibilities, Bill was Dreyer's primary industry and legislative representative, both at the state and federal levels. He has led the industry's International Dairy Foods Association, the International Ice Cream Association and the Dairy Institute of California. He was instrumental in developing a national "reduced fat" standard of identity for ice cream, which paved the way for Dreyer's leadership in the "better for you" frozen dessert category. Dreyer's has a patented manufacturing technology which it markets under the "Slow Churned" brand name. This product is currently revolutionizing the industry.

Louis Rajczi

Louis Rajczi has been a Partner with Forté Ventures since 2012. Forté Ventures is a venture capital firm focusing on investments where there is an opportunity to collaborate and co-invest with its corporate strategic partners. For over 25 years, Louis has held a variety of executive positions with global corporations in engineering, product management, marketing, business and corporate development in North America and Europe.

Mark Secker

Assurance partner in EY's Technology industry group in San Francisco, CA, with more than 23 years of experience, serving clients ranging from emerging companies to the largest multinational corporations, including a number of Fortune 500 corporations. Prior Resident Partner within EY's Global Technology Center responsible for the development of some of the firm's thought leadership publications and other initiatives for technology companies.

Marc Singer

Marc Singer

Marc is a leader of Digital McKinsey focused on helping clients identify and translate digital and omnichannel opportunities into sustained growth. Working closely with clients to implement change and build digital capabilities, Marc helps clients make sense of the converging forces of commerce, technology, and consumer choice and navigate the complex and multifaceted changes necessary in organization and operations for a company to become deeply digital. Marc has published frequently on topics from analytics to the new role of the CMO and is a co-author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed book Net Worth: Shaping Markets When Customers Make the Rules.
 
Marc serves clients in a variety of consumer-facing businesses including retail financial services, retail, gaming, airlines, media, and telecommunications. In his recent client work, Marc worked with a premium retailer to improve conversion rates through better and more frontline uses of its shopping and loyalty program data; helped a top bank develop an omnichannel program to increase customer satisfaction rates while lowering attrition; worked with a wireless telecommunications leader on a multi-year project to both improve digital capabilities and boost contract renewal rates; and helped a digital music subscription business with subscriber growth and retention.
 
Marc also built McKinsey's Customer Lifecycle Management capability in the Americas, which has completed more than 1,500 engagements since 1995.
Eric Sleigh

Eric Sleigh

Proactive, innovative executive specializing in North American legal, professional services, state and local government, and Fortune 500 markets. Recognized for building and motivating high performing customer-facing field and inside teams focused on new business acquisition, customer retention and revenue growth, and market development initiatives. Multi-year President's Club honoree providing thought leadership in driving change and optimizing teams to deliver against aggressive financial objectives in various economic environments. Adept in driving organizational transformations that address evolving market trends that demand a proven, innovative approach to expanding footprint in both core and adjacent spaces.

Specialties: Experience in market development, business development, sales, account management, and strategic account programs. Strengths include: delivering results, strategic planning, and execution on business priorities, leadership presence, building and leading high performing teams, talent development, cross-boundary collaboration, driving a focus on the customer, global mindset, innovation, change management and diversity leadership.

Steve Sprinkle

Steve Sprinkle is the Vice President of U.S. Sales for the E.& J. Gallo Winery. Responsibilities include sales for all channels of trade in the United States, Shopper Marketing, Category Management, Direct to Consumer Marketing, Sales Planning and Finance. Gallo has over 60 brands from eight different countries priced from opening price point through the luxury tier.
 
Steve joined Gallo in April 1989 as a Field Sales Representative and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility through the years. In April 2001 he was named Vice President of Retail Chains, and in January of 2006, Steve was promoted to his current position as Vice President, U.S. Sales.

Christopher Sullivan

Chris Sullivan has more than 38 years in the hospitality industry and has spent the last 33 years working for Marriott International. Before joining Marriott International he worked for Radisson, Hyatt and Sheraton Hotels. He is currently the Hotel Manager at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Prior to his current role as the Hotel Manager in San Francisco, he was the General Manager at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott for five years. He possesses extensive experience in the hospitality industry to include Resident Manager at Marriott's Camelback Inn located in Scottsdale Arizona and was also the Director of Event Management at five of Marriott's premier convention and resort properties.

Karthik Suri

Karthik Suri serves as the COO for GE Digital. In this role, Karthik is focused on business operations to drive operating strategy, cadences, and discipline across GE Digital, strategic programs that span across multiple functions to drive execution collaboratively and establishing a foundation of operational excellence to continually improve how we build, sell and service our products. He also has responsibilities for GE Digital's Information Technology and Tools to drive simplification and productivity.
 
Prior to this role, Karthik was the COO for the Predix Platform organization, where he drove strategy, operational excellence, and execution for the broader platform team. Karthik joined GE Digital from PayPal where he led business planning and operations as part of the Office of CEO integrating functions, P&Ls, and product lines to drive a unified set of objectives and roadmap. Prior to that, he led product planning, cloud-platform strategy, tech-talent M&A and enterprise change initiatives to simplify processes across the business and improve customer & developer experiences and productivity. Before joining PayPal, he worked at eBay, Magento, Yahoo! Open Social, Cloud Platform, and Barclays following his early career at GE. 
 
In addition, Karthik serves on the Steering Committee of Industrial Internet Consortium and also on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Northern California.

David Swanson

Accomplished leader with demonstrated results in sales, marketing, and business development. Proven track record increasing revenues, delivering top customer sat, and building trusted relationships. Held a variety of positions including sales director, account executive, solutions specialist, and systems engineer. Inspired by technology, my team's success, and creativity. Self-starter with the ability to drive for results.

Stephen Troy

Stephen Troy established AeroFund Financial, Inc. in August 1987.  His past business experience has been extensive. In 1976 Steve founded a chain of three specialty restaurants which he owned and operated until 1979. Upon their sale, he opened a vending business in San Jose, CA, which grew to be one of the largest such companies in the Bay Area. Immediately after its sale in 1983, Troy founded Norstar Video, a landmark national video distribution company, specializing in the acquisition and sale of instructional video programming. AeroFund Financial, Inc. followed, and as its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Troy has established AeroFund as a prominent national finance company, which provides secured loans to small and medium-sized businesses. Mr. Troy is the founder and chairman of AeroBank.com. AeroBank is the first national business bank to be approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to operate solely on the internet.
Mr. Troy is the author of a book about business leaders titled Business Biographies, Shaken Not Stirred…With a Twist, which was published in February 2011. Mr. Troy presently serves on the governing board of Junior Achievement of Northern California and is the past chairman of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley Monterey Bay and the Northern California chapter of the Commercial Finance Association. Mr. Troy attended the University of Miami from 1971 to 1975 where he earned a BA in Business Administration majoring in Finance with a minor in History.
 
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