September 14, 2017

Our Mentors

Donald Skinner

Mr. Donald Skinner is a successful, experienced business leader. He has been the Chairman / CEO of Skinner Development, which specializes in Real Estate investment and development. He founded Eltron International, Inc. and led it from zero sales to over $130 million in eight years. Eltron received several awards, including a No. 5 ranking on Forbes magazine’s “200 Best Small Companies in America”. Eltron went public on NASDAQ in 1994 and was rated as the number one IPO in the country in terms of revenue, income and stock growth. Mr. Skinner then initiated a highly successful merger between Eltron and Zebra Technologies. He assumed the position of vice chairman of Zebra Technologies. He founded the Skinner Electronics Literacy Project at CSU Northridge, which places computer and software technology into first and second grade classrooms. He was deemed the 1994 Los Angeles Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and given a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pepperdine University. He earned his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Coast University.

Richard Montmeny, Ph.D. PT

Clinical training as a physical therapist co-founded Mystic Physical Therapy/Centers for Physical Therapy in Connecticut, a highly successful outpatient and sports medicine practices. From there, Rich was appointed to assistant professor of physical therapy and director of faculty clinics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he led strategic planning, clinic growth and the integration of education and research in the school of medicine. Since 2009, Rich served as Assistant Vice President Musculoskeletal Services in the Wentworth-Douglas Health System—with 178 beds, it is the largest not for profit community hospital in the area. He was also one of the key executives responsible for population health management and bundled payment innovations with CMS. Rich received his clinical training at Chapman University and holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. Most recently he completed a post-graduate general management program at Harvard Business School.

Lee Wan M.D.

Ophthalmologist in private practice, Oxnard CA. Previous experience as President of Medical Staff, St John's Hospitals; President, Ventura County Medical Association; Executive Director, Ventura County Ophthalmology Society; multiple leadership positions in various other physician and medical organizations; Clinical Instructor, Keck School of Medicine; Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award, St John's Healthcare Foundation; Annually listed in "Best Doctors"

Sean Walters, Ph.D.

Originally from California, attended Cal Poly SLO, and Iowa State with a focus on crop breeding. Worked for DeKalb Genetics for 10 years as a Corn Breeder, then for Monsanto in various Research and Development roles in Seed Production in the US and Europe. Currently lead a global R&D team focused on reliable, sustainable and high quality seed production and innovative seed processing.

Minos Athanassiadis

Minos is the founder and Managing Director of Fresh Link Group, an agriculture and technology advisory firm. Fresh Link works with a broad spectrum of clients from Fortune 500 firms such as Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, John Deere and Walmart, to privately held companies and startups to help define, build and launch new products and services. He has held a series of food industry positions including Sales and Marketing lead at Dole Fresh Vegetables and President of Underwood Ranches. At Foodlink, he managed a software sales and implementation team which delivered a SaaS application to over 2,000 companies providing food products to retail grocers, including, Safeway, Wegmans and Ahold USA. He is currently working with Agrian, a company which provides Advanced Agronomy and Compliance tools for more than 100,000 farmers, crop consultants and food companies in the US and Canada. Athanassiadis earned an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Peter Barry, Ph.D.

Successful Venture Capitalist and experienced executive with unparalleled knowledge of the mobile ecosystem – strategy, operations, services, applications, and technology. Proven venture capital record leading the investment in a profitable portfolio of 25 companies. Demonstrated ability to identify key mobile and internet industry trends and the start-ups that will create the next billion dollar industries.

Lynn Jeffers M.D.

Dr. Lynn Jeffers is a respected, board-certified plastic surgeon in Southern California, who has dedicated many years to helping patients achieve the look they desire in breast enhancement, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. At her previous appointment as a teaching faculty at City of Hope and her current private practice, Dr. Jeffers has focused on the art of personal attention, while never losing sight of the importance of integrity and ethics. At the same time, she is highly involved in the Plastic Surgery community at the local, state, and national levels. Her activities and continuing education has kept her on top of recent techniques and technology in plastic surgery to achieve the best results for her patients.

Kevin Bromber

Kevin is an entrepreneur, investor and proven leader with a track record developing, acquiring or selling innovative hi-tech businesses. He has held a number of executive positions in both private and public technology companies. Kevin served as Co-Founder and CEO of 3DGreetings.com, an electronic greeting card company sold to NASDAQ: MAT; Co-Founder and CEO of NowMedia Corporation, an interactive, live broadcasting platform; General Manager of Arvixe, a web hosting company sold to NASDAQ: EIGI; Head of global business and corporate development for Avanquest, the 5th largest consumer software company in the world; and currently is CEO of myDevices, a connected device, IoT platform company.

Duke Bahn M.D.

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the study and treatment of prostate cancer, Dr. Duke K. Bahn is currently the Director of the Prostate Institute of America at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura California. Certified by the American Board of Radiology, his special areas of interest are the early detection and staging of prostate cancer using color-Doppler ultrasound with tissue harmonics. He is also a pioneer in using cryotherapy, as both a primary and salvage treatment for prostate cancer. His published data was the impetus for obtaining Medicare approval for cryotherapy as a viable treatment for prostate cancer.

Dr. Bahn has held many academic and professional appointments including clinical professor of urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He actively promotes prostate cancer education and patient empowerment through his extensive speaking appearances with both patient support groups and medical communities throughout the world.

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan is the Global Healthcare Practice Lead for Zebra Technologies and is responsible for the strategy and marketing functions for the Healthcare vertical business. Chris began his career with Cardinal Health in 1993 and spent 16 years in sales, marketing, operations, and strategy leadership positions with Cardinal Health. In 2008, Chris joined W.W. Grainger to lead the strategy formation and creation of their Healthcare business. While at W.W. Grainger he created an industry first business model, designed around the Environment of Care regulatory standards, and distinguished by its innovation, marketplace differentiation, and commercial success. Chris is a Board of Directors member and quality control committee chairperson for Chicago based Swedish Covenant Hospital. He also has served as a Board of Director member for the Healthcare Supply Chain Research Consortium, and the 10,000 Villages organization.

Chris Gardner

Chris is an experienced board-level executive with a strong track record of building committed, motivated teams in dynamic and challenging business environments. Chris has over 25 years of management experience in communications and semiconductors culminating as President, CEO and board member of publicly traded Vitesse Semiconductor in Camarillo, Ca. Prior to Vitesse, Chris was a member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, a world-renowned research institution. He received his BSEE from Cornell University and MSEE from the University California, Berkeley

Martin Shum

Martin Shum sits on the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce board of directors as a representative of Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. He is a former member and past chair of the Community Board for Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo (2007 – 2014). In 1987, Martin founded ACT Networks, Inc., an integrated voice/data wide area networking company. As the chairman, president, and CEO, he took ACT public on NASDAQ (ANET) in 1995. He was also the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Aprisa Inc. (1998 – 2003), an internet application software company, which he sold to Pioneer Standard Electronics. Martin received his B. Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1971 and M. Sc. Digital Communication in 1972, both from Loughborough University, England; he was named Greater Los Angeles Area Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996; and he was awarded IEEE Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Engineer of the Year in 2009.

Steve Sereboff Esq.

Steve Sereboff is recognized as a premiere intellectual property strategist. Clients rely on Steve not only for great patents, they also depend on his economic and business acumen to guide their decisions on what to patent and where. Steve’s clients rely on him for pragmatic advice on managing corporate risks arising from IP. He regularly advises clients on how to leverage their IP rights, and how to avoid claims of infringing others’ IP rights.

Steve Sereboff has specialized in intellectual property law since 1991. His practice includes licensing and contracts, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. While at Boston University, Mr. Sereboff founded Boston University’s Technology, Science and Law Association, and was employed by MIT to negotiate and manage software licenses. His technical expertise includes many aspects of computers (both software and hardware) and myriad electronic and electrical devices, their operation and manufacture.

Brent Reinke Esq.

Brent Reinke is a corporate/business partner in the Westlake Village office of Musick, Peeler & Garrett. His practice emphasizes the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, advising emerging growth companies, corporate securities and finance, strategic alliances and licensing. He represents numerous technology and "brick and mortar" companies who are in various stages of development, ranging from start-ups and venture backed companies to corporations with multi-national operations. His clients are involved in a broad array of industries, including, high-tech, biotech/life science, telecommunication, software, venture capital, real estate and manufacturing.

Mr. Reinke is an entrepreneur himself, having Co-Founded Vapur, Inc. (www.vapur.us). Since its founding in 2009, Brent has actively advised Vapur in all aspects of its business operations, sales and marketing strategies and product development initiatives to help Vapur become a well recognized consumer brand both National and Internationally.

He was named by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2016 to the “Valley 200” as one of the 200 most influential business leaders in the region as well as being recently featured on the cover of special edition of SFVBJ entitled “Valley Visionaries”. Los Angeles Magazine also named Mr. Reinke as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” for his work in the mergers and acquisition area.

Ryan Hong Esq.

A member of Michelman and Robinson LLP’s Corporate & Securities Department, Ryan Hong has extensive experience handling a wide range of sophisticated corporate transactions. Mr. Hong specializes in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, initial and follow-on public offerings, securities compliance and corporate governance matters. He has worked with private and public companies. He has represented both issuers and investors in equity financings and both buyers and sellers in business sale transactions.

Mr. Hong has also counseled and advised companies of all sizes on matters ranging from spin-off and other divesture transactions, Exchange Act filings, strategic alliances, and investment fund formations. Additionally, Mr. Hong has expertise in establishing complex joint ventures and partnerships, as well as technology, distribution, manufacturing and licensing arrangements, and other intellectual property-related transactions.

Mr. Hong earned his J.D., from Columbia Law School, in 1994, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.A., in Political Science, and his B.S., in Information and Computer Science, from the University of California, Irvine, in 1991.

Laura McAvoy Esq.

Laura K. McAvoy is a partner in Musick, Peeler & Garrett’s Westlake Village office with specialized focus in the areas of purchases and sales of businesses, securities compliance and general business law, corporate and partnership counsel, oil and gas, agricultural cooperatives, real estate. She also practices in estate planning, long range legal family management planning and trust administration, nonprofit formation and function.

She has served as general counsel for a variety of private and public companies and families with enterprises in a number of different business fields. She has been recognized as a Trusted Advisor by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, a Top 5 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times and she has received numerous other awards for her leadership roles in philanthropy. She is a Martindale-Hubbell ® highest “AV” ® rated attorney.

With offices in six major commercial centers across the state, Musick Peeler attorneys know California. Founded in 1954, Musick Peeler has kept pace with California’s growth and with more than 100 attorneys, has the resources and expertise to offer the highest quality representation in a wide variety of legal matters. Musick’s service has not gone unnoticed. Many of Musick’s attorneys are recognized as leaders in their field earning selections as Super Lawyers, rankings in Chambers USA and Martindale Hubbell’s ® highest “AV” rating for technical skill and ethics.

Rennee Dehesa Esq.

Rennee Dehesa is a long-time board member of the Ventura County Bar Association’s Barristers and is the Chair of the Barristers Mentorship Program. She is also a board member of the Ventura County Bar Association. Ms. Dehesa is Vice President of Education Foundation of the VC MABA, Inc. She serves as Board Member on the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Board and is Chair of its CSUCI Connection Committee. She is also a member of the Ventura County Women’s Lawyers and a regular volunteer with Girls, Inc. Additionally, Ms. Dehesa has served as an Attorney Coach for the Simi Valley High School Mock Trial Team and as a volunteer with the Ventura County Family Law Self-Help Center and Casa Pacifica. Ms. Dehesa attended California Western School of Law and completed her law degree in two years (August 2006). She was on the Dean’s list.