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Pilgrim on the 405
34 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Gerard Frigon, Taylor Frigon Capital Management, LLC
GERARD J. FRIGON is the President, Chief Investment Officer of Taylor Frigon Capital Management LLC and is the Managing Member of Taylor Frigon Capital Advisors LLC, General Partner to Taylor Frigon Capital Partners LP, a private investment fund which invests in private companies and small emerging public companies. He is the Senior Portfolio Manager for the Taylor Frigon Core Growth Fund, an open-end investment company (TFCGX). He serves on the Board of Directors for ASOCS, Ltd. (a pioneer in virtual Radio Access Networks (vRAN) and a provider of fully virtualized, NFV-compatible virtual Base Station (vBS) solutions, based in Rosh Hayan, Israel), and I-V Access Technology, Inc. (a private medical device company committed to bringing their breakthrough catheter, VENAGLIDE, to the market to transform the venous access experience for patients and clinicians, based in San Luis Obispo, CA.) Mr. Frigon has over three decades of experience in investment strategy, planning and portfolio management for private investors and institutions including over 21 years at Merrill Lynch in the San Francisco Bay Area. During that time, he has managed portfolios with the same disciplined process directly descended from the classic growth philosophy implemented by Thomas Rowe Price and Richard Taylor. Mr. Frigon received his Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985. He founded Taylor Frigon Capital Management LLC in 2006.
33 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Dr. Grover, Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Grover is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose finely-honed surgical expertise and elegant demeanor immediately put patients at ease and gives them the confidence that they will receive exceptional surgical care. Dr. Grover specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body and is well-regarded for both his meticulous nature and for the individualized attention, care and time that he personally devotes to each one of his surgery patients. A graduate from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Dr. Grover then earned his Medical Doctor Degree from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He proceeded to complete both his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residency training from Stanford University Medical Center which is considered by many to be the premier plastic surgery training program in the country. Following his training at Stanford University, Dr. Grover completed an additional elective fellowship in Aesthetic and Oculoplastic Surgery at the prestigious Paces Plastic Surgery Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
43 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Joe De Pinto and Dan Wagner, Barpay
Joe De Pinto was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended college at USC and was captain of the baseball team his senior year. Joe played professional baseball for 4 years in the Chicago White Sox organization after college. Barpay is his first venture post baseball, and he enjoys reading, surfing, and meditating in his spare time. Dan Wagner, co-founder of Barpay, grew up in a small town just outside of Charlotte, NC. He spent three years at Belmont University, which is located in Nashville, TN, where he majored in Music Business with an emphasis in Production. After his Junior year, Dan was drafted in 2009 by the Chicago White Sox and spent 6 years playing professional baseball. He enjoys working, coding, surfing, meditating, and playing music.
33 minutes | May 19, 2020
Ken Kladouris, Author
Ken Kladouris is an esteemed wealth advisor and published author who believes you should be living your life, by design. Charting his own course in the wealth management industry, Ken has earned the respect of his peers and the trust of his clientele. Developing his signature tailor-made approach, Ken has been able to successfully assist countless clients in charting their course to financial abundance. This has allowed the men and women Ken is proud to serve the ability to infuse more life into their years here and now – not just in retirement. Ken’s book, “Get There!”, was developed as a tool that helps individuals discover the clarity they need to design their financial future. Peeling back the layers, the book features no-nonsense, actionable steps that are proven to position individuals on their desired path. This thoughtful resource was compiled following Ken’s own awakening. Becoming aligned with his “why”, he recognized his true purpose was to assist men and women across the globe in their pursuit of achieving enhanced joy, freedom and fulfillment. Committed to guiding his clientele on their wealth building journey, Ken’s philosophy combines both lessons learned on land and at sea. Outside of the office, Ken’s love of the ocean led him to pursue sailing. It is there that he also found his passion to give back to the community. In his spare time he can be found with friends and loved ones aboard a powerboat, sail boat or at community events.
45 minutes | May 19, 2020
Mike Nunez, Incfile
Mike Nunez is an 21-year internet veteran, with 4 years at Google on the Google Shopping and DoubleClick Search teams, and currently serves as Incfile's Chief Communications Officer.
36 minutes | May 19, 2020
Heidi Hertel, Fitz Frames
Heidi Hertel is a mom of three and founder of Fitz Frames, revolutionizing the eyeglass experience for families. Fitz Frames specializes in customized 3D-printed glasses for kids including prescription, sunglasses and blue light lenses. Outfitted with snap fit hinges, enabling the arm portion to securely snap into place, eliminating the risk of loose screws and offering a solution to broken glasses. In under 5 minutes, get fitted with advanced facial mapping and life-like virtual try on, select from 6 styles and 8 colors and even emboss your child’s name (or favorite number) - all via your smartphone app and delivered directly to your doorstep. Fitz Frames is headquartered and designed in LA glasses and manufactured in Youngstown, OH.
43 minutes | May 7, 2020
Josh Wilbur, Steeped Coffee
Steeped Coffee is the new single-serve coffee standard, brewed similar to tea, requiring no machines, and made using all fully compostable packaging. Josh Wilbur, CEO, Founder Wilbur, a serial entrepreneur and inventor, lives on the cusp of innovation and disruption. He was previously COO of Kickstarter’s phenomenon Bibliotheca, Founding Team of fintech payments company PayStand, Director of Experience at Vintage Faith Church, and Founder of acquired Axis Web Media.
34 minutes | May 5, 2020
Chris Richardson, Real Estate
A visionary idea to bring a small town boutique brokerage to the South Bay coupled with a long standing relationship with Christie’s International Real Estate has created a unique and unparalleled company- Strand Hill Properties. As President of Strand Hill | Christie’s International Real Estate, Chris Richardson is highly experienced in both commercial and residential real estate particularly specializing in the luxury market. With over 20 years working experience in effectively marketing new homes, entitled land and premier properties throughout California, Chris’s expertise and commitment to excellent customer service has established him as one of the premier brokers in the state.
43 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Mike Gentile, CISOSHARE
Mike Gentile has been on the forefront of security program development for more than 20 years. These experiences inspired him to create CISOSHARE where he serves as the Founder, President and CEO. Initially an experiment, now one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, CISOSHARE strives to create an environment based completely on learning and teaching in everything it does. Mike has also designed CISOSHARE's security program development application that provides a suite of program measurement and do-it-yourself tools for improving any security program. Previously, Mike built, grew and sold a leading GRC company and is a co-author of both The CISO Handbook and CISO Soft Skills.
39 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Scott Griest, PrimaHealth
Scott Griest is a sales-focused executive who has led multiple high-growth startups in the technology and financial services sectors. In addition to being an established entrepreneur and executive, he is an investor in several LA tech startups and a current board advisor for LEND360. As the Chief Operating Officer of PrimaHealth Credit Mr. Griest is responsible for leading sales, account services, and loan servicing operations. Previously, Mr. Griest was the founder and CEO of American Finance Solutions, a merchant cash advance operation that twice earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list. He successfully sold the business to Rapid Capital Funding, which was later acquired by North American Bancard and renamed Bambu Finance. While at Bambu Finance Scott managed both a sizable direct sales operation as well as affiliate sales representatives. Earlier, Mr. Griest was the co-founder and COO of Consolidebt, a consumer finance company that served the underbanked, which was acquired by Resolve Processing. Prior experience also includes marketing and management posts at Salesmation (a company co-founded by PrimaHealth Credit founder Brendon Kensel), Saatchi & Saatchi, and Isuzu North America.
46 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Don Tashman, Loaded Boards
Don Tashman founded Loaded Boards in 2002. Passionate about boards sports, functional design, and business in general, Don functions as CEO of Loaded as well as driving product development. Don holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and prior to Loaded, Don worked for a couple "dotcoms" in New York in the late 90s which, through cashing out stock options at a lucky time, provided the capital to start Loaded. Don has a family history of entrepreneurialism and product manufacturing stretching back at least three generations. Under Don's (self-taught and often non-linear) stewardship, Loaded Boards has grown to become amongst the most influential longboard skateboard companies with distribution in over 40 countries. Aside from its skateboard decks and its industry leading Orangatang Wheel line, Loaded has a global distribution partnership with Barcelona based Unlimited Engineering and their electric skateboard kits.
36 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Norel Mancuso, CEO of Social House, Inc
In 2010, Norel Mancuso, CEO of Social House, Inc. saw social media becoming a huge part of people's lives and in turn, the need for businesses to pay attention to social media in order to survive. So, she turned that idea into Social House. As a young, gay woman living in Los Angeles, Norel didn't have much more than an idea and her phone to show companies that social media would change the way brands interacted with consumers. She didn't let any of those things get in her way as she built her company from the ground up.To this day, she not only overcomes the pitfalls of being a woman CEO but also battles the stereotypes of being a gay leader in the business community. Going into her 2nd decade in business, Norel has built an award-winning company and emerged as an industry leader. She has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world in the retail and beauty market. Brands such as Pepsi, Revlon, SONOS, Playboy, and L’Oreal (to name a few) entrust Norel to be the brainchild behind their presence online and on social media.
44 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Scott Shadley, NGD Systems
“Scott Shadley is VP Marketing at NGD Systems where he leads marketing, product management, and product development for the company’s industry-leading computational storage. He has been a key figure in promoting computational storage, being co-chair of the SNIA Technical Working Group on the subject which he helped found, and speaking on the subject at Open Compute Summit, Flash Memory Summit, NVMe Developer Days, and many other events, press interviews, blogs, and webinars. Before joining NGD Systems, Scott managed the Product Marketing team at Micron, was the Business Line Manager for the SATA SSD portfolio, and was the Principal Technologist for the SSD and emerging memory portfolio. He launched four successful innovative SSDs for Micron and two for STEC, all of which were multimillion dollar sellers. Scott earned a BSEE in Device Physics from Boise State University and an MBA in marketing from University of Phoenix.”
39 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Morgan Christian, Spinnaker
Morgan Christen is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Spinnaker Investment Group, LLC. In this role, he leads the investment committee in building customized portfolio solutions for high-net worth clients. Mr. Christen brings 26 years of investment management experience. Morgan founded and led Signature Resources Capital Management, LLC in Irvine as the Chief Investment Officer/Portfolio Manager in charge of research and asset allocation. Prior to joining Signature, he served as the President of Charterwest Consulting Inc., a money management firm in Newport Beach. Additionally, he acted as the Vice President of Dolphin Securities Inc., a regional broker dealer and managed the firms’ 30 representatives. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Finance from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Pepperdine University. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) designations and served as a board member of the CFA Society of Orange County.
42 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Brandine Strand, Cali Raw Nutrition
Brandine Strand is an avid life-long dog mom & entrepreneur, passionate about holistic health & natural medicine. In 2018, she founded Cali Raw Nutrition, a premium raw dog food company that ships human-grade, complete & balanced, life-stage specific meals straight to your door. Brandine is dedicated to making it easy for dog lovers to provide optimal nutrition for the enhanced health & longevity of their dogs.
48 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Paul Trapp, EventPrep
LTC (Ret) Paul Trapp is a seasoned military leader and event planning professional. He serves as the Chair of the Executive Oversight Committee and brings 31 years of combined active duty, reserve component, and Army National Guard experience, closing his military career out as the Chief of Recruiting for the Army National Guard. Paul currently leads a team of more than 40 Operational Managers and Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) who plan and execute over 3,000 events annually for the federal government and commercial clients. He also has more than 20 years of successful contract management expertise, as well as event planning, organization and evaluation of conferences, seminars, and meetings in both the private and federal sectors. Paul is also a founding owner of EventPrep (a life-style franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs who are trapped in an employee’s body). Paul lives in Central Florida with his wife Kimberly and is the co-author of Prep for Success: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Achieving Dreams.
48 minutes | Nov 22, 2019
Bill Carpou, OCTANe
Bill has held many key positions at technology companies such as Xerox and IKON, and created distribution channels and customer solutions for products manufactured by Canon, Ricoh, and H-P. Both companies also provided an opportunity for Bill to lead distressed operations back to profitability and interact with investors, including several Wall Street investment banks. Additionally, he led several acquisitions and the creation of strategic partnerships. Bill was with Merrill Lynch earlier in his career, and more recently, held an executive position within The Blackstone Group, one of the leading global private equity firms. In that role Bill led the successful growth and transformation of a key portfolio company. He has broad sales and marketing experience and during 2014, worked with several startups to provide advisory services focused to revenue growth, and increasing both profitability and overall enterprise value.
47 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
J.D. Sitton, CTC Global
J.D. Sitton joined CTC Global (CTC) as its chief executive officer in August 2014. He is focused on building the strategic and customer relationships necessary to drive large-scale adoption of CTC’s innovative ACCC© products by electric transmission and distribution utility companies world-wide. Since 2014, CTC has entered many new geographic markets, expanded its production footprint, launched new products, developed new innovations and realized significant growth.Prior to joining CTC, Mr. Sitton founded Profera International, a business development firm serving growth-stage companies in the U.S., Europe and the Middle EastMr. Sitton began his career as a design engineer in the natural gas pipeline industry and has since worked closely with leading strategic, venture and private equity investors to launch and grow innovative services and technology companies in the solar, oil and gas, electric utility, energy storage, healthcare and industrial controls industries.Mr. Sitton holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration from the Executive Program at the University of Houston, both located in Houston, Texas, USA.
40 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
LJ Suzuki, CFOshare
LJ Suzuki is a fractional CFO with CFOshare, an outsourced finance and accounting department for small businesses. https://cfoshare.org/
45 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
Mareya Ibrahim, Food Safety and Clean Eating Expert
Mareya Ibrahim is also known as “The Fit Foodie,” a nationally recognized food safety and clean eating expert, an award-winning entrepreneur, television chef, author and inventor. She is the CEO and founder of Grow Green Industries, INC. and the patented co-creator of the eatCleaner®, eatSafe™ and eatFresh™ line of all natural and organic products that help offer cleaner, safer, longer lasting produce. Her book “The Clean Eating Handbook” was released in May 2013 and is being touted as the ‘go-to’ guide for anyone looking to eat cleaner and get leaner. She is a contributor to “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman. She is a featured chef on the Emmy-nominated cooking show Recipe Rehab, eHow.com, Livestrong.com and is a frequent guest on San Diego 6 and Fox 5 San Diego News. Her back-page column, “The Fit Foodie”, appears in Edible Orange County Magazine.
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