Board of Directors
CHAIRMANDan Burgner, CEO, Burgner Experiential
Dan Burgner is the CEO of Burgner Experiential. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Entertainment for Caruso Affiliated. He has over 30 years of diverse experience in real estate development and management with top nationally recognized companies. He has set new standards in the areas of fully integrated and immersive brand experiences and events, revenue generation and new business platforms stemming from technology and broadcast opportunities. He also held the position of Executive Vice President of Asset Management & Specialty Income and Senior Vice President of Operations where he successfully led the openings and operations of iconic centers such as The Grove in Los Angeles, The Commons at Calabasas and The Promenade at Westlake. Prior to Caruso Affiliated, Dan oversaw the community and neighborhood properties of the Irvine Company as VP of Hollis & Associates and the Portfolio Director of The Carlson Company. His career began in real estate development where he managed and developed industrial, R&D, hotel and retail properties with the Dillingham Corporation and Trojan Enterprises.
PAST CHAIRMANGerard Bross, Owner, Hollywood Sierra Kitchens
Gerard (Gerry) Bross is Co-Owner of Hollywood Sierra Kitchens, Inc., a Los Angeles based custom kitchen and bath design firm that he established with his partner, Peter Grisdela, in 2004. Gerry joined the firm full time as business director in 2007 after working 22 years in managed healthcare. At the time of his retirement from his corporate career, he held the position of Vice President of Operations, Network Management at WellPoint, Inc., the nation’s largest managed health insurance company. He is a co-founder and secretary of the La Cienega Design Quarter, a vibrant design district in the area surrounding his showroom where local businesses offer high-end furniture, furnishings, art and antiques. As a board member of Habitat LA, Gerry encourages his clients to donate their old kitchens and kitchen material to Habitat LA’s ReStores diverting these materials from local landfills, while furthering Habitat’s work. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University.
VICE-CHAIRWilliam Blake, SVP, Southwest Executive, Zurich North America
William “Bill” Blake is the Southwest Executive, SVP for Zurich in North America and is responsible for the business that Zurich transacts in Southern CA, Southern NV, AZ, CO, UT, NM and WY. Bill joined Zurich in 1997 and also served as the Regional Vice President for the Construction Business Unit’s Southwest and Northwest regions. Prior to joining Zurich, he served as Assistant Vice President at General Star Management Company. Bill received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hobart College in Geneva, NY.
SECRETARYJohn Manganiello, SVP, Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
John Managaniello is a Senior Vice President and the Market Executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Central Los Angeles Business Banking team. His team of client managers, relationship managers and business development officers manage, prospect and acquire important revenue-generating client relationships. He also serves on the Central Los Angeles Market Leadership team where he helps with the coordination of the marketing and community development activities of Bank of America’s various lines of business within Los Angeles. John has been with Bank of America since 1981, serving as the Market Executive for several local regions and the Regional Sales Manager for the Pacific Southwest. John attended the University of Southern California, majoring in political science.
TREASURERAlan Wright, Vice President & Senior Commercial Banking Officer, California Bank & Trust
Alan Wright is a Senior Banking Executive with over 15 years experience in banking and finance. He currently managers complex banking relationships with middle market companies throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Alan holds dual undergraduate degrees from UCLA and an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University. Additionally, Alan is an adjunct professor teaching finance, economics and accounting at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Tom Clarke is a Tax Partner with PwC and has been with the firm over 25 years serving clients in the technology and government contractor sectors, as well as other industries. Tom has a broad background in all areas of taxation, and has assisted his clients with working through new legal entity structures, revamping their compliance/provision process and capitalizing on newly legislated tax benefits. Tom also leads a regional team focused on tax department effectiveness. He chairs PwC’s Southern California CFO Forum and regularly meets with leading CFOs in the area to discuss pressing issues. Tom has a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California and is a member of the AICPA, and the California Society of CPAs.
Scott Farer has spent the last 17 years in the beverage industry. He is currently the Key Account Manager for the Vons Division of Safeway for Pepsi Beverages. Scott is focused daily on the growing the Pepsi beverage portfolio at Vons as well as finding new and unique ways to drive traffic with his brands. Scott’s past work has included working on the Foodservice side of the Pepsi business as well as 4 years at his competitor Coca Cola. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he also was a member of the baseball team. Scott is also in his 12th year as a member of his Board of Directors for his Homeowners Association in Yorba Linda.
Greg Ferree is the Vice President of Distribution in the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). Elected to that position in December 2013, he is responsible for all aspects of electrical and civil design, construction, maintenance and inspection of the overhead and underground distribution network at SCE, as well as material oversight, vegetation management and all associated field accounting activities. Greg joined SCE in 1984 and has held a variety of craft, line, staff, supervisory and senior leadership positions. Greg earned a BS in Business and Management from the University of Redlands and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Ranjan Goswami is the Vice President, Sales – West for Delta Air Lines. He has over 10 years of experience in his field and is also a Board member for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Kingsley Trust Association.
Terri A. Haack is the President of Terranea Resort. Her career spans more than 30 years in hotel and resort operations management, with nearly two decades based solely in resort community development, operations and real estate. Terri joined Terranea as Executive Vice President and Managing Director in 2007, spearheading pre-construction operations and guiding start up through the resort’s acclaimed debut in June 2009. Prior to Terranea, Terri has overseen developments such as Wild Dunes in South Carolina and Kingsmill Resort in Virginia. Terri holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Organizational Management.
Carl Jordan is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the In-Store Division in South California for U.S. Bank. Carl has been in banking for over 35 years, including 21 years with U.S. Bank. He has served in various roles that include branch management, small business sales management and district management. Carl attended Long Beach State University and in 2008 graduated CBA’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at Furman University in South Carolina. Carl currently serves as the Management Advisor of the U.S. Bank Development Network in Orange County and is also involved with many community organizations and non-profits.
Eva Kalawski is Partner, General Counsel and Secretary for Platinum Equity, where she oversees Platinum’s in-house legal staff and is responsible for addressing legal issues relating to due diligence, mergers and acquisitions and transitions, as well as the legal affairs of its portfolio companies. Prior to joining Platinum in 1997, Eva was Vice-President of Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary for Pilot Software, Inc. Eva earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Michael Lang is an accomplished media executive with strategy, operating and business development experience. He has worked both at the largest global media companies (News Corporation and The Walt Disney Company), as well as being at the forefront of emerging digital media (MySpace, Hulu and Internet start-ups). He has direct experience in all segments of the business from cable, broadcast TV, film, Internet, video gaming and mobile — and has been actively involved in the major strategic shifts occurring in the industry over the last 20 years. Lang was Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for Fox Entertainment Group where he identified and negotiated potential acquisitions, joint ventures as well as supported strategic initiatives across News Corp’s entertainment assets. Most recently, Lang was the CEO of Miramax. Lang attended the Harvard Business School, graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. He is also a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.
Kim McManus is the International Pastor for Mosaic LA. She is an international speaker, ministering to women of all ages and walks of life from New Zealand to Germany and everywhere in between. Her faith has given her a passion for people and she is committed to the value that everyone has a critical need for a safe, secure and stable home. Her husband Erwin McManus is an author, lecturer and the lead pastor for Mosaic LA, one of the largest Christian Communities in Los Angeles with a global outreach to 60,000 people weekly.
Michelle Meghrouni is a Real Estate and Environmental Law attorney in Downtown Los Angeles with over twenty-seven years of experience. She spent fourteen years in private practice with one of the City’s oldest firms and was one of only two women partners at the firm at the time she left to become in-house counsel at Los Angeles Unified School District. Over her eleven years at LAUSD, as lead real estate counsel and eventually the manager the Facilities Legal Team, Michelle was responsible for the legal oversight of the construction of more than 140 new schools in Los Angeles County. For the past two years, Michelle has served as in-house senior counsel for Southern California Gas Company, with a significant portion of her work focused on natural gas pipeline safety and reliability projects. Michelle has dedicated countless hours to pro bono services in the areas of wildlife preservation and education, children’s rights, affordable housing and homeless rights advocacy. Ms. Meghrouni received her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and attended Law School at University of San Francisco.
Matt Petersen is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Matt is a board member and former President & CEO for Global Green USA since 1994. He designed and led Global Green USA, the only national environmental organization headquartered in Greater Los Angeles, with a social entrepreneurial approach. Matt helped to develop and guide the organization’s growing programs of eliminating weapons of mass destruction; fighting climate change; promoting green building and renewable energy; and ensuring access to clean water for all of humanity. He is a representative to the Council of Green Cross International, and has chaired the GCI Energy and Resource Efficiency Program. He is an advisor to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and serves on the City of Santa Monica Environmental Task Force, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Advisory Board, as well as the Automotive X Prize Advisory Board. Matt holds a BA in Political Science from California State University at Chico and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Lori Raya is President of Albertson, Vons and Pavilions, where she is responsible for the Southern California division of 343 stores. Raya, who was the first woman President in the 106 year history of Vons and only the second woman to lead a Safeway division in all of North America, began her career with the grocery giant in 1987, as a Courtesy Clerk. Over her 25 years, her duties and responsibilities have steadily expanded and she has served as a District Manager at Vons, Vice President of Retail Operations, Group Vice President of Deli/Food Service and Senior Vice President of Main Meals, Beverages/Snacks. Raya has been named to Progressive Grocer’s “Top Women in Grocery” listing for three consecutive years.
Eric Remensperger is Partner at Proskauer. As the head of Proskauer’s West Coast Real Estate Group, he represents institutional investors, private equity funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, REIT’s (both private and public, including non-traded REIT’s) and family offices in their equity investments, including major asset and portfolio purchases and dispositions, with an emphasis on domestic and international joint ventures (representing both general and limited partners), sale-leasebacks, and structured and alternative financing arrangements. He also has considerable experience representing both traditional banks and private lending sources in structuring and originating acquisition and construction loans, mezzanine loans, as well as workouts and debt restructuring.
Linda Russell is the Regional President for the Wells Fargo South Coast Community Bank. She is responsible for more than 670 team members at 33 banking stores with deposits totaling nearly $3.8 billion. The South Coast Community Bank includes the South Bay communities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, El Segundo and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as the communities of Westchester, Inglewood, and Culver City. A 27-year veteran of the financial services industry, she previously served as senior vice president and retail banking director responsible for the development and oversight of Wachovia’s Greater Los Angeles market and leadership team following the acquisition of Golden West. Linda was a Liberal Studies major at California State University, Long Beach and holds Series 6 and 63 licenses.
Raul Salinas is the Managing Shareholder of the Los Angeles office of AlvaradoSmith. He has over 27 years of experience in business, government and international litigation and handles a wide range of cases in a number of industries for public and private sector clients. Raul is also a prominent member of the community, having founded the California Hispanic Corporate Council Leadership Institute, as well as serving as a board member of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool and the White Memorial Hospital in East LA. Raul graduated from Loyola Marymount University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Troy Thrower is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Woodward Group, a premier boutique executive search firm specializing in the placement of finance and accounting professionals in the Southern California area. After starting his career in public accounting and obtaining his CPA, Troy joined a national executive search firm and quickly became a top producer. He went on to start his own company in 1997 and has successfully serviced leading Southern California companies since that time. The Woodward Group’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, major motion picture studios, private equity firms and numerous other small to mid-size businesses in a wide range of industries. Troy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University Northridge.
Ken Walker is a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP with more than 30 years of experience serving clients in the entertainment, media and technology industries. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and was promoted to Partner in 1997. He serves large multinational companies as well as entrepreneurial enterprises in both advisory and audit related capacities. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University Northridge.
Heidi Snyder is the Managing Director – Regional Sales Manager of Union Bank. She has over 34 years of experience in her field, including 32 years at Bank of America, most recently as the Consumer Market Executive. She is currently a member of AAREA and NAHREP.