The SDSI Springboard Mentors

Springboard Mentors
SDSI Springboard 2.0 has a cadre of industry veterans who volunteer their time to assist Southern California’s sports and active lifestyle companies. These mentors include Business Advisors and Domain Experts.

Business Advisors have hands-on experience as a C-Level executive or founder with experience raising capital, building a company through a significant growth phase and in many cases piloting an exit. Business Advisors are responsible for spearheading the mentoring team and guiding their company through the springboard program.

Domain Experts are C-level executives and managers with specific industry expertise across disciplines such as finance, marketing, branding, operations, sourcing, intellectual property, supply chain etc.

Upon acceptance into the Springboard program, each company is matched with a Business Advisor, a Marketing/ Branding Domain Expert and a Financial Domain Expert. Additional Domain Experts can be added based on each company’s individual needs to provide advice on various business fundamentals.

If you are interested in applying to become an SDSI mentor, please email your interest and CV to Renne Catalano Gussman - Renne@sdsportinnovators.com

As a service provider, becoming a mentor is an opportunity available to SDSI members only.


Danae Brooker Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing

Expertise:
Direct Marketing
Digital Marketing
Marketing Strategy
E-commerce
Brand Marketing

Professional Background:
Innoveda Marketing
Gunnar Optiks
The Active Network
Road Runner Sports
Iomega Corporation


PAUL BROWN    Financial Expert

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Manufacturing
Distribution

Professional Background:
The Wheat Group – Chief Financial Officer
Hybrid Apparel – Chief Financial Officer
Villeroy & Boch – Chief Operating & Financial Officer

Most Influential Book:
“Good to Great” and “The Goal”


John Bryan, Business Advisor

EXPERTISE:

Business Strategy
Capital Investment
Finance
Financial Forecasts
Marketing Plan
OPERATIONS

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
ACCELERATOR PARTNERS, MANAGING PRINCIPAL
EPROCESSES CONSULTING, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
LBAJA WIRELESS/ITEC, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

FAVORITE QUOTE:
“THE PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD” – VOLTAIRE.


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Glenn Brummage, Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Marketing/Sales/Operations /Asian Markets Expert

Expertise:
Action Sports
Branding
Business Culture
Consumer Products
International Distribution and License
Joint Ventures and Alliances
Marketing & Sales Operations
Outdoor & Cycling
Vision and Strategic Planning

Professional Background:
Wabsono International, Director of Business Development
Tum Yeto (DeKine, Foundation, Toy Machine, Pig), Exective Vice President
Innes Clothing, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Favorite Place to Travel:
Fiji, British Isles

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 Andrea Cinque-Austin, Development Expert

Product Design/Development Expert

Expertise:
Apparel design
Creative direction
Brand strategy

Professional Background:
New Balance- Global creative director of apparel
Vital apparel- Creative design director
American Sporting goods/Ryka- Freelance senior designer

 


Ed Cleary – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Advertising
Consumer Products
Design
Manufacturing
Product Development
Software

Professional Background:
Evolution Nutrition
OCP Group
Root Strategy Group

What would you like to accomplish within the next 10 years?
Raising happy, healthy boys.

 

 

Gary Cohen – Presentation / Strategy Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing, General Counsel, Finance

Expertise:
Marketing
Strategy
Public Speaking
Presentations

Professional Background:
Finish Line
Garmar Ventures

Favorite Quote:
“We don’t have a problem, just a new opportunity.”

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BJ Cook – Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Outdoors & Active Lifestyle
Software
Ecommerce

Professional Background:
CEO & Cofounder, Digital Operative
CMO, SuggestionBox.com
Chief Strategist, digital-telepathy

Favorite Quote:
“Patience & Persistence often lead to Perseverance”


Brian Enge – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Leadership
Marketing
Organizational Strategy
Sales

Professional Background:
Active Network, Vice President
Zoot Sports, CEO
Saucony, Senior Vice President

Favorite Company or Job:
Coaching youth soccer.

 



Jeran Fraser – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Real Estate
Technology
Web

Professional Background:
Reserve Land Management Inc., President
Famous Surf, Board of Directors/VP of Marketing
Forward Metrics, Board of Director


Jeffrey Grad – Business Advisor

 

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Fresh food manufacturing
Fresh foods marketing
Distribution

Professional Background:
Naked Juice, Co-founder
Evolutiion, Co-founder

Favorite Place to Travel:
Bali and Central America


Eugene Hirschkoff – Legal Expert

Mentor Type:
Legal Expert

Expertise:
Product development
Patent Attorney
Regulatory Affairs

Professional Background:
Biomagnetic Technologies, VP of Engineering
4-D Neuroimaging, CTO
The Maxham Firm, patent attorney

What would you like to accomplish within the next 10 years?
Contribute to emerging companies and to STEM education in the public sector.



John Hoeflich – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Administration/Operations
Marketing
Product Development

Professional Background:
Nickent Golf Company, President/CEO
TaylorMade adidas Golf, Senior Director Product Marketing
Liquidmetal Golf, President

Favorite Quote:
“I don’t care what you call me, just be sure to call me for dinner.”



Chris Holiday – Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing

Expertise:
Strategic Planning
Marketing Strategy
Business Development
Sales Management
Strategic Partnership

Professional Background:
Polara Golf
Lumnair
Taylormade
Callaway


Paul June – Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Industry Expertise:
Consumer Products
Product Development
Product Marketing

Professional Background:
Barrel O’ Monkeyz, CEO and Founder
Courage Brands, VP Marketing
Ultra Pro Inc., VP of Product Development

Favorite Place to Travel:
Greece




Howard Kosick – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer Goods

Professional Background:
Vice Chairman and Merger Integration Officer – GI Sportz/Tippmann Sports
President and CEO – Tippmann Sports
President and COO – Bell Automotive Products

Alma Mater:
University of Illinois



Steve Mariucci – Business Advisor/Finance Expert

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor / Finance Expert

Expertise:
Business Operations
Finance
Real Estate Investment and Management

Professional Background:
Adscreen Group, President
Dial Equities Inc., President & Finance Analyst
Lutz Software Solutions, Business Development

Favorite Quote:
“Nothing is ever as good as it seems, or as bad.”


Rich Martin – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Accessories
Apparel
Consumer Products

Professional Background:
Marchon Eyewear, COO
Calvin Klein, President
Price Waterhouse, Chairman

Favorite Quote:
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new!” Albert Einstein


Alex McKean – Finance Expert

Mentor Type:
Finance Expert

Expertise:
Accounting & Finance
Financial Analysis
Financial Services
Strategy and Budgeting
Start-ups

Professional Background:
Encore Brands, Inc., CFO
Adpire Media, LLC, CFO
McKean Financial Consulting, Owner

Favorite Place to Travel:
Japan / Europe

 


John Melican – Marketing/Sales Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing/Sales Expert

Expertise:
Brand management
Sales/Marketing
Product development

Professional Background:
Callaway Golf Company, Executive Management
Nike Inc, Senior Sales and Marketing
Chaps Ralph Lauren, Sales Management Roles

What would you like to accomplish within the next 10 years?
Develop and bring to market new consumer centric technologies and/or product concepts for consumer enthusiast brands.


John Nite, Product Design/Development

Mentor Type:
Product Design/Development

Expertise:
Apparel and accessory design
Merchandising and product development specifically in (action) sports

Professional Background:
Under Armour, Design Director
The North Face, Design Director
DC Shoes, Apparel Global Director

Most Influential Book:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

 


Craig Quantz – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
International Market Development
Software

Professional Background:
Faros Group, Managing Director
Cadence Design, Vice President
Excellent Design, CEO


Doug Raggio – Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Consumer Products and Services
Food and Beverages
Powersports
Web

Professional Background:
Gastronome Ventures, LLC, Managing Director
Name Isn’t Dog, Inc., Managing Partner
FameHog.com, Director/Executive VP


Pamela Reyes – Leadership / Latin American

Mentor Type:
Legal ExpertExpertise:
Leadership Development
Business Strategy
Marketing Strategy
High Tech

Professional Background:
Savvy Women by Design – Founder/CEO
Executive Force – Founder/CEO
Sun Microsystems – Director Parner Sales

Favorite Quote:
“There are two things that define you; your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything”


Murphy Reinschreiber – Events & Sponsorship Expert

Mentor Type:
Events/Sponsorship Expert

Expertise:
Sports Marketing and Management

Professional Background:
PCH Sports, President
Challenge Family Events, Management Director
World Triathlon Corperation, Management Director

Favorite Quote:
“My can do it” My son at age 3.

 


Fran Richards

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Marketing, Advertising, Retail, Publishing, E Commerce, Luxury goods marketing,

Professional Background:
VP Marketing, RED Mountain Resort
VP Marketing ,Spy Optic
VP Sales & Marketing, Publisher TransWorld Media



 

Mark Schmid

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer products with a focus on sports equipment

Professional Background:
Sk8ology, CEO
ArtFunction, CEO
CL!CKcarabinerCO, CEO

Favorite Quote:
“You make your own luck.”

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Steve Scott

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Manufacturing, software, action sports

Professional Background:
Rechnology Acquisition Group, CEO
RacePS, CEO
World Transport Authority, Division Head

Favorite Place to Travel:
Where I can climb mountains or maybe surfing is enough as I get older.

 


Dana Shertz – Business Advisor

 

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Sales & Marketing

Professional Background:
Callaway Golf, SVP of Global Sales & Marketing
Macgregor Golf, President & COO
EnDev Entreprises, COO

What would you like to accomplish within the next 10 years?
A museum retrospective for my fathers artwork, start a non-profit, travel the world with my wife and daughter.


Mike Sick – Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Business services
Consumer products

Professional Background:
Sick Performance Concepts, President
Arbys, VP of Marketing
El Chico Mexican Restaurants, VP of Marketing

 


Sam Simkin – Finance Expert

Mentor Type:
Finance Expert

Expertise:
Finance
Operations

Professional Background:
X-1 Audio Inc – EVP, CFO
Sports Giant LLC – EVP, CFO
Newgen Results Corporation SVP, CFO (later COO)

Favorite Place to Travel:
South Africa


 

 


Jim Smith – Finance Expert

Mentor Type:
Finance Expert

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Technology

Professional Background:
TriMentor Group, LLC., Senior Partner
Entivity, CFO
Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Global Electronics Operations, and Ford Brazil & Argentina, CFO

Favorite Quote:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill.


Carl Thomas – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Entertainment
Media
Sports

Professional Background:
X-1 Audio, CEO and Board Member
Flashpoint Sports and Entertainment, CEO
Tickets.com, CRO/CMO

Alma Mater: UCLA, and proud of it!!


James Thompson, Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing

Expertise:
Digital Marketing
Social Media
Business Development
Financial Management

Professional Background:
Jacob Tyler Creative Group
Plymouth Rock funding
Alder Interactive
Constant Social
JP Morgan Chase


Peter Townend – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Sports Innovators

Professional Background:
Primedia Action Sports Group, Marketing and Events Director
Rusty, Marketing Director
Surfing America, Founder & President


Steve Tully – Business Advisor

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Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Apparel (footwear and accessories)

Professional Background:
Quiksilver, EVP Business Development
Quiksilver, President of Sales
Quiksilver, President of Wholesale

What would you like to accomplish within the next 10 years? 
I’d like to use my experience and expertise to lead/mentor a young company on an exciting path to succes.


Shekhar Vyas – Legal Expert

Mentor Type:
Legal Expert

Expertise:
Distribution Agreements
Intellectual Property
Licensing

Professional Background:
Stamoulis and Weinblatt LLC, Attorney
Fish and Richardson, Partner
The Eclipse Group, Partner

Favorite Quote:
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” – Buddha.


Scott White – Marketing Expert

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Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Consumer products
Sporting goods

Professional Background:
True Temper Sports, Director of Sales/Marketing
TaylorMade Adidas Golf, Senior Director
Callaway Golf Company, Director of Marketing

Favorite Place to Travel:
Cape Cod / Nantucket


Gerry Widmer – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Marketing

Expertise:
Strategic Partnership
Business Strategy
Ecommerce
Digital Marketing

Professional Background:
Blue Hornet
Digital River
Active Network

VitroRobertson

Favorite place to travel:
The World Over


Madeleine Wiener de Torsiac – Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Healthcare
News/Entertainment
Higher Education

Professional Background:
Alliant International University – CMO
CNN/Turner Broadcasting (Time Warner) – VP Latin America
Proctor & Gamble – Brand Manager


Denise Yohn – Marketing/Branding Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing/Branding Expert

Expertise:
Brand Strategy
Competitive Positioning
Customer Experience
Consumer Product
Health and Fitness

Professional Background:
Denise Lee Yohn Inc., President & Consultant
Sony Electronics Inc., Vice President & General Manager, Brand and Strategy

What would you like to accomplish within the next 10 years?
Help companies become great brands by publishing my book, What Great Brands Do (Jossey-Bass, 2014), and inspiring people through speaking engagements about it.


Mark Zickel – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer Electronics
Consumer Products
Product Development
Production
Legal
Business Growth
Development

Professional Background:
Independent Business Adviser and Consultant
Sonic Impact Technologies, Director and Founder
Omni Products, Director and Founder


Norm Zwail – Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Apparel
Product Development
Manufacturing
Marketing

Professional Background:
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Professor
Aaron Chang International, President
Marika Group, President