The SDSI Springboard Mentors

Jarrod Barker, Industrial Design Mentor


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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


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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
Eprocess Consulting, President and Founder
LBAJA Wireless/ITEC, Cheif Operating Officer

FAVORITE QUOTE:
“The perfect is the enemy of the good” – Voltaire.


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


Reid Carr, Marketing Expert

 


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


Jim Chase, Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Consumer Electronics products and retail markets, 
Strategic Partnerships
Product marketing and strategy
Video and networking technology

Professional Background:
Chief Evangelist, Silicon Image
Founder and Principal, CEMarketingpro.com
Sr. Director of Marketing, Zoran


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.”


Vicki Dallas, Legal Mentor


Eric Fagan, Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
General business management for consumer products companies with a focus on operations, strategic planning, distribution and sales management.

Professional Background:
The Cedros Group – CEO
Axis Sports Group – COO
Kirei USA - COO
PrAna – International sales and Operations Manager


Howard Farfel, Operations/Leadership Mentor


Jeran Fraser, Marketing

Mentor Type:
Marketing

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 Hoeflech, 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.”


Mike Irwin, Finance/Marketing Expiert

Mentor Type:
Finance/Marketing Expert

Industry Expertise:
Consumer Products

Professional Background:
Bottle Rocket Advisors - Founder
WD-40 BIKE Company – Co-founder and President. 
WD-40 Company – EVP Strategic Development, EVP Chief Financial Officer, VP Marketing, Director of Marketing Americas, Director of Marketing US

Favorite Quote:
“Freedom is the acceptance of personal responsibility.”


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


Michael Luther, Finance Expert

Mentor Type:
Finance Expert

Expertise:
Wireless, Technology, Hardware, SaaS, Mobile Apps, Mobile Health, IoT, Smart Cities

Professional Background:
MediaPouch - CFO
Qualcomm - Sr Director Strategic Investments
Qualcomm - Director Project Finance


Carlos Maldonado, Finance Expert

Mentor Type:
Finance Expert

Expertise:
Accounting/Finance, Golf, Sunglasses, Ecommerce

Professional Background:
Shaper Studios - CFO
SportRx.com - CFO
Innovation Auto - Executive Director


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, Licensing Expert

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


Chip Martoccia, Retail Expert

Expertise:
Specialty Retail
Consurmer Products
Sourcing
Distribution
Sales Operations
e-Commerce
Digital Marketing
Amazon Sales

Professional Background:
Owner/Founder – Cycle Science (retail independent bicycle dealer) 
Founder/EVP – COBS Homes LLC (residential construction finance and management company)
VP, Operations – Indo Board Balance Trainers (consumer product in the action sports industry)

Favorite Quote:
“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care”.


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


Craig Misrach, Business Advisor/Finance Mentor


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


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John Oldenburg, Product Development

Mentor Type:
Product Design

Expertise:
Product Development, Engineering, Operations, and Sales in consumer sporting goods, specifically golf equipment

Professional Background:
Aldila Golf Corporation - VP Product Development, Sales, and Marketing
Aldila Golf Corporation - VP Engineerging and New Product Development
General Dynamics Space Systems - Senior Engineer in Structural Dynamics Analysis


Bryan Pate, Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Consumer products in the fitness and cycling industries

Professional Background:
ElliptiGO, Inc. – CEO
McKinsey & Company – Consultant
Palomar Technologies – Strategic Marketing Manager for New Products

Favorite Company or Job:
Platoon Leader, United States Marine Corp


Garrett Potter, Finance Mentor

Mentor Type:
Finance Expert

Expertise:
Finance & Ops
Fundraising
Consumer Brands
Ecommerce

Professional Background:
HYLETE Inc., CFO & COO
Steelpoint Capital Partners, PrincipalBoard of Directors for several consumer brands


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 Expert

Expertise:
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”


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Fran Richards, Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Marketing,  Brand Development, Experiential and Event marketing  ECommerce, Luxury goods marketing,

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


Dana Rowley, Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Professional Background:
Marketing Director – X-1 Audio
Community Manager – H2O Audio
Promotions Coordinator – Clear Channel Radio: KIOZ and KGB FM


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Mark Schmid,  Business Advisor

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, Business Advisor

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.


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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


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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


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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.


Nik Souris, Marketing/Social Media Mentor


Cam Stephens, Operations Mentor


Susannah Stewart, Business Advisor/Finance Mentor

Mentor Type:
Domain Expert

Expertise:
Consumer Products
Tech
Manufacturing
Product Development
Sustainable Materials

Professional Background:
Re:Garde, Exec Advisor and Interim CEO/CSO
Tieto Corp, Sustainability Thought Leader and Principal, Strategy & Innovation
Aicon Yachts, CEO

Favorite Quote:
Don't look for answers; live life's questions and they will find you.

 


Pascal Stolz, Business Advisor

Mentor Type:
Business Advisor

Expertise:
Strategy
Marketing
Go-To-Market

Professional Background:
eShop4Golf, Founder/CEO
Alerts.com, Founder/CEO
Microsoft, Worldwide Managing Director Public Sector
Gravitate, EVP Marketing
ShopNow.com, VP Corporate Marketing
Cobra Golf, VP Marketing
Taylor Made Golf, Sr. Product Manager

Favorite Quote:
“There is never a crisis when you make a decision.”


Tracy Sundlun, Business Advisor


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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


Marcus Valdivia, Marketing/Sales Mentor

Mentor Type:
Marketing/Sales

Expertise:
Sales
Marketing
Company Culture
Manufacturing

Professional Background:
VANNON - President/Founder
Sector 9 - President
Osiris/Evol - Manufcaturing/Logistics

Most Influential Book: The Art of Happiness - Dalai Lama


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.

 


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


Raphael Weishaupt, Marketing Expert

Mentor Type:
Marketing Expert

Expertise:
Brand & Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing, E-commerce, Mobile Technology, Sporting Goods, Consumer Goods, Consumer Electronics

Professional Background:
ElliptiGO, Inc. - Vice President, Global Marketing
Qualcomm Technologies – Director, Global Marketing (Consumer) / Director, Marketing EMEA
eBay Inc. - Head of Consumer Electronics & Retail Marketing Europe
GE Capital - Director, Brand & Consumer Marketing


Jim Woodman, Business Advisor


Denise Lee 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.


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

Favorite Place to Travel:
Amsterdam