Check out our mentors for TCVN Mentoring Night below!
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Check out our mentors for TCVN Mentoring Night below!
As the Managing Director of the firm, Brad is actively involved in all aspects of taxation, auditing and business planning. He has over thirty years of experience in public accounting. Brad’s core strengths as an Irvine CPA are in the areas of strategic tax planning for high net worth individuals including corporate owners and executives, closely held corporations, partnerships,LLCs and trusts.
Bart practices general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and the cost-effective representation of entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging technology companies. His experience extends to all types of general corporate matters, essentially serving as outside general counsel to most of his clients.
Bruce is a partner at Knobbe Martens, with a client counseling practice, which includes strategic U.S. and foreign patent procurement and prosecution, general counseling on infringement and licensing issues, and IP due diligence studies. Bruce has a Ph.D. in physics and his experience includes a wide range of complex technologies, including computer software and hardware, optical systems for telecommunications, remote sensing, and medical devices, and clean power generation.
JJ Richa, CEO/Serial Entrepreneur
JJ Richa is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, executive and investor with over 25 years of experience. JJ’s results-oriented approach to building businesses is reflected in his work as a founder, CEO, managing director and co-founder of 11 different technology and private equity ventures. He is an adjunct faculty at Concordia University, Irvine and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Cal State University Long Beach.
Larry is an operational and financial leader who works with entrepreneurs and companies to build successful growth businesses through strategic, operational and financial services and expertise. Larry has 25+ years of experience in finance, operations, management, technology and consulting. In addition to leading his own consulting firm, Larry has served as COO, CFO and IT Director for emerging growth companies and has extensive experience in start-ups. Larry also teaches Entrepreneurship and advises local start-up companies.
Graduated from Chapman University with BS in Business Administration. I have been part of Right Left Agency for 8 months. Right Left is an online marketing agency that specializes in performance driven advertising. Marketing is very exciting because it is fast paced and always evolving!
Michael Sawitz is a serial entrepreneur and founder of FastStart.studio, a mixed use business incubator in Irvine. He has held founder or C-level positions for over forty years in the apparel industry, equipment distribution and retail arenas. Mr. Sawitz has been published nationally, spoke nationally as keynote speaker and has been interviewed on numerous occasion in print and talk radio shows. His charity work includes President of the National Alliance of Ship Centers, board of directors Tech Coast Venture Network, board of directors The Center for Entrepreneurship CSUF, Professional Mentors Advisors and Coaches, and Charter Member of TiE the worlds largest entrepreneurial education organization.
Philip Topham, CPO | Knowledge Bank
Philip is a business technologist and entrepreneur. In 25+ years Philip has worn many hats, including, sales, IT Director, CIO/CTO, managing director, network engineer, consultant, inventor, web developer, business owner and entrepreneur. Philip is an arm-chair sociologist with patents in big data and social network analysis. His love to see problems solved has lead him to build ReviewQ, a platform to help food and supplement company owners sleep easier, by reducing regulatory risks and lawsuits. Philip mentors startups in Orange County and spends Wednesday nights playing billiards.
Stan is the Client Engagement Manager at Saritasa, a Software Development firm. He has over 20 years of experience in IT Professional Services ranging from Application Portfolio Managements, Application Development and Managed Services with Fortune 500 companies. Currently, working with Startups and Enterprise clients to bring their software applications to life.
Steve Brown, Technical Recruiter/Founder | Steelpoint Search
Steven Mednick | USC Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship
Steven Mednick is an expert in entrepreneurial start-ups, complex sales and the funding process. He has over 25 years experience working with early stage ventures to large, complex global enterprises in the areas of corporate ventures, business development, sales leadership and corporate law. His article, Bootstrapping Your Business. Get Real. Get Started, is used at numerous universities, and he is a frequent contributor to a number of major business publications. Professor Mednick currently teaches in the USC Marshall MBA, EMBA, Master in Business for Veterans and the Master in Medical Management programs and is a two-time winner of the USC Marshall Golden Apple Award. He is also past Associate Director, Marshall Center for Global Innovation.
Tony is a brand marketing consultant specializing in helping consumer electronics companies increase sales of their own branded products through US retail channels. He focuses on brand strategy, new product development, and digital marketing.
Veena Chillar | HR Consulting
With over twenty years of global HR experience, Veena specializes in working with technology companies going through expansive growth or change. For over four years, Veena has owned her own consulting firm where she partnered with CEOs and BODs of mid-size companies on building/rebuilding HR departments, global M&A, executive coaching and aligning the HR function with the business by introducing and utilizing metrics and analytics. Prior to her own company, Veena led global HR Departments where she created engagement programs such as sales training and leadership training that resulted in a significant increase in revenue within 12 months of implementation.