2017 Fast Pitch Coaches

The nonprofit application for SVP Fast Pitch 2018 is now closed. Semifinalists will be announced in November 2017. If you are a prospective SVP Partner or process coach, please contact admin@SVPSacramento.org.

Coaches can expect to donate a minimum of 17 hours over the three month process starting in December 2016. Coaches must either become an SVP Partner or sponsor SVP Fast Pitch at some level. Coaching is an incredible way to use your skills for the benefit of 20 nonprofits – and is an incredible networking opportunity! THANK YOU to our 2017 coaches who make this incredible process possible.

Meet our 2017 Fast Pitch Coaches

Our Fast Pitch Coaches support our Nonprofit participants in refining their three-minute pitch. Coaches are SVP Partners, corporate and community leaders, and pitch experts from a variety of professional backgrounds. Our  2017 Fast Pitch Coaches are an incredible group, dedicated to improving nonprofits’ pitch ability. January-February 2017, Fast Pitch Coaches can expect to invest between 15-17 hours of their time supporting Fast Pitch Nonprofits.

Allison Joy, Editor in Chief Comstock’s Magazine

Amanda Merz, Community Advocacy & Engagement Manager SAFE Credit Union

Andy Beal, President and Founder, CBS MaxPreps, Inc.; Senior Vice President, CBS Sports Digital

Brett Henderson, Attorney Downey Brand LLP

Chris Burton, Associate Attorney Downey Brand LLP

Chris Hendricks, Vice President McClatchy

Christie Pierce, Consultant

Christine Calvin, Director of Marketing & Communications Crocker Art Museum

Claire Audette-Bauman*, Industry Sales Analyst Intel

Craig Hettrich*, President Renaissance Executive Forums

Daniel Kaufman*, Principal & Co-Founder of Third Plateau

Erica Thompson Dias, Vice President of Marketing American River Bank

Erik Feest, Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley

Jay Thomas*, Principal at Thomas / Ferrous, Inc.

Joe Collinwood*, CEO CySure Inc.

John Bissell, Chief Executive Officer of Micromidas

John Jaccobs, Director Public Relations Sacramento Kings

Jonathan Kaufman*, Co-founder & Principal of Third Plateau

Joua Lo, Tax Senior Manager at Moss Adams LLP

Joy Bissell, Director of Business Development and Marketing Nanomix

Joyce Hettrich*, Manager of Customer Support Programs Lifescaping Outdoors

Judee Daniels, CFRE, Statewide Co-chair of CA Plan Your Giving Project

Julia Himovitz, Associate Attorney Downey Brand LLP

Kaying Hang, Director of Health Programs Sierra Health Foundation

Ken Tallo, Board Member Selections Committee Chair Sacramento Angels

Kenneth Johnston, CEO KJ2 Productions

Layce Martini, VP Business Development Octain, Inc.

Linda Bigler, Business Coach, CEO, and Owner at The Money Magnet

Liz Stafford, President of Inland Business Systems

Matt Yancey, Economic Development Coordinator SMUD

Michael Broughton, President & CEO of Blanket Marketing Group

Michael Ward, Partner Garrison Strategic Advisors

Michelle Elder*, CPA & Owner of Elder Accountancy

Mihran Berejikian*, President Belami, Inc.

Pam Saltenberger, Retired

Ryan Spillers, Director of Marketing for Sacramento Kings

Stacy McAfee, AVP External Relations University of the Pacific

Tim Harris, CEO | Creative at Insight Public Relations

Trish Lindvall, Community Engagement Representative at SMUD

Yvonne Chavez, Director of Marketing and Business Development MeringCarson

*Current SVP Sacramento Partner

Learn more about our 2017 Fast Pitch Coaches…

AllisonJoyAllison Joy is the editor in chief of Comstock’s magazine as well as it’s annual Capital Region Cares publication, which focuses on the nonprofit sector and successes in philanthropy. Prior to her current position, she served as the publication’s director of digital content and oversaw the relaunch of comstocksmag.com, for which Comstock’s won a 2014 Maggie Award from the Western Publishing Association for best web publication. Before joining Comstock’s, Allison worked as the associate editor of The Sacramento Press

AmandaMerzAmanda Merz is the Community Advocacy and Engagement Manager for SAFE Credit Union.  Her career with SAFE began in 2014 with an emphasis on financial education to employee groups, non-profits and youth. Amanda then led an Education and Development team of financial coordinators and sales trainers before transitioning to her current position.  As past President of the Junior League of Sacramento and current board member for the CSUS Alumni Association, Impact Foundry, Sierra College Foundation and the current President of the Jesuit Loyola Guild she has volunteered in all aspects of non-profit work and is passionate about community vitality. Amanda currently sits as a tri-chair for Align Capital Region and believes alignment of talent and resources in education and industry is necessary for the success of our youth.

Amanda is also passionate about her three children and husband Michael who she has been married to for 21 years.

AndyBealAndy Beal is the Founder and President of CBS MaxPreps Inc. Andy founded MaxPreps in 2002 with the mission of consolidating the vast and fragmented high school space. MaxPreps was acquired by CBS Corporation in 2007.

Under Andy’s leadership, MaxPreps has become one of the most visited sports media properties in the United States, serving as many as 13MM monthly unique users.

As the son of a high school teacher and coach, and then as a high school basketball coach himself, for 12-years; Andy developed insights that helped MaxPreps grow to become America’s Source for High School Sports.

Andy is married to Kim for 34-years and has three grown sons, one of whom, Ryan, is software engineer for MaxPreps.

BrettHendersonBrett Henderson is an associate attorney at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, with a practice focused on complex business transactions. Clients from a range of industries rely on Brett to assist them with business transactions including entity formation, corporate governance, business operations and management, IT and other vendor service agreements, privacy and data security, mergers, acquisitions, and sales. Brett works with businesses of all sizes, including start-ups, small and mid-sized businesses, and nonprofit corporations and associations. He also advises financial institutions regarding state and federal regulatory compliance. Brett is a graduate of UCLA Law School. Prior to becoming an attorney, Brett served as an Assistant Language Teacher in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.  As an undergraduate at Occidental College, Brett was all-conference as both a player and academically on championship football and rugby teams. He remains passionate about travel and fitness, and loves to cook.

ChristopherBurtonChris Burton is an associate attorney at Downey Brand LLP, practicing general commercial litigation, including the representation of businesses and individuals in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, and food and agriculture matters, just to name a few.

Chris was born in California, but raised in Florida, where he attended the University of Florida for undergrad (advertising), grad (sport management), and law school.  Chris also practiced law for two years in Tampa, Florida before settling in Sacramento, a city he and his wife, Jen, have come to love as their own.

Chris is also an avid traveler, having visited Australia most recently.  He and Jen live in Land Park and are expecting their first child in May.

ChrisHendricksChristian A. Hendricks has been Vice President, Products, Marketing and Innovation since June 2015. In this role he is responsible for digital and print audience development, mobile initiatives, marketing, product management, corporate communications, partnerships and innovation.

He joined the company in 1992 and held marketing and technology-related executive positions until 1996 when he was promoted to President and Publisher of Nando.net (renamed McClatchy Interactive), a pioneering digital publishing and software company. He remained there until 1999 when he was named Vice President, Interactive Media for McClatchy.

He is also chairman of the Local Media Consortium’s executive committee, whose leadership team is dedicated to leveraging the collective digital strength and assets of its members’ 1,700+ newspaper and broadcast outlets to the benefit of members. Hendricks speaks regularly at digital conferences, works closely with numerous start-up companies and also serves on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards including Careerbuilder, Engage3, Moonlighting, The Local Media Association and The Maynard Institute.

Current Title: Digital Media Consultant

ChristiePierceChristie Pierce has extensive background in digital media strategic planning and ad buying. He has worked with a wide range of clients some of which include, Visit California, the Sacramento Kings, California Grown and Visit Napa Valley. His experiences have required him to plan, present and manage paid ad campaigns locally and globally with budgets ranging from five dollars to five million dollars. His hobbies outside of work include not trying to pick up any more hobbies. Hiking, camping, photography, woodworking as well as supporting his local community keep him happily occupied. Currently, he is researching alternative methods for agriculture technology and hopes to make improvements in industry systems and processing. If you had to find him not working, look for puddles. He can’t pass up a good puddle splash.

ChristineCalvinChristine Calvin is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Crocker Art Museum. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic planning, creative development, implementation, and evaluation of marketing and branding efforts for the Museum. Her team of five produces all of the visual and written materials that reflect the Crocker brand, including advertisements, crockerart.org, publications, invitations, and various other collateral.

Christine’s background in communications and management began at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she received a bachelor’s in journalism with an emphasis on magazine writing. She was previously the editor in chief of Comstock’s magazine, Northern California’s premier business publication.

Out of the office, Christine is a champion of her community and served as the 2016 chair of MetroEDGE. Launched in 2009 as the young professional program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, MetroEDGE represents more than 600 of the best and brightest young leaders in the Capital Region. MetroEDGE inspires and emboldens its members to drive the culture, development and amenities that will brand Sacramento as thee place for young professionals to live, work and play.

Through her role with MetroEDGE, Christine also sits on the board of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation and is on the executive committee of the Sacramento Metro Chamber board. She is also past participant of Leadership Sacramento, a program that develops community-minded business and civic leaders through a year-long interactive curriculum and large-scale service project.

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CraigHettrichCraig Hettrich is the President of Renaissance Executive Forums of Greater Sacramento and also the CEO of California Growth Advisors.

Craig has over 30 years of experience as a CEO, President and Senior Sales and Marketing executive in the Food Industry. Craig’s career includes positions of increasing sales and marketing executive leadership with Nestle and General Mills as well the role of President of American Seafood’s International and of Eskimo Pie Inc.  Until recently Craig had spent the last 4 years as CEO of Sacramento based Java City.

Daniel_KaufmanDaniel Kaufman is co-founder & Principal of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. He has worked with a diverse array of clients, including large, national foundations, emerging social enterprises, pioneering nonprofit collaboratives, and impact-driven corporations. Daniel leads Third Plateau’s innovation initiative, an effort to think critically about and better serve the social sector in a rapidly changing landscape. Through this work, Daniel has developed an interest and commitment to design thinking and network building. He is a firm believer that people are the key to social change. Across all of his engagements, Daniel prioritizes listening to stories, building enduring relationships, and cultivating partnerships.

In 2006, Daniel co-founded the Giving Circles Fund (formerly the One Percent Foundation), an organization building a broad-based movement of next generation philanthropists (ages 18-39) by making giving accessible, engaging, and meaningful.  GCF operates one of the largest online giving circles in the country and has been featured in national publications including the Wall Street JournalFast Company, and the Huffington Post. Daniel served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2009-2012, managing and leading the organization’s long-term strategic growth efforts.

Prior to working for GCF, Daniel served as the General Counsel and Director of Governmental Affairs at Revolution Prep LLC, an educational services and products company.  Daniel joined Revolution Prep after working in San Francisco as an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP.

Daniel is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law.  He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Talia, and two children, Mia and Eli.

EricaThompsonDiasErica Thompson Dias is a senior marketing executive and entrepreneur leading advertising, marketing and philanthropic initiatives throughout Northern California. Known for collaborative program development, she provides guidance to start-ups, partnerships and marketing and sales systems.

Currently overseeing marketing, client intelligence and community benefit for American River Bank, Erica’s previous roles included marketing operations for the fifth largest hospital system in the US, vice president for California’s largest regional chamber, membership director for three statewide associations, director of education for an executive society, marketing manager for an global food producer, international event planner for the largest insurance company in the nation and stockbroker for the nation’s largest financial institution. Erica is experienced in omni-channel marketing strategy, fiscal planning, operations and organizational development. In 2009, she launched an advertising agency, focused on collaborative advertising in vertical markets and retains an owners interest.

Erica is active with the American River Bank Foundation, 3Strands Global, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, The Tapestry Network, Powerhouse Science Center, the Fellowship Chamber and the ACTs Group.

Erica is an avid reader, triathlete and mother of three married to the man of her dreams. Should you find her on a day off, you’ll be invited to join in a game of trivia, offered a Bourbon Press and some Norwegian fare or tater-tot casserole reminiscent of her home state of North Dakota.

ErikFeestErik Feest is a Financial Advisor with the Allen Feest Group at Morgan Stanley. Since 1995, our boutique team has been committed to providing superior portfolio strategies, execution, and professional experiences. Our team shares a common goal: to help our select group of high net worth individuals, families, and business owners & executives achieve their personally meaningful goals.

Erik previously worked with ZS Associates – a management consulting firm – as a sales, marketing, and strategy consultant. He also worked at Genentech as a Market Planning and Strategy team member. He has considerable experience with managing teams, developing successful business plans, assessing investment opportunities & creating financial models, and doing market research for various projects.

Erik received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering and also completed an MBA Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley .

jay_thomasJay Thomas  has successfully directed major marketing and communications programs for a broad range of business entities, from international Fortune 500 companies to emerging, start-up organizations.

Jay has served some of the world’s most highly regarded companies, including Apple, Intel, General Motors, Frito-Lay, Sprint, Kraft, J.C. Penney, Burger King, Asiana Airlines and Pioneer Electronics.

Prior to co-founding Thomas/Ferrous, Jay was recruited by Levi Strauss & Co. to serve as the company’s Director of Digital Marketing, where he led the organization into an early leadership position in the use of technology to manage multiple brands, support marketing objectives and launch e-commerce.

Jay developed a strong foundation in marketing and brand building as he ascended the management ranks of top global advertising agencies J. Walter Thompson/Atlanta & Dallas, Ogilvy & Mather/New York and BBDO/Los Angeles.

Thomas/Ferrous, Inc. is a Sacramento-based marketing and communications firm that provides services in marketing strategy, communications, branding, packaging, graphic design and research.

JoeCollinwoodJoe CollinwoodI love working with visionary, passionate, fun people whether they are entrepreneurs or senior executives. If they want to innovate or disrupt the usual way of doing things to drive positive change with a commercial and social conscience, I am in my element.

I have 33 years of sales and senior executive management experience. Early in my career I founded DBMX, a global IT company that I sold to IBM. I went on to invest and work with a number of early stage companies and I am now working on my fifth start up business.

My specialties are innovational ideas, new market entry, value creation/messaging and building talented teams.

I love spending time with my family and as well as being an SVP partner I am excited to work with my youngest daughter Chloe who is an SVP Teen.

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 10.57.48 AMJohn Bissell is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Micromidas, Inc., a chemical technology firm that converts biomass into both conventional petrochemicals and new chemical intermediates. Mr. Bissell is an inventor on a dozen issued and pending patents, was awarded UC Davis’ Young Alumnus Award in 2013, was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2014, and was listed as one of Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in 2014. Mr. Bissell received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

JohnJaccobsJohn Jacobs is a lifelong Sacramentan, who has spent over a decade serving different communities. He is a proud Sacramento State alumnus.

Currently he is the Public Relations Director for the Sacramento Kings, where he executes public relations and strategic communications for the team’s business operations, including Golden 1 Center – the world’s most technologically advanced and green sports venue.

John’s background in public affairs is rooted in government and media relations. He began at The Natomas Journal – a community newspaper devoted to lifting up small businesses. In 2008, John joined the California Budget Project (CBP) – a non-profit, non-partisan policy analysis organization focused on state budget impacts. Between initiatives, he served as an independent consultant for non-profits, local businesses, and community organizations. In 2014, he joined the team at Mercury Public Affairs to work on state and regional health care campaigns, protecting access to coverage for undeserved communities.

He returned to sports after a 23-season career as a high school volleyball coach.

Jonathan Kaufman HeadshotJonathan Kaufman is co-founder & Principal of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies.  In this role, Jonathan collaborates with nonprofits, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs all over the world, helping them expand and deepen their impact.  He specializes in business and strategic planning, metrics development, program design, community engagement, and impact assessment for Third Plateau’s clients, which work on a wide array of issues, including education, health, international development, women’s empowerment, community building, energy, and climate change.

Prior to launching Third Plateau in 2011, Jonathan served as the Regional Director for a hunger-relief organization in Chicago; the Housing Coordinator for an agency working with homeless individuals with severe mental illness in Los Angeles; and as the Special Programs Director at a refugee rights NGO in Athens, Greece.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in Religion from Vassar College and an MBA in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis.

Joua Lo is a CPA and Tax Senior Manager at Moss Adams LLP. She graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 2007 and has been practicing in the Central Valley since. Joua focuses and dedicates a great deal of her time with not-for-profit/tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, higher education, hospitals and health care organizations, helping them stay in compliance and helping them through complex tax issues. Joua also serves a wide range of clients, from high net worth individuals to businesses in the agricultural and manufacturing industries.

Joua is a member of the YMCA of San Joaquin County Finance Committee and CalCPA Not-for-Profit Conference Planning Committee.

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetJoy Bissell is the Director of Business Development at Nanomix Inc., a nanotechnology company using nano-biosensors to deliver better health outcomes.   There she spearheads key partnerships and programs.  Joy has held several strategic, operating, and product development positions in the private and public sector.  Prior to her current role, Joy led business development for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization and participated in international committees under the OECD for the security of supply of medical radioisotopes.  Joy has significant experience with early stage ventures and has also been a member of a variety of community non-profit organizations including efforts to promote STEM education and careers.  Joy received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Sydney.

Joyce HeadshotJoyce Hettrich has spent more than 2 decades developing, training and coaching Design Thinking techniques and strategies for and with nonprofits.  Currently, Joyce works as a Director of Customer Support Programming with emphasis in CRM development and training as well as oversight of all Customer Service Programs for Lifescaping Outdoors.  In her philanthropic role, Joyce has been a Partner in Social Venture Partners of Sacramento since 2015 helping nonprofits strengthen and focus their efforts for improving our communities.

JudeeDanielsJudee Daniels, CFREAs a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a distinction bestowed upon 5,800 development professionals worldwide, Judee’s a 3-peat Fast Pitch Coach and philanthropic consultant in CA and WA.  Co-founding “California Plan Your Giving Project” –a statewide program started in 2010, she increased Californians conversations and commitments to make a meaningful after-lifetime gift.

For 20+ years, Judee’s provided strategic leadership and elevated philanthropy for community organizations in healthcare; education, social services and the arts — resulting in millions of dollars raised and thousands of increased volunteer hours.  She’s served as Director of Development for Mercy Foundation, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, KidsFirst and Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and is a past Board member of AFP California Capital Chapter and Planned Giving Forum of Greater Sacramento.   She’s co-chaired Sacramento’s newest signature biking event, Lunar Lunacy Ride.

Judee was recently chosen Rotarian of the Year-2016 for Point West Rotary.

HimovitzJulia Himovitz focuses her practice on general and complex estate and tax planning, as well as post-death trust and probate administration. A mother to two young boys, Julia understands the importance of establishing an estate plan that can provide peace of mind and security to individuals and families.

Julia believes that customization is the key to good estate planning. She enjoys getting to know her clients, learning about their families, and having frank discussions with them about their goals and concerns. Clients may want to incentivize their children to complete college. They may want to make special arrangements for family members with substance abuse or mental health issues. They may want to find creative ways to leave gifts to charities. They may need help thinking through who will assist them if they become incapacitated. Julia’s advanced degree in social work, and her engaging and supportive attitude, help her guide clients through the many decisions that go into making an estate plan with each client’s unique situation and family dynamics in mind. Clients emerge with an estate plan they understand and feel good about, and a trusted advisor whom they can turn to in the future. Julia works with clients who have no prior estate planning experience as well as clients with dusty plans that need updates. She also helps clients administer the trusts that they have created, such as by working with surviving spouses to allocate assets among subtrusts and manage those assets going forward.

Kaying 06 5x7-2 PhotoKaying Hang serves on the senior management team for Sierra Health Foundation and the Center for Health Program Management as the director of health programs. In this role, Kaying oversees programs including the Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership, the Healthy Sacramento Coalition, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, and the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths. Kaying had served as the interim director of health programs since February, and previously was a senior program officer when she joined the foundation in 2013.

Before to joining Sierra Health Foundation, Kaying served as associate director for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, where she worked with foundations, affinity groups, public policy groups and immigrant rights organizations.  Previously, she served as senior program officer at the Otto Bremer Foundation in Minnesota and a program officer and senior consultant with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

In addition to institutional philanthropy, Kaying worked in state government as the state coordinator of the Refugee Health Program for the Minnesota Department of Health, and as assistant regional coordinator for the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

She served as the first Co-Chair of the national board of National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) based in Washington DC and served on the board of Asian American in Philanthropy (AAPIP).

A native Hmong speaker, Kaying received a B.A from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University. Originally from St Paul, MN, she is the oldest of seven children and comes from a family dedicated to justice and equity. Kaying lives in Sacramento.

KenTalloKen Tallo is a Sacramento Angel Board Member, and current Selection Committee Chair.  Ken has a long history of entrepreneurship, angel investing, and advisory roles for companies competing within many different markets such as manufacturing technology, consumer products, healthcare and educational services, marketing and advertising, and intellectual property licensing.

In his prior role, Ken was with Intel Corporation for 17 years where he held several senior level positions such at the Director of Product Management & Marketing IOT Analytics Products, General Manager of Asset Management & Technology Licensing, and Design Automation Strategy Director.

Ken has always been an innovative thinker, risk taker, and entrepreneur.  Over his career he has participated in multiple startups (as co-founder, investor), holds 3 US patents, and served as Board Member/Chairman for multiple organizations.

KJ HeadshotKenneth Johnston is the CEO of KJ 2 Productions, an award winning full-service digital media production company with a staff of more than 40 years of combined experience in film and television production. His team is committed to producing high quality creative multi-media solutions for an array of clients. Whether it’s commercial, nonprofit, or private, the goal of KJ 2 Productions is to convey the client’s message cinematically through the art of motion video. The passion that he possesses for his work has allowed Kenneth to cover projects in over forty countries across six continents. While his focus is producing educational-based documentaries, his vision is to create content that makes people feel good about the world we live in. With that goal in mind, he has written and produced a number of spec projects that have won national and international awards. In 2009, he was selected to participate in Panavision’s prestigious Filmmaker’s Bootcamp.

As a writer and director with over ten years of experience in television and film production, his determination has led KJ 2 Productions to be one of the area’s leading production companies. Kenneth received his BA from Xavier University and began working for Schering-Flough as a pharmaceutical sales representative. After seven years of corporate sales Kenneth succumbed to his passion for filmmaking and decided to return to school and pursue his MFA in film studies. In 2010, armed with his knowledge in sales, production and professional freelance video experience, Kenneth opened the doors to his business. Being a positive and productive role model in his community, he volunteers his time teaching media classes in after-school programs at local high schools. He also devotes time to The Boys and Girls Club and the Alpha Academy Mentoring & Tutoring Program. Kenneth serves as a Board Member for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, Cottage Housing, Inc. and the Cosumnes River College Foundation.

Kenneth is a Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Program Senior Fellow and has been featured in numerous magazines for his leadership skills. Kenneth has received both California Senate and Assembly Resolutions for work that his company has done in West Africa, Haiti and India. Kenneth is an avid golfer. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the 100 Black Men of Sacramento.


LacyeMartiniLacye Martini is Co-founder and VP of Business Development at Octain where she uses empathy and strategy to engage and inspire giggers in today’s changing economy.  A systems-theory thinker, Lacye sees the emergence of the Gig Economy as part of the transformation in consciousness that’s positively impacting the way we work and live.  As a former gigger, she is motivated to develop innovative solutions through software and systems improvement to support independent professionals.  Lacye’s personal mission is to create happier, healthier lives through awareness of our innate human strengths.  She believes in the power of people to make the world a better place with a steadfast focus on how we’re alike and how we’re good.

Me in white without backgroundLinda Bigler, The Money Magnet, is a Business Coach, keynote speaker, and sales trainer.  Born and raised in Sacramento, she is a Graduate of California State University at Sacramento, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Criminal Justice and is a Certified Business Coach.

With more than 25 years of high tech sales experience. She utilizes her wealth of business and sales knowledge as well as her ability to mentor and lead a team with passion and heart in her Coaching. She understands the foundation and structure necessary to build a successful profitable business in ANY industry. She coaches business owners one to one, as well as teams and corporate management executives. She conducts quarterly goal setting workshops to keep business owners and managers on track. She also presents a variety of business workshops including Improving Customer Service for delivery consistency, Team alignments, hiring “Right” process, Vision board creation, 6 Steps necessary to Building a Better Performing Business and 5 Ways to Improve Profits.

Her strong organizational skills and natural networking abilities have proved to be important contributors to her continued success. Linda is also involved and has coached many non-profit organizations and has personally mentored children in the foster system and sex trafficking.

She is a member of the Arden Arcade Rotary and the Metro Chamber and is on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento.

LizStaffordLiz Stafford is President, Inland Business Systems, a Xerox owned company, with sales, service, administrative, and supply chain logistics responsibility for five branches in Central and Northern California as well as Reno, Nevada.  Inland Business provides office solutions and support for businesses spanning all types and sizes.  The company’s offering spans from document management to collaborative workflow tools, print management and multifunction systems.  The company focuses on document-driven companies and industries – from healthcare organizations, government entities, manufacturing companies and legal firms to school districts and financial service institutions. She assumed this role in May 2014, after a successful 30+ year career at Xerox.

Previously Liz held a variety of sales and leadership roles at Xerox including: Senior Vice President, Western Operations responsible for leading cross functional field operations accountable for sales, service, customer satisfaction and profitable revenue growth across the U.S.

She joined Xerox as an Account Manager and also served as Vice President, Western Education and Government Operations, Region Vice President for Indirect Channels, National Supplies Sales Manager and Vice President, Worldwide Strategy, Tele-web Operations, to name a few.

Liz’s greatest strengths are her collaborative team approach, empowering and developing people to perform to their full potential and satisfaction. She is an enthusiastic hands-on leader that likes to get involved in the community and with the customers in the greater Sacramento area.

Stafford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Diego State University. She has served on the advisory board for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and has held leadership and Finance board roles for her church. She is passionate about giving back and has done volunteer work and support to: American Red Cross, United Way, American Cancer Society, Christian Resource Ministry global outreach and Sacramento Children’s Home.  She lives in Fair Oaks, CA and is very proud of her two daughters.

MattYanceyMatt YanceyFocusing on public policy, innovation, and community development, Yancey currently serves as an Economic Development Coordinator for SMUD. In prior positions, he served as the CEO of the Davis Chamber of Commerce; and, Economic Development Director for the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Yancey’s accomplishments include, establishing the Davis Chamber as the Yolo County Hub Office for the Capital Region SBDC; assisted in the organization of a local Angel funding network in Davis; and, built the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Business Bridge Program.

MichaelBroughtonMichael BroughtonBefore Michael Broughton established his marketing career and community leadership, he grew up in the East Bay and attended St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. He received a BA and BS at University of California Davis, double majoring in Political Science and Managerial Economics. Michael pursued his passion in the marketing and advertising industry where he worked with several prominent companies in Northern California, including AGI Publishing, The Chubb Group, and CBS Television.

In 2005, he founded Blanket Marketing Group, a full-service creative and digital advertising agency that strategically works with individuals and brands throughout the Sacramento region as well as the state of California. Michael and Blanket Marketing Group donate over $100,000 annually in monetary and in-kind advertising to various non-profits and community service organizations.

As an entrepreneur, his efforts concentrate on developing strategic partnerships between government agencies, private businesses, and philanthropic organizations. Michael actively contributes to the Sacramento community and sits on multiple boards that make a positive impact in the region, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, KVIE, Street Soccer the USA, and Blue Heart International. Additionally, he is a member of Sacramento Zoo’s marketing committee and he is a past president of Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program Alumni Association Board.

Michael’s expertise and experience within the marketing niche led him to be featured on Wall Street Business Network as the radio program host of “Broughton on Business.” Sacramento Business Journal awarded him as a “40 under 40” in 2011 and, in 2012, he was named an honoree of the Partners in Philanthropy. He is featured in Sacramento Magazine’s “Faces of Sacramento 2015,” which highlights him as the President and CEO of Blanket Marketing Group and his influential philanthropic role in the community.

Above all else, Michael is a family man; a devoted husband and father of two.

MichaelWard headshotMichael Ward and his firm Garrison Strategic Advisors provide strategic and transactional counsel to high-growth young companies and operational and strategic support to mature companies. Michael has helped new companies successfully launch, acquire growth capital and be profitably acquired. He has helped mature privately-held companies and billion dollar plus business units of Global 2000 companies develop competitive strategies, successfully identify and acquire competitors and achieve sustainable competitive advantages in their industries. His enthusiasm and expertise in helping new companies launch and thrive were displayed in the award-winning and Sundance nominated documentary, Startupland. He has been a principal in several VC funds and firms investing in IT, health care and business services. A recovering know-it-all, Michael is a former winning contestant on the television show, Jeopardy. He is an alumnus of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is a former high school and college lacrosse player and continues to coach and support youth sports.

MihranMihran BerejikianAn immigrant at the age of 5, I was blessed to live the American dream.  My loving and hard working parents set an excellent example and instilled a deep appreciation for what is possible in this country.

I attended UCSB, earning a business economics degree.  My career has included Big 6 accounting experience in bankruptcy and litigation, earning a CPA, and working for HP and Intel in finance and marketing.  In 2003, I helped found Belami, an ecommerce technology retailer, with 70 Sacramento employees.  As president, I lead the marketing, sales, and business development functions.

I am a proud husband of 21+ years and father of two great kids, 17 and 14.  I serve on the United Cerebral Palsy board, 2 for profit boards, and have church board experience.

My non-profit passions are addressing the root causes of homelessness and providing educational opportunities for underserved member of our community.

Pam Saltenberger55Pam Saltenberger spent over twenty five years as an insurance executive for two locally based insurance companies.  She spent the last fifteen years of her career as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, one of the largest Not-For-Profits in the region.

Pam is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BS in Communications and from California State University, Sacramento with an MA in Communications.

She continues to be involved with many Not-For-Profit organizations including being on the Board of Directors of The Crocker Art Museum, Sol Aureus College Prep Charter School, The Kingsley Art Club and the University of Oregon Library Advancement Council.

RyanSpillerRyan Spillers is in his second season as the Director of Marketing for the Sacramento Kings.  In this role he oversees a variety of initiatives for the brand as it relates to ticket sales, partnerships, community impact, youth programs, and more.  Spillers has spent the majority of his career with professional sports teams, including the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena and the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center.  His experience also includes three years leading digital and relationship marketing initiatives for Lexus at Team One, a division of global ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi.  Spillers is a native of Louisiana who studied at Emory University and the London School of Economics and now lives in Sacramento with his wife, Corinne, and newborn son, Quinn.

TimHarrisTim Harris is the founder and CEO of Insight Public Relations, a Sacramento-based communications agency comprised of passionate creatives and storytellers. Insight helps companies connect with new and existing audiences through strategic positioning and dynamic storytelling on the channels currently capturing the world’s attention. Since founding the agency in 2012, Tim has had the opportunity to work with individuals and companies that span a range of industries, such as hospitality, health & wellness, outdoor, food & beverage, construction, entertainment, nonprofit and professional services. Insight has grown from a small consultancy to a full-service public relations agency that serves clients ranging from regionally-based startups to national brands.

_A5A1063-TrishTrish Lindvall joined SMUD in 2012, coordinating the speaker’s bureau and employee volunteer programs.  After more than 20 years in parks and recreation, she found that joining SMUD allowed her to focus on her passion – direct employee engagement in the community.

Trish manages SMUD’s speaker’s bureau, and trains employees at all levels in the presentation skills they need to successfully tell SMUD’s story.  Nearly 100 speakers are trained during each rate outreach process, approximately every two years.

The award winning SMUD volunteer program has nearly 500 active employee volunteers contributing thousands of hours to community nonprofits each year. Under Trish’s leadership, this program has grown to also raise thousands of dollars for the community annually.

Trish has been a requested as a speaker at local and national events on volunteerism, program management, and public speaking.

YvonneChavezYvonne Chavez is a witty and resourceful business development professional with ten years of accomplished marketing, sales, operations and Fortune 50 account management experience, within the advertising industry. She began her career at an agency in San Francisco, where she generated the largest gross profit margins in company history; contributing to Inc. 500’s coveted title of Fastest Growing Marketing Firm.  In her current role, Yvonne strengthens the client portfolio by leading all new business efforts and promotional initiatives — contributing to recognition from Google, Facebook and namely, Campaign US’s title of ‘Best Agency You’ve Never Heard Of.’.

Yvonne upholds her philanthropic passion through community endeavors — serving on the Board of Directors to establish AD2SF (a chapter of AAF), instituting internship programs for underserved youth, building an event-based non-profit organization or creating programs that generate volunteer participation, like FREEThink. An initiative she runs on behalf of SAC, to help non-profits tackle some of their toughest marketing challenges. Most recently, she was humbled to be named 2016’s Ad Person of the Year for her collective efforts.

// Yvonne is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley — Business Administration and Organizational Behavior