Speakers

Ana Medina

Director- Business Development at Access Plus Capital

Ana Medina has been with Access Plus Capital since 2013, she currently serves as the Business Development Director. The mission of Access Plus Capital is to grow businesses and jobs in underserved communities. Ms. Medina has a keen understanding of the desires, needs and challenges ...
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Andy Seeto

Lender Relations Specialist, District International Trade Office, & SCORE Liaison at Small Business Administration

Andy is a life-long resident of the Central Valley, born and raised in Fresno, CA. He graduated from CSU Fresno with a B.S. Degree in Business Finance. Andy has over 18 years of business lending in originating loans under the SBA loan programs and other ...
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Anthony Valera

District Manager at FANUC America

Anthony Valera is a District Manager for FANUC America specializing in material handling robotics arms for manufacturing, assembly, packaging, palletizing, and more. He has provided several robotic arms and systems throughout the west coast in various industries, such as agriculture, medical, industrial, etc. He applies ...
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Autumn Gardia

Director of Special Projects and Grants at Merced College

Autumn is the Director of Special Projects and Grants and oversees the Workplace Internship Network (WIN) office at Merced College. In addition, she serves as the Regional Lead for the Central Region Consortium Workplace Internship Development project. After spending over a decade working with business ...
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Barry Vesser

Deputy Director at Center for Climate Protection

Barry Vesser is the Deputy Director at the Center for Climate Protection. He is part of the Clean Power Exchange team that reports on and tracks Community Choice developments, and led the development of four large symposiums on Community Choice Energy in California. He is ...
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Becky Barabe

Dean of Applied Technology at Fresno City College

Dr. Becky Barabé began her higher education career teaching and working in a number of categorically-funded programs within the West Hills Community College District and Merced College focused on workforce development. In January 2017 Dr. Barabe became the Dean of Applied Technology at Fresno City ...
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Ben Hubbell

Manager at Wiebe Hinton Hambalek, LLP

Ben Hubbell is a leader in WHH’s real estate practice group. His expertise in complex transactional consulting, pass through entities, and tax deferred exchanges has been honed over his 11 years at the firm. Ben has a particular talent for interpreting and utilizing various applications ...
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Billy Taylor

Keynote Speaker at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Billy Taylor is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT), based in Akron, OH. In this role, he leads diversity and inclusion strategies across the 22 countries where Goodyear operates. Throughout his career with Goodyear, Billy has ...
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Brian Olson

Envolve Health

Brian is an Innovative Technology Director with 20+ years of IT experience in a variety of industries. For the past 10+ years he has been in the healthcare field, in a triple role as the Director of IT Operations/Security/Pharmacy Encounters for Centene in the Central ...
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Carl Schroeder

Founder at GeoStrategies

Carl Schroeder is the founder and president of GeoStrategies, a 25-year analytics firm specializing in investment-grade geographic modeling. GeoStrategies works regularly with many Investment Banks and Private Equity firms across the US, supporting their middle-market portfolio companies. His work helps companies know where to go ...
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Craig Scharton

Client Advisor at California Manufacturing Technology Consulting

Craig Scharton is a Client Associate for CMTC. Craig has 33 years of experience in business, local government management, business incubation and entrepreneurship education. He enjoys working with businesses at all stages of their growth and finding creative solutions to help them succeed.

Dan Sousa

Apprenticeship Program Manager at State Center Community College District

Dan Sousa coordinates apprenticeship and workforce training for State Center Community College District. As an employee for 27 years, Dan has served in many capacities. Hired as an Electronics Instructor in August of 1992, he was instrumental in developing new certificate programs influenced by his ...
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Darrel Pyle

City Manager at City of Hanford

Darryl is responsible for the daily operations of a full-service municipal government, including the efforts of 256 full-time and 118 seasonal employees. His duties include managing staff, developing and implementing budgets, as well as the goals and objectives of the elected officials. He is also ...
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David Clark

Dean of Instruction in Agriculture, Business, and Industrial Technology at Reedley College

David Clark has been involved in Career Technical Education for the last 30 years. David has taught at the high school, community college and university system and is current the CTE Dean of Instruction at Reedley College. As a community college instructor, David started the ...
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David Rivera

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

David Rivera Jr. has over 39 years of experience with the California Department Tax and Fee Administration and is currently the Reviewer in the Audit Section of the Fresno Office. As expert in California’s Sales and Use Tax Law, Mr. Rivera aids the Fresno District ...
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Eliot Dratch

CMTC

Eliot is a Senior Consultant specializing in operational improvements for industrial manufacturers. This includes implementing Quality, Safety and Lean programs and teaching methods to anchor and sustain positive organizational change. He applies 25+ years of industrial, aerospace, and automotive manufacturing experience to add value to ...
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Eric Palmaer

Private Board Chairman at Vistage Worldwide, Inc., The Palmaer Group

Eric currently leads two CEO Board of Advisors, comprising Chief Executives from non-competing companies that encourage, challenge and inspire one another to achieve what they want with their business and their lives. He also leads a Key Executive peer advisory group for C-suite executives and ...
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Erik Cherkaski

Business Services Manager at Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board

Erik Cherkaski is the Business Services Manager at the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board’s Business Services Center, a one stop hub for all business needs in the Fresno County region. Erik oversees programs including the online business referral system Fresno4biz.com, The HR Hotline, job recruitment ...
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Ganesan Srinivasan

Madera Community College Center at Dean of Instruction


Gurminder Sangha

Sector Navigator - Advanced Manufacturing at College of the Sequoias

Mr. Sangha is currently the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Navigator & Statewide Director for the Division of Workforce and Economic Development, California Community Colleges. Mr. Sangha is a proud team member of the transformational DoingWhatMATTERS for the Jobs and the Economy framework that is successfully addressing ...
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Ian Tonks

Founder at Traction Trainer

As one of 200+ qualified EOS implementers worldwide, Ian’s passion is to help business leaders plan more strategically, grow more reliably, and maximize the talent in their companies by customizing EOS’s proven system to each client’s unique situation and needs.

Joe Alonzo

Morning Star

Joe Alonzo began working in Talent and Organizational Development for The Morning Star Company in 2016. His primary responsibilities are to develop individual and group capabilities in the northern region of the operation, which include the production plant, harvesting, transplanting and administrative entities. Joe earned ...
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John Katovich

Founder at Cutting Edge Capital

John is the founder of Oakland, CA-based Cutting Edge Capital, Cutting Edge Counsel, and co-founder of SVX US. Each firm is committed to fostering responsible and sustainable capital-raising strategies and operational practices for all types of small to medium-sized businesses. John’s capital markets background includes ...
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John Maloney

CEO at Anlin Window Systems

John Maloney is an accomplished senior executive with over 40 years of business experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution and business consulting. During this period, Mr. Maloney has started, grown and managed businesses ranging from family owned enterprises to a $300 million company owned by ...
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Joseph Castro

President at California State University, Fresno

Joseph I. Castro has served as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno since 2013. He is the first Californian and first Valley native to serve in this position. In 2018, Fresno State was ranked Number 17 in the nation by Washington Monthly and ...
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Ken Klippenstein

Founder at Klippenstein Corporation

Ken is Founder and President of Klippenstein Corporation, a manufacturer of packaging equipment and provider solutions to a wide range of industries since 1979. Klippenstein’s objective is to help companies achieve cost reduction, improve operations, and obtain better quality.

Ken Wittwer

Partner at Moss Adams

Ken Wittwer is a Partner with Moss Adams LLP (formerly Morse Wittwer Sampson, LLP). He works primarily in the area of Manufacturing and Consumer Products taxation. He also has extensive experience in business valuation, business consulting and financial statement preparation. He received his BS in ...
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Kris Costa

CTE Dean at West Hills College Lemoore

Kris Costa grew up on a dairy farm in Tulare. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cal Poly SLO, in Agriculture. Kris taught high school ag for 7 years- in Orange County and Visalia. She was the Tech Prep Coordinator and subsequently, Director ...
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Lance Hastings

CEO at CMTA

Hastings has held several leadership roles at MillerCoors the past 15 years. He served most recently as Vice President of National Affairs for MillerCoors. Prior to that he served as Head of Regulatory & Tax Affairs for SABMiller. He also represented Miller Brewing Company and ...
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Lee Brand

Mayor at City of Fresno

Lee Brand is the 25th Mayor of the City of Fresno, sworn into office on January 3, 2017. He is the former President and co-founder of Westco Equities, Inc., a property management/construction firm which he has owned and operated for the past 29 years. He ...
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Mark Brugger

Client Advisor at CMTC

Mark’s career includes over 17 years of experience in manufacturing and aerospace industries prior to his start with EDS. Mark’s experience includes machine shop operations, numerically controlled machine tools, robotics, manufacturing engineering, shop floor control, manufacturing systems, business development, engineering and computer systems management. He ...
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Mark Waller

Associate at Dowling Aaron

Mark focuses his legal practice on business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, secured lending, and real estate leasing and sales. Mark has developed particular expertise in guiding transactions through the complexities of state and federal securities laws. Mark has also negotiated ...
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Mike Betts

Chairman & CEO at Betts Company

We provide our customers with products, services and expertise to help move vehicles, products and people productively and safely through our three business units: Betts Spring Manufacturing, Betts Truck Parts and Service and BettsHD. The fundamental purpose of Betts Company is to help people and ...
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Mike Dozier

Independent Energy Consultant at Mike Dozier Consulting

Mike Dozier currently operates his own consulting firm, Mike Dozier Consulting. Mr. Dozier previously served as the Executive Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State, and the Lead Executive of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley from ...
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Nickolas Katko

President at BMA Inc.

Nicholas S. Katko, is an early pioneer of Lean Accounting. In the 1990’s, as CFO of Bullard, Nick implemented a complete lean management accounting system in conjunction with Bullard’s Lean transformation, which included eliminating standard costing. Through this experience, Nick learned that existing management accounting ...
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Pete Weber

Co-Chair at California Forward

Peter Weber is a retired corporate executive, having served as Vice-President of FMC Corporation, a diversified Fortune 500 company; CEO of Teknowledge, Inc., a publicly traded artificial intelligence software and services company; and CEO of Riverbend International, a publicly traded agribusiness company. Mr. Weber retired ...
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Robbie Kunkel

SBDC (Clovis Community College)

Robbie Kunkel, Dean of Instruction, CTE at Clovis Community College, is a long-time supporter of entrepreneurs and small-business owners. A former consultant for Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco and Richmond, CA, and a small business owner, Robbie understands the many challenges faced by entrepreneurs and ...
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Robert Wiebe

Partner at Wiebe Hinton Hambalek CPA/Consulting

As a third generation resident of Fresno County, Robert Wiebe’s lifetime commitment to the valley endures. Handling harvest and day-to-day operations, Robert nurtures the legacy by farming the family farmstead first owned by his grandfather. Outside of work, Robert is an avid reader of historical ...
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Steve Shaw

Director at McMillan Consulting

Steve Shaw, Managing Director of Secure Data Team, Inc. Secure Data Team is a local Fresno team of cyber-security professionals that helps local organizations secure their data utilizing best of class solutions and best practices. We take a very holistic business approach to cyber security. ...
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Thad Russell

Dean of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development at College of the Sequoias

Thad Russell began his higher education career teaching at Manhattan Technical College following twelve successful years in the private sector as an Information Technology professional. In the summer of 2015 Thad became the Dean of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development at College of the ...
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Troy Brandt

General Manager at Hydratech LLC

Troy Brandt is the General Manager of Hyrdratech LLC, a manufacturer of custom hydraulic cylinders. Troy relocated to Fresno California in 2012 having been born and living most of his life in Minneapolis Minnesota. Troy has spent his entire career working in manufacturing at nearly ...
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Vanessa Vasconcelos

ABC 30

Vanessa Vasconcelos joined ABC30 February of 2016. Prior to joining the Action News Team, Vanessa worked as a multimedia journalist in the Chico-Redding market. The Bay Area native grew up in San Mateo and graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Broadcast ...
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Will Oliver

Fresno County EDC

Will Oliver is the Director of Business Services for the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and leads a team committed to providing advocacy, outreach, and support services to area businesses to foster job creation, business expansion and investment in Fresno County. Will’s professional background ...
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