The People of Prosperitas
The Management Team
Frank Kavanaugh: Co-Chair & Founding Member
Frank Kavanaugh specializes in restructuring and recapitalizing emerging and troubled companies and transforming them into highly productive and leading edge businesses. From 2001 through 2007 he established Force Protection, Inc. (FRPT), and served as its Chairman of the company until he retired in June 2007. Under his leadership, Force Protection’s revenue grew from less than $1 million to over $900 million. Over the last 10 years, Frank has served in several executive positions, taking on operational and management roles in technology and software service firms including NewGen Systems, Planning Systems, and several of Fort Ashford Holdings’ portfolio companies. He co-founded and served as President/CEO of QuickStart Technologies and previously held positions at Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. Frank earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and an MBA from Pepperdine University. In addition to co-founding Prosperitas, Frank currently serves on several community boards including UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business’s Center for Wealth and Investment, Legatus in San Juan Capistrano, and the Child Guidance Center of Orange County.
Renee Pepys-Lowe: Co-Chair
Renee Pepys Lowe has always approached life with passion, enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence. Whether running a multimillion dollar business or being active in philanthropic activities, she embodies the true entrepreneurial spirit. She has received distinction as an influential leader in the juvenile product industry, a line of work that has been an integral part of the Pepys family heritage. In 1970, Renee’s mother, Shirley Pepys, founded NoJo, a pioneering infant bedding and accessory company. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from the University of Denver, Renee joined NoJo, where she served as the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1990 to 1998. In 1998, she founded her own company, CoCaLo. During the course of her career, Renee led CoCaLo to the forefront of infant bedding design with the introduction of many innovative and award winning nursery collections. She served on the boards of two industry-related organizations, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and All Baby and Child (ABC). Renee sold the company in 2008 and continued as the CEO until December, 2010. She maintains a keen interest for the industry that has provided a livelihood for two generations of the Pepys family. Renee is an active philanthropist and supporter of causes that make a positive influence in the lives of children. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of K.I.D.S., (Kids in Distressed Situations). She is also a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only organization of leading women entrepreneurs and executives. Renee’s current endeavors include consulting and investment ventures, and mentoring emerging entrepreneurs. She resides with her husband and two children in Newport Beach, California.
Mary Patrick: Co-Founder & Executive Director
Mary Patrick Kavanaugh specializes in producing innovative artistic, educational, and experiential programs for businesses, higher education, and community theater. In addition directing Prosperitas, she founded and directs Changemakers@SOKA, a student intern and mentorship program that connects Soka University students to purpose driven organizations committed to social transformation. Her recent artistic productions include Ophelia, a rock-musical rework of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, that tells the story from a female point of view; and Nothing Holding Me Back, a darkly comic community funeral sing-along that invites audience members to bury dead dreams, dashed hopes and disappointments. Her writing has appeared in numerous newspapers, trade and literary journals, and her novel, Family Plots: Love, Death and Tax Evasion, was named by Indie Reader as a 2009 Top Ten Pick for the Holidays on More.com. Mary holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco and a BA in History from San Francisco State University, and she is a licensed private investigator (California P.I. License #19957). She is founding director of Shiva’s Consorts, an educational consulting firm that connects the people, ideas and organizations that are transforming the world through provocative programs and fascinating field trips for grown-ups. Mary is the proud mother of Ashley, a committed young woman who is changing the world by teaching math and outdoor adventure to inner city high school students in East Los Angeles.
Diane Sagey: Merage School Partner and Assistant Dean, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives
Diane Sagey joined The Paul Merage School of Business in 2007 to help further enhance its reputation as one of the world's top business schools. She was promoted to Assistant Dean in 2010 and considers the Prosperitas Group one of her favorite strategic initiatives. With more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications leadership, Diane diversified a career foundation gained at Pacific Life with contributions at small and medium-sized regional non-profit and for-profit businesses plus a national public affairs agency. Having earned her MBA from the Merage School in 1999, she successfully transitioned to the high-tech industry, directing channel marketing for Toshiba's laptop division followed by global brand management for ViewSonic Corporation.
Advisory Board and Membership
Bruce Andrews: Prosperitas Founding Member, Director, Nationwide Health Properties, Inc.
R. Bruce Andrews served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nationwide Health Properties, Inc. (NHP), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in senior housing facilities, long-term care facilities and medical office buildings from September 1989 until his retirement in April 2004. He had previously served as a Director of American Medical International, Inc., a hospital management company, and served as its Chief Financial Officer from 1970 to 1985 and its Chief Operating Officer in 1985 and 1986. Bruce remains a director at NHP, as well as a director of Thomas Properties Group, Inc., a full-service real estate operating company.
Dr. Bill Hall: Financial Strategist and Personal Financial Planner
Bill Hall was the co-founder of The Executive Committee, TEC (now Vistage), on the West Coast in 1969. Vistage is a worldwide CEO organization with over 14,000 members. He retired from this activity in December 2008. He has held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Vedax Corporation, the former parent of Vistage. Bill was a Registered Professional Engineer while working offshore for Shell Oil and in marketing operations with Mobil Oil. He served in the U.S. Army as an officer in Europe, and was a Professor at Pepperdine University and California State University at Fullerton. His academic credentials include a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University, and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bill’s activities with non-profit organizations include serving as Chairman of California Baptist Foundation and Vice Chairman of the SBC Foundation. He was Chairman of the Board of California Baptist University and Strongtower Financial. He currently serves on the CBU Board and on two Advisory Boards for Southern California companies.
Shirley Pepys: Entrepreneur
Shirley Pepys is the co-founder of Noel Joanna, Inc., “NoJo”, a juvenile bedding and accessory company, and is best known as the creator of the Dr. Sears Original Babysling. NoJo has been acknowledged as the first company to present coordinated nursery products, car seat covers and accessories. After she sold NoJo to Crown Crafts, Inc. (NYSE) she inspired her daughter to start up CoCaLo, Inc., a manufacturer of infant bedding and accessories. She also returned to her juvenile product and design roots to start a new company, Balboa Baby LLC, with her son. They launched the Serene Sling from T-Rex, Japan, an innovative way to carry a baby. Not one to rest while waiting out a non-compete, Shirley’s love for children and passion for business led her to open Teddy Bears and Teacups, a retail location, in Newport Beach. Shirley is the past president of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association, where she built life-long relationships that she credits for enabling her to successfully grow in business. She has consulted with numerous small business owners and is a member of the Committee of 200, a preeminent group of women business executives in successful private and public companies. Shirley is a passionate philanthropist and is actively involved with the American Cancer Society and Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides an array of programs and services for abused and neglected children in foster care. She mentors and works with students, establishing relationships and fundraising for scholarships so they can attend college. She resides in Newport Beach and has four children and six grandchildren.
Andrew Policano: Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business
Andy is a nationally recognized macroeconomist, whose emphasis is on monetary theory and policy, economic forecasting, the U.S. Social Security system and business school trends. His research in progress includes the optimal timing of earnings announcements and strategies for academic leadership. Prior to joining UC Irvine, he was the Kuechenmeister Professor of Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dean of the School of Business, from 1991 to 2001. During his service as Dean, Policano was the guiding hand behind the development, design and construction of the $23-million Fluno Center for Executive Education. He has received research and study grants totaling more than $1.2 million, and recognition for his work that includes the Excellence in Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program, University of Iowa; Stony Brook Distinguished Alumnus Award; and the Robert A. Jerred Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, UW-Madison. He sits on three corporate boards of directors, and has published in such journals and business education periodicals as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Executive MBA Magazine. Andy received his PhD and MA in Economics from Brown University, and his BS in Mathematics from Stony Brook University.
Terry Smith: Retired Logistics Expert, Co-Founder, Petsense
Terry Smith is an internationally renowned logistics expert with experience spanning over thirty years in transportation and distribution. He has been an invaluable resource to companies facing difficult supply chain situations, holding several senior logistics positions within consumer retail and wholesale industries. He has held senior positions at Home Depot Corporation, California Hardware Company (CHC), and Distribution America, where he was instrumental in forging the merger between Sentry Hardware and Trustworthy Hardware. Since 1998, Terry has served as advisor to the Board of Sodimac, the largest Latin America home improvement and building materials retailer, and serves on the advisory board to Orco Construction Supply Co, Cordelia Lighting Corporation, and Petsence Corporation (where he was also co-founder). Terry and his wife, Ginger, have four grown children and nine grandchildren, and reside in Arcadia. Sometimes he likes to ride camels.
Burton Young: President, SVN Equities
Burton Young currently serves as President of SVN Equities. His real estate experience encompasses all facets of the business including brokerage, asset management, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions and finance. In January 1998, he formed a partnership with Rand Sperry and Mark Van Ness to manage, lease, buy and sell commercial real estate. Together, they have purchased more than 60 properties using the Sperry Van Ness network of investment brokers. For SVN Management, Young oversees the asset management and leasing of over eight million square feet of office, industrial, and retail property. He has personally brokered more than 150 transactions exceeding one billion dollars in sales and is the managing partner for approximately 30 investment real estate partnerships.
Founding & Members Emeritus
Greg Autry has founded and sold several small technology firms. Greg holds an MBA from the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, where he has also served as a lecturer, instructing courses in business strategy and economics. Greg has published works on business strategy, economics, policy, and the private space industry for a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers and is a compelling public speaker on these subjects. He was a speaker for the National Association of Business Economists at the National Association of Manufacturers conference in Denver, in October of 2010. He is completing a PhD in Management (Public Policy and Economics) at UC Irvine with a dissertation on the evolution of the US private space launch industry. He currently serves as the Research Lead for the Commercial Space Group of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also the co-author, with Peter Navarro, of "Death by China" a book on US-China policy to be published by Financial Times Press in May, 2011.
DJ Burke: VP of Private Client Services, Hollencrest Securities
DJ began his career as an integral member of the development team at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, playing a critical role in the school’s $2 billion capital campaign soliciting major gifts from high net worth individuals to fund cutting edge medical technology and research. After a successful tenure at USC, DJ led a group of professionals and volunteers at St. Mary’s and All Angels School in the planning, implementation and execution of a $10 million capital campaign, structured to build and complete St. Mary’s campus. DJ continues to assist non-profits in their development goals and strategic initiatives – he is an active member and sits on the board of directors for Gen-NeXt, a national non-profit working to shape public debate to focus on the next generation. He serves on Meg Whitman’s finance team for Governor of California 2010. He is an active board member of “Miracles for Kids,” the USC/Marshall School of Business Alumni Association of Orange County, and is a member of the USC/Marshall Partners. DJ attended the University of Southern California and received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the Annenberg School of Communication, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Communication Management.
Dr. Jay Calvert: Prosperitas Founding Member, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Jay Calvert is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He practices in Beverly Hills and Orange County, where he performs all types of plastic surgery and specializes in aesthetic surgery. He has a special interest in facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), and breast augmentation. Jay received his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Cornell University Medical College in New York City. Following medical school, he completed the training program for general and plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a program known for training the highest quality aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons through academic rigor and consistent exposure to complex surgical cases. A complete Curriculum Vitae, including professional affiliations, research and publications, can be found at www.drcalvert.com/about/curriculum-vitae.aspx.
Jackie Herr: Co-founder & Former CEO, Ignite Health
As an entrepreneur and specialist in healthcare marketing, Jackie co-founded and served as CEO of Ignite Health one of the nation’s top healthcare communications agencies. Jackie played the leading role in the successful acquisition of Ignite by InVentiv Health in 2007. During her 25 years in the healthcare marketing and communications area, Jackie has worked with a number of major pharmaceutical and healthcare clients introducing innovative new products to patients and physicians. These include Herceptin for Genentech-the first monoclonal antibody to treat breast cancer; OncotypeDx, the first genetic test to determine a breast cancer patients’ risk of recurrence and products from Lilly, Gilead, Novartis, Bristol-Myers and other major pharmaceutical and biotech clients. Jackie received her ABJ in Advertising from the University of Georgia in Athen, GA. She is active on the board of Furnishing Hope, a philanthropic organization providing furnishings for those in need and Palazzo Advisory/Acquisition, providing advisory and acquisition services across a number of market segments based in NY. Jackie lives in Corona del Mar with her husband, Scott and two girls -- Madeleine and Adrienne.
Selwyn Isakow: Chairman, Newport Private Bank, A Division of San Diego Private Bank
Selwyn Isakow, a resident of La Jolla, California and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of San Diego Private Bank and Chairman of the Loan and Nominating Committees. He is also Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Oxford Investment Group, Inc. a private equity investment and corporate development firm that has built over 50 manufacturing and niche distribution companies on a global basis. Selwyn was the Founder and Chairman of Bloomfield Hills Bancorporation, a Michigan-based holding company for The Private Bank which operated three private banking operations: The Bank of Bloomfield Hills, The Bank of Rochester and The Bank of Grosse Pointe as well as The Private Bank Wealth Management Group and The Private Bank Mortgage Company. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Comerica, Inc. a large regional bank in Detroit, Michigan and before that Selwyn served as a Principal of Booz Allen & Hamilton, management consultants, where he was a member of the Worldwide Strategic Management Group and headed the Financial Service Industry practice for Western U.S. He also was an Audit Manager for Fisher, Hoffman & Levenberg, Chartered Accountants in South Africa. Selwyn has served on the Board of Directors of Champion Enterprises Inc. and Ramco-Gershenson, both NYSE companies as well as numerous private companies and non-profit organizations. He has received various civic and business honors and awards, obtained his MBA with distinction from Wharton Business School in 1978 and his Bachelor of Commerce, Certificate in Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting degrees from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Monu Joseph: Managing Partner, Catalina Securities
Monu Joseph is the managing partner of Catalina Securities, a Newport Beach based merchant bank. He has extensive transactional experience with venture capital, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. This includes five years spent as a lawyer with Morrison & Foerster's corporate finance group, work with Hudson Venture Partners and its portfolio companies, as well as investment banking with CIBC World Markets’ Technology, Media and Telecom investment banking group based on Sand Hill Road. He has represented or worked with real estate advisory and investment firms, venture capital firms, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment banks, financial services companies and a host of multi-national corporations. He has extensive experience working with software, hardware, internet, media, medical device and other life science companies. Since founding Catalina in 2004, Monu has closed transactions totaling over $1BM in value.? Monu received a law degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Iowa where he was a member of the Law Review and a recipient of the LOF fellowship and has an MBA from Oxford University (emphasis in finance and bad behavior).? ?He serves on the Political Affairs & Membership committees of Gen Next, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He and his wife, Jeannie, have three children.
Dr. Hans Keirstead: Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology, UC Irvine
Canadian-born neuroscientist Dr. Hans Keirstead received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His thesis concerned his invention of a novel method for regenerating damaged spinal cords, and formed the basis of several worldwide patents as well as the formation of a company in 1999 to bring this treatment towards clinical trials. Hans’ Ph.D. work constituted the first demonstration of functional regeneration of the injured adult spinal cord, and for his achievements he received the Cameron Award for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Canada. Hans then completed four years of post-doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. He was elected to two senior academic posts at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of the Governing Body of Downing College, and Senate Member of the University of Cambridge, and was the youngest member to have been elected to those positions. In 2000, Dr. Keirstead became a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the University of California Irvine. The Reeve-Irvine Research Center, founded by actor Christopher Reeve and philanthropist Joan Irvine, is a leading center for spinal cord injury research. Hans was recently awarded the Distinguished Assistant Professor of UCI Award, the UCI Academic Senate's highest honor, and the UCI Innovation Award for innovative research leading to corporate and clinical development, and was thereafter promoted to Associate Professor. He has testified at the Federal Senate and House on multiple occasions regarding stem cell research and policy. He has founded and funded 3 biotechnology companies to bring treatments to clinical trials. Hans directs a research team investigating the cellular biology and treatment of spinal cord trauma, research that also has significance for multiple sclerosis and other diseases of the nervous system. He is also a former Co-Director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Director of the UCI Africa Initiative, and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of California Stem Cell. A complete overview of Hans’ research and publications can be found at www.anatomy.uci.edu/keirstead.html.
Kory Kramer is Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. Mr. Kramer is responsible for all Company development and expansion projects, acquisition of new properties and investor relations. Mr. Kramer concurrently serves as Chief of Staff to Timothy Busch and the The Busch Group, which includes managing a diversified portfolio of business and financial responsibilities for both public and private entities. Mr. Kramer is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, and received both his bachelors and masters degrees from Boston College. He serves on the board of directors for the Napa Valley Corporate Park and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and their Young Leaders program. Mr. Kramer enjoys the beach, politics, college football, and traveling.
Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D.: UCI Cancellor's Professor & Director, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders
Dr. Frank LaFerla’s research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease, the most common form of dementia among the elderly. His laboratory has developed several transgenic mouse models of neurodegenerative disorders including the first transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer disease that recapitulates the two major neuropathological lesions, plaques and tangles. His research group was also among the first to show that stem cell transplantation could be useful for the treatment of cognitive dysfunction. Findings from his lab show that stem cells promote repair not via a cell replacement mechanism but by performing a “nursing” function. Recently, the lab was awarded $3.6 million from CIRM as part of the Early Translation Grant Program to develop an Alzheimer’s disease therapy involving human neural stem cells. Frank has received several honors for his research accomplishments including the Ruth Salta Junior Investigator Achievement Award from the American Health Assistance Foundation, Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer Association, UCI Chancellor’s Fellow, Distinguished Mid-career Faculty Research Award, UCI Innovation Award and the Promising Work Award from the Metropolitan Life Foundation for Medical Research. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association and the Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards for Sonexa Therapeutics, Akeso Health Sciences, and Signum Biosciences. He is also the associate editor for Current Alzheimer Research and a member of the editorial board of the Neurobiology of Aging and Neurobiology of Disease. Frank received his B.S. in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. His graduate training was completed at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Ph.D. in the field of virology in 1990. He subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow at the Holland Laboratory of the American Red Cross before moving to Irvine as an assistant professor in late 1995.
Omer Long: Real Estate Investor
Omer Long is a long time real estate investor. He enjoys frequent travel with Lou Ellen, his wife of almost fifty years.
Steve Masler: CPA, Principal, Masler & Associates
Steve Masler is founder and principal at Masler & Associates, as well as serving as CEO of health care oriented business enterprises, including the Irvine Multi-Specialty Surgical Care (an ambulatory surgical center), The Donor Source International (a national egg donor and surrogacy agency), and Specialized Medical Management Corporation. Steve is prominent in the fertility medical space, having chaired numerous fertility related national programs and organizations connected with American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Prior to his present business involvements, Steve was Eastern Hemisphere Internal Audit Director for Xerox Corporation, among other positions with Xerox over a 15-year career. His attended Brooklyn College (now City University of New York) and NYU Stern Graduate School of Business. Steve is married to Joy Masler, and has two grown children.
Mark McCormick: Managing Partner, First Centennial Mortgage
Prior to joining First Centennial Mortgage, Mark McCormick was the co-founder and President of one of the nation's largest Credit Reporting companies. After selling his firm to a large publicly traded Company he stayed on and was responsible for the integration of the company, reporting directly to the CEO. Later he helped merge that company with another publicly traded company for combined sales in excess of $1 billion. Mark graduated from St. Norbert College in Depere, Wisconsin with a business degree.
David Mirsky: Co-Founder & CEO of Pacific Rim Capital, Inc.
Dave's company, PRC, founded in 1990, is one of the largest independent leasing companies in the country today and is one of North America's top five independent lessors of material handling equipment. With operations in Canada and Mexico, PRC has nearly $500 million of equipment under lease. Dave grew up in New York and is a summa cum laude graduate of Binghamton University, holding a degree in Management Science. He moved to California in 1976 after his graduation from where he met his wife Cindy at his first job with the May Company. They were married in 1980 and have three boys, Steven, 24, Gregory, 22, and Nathan, 9. Dave, Cindy and family live in Laguna Hills and have a home in Utah. Dave enjoys photography and studies Roman history in his "spare time." Cindy takes care of their non-profit activities with her membership on the Boards of Mission Hospital and AIPAC (American Israel Political Action Committee).
John Rough: Principal, Bond Services
John Rough is one of the principals of Bond Services of California Insurance Agency and Brokerage, LLC, a firm that provides the most complete surety bond and undertaking service in California. A California native, John attended Occidental College and Beverly College of Law. Even before graduation, John was sharpening his skills in the bonds and undertakings arena by working summers at the Los Angeles County Courthouse for Golden State Bonding, his family bond business. Endowed with the same entrepreneurial spirit as his father, Rough established Bond Services of California in 1974. Twenty years later, he co-founded a second company, California Civil and Judicial Bonding, which served to broaden the scope of his expertise. Today, John is one of the few bond specialists with such extensive connections in the California court system
Rand Sperry: President, Sperry Van Ness
Rand Sperry is the Co-Founder of Sperry Van Ness, the fastest growing commercial real estate brokerage firm in the nation, having grown to over 800 advisors in more than 140 markets across the country. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SVN Equities and SVN property management, which have acquired over 100 properties that exceed one billion in value. ?Rand combines his unique array of talents and experience in the industry to help others achieve financial independence. From being a self-made millionaire in his mid twenties and his rapid rise through the ranks of a large company, to his co-founding and management of Sperry Van Ness, he has inspired young men and women entering the commercial real estate profession in many ways. He is frequently invited as a seminar or motivational speaker at industry and business gatherings throughout the Southwest and enjoys sharing the excitement and opportunity of real estate brokerage and ownership.?Rand is active in both church and community. He is or has been a member of numerous civic and religious boards and committees in Orange County, California, where he resides with his wife, Rosemary and their six children.
Frank Talarico, Jr.: President & CEO, J Serra Catholic High School
Frank is the first J Serra CEO and oversees all aspects of the operations and business of the school. Under his leadership, the eight-year old school has launched a nationally innovative pre-medical magnet program in partnership with Mission Hospital, won its first CIF championship in any sport, added executives from some of Orange County's most iconic companies to its board of directors and maintained enrollment despite one of the worst recessions on record. Frank previously served as Servite Catholic High School's VP of Institutional Advancement, one of four seats on the school's Executive Team. Among his prior accomplishments, he was the first Foundation Director for the Southern California PGA, leading that organization from successful launch through financial and operational maturation. Upon his departure, that organization was the largest of its kind in the United States. He currently holds seats on the Board of Trustees for the Southern California PGA Foundation and the Women's Southern California Golf Association Foundation. He has been engaged in the successful start-up and liquidity events for three organizations. He has taught as adjunct faculty at the California State University, Fullerton School of Business and Economics and School of Communications. In May, 2010, Frank was selected by OC Metro Magazine as one of Orange County's "40 Under Forty," highlighting the county's top forty CEOs at and under the age of forty. He lives in Yorba Linda, with his daughter Gabriella and his son Frank Nicholas.
George has over 20+ years experience in marketing and product development, primarily serving the telecommunications and data networking systems markets.
He thrives in both highly dynamic start-up and Fortune 500 environments. George chaired Next @The Barclay for four years, raising both funds and awareness for the popular theatre. The name "George" apparently means “farmer,” which was fine with him until he learned that his brother's name means “the immortal one.” George is still getting over this fact. "The farmer" swam for the Greek National team for four years. He earned his Electrical Engineering degree from SMU and his MBA from USC.
Bill Williams: Prosperitas Founding Member, CEO, Creative Wealth Strategies, Williams Group
Bill Williams is CEO of Creative Wealth Strategies, Williams Group (CWSWG). Bill is also co-founder and Director of CWS Capital Partners, which manages over $1 billion in real estate assets. CWSWG sense of timing and property selection, coupled with a demand for excellence and a keen ability for negotiation has given the company a consistent success record for high capital appreciation in real estate investments. Bill and his wife Bobbitt are involved in various philanthropic organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Orange County Philharmonic Society, Orange County Lincoln Club, UCI, and the Newport Beach Public Library.
Douglas A. Wilson: CEO, Next Solutions
Doug Wilson has worked in a variety of industries and focused particularly on the alignment between strategy and execution. Some of his activities include: CEO of Next Solutions, Inc. which works as a franchise operation for homebuilders around the country; strategy advisor to boards of corporations; board chair of Granite Investment Advisory Group; and past owner and chairman of Townhall.com, one of the top 500 traffic sites on the internet. Because of Doug's background in organizational behavior and psychology, he has always had an emphasis on optimizing people's talents. He is the Co-Chair for UCI of their major thrust called Leaders in Energy and the Environment. He also serves on the board of KOCE Public Television and Human Rights USA. He co-authored Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today with Ed Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, which quickly became a NYT Best Seller. Doug's objective in policy development is to bring solutions to the most successful and complex human system ever developed by civilization - the USA. Doug has two adult children and is married to his wife Karen of 36 years. Karen and Doug also served as co-chairs of the Laguna Art Museum, and currently serve on the board of the Wilson Family Foundation.