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Charter Members

The date following each name signifies when each person was inducted as a Charter Member after incorporation. The professional position Charter Members held at the time they joined The Business Forum is shown.

John Hathaway-Bates - June 12th, 1982 - At the time of joining The Business Forum John was a Commercial Tactician with many years of International experience. He has been elected a Fellow of the British Society of Commerce, the Institution of Buyers, the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Administrative Accountants, and the Institute of Purchasing & Supply and a member of the Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Management and the British Institute of Journalists.  He is the author of "Tactics" and "Fast Track Marketing in a Global Economy" and wrote the American Management Association's "Executive Guide to Office Space Planning & Design" and several other works published in both Europe and America.  He has also lectured on business and marketing in Europe, Asia, Africa and America at major Universities and before other professional audiences.

Cris Dawson - June 12th, 1982 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Cris was President of Dawson Design. He graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute with a degree in Fine Arts and holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts & Design from the California Institute of Arts. His conceptual and communications graphics have been featured in exhibitions both in America and abroad and he has been presented with awards from many prestigious societies and organizations.

David W. Millington - June 12th, 1982 - At the time of joining The Business Forum David was Vice President of Administration for MGM/UA. He graduated from Brixton College (London) and holds a professional designation in Building & Construction Industry Management from the University of California Los Angeles. David has wide International experience in Real Estate Development, Communications and Administration with major corporations in Europe and America.

Robert R. Sherman - June 12th, 1982 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Rayne was President of the Sherman Design Group. He is a graduate of Woodbury University with a degree in Interior Design and teaches Interior Design at California State University Long Beach. Rayne has many years experience in Facilities and Commercial Interior Design and is a past President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Business Designers (California Chapter).

David R. Brooks - June 12th, 1982 - At the time of joining The Business Forum David was completing his accounting degree at California State University Long Beach while working for Regency Financial Services.  Subsequent to gaining his degree David has worked with the tax departments of Coopers & Lybrand, KMPG Peat Marwick and Ernst & Young.

James C. Moore - August 11th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Chip was the Human Resources Director at Pepperdine University. He holds degrees in History, Languages, Business and International Relations from the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. Chip and has lectured and written on Human Resources for professional audiences and taught Political Sciences in both Europe and America. He is also fluent in several languages.

Greg Strick - August 11th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Greg was Manager of Operations Systems for Litton Data Command Systems Inc. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and degrees in the field of Education and Government/International Relations. He has wide international experience Operations, Logistics, Project Management, Information Systems, Training and Education.

Joseph Byrne - August 11th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Joe was Corporate Director of Human Resources with Unocal Corporation. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters and PhD from MIT. Joe has wide International Operations experience and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.

Larry R. De Jarnett - August 11th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Larry was a Partner with A T Kearny Management Consultants. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with degrees in Business Administration and also in Personnel Management. Previously he was Vice President of Information Technology for Lear Siegler Corporation and before that spent fifteen years with Ford Motor Company with responsibility for Financial and Systems Management.

Gary L. Saenger - September 9th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Gary was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Security Pacific Automation Company. He is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Education and Personnel. He has extensive experience in Employee Relations, Communications, Policy Implementation and Training. Previously he was with American Hospital Supply Corporation as Director of Human Resources.

Roger O. Schultz - September 14th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Roger was President of ROS Associates. He holds a degree in Sales & Marketing from Syracuse University and degrees in Business Education, Marketing and Economics from Cleveland State University. He has International experience in Marketing, Research & Development, Engineering and product planning and introduction, corporate management and business evaluation.

Stanley C. Abraham - November 19th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Stan was Professor of Strategy & Management at Pepperdine University. He graduated from the University of London with a degree in Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in Management from UCLA and a Masters from MIT. Previously he was a senior policy analyst at the Rand Corporation. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the World Future Society.

Frank Kiyomura - November 30th, 1987 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Frank was President of Kiyomura Associates Inc. He holds a degree in Business from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a prominent member of the Facility Planning and Architectural Community, his work has been recognized Internationally and he was the founder and President of Interspace, Inc. He is active in multi-national business ventures, especially in the Far East and is fluent in Japanese.

June Jones - January 13th, 1988 - At the time of joining The Business Forum June was Senior Vice President of Human Resources Policy at First Interstate Bank. She is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles with degrees in Philosophy and Sociology and also holds certificates on Labor and Business Management, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. June has many years of both teaching and professional experience in Labor and employee relations.

Robert J. Brown - April 29th, 1988 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bob was President of Computer Dynamics Inc. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Business Administration. He is a member of the Business Network and a Vice President with Rotary Club. Previously Bob held key executive positions with Xerox Corporation (Computer Services Division) and IBM Service Bureau Corporation in Product Development.

William A. Sleeper - May 6th, 1988 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bill was Vice President of Finance for Mika Company. He holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles and is active in the Financial Executive's Institute and the California Society of CPA's. Previously was with Coopers & Lybrand he has extensive experience in Financial Management, Budgetary Controls and Financial Systems design and implementation in several varied fields.

Harold Amens - May 26th, 1988 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Hal was President of Lyon, Popanz & Forester. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Hal has wide international experience in the field of information systems working with some of the world's leading corporations in the areas of corporate strategy for communications and electronic media.

Eugene F. Page, III - July 15th, 1988 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Gene was International Director for The Faulkner Company. Gene holds a degree in Economics from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has international expertise in Real Estate and is a member of the Society of Industrial Realtors, Urban Land Institute and the International Development Research Council. Gene is fluent in German and taught English at Seoul National University Korea.

Bruce M. Clay - December 31st, 1989 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bruce was General Manager ServTel Corporation, a division of ACER America. He holds a BSc degree in Math/Computer Science from Western Illinois University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Bruce has wide experience in computer science and has written many articles published in Europe and America, appeared on Radio, and has spoken at many industry conferences on diverse computer related subjects.

Robert J. Toering - March 1st, 1996 - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bob was President of MascoTech Norris Industries Inc. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Product Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Bob has International experience in Manufacturing and contract negotiation. Previously he held executive positions with General Defense Corporation, Maremont Corporation and Rodman Laboratories.

David Paulson - March 1st, 1996 - At the time of joining The Business Forum David was Treasurer and Controller with the Los Angeles Times. David holds a degree in accounting from the State University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Technology for Learning Project, the International Newspaper Financial Executives Association and the Printing Industry Association Mayor's Round Table.

Emeritus

George H. Banks - June 12th, 1985 (1982 - 1994) - At the time of joining The Business Forum George was a Partner with Parker & Cabaldon. George is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a Masters degree. He has wide International experience in the discipline of management team development and is a recognized authority in the field of senior level executive search. He has held management positions in corporations both in Europe and America and George is fluent in several languages.

Charlotte Beer - May 31st, 1991 (1991 -1996) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Charlotte was Director of Facilities & Telecommunications for Recycler Publications. She is a graduate of Exeter University (England) She is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Art, the International Facility Management Association of which she is Program Director Los Angeles, and the British American Chamber of Commerce. Charlotte is also fluent in French and Italian.

Mary Cogswell - June 12th, 1985 (1982 - 1996) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Mary was President of Gardens in Glass. She studied Fine Arts at Pennsylvania State University and at the Southern Methodist University and her work has been exhibited internationally. She is recognized as a world leading stained glass artist and was commissioned by the City of Los Angeles to create a limited edition which the City presented as gifts to foreign dignitaries.

JoEllen M. Hagerty - December 2nd, 1987 (1987 - 1989) - At the time of joining The Business Forum JoEllen was Director of Human Resources for Sierra Concepts. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and is a member of the American Society for Personnel Administration. She has International experience in recruitment, compensation, affirmative action and employee relations, having worked in South America and Europe. JoEllen is also fluent in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Jerome M. Lyons - September 16th, 1987 (1987 - 2000) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Jerry was an Independent Consultant.  Jerry was previously Vice President of Administration for Cherry Textron VSI Corporation. He graduated from Loyola University with BA and M.Ed. degrees and held an MBA from Pepperdine University. He taught courses on Labor Relations and Business Law and was well experienced in the field of manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical and Retail Industries.

Kenneth W. Oder - April 22nd, 1988 (1988 - 1994) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Ken was Chairman of the Employment Law Department of the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He graduated from the University of Virginia and is an active member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar. He has lectured and written for the University of Virginia Law Review, American Arbitration Association, the California Trial Lawyers Association and other professional bodies.

James P. Sundquist - January 1st, 1987 (1987 - 1998) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Jim was in private practice, Jim was previously Director of Administration for Decision Management Company Inc. He graduated with an Arts degree from Hamline University and held a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Jim had wide experience in both Contract and Proposal negotiation on an International basis with both major Corporations and Government Organizations.

Alan Hensley - September 14th, 1987 (1987 - 2001) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Alan was Vice President of Distribution for the Fashion Channel Inc. He graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Science and Business Administration. He has wide international experience in the field of Distribution Management, having held executive positions with such organizations as Yokohama Tire Corporation, Aaron Brothers, Pacific Connections and May Company.

Marshall W. Vorkink - February 10th, 1990 (1990 - 2001) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Marshall was a Senior Partner with Cummins & White. Marshall graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a BA and Juris Doctor degree. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the LA County and American Bar Associations and was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Previously he supervised the California-Nevada litigation department of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Robert E. Nelson - February 28th, 1998 (1998 - 2007) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bob was Vice President of Business Strategy with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Bob holds a degree in Engineering and a Masters Degree in Engineering Systems Management from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman he held management positions with Singer Librascope and with Magnavox, where he worked on navigation systems. In all Bob has over thirty years of aerospace industry experience.

David T. Hulett - November 30th, 1987 (1987 - 2008) - David holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University and an AB from Princeton. He is a member the American Economic Association. and the National Association of Business Economists. He was Economist for the Board of Governors the Federal Reserve, Chief of Economic Statistics at the United States Office of Management & Budget and Director Energy Source Analysis for the United States Department of Energy.

Robert H. Gassner - January 1st, 1988 (1988 - 2008) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bob was President of CNS Inc. He has taught at several Universities and has published many articles and specifications. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals and a past Chairman of the Aerospace Metals Engineering Committee. He was previously Chief of the Metals Section and the Administrator of Research & Development for the Douglas Aircraft Company.

Robert Anderson - May 24th, 1991 (1991 - 2008) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Bob was Vice President of Human Resources for International Rectifier Corporation. He graduated from the University of California Long Beach with a degree in Arts and Social Sciences. Bob has industry-wide experience in negotiation and personnel planning and previously held the position of Western Regional Director with the International Service Employees Union, AFL/CIO.

Scott Kohno - September 27th, 1988 (1988 - 2007)- At the time of joining The Business Forum Scott was President of Chaix & Johnson Inc. Scott holds a degree in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has wide international experience in the world of Architecture and Interior Design and he is active in the international architecture community and is recognized as one of the world's experts on retail space planning.

Duanne A. Paul - January 13th, 1989 (1991 - 2009) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Duanne was Senior Economist with Bank of America in Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of California. He was elected Chairman of the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Panel of Economic Advisors, and a member of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the National Association of Business Economists. He has written for many publications on Economics.

Barbara J. Montz - May 3rd, 1991 (1991 - 2007) - At the time of joining The Business Forum Barbara was President of Marketing by Design. Barbara holds an MBA from New York University, a degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State and studied International Relations at the University of Mannheim and the University of Cologne in Germany. She has gained international experience in multinational Project Management and Marketing on all five continents and is fluent in German.

Dean K. Allen - February 10th, 1988 (1988 - 2007)- At the time of joining The Business Forum Dean was in Real Estate Development in Rancho California. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BEMA from the University of Southern California. Dean was elected a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Director of the American Society for Macro-Engineering. Previously he was Chairman of Fluor Engineering Group.
 


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