Retired Chairman and CEO, Surface Protection Industries, Inc.
President, R. Davidson and Associates, LLC
Board Chair, ArtCenter College of Design
Robert C. Davidson, Jr. formed Surface Protection Industries, Inc. (SPI) in 1978. Under his leadership, SPI became one of the largest African American-owned manufacturing companies in California, ranking in the top 100 on the Black Enterprise list of America’s top black-owned industrial/service companies.
Davidson has a strong entrepreneurial résumé. In the early 1970s, he headed his own management consulting firm and, prior to that, served as chief executive officer of Avant Garde Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based entertainment holding company.
In Boston, Davidson co-founded and served as vice president of the Urban National Corporation, a private venture capital company that was established to increase mainstream industry’s investment in minority-controlled businesses. The organization raised $10 million in capital from many Fortune 500 companies.
The entrepreneurial spirit of Davidson’s career path is also reflected in his commitment to community involvement. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (NYSE); Broadway Federal Bank (NASDAQ); Cedars-Sinai Hospital Los Angeles; and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He is also Chairman Emeritus at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1998, Morehouse College honored Davidson, one of its most distinguished alumni, by naming the President’s home and its executive center Davidson House. Davidson was the 1997 recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Award and the 1990 recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Save the Children Award from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem. He was also named Black Businessman of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black MBA Association and Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Investment Companies.
Davidson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Morehouse College. In 2007, Davidson received the distinguished Benjamin E. Mays Award, which is named in honor of the College’s famous former President.
Davidson and his wife, Faye, are parents of three sons, one of whom is an ArtCenter alumnus. The Davidsons are avid art collectors and Faye is a member of the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Davidson joined the ArtCenter Board of Trustees in 2004 and was re-elected to a fifth term as Chair of the Board in June 2018. He is the first African American to serve in this role at ArtCenter, and among the first African Americans to assume board leadership of a member institution within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.
Jeffrey C. Barbakow began his professional career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch. During his 20-year tenure with the firm, working on Wall Street, in San Francisco and managing their Los Angeles Investment Banking office, he focused on entertainment, media and healthcare clients. While at Merrill Lynch, he served as chairman of ML Film Partners, and president of both ML Media and ML Opportunity Partners.
From 1988 to 1991, he served as chairman, CEO
He earned a BS in industrial design from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He completed
He is a member of the CEO Board of Advisors at the USC Marshall School of Business and the Chancellor’s Council at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is on the Gryphon Investors Executive Advisory Board and has served as a trustee of Crane Country Day School in Santa Barbara and The Thacher School in Ojai. He is currently serving on the ArtCenter Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Board of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Carl Bass is Former President & CEO of Autodesk, Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering
Formerly he was Autodesk’s chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing
Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993.
He holds a BA in mathematics from Cornell University. He serves on the Autodesk Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Cornell Computing and Information Science. He joined the ArtCenter Board of Trustees in 2011.
Previously, he was CEO of WMG’s,
Prior to Tickets.com, he was president and CEO of Sega GameWorks, a multi-unit, location-based entertainment company founded by Steven Spielberg. During his two and a half years at the company's helm, he engineered a dramatic increase in revenue and growth. He was honored for his achievements with the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001. He also served as chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Recreation Group, a division of Universal Studios, where he oversaw the $1 billion global leisure recreation company through its international expansion plans.
He holds a BS in criminal justice from California State University, Los Angeles. He is the founder of Discover A Star Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to financially challenged, high-achieving high school graduates. He joined the ArtCenter Board of Trustees in 2012.
Lorne M. Buchman began his tenure as the fifth president of ArtCenter in 2009. Under his leadership, the College has made significant strides with campus expansion, endowment growth, scholarships and financial aid for students. His current focus is on constructing new academic facilities and on-campus student housing and launching ArtCenter’s capital campaign.
Prior, Buchman served as president of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, where he led the institution in a plan to transform from a graduate school into a multidisciplinary university. He previously served as provost and president of California College of the Arts, where he spearheaded the creation of its renowned San Francisco campus in 1994. During his tenure at CCA, he also oversaw significant enrollment growth, launched initiatives for public programs and community service, and diversified the faculty. A trained theater director and scholar, he is the author of Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen and has held a number of
In addition, Buchman is active in community service, including membership on the boards of
Wes Coleman joined the Walt Disney Company in 2006 and served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer until he retired. In this capacity, he was responsible for compensation and benefits, organizational and cultural development, employee education and development, global staffing, employee relations, diversity, and managing employee communications for the Company’s more than 125,000 employees worldwide. His areas of oversight spanned all of Disney’s diverse global business segments, including studio entertainment, media networks, parks and resorts, consumer products and corporate administration, with the heads of human resources in each business unit reporting to both Coleman and the division leader.
Before joining Disney, Coleman served as the vice president of global human resources at Nike, Inc., a position he had held since joining the company in 2002. He was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all human resources functions on a global basis for Nike’s nearly 28,000 employees, including recruitment and staffing, compensation and benefits, training and development, executive succession planning, diversity, and employee relations. He also overhauled the company’s performance management system, implemented a number of world/life balance initiatives, and created Nike’s Office of Global Diversity.
Prior to his tenure at Nike, Coleman spent 20 years at SC Johnson, joining the company in 1981 as manager of compensation and benefits with a focus on the design and implementation of executive compensation programs. He quickly rose through the ranks, working across a variety of human resources functions such as international human resource services and manufacturing. As SC Johnson further expanded its international operations, in 1989, he was transferred to London as regional human resources director, where he assumed responsibility for the Southern Europe, Africa
Beginning in 1993, Coleman was given a two-year special assignment as assistant to president and CEO William George, focusing on organizational development, special projects, integrating Drackett into the organization following its acquisition, and leading the task force for SC Johnson’s nascent mentoring program. In 1995, he was elevated to director of human resources for North America, and one year later was promoted to vice president. His expertise in human resources policy, strategic initiatives, management development, and executive recruitment led the company to again utilize his talents overseas as the head of all human resources activities for the Asia/Pacific region.
In this role, he was responsible for supporting the company’s expansion into emerging markets such as China and Vietnam, increasing market share in established markets such as Japan, and identifying and fostering local talent throughout the region. Through the years, he has remained actively involved in a wide range of philanthropic activities centered largely on youth and education. He is currently on the Board of Trustees at Hampton University while also serving on the board of the Los Angeles Urban League and assisting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Before moving to California, he was a board member of INROADS Oregon, SMART, and S.E.I., all of which offer rich educational opportunities to underprivileged and minority youth through academic programs that range from athletics and summer internships to
A native of Halifax, Virginia, Coleman earned a BS degree in business management from Hampton University and holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Clarence A. Daniels, Jr. was Chairman and CEO of CMS Hospitality (CMS), an airport food and beverage concessions company. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Clarence executed the sale of the company in 2016. Among the fastest growing companies in its industry segment, Clarence built the company from three stores at LAX to over 40 locations in eight major airports, including Los Angeles International, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International, Washington Reagan and Houston George Bush International.
Among the company’s accomplishments were participating in the design, opening and operation of the food court in the new Los Angeles Tom Bradley International Terminal and the design and opening of the first two story TGIFriday’s Restaurant in the then new Washington Reagan Airport. The company was also at the forefront of introducing popular local restaurants in airports to create “A Sense of Place”.
In 2013, Clarence was selected as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles Region. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Since the sale of the business, Clarence has spent his time mentoring small businesses, non-profit organizations and youth. With his fraternity, he started a mentoring program in the Watts community for 11-13 year-old disadvantaged males. Clarence enjoys spending time with the family, traveling, playing golf and the arts. He has recently started taking acting lessons.
Clarence is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education, and Howard University School of Law. Prior to starting CMS, he was a Vice President of the Marriott Corporation, Vice President of Development for Host International, the largest company in the airport concession business, and President of Educational Dining at Aramark Corporation. Clarence started his professional career as a child advocate and civil rights lawyer with the Children’s Defense Fund.
Clarence has been actively involved in civic activities. He served on the Board of Directors of AMAC, a national airport trade association, on the national board of directors for the 100 Black Men of America, and locally as a Board member of the Los Angeles Urban League, a board member of The Los Angeles Educational Partnership, President of the Board of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Authority. Clarence joined to ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees in 2019.
Clarence and his wife of 47 years, Dr. Monet Daniels, a retired educator, reside in Los Angeles. They have two children and two grandsons. Their daughter, Dr. Sonya Walker, is Director of Health and Wellness for the YMCA of Las Vegas and their son Anwar, owns Daniels Hospitality, an airport concession company.
Tom Gilmore is a developer of residential, commercial and retail properties based in Los Angeles, California.
Gilmore’s residential projects are primarily in downtown Los Angeles and have been recognized as a leading cause of the city’s largest resurgence in real estate investment in more than 50 years. His projects have also initiated the greatest in-flow of residents and commercial businesses in the modern history of Los Angeles.
Gilmore studied architecture at City University of New York, City College. While still a student, Gilmore founded his own architectural firm serving both commercial and residential clients. In 1992, Gilmore relocated to Los Angeles where, in 1996 he founded Gilmore Associates, a real estate development firm committed to urban revitalization and renewing the city’s long-neglected historic core.
Gilmore Associates’ redevelopment efforts began with an impoverished area in Downtown Los Angeles which had some of the highest unemployment and crime rates in the city. Gilmore purchased an entire city block of vacant historic buildings and within a few years converted the abandoned structures to loft-style residences with retail stores and restaurants on the ground floor. Known as “The Old Bank District,” the area is now home to thousands of residents and numerous commercial tenants. Gilmore, along with Gilmore Associates and Gilmore China Group, continues to pursue, invest in, and develop mixed use properties throughout the region.
In addition to The Old Bank District and a number of other properties in the Los Angeles region, Gilmore Associates purchased the city’s first cathedral, St. Vibiana’s, which was damaged in the Northridge earthquake and scheduled for demolition. Now called simply Vibiana, after a major preservation and reconstruction process, the former cathedral is home to a thriving performance venue, event space and the award-winning restaurant Redbird, and in addition serves as host to weddings of all denominations and cultures. For that effort, Gilmore was presented with the California Preservation Foundation’s ‘Preservationist of the Year’ award when Vibiana was saved from the wrecking ball back in 2001.
Along with receiving numerous awards for his development and civic duties, Gilmore serves on several city and non-profit boards. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); Founding Member of the Main Museum; Mayoral-Appointee Chairman of Sister Cities of Los Angeles; Chair of Central City Association (CCA); Executive Committee Board Member of Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau; and Board Member Los Angeles Parks Foundation. Gilmore previously served as City Commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and was Chairman in his final year of service. Gilmore joined the ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees in 2019.
Jeff Glassman is Chairman at Covington Capital Management and has practiced law for more than 30 years, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration. Most recently, he served as managing director of Bingham Legg Advisers LLC, a joint venture created by the law firm Bingham McCutchen and investment manager Legg Mason. Prior to that, he was a principal at the law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years.
Glassman graduated from UCLA with a BA in political science and received his JD, magna cum laude, from the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Jewish University (formerly known as University of Judaism). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Wallis Foundation, Jewish Home for the Aging, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Los Angeles Sports
After graduating from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1981, Gross created a company, GNP (Gross National Products), which he sold to Lotus Development in 1985. He then worked for Lotus for six years, creating the Lotus HAL and Lotus Magellan software products.
A Pasadena resident, Gross has served as a Trustee of Caltech since 1995, and an ArtCenter Trustee since 2001. He is passionate about helping the world create sustainable, renewable energy and spreading the power of design and entrepreneurship to others.
Su Mathews Hale is a Former Senior Partner at Lippincott.
For more than two decades, she has thrived at the intersection of graphic design and brand strategy. Using the power of design to develop inspiring creations while solving business problems, she has worked with a broad range of notable clients including Chick-fil-A, eBay, Hawaiian Airlines, Hershey’s, Hyatt, IHG, Liz Claiborne, New York Public Library, Red Robin, Samsung, Shutterstock, Taco Bell and Walmart.
As a senior partner in design for global creative consultancy Lippincott, Mathews Hale works on projects spanning the full gamut of brand creation and identity development. She served as creative director on the famed Walmart rebranding—a massive repositioning and brand revitalization engagement that contemporized the global retail giant while retaining the values of its heritage. The program included a new visual identity, an enhanced
A frequent speaker and design judge, Mathews Hale was featured as a “Symbol Master” by AIGA and was selected by Graphic Design USA as one of the 2013 “People to Watch.” Her work has been published in design books such as Designing Brand Identity, Go Logo, LogoLounge V
She currently serves as the president of the AIGA where she has spearheaded Women Lead, a committee dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in design, cultivating awareness of gender-related issues, and connecting women both within and beyond the design industry.
Prior to joining Lippincott, Mathews Hale was an associate partner at Pentagram Design.
She holds a BFA in graphic communication and an associate degree in advertising design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
Bruce Heavin is an artist, strategist
Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership. Hill is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, co-founder of Paradox Strategies, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015.
Hill’s research focuses on implementing global strategies and leading innovation; building innovative organizations and ecosystems; developing leaders for innovation; and the role of the board in governing innovation. She is the author of highly-regarded books and articles on leadership, including her latest book Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press 2014). Collective Genius was named by Business Insider as one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in 2014 and received the Gold Medal for Leadership, Axiom Business Book Award.In 2015, Hill, along with her co-authors, received the first Warren Bennis Prize for the Harvard Business Review article “Collective Genius,” based on the book. Hill is also the co-author of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader, noted by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Five Business Books to Read for your Career in 2011” and author of Becoming a Manager: How New Mangers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd edition). Her books are available in multiple languages. Hill has authored or co-authored numerous Harvard Business Review articles, including “Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders,” “Winning the Race for Talent in Emerging Markets,” and “Are You a High Potential?” She is a contributor to the HBS Press Pocket Mentor series Managing Up, Hiring, Becoming a New Manager, and Negotiating Outcomes.
Hill has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents' Organization Presidents' Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program, and Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation. She was course-head during the development of the new Leadership and Organizational Behavior MBA required course.
Hill has been at the forefront of developing various innovative learning programs for managers, including Breakthrough Leadership, the winner of the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology, and the award-winning multimedia management development programs such as High Performance Management.
Hill’s consulting and executive education activities have been in the areas of leadership development, talent management, leading change and innovation, implementing global strategies, and managing cross-organizational relationships. Organizations with which Professor Hill has worked include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, General Electric, RELX, Accenture, UnitedHealth Group, IBM, MasterCard, Merck, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, National Bank of Kuwait, AREVA, The Economist, Salesforce.com, and The World Economic Forum. In 2014, Hill co-founded Paradox Strategies, an advisory and research firm that assesses and advises organizations and boards on leadership and innovation.
Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of State Street Corporation, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc. Hill has served on the Board of Trustee of ArtCollege of Design since 2015 and is a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College. She is also on the Advisory Board of Eight Inc., the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, and the Advisory Board for the California Institute for Telecommunications and information Technology (Calit2). She is on the Board of Advisors of the American Repertory Theater. She is a member of the HR People + Strategy Advisory Council. Hill is a former director of the Eaton Corporation, former member of the Board of Trustees of The Rockefeller Foundation and The Bridgespan Group, and a former member of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund USA board.
Hill completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago. She received her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago. She has a B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.
In 1969, after graduating from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Steve began his career as a magazine Art Director at Petersen Publishing.
In 1970, he moved to advertising as the Art Director and then the Creative Director for Diamond/Brophy Associates. Clients included Roosmoor Leisure World and numerous other real estate firms.
Steve became a freelance Creative Director in 1972. He created advertising campaigns for Armor All, Hobie Catamarans and John Cassavetes’ film, A Woman Under The Influence. In addition, he produced the graphics and programs for the Los Angeles Rams and the California Sports Car Club.
By 1976, Steve Hitter and Associates had numerous automotive, fashion and jewelry clients including Auto Expo, Cole of California, Carroll Shelby Products, the Gucci and Theodore Boutiques on Rodeo Drive and Gucci Timepieces.
In 1985, Steve joined Gucci Timepieces as Advertising Director, and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in 1988. Three years later, Steve and his family moved to Switzerland and he became President of Gucci Timepieces.
Since 2001, Steve is the managing partner for the Hitter Family Partnerships and Trusts as well as CEO of the Hitter Family Foundation.
Steve served as Chairman of the Board of Governors at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from 2012 to 2014 and continues to serve as a member of the Executive Cabinet. He is also a member of the Global Board of Bar-Ilan University and a member of the Executive Committee for Friends of Sheba Medical Center. Steve joined the ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees in 2019.
Timothy Kobe is a founding partner, principal and design director for Eight Inc. He graduated with honors from ArtCenter in 1982 with a BFA in Environmental Design.
Kobe worked in Los Angeles for Herb Rosenthal and Associates and at the American Broadcasting Companies. Following graduation, he was employed in New York by Murray Gelberg. In 1982, he took a position with The Burdick Group in San Francisco. He worked at the firm founded by ArtCenter alumnus Bruce Burdick until
As founder and CEO for Eight Inc. (with offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, London, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore), Kobe has developed a design studio based on a transdisciplinary approach, including architecture (both residential and commercial), exhibitions, interior, product and graphic design. Clients include Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Citibank, Coach, Knoll
Eight Inc. awards include being named one of six “Design Firms of the Year” in 2011 by DDI Magazine’s Portfolio Awards program; 2010 Good Design Award (Japan), Citibank Nihonbashi; 2010 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards, Nominee in Architecture; 2009 Hong Kong Design Award, Retail, Nokia, Shanghai; 2009 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Best Future Projects: Education, Malama Learning Center; 2007 AIA Honolulu, Malama Learning Center, Unbuilt Project Award; 2007 NASFM, Grand Prize, Pop Up Store, Nike Zoom LeBron IV NYC; 2006 Architectural Record “Katrina Design Competition: High-Density on the High Ground” - First Place winner; 2006 VM+SD International Visual Competition, First Place, Nokia, Moscow Flagship; 2003 NAIOP Award; Project of the Year (2100 Kalakaua); 2003 Malama Learning Center competition winner; 2002 IDSA; IDEA Gold Winner for Environments (Apple Retail Stores); 2002, 2000 and 1999 IDSA; IDEA Gold and Silver Winners for Environments (Apple Worldwide Exhibitions); 2001 IIDA Interior Design Award; IDSA IDEA Silver Award and FX International Interior Design Awards (Virgin Atlantic Airways Lounge); 1997 ID Magazine International Design Review, Environments (Swatch Olympic Pavilion for the 1996 Olympic Games); 1994 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award (Liisa flatware); 1994 ID Magazine International Design Review, Environments (Architects and Heroes, Bush Street); 1994 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award (Laguna lounge Chair); 1994 Cooper Hewitt permanent collection (Liisa flatware); 1993 NEOCON Best of Show Gold Medal Award (Laguna seating); and 1993 ID Magazine International Design Review, Concepts (Portable Navigation Unit).
Eight Inc. employs ArtCenter alumni from the fields of product and environmental
A northern California native, he currently lives in Singapore. He has been a Trustee at ArtCenter since 2005.
Terri Kohl is the co-founder, with her husband, Jerry, of Brighton Collectibles, an accessories manufacturer
The concept for Brighton began when Terri Kravitz and Jerry Kohl, high school sweethearts, opened a specialty retail store in 1969 in Alhambra, California. They started a wholesale company in 1972 and made unisex belts and handbags. In 1991, the couple launched the Brighton Collectibles brand with a single collection of belts. Over the years, Brighton has expanded their products to include a line of coordinating accessories and footwear. Brighton has remained a
Brighton has a deep commitment to empowering families through supporting the health and welfare of women. Since 2003, the company has contributed more than $9 million to a variety of causes. They have generously supported a variety of charities including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles 4 Souls (which provides shoes for people who are in need) and numerous charities that feed the hungry in and near the communities Brighton serves.
Terri is actively involved as a volunteer and contributor to numerous local and national organizations and has served on the ArtCenter 100 Board since 2006. In Los Angeles, she is a member of the San Marino League (a volunteer group that supports ArtCenter and the Huntington Library), a board member of the Blue Ribbon (a premier women’s organization that supports The Music Center) and supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Muse/
Melissa Lora is the Former President of Taco Bell International, a subsidiary of YUM! Brands Inc.’s Taco Bell Corp. The nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain, Taco Bell Corp. serves 42 million customers each week in nearly 7,000 restaurants in the United States.
Lora focuses her vast experience in general management, finance, development, and franchise management to dramatically expand Taco Bell’s global footprint.
Most recently as Taco Bell’s global chief financial and development officer, Lora worked to ensure that strategies combined to grow the brand’s $8 billion system sales and created
Prior to her appointment as CFO in 2001, she served as vice president of Franchise Finance and led a team focused on mergers and acquisitions, receivables management, and building financial capability in the Taco Bell franchise community. She served as vice president and general manager for the Northeast region from 1998 to 2000. In that role, she was responsible for region operations, development and marketing to drive brand growth.
She joined Taco Bell in 1987 where she held various positions in finance, accounting, and development. Previously, she was a commercial real estate broker in Southern California while pursuing her MBA.
She is on the Board of Directors of KB Home, a publically traded homebuilder. She is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and in 2008, was made Chairwoman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, a key leadership role on the board. Her passion for mentoring leaders is exemplified by her membership as a director
Nominated for her leadership, drive
Lora has an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California and maintains a California Real Estate Broker's license. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Orange County, California, with their three Golden Retrievers.
Sam Mann received his education in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati. He went on to work for the prestigious design and architectural firm Eliot Noyes and Associates, where he came in contact with some of the inspired designers of the era. He then developed a line of tabletop and decorative accessories and set up a manufacturing and distribution company. After five years, the company was sold and he founded an industrial design consulting firm specializing in product design, engineering and prototype development as well as packaging and graphic design. The firm, Samuel J. Mann
In 1974, after 13 years, Mann sold his firm to again pursue the design, manufacturing
Mann designed much of the automated manufacturing to enable competitive production in the United States. The company, Inverness Corporation, maintained offices in several countries and distribution in over 50 countries. He is the recipient of more than 75 utility patents and several design patents.
He has a world-renowned collection of vintage
His wife, Emily, is an accomplished interior architect and exhibit designer. One of their three sons earned a graduate film degree at ArtCenter. Mann became a Trustee at ArtCenter in 2005.
David C. Martin, FAIA, a third-generation architect, continues the tradition established by his grandfather of major involvement in the architectural planning and civic life of Southern California. Martin received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Masters of Architecture from Colombia University. Upon completing his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a traveling fellowship studying the great urban spaces of the world.
As design principal for AC Martin Partners, a 110-year old architecture firm noted for its historic and contemporary landmark projects, Martin has transformed neighborhoods, academic institutions
Martin is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at USC, a past president of the Southern California Chapter of the AIA, and a former Board Member of the AIA California Council. He is currently on the Boards of the Los Angeles Conservancy, USC School of Architecture and ArtCenter College of Design. He is an award-winning designer that has been recognized for his innovative, inspirational and
Martin is an avid watercolorist and his works have been exhibited throughout the United States, including “On Site: Travel Sketches by Architects” at Hunter College, “line.dot – Drawing the Design Process at the Martin Design Studio” at UCLA, and “Form Follows Software: A Revolution in the Architectural Process” at USC, University of Arizona, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
He and his wife, Mary Klaus Martin, established MADWORKSHOP, a foundation that endows innovative design students with the opportunity to freely explore their ideas from inspiration to reality.
Peter Mullin is chairman emeritus of MullinTBG, the nation’s largest independent executive benefits services
Mullin has consulted on executive compensation and
In addition to serving on the ArtCenter Board of Trustees since 2011, Mullin serves on the Guggenheim Foundation Advisory Board; Occidental College, St. John’s Hospital and The UCLA Foundation Boards of Trustees. He is chairman of The Music Center Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as past chairman and current member of the Board of Visitors of the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and chairman of the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation. He is also president of the American Bugatti Club.
Mullin earned his BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his spare time, he makes wine, olive oil, honey and raises black pigs at his home in Umbria, Italy, and competes in vintage racing events.
Charles Nearburg is Former President & Owner, Nearburg Producing Company, a private oil and gas exploration company. Founded in 1979, Nearburg Producing Company holds oil wells in both Texas and New Mexico, including Huber Federal No. 1, one of the most productive wells in New Mexico’s history. The company has received two environmental awards from the Bureau of Land Management and has helped fund the preservation and restoration of fisheries in New Mexico and Colorado.
At Dartmouth College, Nearburg earned a BA with an engineering/studio art major. He also earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering degrees at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of
Nearburg devotes substantial time and resources in support of Ewing's Sarcoma cancer research at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He joined the ArtCenter Board in 2012.
Nearburg is also an avid car racer and his career includes driving in the LeMans and Daytona 24 Hour Races, setting new land-speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and driving the late Walter Payton's Indy car in the CART FedEx Championship. Nearburg spends time at his residences in Texas, New Mexico and Pasadena, California.
Michele Ruiz is a bi-lingual serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and keynote speaker whose passions include strategic communications, empowerment, diversity & inclusion, the study of bias, content creation, social media, emerging technologies and, of course, art.
Considered a thought leader in entrepreneurship and marketing communications, Michele has been interviewed and quoted by major news organizations including CNN and The New York Times. She frequently contributes to third-party media and content sites, sharing her content across multiple platforms with her almost 100K followers. Michele serves as a brand ambassador for some of world’s largest corporations, leveraging the power of her influence to aid their marketing campaign efforts, including prominent national speaking tours. She has also served as a keynote speaker on a variety of topics including inspirational and motivational themes based on her life’s story.
Michele recently launched her newest company, BiasSync, where she is the CEO of the science-based SaaS company that provides solutions for large corporations and government entities to assess and manage unconscious bias in the workplace. BiasSync was created to help companies understand and manage unconscious bias, creating better decision making processes, and building a more inclusive, innovative workforce that outperforms the competition.
Michele is also President & CEO of Ruiz Strategies, a communications firm that develops and executes transformational communication and content marketing strategies for global companies, large professional services firms, government entities and C-level executives by leveraging the power of social media, traditional media and virtual technologies. The company’s clients include Fortune 20 corporations in the energy, technology, telecommunications, financial, and automotive sectors. Ruiz Strategies is a certified minority-owned (MBE) and woman-owned (WBE) business, headquartered in Los Angeles, California with operations in Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas.
Michele published her first book, Content Marketing for Lawyers, in January 2016. The best-selling book helps attorneys use powerful content marketing and social media strategies to attract more clients and become a legal thought leader. “It may well be the most valuable business development book you will ever read,” is just one of the many reviews of the book.
Michele was recently featured as an "Inspiring Latina" by Latina Magazine, the number one Lifestyle and Entertainment Magazine for Latinas in the US. The magazine highlighted her journey from a rough childhood dealing with abuse, racism, and poverty to becoming an Emmy award-winning TV news anchor and later an entrepreneur.
Some of Michele’s awards and accolades include:
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Michele Ruiz enjoyed a long career as an award-winning broadcast journalist, beginning her broadcasting career co-anchoring Channel One News. From there, she moved to KTLA (Tribune Company) in Los Angeles. In 1998, she joined KNBC-TV (NBC owned and operated station) as a reporter and anchor of the 6:00 pm weekday newscast.
Michele received 16 Emmy nominations during her news broadcasting career, five Emmys, four Golden Mikes, as well as, LA Press Club Awards. Additionally, she received numerous commendations for her leadership and service to the community in a variety of roles.
Michele is also known for her charity work and has volunteered her time with numerous organizations. She served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit agency Para Los Niños for over a decade. She has also served on the Cal State Fullerton College of Communications’ Dean’s Advisory Board, and currently focuses on Entrepreneurial Advocacy and Policy initiatives.
Michele is an active member of the Executive Advisory Committee for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), an advisor to Macy’s Executive Leadership as a member of the retailer’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, a board member of IWEC, and an advisor to the United States Golf Association as part of the USGA’s Ambassadors Group focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives in the sport of golf. She is also a member of the Association of Transformational Leaders (ATLTM) which is a forum for individuals of significant influence in artistic, academic, social, political, corporate and humanitarian endeavors, devoted to doing transformational work in their respective fields. Michele joined the ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees in 2019.
As one of McKinsey & Company’s first design partners, Jeff Salazar is passionate about building a world-class creative engine that fuels
A graduate of ArtCenter College of Design with a degree in Product Design, Salazar is currently the North American leader of McKinsey Design’s Customer Experience Design
In 2011, he
He enjoys life in Palo Alto with his wife, Sandra, and their Tibetan Terrier, Ginger. Salazar is on a continual learning journey to explore and discover the convergence of art and science in life through the practice of yoga and West African drumming in conjunction with a deep curiosity in the quantified-self.
Founded in 1984 in Palo Alto, California, LUNAR has worked with many leading companies, including Apple, Nike, Siemens, Motorola
Reiner Triltsch is the Former Portfolio Manager, Geneva Advisors, LLC. He began his career in 1975 with a management traineeship at Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany after which he received the designation of “Industriekaufmann” or Industrial Businessman, which equates to a nationally recognized training/vocational degree. In 1977 he moved to the United States.
After receiving an MBA, Mr. Triltsch began his investment career with two small investment boutiques in Fort Worth TX in 1980. In 1984, he joined the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in Austin as an Investment Analyst. He went to work as a Vice President, Portfolio Manager for the LTV Corporation's investment subsidiary, Western Reserve Capital Management, Inc. in 1987, where he co-managed both domestic and international portfolios in Dallas.
In 1990, Mr. Triltsch co-founded and became a Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager for Gulfstream Global Investors, Ltd, an investment management firm specializing in international equity management for institutional clients. Gulfstream was acquired by the German bank WestLB and became part of its WestAM subsidiary in 2001. There, Mr. Triltsch continued to manage the investment function as Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager for global portfolios until 2004.
Moving to New York City, Mr. Triltsch became Managing Director, Head of International Investments for US Trust until 2007. He eventually assumed the position of Head of International Equities, Senior Portfolio Manager for New York-based Federated Global Investment Management Corp. before joining Wentworth, Hauser and Violich in 2009, where he was part of a five-member team of portfolio managers. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Triltsch served as Portfolio Manager at Geneva Advisors, LLC, an independent investment management firm serving institutional and high-net-worth investors.
Mr. Triltsch received his BA (1979) MBA (1980) and MA (1982) from Texas Christian University. In 1987 he was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Triltsch joined the ArtCenter Board of Trustees in 2010.
Chief Design Officer, Haworth
Michael Warsaw is the Chief Design Officer of Haworth; a global leader in workplace environments, commercial office furniture and premium residential lifestyle brands (including Janus Et Cie, Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Cappellini). He’s responsible for the design strategy, creative direction
An industrial designer by training with a bachelor's of science degree from ArtCenter College of Design (BS 90), Michael has demonstrated a passion for design leadership over the last 27 years, working at the intersection of business and creativity in a variety of industries.
At Johnson Controls (JCI), a $45 Billion Fortune 100 company, Warsaw was corporate vice president for design and innovation, responsible for developing their innovation process and a new venture growth portfolio of over $2 Billion. Before that, he served as vice president of design and led their global design studios where he oversaw automotive seating and interiors for such brands as Audi, BMW, Honda, Toyota, General Motors, Ford
Warsaw is also a partner at Wood Ranch, an award-winning restaurant group in Southern California with 17 locations, where he’s helped drive continuous innovation and growth in the casual dining sector for over 20 years.
An active member of the design community, Warsaw is a board member of FullCircle (ArtCenter’s membership community for alumni, artists, designers and friends); an advisory board member of the Cranbrook Academy of Art; and mentor to the ID Grad School of Savannah College of Design (SCAD). He was part of the original board of trustees for New North Center for Design in Business and longtime member of the Industrial Designer’s Society of America (IDSA), Design Management Institute (DMI) and the TED organization.
A native of the Washington DC area, Warsaw lives in Holland, Michigan with his wife and three children.
A philanthropist and volunteer leader, Alyce de Roulet Williamson has long been dedicated to the visual and performing arts communities of Los Angeles. Her involvement in arts philanthropy includes serving on the boards of the Music Center, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Center Dance Association and the Blue Ribbon, a premier women’s organization that supports the Music Center. She is a past board member of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the School of American Ballet in New York.
She has served on the Overseers Board of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens since 1996, as well as its Art Collections committee and Art Collectors Council.
She is a Trustee Emeritus of Scripps College, a member of the board of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a past board member of the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital and Las Madrinas. She is a board member and past Chairman of First Century Families and serves on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Williamson attended the Marlborough School, graduated from Dominican Convent San Rafael and received a BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California in 1952.
Williamson has been an ArtCenter Trustee since 1985. She is Founding Chair of ArtCenter 100, the College’s major community support group for student scholarships. Her husband, Warren “Spud” Williamson, is an Emeritus Trustee and Chairman Emeritus; and was an active Trustee from 1989 through 1995, including the position of Chairman of the Board in the early 90s.
Cleon T. Knapp, Chairman Emeritus
Frederick M. Nicholas
Judy C. Webb, Chair Emeritus
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