Retired Chairman and CEO, Surface Protection Industries, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, 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 Chairuman 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 BA 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, he 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 MFA candidate. 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 third term as chairman in June 2014. 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 and president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Communications Co (MGM/UA). Under his leadership, the company reasserted itself as a major force in the worldwide entertainment industry. The company was sold in 1991 and he remained co-chairman until 1992 when he returned to investment banking as a managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette Securities Corporation. In 1993, he joined National Medical Enterprises, which became Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Under his leadership, Tenet became the nation’s second largest healthcare delivery system with 114 hospitals in 16 states.
He earned a BS in industrial design from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He completed course work for a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University.
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 president and CEO of Autodesk Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Formerly he was Autodesk’s chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing and product development. Earlier roles included chief technology officer and executive vice president of product development.
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.
Ron Bension was named the CEO of the House of Blues, Clubs and Theater for Live Nation in 2010. He is focused on consolidating the 34 venues that he directly manages into a national platform, creating new touring products and improved consumer experiences. Prior to this role, Bension was CEO of TicketsNow, working with the team at Ticketmaster to restructure the resale sites operations and business initiatives. During his more than 30-year career, he has led several major e-commerce, recreation, and entertainment companies to financial and strategic success.
Previously, he was CEO of WMG’s, Sportnet, the leading developer and operator of action sports websites in the country. He also held principal roles as CEO of Tickets.com, where he restructured the fledgling online ticketing technology and service provider. He helped raise more than $20 million in new capital, installed a marquee management team, integrated 11 acquired companies and implemented multiple leading-edge digital ticketing technologies, resulting in significant cost savings, exponential revenue growth and increased market share. He also managed the company’s relationships with the 2002 Winter Olympics and the World Series. He then oversaw Tickets.com’s 2005 sale to Major League Baseball.
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.
Co-founder, Bold Capital Partners and Monitor Ventures
Teymour Boutros-Ghali has an established successful track record as an investor and entrepreneur who focuses on the commercialization of disruptive technologies. His interests range from the reshaping of the media landscape through technological innovation, to the ongoing rebirth of the enterprise through technology—driven strategic advantage. He is the co-founder of Bold Capital Partners and Monitor Ventures, two investment and advisory partnerships, and has also been a founder and executive of several successful technology start-ups.
As Chairman of C Publishing, he oversees a successful group of luxury media properties. He was also a founder and CEO of AllBusiness, a business to business website targeted to small businesses (sold to GE-NBC); and, as part of his work on technology commercialization, he served for several years as senior advisor to Interval Research, Paul Allen’s Silicon Valley incubator, as well as, more recently, designing Saudi Aramco’s corporate venture fund.
Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, Boutros-Ghali was an executive with Time Warner. Over a ten-year period, he held a number of positions, including vice president of Time Inc.’s corporate venturing arm, Time Inc. Ventures; and as publisher of Time International, was responsible for repositioning and running the media property worldwide.
Before joining Time Warner, Boutros-Ghali was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He was a leader of the media and telecommunications practice and also served as head of recruiting for BCG.
Boutros-Ghali holds an SM from the Sloan School of Management in Finance; a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in theoretical Plasma Physics; and, a BA from Cambridge University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Boutros-Ghali sits on the board of several private companies, has lectured on entrepreneurship at UCLA Anderson School of Management and been a judge for the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Douglas C. Boyd is president of Boyd Communications. After graduating from ArtCenter in Transportation Design, he began working at Ford Motor Company in the Lincoln Mercury studio. He was part of a five-man team that created the exterior and interior designs for both nameplate’s full product line.
When the Vietnam War interrupted his work at Ford he enlisted in the Air National Guard as an illustrator, finishing his tour in the reserves with an honorable discharge. Several of his aircraft paintings completed while in the service were displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
In Los Angeles, he started freelancing, and then created a studio focused on the real estate, petroleum, technology and automobile industries. As business grew, the studio expanded into a full service design, advertising and online agency for music, television, gaming and film companies. Apple, CBS, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox, Universal, Harrah’s, Nissan Motors Corp and Honda are among the firm’s clients.
For more than 30 years the agency has adapted to the changing marketplace and developed expertise in marketing, research and integrated strategies for health insurance, medical devices and hospitals.
Clients have included Kaiser Permanente, Baxter, CIGNA Healthplan, Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross, WellPoint, Children’s Hospital of Central California, Allergan, Edwards, CryoLife, Orthopaedic Hospital, Motion Picture & Television Fund and Torrance Memorial Hospital.
Boyd has said that “being perpetually curious” has driven him to learn new approaches in business and remain passionate about how creative thinking can produce successful results for people and companies. “It’s still great fun.”
He has been involved for many years with ArtCenter alumni groups and joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. Boyd is active in supporting a number of organizations involved with finding cures for Diabetes. He is married, has a daughter and a Jack Russell Terrier named, Daisy.
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 faculty and administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley.
With his PhD from Stanford University and BA from the University of Toronto, Buchman was the principal and founder of Buchman Associates, a private consulting firm he established in 2000 for identifying philanthropic and private investment sources to develop facilities for nonprofit organizations. A key project included his work as the executive director of the highly acclaimed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, an international center dedicated to disability rights and universal access.
In addition, Buchman is active in community service, including membership on the boards of several art- and youth-related organizations.
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 and Middle East territories, as well as manufacturing plants in Holland.
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 third grade reading programs and fundraisers. He has also been involved with the United Negro College Fund and the Milwaukee Art Museum and his extensive involvement in volunteer programs earned him the prestigious H. F. Johnson Community Service Award.
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.
Jeff Glassman is CEO 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 and Entertainment Commission and IFES. He also serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University and is a member (formerly co-chair) of the Advisory Board of the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He joined the ArtCenter Board of Trustees in 2011.
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.
Bruce Heavin is an artist, strategist and entrepreneur. As the chief creative officer and co-founder of lynda.com, his creative vision was integral to the company's success as a leader in online training. He created the company’s iconic logo of his wife Lynda Weinman, designed many of the distinctive illustrations on the website and course DVD covers, and authored some of the site’s first video tutorials in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and ImageReady. An illustrator with experience in both traditional and electronic media, he earned a BFA degree from ArtCenter in 1993. With an extensive background in illustration, photography and motion graphics, he has created illustrations for national publications as well as clients including Adobe, MSNBC and E! Entertainment Television.
Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents’ Organization Presidents’ Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program.
She was course-head during the development of the new Leadership and Organizational Behavior MBA required course. She is the co-author, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and Breakthrough Leadership, a blended cohort-based program that helps organizations transform midlevel managers into more effective leaders. Breakthrough Leadership won the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology. The book was included in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Five Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2011.”
She is also the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd Edition). In 2014, she co-authored a book entitled Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. It features exceptional leaders of innovation in a wide range of industries—from information technology to law to design—and geographies—from the United States and Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Business Insider named Collective Genius one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in summer 2014. Her books are available in multiple languages.
She is the author of course modules: Managing Your Career, Managing Teams; Power and Influence and of the award-winning multimedia management development programs High Performance Management, Coaching and Managing for Performance. She is also the subject expert of numerous e-learning programs: Stepping up to Management (based in large measure on Becoming a Manager); Harvard Manage Mentor, and advisor for the Change Management Simulation: Power and Influence. Hill has authored or co-authored numerous Harvard Business Review (HBR) 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 Publishing series on Managing Up, Hiring, and Becoming a New Manager. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.
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. She has worked with organizations such as General Electric, Reed Elsevier, Accenture, Pfizer, IBM, MasterCard, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, the National Bank of Kuwait, AREVA and The Economist.
Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of State Street Corporation, Eaton Corp., and Harvard Business Publishing. She is a trustee of The Bridgespan Group and ArtCenter College of Design. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA and a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Rockefeller Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program.
She did a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and earned a PhD in behavioral sciences at the University of Chicago. She received her MA in educational psychology with a concentration in measurement and evaluation from the University of Chicago. She has a BA summa cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.
Kit Hinrichs is principal and creative director of Studio Hinrichs in San Francisco. He studied at ArtCenter when it was located in Los Angeles. He served as principal in several design offices in New York and San Francisco before spending 23 years (1986-2009) as a partner of Pentagram, an international design consultancy. In 2009, he opened an independent design firm in San Francisco called Studio Hinrichs. His design experience incorporates a wide range of projects, including corporate communications, promotion, packaging, editorial and exhibition design. Studio Hinrichs engages in all types of design projects, including corporate communications, brand identity, promotion, publishing (books and magazines), packaging, interactive and environmental systems. Over the course of his 45 years in design, Hinrichs has won hundreds of national and international awards for his work and has been the creative force behind several of the most successful and most recognized graphic and brand identities known today.
In addition to teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Hinrichs has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Design Conference, AIGA National Conferences, the How Conference and numerous other design associations and universities worldwide. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He is co-author of five books, including Typewise, Long May She Wave and The Pentagram Papers.
Hinrichs’ list of distinguished clients includes United Airlines, Sappi Fine Paper, Design Within Reach, Muzak, Gymboree, University of Southern California, Safeco, Museum of Glass, Symantec, KQED, the San Francisco Zoo, Restoration Hardware and many more.
During his career, he founded @Issue: Journal of Business and Design, was chair of the AIGA California Show (the first regional show in AIGA’s 85-year history), co-chaired the Alliance Graphique Internationale San Francisco Congress, chaired the AIGA Business Conference and San Francisco Design Lecture Series and launched the @Issue Design Conference. Hinrichs is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA medal, in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication.
He is a past executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has been an ArtCenter Trustee since 1996.
Richard Holbrook has been helping companies create innovative and commercially successful products and brand positioning strategies for more than 25 years.
A graduate of ArtCenter's Industrial Design department, he was recruited by several international automobile brands, and accepted a position with PSA Peugeot Citroen as part of the company’s first Global Design Center. First in Coventry, United Kingdom, and then in Paris, France, Holbrook held the position of design manager for the Corporate Exterior Styling Studio, responsible for creation of design proposals for the company’s three brands—Peugeot, Talbot, and Citroen.
Returning to Los Angeles in 1985, he established his studio to expand into other areas of interest, including sports equipment and products for cooking and work environments. Initial projects with Casablanca Fan, Dacor Appliances, Herman Miller, Thermador, Tropitone Furniture and other industry leaders helped build a portfolio of work diverse in scope, but consistent in design excellence.
In 2000, he formed dna, a joint venture with Teknion, an office furniture manufacturer based in Toronto, Canada. Serving as startup CEO and creative director, he led a team that designed and delivered a new line of products including seating, storage, desks and accessories, as well as a groundbreaking website and “configurator” to specify custom desk and storage systems with a drag-and-drop interface.
In 2003, he returned to his product development practice with brand creation and business strategy skills to complement his extensive experience in design, engineering and manufacturing, initiating projects with new partners including Bernhardt Design, Brown Jordan International, Gunlocke Furniture, Office Depot and Staples.
“The experience of creating and running the dna venture gave me a deep appreciation for the importance of considering all aspects of a customer’s experience — not just in product design, but from the brand promise to all of the ways a company touches customers, at each level of the relationship. What a company makes is of course important, but how a company defines its purpose and values, and how it connects with customers, is equally important to creating a resonant and durable brand. When these factors inform the highest level of corporate strategy, the results can be very powerful.”
He joined the ArtCenter Board of Trustees in 2015.
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 1987, when he became a founding partner of West Office Design Associates focusing on museum and exhibition design and was responsible for the master planning of several museum exhibitions throughout the United States and Asia.
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 and Swatch among others. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published in Asia, Europe and the United States.
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 design, and has employed ArtCenter students as interns. In 2000, Kobe created a $50,000 scholarship in memory of an ArtCenter alumnus.
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 and retailer with over 200 retail stores in the United States. Brighton products are also sold online and in more than 4,000 boutiques nationwide.
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 family owned company and places great importance on the role of the designer. They pride themselves as being a design house where designers sketch each creation by hand and follow the product from concept to fruition.
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/ique. She joined the ArtCenter Board in 2015.
Melissa Lora is the 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 industry leading margins. Her strong focus on Taco Bell’s economic model and franchise performance management brought the new unit opening pace to nearly 200 restaurants per year, a 15-year high.
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 on the USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board.
Nominated for her leadership, drive and professionalism, Lora was selected as one of California’s 2013 Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council. She joined ArtCenter’s Board in 2015.
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 and Associates, was the recipient of numerous design awards for its consumer products and technical instrumentation and exhibit design.
In 1974, after 13 years, Mann sold his firm to again pursue the design, manufacturing and marketing of his own product ideas. He developed several innovative appliance designs for personal care, skin care products and, most importantly, a state of the art ear piercing system which revolutionized the process of ear piercing to enable simple, safe use by minimally trained personnel in retail stores worldwide.
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 automobiles, and is a four-time Best of Show winner at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He races vintage cars and is an avid skier and sailor. Now retired, he served until recently on the Board of the College of Engineering at Tufts University and several Boards of Directors in his home community of Englewood, New Jersey, including the hospital and regional Performing Arts Center.
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 and cities. Martin’s latest project is the 80- story high-rise hotel and office complex in the heart of downtown – the new Wilshire Grand.
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 cutting edge projects. David, along with his business partner and cousin Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, have received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter’s Gold Medal of Honor, for their major contribution to the built environment in the City of Los Angeles.
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.
Molly Morgan has served at J.P. Morgan in both corporate banking and private banking and has been vice president of Private Banking at the Los Angeles office since 2007. She is responsible for advising clients on wealth management matters including financial planning, portfolio construction, asset allocation, tax strategies, trust and estate planning, and charitable giving. In years prior, Morgan worked in sales and marketing in Paris and New York for Pittard Sullivan and in banking at First Chicago.
She is on the Board of the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. She joined the ArtCenter Board in 2012.
Morgan received her bachelor degree in economics and French from Duke University in and her MBA in finance from Northwestern University. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two children.
Peter Mullin is chairman emeritus of MullinTBG, the nation’s largest independent executive benefits services and solutions provider. Prior to the formation of MullinTBG in 2006, Mullin served as chairman of Mullin Consulting, Inc., a leading nonqualified benefits firm he founded in Los Angeles in 1969. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Board of M Financial Holdings Incorporated (M Financial), a network of independent firms serves the financial and life insurance needs of corporations, executives and affluent individuals. Mullin is also a member of numerous M Financial Board and governance committees. MullinTBG is the largest member of M Financial Group.
Mullin has consulted on executive compensation and benefit issues for more than 30 years for public and privately held firms across a variety of industries, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has authored numerous articles on executive compensation and benefit planning.
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 president and owner of Nearburg Producing, 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 Engineering, and has been an overseer of Thayer for almost two decades.
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.
CEO, Stampede Ventures
Former President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures
Greg Silverman is CEO of Stampede Ventures, a new content creation company built to fund and deliver the next generation of blockbuster entertainment. Silverman was President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, at Warner Bros. Pictures from June 2013 to December 2016. In this role, he had full oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ development activities, global production and budget. Silverman also worked with Warner Bros. Pictures’ senior management to seek new opportunities to diversify and build upon the success the company has consistently achieved. He reported to Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures is a recognized industry leader at the global box office, with critical and commercial hits powering a 15-year run surpassing the billion dollar mark at both the domestic and international box offices.
Driven by such hits as American Sniper and Mad Max: Fury Road, Warner Bros. Pictures had worldwide grosses of $3.7 billion in 2015, which was the ninth consecutive year the Studio crossed the $3 billion global benchmark. Among its releases in 2016 are three of the year’s most-anticipated films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Silverman served as President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures for two years, after various senior positions within the Pictures Group, including Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Production, where he shepherded the enormously successful and critically acclaimed 300, “The Dark Knight, The Hangover and the global phenomenon Inception, among other films.
Silverman initially joined Warner Bros. in 1997 as a junior production executive, where he worked on such films as The Matrix, A Perfect Murder and Cats & Dogs. Silverman then joined Revolution Studios as Senior Vice President, Production, overseeing America’s Sweethearts, The One and The New Guy, before returning to Warner Bros. Pictures in 2002 as Vice President, Production. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Production in 2004 and then to Executive Vice President, Production in 2007. He has overseen production on such projects as The Dukes of Hazzard, The Lake House, The Bucket List, Beerfest, Batman Begins, Troy, Get Smart and Yes Man.
Silverman got his start in the industry working in craft services on the independent film Two Guys Talkin’ About Girls and then became an assistant at Tri-Star and Mandeville Films before joining Mad Chance as a production executive.
Silverman currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Oakwood School, is a board member of both ArtCenter College of Design and the Time Warner Foundation, and is a founding member of the Certification Committee for Got Your Six, a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood and government partners.
Silverman holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Stanford University. He joined the ArtCenter Board in 2013.
Reiner Triltsch is chief investment officer of Wentworth, Hauser and Violich. He began his career in 1975 as a management trainee at Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany. As a result of that experience, he earned the designation of “Industriekaufmann” (Industrial Businessman), which equates to a nationally recognized training/vocational degree. He moved to the United States two years later.
After completing his MBA, Triltsch began an investment career with two small investment boutiques in Fort Worth, Texas, 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, he co-founded and became 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, Triltsch continued to manage the investment function as chief investment officer and senior portfolio manager for global portfolios until 2004.
After moving to New York City, he became managing director, head of international investments for U.S. Trust, and later, head of international equities, senior portfolio manager for Federated Global Investment Management Corp. In 2009, he joined a team of portfolio managers at Wentworth, Hauser and Violich.
He received his BA (1979), MBA (1980) and MA (1982) from Texas Christian University. In 1987, he was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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 and innovation portfolio for the company and is a corporate officer. He is also responsible for Corporate Sustainability at Haworth.
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 and Chrysler.
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.
Judy C. Webb founded Lothrop Ventures Inc. in 1987, and presides as president and CEO of the residential construction company that builds homes, remodels existing buildings and manages property in the Northern California area.
Webb’s active community involvement includes holding trustee positions with numerous institutions including the University of California Berkeley Foundation and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Kauai, Hawaii.
In 1986 she founded the Acacia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that primarily funds educational projects.
Webb has been a Trustee at ArtCenter since 1991, and was the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Board, a position she held from 2004 to 2007.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in history.
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
Warren B. Williamson, Chairman Emeritus
Jerry V. Johnson BFA 59
Frank Nuovo BS 86