Michael Arnold is President and CEO of The Midnight Mission, a social service provider serving the Los Angeles Skid Row area since 1914. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant, and was the Chief Operating Officer and then Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority from
2006 -2015, and a private consultant before joining The Midnight Mission.
Mike’s professional experience includes over fifteen years of Big Four international public accounting experience in providing financial management and strategic planning services. Since leaving public accounting, Mike has been in executive management roles in the non-profit and government sectors, including Acting Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Chief Administrative Officer of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He has also served as large health system Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a research institute, and founded an independent consulting firm specializing in Federal contract and grant compliance, and health care finance and organizational management.
In 2005, Mike was retained by the County of Los Angeles to assist in the assessment and restructuring of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, where he led the agency through a major financial reorganization and developed a robust fiscal management and reporting capacity. Mike provided ongoing financial management consulting to LAHSA before becoming its Chief Operating Officer in 2006.
Mr. Arnold has been a major force behind the re-engineering and expansion of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care Homeless Management Information System, a HUD mandated data collection and reporting system designed to provide information on a community’s homeless populations served. Additionally he has focused on improving the effectiveness of the services provided to people experiencing homelessness throughout Los Angeles County, and a relentless change agent for integration and collaboration of services and housing for individuals, youth and families.
Mike is committed to ensuring a full continuum of services and programs are available to serve all people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, including permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people and those providing pathways to self-sufficiency for non-chronic youth, individuals, and families.
If you ask Clancy Imislund what brings him back to The Midnight Mission day after day, the witty response you may get is “the 10 freeway”. At 86 years old, Clancy is still at the top of his game. Known worldwide for his leadership in the 12-step community and his affiliation with The Midnight, he is very much, a man on the move. This year marks his 40th year as Managing Director of The Midnight and what a remarkable journey it has been.
Clancy Imislund was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1927. At the tender age of fifteen he left home and joined the Merchant Marines, marking his sixteenth birthday in Pearl Harbor. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy. It wasn’t until he enrolled in college after the war, that Clancy began drinking and gaining more of a dependence on alcohol. When asked how his addiction began, he states that he began drinking with the other Veterans (even though he didn’t particularly like the taste) because it was the thing to do. Unfortunately little by little, alcohol slowly took control of his life and after a 15 year downhill battle he found himself alone and penniless on the streets of Skid Row, He had lost everything; his job, friends and his family. Only the clothes on his back and portable typewriter remained, which he pawned for ten dollars so he could function a bit longer.
On October 31, 1958, Clancy was thrown out of The Midnight after a brief scuffle…and no one dreamed that one day he would return to become the organizations leader. Back out on the street again, Clancy came to the realization that he had finally hit bottom. His recovery began by walking 71 blocks, in the rain, to an alcoholic rehabilitation center on Wilshire and Fairfax. Upon entering, he was asked if he was willing to do what it took to get his life back, and this time Clancy simply answered “yes”. Under the instruction of a mentor, Clancy found a job, a plan of life and began his journey on the road to recovery. After five years of sobriety and laborious progress on his part, his wife made the decision to return to him. He made his way back into the workaday world and after some time became an executive at KHJ radio and television in Los Angeles. It was during this time that he began working with alcoholics and speaking to civic groups about alcoholism and rehabilitation. He had found his passion in helping others get their lives back.
Fast forward to 1974, a member of the Board of Directors of The Midnight asked Clancy if he knew of any candidates that were qualified for the Managing Director position. He could find no one that would take the job, and decided to do it himself on an interim basis. But Clancy was so effective that he stayed on permanently.
Over the years Clancy has had a profound impact on The Midnight and in the lives of the thousands of men who have come through these doors. He was responsible for bringing the 12-step philosophy to The Midnight, establishing our organization as one of the first providers of addiction treatment on Skid Row. Clancy has said that what we do “is the difference between giving a hungry person a fish and teaching them how to fish”.
Never one to mince words, Clancy is known for his direct, no-nonsense demeanor, but also for his approachability. He always seems to have the time to listen and provide a few words of wisdom when asked. To say that Clancy is the heart and soul of The Midnight would be an understatement. We salute and thank Clancy for his endless dedication and service to The Midnight and to people in recovery worldwide.
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Georgia Berkovich is the Director of Public Affairs and is responsible for The Midnight’s volunteer program, communications, community affairs, community events and government relations. She created and manages Art With A Mission, Music With A Mission and Laughter With A Mission, which are programs aimed at bringing hope to the neediest in our community. In recovery herself, she brings a unique perspective to her position. She speaks nationwide about her recovery and her work at The Midnight. Prior to being hired at The Midnight in 2010, Georgia was a volunteer for 17 years with the organization, while working in the corporate and non-profit fields. Georgia is a southern California native and resides in La Crescenta.
Marcus Butler is Director of Security Operations. He is responsible for The Midnight Mission’s Security which includes all Security Staff, Hygiene Center Staff, HomeLight Family Living Security Staff and security oversight at the Courtyard OC located in Santa Ana. Marcus came to The Midnight in 2002 in need of assistance due to homelessness and drug addiction. After completing the Healthy Living Recovery Program in 2004, Marcus was offered a position as Manager of Security. In 2012 Marcus was promoted to his present position as Director. Marcus is an Oklahoma native and still has roots there.
Charles P Cross earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Saint Louis University in the Philippines in 1981 with units earned in Electronics and Communications Engineering, Math and Statistics. He also has earned Post-Graduate units in Business Administration at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
Charles has thirty years of combined experience in Management, Accounting, Policy Formulation, Technical Writing, Contract Administration, Feasibility and Statistical Analysis in the fields of commercial and developmental banking. His recent work as a Controller for 15 years was in the retail and distribution sectors.
Charles traveled Asia in his younger years and was able to work in a multi-national environment with the Asian Development Bank in the 80’s an institution comparable to the World Bank where its main focus was to provide Technical Assistance Loans to its developing member countries in the field of agriculture, education, health, aquaculture, forestry, etc, to name a few. Prior to his migrating into the United States he served as the Executive Director of the Foreign Investment Board in the State of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia in the 90’s.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, David Prentice is the Associate Director of Philanthropy for The Midnight Mission, one of the premier social service agencies serving the poor and homeless population in the region. Prior to accepting his current position in February of 2016, David served for 3 years as Program Manager of The Midnight Missions Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program and 3 years as a Counselor in the California Department of Corrections.
After serving a decade in the U.S. Army, including three years as a Tank Commander, David moved to Southern California to restore a vintage Chris Craft yacht, which led to a sales career for both Sea Ray and Wellcraft Boats. It was during this time that his demon (alcohol and drug addiction) began to affect his life negatively. After many years, Mr. Prentice took his last drink in 2007. But, in order to truly turn his life around, he had to clear up the wreckage of his past. To that end, he turned himself into the authorities and entered prison to complete a four – year sentence for crimes he had committed against society.
While incarcerated, Mr. Prentice became involved with Prison Ministry, serving as a clerk to the Prison Chaplain and earning his A.A. in Biblical Studies. At the same time, thanks to a scholarship, David earned his Certified Substance Abuse Counselor I credential. After earning this credential, he implemented the Celebrate Recovery Inside program, created by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. David led Christian Twelve-Step groups in chemical dependency, anger management, sex addiction, as well as pride and control issues.
Upon his release from prison, he immediately enrolled in InterCoast College and graduated as class Valedictorian, with a certification from the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. An internship at The Midnight Mission led to full-time employment in 2012 as a Case Manager. After two years, David was promoted to Assistant Program Manager, working directly under the Programs Director.
In 2016 David was asked to resign his position in treatment and redirect his passion for the people we serve to a Development team responsible for raising 12 million dollars a year to fund all of the programs operated by The Midnight Mission without any reliance on Government money.
David continues to be of service as the Major Gift Officer for the Midnight Mission establishing and cultivating relationships with some of Los Angeles’s wealthiest individuals. His passion continues to be an example to all that come in contact with him and his faith and humility continue to reward him by allowing David to share God’s triumph in his life with organizations around the world.
In 2015 David received an award from the County of Santa Barbara for the outstanding work he had done with the County’s drug addicted homeless population. The award was presented by Superior Court Judge Ochoa. This was the same Judge that had sentenced David to prison 8 years prior. The Judge had requested the honor of presenting when he found out who the recipient was.
As a member of the executive team, Ricardo Rosales is responsible for the overall operation of HomeLight Family Living, a program of The Midnight Mission located in Inglewood. HomeLight Family Living provides the path for families in crisis to reunify, rebuild and restore their lives. They provide education, career preparedness, counseling and life skills to break the cycle of abuse and poverty to ensure independent, successful living.
In his role as Director, Ricardo spearheaded and chaired the Transitional Housing Action Team (THAT) that brought together over 17 homeless service agencies focused on improving their programs and services. In 2014, Ricardo was assigned to lead the re-branding of the HomeLight program. He develops and organizes events to market the brand. He has forged celebrity partnerships and developed new social media strategies to raise awareness and visibility for HomeLight while cultivating new sponsors and supporters.
In 2015, Ricardo joined the City Of Champions Revitalization Initiative. The focus of the initiative was to help secure the constituent vote to help bring the new football stadium to Inglewood.
Ricardo joined the Inglewood Airport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2016.
In 2018, Ricardo joined the Inglewood Forward coalition that is focused on creating jobs and improving the quality of life for Inglewood
Before joining The Midnight Mission, Ricardo was the Program Manager for Safe Haven, a project of OPCC in Santa Monica where he was instrumental in the opening of the program in May of 2004. The Safe Haven utilizes a “Housing First” community model to serve chronically homeless individuals living with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Ricardo also worked on two of the City of Santa Monica’s homeless pilot projects: the Serial Inebriate Program and the Chronic Homeless Program.
Before joining OPCC, Ricardo worked for the County of Los Angeles for 17 years, 12 of which were with the Child Support Services Department. He was the Supervising Child Support Officer of the Policy, Planning and Training Division. Over time, he served as Quality Control Supervisor and as the Department Liaison with the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. In a Public Relations capacity, he improved the working relationship with the Department of Public Social Services. Ricardo was selected by the State Department of Child Support as a Staff Development Specialist and assisted the State Department with the development of their training curriculum. Ricardo Rosales also worked for the Department of Public Social Services.
Ricardo currently resides in Whittier with his wife Wendy and their family.
Jeanette Rowe is the current Director of Programs at The Midnight Mission. She has thirty-two years’ experience working in the field of homeless services and substance abuse treatment with various organizations in Los Angeles County. Prior to coming to The Midnight, Jeanette spent 19 years with Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as Manager and Director of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) outreach program. She has also worked in conjunction with the City and County of Los Angeles Homeless Initiatives, developed professional relationships with County Supervisors, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, City and County Departments, Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, LA Metro, Social Service Agencies and Community Groups, and has mentored, coached and supervised persons with lived homeless experience to transition effectively and successfully working in the social services field.
Jeanette has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Sociology) from California State Dominguez Hills, and a master’s degree in Sociology, Specialty in Social Research
Jeanette is honored to have received various acknowledgements from the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Supervisors for Outstanding Operation and Direction of Homeless Services Programs.
Randall S. Teramoto is currently the Human Resources Director for The Midnight Mission. He has over 23 years of both international and domestic experience starting his career in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Teramoto specializes in corporate restructure and development and he has worked for major corporations and non-profits, including The Home Depot, New Directions for Veterans, Facey Medical Foundation, Passages of Malibu, Chinatown Service Center and is a founding member of MannKind Corporation, which is a publicly traded biotechnology company. At MannKind Corporation, Mr. Teramoto’s company donated $100 million dollars to both UCLA and USC and a department and building were named after the benefactor noted as the Mr. Alfred E. Mann Institute of Biotechnology. Besides his work, Mr. Teramoto also had his own consulting firm for many years supporting various companies.
Mr. Teramoto received his B.A. in degree in psychology from UC Irvine and conducted graduate research at UCLA Medical Center working with disabled children. He is also a founding father of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and a member of SHRM, PIHRA, LACABA and other organizations. He is also a past member of the USC biotech roundtable at the USC Marshall Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Teramoto did not only live in Japan for several years, but he enjoys traveling as he has visited many countries for both business and pleasure.
Mr. Teramoto is very passionate about serving those in need as he has personally experienced homelessness and substance abuse in his family. Mr. Teramoto currently resides in Northridge, CA with his with and two children.
Mr. Razi is the President and founder of The Stratham Group of Companies. He is a Trustee Emeritus of California State University, member of the Board of Governors of California State University Foundation, Chairman of the Farhang Foundation and Vice Chairman of The Midnight Mission. He is past President of the BIA/Baldy View Chapter, and a former Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Investment of the State of California.
In 2004, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association. Mr. Razi was selected as Builder of the Year for 2006 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California.
He has served as Chairman of the Committee on Campus Planning, Building and Grounds, Chair of the Committee on Audit, and Chair of Committee on Institutional Advancement of California State University.
Mr. Razi is a graduate of King’s College, London University in Civil Engineering and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
R. Stephen Doan received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971, graduating summa cum laude, with highest department honors. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1974. He has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 1974 and belongs to its Sections on Taxation and Probate and Estate Planning.
He is very involved in volunteer work, having served as Grand Master of Masons in California, Chairman of the Board of the Midnight Mission on Skid Row, President of the Youth Fund of Southern California, President of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice and a Vestry member of his church.
Director David R. Doan has been a member of the Board of Directors for The Midnight Mission since 1998. As a senior member of the Board he is now serving as the Board Secretary. He has been active in many charitable organizations in the Los Angeles area for the last 20 years. He has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department since 1973.
He retired from active duty in 2011 as a Deputy Chief of Police and continues to volunteer for the Department working on leadership training, mentoring of command officers and special projects for the Chief of Operations.
A native of Southern California, Larry Adamson is the President and CEO Emeritus, Member, Board of Directors of The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles’ premier social service agency serving the homeless, poor and addictive population of Southern California. Prior to accepting this position in May 1998, Adamson served as Vice President of Administration for the Automobile Club of Southern California for 23 years.
During his tenure at The Midnight, he has been successful in growing the total asset to over $46 million, an increase of $20 million. In 2005, he led the corporate relocation effort of The Midnight’s new 138,000 square foot facility at 6th St. & San Pedro St. in Los Angeles’ “Skid Row”. He has also lead the efforts which secured one of the largest AmeriCorps grants in the nation for outreach services.
Adamson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He serves on several Boards of Directors and is the past Grand Master of the Free & Accepted Masons of the state of California. He has also served as President of Board of the Los Angeles Central Area Providers Collaborative, as Vice Chairman of the Board of ACSC Federal Credit Union and the Foundation for California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, he was elected to Who’s Who of American Business Leaders. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles.
For over 10 years, Larry served on the Board of Directors of the CSULA Alumni Association where he was President in 1996. In 1998 he was honored as the University Alumni of Merit. In 1996, he joined the CSU Alumni Council, an organization that represents the Alumni Associations of the 23 campus of the California State University system, where he served two terms as President from 1998 to 2000. The 1998, he was honored as the systems “Outstanding Alumni”. In 2005, Adamson was confirmed as a Trustee of the California State University System.
In December 2004, Adamson was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve as Commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which he chairs currently.
Adamson is active in several community and social organizations. He is the past President of his Rotary Club and is past District Chair of Urban Emphasis for the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council.
Adamson married his wife Lynn in 1974. They live in Newhall, California and have two adult daughters, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.
Richard Aguiar is a Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor in the Los Angeles, CA office of U.S. Trust. Rich leads a team of industry specialists and service professionals who work together to provide highly customized investment management, estate and wealth transfer planning, philanthropic planning, sophisticated credit and banking services to wealthy families and nonprofits. Rich’s clients include corporate executives, business owners, entertainment professionals, institutional nonprofits and family foundations. Rich believes that the broad yet deep expertise of a collaborative team, combined with the fiduciary investment standard, allows U.S. Trust to deliver personalized advice and guidance that reflects our clients’ goals, values and passions.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Rich was with Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, where he was instrumental in bringing the firm’s wealth management capabilities to the Los Angeles market. Prior to that, Rich worked for SEI Investments, most recently as Managing Director for Private Banking and Trust in the Western U.S. During his 23 year career in the financial services industry, Rich’s clients have included bank wealth managers, independent financial advisors, institutional investors and wealthy families.
Rich has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and minor in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Rich is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Los Angeles and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater LA. He has also served as President of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Georgia Tech Alumni Network.
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Saul serves as Vice President, Facilities at E&I Cooperative Services. He is responsible for developing the strategic framework to improve growth and utilization of E&I’s facilities category contract portfolio, with a focus on establishing, enhancing, and negotiating regional and national contracts for higher education and K-12 markets in the U.S.
Before joining E&I, Saul held various leadership positions at W.W. Grainger, Inc., including a role as Sr. National Sales Manager, where he led the company’s largest education contract with over 1,800 customers nationwide. He also served as District Sales Manager and Government Sales Manager in Southern California for Grainger Public Sector West where he headed up a top performing team of sales professionals.
Prior to joining Grainger in 2009, Saul was Managing Partner at Pinnacle AGI. His primary role was representing private and public clients on investment, procurement, and economic development projects. He also served as a senior Business/Economic Advisor to three City of Los Angeles Mayors, where he was responsible for various city investments and public procurement contracts that ultimately benefited the public and business communities.
Saul’s philanthropic efforts are focused on education, human health, and development. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Midnight Mission. He serves on the Board of Directors of USC LAA, focused on providing scholarship assistance for the academic advancement of USC students who demonstrate financial need or merit. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the California Masonic Foundation, making a profound difference for public schools in communities across California.
Saul earned a B.S. in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).
Maria Beckman is a Senior Vice President and Consumer Market Manager for the West Los Angeles Market at Bank of America.
She began her banking career at Security Pacific Bank in 1984 while attending UCLA and was placed on the Manager Training Program after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy.
Ms. Beckman has twenty nine years of leadership experience in the financial services industry which includes the role of District Manager at Wells Fargo, before joining Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management team as Premier Market Manager for the Beverly Hills Premier Market. Beckman served as Regional Sales Executive for the Legacy Greater Los Angeles and Southwest Regions and Business Support Executive for the Community West Region before moving into her current role in December 2011.
Ms. Beckman is involved with the Los Angeles chapters of HOLA, LEAD for Women, MSAG, Bank of America’s military support group and is a founding member of the Latino Strategy Executive Council. She currently serves as the Chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of I-Gen, our employee network focused on understanding and leveraging intergenerational diversity, which she launched in September 2013.
Ms. Beckman is passionate about her community and supported the Market President Council as the Senior Banking Executive for the San Gabriel and South Bay/Long Beach Markets. She served on the board of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and has a strong relationship with many organizations, including March of Dimes, American Diabetes Association and Junior Achievement. She is active in multiple ministries in her parish, Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Community and serves on the school’s PTO Board.
Beckman is married and resides in Los Feliz with her husband Jerry and son Ryan.
Katherine is a Co-Founder of Vivi Jewelry, formerly Cookie Lee Jewelry, America’s fastest growing direct sales jewelry company, where she was instrumental in their recent re-branding and re-launch. Katherine is the Senior National Sales Director and trains and manages a sales team of over 45,000 people. She has been recognized as the company’s #1 recruiter with over 800 people recruited throughout her career. She has also been recognized for #1 in sales since the company’s inception in 1991. Throughout her career, Katherine has sold over one million dollars in jewelry.
Katherine, originally from Paradise Valley, Arizona, was first exposed to social issues at the age of six. Her father, an avid volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Phoenix, imposed in Katherine a need to help others who were less fortunate.
Katherine has been volunteering at The Midnight Mission since college, when she stayed in Los Angeles during her Thanksgiving break. Since this time, she has been a dedicated volunteer, bringing her children here as well. She believes that her children have benefited from volunteering at The Midnight Mission and that these experiences have helped them grow into responsible young adults.
Katherine is delighted to be a mother of two boys, a Masonic wife, an active member of the Order of Eastern Star and has been a member of The Midnight Mission’s Board of Directors since 2009. She received her B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1991 and her M.D.E. (Management Development for Entrepreneurs) from U.C.L.A.’s Anderson School of Management in 2013.
Ronald Koretz received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology. He then received his M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
After his service in the United States Air Force and the completion of training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, he spent over thirty years in academic medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine.
He is currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Ron has received multiple honors and awards in regards to his schooling, medical publications, service in the Air Force and his involvement in Masonry.
He is happily married with three children.
Liberman is former President and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, where he served from 2003 to 2012, leading the organization in its efforts to market and sell Los Angeles worldwide. Prior to joining LA Tourism, Liberman spent over 34 years with United Airlines, moving to Los Angeles in 1995 to become United’s Vice President, North America – Western Region. His previous roles with United Airlines included serving as Vice President – Latin America, based in Miami, Florida, where he launched United’s Latin American Division in 1992; and Vice President of Services Planning and Vice President of Reservations and Ticket Sales at United’s world headquarters in Chicago. Liberman has served as a Commissioner to the California Travel and Tourism Commission and is on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association – Southern California Southland Chapter and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission.
Mr. Noonan serves as an Executive Vice President and Managing Director in the Construction Services Group at Alliant Insurance Services headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. In this role, he serves on the North America Construction Executive Committee. Mr. Noonan is responsible for client service and strategy inside the Construction Practice. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Vice President and Construction Industry Leader for another large broker.
Before joining the brokerage industry Mr. Noonan was the Senior Vice President of Risk Management at a top 20 ENR Construction Manager where he led the Risk Management department. He oversaw the corporate insurance program, rolling CCIP program, Subcontractor Default program, Enterprise Risk Management, Subcontractor Pre-Qualification, Surety, and all other risk and insurance-related functions. Prior to that, he served as a Regional Director with a top 5 ENR Construction Manager.
Mr. Noonan speaks at many national conferences, including the IRMI Construction Risk Conference. In 2014 he was awarded the Words of Wisdom award at the annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference. He also spends a large amount of time educating students in both Risk Management and Construction Management programs.
While his professional life is important he feels his true purpose is to help others.
Kristina Olson is a new business development leader with proven success and established expertise creating integrated brand communications, marketing strategies and marketing execution globally across multiple channels. Her success has been achieved through a combination of data, analytics and targeted marketing collateral to drive ROI and impactful marketing solutions including print, digital communications, distribution strategies and in- store interactions. Having held senior executive positions with companies such as Metromail, RR Donnelley, Valassis and Cenveo, she has developed strong client and network relationships with a hands-on approach to create solutions for short and long term strategic opportunities. Her clients have included AT&T, Hilton Hotels, Petco, Carl Zeiss, Princess Cruises, Hyundai and Blackstone. She has recently been selected as an Ambassador for the California Technology Council, a membership organization providing advocacy, research and business development to further preserve California’s leadership and achievement in technology and innovation.
Success in the business world has afforded Tina the ability to share those skills towards her social passions of education, at-risk youth and homelessness:
Kristina has an undergraduate degree in Human Behavior (Sociology, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology) from California Western/ United States International University. Her post-graduate studies were focused on Psychology and International Business.
Ms. Olson is an accomplished pianist and enjoys reading, music and the arts. She and her husband live in the Hollywood Hills and maintain an active lifestyle.
Ronald began his public service career in 1963, at the age of 17-years by enlisting in the United States Marine Corp, becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer in 1965, during the Vietnam conflict. Upon completing a 4-year tour of duty, he entered public service once again with the California Highway Patrol in 1967, as a State Traffic Officer assigned to the East Los Angeles office.
In 1980, he transitioned from State Service with the California Highway Patrol to Federal Service with the National Transportation Safety Board, where he conducted and supervised comprehensive and forensic highway accident investigations in catastrophic accidents. During his 28-year career with the NTSB, he achieved the position of Regional Director of the Western Region as Investigator In-Charge of Federal Investigations throughout the 13 western states. He helped develop and implement safety studies in school bus safety, seatbelt design and use, as well as child safety seat design, placement and implementation. Over time the recommendations promulgated by the NTSB were adopted nation-wide. In 2008, he completed 45-years as a professional public servant, in the field of highway safety.
He has served on the Board of the Midnight Mission since 1998, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Children. He is also committed, as President, to the work of the Imani Economic and Community Development Corporation. And as a Mason, he has labored in the quarries of the Prince Hall Masonic Fraternity for the betterment of humanity for over 38-years, serving as its Most Worshipful Grand Master from 1998-2001.
Ronald is a native of Jersey City, NJ and resides with his wife, Lena, in the San Gabriel Valley. They have four children, twelve grand children and three great-grand children. He has earned degrees in both Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Redlands.
Mark Rothstein is one of the USA’s top Certified Financial Planners and Income Tax Specialists. He has three decades of experience in the fields of personal finance and investment. Mark is Founder and President of Tri-Star Income Tax and Financial Services, one of the largest Wealth Management Firms in the Los Angeles area. He is also past President and Chairman of the Board for the Los Angeles Financial Planning Association – which presides over the Certified Financial Planners of greater Los Angeles. Mark is a member and educator for the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Estate Planners.
Mark is known to and applauded by millions of radio listeners, nationwide, as “Mr. Money” – #1 rated talk show. In addition to his “Mr. Money” radio talk show, Mark has been featured on NBC Nightly News, and a frequent commentator on the Fox Business Channel. He is also co-author of the personal finance book “Love, Money and Control”. Mark was recognized by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of the top Financial Planners in the USA (2008-2012). He was also featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top Financial Planners (2011-2012).
Mark is philanthropic with his time, financial expertise, and money with Charitable Foundation Boards: Midnight Mission (ending homelessness), Washington Institute (peace among nations), and the American Jewish University (religious self-expression). He teaches a comprehensive, three day money-seminar, nationwide to thousands of students, with graduates in action to put their entire financial life in order toward massive wealth creation.
Native Southern Californian Mike Thom is Managing Director and Chief Corporate Administrative Officer for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and its primary subsidiary, MUFG Union Bank. He was appointed to this role in November 2017. Mr. Thom, who joined the company in 1994, reports to CEO for the Americas Steve Cummings and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Americas.
Mr. Thom is responsible for the Central Risk and Controls Office (CRCO), which develops strategies, policies, and governance procedures to remediate open issues across the enterprise. He also oversees Corporate Communications, Corporate Branding, Sponsorships and Events, Corporate Security, Corporate Real Estate, Location Strategy and Execution, the Chief Data Office, the Chief Economist’s Office, Crisis and Critical Issue Management, and Business Continuity Management.
During his nearly 25 years with the company, Mr. Thom has held a number of key roles including: Chief Strategy Officer, Head of Integration Management and CFO of Global and Wealth Markets. He began his career at the accounting firm Ernst & Young as a senior auditor. Mr. Thom earned a B.S. in accounting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a MBA from the University of Southern California.
Stephen Watson, President and Partner of Total Realty Group, is a California native. Stephen attended the University of Santa Clara. Mr. Watson has an impressive client list, which includes major financial institutions, and high net-worth individuals, yet he understands the concerns of the smaller investor. He is primarily responsible for marketing Investment Properties in the Greater Los Angeles areas.
Mr. Watson’s family has been in Real Estate development since the 1950’s. He is a seasoned real estate professional with over thirty years experience in managing real estate investments in the Los Angeles and Southern California area. Stephen has been a top income-producing agent for 15 years. In June of 2003 he purchased controlling interest in Total Investment Real Estate Brokers. During his tenure at Total Investment Real Estate Brokers has experienced significant growth, seeing revenues grow almost 225% in addition to doubling staff size. Total Investment Real Estate Brokers is a commercial brokerage that has successfully closed transactions valued over $250,000,000 in the past years. In 2009 Total Realty Group was formed and Mr. Watson became a Partner and President.
Mr. Watson is a member of The Board of Directors at The Midnight. He sits on the Board of Saint Brendan School Council and he also sits on the Board of the West End Group, a non-profit whose sole purpose is to help those in need. Mr. Watson currently lives in Los Angeles with his children.
Mr. Zhu is the founder and Managing Director of Wedbush Opportunity Capital, LLC, an investment partnership under WEDBUSH Inc. Mr. Zhu is currently serving as the Senior Vice President of WEDBUSH, Inc. focusing on strategic growth initiatives, investments and acquisitions.
Prior to Wedbush, Mr. Zhu worked at Lehman Brothers Venture Capital Group as well as CSC Kalchas Group, a strategy consultancy with numerous multinational corporations as clients. He is currently a board member of Van Hulzen Asset Management, Community 1st Bank, Diamond Wipes International, Hestia Tec LLC and Asian Pacific Community Fund.
Mr. Zhu received his Masters in Engineering at Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Cornell University.