The Board of Councilors is the advisory board that provides strategic advice and counsel to the Dean of the Marshall School and his senior leadership team. Members of the Board serve as ambassadors for the school.
Board of Councilors
Carmen Nava, BS '84
Carmen Nava, Chair of the USC Marshall Board of Councilors, is a retired executive with more than 33 years in the telecommunications industry.
She retired from AT&T in 2017 as senior vice president of premium care and customer loyalty for AT&T's Entertainment Group, where she led a national operation serving AT&T's more than 90 million consumer customers.
Nava was recruited directly from USC’s Marshall School of Business into AT&T’s Leadership Management Program, where she successfully performed in a broad range of functional areas throughout the business. She moved several times between Texas and California as the industry transformed and consolidated.
Over her career she held a variety of executive roles in marketing, sales, human resources information technology, external affairs and operations as the company evolved from Pacific Bell to SBC and finally AT&T.
She was recognized by Latina Style Magazine as one of the Top 5 Latina Executives in 2013. In 2016 she was selected by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the 100 most influential and notable Hispanics in the technology industry.
She was appointed to the USC Board of Trustees in December 2016.
She currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Nominating Governance Committee. She has served as a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, and is currently on the Corporate Advisory Board of the USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA). As a former scholarship recipient, she has been a strong supporter of LAA scholarship programs that enable Latino students to attend USC.
She currently resides in Texas with her husband Robert. The couple has one daughter.
Marc Benioff is Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing.
Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce is the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally.
Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes and is recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, one of the 10 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review and as the CNN Business CEO of 2020. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award.
A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.
Benioff is the owner and co-chair of TIME, and Benioff is author of the New York Times bestseller Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change.
Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees.
Alex Blecksmith is an Associate Vice President at Colliers International, a global leader in real estate services and investment management. He joined Colliers in 2005 and focuses on industrial real estate within the Los Angeles basin, with an emphasis on sales, leasing and investments.
Blecksmith holds a CCIM designation, denoting an expertise in commercial investment real estate. He is a Colliers International Max Green Circle of Excellence recipient for outstanding production. Prior to joining Colliers International, Alex worked for Guardian Life Insurance of America as a group sales representative.
An active member of the USC Marshall Trojan family, he most recently served as vice chair of Marshall Partners, and currently serves on the newly formed Marshall Volunteer Leadership Council, the USCAA Board of Governors and is a member of the MBV Board of Governors, as well as a mentor.
He is a graduate of Bucknell University and received his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. He resides in Pasadena with his wife and two children.
Jules Buenabenta is the CEO and President of Jules and Associates Inc. (JAA). Buenabenta incorporated JAA in 1992 as a small startup and has grown it into one of the largest privately owned equipment leasing companies in the U.S., with annual sales in excess of $146 million, and assets of approximately $390 million. The Los Angeles Business Journal lists the company in its top 20 largest minority-owned businesses in 2019. JAA has funded more than $4 billion in transactions.
Buenabenta is also the manager and majority shareholder of Vendor Direct Solutions LLC (VDS), a records, facilities and IT management company serving law firms and legal-related solutions.
As a business leader, Buenabenta sits on many prominent boards, including the Board of Trustees of the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, and the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Education Center, raising money for children from the lowest income Latino communities in Los Angeles to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Born in New Mexico and raised on the Santo Domingo Pueblo Reservation, Buenabenta earned his B.S. in business from USC, and sits on the Board of Governors of the USC alumni Association, where he was elected to two consecutive three-year terms in 2016 and 2019.
Tim Coleman is a partner and global chairman of the Restructuring and Special Situations Group at PJT Partners. Prior to the spinoff, Coleman worked for 23 years at Blackstone, serving as a senior managing director and head of the Restructuring & Reorganization Group. Coleman has worked on a variety of restructuring and special situation assignments for companies, municipalities, creditor groups, special committees of corporate boards, corporate parents of troubled companies and acquirers of distressed assets.
Coleman has been widely recognized for excellence in his field. Most recently, he received the Leadership Award from the Turnaround Atlas Awards (2017), the Turnaround Leadership Award from The M&A Advisor (2014), was inducted into the Turnaround Restructuring and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame by the Turnaround Management Association (2013) and was named Global Investment Banker of the Year by the Turnaround Atlas Awards (2011).
Coleman has actively supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Council and the Tina’s Wish Board of Directors.
He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Kenneth Frank is the CEO of Turning Technologies, a private equity-controlled software solution provider in the educational technology sector. He leverages more than 30 years of senior executive leadership in a variety of operational functions.
Mr. Frank’s technology and product strengths are combined with significant scaled operational and go-to-market experiences in private equity, venture capital-backed and public companies.
Most recently, Mr. Frank has held numerous roles within Vista Equity Partners, including CEO of its portfolio company Kibo Commerce, and President/COO of Aptean, in addition to providing support for other strategic initiatives throughout its portfolio. Prior to Vista, he was president and a member of the executive committee of the global conglomerate Alcatel-Lucent, responsible for its global solutions and marketing division. He had earlier roles at Masergy, Broadband Office, BellSouth and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Mr. Frank received his B.S. in computer science from USC, his M.S. in computer science from Stanford, and his MBA from Emory.
Gregory (Greg) R. Hillgren is the president of CALVEST Realty Advisors, Inc. and Hillgren Holdings, LLC.
Since earning his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the USC Marshall School of Business, his professional career has focused on real estate investment and development, overseeing a range of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects throughout California, including several complex property repositionings.
Under his leadership, CALVEST successfully acquired, entitled and/or developed, approximately $600 million of investment grade assets.
Hillgren has been actively involved with USC Marshall during the past decade, serving as the Chairman to the School’s Board of Leaders, and was the Co-Chair for Marshall’s $400 million Capital Campaign. He also chaired the Board of Counselors for USC Marshall’s Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) program and is a member of Marshall Partners.
Mr. Hillgren and his wife Nancy, a retired attorney, are members of USC’s Widney Society; their support for USC includes the endowed Hillgren Scholarship for Veterans and Global Studies at USC Marshall.
The couple has two grown daughters, both graduates of the Marshall School.
Eric L. Holoman
Eric L. Holoman is President and CEO of EquiTrust Life Insurance Corp., a $21 billion Life and Annuity company. He is also Managing Partner of JLC Infrastructure, a $350 million private equity fund focused on investments in green and brown field infrastructure in the U.S.
In addition, Holoman is the Managing Partner of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, where he oversees day-to-day operations and sits on the WNBA Board of Governors.
His prior leadership roles include President of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Managing Director of the award-winning television network ASPIRE, as well as senior leadership positions in private banking with Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
Holoman sits on the Cedars Sinai Hospital Board and is a member of the Finance and Investment committees. He also serves as treasurer of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
Holoman has a B.S. in business, emphasis in finance, from USC. He is a Widney Society member and USC Founder and suite owner at the new LA Memorial Coliseum. He funds a scholarship at Marshall for Black students interested in finance careers inclusive of offering internships, mentoring and job placement.
His wife, son and daughter are also Trojans.
Miguel Koenig is an entrepreneur and financial professional with more than 20 years of experience as an investor in emerging tech companies.
Growing up in both Mexico City and Los Angeles, he graduated from USC, and holds a CPE from the New York Institute of Finance. He began his professional career at D.H. Blair & Co., Inc., subsequently working for Citibank Treasury as the head MXN FX trader.
On the entrepreneurial front, Koenig has partnered in the development of fast-food franchises in Mexico as well as the wholesale money remittance and investment advisory business in the United States.
Currently, he is involved as a passive CRE investor with top-tier players in the industry.
Koenig’s philanthropic pursuits include the areas of higher education, life sciences, and the environment. He holds a B.S. in business from USC Marshall.
Rob Malcolm is currently a senior advisor and executive coach at Boston Consulting Group, Executive-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the board of directors at the Hershey Company. He is also an advisory board member at McLaren Racing and Harry’s Shaving Company, and an angel investor, executive coach and advisor to numerous startups. He has been on the USC Board of Leaders for several years and is currently an advisor to the President of the University of Texas.
Malcolm began his career at Procter & Gamble, holding numerous marketing and general management roles in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa in his 24 years at the company. He became the first President of Global Marketing, Sales and Innovation for the newly formed Diageo, the world’s largest global beer, wine and spirits company, while still in London. He retired in 2009. Following retirement he taught four years at the Wharton School and developed his own consulting practice.
Malcolm graduated with a B.S. in business, with an emphasis in marketing, from USC, and earned his MBA from Marshall as well.
William (Bill) McMorrow is the chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson, a leading global real estate investment platform, with offices in 25 markets throughout the world and with $16 billion in assets under management across the property spectrum. When he acquired the company in 1988, it had one office and 11 employees.
Born and raised in Southern California, McMorrow earned his B.S. in business as well as his MBA from USC.
He and his wife Leslie are heavily involved in supporting the USC community, including endowing the Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative to provide a pathway for thousands of students in South and East Los Angeles to earn a college degree, as well as endowing new student housing in the USC Village.
McMorrow helped launch the Performance Science Institute at USC Marshall, and established "With Your Shield," a McMorrow Veterans Initiative, which helps student veterans earn a USC degree and find employment.
McMorrow became a USC Trustee in 2015. In 2018 McMorrow received the Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award, the university's highest alumni honor, for his contributions to the USC Community.
Bill’s son, Tyler, is also a Trojan.
Jeff Morris manages an investment company that is an active investor in private equity, real estate, venture capital and hedge funds.
Morris joined Morris Management Company, a family investment office for the Mervin Morris family, in 1979, after the merger of the retailer Mervyn’s with Dayton Hudson. In 1987, he formed his investment company, the Jeffrey A. Morris Group Inc.
He has been involved in the acquisition, development and management of a significant portfolio of office properties in Silicon Valley. Morris has been an investor in many successful private software companies, in addition to being a founding investor in the discount retail chain Ross Stores.
Morris graduated from Stanford in 1977 with a degree B.S. in economics. He received his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 1979.
He serves on the board of directors of The Buck-Cardinal Club at Stanford University and has served for many years on the Board of Leaders at USC Marshall School of Business.
Oscar Munoz is the executive chairman of United Airlines, where he was previously the CEO, guiding the airline through a remarkable turnaround effort. Today, as the leader of its Board of Directors, he plays a decisive role in helping marshal the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, partnering with government and administration leaders in support of employees, overseeing the airline's recovery efforts, and working to bring a diverse coalition of people together to foster a broad-based, inclusive vision for national economic renewal.
Previously Munoz served as president and chief operating officer at the North American rail-based transportation supplier CSX Corp., and has held leadership positions at some of the most recognizable brands, including PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Enterprises, as well as AT&T, where he served as chief financial officer and vice president of consumer groups.
As a first-generation college student from an immigrant family, Munoz earned his B.S. in business at USC before earning his MBA at Pepperdine. He met his wife Cathy at USC, and the two are active in higher education philanthropy. The couple have four children.
Munoz became a member of the USC Board of Trustees in 2018.
James R. Parks
James (Jim) R. Parks is an executive director of CBIZ MHM, LLC Tax and Advisory Business Services (CBIZ), and heads CBIZ’s Los Angeles office and family office service group. CBIZ is among the 10 largest accounting firms in the United States.
Parks is also chairman of Realty Center Management, a real estate investment company that owns through its affiliates an interest in approximately 10,000 apartment units and more than 300,000 square feet of commercial office space.
Additionally, Parks is currently involved in several hotel projects across the United States, including the development of a 400-room Hyatt concept hotel at Los Angeles International Airport and a 100-room hotel project in the Tribeca neighborhood, New York City.
He earned a B.S. in accounting from USC and a Master of Business Taxation from what would become the USC Leventhal School of Accounting.
His $15 million gift in 2015 named the Jennifer and James R. Parks Master of Business Taxation Program, endowed the Jennifer and James R. Parks Chair of Taxation for the MBT program director, and supported the accounting building renovation, scholarships and other academic priorities. The gift was second in size only to the Elaine and Kenneth Leventhal naming gift made in 1996.
Blake Quinn is chairman and CEO of Quinn Group, Inc. a Caterpillar heavy-equipment distributor headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices throughout Southern and Central California.
His past board affiliations are with the J. G. Boswell Company, Pasadena, Cashman Equipment Company, Las Vegas, and Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno.
He received his B.S in business from USC, and has been a member of the USC Board of Trustees since 1994.
He and his wife Terri, also a USC alumna, have four adult children, all of whom are Trojans.
Edward Roski, Jr.
Edward (Ed) Roski, Jr. is the president and chairman of the board at Majestic Realty Co. Originally his father’s company, Majestic remains one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States.
Roski was born in Oklahoma but raised in Southern California. He graduated from USC with a B.S. in business with an emphasis in finance and real estate.. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam, Roski went to work with his father at Majestic Realty.
Roski is also co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings, the Lakers, and the Staples Center. He serves on many boards, including the Los Angeles Sports Council the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, the Natural History Museum, and others.
He was named to the USC Board of Trustees in 2000, and served as the chairman of the Board from 2008-2013.
His late wife, Gayle, also a USC alumna, was an artist and partner in the couple’s longtime role as benefactors to USC. In 2006, the Roski’s made a landmark gift to endow and name the USC Roski School of Art and Design. In 2016, the Roski’s made a generous donation to endow and name the Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute, which would further research and sight-restoring care for generations to come.
The Roski’s raised three adult children and are proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Patti Roskill is a Partner of Geller & Company, which provides custom strategic financial advisory and wealth management solutions for businesses and individuals.
She is primarily responsible for the financial oversight of a multi-billion dollar corporation with operations in more than 80 countries, and is responsible for the planning, implementation, managing and running of all the finance activities of this corporation, including business planning, treasury, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and procurement.
As a member of the management team, she advises on long-term business and financial planning and provides strategic recommendations to the CEO and members of the executive management team. She is a member of Geller & Company’s Management Committee, and also sits on the Board.
Roskill attended USC and has twin daughters who have joined the Trojan family and are currently in their junior year.
Matthew Scanlan, CFA, currently serves as an operating executive at Golden Gate Capital, LLC in San Francisco. He has more than 33 years of experience in the investment management industry.
Prior to his current position, Scanlan served as Chief Executive Officer of RS Investments as well as President and Trustee of the RS Investment Trust and RS Variable Products Trust. Previous to this, Scanlan was President and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s Institutional Investment business.
Scanlan is a CFA charter holder and served on the board of Governors of the CFA Institute. He has been widely published in practitioner journals, and was given the Jacobs Levy Award for best article in 2006 in the Journal of Portfolio Management. Scanlan received his master’s degree in accounting and finance from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and his B.S. from USC.
Sue Siegel has been a CEO, VC, and a Board member for big and small, private and public, and non-profit organizations. She is a visionary leader known for identifying and seizing transformative opportunities that help organizations build new markets, create stakeholder returns, and impact lives. Sue directs her passion towards unlocking untapped potential to drive growth in individuals, across teams, and industries.
Sue has served for 20+years for over a dozen public and private companies. Her current Board portfolio includes Illumina, Align, Nevro, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at UC Berkeley and KaiserFamily Foundation. She is Chairman of Board of MIT’s The Engine. Her public service includes serving on President Obama’s Working Group for starting the Precision Medicine Initiative, as a founding board member of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, and as a selection judge for White House Fellows across administrations. She served on the non-profit boards of the National Venture Capital Association and Silicon Valley’s Tech Interactive.
Previously, Sue served as GE’s Chief Innovation Officer, CEO of GE Ventures& Licensing, and CEO of Healthymagination. Before GE, she was a VC General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, leading investments in Life Sciences & Health. During the early days of the human genome project, SueledAffymetrix, one of the fastest growing genomics companies of its time. She led it from a pre-revenue start up to a multi-billion publicly-listed company that helped shape the emerging genomics industry, including addressing the bioethical issues of its day. Her corporate career began after academic graduate work in molecular biology and biochemistry, doing stints at BioRad, DuPont, and Amersham, where she held executive leadership roles. Currently, Sue is a senior lecturer on Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Sue has been recognized as Fortune’s “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care,” as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” and was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Global Corporate Venture in 2020. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and is a featured “Multiplier” in the bestselling book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.”
Tim Stone is the COO and CFO of artificial-intelligence software company ASAPP Inc. which sells software to companies to improve productivity in their call centers.
Stone most recently served as CFO for Ford Motor Company, where he had overall responsibility for Ford’s finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, investor relations, economics, and audit, as well as information technology and the Ford credit business.
Stone’s lengthy career in the technology industry includes 20 years at Amazon, where he provided finance leadership for several of the company’s most significant business initiatives, and oversaw operations for others. During his time there, Amazon grew from $150 million in annual revenue and fewer than 1,000 employees to $200 billion in sales and a team of 575,000 colleagues. He served in a broad range of financial leadership roles in this period, managing corporate business development, heading investor relations, directing financial planning and analysis, and overseeing financial operations in Europe. During his tenure at Amazon, Stone took on strategic operating roles including vice president for benchmarking, in which he built and led a worldwide customer experience team.
Following Amazon, Stone was chief financial officer for Snap Inc., leading all finance for the publicly traded company as well as human resources, real estate, facilities, and security.
Early in his career, Stone worked in financial management roles at NextWave Telecom, Platinum Software Corporation and PacTel Cellular. His first professional position was as an auditor at Arthur Andersen.
Stone holds a B.S. in accounting from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting.
After selling Southwest Homes in 2005 to a national homebuilder, Roland “Rollie” Sturm re-established himself as an entrepreneurial investor with diverse interests in real estate, restaurants, entertainment, gaming, retail and private equity. His current concepts include Hexx Bistro, Cabo Wabo Cantina, Chateau Nightclub and Budweiser Beer Park, all on the famed Las Vegas Strip.
A graduate of the University of Alberta Law School and YPO’s Harvard Executive MBA program, Sturm’s career highlights include the construction of more than 5,000 homes and the master-planned development of several communities along with thousands of acres of land.
Sturm serves on the executive board of CEO and is the future 2022-23 International President-Elect. He is a member of YPO Gold and ULI; and sits on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and the International Medical Corps and Friends of Florence.
The Sturm family has established the Terri and Roland Sturm Family Foundation dedicated to philanthropic endeavors. Two of their three daughters are also Trojans.
Paul Suchman is the chief marketing officer of Entercom, the nation’s most influential collection of podcasts, digital and broadcast audio content, and premium live events and experiences.
In his role, he oversees all aspects of marketing and communications, stewarding the company’s brand and perspectives, building reputation and knowledge of Entercom’s capabilities, and bringing its growing portfolio of innovative audio products to market. He is also responsible for delivering best-in-class revenue-building solutions to brands and advertisers.
Prior to joining Entercom, Suchman served as global chief marketing officer for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, where he oversaw global brand strategy, advertising, digital marketing, social media, content and research marketing and business development marketing.
Suchman is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, and serves on the Dean’s Corporate Advisory Board. He also serves as an executive advisor to Oceana, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our oceans. He is a youth lacrosse coach, an avid outdoorsman and a terrible surfer.
David Tehle retired from Dollar General Corporation in 2015 as Executive Vice President and CFO, having served in that role for 11 years. Tehle was involved in taking the company private in 2007 with KKR and public again in 2009. Dollar General is a value discount retailer with a market cap of $52 billion with over 16,000 stores in 46 states.
Prior to Dollar General, Tehle served in a variety of financial roles for multiple companies including The Haggar Clothing Company, The Stanley Works and Texas Instruments. Currently, Tehle serves as a board member on US Foods Corporation in Chicago, Jack in the Box, Inc. in San Diego and National Vision, Inc. in Atlanta. Tehle is chairman of the audit committees of all three companies. He also served on the board of directors of Genesco, Inc. from 2016-2019.
Tehle holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Daniel M. Tsai
Daniel M. Tsai is chairman of the Fubon Group. Since its founding in 1961, the Fubon Group has offered the most comprehensive financial services in Taiwan, and is also involved in telecom, cable TV, e-commerce, property development and content development. Tsai joined the Fubon Group in 1981.
He is also chairman of Taiwan Mobile, a leading provider of mobile communications, cable TV, fixed broadband services and digital content in Taiwan.
Mr. Tsai graduated from National Taiwan University and received his master's degree in law from Georgetown in 1979. He is vice chairman of the Asia Business Council, and has served on the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society's Board of Trustees since 2014.
He has been a member of the USC Board of Trustees since 2012.
His wife, Irene, is a USC alumna. She joined the Fubon Cultural & Educational Foundation at its inception in 1990, and currently serves as its executive director. The Tsai's have four children, three of whom are Trojans.
Joseph (Joe) Ucuzoglu is the CEO of Deloitte US, the largest professional services organization in the United States. With more than 100,000 professionals, Deloitte provides audit and assurance, tax, consulting and risk and financial advisory services to a broad cross section of the largest corporations and governmental agencies. He previously was the head of Deloitte’s Audit and Assurance practice in the U.S.
Ucuzoglu frequently speaks on a broad range of current issues facing the business community, such as building a culture of purpose and inclusivity, the evolving regulatory landscape, and the role that business must play in leading society through the rapid pace of technology-driven change.
He serves on a number of boards, including the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for New York City, and the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality. He is a member of the Fortune CEO Initiative, the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, the Economic Club of New York and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
Ucuzoglu earned a B.S. in accounting from USC.
Michael Uytengsu is a finance professional, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He began his career in investment banking with Salomon Brothers, first in New York City then in Hong Kong, focusing on infrastructure finance. He went on to join his family’s food manufacturing business in the United States.
Uytengsu was the CEO of National Pretzel Company from 1995 through 2011. Through internal growth and acquisitions, he grew the company into the third largest pretzel manufacture in the U.S., and the dominant supplier of corporate brands (private label) and contract manufacturing. It was sold to ConAgra in 2011.
He is a co-founder and the managing partner of Tusk Estates, a boutique luxury wine producer in Napa Valley and the founder of Somersault Life Company, which focuses on all natural, nutritionally well-balanced snacks.
Uytengsu is also an investor in several other private businesses, including food, wine and hospitality endeavors, and oversees his family’s investment office.
He holds a B.S. in business administration, emphasis in finance, from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Cynthia van Eck
Cynthia van Eck is a full-time philanthropist and volunteer for several schools and charities in New York. She worked in finance for First Boston and The Boston Company and then left the public sector to raise her four children.
She served on the USC Marshall Board of Leaders and has been a Reunion Committee member for her class. Ms. van Eck has been involved in many organizations, including The Boys Club of New York, where she is a trustee, and the U.S. Board of the London Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a past trustee of Sacred Heart Greenwich.
She graduated from USC in 1986 with a B.S. in business with an emphasis in finance and was a member of Alpha Phi.
She and her husband, Jan, live in Rye, New York.
Jan van Eck
Jan van Eck is the CEO of VanEck, a New York-headquartered mutual fund and ETF company. He joined the firm in 1992 and its executive management team in 1998.
Furthering VanEck’s mission to anticipate asset classes and trends, Mr. van Eck created a variety of strategic beta, tactical allocation, emerging markets, and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF and institutional formats. Mr. van Eck founded the firm’s ETF business in 2006. One of the world’s largest ETF sponsors, the firm offers ETFs globally across a variety of equity and fixed income asset classes.
Mr. Van Eck holds a JD from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a major in economics. He is a director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He routinely appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and was a 2013 Finalist for Institutional Investor's Fund Leader of the Year.
Nadine Watt is CEO of Watt Companies. She brings 20 years of real estate expertise and an entrepreneurial drive to her position, where she oversees day-to-day activities and strategic planning for all commercial investment activities including acquisitions, development, and asset management for the company’s six million-square-foot portfolio.
Watt previously served as President of Watt Companies. In 2011, she led a strategic reorganization that moved the firm beyond traditional property management and leasing to a focus on acquisitions and real estate development, as well as joint venture opportunities, and played a key role in launching Watt Investment Partners, which actively invests $60 million in a variety of property types across the Western United States.
Watt is a member of the USC Board of Governors and the USC Associates Board of Directors. She also sits on the Price School of Public Policy Board of Councilors as well as on the Executive Committee of the Lusk Center for Real Estate.
She was the first woman to be named Chair of the Los Angeles Business Council, a position she still holds. She is a board member of Visionary Women and the City of Hope Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council.
A graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Watt also received an M.A. from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
She resides in Beverly Hills with her husband Andrew Jameson and their two daughters.