Network 9 Communication and Theatre

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Colt Hall Forum

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Interact with nine or more professionals from your field of interest.  Learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started - all at an event that's small enough to promote real conversations.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Colt Hall Forum

Professional Panel and Networking Reception

5:00 p.m. - Check-in and Pre-Networking

5:30 p.m. - Panel Presentation

6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Network with Professionals from the following Companies:

The Henley Company
Nicole Matthews, Chief Experience Officer/Owner

Nicole R. Matthews, CSEP, is an event, travel and lifestyle concierge. She is the Chief Experience Officer of The Henley Company. With the belief that life should be experienced in a big way, Nicole set out to create a company focused on helping clients to live the life they want and to produce the experiences they want to remember and Tweet about! Nicole is recognized as a thought leader in the special events and personal concierge industries where she encourages planners to create their own opportunities in life and business. By creating her own opportunity, Nicole recently lived her way into her dream of working the London 2012 Olympics. Like a fabulous necklace, creating her own opportunities has become the ideal accessory to compliment the growth of her business and to document her journey through life, all while wearing the perfect shoes, of course!

Nicole not only works with clients to create unique experiences, significant celebrations and memory-making events, but she is also recognized as a leader in self-producing events and strategic partnerships. Nicole has self-produced numerous high-profile events, which are original concepts promoted to targeted demographics. Her "Sex and the City: The Movie" premier became a landmark event and established her reputation as an expert in self-producing events. The event was so successful she franchised the concept to event planners in other markets so they could self-produce events around the opening of Sex and the City 2. Nicole now coaches planners about the benefits of self-producing events and the value of strategic partnership. 

Active in her industry, Nicole is the immediate Past-President for the San Diego Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and is one of 350 professionals in the world to hold the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation.

Ashford University
Sarah Gates-Lozier, Student Development and Engagement Manager

Mrs. Sarah Gates-Lozier is a seasoned Marketing Executive, with a unique background in theatre, marketing, rich media production, and event management.  Having refused to “choose a path and stick to it,” she has a robust dual career history.  

Sarah has worked in the marketing sector for three Fortune 500 companies as a videographer, production manager, content editor, graphic designer, and event planner.  In recent years she has executed large-scale corporate events at venues like the San Diego Midway, The Del Mar Fair Grounds, Chicago’s McCormick Place, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the iWireless Center.  

Currently, Sarah is the Student Development and Engagement Manager for Ashford University, in charge of company events as well as the bi-annual commencement ceremonies, which host up to 10,000 participants from all over the world.

In her “spare time,” Sarah lives her dream of life on the stage.  She worked for SeaWorld in San Diego as a performer for three consecutive years (in the same role)! Her award-winning direction and choreography have been presented at professional venues in New Mexico, Las Vegas, and California since 1998. Mrs. Gates-Lozier has been the resident Musical Theatre choreographer at Mira Mesa High School for eleven years.  Other choreography and direction credits include The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, STAR Repertory theatre, Broadway Theatre Arts Academy (BTAA), Christian Youth Theater (CYT), American Rose Theatre, Pacific Coast Theatre Company, The Rancho Peñasquitos Academy for Dance Arts, and more. 

Sarah is a proud alumna (’03) of Point Loma Nazarene University, where she earned a Bachelor degree in Media Communications with an emphasis in Performance.  She later earned her M.Ed. from National University.  She currently serves on the National Education Committee for NAACO (North American Association of Commencement Officers). 

Genuine Productions, LLC
Shun Lee Fong, CEO and Creative Principal

Shun Lee Fong is is an actor, writer, musician, and the CEO and creative principal of Genuine Productions, LLC. He is also the President & Creative Director of The Greenhouse Arts & Media, a nonprofit for equipping and mentoring creative artists and professionals, and sits on its Board of Directors. He graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University with a degree in journalism & mass communications. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Law, he practiced law for five years at the firm of Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP, in Omaha, Nebraska, with a focus on civil litigation, corporate transactions, intellectual property, and media law. In 2003, he left his law practice and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, writing, and other creative opportunities. He has performed in a number of productions in film, theater, commercial, voiceover, and print, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has spent significant time on stage and in the recording studio as a songwriter and musician, playing several instruments. He has written a number of screenplays, articles, essays, and other works and is an often-requested speaker. Additionally, he teaches entertainment & media law at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

Coca-Cola Refreshments
Annie Goshert, Sr. Customer Marketing Manager

Annie Goshert currently works for Coca-Cola Refreshments as a Senior Customer Marketing Manager  for the West Zone.  She has been with Coca-Cola for nine years in various roles including Large Store  Commercialization Lead for the West Business Unit, Sales Development Manager and Marketing Activation Manager.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Annie spent five years as Sponsorship Services Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers and four years in Sponsorship Services with the Los Angeles Kings, managing integrated marketing  programs, contract fulfillment and sponsor relations for the teams.

Annie is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where she earned a BA in Marketing.  She serves  on the Executive Board for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, on the marketing committee  for the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station, and is a graduate of the Riordon Volunteer Leadership Development Program in Los Angeles,.  She resides in Cardiff by the Sea.

Claremont McKenna College
Darrin Roberts, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations; Young Alumni and Student Engagement

Ever adventuring, Darrin has never called one place home for too long.  Since his birth, he has not lived in one spot for longer than four years and has resided in over nine different locations across this vast country.  One of his longest stops was in San Diego, CA where he received his bachelors in business administration with a minor in French language studies from Point Loma Nazarene University.  He then went on to attend art school at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCMAS), but eventually returned to Southern California to pursue his interest in the field of leadership development and received his masters in the field from Azusa Pacific University.  Since graduating from Point Loma, Darrin has worked as a florist and event designer in the San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York areas, as well as in fashion sales, styling, and marketing.  He currently works at Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations coordinating events for the student and young alumni population.  Darrin Roberts is a multi-faceted individual whose passions and interests emerge in countless forms.  He is an avid traveler, writer, shopper, surfer, reader, dreamer, diner, art maker, explorer, and casual social therapist who has been living his life since 1987.

University Club
Casey Cleveland Falkner, Director of Membership and Community Relations

Casey Falkner has been instrumental in the true Reinvention of San Diego’s premier business and social Club, the University Club atop Symphony Towers. With a background in International Business, Casey came to the University Club when she was 25 with vision and energy to ‘reinvent’ not only the Clubhouse, but the diversity of Membership and the progressive nature of programs that allow for the Club members to engage in fruitful dialogue. Casey strives to honor the Club’s 100 year history and build relationships for the future as the University Club continues to serve as San Diego’s ‘townhall’ for business, culture, community, philanthropy, culinary arts and fun.   

Given her successes with the reinvention of the University Club in San Diego, Casey has recently been promoted to oversee the membership reinvention of ClubCorp’s Southern California business Clubs, both in Orange County and the new $9M City Club in Los Angeles. ClubCorp is the world leader in Private Clubs with over 200 Clubs nationwide and internationally. 

Previously Casey was the Director of Programs & Marketing at the World Trade Center San Diego, leading a CA Trade Mission to China and representing San Diego at the World Trade Center General Assembly in Guadalajara. 

Casey is a LEAD San Diego graduate, a Global Sponsor for Children of the Nations, Baylor University lnternational Business Alum and former NCAA Division 1 Soccer player while at Baylor. 

Casey is a San Diego native and she, her husband Matthew and baby girl Ivy Elizabeth live downtown San Diego with a true appreciation of the southern California lifestyle. When Casey is not walking to work, she drives the classic 1964 Ford Falcon convertible that she bought when she was 16. 

ClubCorp Recognition: Founding Professor for ClubCorp Membership University, ClubCorp President’s Club, ClubCorp Circle of Excellence Award, ClubCorp Super Star Award. 

Ambassador Advertising Agency
Bill Reitler, Senior Producer

Bill is a veteran radio broadcaster, producer and voiceover artist, having loved every moment for over thirty-five years. Bill’s voice is well-known to Christian and general market radio and TV audiences.  He can be heard daily announcing for BreakPoint®  (formerly with Chuck Colson, now Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet), Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, the White Horse Inn with Michael Horton, and Life Issues with Brad Mattes. He has served in local radio in the capacities of air personality/host, News Reporter, Production Director and Program Director. He is currently (since 1999) Senior Producer at the Ambassador Agency, one of the top Christian media agencies based in Irvine, California.

An honors graduate of UC San Diego, he and wife, Debi, are the proud parents of three adult kids (Juli-PLNU Class of 2007, Bradley and Rickey-PLNU Class of 2017).  In his spare time he enjoys walking at sunset, bicycling, reading, old movies, music and travel.  On Sundays you'll find the Reitler family at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Newport Beach).

Sony Electronics

Sonia Farace, Business Planning Mgr - VMOA

Sonia Farace leads business planning for VAIO Customer Service in Latin America at Sony Electronics. She is responsible for the development and execution of strategic projects, which enable VAIO Service to achieve its operational and business objectives in the Latin America region.

Sonia created an innovative and non-traditional processes that provides technical support for Sony VAIO computers in Latin America through social media. She effectively launched a Twitter channel in Brazil dedicated to addressing technical support issues for customers. All key performance indicators for this new process were achieved while bringing structure and oversight to customer service operations. 

Sonia’s career at Sony includes operational positions in manufacturing, quality, refurbishment and customer service. She is a graduate of the Institute of Technology in Veracruz, Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemical Engineering and recently graduated from the Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) program at the University of San Diego.


 "My life purpose is to channel my creativity, energy and passion in creating an environment where people are engaged and feel motivated by turning their thoughts into action so they can be successful in whatever they set their hearts and minds to."

Fit Properties

Richard Montano, CEO and Owner

 Richard is CEO of Fit Properties, Inc. and is director of strategic real estate investments. His client focused efforts includes financial solutions for investors and facilitating capital raising activities.

Richard specializes in: 

  • underwriting pro forma cash flows
  • property/project valuation
  • acquisition due diligence
  • financing
  • recapitalization
  • asset and entity restructuring
  • property repositioning
  • management of assets​

Mr. Montano has in-depth experience across various property types including; 

  • multi-family
  • residential
  • commercial
  • hotel
  • senior housing
  • new development

Since co-founding the firm, Richard has worked on complex real estate investment projects in San Diego providing all necessary valuation and due diligence information to facilitate successful acquisitions. 

Prior to co-founding Fit Properties, Inc., Richard was an Aerospace Engineer consulting on unmanned aircraft for military projects. Mr. Montaño earned two Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Physics, attending Pepperdine University and San Diego State University, he also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2004, and is a California Real Estate Broker.

Fit Properties

Marissa Montano, CFO and Owner

Marissa is CFO of Fit Properties, Inc. She has over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry, and leads in a broad range of client engagements including transaction management and strategic advisory. 

Marissa has structured several investment opportunities including: 

  • pricing and product feasability
  • private financing
  • JV partnerships
  • Property rehabilitation and disposition for distressed properties
  • Her responsibilities have included:  
  • analyzing financial and operational investment plans
  • analyzing market performance and forecasting
  • reviewing cash flow forecasts
  • JV partnership structure
  • Helping clients make business decisions for real estate investments
  • feasibility and market studies of investment acquisitions
  • property disposition
  • market strategy
  • pricing and price forecasting

Prior to co-founding Fit Properties, Marissa was a senior consultant for a real estate advisory firm where she was responsible for Strategic Consulting to real estate industry Executives, Builders, Banks, and Private Investors for feasibility studies of their Real Estate ventures. Additionally, Marissa sold and managed new home sales for a regional home builder for 8 Southern California neighborhoods, including pricing, marketing, product sales planning and development of upcoming neighborhoods. Marissa earned a B.A. in psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and is a California Real Estate Broker.