Rolf Benirschke

Summer 2015

Guest Speaker: Rolf Benirschke

CPO and Co-Founder of Legal Health Strategies

Rolf has spent his life giving back to others and is an accomplished business and community leader, author, television personality, inspirational speaker, and former San Diego Charger. He had an illustrious 10-year career as the placekicker for the San Diego Chargers before retiring as the third most accurate kicker in NFL history. He played in the Pro Bowl and received numerous awards including NFL Man of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, NFL Player Association Hero of the Year, and the NFL's most prestigious award, the Byron "Whizzer" White award. In 1997, Rolf became the 20th player inducted into the Chargers Hallouring his second season, Rolf was struck with ulcerative colitis, an intestinal illness that required major abdominal surgery and nearly cost him his life. He returned to play for seven more seasons and created Great Comebacks, a patient support program that provides information and inspiration and has been connecting ostomy patients around the world for more than 30 years. His experiences led him to co-found Legacy Health Strategies, a company that creates personalized patient support programs for medical device, pharmaceutical companies, and health systems, where he is currently the Chief Patient Officer. He has authored three books, including his autobiography, Alive & Kicking, and is a much sought after motivational speaker. Rolf also devotes much of his time to numerous philanthropic organizations including the UCSD Health System, the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the San Diego Blood Bank, and is the chairman of the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Foundation. Rolf lives in Del Mar with his wife, Mary, of 25 years and their four children, Erik, Kari, Tim and Ryan.

Chris Van Gorder

Spring 2015

Guest Speaker: Chris Van Gorder

FACHE, President CEO, Scripps Health 

Since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation's foremost health care instutions. Now he is leading the restructure of the $2.6 billion, integrated health system to best prepare for the changes of health care reform. Van Gorder's rise to health care executive has been unconventional. His journey began as a hospital patient, when as a police officer he was critically injured during a family dispute call. After a lengthy recovery, Van Gorder continued his education in health care management and rose to levels of increased responsibility. Today, he continues to serve the public as Reserve Assistant Sheriff for San Diego, and as a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT). In 2013, Van Gorder was honored with the coveted Press Ganey Innovation Award and received the California Distinguished Service Medal for his work with California Emergency Medical Services. In 2014 he was honored by the American College of Healthcare Executives with its highest honor, the ACHE Gold Medal Award for his contributions to health care services and community health. Modern Healthcare magazine recently named Van Gorder one of the nation's "100 Most Influential in Healthcare," his sixth time on the illustrious list. Van Gorder received his master's degree in public administration/health services administration at the University of Southern California, completed the Wharton System CEO Program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a past chairman (2010) of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives. Van Gorder's first book, The Front-Line Leader: Building a High Performance Organization from the Ground Up, was published last November. 

Brad Duea

Fall 2014

Guest Speaker: Brad Duea

Sonos Managing Director/ GM 

Brad Duea has spent his career at the forefront of the digital and mobile revolution.  Brad currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ:  DTSI), a provider of premium audio solutions. Brad started this July as a managing director /general manager for Sonos , Inc., a Wireless HiFi System that lets you stream all the music on earth in every room.  Brad was the president for Shoutz, started in September 2013 and continued until August 2014, but has been a Member of the Board of Directors since September 2011. Through April, 2013, Brad was the SVP, Marketing for T-Mobile USA, where he was the senior marketing executive responsible for all product management.  Prior to joining T-Mobile, Brad served as:  President of Napster, Inc., the pioneer in digital music; VP of Worldwide Business Development and Worldwide OEM Sales for Roxio, Inc., the digital media software company; and VP of Corporate Development for PeopleSupport, Inc., a leading provider of integrated e-customer relationship management solutions.  Brad began his professional career as a corporate lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  Brad holds a B.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara, a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. 

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Richard Schubert

Spring 2014 

Guest Speaker: Richard Schubert 

Senior Vice President of Executive Coaching Network, Inc.

Richard Schubert is a senior vice president of Executive Coaching Network, Inc. (EXCN). He is a founding board member and Washington representative of Management & Training Corporation, founding board member and vice chairman of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation, founding chairman and board member for Emeritus of the International Youth Foundation, chairman of the board of BioRelease Corporation, member of the board of National Alliance of Business, and founding board member of Weirton Steel Corporation. Richard is a former president and vice chairman of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, former general counsel and deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor, former president/CEO American Red Cross, and founding president/CEO of the Points of Light Foundation.

Richard is chairman of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc., serves on the executive committee of the American Friends of the Czech Republic and is a member of the National Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and Yale Law School and has been awarded seven honorary degrees. Richard has been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Dr. Jamie Ressler

Fall 2013

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jamie Ressler

Associate Dean of Graduate Business Education at PLNU

Jamie Ressler, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate Business Education at PLNU. Dr. Ressler is an educator with over fifteen years of experience in corporate and nonprofit marketing, public relations, and fundraising. She enjoys consulting in the area of strategic planning and marketing, with academic research interests in branding, materialism, and nonprofit management. 

Bill Chasey

Summer 2013

Guest Speaker: Bill Chasey

Founder and President of The Foundation for Corporate and Social Responsibility

William Carman “Bill” Chasey (born February 11, 1940) is the founder and President of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility in Warsaw, Poland. He is an educator, author, research scientist, inventor, and served as a senior campaign advisor to President Ronald Reagan.

Chasey founded the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Republic of Poland. The Foundation is an international network of corporate CEOs working in Poland to affect positive social change through targeted corporate philanthropy. With Chasey's inspiration, the Foundation is a hands on training ground for multinational firms to inculcate the values of corporate social responsibility in the communities in which they work. The Foundation's mission is to mentor senior corporate leaders, giving them skills for developing corporate social responsibility values in their firms. The primary focus of the Foundation is to serve needy Polish children. The Foundation’s 90 members include CEOs of some of the world’s largest and most well-regarded corporations from a diverse and broad range of industry sectors. To date, the Foundation has fed over 5 - million meals to needy Polish children, and presently feeds 60,000 meals each month to 3,000 kids in 13 Polish Schools.

Chasey was founder and President of the William Chasey Organization a Washington, DC lobbying firm from 1975-1998. During his lobbying career, Chasey represented some of the world's most prestigious business clients and 23 foreign governments before the United States Congress. He was a Registered Lobbyist with both the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and the Secretary of the United States Senate as required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act. He was a Registered Foreign Agent, United States Department of Justice. (RFA Number 4221) as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The success of Chasey's professional lobbying ability was captured on film during two episodes of Michael Moore's TV Nation television series in 1994, and these film clips remain hugely popular on the subject of successful Washington lobbying.[citation needed] Because of Chasey's lobbying talents, TV Nation was recognized by the United States Congress by passing Resolution H.J. 365, which declared August 16, 1994 as "TV Nation Day."[1] TV Guide named TV Nation one of the ten best television shows of 1995.[2]

Chasey held the John F. Kennedy Professorship at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development of Vanderbilt University, (Named Academic Professorship funded by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Washington, DC). Chasey was a Research Scientist in the Convulsive Disorders Clinic of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He served as a Senior Scientist in the Institute on Mental Retardation and Intellectual Development (IMRID), and as a Senior Scientist in the Laboratory of Intrinsic Motivation, and as Chairman of the Research Ethics Committee at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development of Vanderbilt University 1972–1975.

Chasey is the author of over 100 research investigations and publications in the field of mental retardation. He is the author of "3 books". and 1 screenplay. He invented 3 research instruments to measure psychomotor learning of mentally retarded children.

Chef Brian Malarkey

Summer 2012

Guest Speaker: Chef Brian Malarkey

Executive Chef & Co-owner of Searsucker, Gabardine, Burlap, Gingham, & Herringbone Restaurants

Brian Malarkey is the executive chef and partner of five wildly successful restaurants in San Diego: Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone. Each has opened to rave reviews, including Searsucker being named the country's #2 hottest restaurant by Time Magazine.

Before opening his first restaurant, Brian gained national recognition as a finalist on Bravo's "Top Chef Miami." He has since hosted several TLC specials, made TV guest appearances, entertained audiences on the Today Show, at Food & Wine Festivals across the U.S., and at the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby and Sundance Film Festival. 

Dave Latter

Spring 2012

Guest Speaker: Dave Latter

President of Morehouse Foods, Inc.

Dave Latter is a native Californian.  Born in Oakland he attended public schools through high school and graduated in 1946.   Rather than attend one of the large universities in the area he elected to attend Pasadena College (now PLNU) and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Business and Psychology.

After graduation, Dave entered the family business as a third generation partner.  In 1969 the partnership incorporated as Morehouse Foods, Inc. and Dave was named president.  He has guided the company to its current position as a multi-million dollar international business whose primary products are mustard and horseradish. The products are produced in City of Industry, CA and Montreal, QC.

Throughout his long career he held leadership roles in many organizations in industry, public service and church.  His enthusiasm for helping others has been a hallmark of his career.

Dave and his wife, Dot, reside in Yorba Linda.  Their two children and grandchildren are graduates of PLNU.  In May 2011, the university awarded Dave an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his years of alumni participation and support.

Congressman Mick Mulvaney

Fall 2012

Guest Speaker: Congressman Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina)

Mick attended Georgetown University and majored in International Economics, Commerce and Finance. He was an Honors Scholar, the highest level of academic achievement awarded to members of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and ultimately graduated with honors. After graduation, he took advantage of a scholarship opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a candidate for the Chancellor’s Scholarship. His standing earned him a full scholarship to attend law school, where his focus was on anti-trust law.

From 1992 until early 1997, Mick practiced law with the highly regarded firm of James, McElroy & Diehl in Charlotte. While originally trained in corporate litigation, his area of concentration turned in large part to commercial transactional work. In 1997 he forwent the partnership track in order to to start his own firm, where he continued to mix transactional work with the occasional commercial trial.

Mick serves on the Judiciary, Labor/Commerce/Industry, Medical Affairs, Agriculture/Natural Resources, and Corrections Committee. He was identified as the Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2006 by the Palmetto Family Council for his work on the South Carolina ultrasound bill. In 2010 he was named Legislator of the Year for his work in support of the State’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He has received one of only a handful of A+ ratings in the entire legislature.

Mick is running for Congress because he does not think the federal government is taking this country in the right direction, and doesn’t think Mr. Spratt – or anyone representing the 5th District – should be voting for the Obama-Pelosi agenda 98% of the time.

Mrs. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Summer 2011

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick is chief economist at Ford Motor Company.  Her global team is responsible for the firm's global economic and automotive industry forecasts used to support business strategy, finance, and planning.  Prior to joining Ford, Ellen was a senior economist at Mellon Bank from 1990 to 1996, and assistant professor of economics at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut during the late 1980s.  She also served for two years as a staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Reagan Administration.  Ellen received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master's degree in International Development and a Ph.D. in Economics at Clark University in Massachusetts. 

Ellen completed a six-year term on the National Association for Business Economics, including a one-year term as President.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the NABE Foundation. Also, Ellen is a member of several professional organizations, including the Conference of Business Economists, Harvard Industrial Economists Group, and the American Economic Association (AEA).  Ellen will participate in an AEA panel session at the January 2011 annual meeting.  Most recently, she was appointed to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Board of Directors for a five-year term.

Rear Admiral William D. French

Spring 2011

Guest Speaker: Rear Admiral William D. French, Commander 

Rear Admiral William D. French, Commander, Navy Region was the guest speaker for the Spring 2011 Executive Development Event on March 17th at the University Club. 

Stein Kruse

Fall 2010

Guest Speaker: Stein Kruse

President and CEO of Holland America Line

Mr. Stein Kruse is president and chief executive officer for Holland America Line Inc. a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Kruse joined Holland America Line in 1999 as senior vice president, fleet operations with overall responsibility for all Holland America Line's operations. In 2003, Kruse was named president and chief operating officer, and on December 1, 2004, was named chief executive officer.

Kruse joined Holland America Line from "K" Line America, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also oversaw financial activities in seven U.S. subsidiary companies for the global Japanese shipping company and served on the board of directors.

Prior to that, Kruse held several executive positions in the cruise industry. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and president and CEO for Seven Seas Cruise Line.

He is a former vice chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and presently serves as a director on the board of the United States Coast Guard Foundation, the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), and on the board of governors of the World Trade Center Seattle. Kruse, a native of Oslo, Norway, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He is married to Linda and they have two children – Victoria and Alexander. The Kruse family resides in Bellevue, Washington.