The Institute’s Advisory Board consists of business professionals from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors within the region whose role is to provide counsel, and to promote, endorse, and support the Institute as we explore new and innovative opportunities locally and globally to raise the reputation of PLNU and provide expert consulting services for new and existing clients, community leaders, and government officials.

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Aimee Brandt

Sales & Marketing Operations Manager with Welk Resorts 


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Mike Broyles

Business Developer for Pacific Rim Mechanical

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Thomas Fitzpatrick

Practicing dentist and Founder of Cura Coffee

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Greg Gibson

Partner + Creative Director of Grizzly

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Nate Heckman 

Principal of Stitch Marketing+Research

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Dana Irby 

Director of Sales for Bartell Hotels

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Andy Kotner

West Coast Marketing and Business Development Manager for Sughrue Mion, PLLC

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Mike Ladd

President & Chief Investment Officer of Financial Guidance Group, Inc.

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Jim Schmid

President & CEO of Chelsea Investment Corporation

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Ken Slaght

Co-Chair and President of the San Diego Cyber Center Of Excellence (CCOE)

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Nate Spees

Director of Strategy at Grizzly and Host & Organizer of CreativeMornings San Diego

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Leah Swearingen

Founder of Swearingen Communications