Advisory Board

CIE’s advisory board is comprised of experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other industry experts who understand how to mentor students as they consider launching their own ventures. The advisory board members work closely with students and faculty to help CIE facilitate and encourage entrepreneurship at the Claremont Colleges.

Kip Hallman ’81 P’14 *Chairman

Kip Hallman ’81 P’14 *Chairman

CEO, CFMG, Inc.

Kip Hallman is Chief Executive Officer of Correctional Medical Group Companies, Inc. (CMGC), a provider of comprehensive healthcare services to county correctional facilities in eight states.  He is responsible for CMGC’s overall strategic direction, including expanding into additional markets and services.  Prior to CMGC, Mr. Hallman was President and CEO of Insight Health Corp, a national provider of diagnostic imaging services, where he led a successful turnaround and financial restructuring.

Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Right Manufacturing, a manufacturer of fitness, leisure and other products. Prior to that, Mr. Hallman was founder, President and CEO of Home2 Inc., a venture capital-funded provider of web-based CRM applications for production homebuilders. Prior to Home2, he was co-founder and Vice President Corporate Development of TheraTx Inc., a rapid-growth, diversified national healthcare services company. TheraTx was recognized in consecutive years as the 2nd and 14th fastest growing public company by Inc. magazine, and Mr. Hallman shared an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Healthcare for this effort. He began his career at Price Waterhouse.

Mr. Hallman received his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in 1981, and is an inactive California CPA. He is a director of Vericare, a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services to the elderly.

Mr. Hallman and his wife live in Solana Beach, California. Mr. Hallman is an avid skier, surfer, and triathlete, who also enjoys diving, travel and pretty much any active outdoor activity.  His passion is building and leading great teams to achieve great results.

 
Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh ’92

Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh ’92

Founder of betwixt.us

Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh is the founder of betwixt.us, the conversation changing networking platform that helps people better tell their stories and collide with the people and resources they need to succeed. Ask her about it, she’s really passionate! She is a strategist by trade, but has also been called “a CEO’s secret weapon”, probably because she’s a ninja. She is known for seeing what others miss and has an “uncanny ability to stick her finger in the wound.” Which is a real thing a real person said about her.

Jumana gained her audacious reputation as the strategic force behind some of the world’s best brands: turning Yahoo into a “Life Engine”, helping Hilton Hotels “take you places”, and first posing the question “What’s in your wallet?” for Capital One. She also built the strategy for Ally Bank, one of the most successful bank launches in history, and during one of the worst economic recessions. Jumana was recently one of 3 partners that opened the New York Office of Leo Burnett NY, securing 3 global pieces of business in the first six months. Most notably, Jumana can be seen not sitting but perching in chairs and eating a lot of sour candy. Like, too much. Feel free to ask her about her work, but she will most likely turn the conversation around on you. Again, she is a ninja.

 
Joel Appel ‘87

Joel Appel ‘87

Owner, Launchpad LLC

Joel Appel has been an entrepreneur and business manager most of his life.  After attending Claremont McKenna College and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Mr. Appel worked at the Quaker Oats Company for eight years.  He then founded Orange Glo International, marketers of Orange Glo, OxiClean, and Kaboom, with his parents.  Mr. Appel created the famous television ads featuring the late Billy Mays.  In 2006, Mr. Appel and his family sold Orange Glo to Church & Dwight/Arm & Hammer.

A year later, Mr. Appel co-founded Launch Pad LLC, a marketing company that backs and runs several consumer products companies such as Brainetics, Tortle, and Base Education.  Mr. Appel also owns Moda Man, a high end men’s clothing store on Larimer Square in Denver.  Mr. Appel sits on the boards of two non-profits, First Descents and the Hoffman Institute.  He has two college aged kids, loves the outdoors, and has tremendous passion for personal and spiritual growth.

 
Joseph “Jay” Bellissimo P'20

Joseph “Jay” Bellissimo P'20

General Manager, Client Experience, IBM

Jay is responsible for IBM Watson Client Experience. The unit is leading the new era of cognitive computing, developing and commercializing cloud-delivered cognitive innovations. Jay’s team designs and implements leading-edge solutions in key industries.

Jay previously led IBM’s Global SAP Consulting business, where he managed the service line’s strategic direction, client relationships, and operations. Under his leadership, the team engaged with corporations and government agencies, to help them achieve competitive advantage through business transformation and innovative technology solutions. Jay served as the IBM GBS Global & North America Communications Sector leader. The sector includes media and entertainment, telecommunications, and the energy and utilities industries. Under Jay’s leadership, the team engaged with corporations to improve their business performance and market leadership position. He also defined and led the execution of an IBM transformation effort within the sector, focused on how IBM interacts and delivers differentiated value to clients.

Previously based in Sao Paulo, Brazil Jay managed IBM’s Latin America (LA) GBS business. Within this key geography, Jay developed and executed a business strategy focused on driving innovative, transformational solutions for clients across core industries, such as automotive, financial services (banking, insurance), industrial products, natural resources, consumer products, telecommunications and energy and utilities.

 
Wayne Cantwell P’20

Wayne Cantwell P’20

Co-Founder/Managing Director, Decathlon Capital Partners

Wayne Cantwell is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Decathlon Capital Partners where he overseas growth capital investments for fast growing small businesses across North America.  Mr. Cantwell is also a General Partner of Crescendo Ventures, a Silicon Valley based Early Stage Venture Capital Firm.  Prior to his experience in Investment Management, he held senior executive roles in Semiconductor and Software Industries.  Mr. Cantwell was the CEO of SOISIC SA, a French Semiconductor company and prior to that, he was the CEO of inSilicon Corporation, a Semiconductor company he took public on NASDAQ.  Prior to that, he held roles at Intel Corporation and NEC Corporation.  During the past 30 years, he has served on Board or Advisory Board Roles of over 20 early-stage companies and currently serves on the boards of eAsic Corporation, Arteris Corporation, and Zolo Technologies Corporation.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology.

 
Richard Chino ’90

Richard Chino ’90

Richard Chino, of Pasadena, CA, graduated from CMC in 1990 with a major in Economics/Accounting and Mathematics. After graduating, he spent 5 years in Management Consulting, received his MBA from Northwestern University, and spent 12 years in the online marketing industry, most notably with GoTo.com, Overture, Yahoo!, and ValueClick. He currently is on the board of C2FO, ShipHawk, Staff Ranker, and the Pasadena Angels, and is an advisor to a handful of startups.

Mr. Chino is a member of the CMC Board of Trustees and the CMC Alumni Association Board. He has also been active with CMC’s Mentoring Program since its inception, and has conducted case interview workshops to prepare CMC students for Management Consulting interviews.

 
Arjun Dutt '07

Arjun Dutt '07

Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy, Semantify

Arjun Dutt ’07, is currently the VP of Marketing & Product Strategy at Semantify, a startup based in Chicago. Semantify is the world’s first AI powered cognitive search and analytics engine for enterprise data.

Prior to this role, Arjun worked for Fieldglass, a Chicago based SaaS startup. Fieldglass was sold in 2015 to SAP for $1.1B, making it the first unicorn exit in Chicago history. During his 10 year tenure, Arjun oversaw various groups, including account management and EMEA operations, however his key role was the Head of Strategy and Analytics. In this role, Arjun led a team of consultants and data scientists to build a big data practice, leveraging the power of data and analytics to drive better business decision making.

 
Phillip Friedman ’74 P’14

Phillip Friedman ’74 P’14

CEO, Harlow Aerostructures LLC

Phillip Friedman has served as CEO of Harlow Aerostructures since acquiring the Wichita, Kansas based company in 1981. During his 32-year tenure, he lead the teams that developed electro mechanical and structural assembly products such as auto throttles and flap actuators for OEM airframers such as Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Gulfstream, Learjet, Boeing, Spirit Aerosystems, and Lockheed.

After earning his B.A. in economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Claremont McKenna College in 1974, Mr. Friedman attended Harvard Business School where he received his MBA with honors in 1976. Following his graduation, he worked in Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Corporate Finance Department in New York and eventually moved back to Los Angeles where he served as Vice President of the Corporate Finance Department at Shearson Loeb Rhodes.

In 1980, Mr. Friedman started his entrepreneurial career with the acquisition of Nasco Aircraft Brake Inc. based in Gardena, CA, in a highly leveraged transaction with the minimal equity gathered from the savings from the three years of prior employment. He directed innovative efforts to launch its friction lining R&D team and build a brand new brake dynamometer testing facility. Nasco became the first new entrant in 40 years to receive FAA approval to sell aircraft brakes to large commercial aircraft and break the oligopoly stranglehold of competitors Honeywell, Goodrich and Goodyear in the market place.

In 1988, Mr. Friedman bought a controlling interest in the publicly traded Genisco Technology Corporation. The Anaheim based corporation held government contracts for the manufacturing of military computer systems that ran the North Atlantic Sonobuoy Network that tracked Russian nuclear submarines. He sold his controlling interest in the company in 1994.

Mr. Friedman spent 30 years as Owner and Skipper of three generations of FARR 40 racing sailboats participating in offshore yacht races such as Newport-Ensenada, Los Angeles- Puerto Vallarta, and Los Angeles-Hawaii. After receiving his private and instrument ratings as a pilot in 2006, Mr. Friedman has logged over 1700 hours in his Cirrus SR 22 G3 GTS.

 
Matthew Goldman ’04

Matthew Goldman ’04

Founder/CEO of Wallaby Financial

Matthew Goldman is Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Bankrate Credit Cards, the company behind creditcards.comMatthew joined Bankrate via its 2014 acquisition of his startup, Wallaby Financial, where he was Founder and CEO. Wallaby was founded in 2012 and funded by Founders Fund’s FF Angel, among other venture institutions. Prior to Wallaby, Matthew was Executive Director, Product Management for AT&T Interactive and Director, Retail Strategy for Green Dot Corporation. In addition, Matthew founded or was an early employee at several startups of which you’ve never heard. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and lives in Pasadena with his wife and two children.

 
Jon Kirchner ‘89

Jon Kirchner ‘89

Chairman and CEO, DTS Inc.

Mr. Jon E. Kirchner has served as Chairman and CEO of DTS, Inc. since February 2010, and CEO since 2001. Since joining DTS in 1993, Mr. Kirchner has served in a number of senior leadership roles including COO and CFO. Previously, Mr. Kirchner worked for the consulting and audit groups at Price Waterhouse LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). During his tenure at Price Waterhouse, he advised clients on a range of finance, strategy and operations issues.

In 2012, Mr. Kirchner received the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of The Year Award for Greater Los Angeles. In 2011, Mr. Kirchner was honored by the Producers Guild of America and Variety receiving the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment” award for being among the visionaries that have made significant contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling.

Additionally, Mr. Kirchner routinely speaks to MBA and undergraduate students about entrepreneurship and executive leadership. Mr. Kirchner is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Kirchner serves on the Board of Directors of Free Stream Media (Samba) and as Chairman of the YPO Santa Monica Bay Charitable Foundation.

 
Mayumi Matsuno ’01

Mayumi Matsuno ’01

Senior Director of Product at Electric Imp

Mayumi Matsuno is Senior Director of Product at Electric Imp, a cloud service and hardware solution that makes it simple to connect devices to the Internet. The Electric Imp platform features fully integrated hardware, software, OS, APIs, cloud services and security, providing your devices with intelligence, scalability and flexibility. She is an alumna of Mozilla, Google, and Deloitte. Mayumi earned her BA in EEP from Claremont McKenna College and she earned her MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

 
James Montgomery P’15

James Montgomery P’15

Principal, Montgomery & Co.

Jamie Montgomery is the Founder and Managing Director of March Capital Partners, Southern California’s leading venture capital firm. He has been an investor and advisor to a generation of iconic venture companies. He currently serves on the Board of Telesign, Katch and FogHorn Systems.

Prior to forming March Capital Partners, Mr. Montgomery was the founder and CEO of Montgomery & Co, which was a leading investment bank for media and technology companies.  Montgomery & Co advised and financed over 1,000 private technology, biotechnology and media companies from 1986 to 2013.

He is also the founder of The Montgomery Summit, which gathers leading investors, corporate executives and entrepreneurs in Santa Monica each March for the nation’s preeminent technology conference.

Mr. Montgomery holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.  His sons Charles  (’15) and Lachlan (’19) attended Claremont McKenna.

 
David Obrand ’91 P’18

David Obrand ’91 P’18

CEO, Fuzebox

David Obrand serves as COO of Radius, a marketing intelligence platform that changes the way B2B marketers understand, target and acquire customers. Prior to Radius, Mr. Obrand was Chief Customer Officer at Yammer, playing an instrumental role in the company’s fast-paced growth and eventual acquisition by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in 2012.

Additionally, Mr. Obrand served as Vice President of Vertical Sales at Salesforce.com. During his near 10-year tenure, he established record revenue growth, quickly scaling Salesforce’s global footprint. He has also held sales and business development positions at leading technology companies such as Promptu Corporation, Sagent Technology and Siebel Systems.

Mr. Obrand holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College. In his spare time, He is an avid scuba diver, angel investor, and philanthropist. He lives in Moraga, California with his wife and two amazing children.

 
Drew Oetting '12

Drew Oetting '12

Founding Partner, 8VC

Drew is a founding partner at 8VC, a Silicon Valley investment firm managing over $1B. 8VC focuses on enterprise software, data driven consumer technologies, and computational biology.

He is a founding Board Director Affinity Technologies, an enterprise software company. Drew serves as on the Advisory Board to LivingOnOne, a non-profit impact production studio and WeAreThorn, a NGO which leverages technology to eliminate child trafficking.

Drew graduated with degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College. He was a Robert Day Scholar, two-time Bill Gates Investment Asset Management Fellow, CEO of the Student Investment Fund and served on the Board of Trustees. In college he played varsity golf and sang in a professional a capella group. Drew is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and enjoys tennis, golf, basketball, snowboarding, philosophy.

 
Mark N. Schwartz ‘78

Mark N. Schwartz ‘78

Mark Schwartz is an experienced public and private company, CEO, CFO, and board member. He is an active angel investor and mentors growing companies.

Mark assisted Starbucks Coffee in raising their first round of institutional financing and was a member of their board of directors for two years.

He co-founded a Hispanic grocery retailer, Bodega Latina Corporation (El Super), which operates over 49 stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona with sales exceeding $1.2 billion and is the largest Hispanic supermarket chain in the Western United States. In 2010, he engineered a successful exit for his investors.

After serving several years as Bodega Latina’s CFO, he left to become CFO of a 3D software company, DDD Group, which he took public on the London Stock Exchange.

Mark was Chairman, CEO and CFO of Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company focused on detection and management of cardiovascular disease. He sold the company in 2011 and acquired a plastics recycling business in Austin, Texas.

Mark was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette (DLJ) in Los Angeles and Credit Suisse First Boston in New York.

Mark served as a board member of Specialty Commodities, Inc., a private equity owned natural and organic food products company that sells and processes nuts, seeds, ancient grains, and pet foods that was recently sold to Archer Daniel Midlands. He is a board member of HDI, Plastics, Inc., a publicly traded, plastics recycling company and HitFix, Inc., an online news site focused on entertainment for the 18-34 demographic.

Previously he served as the chair of Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Angels of Southern California, an angel investment group.

 
George Sing P’20

George Sing P’20

Mr. George L. Sing has been a venture capitalist and entrepreneur for over 30 years. Mr. Sing has been a co-founder of venture capital partnerships in the fields of high technology and life sciences: Advanced Technology Ventures, Merrill Lynch Venture Capital and Lancet Capital. He has served as a board director of several public and private companies and as a co-founder and CEO of venture backed companies in high technology and healthcare. Mr. Sing has been a board director at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since inception. As a partner of Merrill Venture Capital at that time, he was responsible for the seed and startup investments to fund the founding and launch of Regeneron. Mr. Sing received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.

 
Wayne Slavitt ’80

Wayne Slavitt ’80

President and CEO The PrimeMark Group, Inc.

Over the past 35 years, Wayne Slavitt has been involved in a variety of entrepreneurial projects in both principal and advisor capacities. Mr. Slavitt’s extensive experience on both sides of the aisle ranges from executive positions as CEO, CFO, and corporate controller, to advisory roles as an investment banker, specialized business consultant, and business founder.

With extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions early in his career, Mr. Slavitt formed the boutique investment banking house of The Slavitt Ellington Group (now

Strategic Equity Group), serving the private middle market, providing merger and acquisition, business valuation, and workout and turnaround services. In 1998, Mr. Slavitt sold his interest in The Slavitt Ellington Group to his partners and pursued similar opportunities in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Over the next two years, Mr. Slavitt sold six companies, including privately-held companies to publicly-traded firms, as part of various industry roll-ups.

Toward the end of 2000, Mr. Slavitt began what would be a very exciting journey as a principal with five different ventures, including the formation of an e-commerce platform for International E-Z UP, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of instant shelters, the expansion of a successful real estate investment and management firm, the creation and eventual sale of an innovative patent portfolio, and the development and roll-out of a Mobül: the home mobility store, the most innovation retail concept in the burgeoning senior market.

Mr. Slavitt, a magna cum laude 1980 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, served as President of the CMC Alumni Association, was Alumni-mentor for the Entrepreneurial Studies course at CMC, and is current a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 
David Spencer ’86

David Spencer ’86

Founder, SenSpa

The inspiration for SenSpa came from Dave Spencer’s personal quest for wellness. A life-changing car accident at age 19 cost him a leg and the use of an arm while leading him to pursue a positive attitude, holistic therapies and keen physical awareness. Along the way, he developed a passion for body care and good health.

For years, Mr. Spencer shared his experiences with others as a volunteer and motivational speaker for amputees and trauma victims at medical facilities throughout the Bay Area. He broadened that outreach during six years of work for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, with a focus on children and community marketing. He was also involved in the 1996 campaign for AT&T Park.

Working with kids through sports then inspired him to found BayKids, a nonprofit organization that serves children of the greater northern California area through self empowerment programs.

The concept to create a totally different spa and wellness center in San Francisco came to him while earning an MBA at Stanford. SenSpa is a 13,000 ft. facility in the Presidio, offering a resort-like setting in a day spa as well as a tailored approach to wellness.

A native of New York City and one-time commercial real estate broker, Mr. Spencer currently resides in Hillsborough and serves disabled athletes through Challenge Aspen; his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College with the Kravis Leadership Institute; and aspiring young artists through the Florence Academy of Art. He is also involved in the San Francisco arts, serving as a trustee of the de Young museum and founding member of the ballet’s Allegro Circle. His passions include travel, politics, sports and of course, humor.

 
Arielle Zuckerberg '11

Arielle Zuckerberg '11

Associate Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Arielle Zuckerberg joined KPCB in 2015 and focuses on early-stage investments in the firm’s digital practice as part of the venture team.

Prior to KPCB, Ms. Zuckerberg worked for Humin, where she led product for the company’s mobile apps. She started her career as a product manager by day and Hackathon host by night at Wildfire Interactive, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2012. After the acquisition, Arielle worked as a product manager on social ads at Google.

Outside of KPCB, Arielle has made several angel investments across the food tech and health sectors. She received a B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College, where she studied Philosophy and Computer Science.

Described by friends and family as curious, optimistic, and open-minded, Arielle loves playing volleyball, skiing, cycling, and seeing live music. She’s also a packaging and furniture design enthusiast, and is hopelessly addicted to gadgets and fancy tea.