Ginny Beneke – Chair
Having spent half of her career with top Fortune 100 companies AT&T, Exxon, and the Xerox Corporation, and the other half with medium-size and start-up organizations, Ginny brings a unique
ability to customize the best practices from established corporations into the start-up and mid-size company environments.
Ginny currently runs a consulting practice supporting leadership personnel, providing CEO and CMO functions, and leading strategic workshops for organization success.
John Riley – Chief Financial Officer
John Riley held various finance and strategic planning roles over a 24 year career with PepsiCo. Most recently, John was the Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo’s North American Nutrition division comprised of three operating units: Quaker Oats Company, Tropicana and Gatorade, headquartered in Chicago. He started his career serving on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy.
John is currently an advisor and investor for several startups, and mentors companies with Chairman’s Roundtable and San Diego Sports Innovators. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the United States Naval Academy.
Paul Thiel – Vice Chair, Customer Satisfaction
Paul holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, a BA from the University of Connecticut, and completed executive programs at Stanford Business School and Northwestern University. Thiel started his career as a financial journalist, writing for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Florida Times- Union.
Frank Creede – Vice Chair, Program Development
Frank is a member emeritus and former board member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels and an angel investor in over 12 Southern California emerging high-tech companies.
Formally the Founder & CEO of Logic Innovations, Inc., he negotiated the sale of the company to a former division of IBM (now a part of Seagate) in 1999. Frank also founded Staffing Innovations, LLC, a technical contract outsourcing business in 1997 and which was acquired in 2012.
He is a mentor at the Chairman’s Roundtable and a volunteer at EvoNexus. Frank is a registered Professional Engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and he has completed coursework for the MBA program at San Diego State University.
Dennis Dillon – Vice Chair, Mentor Development
Since retiring, he has been an active volunteer for the City of Carlsbad.
Dan Gatti – Vice Chair, Client Acquisition
Dan was President and CEO of Silicon Valley venture backed OnSite Systems, selling wireless backhaul solutions; President and CEO of BigBangwidth, selling network solutions; and President and CEO of MAYAN Networks, providing optical switches to the service provider market.
His prior positions include General Manager of 3Com’s Network Service Provider Division, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Primary Access, Vice President of Marketing at Amdahl, and Vice President of Product Management at GTE. He also held sales and marketing management positions at IBM.
Dan has a BA from Fairfield University and completed the executive MBA program at the Harvard Advanced Business School.
Greg Pieratt – Vice Chair, Sponsor Development
His 16 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry is validated by his tremendous knowledge and value to the clients he represents.
Rob Weinberg – Vice Chair, Marketing
Rob also helps remove the mystery from marketing with his syndicated weekly column “Ask Mr. Marketing” in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
John Reardon – Vice Chair, Marketing
He has served on numerous Public and Private boards throughout his career that include Neonode, (Nasdaq, Neon) a company located in Stockholm, Sweden and SBE, Inc. and SBE, Inc. (Nasdaq, SBEi) a telecommunications company located in San Ramon, CA.
John founded RTC Media in 1986 after graduating from National University with a
Bachelor’s in Marketing. Moving through the millennium, RTC was expanded to include Europe and Asia as key markets. Today RTC Media continues its history as a technical marketing firm for the Military and Embedded space through its publications and content generation.
John continues to reside in Carlsbad, CA with his wife and four children.