Southern California Chapter Leadership
David Rosenblum is a member of the Board of Directors of Hanmi Financial (NASDAQ: HAFC) and its subsidiary Hanmi Bank. Until his retirement in May 2013, he was a senior leader and board member of Deloitte Consulting LLP, a $5.2 billion professional services firm with operations in the United States, Mexico, and India.
In addition to serving on the board of Hanmi Financial, Rosenblum is currently chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California Chapter, a partner in Sage Partners LLC, and an advisor to a well-known private equity firm. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, The California Club, and the Corporate Directors Roundtable of Orange County, and he previously served as chairman of the Echo Foundation, as a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte Consulting LLP, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and as a trustee of Wesleyan University.
Ed Merino is chief executive officer and founder of Office of the Chairman. He is a boardroom executive coach whose clients are board chairmen, board members, CEOs, and their direct reports. Key to his coaching is helping executives move from "success to significance." His clients include Fortune 500 companies in finance, media and entertainment, banking, and technology, as well as private and family businesses. For over a decade, Merino has been an adjunct coach for one of the world's leading career transition and organizational consulting firms. In this capacity, he has counseled its most senior executive clients.
Merino has over 25 years of boardroom experience as board chair, CEO, and board member (public and private). He also served for six years as director of Corporate Governance at a Big Four accounting firm's Orange County regional headquarters. He is chairman emeritus of the Forum for Corporate Directors, Orange County, and currently serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Southern California Chapter. He has created a "Director Education Roadmap," showing executives how to develop a governance education pedigree participating in programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford Law School, and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Merino has a Director Certificate from the Anderson School of Management's Executive Education Program. He also studied mechanical and electrical engineering at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Merino has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Orange County Business Journal, Directors and Boards, Directorship, Corporate Board Member magazine, CIO magazine, and other publications. In addition, he participated in the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation.
Danny V. Angeloff is president of The Angeloff Company, which he founded in 1976. The company is a corporate financial advisory firm advising top management of small and mid sized companies in the areas of capital sourcing, M&A, and other financial services. He is and has been active in the capital markets as an investment banker and corporate financial advisor for over 50 years and has been responsible for over 80 financial transactions, with a major emphasis in initial public offerings.
Since the early days of his career, Angeloff has been very interested in corporate board activity both as a director of more than 50 public and private companies and as a founding member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is founding chairman of the Southern California Chapter of NACD after serving as president and chairman.
He currently serves on the board of American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) and Electronic Recyclers International Inc. In recent years, Angeloff has served on the following boards: Bjurman, Barry Fund Inc., Glenfed, Nicholas Applegate Growth Equity Fund, Public Storage, Ready Pac Foods, Sambo's Restaurants, and SoftBrands Inc. He is also director emeriti of Special Olympics Southern California and a former member of the Los Angeles Olympic Citizens Advisory Commission.
Angeloff received a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of Southern California. His activities with USC include director of the Marshall School Board of Leaders; founding chairman and director of the Marshall Partners; past president and director of the Half Century Trojans; past president of the General Alumni Association; former trustee of the University of Southern California; former chairman of the Trojan Board of Governors; and life member of the Cardinal and Gold, Spirit of Troy, and Women of Troy associations. He is a chairman associate and a presidential Marshall Partner.
M. Christian Mitchell
Chris Mitchell has 40 years of experience advising investors, federal regulatory agencies, senior management, and corporate boards of directors on financial reporting, risk management, valuation, governance, regulation, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a seasoned and recognized corporate boardroom leader and strategic advisor.
Mitchell is a director of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (NYSE: WMC), a mortgage REIT; Reis Inc. (NASDAQ: REIS), a real estate information company; Parsons Corporation, a global engineering, construction, and professional services firm; Grandpoint Capital, a multibillion dollar private equity-sponsored bank holding company; and Stearns Holdings LLC, a Blackstone-owned independent national mortgage company. He also serves as the vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Marshall & Stevens, a national valuation and financial advisory firm. He is formerly a director of two multibillion dollar bank holding companies and a multibillion dollar registered investment company, as well as an advisory board member of a multibillion dollar fund of funds hedge fund.
Mitchell is a retired Deloitte senior partner and served as the national or regional managing partner for various practices including audit, enterprise risk services, and financial services during his 26-year career. He was a founding member of the board of directors of Deloitte Consulting USA. In addition, he served as an accounting fellow to the Federal Home Loan Board in Washington, D.C.
Mitchell served as an adjunct professor of accounting at the University of Redlands. In addition, he is chairman emeritus of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Southern California Chapter and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. In 2011 and 2012, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by Directorship magazine. In 2017, Mitchell joined the national board of directors for NACD. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama.
Robert Rollo is a recently retired partner of Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global executive search firm. During his 35 years as an executive search consultant, he was recognized by Business Week as one of the World's Most Influential Headhunters, having successfully recruited over 600 board and C-level executives for a broad variety of global clients.
An honors graduate with a BS and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Rollo has served as a University trustee and president of USC's global Alumni Association. He is currently the chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of PS Business Parks (NYSE: PSB), trustee of the Park City Medical Center, and chairman emeritus of the Southern California Chapter of NACD. He is a former board member of Trust Services of America, the Huntington Hospital, the Southern California Healthcare System, and Mayfield Senior School. Rollo was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, receiving the Navy's Outstanding Junior Officer Award in 1971.
Living in Park City, Utah, he and his wife, Kim, have been married 44 years and have four grown children and eight grandchildren.
Nominating Committee Chair
Michael D. LeRoy founded Crown Capital Advisors with the goal to provide the personal "hand-holding" for business owners, investors, and attorneys that the larger middle-market and other banking firms cannot provide. His diverse experience, including owning, running, and managing small and middle-market businesses (both private and public), being directly involved as a principal both on the buy- and sell-sides of transactions, and having years of experience advising middle-market companies is unique in the investment banking world where, in most cases, bankers have only been bankers.
Prior to founding Crown, LeRoy was vice president, Corporate Development, of ZERO Corporation, an NYSE company, where his responsibilities included corporate-wide strategic planning, strategic marketing, search and completion of acquisitions, joint ventures and other business relationships, and implementation of divestitures. Previously, he was chief operating officer of Biner Ellison Packaging Systems, a manufacturer of packaging machinery; managing director of Huntington Holdings Inc., a private merchant banking firm engaged in the purchase of niche companies in partnership with the management of those companies; and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he participated in the Entrepreneurial Services Group, supervised acquisition reviews, participated in public offerings, and supervised the examination of financial statements of a wide range of companies in virtually every industry.
LeRoy is a frequent lecturer to industry and professional groups. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wedbush Bank and chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees; a member of the Board of Trustees of Aspiriant Global Equity Trust and chairman of the Audit Committee; a past member of the Board of Trustees of Bjurman Barry Funds, past chairman of the board, and member of the Audit Committee; a past member of the Board of Trustees of Advisors Series Trust (US Bancorp) and chairman of the Audit Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors of Brown International Corporation. He is a frequent lecturer to industry and professional groups.
LeRoy is involved in community affairs through board of director memberships in such organizations as Hillsides Home for Children, Big Brothers of Los Angeles, Kidspace Children's Museum, and Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center and is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and the Economic Round Table of Los Angeles. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California Chapter.
LeRoy graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a BS degree in International Business and Finance and an MBA with an area of emphasis in Finance. He also holds a CPA certificate, is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and is a Certified Bank Director.
Executive Vice President
Karen Bogart is currently is a director of Mohawk Industries (NYSE: MHK), an NYSE-listed floor covering firm; Michelman Inc., a private specialty chemicals company; and ZBE Inc., a private digital printer firm. She recently completed her service as a director of Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ: MPWR), a NASDAQ-listed semiconductor firm. Bogart was formerly a senior executive of Eastman Kodak Company. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and was recognized in the 2016 Directorship 100. She is a trustee of Fielding Graduate University. Bogart is also president of Smith Bogart Consulting and a lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara Technology Management Program. She has authored articles on board influence in sustainability and social responsibility.
Ken Merchant's research interests are in the areas of management accounting, management control systems, corporate governance, and ethics. He has published 11 books and monographs, including Management Accounting: An Integrative Approach (first edition, 2017), Management Control Systems: Performance Measurement, Evaluation and Incentives (fourth edition, 2017), Blind Spots, Biases and Other Pathologies in the Boardroom (2010), as well as numerous journal articles and teaching cases. He is currently serving as a member of the editorial boards of 13 academic research journals.
In 2014, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants awarded Merchant its Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. Among his other awards are two American Accounting Association (AAA) Lifetime Contribution awards, for contributions to the Behavioral Accounting and Management Accounting literatures (2003 and 2013, respectively) and three awards for specific Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting literature (1992, 2007, and 2017). He was also awarded the AAA Outstanding Service Award in 2003. The Institute of Management Accountants awarded him the R. Lee Brummet Distinguished Award for Educators (2013), the James Bulloch award for Innovations in Management Accounting Education (2009), and the Lybrand Gold Medal Award (best paper of the year published in Management Accounting in 1989-90). In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Turku School of Economics (Finland).
Rafael Pastor has an extensive and diversified track record in both running successful businesses and advising business leaders. His career has spanned the media/entertainment, education, and business/financial services sectors. Currently serving on a variety of boards and as an advisor, he is dedicated to helping organizations harmonize strategy (growth), execution (people), and culture (values).
Pastor serves on the boards of KinderCare Education, Rosetta Books, and Assurance, as well as on the advisory boards of Julius, Thuzio, and MD Revolution. He also serves as an advisor to a major international private equity firm. He is chairman of the International Advisory Board of UCSD's School of Global Policy and Strategy and vice chairman of the board of the La Jolla Music Society. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Rady School of Management at UCSD; the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California Chapter; and the Strategic Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Most recently, Pastor was chairman of the board and CEO of Vistage International, the world's largest for-profit CEO membership company. Previously, based in New York, he held senior executive positions at global media companies, including as CEO of Hoyts Cinemas Corporation; president of USA Networks International; executive vice president, International, of News Corporation and Fox Television International; and president of CBS/Fox Video International. Subsequently, he was cofounder and cochairman of the Sonenshine Pastor (now Sonenshine Partners) investment-banking and venture-capital firm in New York City. In addition to his experiences as a board member, Pastor has participated in numerous public- and private-company board meetings and deliberations as a CEO, investment banker, and attorney.
Pastor started his career as an attorney, first at the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield, and Wood and then as associate general counsel at CBS Inc. He earned a BA from Columbia University and a JD from NYU School of Law. He was born in Israel to Hungarian parents and speaks several languages.
Hoshi Printer has more than four decades of board, general, and financial management experience spanning a wide range of industries. He is on the board of Lantronix, a public technology company, where he is the chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating/Governance Committee. He also serves on the board of Standard Homeopathic Company (aka Hyland's), a family-owned company established in 1903. He is a board advisor to IMRI (Information Management Resources Inc.), TPS (Transient Plasma Systems, Inc.), and AerNos, Inc. He is also a designated NACD Board Leadership Fellow, as well as a board member of the NACD Southern California Chapter.
Printer has served as CFO for 10 technology companies in sectors that include the internet, e-commerce, software, storage, and biosciences. He began his career at Xerox Corporation, where he spent 17 years, the last six as vice president of Finance. He is the vice chair of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association of Orange County, was a member of the Executive Council of the Mihaylo College of Business at Cal State Fullerton, and served as the president of the Software Council of Southern California.
Printer's academic credentials include an MBA from Stanford Business School, an MS in Industrial Engineering, and a BS in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran.
Sung Won Sohn
Sung won Suhn is a Smith Professor of Economics at California State University Channel Islands and serves on boards including NACD Southern California Chapter, Western Alliance Bancorporation, and Claremont Graduate University. He was a commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest port.
Suhn was the president and chief executive officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, he was executive vice president and chief economic officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, Suhn was a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors in The White House, responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. He has also been a tenured college professor in Pennsylvania State University System.
Suhn has served on the boards of Port of Los Angeles, First California Bancorporation, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, LA Music Center (Performing Arts), Children's Bureau of Los Angeles, Foreign Affairs Council of LA, Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota, Crystal Evangelical Free Church, Children's Theater Company and School, and the American Heart Association of Minnesota.
Suhn is the author of two books, "Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy" and "The New Economy." In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured a story naming him as the most accurate economist in the United States and, in 2010, named him as one of the five best forecasters in the country, ranking third in 2012. This is one of the most prestigious honors in economics profession. In 2002, Suhn was named to Time magazine's Board of Economists. In 2001, Bloomberg News selected him as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United States, and in 2002, Blue Chip Publications picked him as the most accurate forecaster for the Western states. Suhn was chosen as one of the 100 most influential Minnesotans of the 20th century by the state's largest daily newspaper, The Star Tribune.
Suhn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School.
Lester M. Sussman has more than 40 years of professional services and private industry experience in accounting, auditing, and corporate governance. Since 2005, he has been the senior practice director of the Governance Risk & Compliance practice area for Resources Global Professionals, providing corporate governance, risk management, and compliance services to clients globally. He is a frequent speaker on corporate governance and risk management topics.
Sussman previously served as senior vice president of Finance and chief accounting officer for Gemstar TV Guide, with responsibility for all aspects of the finance organization for this $900 million public company with operations in media, publishing, technology, and licensing. Previous to Gemstar, Sussman held several leadership positions as an audit partner with Deloitte & Touche, including partner in charge of the Financial Services Group for the Pacific Southwest Region, partner in charge of the Capital Markets consulting practice for the West Region, partner in charge of the Woodland Hills office, national director of Recruiting and College Relations, and president of the Deloitte & Touche Foundation.
Sussman is currently a member of the Board of Directors of East West Bancorp, where he serves as chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Oversight Committee. He also recently served as a member of the Board of Directors of CU Bancorp for four years where he was chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. Additionally, he is the immediate past chairman of the board and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Braille Institute.
Sussman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and maintains current memberships with the American Institute of CPAs, the California Society of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Bob Zukis is a former SaaS CEO and PwC partner, as well as a leading speaker, author, and advisor on the competitive impact of disruptive technologies from WebRTC to the internet of things (IoT), social, mobile, analytics, and the cloud. He has over 20 years of experience advising the C-suite across four continents and 20 countries.
Named to the Financial Times Agenda Digital 50 - Board Candidates With Skills in New Technologies in 2013, Zukis is a boardroom community advocate and advisor on IT governance and cybersecurity. He is also a senior fellow in The Conference Boards Governance Center and is on the NACD Southern California Chapter Board. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the UCI Center for Disruptive Technology.
Zukis' book "Social Inc." (Kauffman Fellows Press) tells the story of the future of business being shaped by disruptive technologies. He has an MBA from The University of Chicago.