Global Grins Board of Directors
Brad Barnes – Brad has been a business development professional his entire career. Brad’s expertise is helping entrepreneurs develop and fulfill their passions. He has started a fair share of companies over the years and feels he adds value by “connecting dots,” and he happens to have more dots than most people. This comes from the fact that he’s always had a passion for people and networking, which has allowed him to develop vast personal and professional networks across multiple industries such as technology, toxic mold prevention, magazine publishing and social media. Usually at the forefront of technology, Brad has developed his career as a thought provoker and start-up grunt. He started selling Super-Mini computers for Data General Corp in the early 80’s. DG was the first company to develop a full-screen portable computer called the DG-One. From there he was a part of the high-growth technology era where he helped launch and market the first commercially available spreadsheet called Lotus 1-2-3. As the spreadsheet became widely adopted in the financial markets, importing clean data became a major challenge. Brad was part of a spin off from Lotus named Desktop Data, which was the first company to put mass volumes of data on CD ROM’s. In those days, music was the only content distributed on CD’s, which put an end to the era of 8-Track tapes. In the early 2000’s, Brad veered from the world of technology and co-founded a company called American Moldguard. AMG utilized a technology that Dow Corning developed in the 70’s known as an antimicrobial. The product proved to prevent the spread of toxic mold and became a must have product in the construction of single and multi-family homes nationally. Today, Brad finds himself consulting for several technology companies that are looking to capitalize on the mass scale of social media. Brad resides in Laguna Beach, CA and has two grown boys Bradley II (21) and Weston (19). Brad keeps extremely active with his wife, Stephanie and her two boys, Baron (10) and Stone (7).
Rodney Boyd, DDS – Rodney hails from the great state of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA and his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1991. Rodney has been in private practice for over 20 years as current owner/partner of SC Dental Care in Laguna Hills, CA, and previous to that, owner/partner of Rancho Niguel Dental Group in Laguna Niguel, CA. He has served on the faculty of the USC Dental School in the Department of Periodontics as a clinical instructor and he also participates in the USC School of Dentistry Mobile Clinic Program. His experience includes cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. Rodney is a member of the American Dental Association, The California Dental Association, The Orange County Dental Society and The American Academy of Group Dental Providers. He is a partner in SoCal Dental Management, which recently developed 2 large dental practices in Da Nang, Vietnam. Rodney has many interests outside of dentistry. He is an avid endurance road bike racer, having completed “the toughest 48 hours in sport” – The Furnace Creek 500 mile race through the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, California. Rod has also finished the Sonoma Ironman Triathlon. His other passions include skiing, traveling, playing volleyball and spending time with his wife, Pam, and their two daughters. He loves the great outdoors and is a licensed pilot.
Steve Churm - Steve owns one of the leading independent regional media companies in Southern California, publishing OC METRO, OC Menus, OC Family, Inland Empire Family and Southland Golf in print and online. With a monthly print circulation for the magazines of nearly 300,000 coupled with seven interactive websites, Churm Media has a total monthly audience of more than 1 million readers and viewers in one of the most dynamic markets in the world. Churm Media also owns Ripeorange, a marketing, communications and design firm. In addition to managing the overall day-to-day business and team management operations for Churm Media, Steve shares his time, knowledge and expertise speaking at many business conferences and actively participating with many community organizations throughout Southern California. Steve has been recognized as an industry leader in business by local and national media, including FOLIO: Magazine. He was recently awarded Orange County Press Club’s highest honor, the Sky Dunlap Award for contributions to the journalism and media industry. Before launching Newport Beach-based Churm Media in 1990, Steve worked as a journalist and editor for four California newspapers, including six years at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered politics and the environment. In addition to Global Grins, Steve currently serves on four nonprofit boards, including The Orange County Business Council, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Values Institute and Human Options. Steve and his wife, Cinda, have three children and live in Irvine, CA. He studied journalism and geography at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Steve’s many passions include studying small business, surfing, skiing, geography, the Eastern Sierra and cooking.
Tom Crone - Tom is the Founder and President of C-Suite Advisory, which provides “on-demand” or “fractional” executive management and strategic leadership to large and small companies that can benefit from an experienced, results driven leader as a part of their executive team. Tom is a CPA, and earned one of the first Certified Insurance Receiver (CIR) designations in the country (similar to a bankruptcy trustee) and his 20+ years of experience as a Chief Operating, Chief Financial, Chief Information and Chief Legal Officer with companies of all sizes provide him with a knowledge-base that is capable of straddling multiple worlds. Corona del Mar, CA is home for Tom, his wife and their three sons.
Guy L. Kornblum – Guy is a native San Franciscan. He is a Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors in San Francisco and has a diverse background in residential and multifamily leasing, sales, and management. Guy is also a partner with NorthPointe Residential, a real estate development company. Following early education at Cathedral School and The Branson School in San Francisco, Guy matriculated to UC Davis where his area of concentration was communications. During his senior year, Guy joined the Semester at Sea program and sailed around the world visiting over ten countries allowing him to gain a significant understanding of different cultures and societies worldwide. Guy is an avid skier and adventure seeker, highlighted by a successful summit attempt of the world’s tallest free standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and a month-long trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Guy has been a member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club for over 20 years, serves on the Tennis Committee, and captains three of their USTA tennis teams.
Joselyn Miller – Joselyn is passionate about travel, especially adventure travel. She has made visits to over 100 countries and all 7 continents. She has checked the box for summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbing to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp and cage-diving with great white sharks in South Africa. Joselyn is a certified scuba diver and enjoys checking out the underwater scene wherever she is in the world. She and her husband, Todd, have brought their two children along for many of these travels. In 1985, Joselyn earned a Bachelor of Science in business with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the women’s crew team. She studied abroad, sailing on two Semester at Sea voyages, where she visited many developing nations. She has spent most of her adult life raising her children and volunteering in the community. Joselyn has donated hundreds of hours to various causes, including Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange, CA, the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach, CA, the CSP Youth Shelter also in Laguna Beach, and the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. She has always had a keen eye for contemporary design, especially anything from the 20th century modern era. Collecting has been a big part of her life, and she is always on the lookout for treasures from that favorite design period. As a creative outlet, Joselyn recently went back to school and graduated magna cum laude in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, where she was more than twice the age of virtually all of her classmates. She enjoys designing and constructing clothes, painting and having the opportunity to be creative in any field. She is a big sports fan, having attended several Olympic Games, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, NBA playoffs, Wimbledon, the French and US Open Tennis Championships, and the Indy 500. Joselyn recently underwent a bone marrow transplant (from her brother and fellow GG board member, Leason Pomeroy, IV) to cure two extremely rare and life-threatening diseases: eosinophilic fasciitis and severe aplastic anemia. She is now passionate about getting volunteers to sign up to potentially be someone’s life-saving hero at www.bethematch.org. Joselyn and her family live in Laguna Beach, CA.
Rex Miller – Rex recently earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from USC, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and sailed on Semester at Sea. Prior to USC, he attended Orange Coast College, where he was named MVP of the men’s tennis team, and was the only player in the Orange Empire Conference to receive All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles. In his youth, Rex placed first in his age group division for the mile race at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach, CA, where he ran in honor of his grandmother, a breast cancer survivor. Rex’s travels have taken him to every continent, including visits to over 40 countries. Rex enjoys annual father/son trips to the Sea of Cortez and Alaska. In 2008, Rex ventured to Botswana, where he volunteered as a research assistant to Ph.D. candidates studying elephants, leopards and African wild dogs. Rex spent four summers as a one-on-one camp counselor at Special Camp for Special Kids, where he worked with children suffering from physical and mental disabilities. Rex has worked as a construction laborer for Tony Valentine Construction, a real estate management intern for 47 Management, and an intern for the law firm of Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel LLP in Costa Mesa, CA. He attended culinary school at Laguna Culinary Arts, and is a super sports fan, especially when it comes to the Dodgers, Lakers, Angels and Ducks. He is quite excited for the return of the Rams to Los Angeles. He consistently finishes in the money in the annual March Madness basketball pool. In November, 2014, Rex donated his stem cells to save a stranger’s life through the Be The Match bone marrow registry. In his spare time, Rex enjoys playing tennis, beach volleyball, golf, watching sports, fishing, and working out.
Todd Miller – For the past 20 years, Todd has served as Partner at Western States Technologies (WST), a real estate investment company headquartered in Los Angeles. The firm concentrates on the successful acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of industrial and office properties located throughout Southern California. Along with these duties, he is responsible for the asset management of WST’s portfolio consisting of over 1,000,000 square feet of property. Previous to his current position, Todd was Vice-President/Director of Marketing at The Sammis Company, a real estate investment company located in Irvine, California. While at Sammis, he was instrumental in the acquisition of over $160,000,000 in industrial properties across the country totaling approximately 4,000,000 square feet. In 1984 Todd graduated cum laude from the Real Estate Finance Program at The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and was awarded membership in The Golden Key International Honour Society. He played Division I volleyball on two of the Trojans’ NCAA Final Four teams. Volleyball is still the sport of choice for Todd. He competes each year at the United States Volleyball Adult National Championships, where he recently won the gold medal and was named to the All-American team. His team also took gold in the World Huntsman Games in Utah. For ten consecutive years, Todd was co-director of an annual beach volleyball tournament that raised six-figure contributions for such charities as Boys and Girls Club of America, Boys Hope Girls Hope, American Cancer Society, and Friendship Shelter. Todd supports USC in several capacities, including memberships in Cardinal and Gold (athletic), Marshall Partners (Marshall School of Business), and The Associates (College of Letters, Arts and Sciences). He also volunteers his time in the university’s Athletic Department Mentor Program, serving as a one-on-one mentor to student athletes, and as a keynote speaker at various program events. Since circumnavigating the globe on his Semester at Sea voyage in the spring of 1984, Todd has visited over 70 countries, with an emphasis on adventure travel. Some of his most recent journeys have taken him to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest Base Camp, a great white shark cage off the coast of South Africa, a research vessel amid the Galapagos Islands, and a dive boat near Hon Mun Island, Vietnam. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Semester at Sea, the preeminent collegiate study abroad program in existence since 1963. For the past 20 years, Todd, his wife, Joselyn, and their two children have called Laguna Beach, California, home.
Debra Mitchell – Debbie’s interest in helping others was sparked by her grandmother’s stories about the disadvantaged children she had met while serving as a health care missionary in numerous African countries and throughout the Philippines. After graduation from USC, Debbie joined the pharmaceutical industry where she worked in sales, product management and managed health care. Feeling the need for a more adventurous life, Debbie spent some time traveling through numerous European countries, followed by a stint as Special Events Coordinator for the LA Marathon. Debbie has recently filled her time working with three special non-profits in the Pasadena area. She currently sits on the board of The Friends of Foothill Family Service in the San Gabriel Valley, which provides both physical and mental assistance to families in need, particularly mothers and young children. She is a former member of the Circle of Friends Board of The Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena and has been very involved with the museum for many years. Debbie also served on the board of the Linda Vista Annandale Association, which includes the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Rose Bowl Park area. Debbie has traveled extensively through Latin America visiting remote towns and villages. Along with her family, she spends her summers in a small town in central Mexico. She enjoys playing soccer and flying with her husband. Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management from the University of Southern California in 1985. While at USC, Debbie captained the women’s crew team. She was raised in Orange County and now lives in Pasadena, California with her two young daughters.
Bill Moore – Bill is a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, working with families to develop strategies to address the complexities of increased wealth. After being raised in Corona del Mar, Bill attended UCLA and attained a degree in economics in 1980. Bill and his wife Kathleen moved to Laguna Beach in 1989, where they have raised their three children. Bill has been very involved in raising money for the Laguna Beach School District and spends his spare time working out, playing beach volleyball, traveling and rooting for his Bruins.
Thomas Niederkofler – Thom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University, where he graduated in 2003. In the fall of 2002, Thom participated in Semester at Sea, the study abroad program that has taken 50,000 college students around the world since 1963. Currently he works as Financial Consultant with Kaiser Permanente at headquarters in Oakland, where he designs business processes related to facilities acquisition and management. Additionally, Thom recently launched a real estate investment firm focused on acquiring, managing, and repositioning mobile home parks throughout California. His professional experience includes development, finance, construction and asset management in San Francisco, CA and Berlin, Germany. His passion for international travel has brought him to over 15 countries in Africa, as well as the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest’s Base Camp. While traveling through Ghana, Thom met his wife, Andrea, who was traveling the African continent from her homeland of Germany. Thom grew up in New York, is fluent in German, and has not had a cavity since the age of 12.
Gary Pickett – Gary serves as chief financial officer for a closely held group of investment companies in Newport Beach, CA. Prior to his current position, Gary was owner and president of Gary Pickett & Company from 1990 to 2010. His company provided accounting, tax and business consulting services to over 175 business entities. Prior to starting his own company, Gary was vice-president and private placement specialist for Integrated Resources, Inc. From 1979 to 1984, Gary served as treasurer for the same group of investment companies with whom he currently works. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1977, Gary worked as a senior accountant for Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young) in the audit and tax departments. He is a member of California Society of CPA’s. After attending NACVA’s Certified Valuation Analyst Training Center in 1999, Gary passed the Certified Valuation Analyst Exam. Gary and his wife Nancy live in Laguna Beach, CA, and have two grown children. Gary is quite the athlete, spending some of his spare time on the golf course, training in the pool or on the volleyball court.
Scott Pickett – Scott Pickett, son of Board Member Gary Pickett, was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from high school in Irvine, Scott trekked out to the East Coast for College where he studied finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Scott was also a member of the two time Ivy League Championship Penn Football team and considers himself an integral component of their championship run, having logged a total of 3 tackles in his entire collegiate career. Scott’s travel bug began in college when he spent a semester living in Sydney, Australia while studying at the University of New South Wales. He one day dreams of joining a Semester at Sea voyage. Today, Scott serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions for Post Investment Group, a privately held real estate investment company based in Los Angeles, California and lives in Manhattan Beach with is fiancé, Ashley. Outside of Global Grins, Scott is an active member of Operation Hope where he teaches financial responsibility to inner city students. Scott is also a member of Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, where he and his younger brother, Eddie, have been matched for four years.
Leason F. Pomeroy, III – While in the process of earning his degree in fine arts at Arizona State University, Leason had the opportunity to hire an architect for his fraternity’s new house. He chose Frank Lloyd Wright, who was working at Taliesin West in nearby Scottsdale. Through that relationship, Leason became intrigued with architecture and served as an intern for Mr. Wright. He returned to his native Southern California, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1965. He then founded his practice, LPA, inc., in Orange, CA, where he was born and raised. Under his 40 years of leadership, the practice grew to become one of the largest design firms in California, receiving over 400 major design awards, including the coveted “Firm Award” in 1990, which is presented to the state’s most outstanding design firm. Leason was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and was awarded the Alumni Medal from Arizona State University. LPA is responsible for many major projects, including Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. In 1999, Leason completed a residence for the best-selling author, Dean Koontz and his wife. He was so inspired by working intimately with private clients on their home that he sold his large corporate design firm and founded LP3 Architecture so as to concentrate on more personal design efforts. Leason is dedicated to creating some of the most breathtaking contemporary architecture along the Southern California coast. He serves on several community and civic boards as well as committees charged with the planning, implementation and preservation of historically significant architecture. Leason is also a critic and panel member for various professional real estate, construction and development organizations. He has served on the National Design Committee of the American Institute of Architects and the National Awards Jury for the Urban Land Institute. Leason currently serves as campus architect for the University of California, Irvine, and as a board member of several organizations, including St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA, the Orange YMCA, and the Barclay Theater on the campus of UCI. Leason has been an avid fisherman his entire life, and enjoys several “boys trips” each year. He also spends time restoring vintage cars. Leason is a seasoned traveler, leaving footprints in many corners of the globe, along with Marlene, his wife of 50 years. Leason has two grown children and four grandchildren.
Leason F. Pomeroy, IV – Leason was born in Orange, grew up in Tustin, and is a fourth generation Californian. After attending Foothill High School, he carried on the family tradition and attended the University of Southern California. After two years of fraternity life, Leason joined the SS Universe to circumnavigate the globe on the Semester at Sea program. As a member of the official hosts of USC, the Trojan Knights, in charge of the annual bonfire, card stunts, and guardians of Tommy Trojan – the best part remains ringing the Victory Bell on the sideline whilst dismantling UCLA. Leason graduated in 1992 with a degree in International Relations and spent a year living and working in Germany. He completed the EuroCenter certificate for German language in Köln. Leason started a manufacturing business in 1995 that produced toys in Mexico and China aimed at the specialty educational market. His company also imported French products and exported domestic sporting goods, exhibiting at major trade shows throughout Europe. When not being an entrepreneur, Leason managed cell-site construction projects for OnAir Communications, Inc. whose clients include AT&T, Cingular Wireless and Nextel Communications. In 2006, Leason founded 47 Management, LLC, as a commercial real estate management company. The company now has over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial, industrial, retail and residential property under management. Personally, he has been active in the acquisition, development and leasing of student housing serving Chapman University in Old Towne Orange, CA. Leason has many (too many) interests outside of his business. From an early age, he saved up money to purchase, build and successfully crash various radio controlled models including airplanes, helicopters, boats and cars. He also broke a few motocross bikes over his head. Family, cooking, sports, traveling, skiing, mountain biking, deep sea, fly and spear fishing top his list of interests. Alaska and the Sea of Cortez are favorite fishing grounds. Also catching a live Formula One or AMA Motocross race is high on the list. Leason currently manages his son’s Single A Little League Team. Go Angels! Leason, wife Kesha and their two children recently moved from their 105 year-old 1909 historic home in Old Towne Orange after a three-year renovation of their “new” 1957 mid-century ranch house in the North Tustin Hills, CA.
Kenneth A. Ryder – Ken is a partner with the law firm of Garrett DeFrenza Stiepel Ryder, LLP in Costa Mesa, California, specializing in real property law with an emphasis on commercial development, leasing and institutional lending. Ken received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and his Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law in 1982. He is also a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Services Program of Orange County’s Community Services Program, having trained with both CSP and with The Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Ken has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law in 2006-2011, and he has been named in “Southern California Super Lawyers”, and “Los Angeles Magazine” as one of the best real estate attorneys in 2006-2010. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and President of Friends in Service to Humanity, Harbor Area (“FISH”), an Orange County charity that strives to prevent homelessness and provide meal assistance to low income, elderly and home-bound individuals. Ken is an avid wine collector and enjoys fishing the Sea of Cortez. He has been married for 25 years to his wife, Tina, and has four children.
Kelli Tennant – Kelli Tennant was raised in Temecula, California. She was a standout prep volleyball player and eventually went on to USC, where she served as Co-Captain and led her team to the Final Four in 2007. She was ultimately forced to retire from her beloved sport immediately following this after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia. After retiring and upon graduation, she served as a volleyball analyst and reporter for the PAC12 Networks and ESPNU and is now a full time anchor and reporter for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and SportsNet LA covering the Lakers, Dodgers, Sparks and Galaxy. She recently just became a published author of The Transition: Every Athlete’s Guide to Life After Sports. This book encompasses all the issues athletes go through as they move into the real world and helps them deal with loss of identity and depression as well as navigating them through the job search and life of a “normal person.” Kelli currently resides in beautiful Santa Monica, CA and can be found in Soul Cycle and Platinum Pilates classes.
Previous Board Members
Scott R. Evans – Scott is a third generation Southern Californian. He grew up in Manhattan Beach where he graduated from Mira Costa High School. He chose to attend The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, where he played soccer and graduated in 1985. This four-year college experience was greatly enhanced by a Semester at Sea during his junior year, which included a circumnavigation of the world. After graduating, Scott continued his love of travel and adventure by touring Europe for several months, and then residing in Aspen, CO for a winter. He returned to Southern California and began his business career in 1986 as an Industrial Real Estate Specialist with Coldwell Banker/CB Commercial. He worked the East Los Angeles industrial marketplace for approximately three years before transferring his focus to the Ontario Airport marketplace. He left CBRE and joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1997. So far, over the course of his career, Scott has completed approximately 500 transactions and has been involved in the lease or sale of more than 46 million square feet of buildings and 1,700 acres of land, with a total aggregate value exceeding $1.4 billion. He has represented Home Depot, Emerson Radio Corporation, Neiman Marcus, Nestle Foods, Baxter Healthcare, Toshiba America, Oakley USA, Kohl’s Department Stores, Maersk, Porsche, and Star-Kist Foods in the procurement of new facilities. From 2000 to 2007, Scott captained a team that exclusively represented Avery Dennison Corporation (ADC) with its real estate needs on a worldwide basis. Over this seven-year period, his team coordinated and executed more than 80 global transactions for ADC. After 24 years of corporate real estate, Scott decided to take a sabbatical. In the summer of 2009 he and his wife and two daughters (ages 9 and 12) changed their life as they knew it, and embarked upon a 3000 mile, eleven month sailing adventure through the east coast of the US and the Bahamas. He is currently living in Laguna Beach, CA.
Les McCabe - A leader in global education and non-profit management, Dr. Les McCabe joined Global Green USA as President and CEO in July 2014. Previously, he was President and CEO of The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) in Charlottesville, VA, establishing the Institute as a leader in global youth education with its signature academic program, Semester at Sea, and managing a $50+M annual budget. During his 20+ year tenure at ISE, McCabe was credited with steadily increasing both the fiscal strength and outreach capacity of the organization. Dr. McCabe brings unique sustainability and humanitarian expertise to Global Green, helping the national environmental nonprofit emphasize the human aspect of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. A native of Claremont, California, Dr. McCabe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine, a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington, a second Master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies, with an emphasis in global education, from the University of Pittsburgh. After seven years of dedicated service to the clinical needs of children and families in the Seattle area at the Casey Family Program, Dr. McCabe joined the Institute for Shipboard Education in Pittsburgh, PA, when the program’s academic sponsor was the University of Pittsburgh. At ISE, Dr. McCabe helped to establish a sustainability curriculum within the Semester at Sea program, and inspired college-age students to explore and examine environmental issues related to globalization, including ecology, marine environment, and climate change. Dr. McCabe has recently located to the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, where he lives with his partner Bill Bridge. He has two children who attend college at the University of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When Dr. McCabe isn’t working he enjoys world travel, skiing, and staying active in his community.
Hugh McCutcheon – As the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, Team USA went undefeated in Beijing to claim its third Olympic Games gold medal and its first podium finish since 1992. Soon after the Olympic Games, Hugh was named the 2008 USOC National Coach of the Year. Later that year, he accepted the head coach position of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennial, to culminate with the Olympic Games in London. Hugh was born and raised in New Zealand where he played on the junior and senior national volleyball teams from 1986-90 before coming to the United States. He was also a member of New Zealand’s national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997. Hugh, a former Brigham Young University assistant coach, joined USA Volleyball as a full-time assistant coach for the men’s national team program in 2003. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, respectively, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s national team, helping out during the 2001 World League, the 2002 World Championships and on five international tours. He has also served as the head coach of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team in 2000 and 2001. While Hugh served as top assistant coach at BYU, the Cougars captured two NCAA men’s volleyball championships in 1999 and 2001. He played for BYU from 1991 to 1993 after transferring from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 1993 he earned honorable mention All-America honors, and in 1992 he earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He spent two years playing professionally in Finland and Japan. Hugh holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education, a master’s degree in exercise science and an MBA, all from BYU. Besides serving on the Board of Global Grins, Hugh serves as spokesman for Human Options, an organization which aims to create awareness of domestic violence. Hugh is currently the head coach of the women’s volleyball team at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Elisabeth “Wiz” Bachman McCutcheon (a former U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team member and 2004 Olympian) currently reside near Minneapolis, MN, along with their two young children.
David Westendorf – An entrepreneur from a young age, David had pizza money throughout his college years at Notre Dame, courtesy of an import/export business, selling goods to the Croatian Army. He has since become a consumer gadget nut with over 20 years in marketing and business development. Beginning in advertising with TBWA Chiat/Day, he managed campaigns for Infiniti and Nissan. Several years later, he made the jump to the client side of the business, where he launched five wireless markets for Cox PCS, which was acquired by Sprint. He kicked-off PocketMail in 1998, a mobile email device and service with international appeal. For the first time ever, getting email in Europe was a breeze. After PocketMail was sold, David became Palm’s general manager of Palm.Net, where over 450,000 people subscribed to service for their Palm VII, with its ubiquitous raised antenna. Before leaving Palm in 2004, he was GM of three business units: Palm.Net, PalmCafe retail and Palm’s mobile developer program. He returned to the startup world with Ofoto, which was acquired by Kodak. He ran the WW Partnerships group for Kodak. This included Apple, Adobe, Google, Microsoft in addition to Verizon, Cingular, and several EU operators. Currently, David runs marketing for NeuroSky, leading the charge for business development, product marketing, developer relations and demand generation. David is an avid surfer – his favorite break is world-famous Mavericks, which he can scout out from his house in Half Moon Bay, CA.