Speaker Series

Friday, September 11, 2015  Noon – SARA MILLER McCUNE and BLAISE SIMQU

McCune, Founder and Executive Chairman of SAGE, is also President of the McCune Foundation, based in Ventura, California. In 2007, McCune founded the Santa Barbara based Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy which publishes the award-winning print and online magazine Pacific Standard. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Social Science Research Council (based in New York City). 
Simqu is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Publications, one of the leading academic and educational publishers in the world, and has been part of the SAGE organization for more than 20 years. He has held a variety of positions from Editor to Vice President to Executive Vice President. He was appointed C.E.O. in 2004. Simqu has also worked with the Hampton-Brown Company, Jossey- Bass Publishers and the Kinko’s Corporation.

Friday, October 2, 2015  Noon – DEAN EVANS

CEO, LotLinx. With over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, most recently as CMO of Subaru of America, Inc., Evans joined LotLinx in 2014. LotLinx provides a technology platform that directly links car shoppers from search engines and automotive research sites to dealership listings, avoiding lead forms on third-party sites such as AutoTrader.com and Cars.com. As CEO, he oversees strategic direction, customer relations and the company’s Vehicle Display Network.

Friday, October 9, 2015  Noon – KRISTEN DECAS

CEO & Port Director, Port of Hueneme, Decas was the first woman to run both the Port of New Bedford in its 50 year history and the Port of Hueneme in its 75 year history and only the 4th woman to chair the AAPA in its 103 years. Prior to leading the Port of Hueneme, she served as CEO and Port Director for the Port of New Bedford, MA, where she orchestrated a complete fiscal turnaround achieving five consecutive years of gross operating profits. Since joining the Port of Hueneme in February 2012, total tonnage has jumped to near 1.5 million metric tons the Port’s highest ever. Last year the Port achieved its strongest fiscal numbers in history at over $14.3 million in gross operating revenue. Port related activities generate $1.1 billion in annual economic impact and create more than 10,200 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs.

Most recently Decas was appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to both the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) and the U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC).

All events will be held in Malibu Hall 100. The events are free of charge and include a free lunch.


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