Wendell W. Jones II
Wendell is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CerMed Corporation. He is an accomplished Finance and Accounting executive with over thirty years of financial management and accounting experience in multiple technology-related industries, including: biotechnology, medical device, software, and internet companies. Wendell received an MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.
Gladys is a long-time resident and community activist in Oakland. Gladys is the Chair of the Life Enrichment Committee of the Community Action Committee and board member of the Oakland Economic Development Corporation. She is an active member of Saint Benedict’s Church, where she is an electoral and Eucharistic minister.
Mark Alan Lindquist
Mark directs the marketing and product development of M.A. Lindquist Co., which he started in 1984. Mark has 27 years of project experience, which includes: large industrial, retail and commercial complexes; historic renovations; architectural review; and code enforcement. Mark is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California.
Stephanie has worked at Wells Fargo for over 35 years and is responsible for the management of three business sales teams: Relationship Managers, Commercial Loan Officers, and Business Acquisition Consultants. She manages the San Leandro BBG Office dedicated to serving the East Bay Market Area, including creating a strong partnership through servicing the business banking needs of Retail Banking.
Matt Ching is a second generation banker. He chose his career after seeing how much his banker father was able to help the community where he worked, enabling people to raise families and create jobs in their neighborhoods. Matt currently serves as Vice President & Manager at City National Bank. Before that he served on the board of directors at OASES and as Vice President and Manager at Citi. Matt holds a BA in Economics and Asian American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.
LaSandra Hunt has been a Relationship Manager for JP Morgan Chase since 2008, when the bank initially launched in the Bay Area. She works to identify and win new business relationships that support the bank’s goals and clients needs. She has 15 years of experience in the financial industry, working with clients and organizations. Prior to that, she worked as an Account Executive for NBC and CBS. She received a BA in Business in Spring of 2015 from Golden Gate University.
Eric, Vice President and Relationship Manager for the East Bay Commercial Banking Office, manages a $45 million commercial portfolio. His primary responsibility is to develop and manage client banking relationships and serve as the primary contact officer. Directly responsible for structuring credit products, his extensive banking experience lends guidance and perspective to a client’s overall banking needs and as such, he serves as a conduit to the various specialized units within the Bank including cash management, trade finance, and retail operations. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward in 1984 and has worked in banking for 23 years.
Tiffany Short is an experienced human resources professional with a strong history of working in the healthcare industry. As HR Business Partner at Kaiser Permanente, Tiffany manages HR client relations and consults on employee relations, workforce planning, performance management, organizational development, and more. Before joining Kaiser’s team in 2008, Tiffany worked with Robert Half Finance & Accounting as a Finance Recruiting Manager. Tiffany holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
William A. Taylor, who is the owner of The Law Office of William A. Taylor, holds a masters degree in taxation and markets himself as “The Business Lawyer” due to his concentration on the needs of the Bay Area small business sector. In that regard, he offers expertise in business transactions, securities law and the capital raising process, corporate law, nonprofit organizations, income tax law, estate tax law and probate. His portfolio of active and past clients includes developers as well as owners of business entities. William Taylor also has an active estate planning and probate law practice, preparing a number of wills, living trusts, guardianships and conservatorships as well as probates of estates and trust administration.
Arthur a small business advisor with experience in small business financing and strategic business planning. Arthur’s finance background includes serving as a loan officer for the Small Business Administration and currently as CEO for Nor-Cal FDC, a California Small Business Financial Development Corporation that serves the Bay Area counties. Arthur is the author of Finding Money for Your Business and, Business Plans for Financing. Arthur is also the Executive Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC), a Northern California-based financial publisher and seminar provider.
Born in Guangzhou, China, Jim served as an enlisted U.S. Marine later becoming a presidentially decorated Marine officer. Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jim’s corporate experience includes GM’s Packard Electric Division and PepsiCo. Since 1988, Jim has worked in entrepreneurial ventures in management consulting and technology exploration and application. Jim and his wife Linda have also worked in collaboration with other partners to provide technology solutions to improve global and homeland security and to safeguard international trade.
In recent years, Jim has returned to his roots in training and organization development, co-founding AcumenHQ with Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald to provide entrepreneurship education and mentoring to veterans and small business owners. Jim also serves in various capacities with several organizations dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs.