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Cal Poly Experience Industry Management Advisory Council Members

The EIM Advisory Council has an established external advisory council that convenes twice annually. The function of the advisory council is to provide high-level and unique guidance, advice, and direction for all of the department’s activities, consistent with its mission, vision, goals, and objectives.

The advisory council includes industry members who can assess each aspect of department-wide matters including management, innovation, growth, and knowledge transfer. The council provides an additional means for bringing student and faculty representatives into regular communication with industry on matters of long-range importance to the department.

Members are nominated by the department head, and approved by the dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and include representatives from those sectors served by the department. Emeritus members listed here >>

November 2021 Advisory Council Meeting

Advisory Council Meeting will be on campus on November 5, 2021.

Ryan Becker
VP of Communications
Visit California

Megan Bleichner
Oracle Corporation

Kevin Bumen
Chief Commercial Officer
San Francisco Airport

Elisa Cox
Assistant City Manager,
City of Rancho Cucamonga

Chuck Davison
President and CEO

Robert Eaton
Eaton Hotel Investments

Rodrigo Espinosa
VP/Head of Strategy
MC2 Experience
Advisory Council Chair

James Flagg
Silver Lining Hospitality

Nicholas Franco
San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Sara Grauf
Vice President
Giants Enterprises

Tom Halen
COO and General Manager
La Lomita Ranch, Town of Harmony, Harmony Valley Creamery/La Lomita Ranch

Marcelle Hampton
Vice President Account Management
George P. Johnson

Lindsey Hayford
Director Business Operations Practice,
A23 Advisors

Whitney Hrdlicka
Director of Marketing
Hope Family Wines

Keri Kapich
San Diego Tourism Authority

Amber Karson
Karson Butler Events

Lori Keller
President CEO,br /> Momentum Strategies Group  

Karen Knight
Blue Wolf Associates

Kris Koeberer
President of Basebcamp Hospitality
Formerly The California Parks, Co.

Corey Lakin
Deputy Director Community Services
City of Irvine

Wyatt Mello
Principal Laral Group
President Prado Senior Living Laral Group, LLC

Barb Newton
Cal Travel

Linda Parker Sanpei
Parker Sanpei & Associates

Monica Pette
VP of HR & Risk Management
Sugar Bowl Corporation

Tim Ryan
Pebble Beach Resorts

Stephanie Stephens
Executive Director
CPRS California Park Recreation Society

Rich Verruni
General Manager
Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Lisa Wazenried
VP Business and Market Strategy
Grand Pacific Resorts

Michael Young
Executive Director
Hearst Castle


Emeritus Advisory Council Members
Amy Azzi, Director Of Sports Marketing at T-Mobile
Jay Jamison, Owner Pismo Coast Village
Jim Battersby, Emeritus EIM Instructional Faculty
Kelly Bricker, Professor and Director, The University of Utah Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Robert Eaton, Founder Eaton Hotel Investments
Tina Hoppe, Retired Event Specialist, Edna Valley Vineyard
Jonathan Korfhage, Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, & Vehicles, Foster City
Yen Tsutsumi, Senior VP, Operations, George P. Johnson

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