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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 3, 2023 Advisory Council Meeting

Advisory Council Meeting will be on campus on November 3, 2023.

Ryan Becker
VP of Communications
Visit California

Megan Bleichner Brannan
Director of North America Marketing
Oracle Corporation

Kevin Bumen
Chief Commercial Officer
San Francisco Airport

Elisa Cox
Assistant City Manager,
City of Rancho Cucamonga

Chuck Davison
President and CEO

Sara Grauf
Experience Industry Management Advisory Council Chair

Sr. VP, Event Strategy & Services
Giants Enterprises

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

Marcelle Hampton
Vice President Account Management
George P. Johnson

Whitney Hrdlicka
Director of Marketing
Hope Family Wines

Amber Karson
Karson Butler Events

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

Barb Newton
President & CEO
Cal Travel

Linda Parker Sanpei
Founder and CEO
Parker Sanpei & Associates

Maeve Pesquera
Sr. VP, Strategy & Business Development
Daou Vineyards

Monica Pette
Senior Director, Legal

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


Emeritus Advisory Council Members
Jason Alexander, Director, Park Operations at Tokyo Disney Resort (Orientalland Co. ltd)
Amy Azzi, Director Of Sports Marketing at T-Mobile
Charlane Brady, Launch Inc.
Jim Battersby, Emeritus EIM Instructional Faculty
Kelly Bricker, Professor and Director, The University of Utah Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Robert Eaton, Founder Eaton Hotel Investments
Rodrigo Espinosa, Chief Strategist, Exhibitus, Inc.
Jim Flagg, President, Ocean Park Hotels
Nick Franco, Retired Director, San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation
Charlotte Gorton, Retired Recreation Manager, Journalist
Lindsey Hayford, Director, Business Operations Practice, A23 Advisors
Tina Hoppe, Retired Event Specialist, Edna Valley Vineyard
Jay Jamison, CEO/General Manager, Pismo Coast Village RV Resort
Keri Kapich, COO, San Diego Tourism Authority
Lori Keller, Principal, Momentum Strategies Group/Blu Hotel Management
Jonathan Korfhage, Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, & Vehicles, Foster City
Wyatt Mello, Real Estate Investment and Operations
Tim Ryan, Retired VP, Trusted Advisor to World Class Resorts, Pebble Beach
Yen Tsutsumi, Senior VP, Operations, George P. Johnson
Michael Young, Retired CFO, Dodgers

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