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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.

Michael Alamo
Retired Director
Lifestyle & Community Outreach - San Luis Obispo, CA

Jason Alexander
General Manager
Disney Resort, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel - Anaheim, CA

Cathy Backus
Vice President, Resort Development
Send Me on Vacation and Vacation Guard

Caroline Beteta
President and CEO
Visit California

Sibylle Coe
Owner and CEO,
Launch, Inc.

Elisa Cox
Deputy City Manager,
City of Rancho Cucamonga

Robert Eaton
Founder and Broker
Eaton Hotel Investments

Rodrigo Espinosa
VP, Latin America + Growth & Development
George P. Johnson
Advisory Council Chair

James Flagg
President
Ocean Park Hotels

Nicholas Franco
Director
San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Aaron George
Leadership Giving Officer
University Relations, UC Berkeley

Brad Gessner
Vice President, Convention Centers
AEG Facilities

Charlotte Gorton
Retired Recreation Manager,
Former Advisory Council Chair

Tom Halen
President/CEO
Harmony Town/Harmony Valley Creamery/La Lomita Ranch

Marcelle Hampton
Vice President
George P. Johnson

Lindsey Hayford
Director, Business Operations Practice,
A23 Advisors

Whitney Hrdlicka
Director of Marketing
Hope Family Wines

Sara Grauf
Vice President
Giants Enterprises

Jay Jamison
CEO/General Manager
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Amber Karson
Owner
Karson Butler Events

Lori Keller
CEO
Martin Resorts

Karen Knight
Owner
Blue Wolf Associates

Kris Koeberer
Chief Operating Officer
The California Parks, Co.

Lisa Mayo
Executive Director
Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau

Wyatt Mello
Vice President
Laral Group Inc.

Barb Newton
CEO
Cal Travel

Linda Parker Sanpei
Strategic Marketing Communications Professional
Parker Sanpei & Associates

Robert (Bob) Roberts
Retired President & CEO
California Ski Industry Association

John Roth
Retired Chief Ranger
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tim Ryan
Vice President, Global Business Development
Pebble Beach Resorts

Yen Tsutsumi
Vice President, Event Services
George P. Johnson

Michael Young
Chief Revenue Officer
Los Angeles Dodgers

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