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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 2018 Advisory Council Meeting

Advisory Council Meeting Minutes from November 2018 meeting available here >> and meeting presentation here >>

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

Cathy Backus
Send Me On Vacation, Inc.

Ryan Becker
VP of Communications
Visit California

Megan Bleichner
Oracle Corporation

Charlane Brady
Executive Vice President of Operations
Launch, Inc.

Kevin Bumen
Director of Airports
San Luis Obispo County

Elisa Cox
Deputy City Manager,
City of Rancho Cucamonga

Chuck Davison

Robert Eaton
Founder and Broker
Eaton Hotel Investments

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

James Flagg
Ocean Park Hotels

Nicholas Franco
San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Sara Grauf
Senior Vice President, Event Strategy & Services
Giants Enterprises

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

Marcelle Hampton
Vice President
George P. Johnson

Lindsey Hayford
Director, Business Operations Practice,
A23 Advisors

Becky Heidesch
Founder & CEO
WSS Executive Search

Whitney Hrdlicka
Director of Marketing
Hope Family Wines

Jay Jamison
CEO/General Manager
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Amber Karson
Karson Butler Events

Lori Keller
Momentum Strategies Group  

Karen Knight
Blue Wolf Associates

Kris Koeberer
Chief Operating Officer
The California Parks, Co.

Wyatt Mello
President & CEO and EVP
Mello Group / Laral Group Inc.

Barb Newton
Cal Travel

Linda Parker Sanpei
Strategic Marketing Communications Professional
Parker Sanpei & Associates

Monica Pette
VP of HR & Risk Management
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

Tim Ryan
Vice President, Global Business Development
Pebble Beach Resorts

Stephanie Stephens
Executive Director
CPRS California Park Recreation Society

Rich Verruni
General Manager
Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Lisa Wazenried
Vice President
Grand Pacific Resorts

Michael Young
Chief Revenue Officer
Los Angeles Dodgers


Emeritus Advisory Council Members
Amy Azzi, Director Of Sports Marketing at T-Mobile
Jim Battersby, Emeritus EIM Instructional Faculty
Kelly Bricker, Professor and Director, The University of Utah Parks, Recreation & Tourism
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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