Dean's Leadership Circle
Rodney K. Couch
Founder and CEO, Preferred Hospitality, Inc.
Founder and CEO of Preferred Hospitality, Inc. (PHI), Rodney Couch manages entity for Provider Contract Food Service and Market Broiler Restaurants. Rodney’s a native Californian, graduate of Biola University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. With nearly four decades of restaurant experience, his passion remains heartfelt-hospitality through servant-style leadership.
Dr. Bruce Hitchcock
Vice President for University Advancement, California Baptist University
Bruce was a successful teacher and high school coach in four varsity sports for five years. He then had a 26-year career with a major publishing company as a vice president of sales and product development. Mr. Hitchcock was COO of a startup corporation for two nationally known Christian psychologists. He then concluded his full-time career after 10 years as vice president for University Advancement at California Baptist University where he was a member of the University Executive Council.
Sales Manager, Freedom Mortgage Corporation
Emily has over 14 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Freedom Mortgage, she worked as a senior loan officer, operations manager for a real estate/mortgage company. Emily's other areas of expertise include first-time homebuyer programs, CalHFA, VA Lending and more. Emily loves to assist customers with the best lending programs available for their financial needs.
CEO, SystemGo IT
Matt Irving, co-founder and CEO of SystemGo IT, is passionate about creating business improvement through technology. He has a strong commitment to serving his customers, employees, family and community. Matt focuses on providing clients with business and process improvement through a wide array of technologies, while also using his critical thinking, problem solving, strategic planning and management skills to create and implement creative solutions.
Realtor, Grove Realty
Marni is a local realtor and has been selling homes since 1990. Her client-focused service has fueled her success, working mainly by referral. She has a heart for mentoring and is a co-founder of the CBU Titus Mentorship Program which began in 2015. In this program, students are paired with a mentor in the community who comes alongside them to help them learn, grow and make valuable connections that can help them in their career.
CEO/Publisher, RLM Company
Norm Pelzer is the publisher of Riverside Living Magazine & BOOMERS Magazine. Norm is an enthusiastic supporter of the City of Arts and Innovation and serves as a commissioner on the City of Riverside’s Human Relations Commission, president of Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars, board member of The CARE Project, and an active member and leader within the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Raised in Riverside, Norm is committed to helping Riverside realize its potential of being a vibrant and inclusive city.
CTE Job Development Specialist, Riverside Unified School District
Mrs. Schulte’s professional career is foundationally rooted in youth advocacy and leadership. She has been involved in special education and board membership in the Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation. Her leadership skills as a REEF board member, years of employment in the RUSD’s superintendent's office, and a member of the Superintendents Leadership Symposium underpins her high standards of commitment and interpersonal skills which highlight her continuous successful student outcomes.
GM Marketing Director, PepsiCo
Johnathon is the executive general manager for the beverage sector for PepsiCo’s Inland Empire market. He is an experienced consumer package goods professional with numerous roles of increasing responsibility throughout Southern and Northern California. He is an enthusiastic member of Riverside’s business community, and development of campus professionals.
SVP of Retail Banking, Provident Bank
Gwen Wertz is an experienced leader in the commercial and retail banking industry. Her expertise includes project and team leadership, merger and acquisition analysis, planning and execution and division oversight. She is a proven leadership mentor and coach, developing current and future leadership within her company.
President and CEO, United Way of the Inland Valleys
On behalf of United Way as its president and CEO, Lisa unites people, ideas and resources to improve the quality of life with and in our local Western Riverside County community. She attained a bachelor's degree in business and accounting from the University of Arizona, a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology and is completing a PhD in Religion and Ethics from Claremont School of Theology. In addition to being an ordained deacon with the United Methodist Church, she serves on local and regional boards and committees that further her interest in building a community where all can thrive.
Jabs School of Business Participants:
Dr. Tad Hove – Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
Dr. Marina Girju – Associate Dean of the School of Business
Dr. Gaynell Vanderslice – Professor of Business Management
Nolan Gouveia – Lecturer, Business Management
Dawn Carter – Industry Liaison for the School of Business