Our 2016-2017 San Diego Steering Committee is a group of renowned local professionals, dedicated to delivering top quality programs and networking opportunities.  For further details on who's who, take a look at some of their bios listed below:

Lindsey Back, CFO, JPR

Lindsey-Back_headshot-100px.jpegResponsible for guiding JPR’s financial strategy, Lindsey has facilitated all aspects of planning and operational tactics while accommodating the agency’s rapid global growth.  In addition to being nominated as the San Diego Business Journal’s CFO Of The Year for three consecutive years, she has participated in the California Real Estate Women’s Leadership Series, where she was one of six panelists chosen to discuss her prominent role in the  community. As a representative of JPR, Lindsey is also a member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. 

Lauren Bostwick, Regional Managing Director, Randstad Professionals

With more than 15 years of management and recruiting experience, Lauren is a skilled leader, currently serving as the Regional Managing Director for Randstad Professionals, a $22 billion global provider of HR services.  Prior to joining Randstad, Lauren worked in executive leadership roles at other top recruiting firms. 

Dan Bruckart, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Dan-Bruckart-100px.jpegDan Bruckart is a Vice President and Relationship Manager in Bank of America’s Global Commercial Banking group covering the Greater San Diego and Orange County areas.  Dan manages a specific portfolio of healthcare and not-for-profit institution clients and is responsible for delivering comprehensive debt, treasury management and capital raising solutions for his clients.  He is dual employed by Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith as a Series 7/63 licensed investment professional.

Robert “Bob” Copeland, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

Robert Copeland-669284-edited.jpgAs a partner in the corporate practice group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s San Diego office, Bob focuses on finance, securities, and real estate, as well as mergers and acquisitions. In addition to helping business owners with liquidity solution financing, he has served as an expert witness in several litigations involving complex partnerships and tax disputes.

Bob holds a certificate in Advanced Mediation from the National Conflict Resolution Center. 

Emad Fareed, Partner, KPMG

Emad's bio is available upon request. 

Eric Fronk, CFO, Aurora Spine 

Eric's bio is available upon request. 

Ryan Gray, CFO, SVP Trust Administration, Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. 

RyanGray-100px.jpgWith more than 16 years of experience in structuring, executing, and managing student and auto loan asset-backed securitizations and warehouse financing structures, Ryan is also responsible for capital markets, investor relations, financial planning, analysis, accounting, tax,  and information technology.  Prior, he was a Senior Financial Analyst for Capital One’s internet auto division and an Accounting Manager for PeopleFirst.  He  began his career as an auditor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. 

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Ed Leonard, CFO, SeniorQuote Insurance Services, Inc.

Ed's bio is available upon request. 

Lauri Merrit, Director of Sales, Radius

LauriMerritt-100px..jpgIn addition to her current position at Radius, Lauri has more than 18 years of experience working for such global professional services firms as PWC, EY, KPMG, and Arthur Andersen. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and also received an advanced certificate in marketing from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. 

Leena Patidar, Sapphire CFO Solutions

Leena_Patidar-100px.jpgProviding CFO services to start ups and small to mid level companies on an outsourced, part-time basis, Leena's focus is on CFO strategic planning, advising, budgeting, forecasting, accounting, bookkeeping, and overall management of financials and transactions.

Gerald (“Gerry”) Schemidt, Audit Senior Manager, KPMG

Schemidt Gerald 33290_164-186368-edited.jpegWith more than 16 years of auditing experience, Gerry serves clients with global operations in the life sciences and technology industries.  He is well versed in project management skills necessary for complex engagements and has vast experience in SEC reporting, multiple debt, equity offerings, business acquisitions, and international team coordination.   

David Valles, Regional Sales Manager, NetSuite

David's bio is available upon request.