Department Advisory Board
Group President, Defence & Security, CAE
Gene Colabatistto was appointed Group President of CAE’s Defence & Security Group in June 2012. The Defence & Security business represents approximately half of CAE’s total revenues. Mr. Colabatistto has more than 25 years experience in the global defence industry, and has held leadership positions in both the military and the private sector. Before joining CAE, he was a Senior Vice President in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) - a leading provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services. He was responsible for the growth of their ISR and Cybersecurity businesses.
Prior to joining SAIC, Mr. Colabatistto was President of Olive Group North America, a global, integrated security corporation. Before that Mr. Colabatistto was President of Space Imaging Solutions, the leading provider of satellite imagery products and services. He was also President of SPOT Image Corporation, the North American subsidiary of the world’s first commercial provider of satellite imagery. Previously, Mr. Colabatistto spent almost 10 years with Veridian Corporation, responsible for the growth of its engineering products, imagery, and signals intelligence business. Mr. Colabatistto also served in the United States Marine Corps and was responsible for intelligence information systems and acted as the service’s representative for satellite and airborne reconnaissance during Desert Storm.
Mr. Colabatistto has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California (USC). He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA), National Defense Intelligence Association (NDIA), United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Partner, Investment Management, Skadden
Heather Cruz represents investment advisers and investment banks in connection with the structuring and distribution of U.S. and international private investment products, including private equity funds, multi- and single-strategy hedge funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, credit and distressed debt funds, as well as fund of funds. She also advises clients on the establishment, operation and sale of investment adviser and broker-dealer businesses.
With respect to private investment funds, Ms. Cruz advises clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues and considerations relating to the establishment and operation of private investment funds marketed and operated on a global basis. She also represents institutional investors seeking to invest in private investment funds and in investment advisers.
In addition, Ms. Cruz has extensive experience providing regulatory advice to broker-dealers and investment advisers, including regarding compliance with various aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act, with a particular focus on the Volcker Rule. She also advises on a range of issues relating to U.S. Investment Advisers Act, the U.S. Investment Company Act, and the rules and regulations of FINRA.
Ms. Cruz has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also was named in Expert Guides – The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen By Their Peers, The Best Lawyers in America and as a worldwide leading lawyer in Euromoney Institutional Investor’s 2015 Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide.
Daniel J. Epstein
Executive Chairman and Founder The ConAm Group
Dan Epstein is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the ConAm Group headquartered in San Diego. ConAm is among the top privately owned apartment management/ownership firms in the country and presently operates a total of approximately 55,000 apartments throughout the United States. In addition to its management activities, ConAm is developing apartments and mixed-use projects in Seattle and Portland.
Dan serves on the USC Board of Trustees and is a member of the Executive Board. He is on the executive committee of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Development and also serves on the advisory committee of the USC Viterbi School’s Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Recently Dan was awarded USC’s Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award. In addition, Ernst & Young named him San Diego's Entrepreneur of the Year for the Real Estate Industry. He graduated from USC in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
President and CEO, MTSI Inc.
Balasubramani Ganesh (known as Ganesh) is the Founder, President, and CEO of California-based Managing Technology Solutions International Inc. (MTSI, Inc). Founded in 1997, MTSI is an information technology and business consulting firm specializing in Oracle/ PLEX business applications (cloud and on premise) and Mobile solutions for Fortune 1000 clients.
Ganesh graduated from USC in 1985 with an M.S. in Industrial and System Engineering and started his carrier with Transamerica Delaval (Wiggins Connectors Division), an Aerospace and Defense component manufacturer. He was instrumental in developing and implementing Lean Manufacturing in his division, which was recognized by Raytheon as the as the Best Supplier out of 3000 candidates. More recently and in addition to leading MTSI, Ganesh has served as a strategic advisor and founding team member of several startups in the Aerospace and Defense and Medical Device industries. Ganesh is also part of the leadership team of the USC India Alumni group and active with the USC-India initiative.
In 1979, he received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, NIT, India. He did post-graduate Technical Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and Management Studies at HAL/BEML (India) Staff College (1980).
Head of Operational Excellence, Amgen
Alan Glazer is currently the Head of Operational Excellence for Amgen, a $23B biotechnology company. He has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, quality, and operational excellence. Alan has also worked for Armstrong, Baxter, Baxalta, and Shire. He has a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Alan lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and four children.
President of Homes at Airbnb
Greg Greeley leads the Airbnb Homes business, which includes more than 7 million listings in more than 100,000 cities around the world, and our “Airbnb for Everyone” strategy including Airbnb Plus, our expanded Superhost program, and the growing portfolio of property managers, boutique hotels, long-term stay options, real estate partnerships and other innovative accommodations available on our platform.
Greg’s rich experience across multiple industries includes developing a variety of two-sided marketplaces and scaling them for extraordinary growth. As head of Airbnb Homes, he is laser-focused on expanding our global community of hosts and guests, ensuring that we are helping millions of hosts succeed by designing tools to support their growth and connecting them with our increasing numbers of guests who are seeking out authentic, personalized hospitality. In Spring 2019, Airbnb celebrated our half-billionth guest arrival.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Greg spent over 18 years at Amazon, where he most recently managed Amazon’s Global Prime program, a subscription service he helped invent, launch in 2005, and grow into one of the most successful customer membership programs ever. In that capacity, Greg oversaw Prime’s expansion into multiple countries around the world and the introduction of dozens of new shopping, digital media, and delivery benefits.
Previously at Amazon, Greg managed the company’s European consumer e-commerce businesses and oversaw the expansion into new and emerging markets from India to Brazil.
He also held various executive roles overseeing Finance, Operations, Technology, Marketplace, Retail and Worldwide Media, where he oversaw Amazon’s relations with its content creators and marketplace sellers. Prior to joining Amazon, Greg held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, United Airlines and McDonnell Douglas.
Greg holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Engineering from the University of Washington. In addition to his role at Airbnb, he is an advisory board member of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.
VP Infrastructure, Facebook
Bill Jia is VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, overseeing AI/AML infrastructure, performance and capacity engineering, and hardware validation engineering. Since joining Facebook in 2009, he has been responsible for defining overall Facebook software product performance strategy, and optimizing and planning infrastructure for Facebook. Further, he is involved in defining Facebook’s hardware platform and strategy. In addition, he is focused on building the cutting-edge artificial intelligence and applied machine learning platform and infrastructure to analyze one of the largest data sets in the world and apply the AI/AML insights into products (Search, Ads, News Feed, Photos, Videos, etc.) to optimize user experience.
Prior to Facebook, Bill spent around 4 years at Microsoft and was in charge of improving and optimizing various Microsoft online services. He received dual BS degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and received his MS degree from National University of Singapore. Bill obtained his PhD degree in operations research from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2007.
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices New Product Introduction + Outsource Design & Operation Management
Zohreh Khademi is responsible for Microsoft Devices New Product Introduction + Outsource Design & Operation Management that span across the devices portfolio of Surface, Xbox, accessories and Innovation (Hub and Hololens). She leads a team of 200+ Technical leaders, Engineers and Program managers responsible for delivering products across hardware and software from concept to high volume production and through sustaining stage. Zohreh joined Microsoft in 1998 and in the past 20 years, she has held several Technical and leadership roles within Microsoft’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain and devices business groups. During this time, she has led every first generation of devices in Microsoft and brought them to high volume manufacturing and launch.
Prior to this role, Zohreh spent 10+ years in various Technical & Engineering roles in Manufacturing and Consumer products Industries with focus on Automation and Robotics, before taking time off to raise her family and pursue other personal passions.
Zohreh earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. She also holds a Certificate in Microcomputer and Systems Networking from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Bryan Byung-ik Min
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Min is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. The employee-ownership philosophy and entrepreneurial spirit Mr. Min established at Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. has been the primary reason for the tremendous growth since its inception in 1998. Epsilon Systems employs “Epsiloneers” in more than 20 U.S. locations and has become one of the premier, government contracting firms.
Mr. Min has received various military, business and community leadership honors from organizations such as the United States Congress, the U.S. Navy and Ernst & Young. Qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineering officer, he served on both active and reserve duty from 1986 to 1998 as an officer in the U.S. Submarine Force.
Mr. Min holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Southern California and Virginia Tech, respectively. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management (OPM) Program and earned a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Head of Operational Consulting Departments, Kaiser Permanente
Alex Ortiz has 30 plus years of working experience in Health Care operational consulting. He is head of Operational Consulting Departments at Kaiser Permanente. He is in charge of consult and advice management in projects related with process improvement, process re-engineering, change management, strategic planning and business development.
Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS
Since April 2017, Juan Perez has served as the Chief Information and Engineering Officer for UPS, responsible for all technology and engineering functions.
Juan was promoted to CIO in 2016, after serving as Vice President of Technology, responsible for systems that support the company’s billing, financial, accounting, human resources, package operations, driver dispatch and operational planning, scanning, logistics, customer service and sales.
One of his most significant impacts has been his work with the team that developed ORION, the On-road Integrated Optimization and Navigation system that optimizes delivery routes to improve service and efficiencies. ORION has enabled the reduction by 100 million of miles driven annually, saved 10 million gallons of fuel annually, and cut greenhouse emissions by 100,000 metric tons annually.
Juan has also been a driving force in UPS’s evolution into advanced analytics, moving the company from a reliance on historical data to predictive and prescriptive analytics. The development of UPS’s Package Flow Technologies benefits customers and operations through the linkage between data, analytics, technology and operational know-how. Juan also supported the development of the UPS Access Point Network technology, which allows customers to choose when, where, and how they want their packages delivered. Through efforts like these Juan has secured several patents that support UPS’s intellectual property.
In his Engineering role, Juan is responsible for the tams that plan the UPS network, develop methods, measurement , and quality assurance programs, build and manage facilities, implement automation, and manage the Automotive fleet. These groups are essential in providing the consistent and valuable service UPS is known for.
He has received numerous awards and accolades including: CIO of the year by Dive; CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association; Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld; Top 100 Hispanic IT leaders by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC); the Leadership Award by the Atlanta Telecom Professionals (ATP); Distinguished Mexican Abroad by the Mexican Government; and the Top Latino Leader by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity. In 2020 Juan was named one of the top “Latinos in Corporate” by the Latino Leaders journal and was included in the first ever “Top 100 Hispanic Hall of Fame” list by theboardiQ.
Juan holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer and Manufacturing Engineering from USC. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the American Society for Quality and holds several certificates in project management, business administration and IT management. He also serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
In 2019, Juan was named a member of the Hershey Company’s Board of Directors. He is also the executive advisor for the UPS African American Business Resource Group which supports diversity across the enterprise. Juan is also a member of the USC Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business advisory boards.
Principal, The Blackstone Group
J.T. Sizemore is a Principal of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Mr. Sizemore is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring debt investments across all asset types and geographies. Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Sizemore worked in real estate private equity acquisitions roles with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing in San Francisco and DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in Los Angeles. Mr. Sizemore also worked as a developer with The Kor Group and as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. Mr. Sizemore graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and received an MBA from Wharton, where he was a Palmer Scholar.
Chintan B. Shyani
SVP, Sales Operations and Analytics, Strategic Partners, Inc.
Mr. Shyani is the SVP of Sales Operations and Analytics at Strategic Partners, Inc, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical uniforms, footwear, diagnostic equipment and school uniforms. Prior to the current role, Mr. Shyani held various management positions in forecasting, supply chain management and demand planning at Strategic Partners, Inc and Speedo USA. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Gujarat University in India and Master of Science degree in Operations Research Engineering from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, in 2000. He resides in Los Angeles area with his wife Keya and 2 children, Anya and Ayan.
Kazuo ‘Kaz’ Takeda
Operations Director, SprintRay
Kazuo ‘Kaz’ Takeda is the Operations Director for SprintRay, a leading manufacturer of 3D printers serving the dental industry.
Joining in 2020, Kaz is responsible for supporting the customer experience and operations for SprintRay US Operations.
In his role, he is accountable to lead SprintRay’s Logistics and Supply Chain, Customer Service, Quality Assurance and Resin Manufacturing which serves dentists and their patients using SprintRay products to drive peak performance and patient results.
Kaz began his career as a quality control engineer within the home satellite television industry. He then joined Telescreen LTD as the US logistics manager for their international animation studio production group. In 1988, Kaz joined United Parcel Service in their industrial engineer division, supporting multiple initiatives from the creation of Quality Incentive Bonus system to the opening of new buildings and air gateways. Kazuo then joined the Disneyland® Resort in 1998 that had his work continue on all aspects of Resort business and operations from being a core member of the Disney California Adventure grand opening press event team to implementation of process standards and creation of the Sound Technician, Electrician and Machinist Union craft apprenticeship/trainee program within the Resort’s maintenance division.
Kaz is an active member of the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineering National Leadership Committee as Assistant Region Vice President and Chapter Development Fund Committee Chair. He also serves on the National Industry Advisory Board and has been elected to the rank of IISE Fellow.
At the university level, Kazuo serves on the USC, Cal Poly SLO and Cal Poly Pomona Industrial Engineering Advisory Committee’s and is a part time instructor at USC Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Long Beach and his MBA at the University of Redlands. Kazuo is blessed to be married to his wife Susan for over 37 years which share their home with an Australian Sheppard and Siamese cat now that their two children have grown into adults.