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).
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).
Greg Greeley is currently CEO of Thrasio. Greg has decades of experience leading and investing in fast-growing global companies at the intersection of
media, ecommerce, and technology. He joins Thrasio from Opentrons, an open-source lab automation company where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Previously, Greg was president at Airbnb during a period of dynamic acceleration, where he oversaw the company's $30-billion plus Homes business.
Prior to Airbnb, Greg had a distinguished nearly two-decade career at Amazon leading significant portions of their finance, operations, marketing, media, retail, marketplace and technology functions. He resided in Europe for nearly six years while managing Amazon's various European consumer businesses and subsequently led the launch Amazon's eCommerce websites in Italy, Spain, India, and Brazil. His Ultimately, he came full circle to lead Amazon's global Prime program, growing subscriptions to more than 100 million members while introducing dozens of new member benefits across the Amazon ecosystem. Before Amazon, Greg held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, United Airlines, McDonnell Douglas, and Boeing.
Greg received a BS in Engineering from the University of Washington, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He also serves as an advisor to Wheels Up, TCV, and Tapas Capital.
Program Manager, General Atomics Corporation
Justin Jameson serves as a Program Manager at General Atomics Corporation where he is responsible for standing up several international advanced technology businesses. Previously he served as a project manager and business development manager for Northrop Grumman, where he was responsible for the market development of the Firebird Optionally Piloted Aircraft. Justin serves on the board of Glenair Inc, Lentera Africa and LIDCO Inc. Justin received a B.A. in Industrial Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California. He has obtained his MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He serves on the Advisory Board of the USC Epstein School of Industrial Engineering.
Senior VP of Engineering, Meta/Facebook
Bill Jia is Senior VP of Engineering at Meta/Facebook, overseeing AI Infrastructure/Platform, Data Infra/Platform, Software Performance and Capacity Engineering, and Hardware Engineering. Since joining Facebook in 2009, he has been responsible for defining overall Facebook 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 has also focused on building the cutting-edge artificial intelligence and applied machine learning platform and infrastructure including PyTorch 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, IG, 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.
Chief Executive Officer, Blue Halo
Jonathan Moneymaker has spent his entire career successfully growing and executing diverse portfolios of business, from start-up to Fortune 50, focused on value creation and delivering innovative solutions across the dynamic National Security market. He has been honored to directly serve the US Intelligence and Special Operations Communities throughout his career. At BlueHalo, Moneymaker is responsible for overall company strategy and performance, customer success, and oversight of ensuring all its employees are cared for and thriving.
Prior to joining BlueHalo as CEO, Jonathan served as President of Altamira Technologies, a mid-market National Security player where he led the organization through a period of transformational growth over his 5-year tenure culminating in its acquisition by the ClearSky private equity firm.
Prior to joining Altamira, Moneymaker served as Operating Unit Executive of Boeing’s Intelligence Systems Group with responsibilities focused on overall leadership, business strategy and growth, program execution, and operational effectiveness of the organization, its 7 acquisitions, and its global footprint.
Prior to his position with Boeing, Moneymaker served as head of Operations at Anonymizer, Inc. and led their merger with Abraxas Corporation. While at Anonymizer, Moneymaker’s core focus was driving business growth by aligning the company with the intelligence community and ensuring critical program and cross-organizational execution. Moneymaker also served in Ocean Systems Engineering Corp’s SMART division, where he managed a C4ISR and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection portfolio and participated in the acquisition of the company to Apogen Technologies.
Moneymaker holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, is a graduate of senior executive programs from Wharton, Kellogg School of Management, Rady School of Management, and Harvard Law School and serves as a Board Member for the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Armed Forces Cycling Classic.
CIO and EVP, Salesforce
Juan Perez is CIO and EVP of Salesforce. He is responsible for the global IT organization and leads the company’s internal digital transformation to support growth and scale. Perez’s team supports the integration of new acquisition companies across the Salesforce ecosystem to streamline technology integration processes, and drives global operational efficiencies through the implementation of modern technologies, including analytics, automation, artificial intelligence, and security, among others.
Previously, Perez was Chief Information and Engineering Officer for UPS and a member of the UPS Executive Leadership Team, responsible for all technology and engineering functions. He was appointed to the role in 2017 after having served as CIO since 2016. He was a driving force behind UPS’s adoption of advanced analytics, and led the implementation of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, and virtual reality solutions for driver training. He oversaw numerous technology systems that support the company’s financial, human resources, operations, customer service, and sales, and managed a $6 billion engineering and IT budget. He oversaw the Advanced Technology Group, charged with future operational technology strategy including robotics, autonomous transportation, and network optimization, and helped develop driver dispatch and navigation solutions aimed at improving service and efficiencies. Perez also led the largest automation and capacity expansion in the company’s recent history, He was also an executive advisor on diversity across the enterprise.
In 2013, Perez was recognized by Computerworld as a Premier 100 IT Leader. In 2015 and 2017, he was recognized as one of the top 100 Hispanic IT leaders by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). The Atlanta Telecom Professionals (ATP) awarded him with the 2015 Leadership Award. He was recognized in 2016 as a Top Latino Leader by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity. He was named CIO of the Year in 2017 by CIO Dive. In 2018, Perez was honored with the Distinguished Mexican award from the Mexican government for his personal and career achievements in the U.S. He was named 2018 CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association in the Super Global category at its annual CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. Perez was ranked 43 in the Latino Leaders Magazine 2020 list of the 101 Most Influential Latinos, and named to theboardiQ Hall of Fame LatinX | Hispanic Top 100 Honorees. In 2019, Perez received the Forbes CIO Innovation Award for his contributions in developing UPS’ Global Smart Logistics Network.
Perez holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and an M.S. in computer and manufacturing engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and holds several professional certificates in project management, business administration, and IT management. He serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and was a lecturer at USC for seven years, where he taught courses in engineering economy, quality control, industrial engineering, and operations management. In 2019, Perez was named a member of The Hershey Company’s board of directors, and is a member of the advisory boards for the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at UPS and the School of Business at Georgia Tech. Upon his retirement in 2022, UPS established the Juan Perez UPS Endowed Scholarship at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC in support of Hispanic and female engineering students. Perez is an active member of his church and community.
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.
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.
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.
Published on January 8th, 2019
Last updated on November 1st, 2023