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Our Support Team
Our Sponsors are high quality local service providers with the kinds of clients who qualify for CRT mentoring.  They pay an annual sponsorship fee to be members of the organization and to cover CRT’s modest administrative expenses. We are always looking for great sponsors that fit our culture; currently, our priority is to find sponsors in the following industrie: human resources, digital marketing and PR/advertising.

Our Partners are professional and educational organizations that are business-oriented and provide support to their own members that is complementary to CRT’s advisory services.

Both Sponsors and Partners add value to their constituency by referring them to CRT.  They are asked to refer as often as they find appropriate companies.

They have the opportunity to develop great relationships with our Mentors, other Sponsors, other Partners, and CRT clients.

Sponsors may solicit clients only if requested by the client or the Mentors.

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Below are links for our Sponsors, Partners and other Supporters. We especially appreciate the support of Mintz, which provides the space where we hold our monthly meetings.
Sponsors, Supporters and Partners:

CRT Support Team 


Joshua Bergmann
CRT Supporter
Mintz New

Joshua Bergmann is an Attorney in the Corporate & Securities practice of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, an Am Law 100 firm. Joshua focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. He has experience in working with buyers and sellers in M&A deals and drafting corporate organizational documents, commercial agreements, and Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Joshua also has experience representing issuers and underwriters in public and private debt and equity offerings. More at

Robert Copeland
CRT Sponsor
Bob practices in the area of corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance, securities, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. He also is ready and able to assist business owners seeking a liquidity solution in locating financing and acquisition sources. Bob has served as an expert witness in several litigations involving complex business, partnership and tax disputes. Bob also holds a certificate from the National Conflict Resolution Center in advanced mediation and is available to mediate complex pre-litigation and litigated matters.

Brent M. Douglas

CRT Sponsor

  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Undergrad at Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Improv Comedian at the Second City in Chicago
  • Law School at Emory University
  • Moved to San Diego in 2009
  • Live in University City
  • Married, two kids
  • Avid golfer
  • Employment attorney by day. Hero / Crime fighter at night.
David B. Duval
CRT Sponsor

Claiborne Advisors assists middle-market companies with mergers and acquisitions and institutional growth capital needs in the $5-$50 million range. We focus on manufacturing, distribution and service companies in the Southwest.

Claiborne works – closely – with just 1-3 companies at a time. We deliver Wall Street partner-level expertise to both private and public companies that seek transactions too small to receive appropriate attention from larger investment banks.


Years of experience in crafting successful transactions allows us to create unique solutions to often difficult, complex needs.


Dave Duval grew up in the “your word is your bond” culture and brings all of that attitude and practice to each client and every engagement.

Cory Grant
CRT Board Member
CRT Sponsor
Cory is Chairman & Managing Partner for CRT Sponsor, Grant, Hinkle & Jacobs.  Business Succession planning often includes more than just considering the obvious; who will run the business after the transitional event. With a comprehensive approach to the estate and retirement planning objectives of the senior group and the desires of those coming into leadership, a balanced approach that keeps the business on the right track can be developed. Interacting with senior management to really understand the culture and flow of the organization and provide advice accordingly while working closely with the team of advisors usually yields the best results.
Cynthia Guiang
CRT Supporter

Cynthia Guiang is the principal of CG Communications.  She has over 30 years in marketing and management experience with companies in a variety of industries as well as advertising and public relations agencies.  During the course of her career, she has developed marketing plans and brand strategies for diverse companies and organizations.  Cynthia is known for her ability to successfully convert strategies into tactical implementation plans that achieve clients' marketing objectives.  Her hands-on approach to projects, involving everything from branding and positioning and public relations to collateral development and website design, ensures that her clients get top-level thinking at every stage of project implementation. 
Jim Hamerly, Ph.D.
CRT Partner

Jim Hamerly is dean of the College of Business Administration at Cal State San Marcos.  Jim also serves on numerous Boards of community service organizations, new ventures, and business incubators.  Prior to joining CSUSM, Jim has 30+ years of experience as a serial entrepreneur,  intrapreneur, and senior executive at major corporations.  Jim holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (from MIT, UU Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University).

John Kraemer
CRT Sponsor

John Kraemer, CSPGCM is a licensed insurance professional committed to helping high-net-worth families and business owners utilize the full range of resources at their command in the estate, business, and gift planning process. 

John’s experience with estate preservation, wealth creation, business transfer, and charitable giving has helped many clients and non-profits, as well as family members. His work enables families and businesses to adapt to the opportunities of a constantly changing market and allow them to continue to grow through challenging times. John is affiliated with National Financial Partners, a leading insurance broker and consultant.  

John is a Partner at WealthPoint, LLC, a boutique financial services firm that specializes in providing a holistic approach to business and life insurance advisory services with a focus on succession, exit and wealth transfer planning. WealthPoint serves affluent family groups and owners of closely held companies throughout the United States. The company's unique process combines thorough discovery, collaborative and flexible solutions, complete transparency, and an unbridled commitment to implementation and on-going support.

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David Kramer
CRT Board Member
CRT Sponsor

Dave is the Founder of Outsource CFO Services, using his long experience in growth to provide part time CFO skills to multiple businesses.  He becomes the CEO’s financial partner, working to improve cash flow and earnings, in order to grow the company successfully.  His services include timely, accurate financials, cash forecasting, debt and equity financing, budgeting, multi-year financial plans, income statement management, and full scale business metrics.      

Jason Kruger
CRT Board Member
CRT Sponsor
Jason is President of CRT Sponsor, Signature Analytics, an outsourced accounting firm providing ongoing accounting support and financial analysis to small and mid-size businesses. Our team of highly experienced accountants will act as your entire accounting department (CFO to staff accountant), or complement your internal accounting staff, to provide the ongoing accounting support necessary to effectively run your company, analyze operations, and guide business decisions.
Stephen LaSala
CRT Sponsor

Mr. LaSala is a transactional attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions.  He counsels buyers and sellers in M&A transactions on a daily basis and has handled hundreds of deals over the course of his career. He represents private equity and strategic buyers (public and private) and sellers ranging from private-equity or venture backed companies to small entrepreneur-owned companies.   His practice also includes venture capital financings, joint ventures, corporate governance, equity and executive compensation, and matters relating to the formation and structure of business entities. He also represents institutional and individual investors in connection with public and private company investments.

Brett Pernicano
CRT Sponsor
Brett Pernicano is a Portfolio Manager at Dowling & Yahnke, an independent, fee-only registered investment adviser.  Dowling & Yahnke provides comprehensive portfolio management and retirement planning services.  Located in San Diego, California, the Firm currently manages approximately $3 billion for more than 1,000 clients, primarily individuals, families, endowments, and foundations.  With over eleven years of experience, Brett has provided clients with financial guidance in areas including asset management and comprehensive financial planning.  Brett holds the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®).  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington with a degree in Business, emphasis in Finance.
Greg Pieratt
CRT Sponsor
Greg Pieratt is a Principal with the Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate. Specializing in tenant representation and investment sales. Greg provides clients with a customized process to achieve their real estate goals, whether its negotiating a lease or purchasing a property. His 12 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry is validated by his tremendous knowledge and value to the clients he represents.
Todd Poling
Todd Poling
CRT Sponsor

Todd is the Founder and President of Vantage Point Advisors, Inc. Mr. Poling is actively involved in valuation engagements of all types and also leads the firm’s strategic planning and business development efforts. Vantage Point Advisors is an independent business valuation firm with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Philadelphia; offering a full complement of business valuation and financial advisory services. Collectively our team has completed thousands of engagements across many industries.

Tom Rex
CRT Sponsor
As a Shareholder and Technical Director of Accounting and Audit for LEVITZACKS, Tom has an in-depth
knowledge and understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards, SEC
rules, regulations and reporting, and litigation resolutions. He serves on the International Board of
Directors for the International Association of Professional Accountancy Firms (IAPA).

Tom excels at identifying, analyzing, and resolving complex accounting and financial reporting issues. He
has successfully served as a key advisor to defense counsel in a federal criminal trial which involved
complex accounting issues related to multiple acquisitions. He is known to interact effectively with
Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Accounting Standards Board staffs.

Our clients benefit from more shareholder involvement; higher engagement team continuity; unmatched
technical expertise; and unique resources providing breadth and depth from a local firm including two onstaff
tax attorneys, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and an Accredited Senior Appraiser.
Steve Sefton
CRT Sponsor

Steve is President of Endeavor Bank, San Diego’s first new community bank in 10 years. He has more than 36 years of banking experience in Southern California. Steve most recently served as President and past CEO of Regents Bank, the $650 million in assets San Diego division of Los Angeles-based Grandpoint Bank, a title he held from May 2012 until joining the Endeavor team in June 2017. 

Prior to joining Regents Bank, Steve was senior vice president of Citizen’s Business Bank, managing one of the bank’s largest regional offices. He joined the bank as the first manager of the headquarters’ Commercial Banking Group, where he worked for four years. From 1995 to 2008, Steve worked for Mellon 1st Business Bank. In 2002, he was appointed regional vice president, managing a de novo commercial office he opened.  Steve and his team grew the office to over $200 million in loans and deposits in six years. From 1991 to 1995, he worked at Sanwa Bank as vice president and team leader.  Steve began his banking career at City National Bank, working at the Beverly Hills headquarters in 1984.

Steve is a former board member of the Aliso Pico Business Support Group and one of the largest Boy Scouts Councils in the country, and was a founding member of a City of Hope chapter.  He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Steve resides in Carmel Valley with his wife, Lori.  They have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Martin Staubus
CRT Partner

Martin is the executive director of the Beyster Institute.  Based at the UCSD business school, the Institute is a center of expertise on employee stock programs, including ESOPs, stock options, and other vehicles that enable employees to participate in equity ownership of their company.  The Institute provides both educational programs and consulting services to business owners.”

Rob Weinberg
CRT Supporter

Rob Weinberg is Chief Strategist of The MarketBuilding Team, a virtual strategic marketing agency established in southern California to solve communications challenges with world class marketing services and Madison Avenue strategic thinking. He is frequently called upon to create and run in-house marketing agencies for a wide range of businesses and non-profits, delivering unique marketing solutions and profitable results while lowering costs. You’ll find his column Ask Mr. Marketing each week in the San Diego Union Tribune.

Dan Yates
CRT Sponsor

Over his four decades in the banking industry, Dan has founded two banks – Regents Bank which he grew to over $620 million in assets in 12 years and now Endeavor Bank. In addition to creating banks from the ground up, Dan has sold, acquired, and merged banks, raised capital for banks, and, as a consultant and CEO, he has turned around banks.


Prior to co-founding Endeavor Bank, Dan served as President and CEO of Neighborhood National Bank in San Diego, a community development bank focused on low- to moderate-income communities. He is a Board Member of the Western Bankers Association and a Director of NTS, a Nasdaq public company, where he also served as the Comp Committee Chair and on the Audit Committee. Dan is a native San Diegan.

Hanaa Zahran
CRT Sponsor

Hanaa Zahran serves as a Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at Pacific Premier Bank (PPBI). In her role, she is responsible for developing and managing commercial loan and depository relationships to privately held companies throughout the San Diego market. Hanaa has a diverse mix of clients in her portfolio, from operating businesses: manufacturers, distributors, contractors, professional service firms, to commercial real estate financing: owner occupied, construction, bridge, mini-perm and SBA 504 loans of most property types.


Previously, Hanaa held positions in San Diego as Director and Regional Market Manager for Silicon Valley Bank, and Vice President and Corporate Relationship Manager at Union Bank of California. Prior to joining Regents Bank (now PPBI) in 2015, she spent almost 9 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was responsible for managing a complex client portfolio in the SD & OC markets.  


Hanaa brings over 20 years of experience in global treasury management, advisory sales, business development and relationship management to her clients.  


Hanaa is active with AFPSD, NAIOP, Chairmen’s Roundtable, Business Executives Council, Risk Management Association and Athena San Diego to name a few.