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 Thiel2019 Paul Thiel – Chairman

Paul Thiel is currently the President of Northern Trust San Diego and a Director of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. He previously served as CEO of TruCost Inc., an information services provider in the hospitality industry based in Sorrento Valley, and two media companies in Orange County, McClain Publishing Co. and Freedom Interactive Inc. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, a BA from the University of Connecticut, and completed executive programs at Stanford Business School and Northwestern University. Thiel started his career as a financial journalist, writing for The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Florida Times-Union.
 Sherri Neasham Sherri Neasham – Chair Elect

Sherri Neasham is a successful entrepreneur, venture philanthropist, and experienced business coach. 

In the last 3 decades, Sherri has built companies in 4 different industries. In the last 7 years, she has served as Partner and Board Director of San Diego Social Venture Partners, investing capital and coaching time in organizations focused on solutions for homelessness, hunger, poverty, education, youth violence, and foster care. 

Sherri now serves as Chairwoman of the Board for Leadfusion, Inc., is a Mentor with Chairmen's Roundtable, and is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Connect in San Diego.  She is also a NAVIX Exit Planning Strategist, helping business owners plan for and achieve a happy exit that secures financial freedom and leaves a legacy of success for family, employees, and clients.
 Malcolm Bund Malcolm Bund - Chief Financial Officer

Malcolm Bund is a retired industrialist with diverse experience in areas such as management consulting, corporate finance, merger and acquisition and marketing.  He was a pioneer in Private Equity, raising his first pool of capital in 1985-86.  His career has spanned several industries as diverse as management of professional athletes and celebrities, to owning and operating industrial companies in the manufacturing and distribution of automotive parts and building materials.  Bund supports organizations that benefit inner city youth with an emphasis on helping those less fortunate who are prepared to help themselves. He joined Chairmen’s RoundTable in January 2017.

 Beneke Ginny Beneke - Vice Chair, Mentor Development

Ginny has held executive positions as CEO, President/GM, and CMO where she has spearheaded many successful endeavors serving the enterprise, consumer, and central site markets.  Her expertise has vitalized growth and profitability for both mature and emerging organizations.  Having spent half of her career with top fortune 100 companies, AT&T, Exxon, and the Xerox Corporation, and the other half with medium-size and start-up organizations, Ginny brings a unique ability to customize the best practices from established corporations into the start-up and mid-size company environments. 

Ginny currently runs a consulting practice supporting leadership personnel, providing CEO and CMO functions, and leading strategic workshops for organization success.

  Frank Creede - Vice Chair, Program Development

Frank Creede, P. E. served as the Chief Technology Officer of pdvWireless, Inc. (PDVW)  from 2003 through 2018. Frank was part of the senior management team that raised over $240M and took the company public in February 2015. He has led the strategy, development, buildout and operation of the company’s enterprise focused, push to talk network and TeamConnect application platform including web, iOS, Android, and cloud backend. TeamConnect included a 92 site wireless network in seven major US cities. At pdvWireless, Frank led the commercialization of the 900MHz LTE Band 8 device and infrastructure ecosystem for PDVW spectrum and validated devices and infrastructure against the rules proposed to the FCC.

Mr. Creede is a member emeritus and former board member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels and an angel investor in over 12 Southern California emerging high tech companies. Formally the Founder & CEO of Logic Innovations, Inc., he negotiated the sale of the company to a former division of IBM (now a part of Seagate) in 1999. Mr. Creede also founded Staffing Innovations, LLC, a technical contract outsourcing business in 1997 and which was acquired in 2012. He is a mentor at the Chairman’s Roundtable and a volunteer at EvoNexus. Mr. Creede is a registered Professional Engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and he has completed coursework for the MBA program at San Diego State University.

Dennis Dillon Dennis Dillon – Vice Chair, Client Acquisition

Dennis has ran and managed different companies for 25 years. These companies produced consumer products and included fireplaces, products for new homes and crafting supplies These businesses ranged in yearly sales of $12 million dollars, $60 million and $200 million. Additionally, Dennis has managed both closely-held businesses to public corporations. Lastly, Dennis has been involved in over 10 M&A transactions.

Since retiring, he has been an active volunteer for the City of Carlsbad. 

Cory Grant – Vice Chair, Sponsor Development

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.

 David Grooms 2 David Grooms – Vice Chair, Client Satisfaction

Executive/Corporate management sales to $750 million - Manufacturing management, sales & marketing management - Maquiladora start up to high volume manufacturing - Sales/Marketing semiconductor Asia, Europe & US - Acquisitions 
  Robert Hill – Vice Chair, At Large

Robert Hill is a retired Global Management Consulting Partner from Deloitte.  His expertise includes:

  • Management, organization and leadership of global companies
  • Business transformation of sales, marketing, customer, aftermarket, engineering and supply chain functions via leading edge technologies such as digital, mobile, big data, analytics and AI
  • Consumer, Industrial and Technology sectors such as High Technology Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Automotive, and A&D


    Robert’s background includes:

  • 32 years as a global consulting partner for Deloitte, including 10 years living and working in Asia (retired May 31, 2019)
  • Experience leading global accounts (Nissan) and managing Deloitte’s practices (Technology, Clients and Industries, and Automotive in Asia)
  • Shipboard Engineering and Operations officer in the US Navy (6 years)

Rob Weinberg – Vice Chair, Marketing

Rob Weinberg is Chief Strategist of CRT Sponsor The MarketBuilding Team, where he typically acts as a bridge between traditional messaging vehicles and whatever the latest idea is to catch the public’s attention. Rob and his virtual strategic marketing agency solve communications challenges with world class marketing services and Madison Avenue strategic thinking, providing street smart marketing, nuts & bolts tactics, and incredibly personalized and attentive service in the sole pursuit of RESULTS. He also helps remove the mystery from marketing with his syndicated weekly column Ask Mr. Marketing in the San Diego Union Tribune.