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Pilgrim Talks: Jeff Benck and Dr. Andre Vovan

July 27th, 2011 · Comments

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EmulexJeff Benck

Jeff Benck, President and COO

Jeff Benck joined Emulex in May 2008 as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) and was subsequently appointed to the position of president and COO in August 2010. Benck oversees the company's engineering, marketing, business development, operations and sales organizations. Benck also plays a key role in contributing to the corporate strategy and is focused on diversifying the Emulex product portfolio and delivering growth through the deployment of converged networking.

Previously, Benck served as president and chief operating officer at QLogic. Prior to joining QLogic, he spent 18 years at IBM, most recently serving as vice president of xSeries, BladeCenter and Retail Store Solutions development. While at IBM, Benck's focus included growth initiatives, product development, marketing and strategy, portfolio management and customer relationships. Benck is widely known for his role in establishing IBM's blade server product line. His BladeCenter team received IBM's highest honor with the IBM Chairman's Award for Client Excellence. Benck holds a Master of Science degree in management of technology from University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. Benck is also a distinguished inventor in the computer systems field and holds 6 US patents.

Jeff Benck resides in Southern California with his wife Nina and two daughters, Gabrielle and Gracyn.  He continues to enjoy sports after playing NCAA Div III Varsity Basketball for Rochester Institute of Technology, including basketball and golf.

Emulex, the leader in converged networking solutions, provides enterprise-class connectivity for servers, networks and storage devices within the data center. the Company's product portfolio of Fibre Channel host bus adapters, network interface cards, converged network adapters, controllers, embed- ded bridges and switches, and connectivity management software are proven, tested and trusted by the world's largest and most demanding It environments. Emulex solutions are used and offered by the industry's leading server and storage OEMs including, Apple, Cisco, Dell, eMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Huawei, IBM, LSI, Lenovo, NeC, Oracle, Netapp, Samsung and Zte. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North america, Asia and Europe.

To see more about Emulex, go to emulex.com

Mitochan SystemsDr. Andre Vovan

Dr. Andre Vovan, Chairman

Small physician practices have resisted adoption of conventional EHR systems because of high cost and technical complexities for the past 20 years. They desire a solution that connects them to their referral network of physicians to grow their business, improve information exchange and take care of their patients in a more efficient and safe manner. They desire a solution that makes the gathering of background clinical information from their patient easier and eliminate duplication. Lastly, physicians desire a solution that is affordable because of ongoing financial pressure and reduction in payment.

Mitochon Systems is the first complete ONC-ATCB certified FREE EHR that addresses all of the above points.

Mitochon uses healthcare related messaging/advertising in a HIPAA, FDA compliant methodology to make Mitochon FREE.

Mitochon offers a complete ONC-ATCB certified EHR FREE so physicians can qualify for Federal ARRA stimulus funding and keep it.

Mitochon's solution allows physicians to instantaneously connect and exchange information with other physicians. This means they can build their own digital referral network with those whom they do business with. No more faxing, no more calling around for information. Mitochon is a "Cloud" solution. This is just a fancy term that means physicians don't have to buy any software. Mitochon's solution is brought to them free over the internet. No hassles, no servers, no upgrades. We take care of the technology, freeing physicians to care for their patients.

To see more about Mitochan Systems, go to mitochonsystems.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Leila Mozaffari

July 20th, 2011 · Comments

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OCSBDC Leila Mozaffari

Leila Mozaffari DIRECTOR

Leila Mozaffari is the director of the Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Since joining Orange County SBDC in 2006, Leila has focused her efforts in bringing increased resources and services to Orange County's vibrant small business community assisting more than 3,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs annually to start new businesses, grow and expand their businesses and enter new markets. Under her leadership, the Orange County SBDC has grown and expanded its services by adding a South County location in partnership with the City of Mission Viejo. Additionally, she was instrumental in launching a new procurement program in Orange County in partnership with the California Department of Transportation.

Leila spearheaded the effort to expand entrepreneurial consulting and training services in the Little Saigon area of Orange County, which is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. Orange County SBDC was selected to receive the Wells Fargo Technical Assistance grant of $100,000 to promote the growth of Vietnamese-owned businesses.

She is a big believer in the power of collaboration. Throughout her career, Leila has built private-public partnerships by bringing together diverse groups and organizations and leveraging resources to benefit the business community. Prior to joining the Orange County SBDC, she served as the director of the Southwest Los Angeles County SBDC in El Camino College. During her tenure, she was instrumental in expanding the center's range of services to the business community and forging new community partnerships.

Leila has served as vice president of strategic partnerships for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), a non-profit focusing on the manufacturing industry. In that capacity, she secured more than $5 million in annual economic development grants. From 1994 to 1998, she served as CMTC's managing director of field operations and helped the organization establish a stronger regional presence and increase its revenue achieving double digit growth annually.

She has extensive experience in the field of management consulting. Whether representing a national consulting firm or as an independent consultant, her advice has been sought by major corporations in a wide range of industries throughout the United States.

Leila has taught under graduate level courses at California State University Long Beach, Syracuse University, and Marymount College. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She actively supports women in business and technical fields, and has volunteered for organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, and the Society of Hispanics Professional Engineers.

To see more about the Orange County Small Business Development Center, go toocsbdc.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Dave Gunderson and Kelly O’Connell / Dave Cunningham

July 13th, 2011 · Comments

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CU Socal
Dave Gunderson, CEO
The Credit Union of Southern California is a paragon of customer service excellence.
Since 1954, CU SoCal has been building a solid foundation of serving Members and enhancing the benefits of credit union Membership. Their focus has remained consistent through the years-to provide their Member-owners with World-Class Service and Convenience.
Their CEO, Dave Gunderson said in his annual report to the members: "The last several years have been a time of uncertainty for almost every American. Extraordinary challenges have emerged in our nation's economy and in the financial services industry that we have not witnessed since the great depression. These difficult economic times revealed many businesses' true values. numerous financial institutions have imposed fees or limited their services to boost revenue. Not CU SoCal. Your Credit union's financial strength allowed us to remain steadfast in our commitment to provide you with the highest quality of service and convenient access to helpful financial products-core values deeply rooted in our foundation. Thanks to your ongoing support and participation, CU SoCal was honored in 2010 to continue its true purpose-helping Members build better lives.
"in 2010, CU SoCal continued to be one of the strongest financial institutions in the country. Your loyalty and trust, in addition to sound financial policies, conservative lending practices, attention to expense control, and managing resources effectively, contributed to another profitable year. Cu SoCal returned nearly $4.9 million in dividends to Members and ended the year with net earnings of $4.8 million. additionally, we attained a net worth ratio of 11.35 percent, more than four percent above the national Credit union administration's (nCua) normal seven percent requirement to be considered "well capitalized."This solid financial position allowed us to successfully navigate 2010's unprecedented challenging economy, regulatory reform, and compliance demands without increasing fees or limiting services.
"True to our foundation, CU SoCal remained committed to building better lives by exceeding service expectations through exceptional Member experiences. Based on your valuable feedback, one of our most significant achievements in 2010 was in the service arena. ninety-three percent of Members surveyed responded that they were "very satisfied" with CU SoCal's service. in addition, CU SoCal scored well in a service and Member loyalty assessment called the net promoter Score (npS). This is a recognized objective measurement projecting the likelihood that Members would refer their family or friends to our Credit union. CU SoCal achieved a high 81 percent npS. This score far exceeds bank and credit union averages, currently at 11 and 56 percent, respectively.

To learn more about The Credit Union of Southern California, go to   cusocal.org

CIO Insomnia Project

Kelly O'Connell, OC Market Manager for Robert Half Technology

Dave Cunningham, CEO, Dempsey Bluevar

The tech world never sleeps and, apparently, CIOs don't get much rest either. According to The CIO Insomnia Project, a recently released research initiative from Robert Half Technology, nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of CIOs cited data security as the primary worry keeping them up at night, followed by hardware and/or operating systems upgrades, with 13 percent of the response.

The research project examines the most pressing technology concerns and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 U.S. CIOs. The CIO Insomnia Project also features expert advice and video interviews with IT leaders from around the country.

Other findings include:

  • 65 percent of CIOs estimate the average company experiences three or more IT security breaches per year.
  • As the economy improves, 37 percent of CIOs plan to implement hardware or software upgrades.
  • 63 percent of CIOs said understaffing at least somewhat affects their companies' ability to implement innovative technologies.
  • 34 percent of CIOs are at least somewhat concerned about losing top IT performers to other job opportunities in the next year.
  • One in 10 CIOs said managing heavy workloads is the top concern keeping them up at night.

Kelly O'Connell and Dave Cunningham will be discussing the findings in this research. To see the project click here: The CIO Insomnia Project.

Dempsey Bluevar has been in business since 1982. Utilizing a client-driven approach, Dempsey Bluevar provides IT support, IT consulting and cloud services to help clients envision, design and align their corporate and IT strategies. Dempsey Bluevar creates a secure technology infrastructure that streamlines operations, increases market value and supports new and cost-effective sources of productivity and growth. See more about Dempsey Bluevar at bluevar.com.

Robert Half Technology has more than 100 locations worldwide, and is a leadiing provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology on twitter at twitter.com/RobertHalfTech.

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