Guest Speakers 

 Scott Alderton

Scott Alderton
Partner
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Scott Alderton is a founding partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP.  He focuses exclusively on advising middle-market, technology, emerging growth, and development stage companies in the areas of corporate and securities, finance, mergers and acquisitions, high technology, business, licensing, intellectual property, the Internet and multimedia.

Mr. Alderton has over 31 years’ experience with particular expertise in finance; corporate securities; venture capital; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; software and other technology licensing; technology transfer, distribution and marketing agreements; capital formation; commercial contracts; executive employment agreements; general website matters; protection of copyrights (including Digital Millennium Copyright Act issues), trademarks, domain names and trade secrets; electronic commerce; and all aspects of digital media.

Mr. Alderton received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Joe Buscaino

Joe Buscaino
Councilman
Los Angeles City Council

Joe Buscaino is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, elected on January 17, 2012, to fill the vacancy left by Janice Hahn, following her successful bid for US Congress. He was re-elected to his first full four-year term on March 5, 2013.

Councilman Buscaino quickly won the respect of his City Council colleagues, and was appointed by the Council President to serve as Chairman of the powerful Public Works & Gang Reduction Committee. As chair, Buscaino is tasked with oversight of the city’s gang reduction efforts, and the Department of Public Works. Public Works is the City's third-largest department and is comprised of a staff of more than 5,000 employees who are responsible for the construction, renovation, and operation of City facilities and infrastructure. The Department builds the city's streets, installs its sewers, and constructs storm drains as well as public buildings, rights-of-way, and service facilities.

Councilman Buscaino’s other committee assignments include serving as the Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee and as a member of the Entertainment and Facilities Committee, Health, Mental Health and Education Committee, Trade, Commerce and Technology Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics. In addition, he serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Buscaino served for 15 years as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. His assignments included the Office of Chief of Police, West Traffic Division, Emergency Operations Division and, for the previous six years, Senior Lead Officer for the Harbor area, where he became a well-liked and well-respected leader in the community. He created the LAPD’s first Teen Community Police Advisory Board, an organization that works with teens to problem solve and break the barriers between police and teenagers. His concept of bringing youths’ perspectives to problem solving with the police department was implemented citywide in 2011.

Buscaino graduated Cum Laude, with a bachelor's degree in communication from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Kevin Demoff

Kevin Demoff
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations
Los Angeles Rams

Kevin Demoff is in his eighth year as Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Rams. In this capacity, Demoff serves as the team’s top front office executive and liaison to owner and chairman, Stan Kroenke, on all organizational matters.

After serving on the working group that helped Kroenke return the Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – home to L.A., Demoff is now playing a significant role in delivering on Kroenke’s vision to design and construct the 298-acre sports and entertainment district in Inglewood that will serve as the future home of the Rams. The NFL-themed campus will include a 70,000 seat stadium, performance venue, retail district and office complex and is currently the largest entitled real-estate project in Southern California.

Demoff will also continue to lead the club on all business operations, including marketing and sales, finance, administration, communications, ticketing and community affairs. Additionally, Demoff works closely with General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher to develop the club’s strategic plan for player signings and acquisitions.

Reinforcing the Rams’ commitment to the Los Angeles community, Demoff serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and Los Angeles Sports Council. Demoff is also part of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, which is a partnership of the world’s leading CEOs and the American Cancer Society dedicated to eliminating unnecessary deaths and suffering from cancer.

Since joining the Rams in 2009, Demoff has been responsible for re-organizing the club’s business efforts with a focus on delivering a better overall experience for Rams’ fans and increasing the club’s presence in the community. As part of his vision, Demoff spearheaded the organization’s efforts to become one of the strongest philanthropic partners in professional sports. That focus has led the team to receive numerous awards for their charitable efforts including being named the “2010 St. Louis Philanthropic Organization of the Year.” His tireless dedication to community engagement will continue to set the tone for the organization as they look to become part of the fabric of the greater Los Angeles region.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., Demoff received a bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1999 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2006.

 Vince Deno

Vince Deno
Chief Operation Officer
Millennium Space Systems

Vince Deno was promoted to COO in 2016 after serving as the Millennium Space Systems President for nearly a decade.  With his proven track record to operate the various aspects of the company from affordable small spacecraft flight program execution, innovative product developments, key staffing, and corporate initiatives, Deno has the breadth and depth of understanding to drive efficiencies and productivity to unparalleled levels at the company.

As President, Deno helped Millennium's Chairman and CEO Stan Dubyn grow the company from 3 to 135 employees, while concurrently executing several flight programs.  He previously was the Program Manager for Millennium’s first spacecraft, the AQUILA-M1 which is now past five years on-orbit with flawless operations.  He was responsible for the design, build, integration, test and operations of the AQUILA-M1 spacecraft which he delivered to the customer for under $20M and within a 24 months schedule.   Since then, Deno has expanded Millennium’s product line to include the AQUILA-M8 spacecraft, ALTAIR™ spacecraft, and vertical integration of avionics, star trackers, reaction wheels, CMGs, mechanisms, and radios. Prior to Millennium, he served in the United States Air Force at the Space and Missile Systems Center Transformational Technologies system program office.

Deno is chartered to take Millennium to the next level of operations; where the company does not just build one-off high performance small spacecraft, but instead builds affordable, resilient, persistent constellations of high performance small spacecraft in order to give customers what they have always wanted.  Under Deno's stewardship, Millennium has expanded its production line capable of 100’s of small satellites per month. 

 Paul Jenkinson

Paul Jenkinson
Chief Finanical Officer
KitePharma

Paul Jenkinson has nearly three decades of global financial experience in specialty pharmaceuticals and consumer product industries. From 2006 to 2015 he worked at Allergan, Inc., serving as Vice President of Global Commercial and Corporate Finance from 2008 to 2015.  In this role he was responsible for the corporation’s financial planning and analysis activities and led the global commercial finance function with a focus on performance and system-wide revenue and cost management initiatives. Jenkinson worked closely with commercial operations, manufacturing operations, research and development, and general and administration functions in multiple international markets while at Allergan.

From 1987 to 2006, Jenkinson held finance positions of increasing responsibility at the Black & Decker Corporation (presently Stanley Black & Decker), attaining the position of Vice President, Corporate Officer at the Kwikset, Baldwin and Weiser Lock Companies, where he oversaw commercial finance and financial planning and analysis functions. 

He qualified as an accountant while working at Deloitte earlier in his career and he continues to be an active member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting & Finance and Marketing from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Robert Kleinhenz

Dr. Robert Kleinhenz
Economist and Executive Director of Research
Beacon Economics, LLC

Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D. is economist and executive director of research at Beacon Economics, LLC and one of California's leading economists. Dr. Kleinhenz has nearly 30 years of experience analyzing the U.S. and California economies and the economies of California's many diverse regions.

Prior to joining Beacon Economics, Dr. Kleinhenz served as chief economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) where he conducted research on and produced economic forecasts for the U.S., California, and the Southern California region. While at LAEDC, he was a much sought after specialist for his deep knowledge of the economy and industries in both the state and the counties of Southern California. Earlier in his career, he was deputy chief economist at the California Association of Realtors, where he focused on housing market and consumer research. He also taught economics for over 15 years, most recently at California State University, Fullerton.

A leading voice in Los Angeles and beyond, Dr. Kleinhenz is an in-demand speaker who regularly presents to business, government, and nonprofit organizations. A well-known media commentator, he has been interviewed on CNBC and NPR and is regularly quoted in major national dailies including the Wall Street Journal. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, and its Los Angeles Chapter (past president, past treasurer), and the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California (current executive board member and treasurer).

Dr. Kleinhenz holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Southern California with a specialty in urban and regional economics. He also holds a master's degree in economics from USC and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan.

Jose Martinez 

Dr. Jose Martinez
Assistant Professor, Accounting, Finance and Economics
California State University Dominguez Hills

Jose Martinez, Ph.D., received his bachelor's degree in economics from California State University, San Marcos and his master's and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently teaching microeconomics and macroeconomic principles and international business inthe Accounting, Finance, and Economics Department at CSUDH. His research interests are labor economics, applied micro, migration, crime, and time series econometrics.

 Dr. Fynnwin Prager

Dr. Fynnwin Prager
Assistant Professor, Public Administration
California State University Dominguez Hills

Fynnwin Prager, Ph.D., is co-director of the Economics Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills, College of Business Administration and Public Policy. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and he remains affiliated with the center.

He received his Ph.D. in policy, planning, and development from the Price School. His research has focused on the policy and economics of disasters, particularly environmental and terrorism policy, and the impacts to regional economies and transportation systems. Dr. Prager’s dissertation focused on climate policy, and used Computable General Equilibrium modeling to analyze the economic and distributional impacts of US federal emissions trading policy. He has also worked on similar assessments of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32)and co-founded Carbon Retirement, an innovative London-based carbon offsets company.

 

Frank Mottek

Frank Mottek
Senior Money Anchor
KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Frank is currently Senior Money Anchor at KNX 1070 Newsradio and provides listeners with “Your Money” reports weekdays at 20 and 50 past each hour between 6am and 1pm.

On Saturday’s at 11am, he hosts “Mottek On Money,” the number one source for business and consumer news in Southern California. “Mottek On Money” also airs Sundays at 8pm and is also podcast.

He is frequently called to lead the highest profile economic and business discussions in Southern California including events for the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Federation, LA County Economic Development Corporation, California State Forum, Milken Institute, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Mottek has won numerous awards from the AP, UPI, RTNDA, Florida Medical Association, L.A. Press Club and the Radio-TV News Association of Southern California including many Golden Mikes.  He was honored  in 2013 as Outstanding News Professional by the Public Relations Society of America’s Los Angeles chapter.

Mottek currently serves on the Board of Directors of the The Society of Professional Journalists-Los Angeles Chapter, the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research in Beverly Hills.