Michael Elliot, Screenwriter & CEO of the Hammer & Nails Salon Group, LLC.
OC Isaac, Vice President, National Strategic Initiatives, VEDC
Alison Jamele, Owner, MediaMation Inc.
Beverly Johnson, American Model, Actress, and Businesswoman
John Harris, Owner/Principal Harris & Associates, Co-Owner SMS Transportation
Diedra Porche, SVP and Market Manager for Business Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Daryl Shore, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Roberto E. Barragan
As the President of Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), Mr. Roberto Barragan manages the largest small business development non-profit organization in Los Angeles managing a $4 million budget with 38 employees in 7 offices. VEDC serves over 6,000 businesses yearly with financing, training and direct business assistance. Over the past 3 years, he has grown VEDC loan capital from $8 million to $ 29 million working with a variety of national financial institutions and government entities.
Janis Bowdler is a Managing Director within Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As Senior Program Director, she is responsible for setting and driving the firm’s philanthropic and corporate responsibility strategy in financial capability and community development. Ms. Bowdler joined the firm in 2013.
Michael Elliot is the founder and owner of Hammer & Nails and President & CEO of Hammer & Nails Salons, Inc. Elliot has an eye for identifying untapped market niches and in 2013 he discovered that while there was a need for a business that provided hand and foot grooming exclusively to men, no such business existed. Elliot’s vast and successful entertainment career allowed him to see the shift in attitude regarding male hygiene and self-care, creating a long-term potential for a salon such as Hammer & Nails.
John Harris is Owner of SMS Transportation.
OC Isaac is Vice President of National Strategic Initiatives for VEDC.
Besides overseeing the vital day-to-day operations of the company, co-founder of MediaMation, Inc., Alison Jamele, plays a crucial role in the long-term growth of MediaMation. Alison’s creative talent started at a young age when she studied classical and jazz guitar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where she majored in audio recording and engineering and returned to L.A. to complete her degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in television production and writing.
Beverly Johnson is an American model, actress, and businesswoman. She rose to fame when she became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974. In 1975, she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle. She was the star of the reality series Beverly's Full House on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The New York Times named Johnson one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion.
Diedra Porche’ is the Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Business Banking in the Greater Los Angeles Area. She is responsible for the banking and finance needs of clients up to 20M in annual sales. Diedra has served in this role since October 2012.
Daryl Shore is a Vice President within Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global leader in corporate philanthropy with $200 million invested in communities annually. As Program Officer, he is responsible for managing a sophisticated, highly-visible housing and community development portfolio consisting of traditional grants and other flexible capital. Mr. Shore joined the firm in 2010.