Doug Phillip, President of Budget Blinds, based in Irvine, is an expert on helping entrepreneurs and first-time business owners break free of the 9-to-5 routine and establish financial freedom by starting their own franchised business. At close to 1,000 franchised locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Budget Blinds is the world’s largest window covering franchise. It also placed #12 on the 2021 Entrepreneur Magazine “Franchise 500” – making it one of the fastest-growing franchise brands in the country. Doug discusses how to decide if starting a new business, or franchised business is the right decision, and provides tips for choosing the right opportunity, whether a franchise or not.
As the founder and President, at Omega Accounting Solutions, Jay Woods is responsible for the company’s business development and strategic planning. His passion and focus are on building long-term strategic partnerships with clients and investing in the professional development of those who serve at Omega. He has nearly 20 years of experience in financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy.
Before starting Omega in 2007, Jay served as controller for an apparel company in the action sports industry. From 2002-2005 he served as a tax accountant for CPA firms specializing in high net worth individuals and small businesses. Jay witnessed several owners/operators with little time to focus on strategic financial planning for their business and the idea for Fractional Accounting and Omega Accounting Solutions was born.
Jay created a solution that would allow small business owners access to a full-functioning accounting department. Omega has been focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions from its inception. In addition to accounting, Omega currently offers business intelligence (BI), integration, outstanding client service, and strategic planning for small business growth.
To relieve small businesses from the devastation of the pandemic, Jay added a tax incentives solution center as part of Omega's mission to help businesses not only survive but thrive!
Todd Hanson, Vice President, Center for Engaged Philanthropy at the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF). A graduate in Orange County’s backyard from California State University, Fullerton, Todd remains a selfless “Titan” (CSUF’s mascot) beyond his alma mater. He provides support to some of Orange County’s most generous families, helping them achieve their philanthropic goals and inspiring effective and impactful giving. As vice president of the Center of Engaged Philanthropy at the Orange County Community Foundation, he visits more than 100 nonprofit organizations each year to stay informed on the latest programs, services, and results. In line with his years of work, Todd actively supports OCCF’s Social Innovation Fund. The Social Innovation Fund was established in 2019 in partnership with Orange County philanthropists and entrepreneurs willing to support the best new ideas and cutting-edge solutions. The fund led to the monetary support by donors of incredible programs like HIS House, which is the first home-sharing program of its kind in Orange County that brings senior homeowners and college students into shared living arrangements. It’s an opportunity to promote companionship and relieve feelings of isolation, exasperated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Todd works with OCCF donors to develop personalized giving plans, arrange agency site visits, organize presentations on community issues and provide research reports on nonprofits. For more than 20 years, he has helped supercharge the next generation of innovators willing to utilize disruptive thinking to develop and deploy effective solutions to challenging, and often systemic, issues in support of social progress.
Hannah started racing at 9 years old. She was always seeking the biggest challenge should could find and went all-in on every endeavor she pursued. Standing at a running race, she pointed at a booth advertising triathlon and announced, “I want to do that.” With the unwavering support of a family that had never pursued racing sports before, she soon found herself on a triathlon start line. Standing in a sea of racers, almost double her height, she never felt small when she competed. Her big aspirations made up for her young age and small stature. Her appearance as a young athlete may have been unassuming, but she never questioned herself because she was taught that you can conquer any challenge with determination and persistence. Before the age of 18 she won the XTERRA Amateur World Championship in triathlon two times, and by 20 she had turned her focus entirely to the mountain bike. She has worked up the ranks starting as the two-time California NICA high school state champion and she finished off her college career with 5 Collegiate Cycling Individual National Championship titles. She graduated from Lindenwood University with two health science degrees. One is in Athletic Training and another is in Exercise Science. She is also a USA Cycling Certified Coach and Board-Certified Athletic Trainer. Hannah believes that hard work, resolve, and resilience is the hallmarks of success. She thrives on not only racing the competition but constantly bettering herself. She is still always seeking the biggest challenge that she can find, but now that challenge is wearing a USA Cycling Jersey and on a World Stage. Follow Hannah on her #RideToTokyo - @hannah_finchamp
Joseph Travers is the author of “Introduction to Private Investigation, Essential Knowledge and Procedures for the Private Investigator”, Charles Thomas Publishing 1995, 2nd Edition 2005, 3rd Edition 2015, “The ORIGINAL Private Investigator’s Handbook & Almanac, CIA Investigation Academy Publishing 2010, 2nd Edition 2014, 3rd Edition 2016, and has just finished “Investigation of Missing & Exploited Children: The Gateway to Child Sex Trafficking”2017. An Honorably Discharged Veteran from the United States Navy, Mr. Travers has a total of six years of experience in Law Enforcement, specifically in Criminal Investigations and Police Training and Supervision. He possesses professional certificates from the California State Peace Officer Standards and Training; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Officer Training, Hostage Negotiations, and Field Training Officer Certificates. In addition, Mr. Travers has experience in Loss Prevention and Private and Personnel Security, having served as the former Manager of Security, Southern California, for McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Mr. Travers is a California State Licensed Investigator (www.PeoplesDetective.com), since 1984, and his investigative work has been chronicled in People magazine, various cable networks, and on television stations such as CBS, NBC, ABC, KTTV, KCOP, KHJ, KTLA, San Diego 10, HBO VICE, and the TV movie and series Renegade. His work has also been recognized in the front-page headlines of newspapers around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Sacramento Bee, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Inland Empire Daily Bulletin, The Orange County Register, OC Weekly, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, Risen Magazine, The Atlantic Magazine, and Dove TV.
Jon Tanklage, President, Marukan USA, is a long-time cycling, and mountain-biking competitor and coach, who has won both national and California state championships. Over the years, he has combined a love for fitness with a passion for helping others experience a healthier, more fulfilling life. In keeping with that, Jon kicked off the year with a new Marukan Apple Cider Vinegar product line and renewed personal excitement as the world turns its attention to Japan and the delayed Tokyo Olympics, where the planet’s most elite cross-country mountain bikers will once again assemble. He will be watching with renewed interest as athletes he has helped train may well compete at the global level – and because Marukan has a 371-year legacy brewing vinegar in Japan.
Kelly Galindo is an American actress, director, and producer. Her work has spanned decades in television, theater, and film. She is currently in post-production for her first directorial feature documentary 26 Seconds, which is based on the horrific sex trade. The documentary is driven by her passion for giving a voice to the victimized children. For the past four years, she has produced and directed 26 Seconds; her mission of exposing these atrocities has taken her around the world. Kelly highlights the nonprofit organizations that have actively stepped forward to do something about it. In addition, Kelly balances her directing and acting careers while passing her craft onto future generations of students as a professor at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts of Chapman University. She has also taught at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television and at Orange County School of the Arts. Kelly is also a proud lifetime member of the Actors Studio.
http://www.26secondsdoc.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfdK4RCPTFQDBC_W-60eKFA https://rumble.com/c/c-593883 https://fundmyfilm.org/documentary-films/26-seconds-feature-documentary/
Coalition Founding Member Mike is a veteran of distribution, sales, and marketing. He has served in senior executive roles at Corporate Express and Staples, both multinational office products firms. He is now applying his business expertise to state politics to create a powerful team of volunteers and allied organizations to further the cause of conservatism in the state of California.
Using the power of social media, Mike is helping to spearhead the recall effort for Gavin Newsom. Mike is also using his speaking skills to spread awareness to many groups throughout the State. He was educated at San Diego State University in Business and Computer Science.
Major Williams for Governor of California in 2022 Republican Candidate Major Williams is a born leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and history that tells the story of the American dream time and time again. For the past 10 years, Major has been politically active, engaging in community outreach and speaking at town halls. As Governor, Major intends to restore the essence of what California truly is and address policy that will make life in California the best it can be for all citizens. https://majorforgovernor.com/
Rebecca D. Costa is an American sociobiologist and futurist. She is the preeminent global expert on the subject of “fast adaptation” and recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award. Her career spans four decades of working with founders, key executives, and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Costa’s first book, The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse, was an international bestseller. Her follow‐on book, titled On the Verge was introduced in 2017 to critical acclaim, shooting to the top of Amazon’s #1 New Business Releases. Costa’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, SF Chronicle, The Guardian, and other leading publications. https://www.rebeccacosta.com/