BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President & CEO
Jeff has been a success-oriented professional with 40 years of progressively responsible management experience including 30 years at the Presidential and Chief Executive Officer level. Some of his areas of expertise include budget and financial planning, marketing analysis, risk assessment, and corporate team development. He has owned and/or operated multiple corporations, including a publicly traded company, in industries to include water remediation, export trading with offices in fourteen countries, and offshore shipping. Jeff has also acted as a consultant to a single multi-billionaire client for over thirty years. This engagement centers on solutions oriented problem solving for his clients diverse portfolio of companies. Early in his career Jeff was a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department. He has served on the boards of many non-profits to include the YMCA of San Diego County, Bring Me A Book Foundation, and Palomar College Foundation. In addition to being a third degree black belt in karate, he has been associated with horses for over fifty years in the areas of western competition, team penning, and western versatility.
Eric Fink, is the Director of Rooms of the 1,628 room, world-class Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. With 13 years of management experience within Hyatt Corporation, and 18 years in the hotel industry, Fink has overseen on-site teams at Hyatt properties throughout the United States including Arizona, California and Texas.
Fink has been an actively involved business leader in each property and community that he has worked and lived. He is an active member of Hyatt Thrive, assisting with creation of events, being involved in the planning process and advocating participation. He has served countless communities service
hours while also being a strong leader and mentor to his teams. Additionally, he serves as a Mentor of the Hyatt Calibrate Mentorship program, guiding Executive Committee members new to their role. Well deservingly, Fink was nominated in 2018 for the Hyatt Leadership Award for all Hyatt Hotels in North America.
High-performing banker that brings extensive market expertise, with more than 22 years’ experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining First Citizens Bank, he served as Area Manager of Orange/San Diego County for a well-known regional bank. He has a demonstrated track record of strong business development growth, to include footprint, assets and liabilities. Mr. Engblom has served in management roles at Citibank, Cal Fed, and Glendale Federal bank. Mr. Engblom attended the University of Arizona, has served in board leadership roles with Palomar College, Junior Achievement of San Diego, and Habitat for Humanity. Active in the community, he served as a board member of the Boys and Girls club of San Marcos and is involved with several local philanthropic organizations including Rotary and Red Cross. Mr. Engblom is married and has two children and when not attending his children’s sporting events he enjoys fishing and playing golf.
Mr. Cristiano Renno Amon has been President of QUALCOMM Inc. since January 04, 2018. Mr. Amon served as the President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies and served as its Executive Vice President since November 19, 2015 until January 2018 and served as its Co-President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies since June 2012. Mr. Amon served as an Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., at QUALCOMM Incorporated since October 2012 until November 2015. He was responsible for the oversight of all activities related to Qualcomm’s semiconductor business within the mobile and computing segment. During Amon's 18-year tenure, his leadership is instrumental in driving revenue growth in the core business and the expansion into adjacent areas. He served as Co-President of Qualcomm Mobile & Computing at QUALCOMM Incorporated since June 2012. He has provided exceptional leadership in expanding QCT's product roadmap - positioning Qualcomm as the industry leader in mobile technology; successfully building the chipset strategy and business in China, establishing Qualcomm's position in this critical region; and developing deep and strategic customer relationships critical to its long-term success. He began his career at Qualcomm in 1995 and served as Senior Vice President of Product Management at QCT, managing the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. While at Qualcomm, he was also the Chief Technical Officer of Vésper. He joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and throughout his tenure held several other technical and leadership roles. He served with NEC and Ericsson. He served as Vice President for Technology at VeloCom, Inc. Mr. Amon holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
Dave Carothers, who grew up in Los Angeles, has been part of the San Diego community since his initial boot camp processing at S.D. Naval Training Center in 1975. After six years in the U.S. Navy, Dave attended and graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills (’82, Public Finance) and graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (’85). He immediately returned to San Diego and had a spectacular career as a management side employment trial lawyer for the past 35 years. Dave has nearly tried close to one hundred jury trials throughout the state of California. Dave has served on the S.D. Citizens Review Board on Police Practices, United Way, Neighborhood House Association among many others. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dave as a Commissioner to the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment. Nowadays, Dave focuses his practice as an arbitrator and mediator helping lawyers and their clients reach resolution to their cases without having to go to court.
In his spare time, Dave loves long distance motorcycle riding and enjoys escorting his wife, Janice, to all the great eateries here in San Diego County.
Stacy Slagor has guided multiple successful fundraising campaigns at universities and nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. Currently, Stacy is the director of major gifts at California State University San Marcos and leads the development of comprehensive fundraising strategies for the College of Business Administration and College of Education, Health and Human Services. Stacy has a bachelor's in English and American literature with a concentration in writing from New York University and an MBA from California State University San Marcos.
Bo Reed is Senior Corporate Counsel with Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. Bo has been with Caterpillar since 1998, and with Solar in San Diego since 2003. During his 21-year career with Caterpillar/Solar, Bo has had several different roles/responsibilities in different locations, and has extensive experience with international business transactions, asset-based lending/leasing, regulatory compliance, government affairs/trade policy, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Solar in San Diego, Bo worked for Caterpillar Financial in Nashville, Miami, and Singapore (as Lead Counsel for the Asia Pacific region). Bo is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, and previously served as the Executive Chair of the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council, on the Board of former World Trade Center of San Diego, and as a volunteer with Casa Cornelia. Prior to joining Caterpillar, Bo was with the law firm of Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a foreign intern with a law firm in Mexico City. Bo received his J.D. in 1993 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and his B.S. in Finance in 1987 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Bo is married with two teenage daughters, and enjoys surfing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Marc McGuire is a successful businessman and industry leader with over 40 years of entrepreneurial experience and spirit. Bringing his business to San Diego in 1985 and growing it to over 200 employees, Marc held himself to a higher standard, leading the industry in developing employee relations standards such as insurance and 401K benefits for field staff to regulations and industry oversight. He has extensive experience in contract negotiations, sales development, and production scheduling. Being involved in development throughout San Diego, Marc has witnessed the progress and challenges experienced, developing from a big city with a small town feel to the major metropolis with international border and port.
With an emphasis on giving back to the community, Marc has served on several boards including as Palomar Collage President’s Associates and then as chair for the Palomar College Foundation. He has served in trade association leadership roles including industry spokesperson for national media. His involvement has focused on a “hand-up” approach to opportunities for those most needing. Marc is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys surfing, hiking, and biking local trails, motorcycles and snowmobiling as well as spending time with his family.
Michael LaFleur joined the Port of San Diego as the Vice President of Maritime in October 2019 and oversees the Maritime Department. For seven years prior to joining the Port, LaFleur served as CEO of Seacor Island Lines, a shipping, terminal, and warehousing company servicing South Florida and the Bahamas. He was previously COO of both Seacor Island Lines and Trailer Bridge, a shipping company servicing the US mainland to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic. LaFleur has also served as CEO of Seacor American Marine Highways, an inland tug and barge operation in the U.S. river network. Prior to those positions, he was the commercial operations manager for both Seabulk Island Transport and Seabulk Tankers. Earlier in his career, LaFleur worked at sea shipping for both Chevron and Military Sealift Command and sailed up to chief officer transporting cargo around the world. LaFleur served honorably in the United States Navy Reserve for nine years, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander, holds a United States Coast Guard Unlimited Master’s License, and earned a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Dan Hom has more than 20 years of community involvement, business experience and international expertise. As the President of Focuscom, his responsibilities include managing and providing strategy for clients, and driving business development. Dan has significant experience with various communities in San Diego County. Over the years, Dan has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations like the Chula Vista Police Foundation, San Diego Hospice, the Risen Project, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, and the Asian Business Association. He was also a board member of two privately held corporations, each with revenues exceeding $10 million annually.
Born and raised in San Diego, Dan is a community relations expert and his community connections continue to stretch across a wide range of areas and industries. Dan studied political science at San Diego State University with a minor in Mandarin Chinese studies. He currently lives in the city of Chula Vista with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Audrey.
Ray Drasnin is a veteran public relations professional with more than three decades of agency experience and a strong entrepreneurial background. In 1989, Drasnin founded Drasnin Communications, a national public relations firm based in San Diego, and in 2002 launched Foundation Makers, a marketing firm targeting professional athletes. In 2015, Drasnin opened the doors to Purple Penguin PR, an entirely new type of PR Agency built on promoting "feel good" stories. Drasnin has been nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Brooks Brothers’ Man of the Year. His highly awarded agencies have served Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies, American Express, General Electric, Eisenhower Medical Center, Hang Ten, Ken Blanchard, DC Shoes and others. Drasnin has served on a number of boards including the Salvation Army, the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, San Diego Wholesale Credit Association, the San Diego Executives Association, the Black Mountain Ranch Community Association and the San Diego Harbor Police Foundation. A frequent speaker at marketing seminars, universities, business groups and associations, he contributes by sharing his experiences with others to encourage and publicize socially conscious businesses. Drasnin lives in San Diego with his wife and 14-year-old twins.
25-year private equity veteran in entertainment, technology and real estate. Current Chief Investment Officer for Spirit Global Investment Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm bridging relationships between the U.S.A. and China. Previous roles include Franchise Finance of GE Capital and Wells Fargo Capital Investments. Previous or current roles serving non-profit boards and executive committees include the City of San Diego’s Consolidated Block Grant Development Commission, the Mayor’s Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Committee and the Boy Scouts of America.
Anthony joined the U.S. Air Force following the events of 9/11, first in aviation then as a training instructor. He served in several capacities stateside and abroad in Kuwait, Qatar, Germany, and Afghanistan during his 12 years in the military. Academically, he earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Leadership Studies from Providence College and an MPA from Brown University with a concentration in Public Policy and Corporate Governance. In 2010 & 2011 he founded two nonprofit organizations, the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO), both of which focused on veteran reintegration services and advocacy and continue to serve local veterans to date. He served as the RIMO Chairman from 2011-2014. Anthony was Military & Veterans Affairs Liaison for the U.S. Senate Rhode Island office from 2014- 2015.
In 2015 Anthony joined General Dynamics Corporation where he served as the Military & Veterans Affairs Program Lead for GD’s submarine division, Electric Boat. In this role he worked with a variety of agencies and stakeholders to serve our GD veterans while building pipelines of newly qualified veterans, getting them reintegrated, trained, and prepared for employment at GD. In December 2018, Anthony transferred to the GD NASSCO division where he is the Manager of Communications and Strategic Outreach. In that role, he oversees the company’s internal/external communications, public relations, and corporate social responsibility. Anthony is passionate about higher education, serving on the advisory board of National University’s new College of Professional Studies and as an adjunct professor for the Johnson & Wales University Business School.
James Cathey is senior vice president and president of Global Business for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. In this role, Cathey has an overall responsibility for all regional activities, including business development, operations, distribution channels, carriers and sales, as well as assisting Qualcomm with in-country relationships.
Previously, Cathey was president of Qualcomm’s businesses in Asia Pacific and India and he led all business and operations functions for Qualcomm in these regions. Cathey’s prior roles were president of Qualcomm’s operations in Japan, and country manager in Taiwan where he was responsible for leading the global business development of Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT) stationed in Taiwan, including product management, operations, applications engineering, management of the fab construction, technical product marketing and marketing communications.
Prior to joining Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Cathey served as an executive at Micron Technology and MicroDisplay, as well as the head of Investor Relations for PixTech. He also has provided strategic business consulting services to companies such as DuPont Display, DuPont PhotoMask and Applied Materials.
Cathey holds seventeen patents and is on board of directors at CTIA. Cathey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Boise State University
Chief Mark G. Stainbrook has been a Port employee for eight years. Mark retired as a lieutenant from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served in a variety of assignments including patrol, gangs, internal affairs, intelligence and counter-terrorism. Mark is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. In his second career, he is a retired lieutenant colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with 31 years of military service.
Mark graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration. In 2007, Mark was a US-UK Fulbright Fellow at Leeds University in the Religious and Theology Department and was seconded to the West Yorkshire Police Force.
Mark has worked with the U.S. State Department in Kenya, Chad, Nepal and India to train their police forces on counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence and community policing methods. Mark joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Senior Fellow in June 2016.