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Retired Chairman and CEO, Surface Protection Industries, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Art Center College of Design

Robert C. Davidson, Jr. formed Surface Protection Industries, Inc. (SPI) in 1978. Under his leadership, SPI became one of the largest African American-owned manufacturing companies in California, ranking in the top 100 on the Black Enterprise list of America’s top black-owned industrial/service companies.

Mr. Davidson has a strong entrepreneurial résumé. In the early 1970s, Mr. Davidson headed his own management consulting firm and, prior to that, served as Chief Executive Officer of Avant Garde Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based entertainment holding company.

In Boston, Mr. Davidson co-founded and served as Vice President of the Urban National Corporation, a private venture capital company that was established to increase mainstream industry’s investment in minority-controlled businesses. The organization raised $10 million in capital from many Fortune 500 companies.

The entrepreneurial spirit of Mr. Davidson’s career path is also reflected in his commitment to community involvement. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia (Chairman); Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (NYSE); Broadway Federal Bank (NASDAQ); Cedars-Sinai Hospital Los Angeles; and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.

In 1998, Morehouse College honored Mr. Davidson, one of its most distinguished alumni, by naming the President’s home and its executive center Davidson House. Mr. Davidson was the 1997 recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Award and the 1990 recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Save the Children Award from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem. He was also named Black Businessman of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black MBA Association and Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Investment Companies.

Mr. Davidson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He also is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Morehouse College. In 2007, Davidson received the distinguished Benjamin E. Mays Award, which is named in honor of the College’s famous former President.  Davidson and his wife, Faye, are parents of three sons, one of whom is an Art Center MFA candidate. The Davidsons are art collectors and Faye is a member of the Pasadena Art Alliance. Mr. Davidson joined the Art Center Board of Trustees in 2004 and was elected Chairman of the Board in February 2010.


Jeffrey C. Barbakow began his professional career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch. During his 20-year tenure with the firm, working on Wall Street, in San Francisco, and managing their Los Angeles Investment Banking office, he focused on entertainment, media, and healthcare clients. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Barbakow served as Chairman of ML Film Partners, and President of both ML Media and ML Opportunity Partners.

From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Barbakow served as Chairman, CEO, and President of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Communications Co (MGM/UA). Under his leadership, the company reasserted itself as a major force in the worldwide entertainment industry. The company was sold in 1991 and Mr. Barbakow remained as Co-Chairman until 1992 when he then returned to investment banking as a Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette Securities Corporation. In 1993, Mr. Barbakow was asked to join National Medical Enterprises, which became Tenet Healthcare Corporation, as Chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, Tenet became the nation’s second largest healthcare delivery system with 114 hospitals in 16 states.

Mr. Barbakow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial design from San Jose State University, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He completed course work for a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University.

Mr. Barbakow is a member of the CEO Board of Advisors at the USC Marshall School of Business and the Chancellor’s Council at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also on the Gryphon Investors Executive Advisory Board. Mr. Barbakow has served for six years as Trustee of Crane Country Day School in Santa Barbara, and for nine years as Trustee of The Thacher School in Ojai. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and is on the Board of Art Center College of Design.


President and CEO, Autodesk, Inc.

Carl Bass is President and CEO of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk is the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

Formerly Bass was Autodesk’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development. Earlier roles included CTO and EVP of product development.

Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993.

Bass holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. He serves on the Autodesk Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Cornell Computing and Information Science. Bass joined the Art Center Board of Trustees in 2011.


Chief Executive Officer, House of Blues Entertainment, A Live Nation Company

Ron Bension was named the Chief Executive Officer of the House of Blue, Clubs and Theater for Live Nation in September of 2010. Mr. Bension is focused on consolidating the 34 venues that he directly manages into a national platform, creating new touring products and improved consumer experiences. Prior to this role, Mr. Bension was CEO of TicketsNow, working with the team at Ticketmaster to restructure the resale sites operations and business initiatives. During his more than 30-year career, he has led several major e-commerce, recreation, and entertainment companies to financial and strategic success.

Previously, Mr. Bension was CEO of WMG's, Sportnet, the leading developer and operator of action sports websites in the country. He also held principal roles as CEO of Tickets.com, where he restructured the fledgling online ticketing technology and service provider. He helped raise more than $20 million in new capital, installed a marquee management team, integrated 11 acquired companies and implemented multiple leading-edge digital ticketing technologies, resulting in significant cost savings, exponential revenue growth and increased market share. Mr. Bension also managed the company's relationships with the 2002 Winter Olympics and the World Series. He then oversaw Tickets.com's 2005 sale to Major League Baseball.

Prior to Tickets.com, Mr. Bension was President and CEO of Sega GameWorks, a multi-unit, location-based entertainment company founded by Steven Spielberg. During his two and a half years at the company's helm, he engineered a dramatic increase in revenue and growth. He was honored for his achievements with the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001. Mr. Bension also served as Chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Recreation Group, a division of Universal Studios, where he oversaw the $1 billion global leisure recreation company through its international expansion plans.

Mr. Bension holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles. He is the founder of Discover A Star Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to financially challenged, high-achieving high school graduates. Mr. Bension joined the Art Center Board of Trustees in 2012.


President, Boyd Communications

After graduating from Art Center in Transportation Design, Boyd began working at Ford Motor Company in the Lincoln Mercury studio. He was part of a 5-man team that created the exterior and interior designs for both nameplate’s full product line.

When the Vietnam War interrupted his work at Ford he enlisted in the Air National Guard as an illustrator, finishing his tour in the reserves with an honorable discharge. Several of his aircraft paintings completed while in the service were displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.

In Los Angeles, Boyd started freelancing, and then created a studio focused on the real estate, petroleum, technology and automobile industries. As the business grew, the studio expanded into a full service design, advertising and online agency for music, television, gaming and film. Clients included Apple, CBS, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox, Universal, Harrah’s, Nissan Motors Corp and Honda.

For over 30 years the agency has adapted to the changing marketplace and developed expertise in marketing, research and integrated strategies for health insurance, medical devices and hospitals.

Clients have included Kaiser Permanente, Baxter, CIGNA Healthplan, Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross, WellPoint, Children’s Hospital of Central California, Allergan, Edwards, CryoLife, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, Motion Picture & Television Fund, and Torrance Memorial Hospital.

Boyd has said that “being perpetually curious” has driven him to learn new approaches in business and remain passionate about how creative thinking can produce successful results for people and companies. “It’s still great fun.”

He has been involved for many years with Art Center alumni groups and joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. Boyd is active in supporting a number of organizations involved with finding cures for Diabetes. He is married, has a daughter and a Jack Russell Terrier named, Daisy.


President and CEO, Art Center College of Design

Dr. Lorne M. Buchman began his tenure as President of Art Center College of Design in October 2009.

Prior to coming to Art Center, he served as president of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, where he led the institution in a plan to transform from a graduate school to a multidisciplinary university.

Buchman previously served as provost, then president, of California College of Arts and Crafts, now known as the California College of the Arts (CCA). There he spearheaded the 1994 strategic plan that led to the creation of its renowned San Francisco campus, and he was instrumental in the success of the capital campaign that made the new facility possible. At CCA, he also oversaw significant enrollment growth, launched a major public programs initiative, engaged in bold community service initiatives, and diversified the faculty.

A trained theater director and scholar, Buchman has held a number of faculty and administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also authored a book on filmic adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.

Buchman serves as principal and founder of Buchman Associates, a private consulting firm established in 2000 whose focus is identifying philanthropic and private investment sources to develop facilities for nonprofit organizations. A principal project of Buchman Associates included his work as executive director of the highly acclaimed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, an international center dedicated to disability rights and universal access that will be a home for people with disabilities to live independently and without discrimination.

In addition to his work in higher education, Buchman is actively involved in community service. He has served on the board of over a dozen organizations including Haifa University, Youth Enrichment Strategies, San Francisco Art Institute, Redwood Day School, The San Francisco Jewish Museum and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival.

Buchman earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is married to Rochelle Shapell, an attorney and professor of law. They have four children.


Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Walt Disney Company

Wes Coleman joined The Walt Disney Company in 2006 as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. In this capacity, Mr. Coleman was responsible for compensation and benefits, organizational and cultural development, employee education and development, global staffing, employee relations, diversity, and managing employee communications for the Company’s more than 125,000 employees worldwide. His areas of oversight spanned all of Disney’s diverse global business segments, including studio entertainment, media networks, parks and resorts, consumer products and corporate administration, with the heads of human resources in each business unit reporting to both Mr. Coleman and the division leader.

Before joining Disney, Mr. Coleman served as the vice president of global human resources at Nike, Inc., a position he had held since joining the company in 2002. He was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all human resources functions on a global basis for Nike’s nearly 28,000 employees, including recruitment and staffing, compensation and benefits, training and development, executive succession planning, diversity, and employee relations. Mr. Coleman also overhauled the company’s performance management system, implemented a number of world/life balance initiatives, and created Nike’s Office of Global Diversity.

Prior to his tenure at Nike, Mr. Coleman spent 20 years at SC Johnson, joining the company in 1981 as manager of compensation and benefits with a focus on the design and implementation of executive compensation programs. He quickly rose through the ranks, working across a variety of human resources functions such as international human resource services and manufacturing. As SC Johnson further expanded its international operations, in 1989, Mr. Coleman was transferred to London as regional human resources director, where he assumed responsibility for the Southern Europe, Africa and Middle East territories, as well as manufacturing plants in Holland.

Beginning in 1993, Mr. Coleman was given a two-year special assignment as assistant to president & CEO William George, focusing on organizational development, special projects, integrating Drackett into the organization following its acquisition, and leading the task force for SC Johnson’s nascent mentoring program. In 1995, he was elevated to director of human resources for North America, and one year later was promoted to vice president. Mr. Coleman’s expertise in human resources policy, strategic initiatives, management development, and executive recruitment led the company to again utilize his talents overseas as the head of all human resources activities for the Asia/Pacific region. In this role, he was responsible for supporting the company’s expansion into emerging markets such as China and Vietnam, increasing market share in established markets such as Japan, and identifying and fostering local talent throughout the region.

Through the years, Mr. Coleman has remained actively involved in a wide range of philanthropic activities centered largely on youth and education. He is currently on the Board of Trustees at Hampton University while also serving on the board of the Los Angeles Urban League and assisting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Before moving to California, he was a board member of INROADS Oregon, SMART, and S.E.I., all of which offer rich educational opportunities to underprivileged and minority youth through academic programs that range from athletics and summer internships to third grade reading programs and fundraisers. He has also been involved with the United Negro College Fund and the Milwaukee Art Museum and his extensive involvement in volunteer programs earned him the prestigious H. F. Johnson Community Service Award.

A native of Halifax, Virginia, Mr. Coleman earned a B.S. degree in business management from Hampton University and holds a M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.


Chief Executive Officer, Covington Capital Management

Jeff Glassman is Chief Executive Officer at Covington Capital Management and has practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration. Most recently, Glassman served as Managing Director of Bingham Legg Advisers LLC, a joint venture created by the law firm Bingham McCutchen and investment manager Legg Mason. Prior to that, he was a principal at the law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years.

Glassman graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. Glassman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Jewish University (formerly known as University of Judaism). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wallis Foundation, Jewish Home for the Aging, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and IFES. Glassman also serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University and is a member (formerly co-chair) of the Advisory Board of the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Glassman joined the Art Center Board of Trustees in 2011.


President and Chief Executive Officer, Griego Enterprises Inc.

Linda Griego is president and chief executive officer of Griego Enterprises Inc., a business management company that she founded in 1986. For over 22 years, she oversaw operations of Engine Co. No. 28, a prominent restaurant (sold in 2010) in downtown Los Angeles. From 1990 until 2000, Ms. Griego held a number of government-related appointments, including deputy mayor of the city of Los Angeles, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, and president and chief executive officer of Rebuild Los Angeles.

Ms. Griego serves on the boards of directors of two publicly traded companies: CBS Corporation and AECOM Technology. She has served two terms as a Los Angeles director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She also served on the board of directors of First Interstate Bank and Tokai Bank of California. Ms. Griego served for five years on the NAFTA’s North American Development Bank Community Adjustment Committee (under the auspices of the U.S. Treasury). She previously served on the board of directors of publicly traded companies: SouthWest Water Company, City National Bank, Granite Construction, Inc. and Blockbuster, Inc.

Ms. Griego has been a member of the board of trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation since 2006. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Martin Luther King Hospital, the German Marshall Fund and the Community Development Technology Center (successor to Rebuild LA). From 1995 until 2008, she served as a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and is a founding member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Ms. Griego has served on several boards of directors, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Public Policy Institute of California, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the World Affairs Council and the Alliance for a Better Community. She joined the Art Center Board of Trustees in 2012.

Ms. Griego earned a B.A. in history in 1975 from UCLA and is a former senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy. She is a recipient of the UCLA Medal, the highest honor awarded by the university.


Chairman and CEO, Idealab, Inc.

Bill Gross is chairman and CEO of Idealab, which he founded in 1996 to create and operate pioneering companies. Since that time, Gross and his team at Idealab have created more than 50 companies in the areas of the Internet, communications, automation and clean energy.

Prior to Idealab, Gross founded and operated an educational software company called Knowledge Adventure. Between 1991 and 1995, Knowledge Adventure created numerous award-winning titles such as “Jumpstart Kindergarten,” “Jumpstart First Grade” and “Jumpstart Second Grade,” selling more than 20 million copies worldwide.

After graduating from Caltech with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1981, Gross created a company, GNP (Gross National Products), which he sold to Lotus Development in 1985. He then worked for Lotus for six years, creating the Lotus HAL and Lotus Magellan software products.

A Pasadena resident, Gross has served as a trustee of the California Institute of Technology since 1995, and an Art Center trustee since 2001. He is passionate about helping the world create sustainable, renewable energy, and spreading the power of design and entrepreneurship to others.


Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer, lynda.com

Bruce Heavin is the cofounder and chief innovation officer of lynda.com, one of the most successful companies in online education today. Through a comprehensive library of instructional videos taught by industry experts, lynda.com teaches technology, design, and business skills to millions of individual, corporate, academic, and government subscribers.

As the company’s creative strategist, Bruce is dedicated to making the lynda.com experience fulfilling for both members and employees. An illustrator and designer, he also oversees the visual branding and style, from creating the company’s iconic logo to ensuring that the lynda.com aesthetic reflects its user-friendly teaching style.

“Some of the software we cover is complicated, and we break it down into simple steps,” he says. “The design needs to echo and support that.”

A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Bruce has created illustrations for many album covers, national magazines, and major media companies.

He was instrumental in launching lynda.com as an online training resource, broadening its scope to include photography, illustration, and graphic design, and teaching many of its original courses.

Linda A. Hill, Ph.D.

Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration
Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents' Organization Presidents' Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program. She was course-head during the development of the new Leadership and Organizational Behavior MBA required course. She is the co-author, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and Breakthrough Leadership, a blended cohort-based program that helps organizations transform midlevel managers into more effective leaders. Breakthrough Leadership was the winner of the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology. The book was included in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Five Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2011.” She is also the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd Edition). In 2014, Professor Hill co-authored a book entitled Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. It features thick descriptions of exceptional leaders of innovation in a wide range of industries—from information technology to law to design—and geographies—from the US and Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Business Insider named Collective Genius one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in summer 2014. Her books are available in multiple languages. She is author of course modules: Managing Your Career, Managing Teams, and Power and Influence and of award-winning multimedia management development programs High Performance Management, Coaching, and Managing for Performance. She is also the subject expert of numerous e-learning programs: Stepping up to Management (based in large measure on Becoming a Manager); Harvard ManageMentor, and advisor for the Change Management Simulation: Power and Influence. Hill has authored or co-authored numerous HBR articles, including “Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders;” “Winning the Race for Talent in Emerging Markets;” and “Are You a High Potential?” She is a contributor to the HBS Publishing series on Managing Up, Hiring, and Becoming a New Manager. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.

Professor Hill’s consulting and executive education activities have been in the areas of leadership development, talent management, leading change and innovation, implementing global strategies, and managing cross-organizational relationships. Organizations with which Professor Hill has worked include General Electric, Reed Elsevier, Accenture, Pfizer, IBM, MasterCard, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, the National Bank of Kuwait, AREVA, and The Economist.

Professor Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of State Street Corporation, Eaton Corp., and Harvard Business Publishing. She is a trustee of the The Bridgespan Group and the Art Center College of Design. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA and a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Rockefeller Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. 

Dr. Hill did a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago. She received her M.A. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in measurement and evaluation from the University of Chicago. She has a B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.


Principal and Creative Director, Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco

Kit Hinrichs studied at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. He served as principal in several design offices in New York and San Francisco before spending 23 years (1986-2009) as a partner of Pentagram, an international design consultancy. In 2009, Hinrichs opened an independent design firm in San Francisco called Studio Hinrichs. His design experience incorporates a wide range of projects, including corporate communications, promotion, packaging, editorial and exhibition design. Studio Hinrichs engages in all types of design projects, including corporate communications, brand identity, promotion, publishing (books and magazines), packaging, interactive and environmental systems. Over the course of his 45 years in design, Hinrichs has won hundreds of national and international awards for his work and has been the creative force behind several of the most successful and most recognized graphic and brand identities known today.

In addition to teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Hinrichs has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Design Conference, AIGA National Conferences, the How Conference and numerous other design associations and universities worldwide. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He is co-author of five books, including Typewise, Long May She Wave and The Pentagram Papers.

Hinrichs’ list of distinguished clients includes United Airlines, Sappi Fine Paper, Design Within Reach, Muzak, Gymboree, University of Southern California, Safeco, Museum of Glass, Symantec, KQED, the San Francisco Zoo, Restoration Hardware and many more.

During his career, he founded @issue: The Journal of Business and Design, was chair of the AIGA California Show (the first regional show in AIGA’s 85-year history), co-chaired the Alliance Graphique Internationale San Francisco Congress, chaired the AIGA Business Conference and San Francisco Design Lecture Series and launched the @issue Design Conference. Hinrichs is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA medal, in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication.

Hinrichs is a past executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has been an Art Center trustee since 1996.


Executive Producer, NCIS

Charles Floyd Johnson has a long-standing and successful career as a Producer in the entertainment industry. His most notable projects include such hits as NCIS, where he is currently serving as Executive Producer (2003-2011); Executive Producer of the CBS/ Paramount Television series JAG (1996-2005); Executive Producer of MAGNUM, P.I. (1982-1988) and Producer of Emmy-Award winning THE ROCKFORD FILES (1974-1980). He is also one of the Producers on RED TAILS, the 2012 upcoming feature film about the Tuskegee Airmen from Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century-Fox.

Additionally, Mr. Johnson has produced such other series as B.L. STRYKER, BRET MAVERICK, FIRST MONDAY, QUANTUM LEAP, as well as a variety of television pilots and Movies-of-the-Week including BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP, SIMON AND SIMON, HELLINGER’S LAW, SILVERFOX, REVEALING EVIDENCE and VOICES OF OUR PEOPLE. A graduate of Howard University, with a B.A. in Political Science, Mr. Johnson also received his J.D. degree from Howard University Law School.

Mr. Johnson serves on the Caucus for Television Producers Writers and Directors’ Foundation Board. He is the past Vice-Chairman of the Media Forum, which supports balanced and equal opportunities for minorities in Broadcasting and is a supporter of the Samburu Project which drills wells in Africa that provide water to thousands of people in the Samburu District of Kenya. He is a current member of the Writers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and a former Officer and Board member of the Producers Guild of America.

Mr. Johnson has been honored as an Outstanding Alumnus by the Stony Brook College Preparatory and Howard University. He is the recipient of the Diversity Award from the Producers Guild of America; the Ron Brown Pacesetters’ Award from Minorities in Broadcasting and the Chairman’s Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors. He has won three Emmy Awards and been nominated seven times by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Among his many other honors are recognition by Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Black America and Who’s Who in Entertainment.


Founding Partner, Principal and Design Director for Eight, Inc.

Timothy Kobe graduated with honors from Art Center in 1982 with a B.F.A. in Environmental Design.

Mr. Kobe worked in Los Angeles for Herb Rosenthal and Associates and at the American Broadcasting Companies. Following graduation, he was employed in New York by Murray Gelberg. In 1982, he took a position with The Burdick Group (Bruce Burdick ENVL ’61) in San Francisco. He worked there until 1987, when he became a founding partner of West Office Design Associates focusing on museum and exhibition design and was responsible for the master planning of several museum exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Asia.

As Founder and CEO for Eight, Inc. (with offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, London, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore), Mr. Kobe has developed a design studio based on a transdisciplinary approach, including architecture (both residential and commercial), exhibitions, interior, product and graphic design. Clients include Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Citibank, Coach, Knoll and Swatch among others. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Eight, Inc. awards include: Eight Inc. named one of six "Design Firms of the Year" in 2011, DDI Magazine's Portfolio Awards program in 2011; 2010 Good Design Award, Tokyo, Japan - Citibank, Nihonbashi; 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, Nominee in Architecture; 2009 Hong Kong Design Award, Retail, Nokia, Shanghai; 2009 World Architecture Festival, Barcelona, Best Future Project-Education, Malama Learning Center;  2007 AIA Honolulu, The Malama Learning Center, Unbuilt Project Award; 2007 NASFM, Grand Prize, Pop-Up Store, Nike Zoom LeBron IV NYC; 2006 Architectural Record “Katrina Design Competition: High-Density on the High Ground” - 1st Place winner; 2006 VM+SD International Visual Competition, First Place, Nokia, Moscow Flagship; 2003 NAIOP Award; Project of the Year (2100 Kalakaua); 2003 Malama Learning Center competition winner; 2002 IDSA; IDEA Gold Winner for Environments (Apple Retail Stores); 2002, 2000 and 1999 IDSA; IDEA Gold and Silver Winners for Environments (Apple Worldwide Exhibitions); 2001 IIDA Interior Design Award; IDSA IDEA Silver Award and FX International Interior Design Awards (Virgin Atlantic Airways Lounge); 1997 ID Magazine International Design Review, Environments (Swatch Olympic Pavilion for the 1996 Olympic Games); 1994 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award (Liisa flatware); 1994 ID Magazine International Design Review, Environments (Architects and Heroes, Bush Street); 1994 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award (Laguna lounge Chair); 1994 Cooper Hewitt permanent collection (Liisa flatware); 1993 NEOCON Best of Show Gold Medal Award (Laguna seating); and 1993 ID Magazine International Design Review, Concepts (Portable Navigation Unit).

Eight Inc. employs Art Center alumni from the fields of product and environmental design, and has employed Art Center students as interns. In 2000, Mr. Kobe created a $50,000 scholarship in memory of an Art Center alumnus.

Mr. Kobe, a native of northern California, currently lives in Singapore. He has been a Trustee at Art Center since 2005.


Co-founder, Brighton Collectibles

Terri Kohl is the co-founder, with her husband Jerry, of Brighton Collectibles, an accessories manufacturer and retailer with over 200 retail stores in the United States. Brighton products are also sold online and in more than 4,000 boutiques nationwide.

The concept for Brighton began when Terri Kravitz and Jerry Kohl, high school sweethearts, opened a specialty retail store in in 1969 in Alhambra, CA. They started a wholesale company in 1972 and made unisex belts and handbags. In 1991, Terri and Jerry launched the Brighton Collectibles brand with a single collection of belts. Over the years, Brighton has expanded their products to include a line of coordinating accessories and footwear. Brighton has remained a family owned company and places great importance on the role of the designer. They pride themselves as being a design house where designers sketch each creation by hand and follow the product from concept to fruition.

Brighton has a deep commitment to empowering families through supporting the health and welfare of women. Since 2003, the company has contributed over $9 million to a variety of causes. They have generously supported a variety of charities including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles 4 Souls (which provides shoes for people who are in need) and numerous charities that feed the hungry in and near the communities which Brighton serves.

On a personal level, Terri is actively involved as a volunteer and contributor to numerous local and national organizations and has served on the Art Center 100 Board since 2006. In Los Angeles, she is a member of the San Marino League (a volunteer group that supports Art Center and the Huntington Library), a board member of the Blue Ribbon (a premier women’s organization that supports The Music Center) and supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Muse/ique. Terri joined the Art Center Board in 2015.


Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

With more than 20 years relevant real estate experience, George Ladyman is managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle in New York, a global financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. There he heads the project and development practice for the Northeast region, which includes more than 250 professionals and projects totaling an estimated construction value in excess of $3.1 billion.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Ladyman was an executive with Time Warner, overseeing many of the company’s special real estate projects including Columbus Circle in New York, where he also served as the executive producer of the Prow Sculpture, “a piece of technological art” meant to complement the architecture of the building and its surroundings. Ladyman has directed, within Time Warner, projects for People Magazine Experience, Inside CNN, and CNN and Time Life Studios.

Prior to Time Warner, Ladyman was a principal with CUH2A Inc. and managing director of its entertainment and hospitality group. Previously he served as vice president of design and development for Six Flags Theme Parks, overseeing development, architecture, planning and ride and show design for its properties throughout the U.S. as well as consulting to Warner Bros. Movie World Theme Parks.

Ladyman is a former instructor and lecturer at Pratt Institute, Urban Land Institute, CIDA and other conferences/forums focused on architecture, strategic/ experiential marketing and design management. His designs and contributions have been featured in Power Boat and Motor Yacht, At The Park, Car Styling, Parkworld, Funworld, Cinefex, Urban Entertainment Graphics, USA Today, The New York Times, Mondo arc, Signs of the Times, The Discovery Channel, Interior Design and Bloomberg Television. Film credits include executive producer for the production of The Right Stuff, Mach One Adventure and Space Shuttle America, The Next Century 70mm ride films and pre-production of a 3-D animated film with Warner Bros. Classic Animation; Arctic Adventure. Ladyman holds patents for ride system/concepts and industrial products, which he has co-designed and developed.

Ladyman received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Art Center and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Ladyman is a member of the Apollo Theater’s real estate advisory board in New York City and the Chapin School board of trustees in Princeton, N.J. He and his wife, Stacy, have a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Trey.


President, Taco Bell International

Melissa Lora is the President of Taco Bell International, a subsidiary of YUM! Brands, Inc.'s (NYSE: YUM) Taco Bell Corp. Taco Bell Corp. is the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain serving 42 million customers each week in nearly 7,000 restaurants in the USA.

Melissa focuses her vast experience in general management, finance, development, and franchise management to dramatically expand Taco Bell's global footprint.

Most recently as Taco Bell's Global Chief Financial and Development Officer, Melissa worked to ensure that strategies combined to grow the brands $8 billion system sales and created industry-leading margins. Her strong focus on Taco Bell’s economic model and franchise performance management brought the new unit opening pace to nearly 200 restaurants per year, a fifteen-year high.

Prior to her appointment as CFO in October 2001, Melissa served as Vice President of Franchise Finance and led a team focused on mergers and acquisitions, receivables management, and building financial capability in the Taco Bell franchise community. Melissa served as Vice President and General Manager for the Northeast region from 1998 to 2000. In that role, Melissa was responsible for region operations, development, and marketing to drive brand growth.

Melissa joined the Taco Bell in 1987 where she held various positions in finance, accounting, and development. Prior to joining Taco Bell, Melissa was a commercial real estate broker in Southern California while pursuing her MBA.

Melissa is on the Board of Directors of KB Home (NYSE: KBH), a publically traded homebuilder. Melissa is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and in 2008, was made Chairwoman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, a key leadership role on the Board.

Melissa's passion for mentoring leaders is exemplified by her membership as a Director on the USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board. Nominated for her leadership, drive and professionalism, Melissa was selected as one of California's 2013 Most Powerful & Influential Women by the National Diversity Council. Melissa joined the Art Center College of Design Board in 2015.

Melissa has an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California and maintains a California Real Estate Broker's license. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Orange County, California, with their three Golden Retrievers.


Sam Mann received his education in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati. He went on to work for the prestigious design and architectural firm Eliot Noyes and Associates, where he came in contact with some of the inspired designers of the era. He then developed a line of tabletop and decorative accessories and set up a manufacturing and distribution company. After five years, the company was sold and Mann opened an industrial design consulting firm specializing in product design, engineering and prototype development as well as packaging and graphic design. The firm, Samuel J. Mann and Associates, was the recipient of numerous design awards for its consumer products and technical instrumentation and exhibit design.

In 1974, after 13 years, Mann sold his design firm to again pursue the design, manufacturing and marketing of his own product ideas. He developed several innovative appliance designs for personal care, skin care products and, most importantly, a state of the art ear piercing system which revolutionized the process of ear piercing to enable simple, safe use by minimally trained personnel in retail stores worldwide.

Mann also designed much of the automated manufacturing to enable competitive production in the U.S. The company, Inverness Corporation, maintained offices in several countries and distribution in over 50 countries. He is the recipient of over 75 utility patents and several design patents.

He has a world-renowned collection of vintage automobiles, having won Best of Show at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance four times. He also races vintage racecars and is an avid skier and sailor. Now retired, he served until recently on the Board of the College of Engineering at Tufts University and several Boards of Directors in his home community of Englewood, N.J., including the hospital and regional Performing Arts Center.

His wife, Emily, enjoyed a long career as interior architect and exhibit designer. They have three sons, one of whom has recently completed a degree in Art Center’s Graduate Film program. Mann became a Trustee at Art Center in 2005.


Award-Winning Architect and Artist
Design Principal, AC Martin Partners

David C. Martin, FAIA, a third-generation architect, continues the tradition established by his grandfather of major involvement in the architectural planning and civic life of Southern California. Martin received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Masters of Architecture from Colombia University. Upon completing his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a Traveling Fellowship studying the great urban spaces of the world.

As Design Principal for AC Martin Partners, a 110-year old architecture firm noted for its historic and contemporary landmark projects, Martin has transformed neighborhoods, academic institutions and cities. Martin’s latest project is the 80- story high-rise hotel and office complex in the heart of Downtown – the new Wilshire Grand.

Martin is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at USC, a past President of the Southern California Chapter of the AIA, and a former Board Member of the AIA California Council. He is currently on the Boards of the Los Angeles Conservancy, USC School of Architecture and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Martin is an award-winning designer that has been recognized for his innovative, inspirational and cutting edge projects. David, along with his business partner and cousin Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, have received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter’s Gold Medal of Honor, for their major contribution to the built environment in the City of Los Angeles.

Martin is an avid watercolorist and his works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., including “On Site: Travel Sketches by Architects” at Hunter College, “line.dot – Drawing the Design Process at the Martin Design Studio” at UCLA, and “Form Follows Software: A Revolution in the Architectural Process” at USC, University of Arizona, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Currently, Martin along with his wife, Mary Klaus Martin, have established MADWORKSHOP, a foundation that endows innovative design students with the opportunity to freely explore their ideas from inspiration to reality.


Vice President, Private Banking, J.P. Morgan, Los Angeles office

Molly Morgan has served at J.P. Morgan in both corporate banking and private banking and has been Vice President of Private Banking at the Los Angeles office since 2007. She is responsible for advising clients on wealth management matters including financial planning, portfolio construction, asset allocation, tax strategies, trust and estate planning, and charitable giving. In years prior, Mrs. Morgan worked in sales and marketing in Paris and New York for Pittard Sullivan and in banking at First Chicago.

Mrs. Morgan is on the Board of the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. She joined the Art Center Board in 2012.

Mrs. Morgan received her bachelor degree in economics and French from Duke University in 1990 and her MBA in finance from Northwestern University in 1993. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two children.


Chairman Emeritus, MullinTBG

Peter Mullin is Chairman Emeritus of MullinTBG, the nation’s largest independent executive benefits services and solutions provider. Prior to the formation of MullinTBG in 2006, Mullin served as Chairman of Mullin Consulting, Inc., a leading nonqualified benefits firm he founded in Los Angeles in 1969. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Board of M Financial Holdings Incorporated (M Financial), a network of independent firms serves the financial and life insurance needs of corporations, executives and affluent individuals. Mullin is also a member of numerous M Financial Board and governance committees. MullinTBG is the largest member of M Financial Group.

Mullin has consulted on executive compensation and benefit issues for more than 30 years for public and privately held firms across a variety of industries, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has authored numerous articles on executive compensation and benefit planning.

Mullin serves on the Avery Dennison Corporation Board of Directors. He is also on the Gene Autry Heritage Museum National Advisory Board; Guggenheim Foundation Advisory Board; Occidental College, the California Institute of Technology (retired), Hospital of the Good Samaritan, St. John’s Hospital and The UCLA Foundation Boards of Trustees. He is Chairman of The Music Center Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as past Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and current Chairman of the Mullin Automotive Museum. Mullin is involved in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Education Foundation. Mullin became a Trustee at Art Center in 2011.

He is a member of the Knights of Malta and the Knights of Saint Gregory, a Board member of Paulist Productions and National Chairman of the Maynooth Development Program for St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland.

Mullin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In his spare time, he makes wine, olive oil, honey and raises black pigs at his home in Umbria, Italy, and competes in vintage racing events.


President and Owner, Nearburg Producing Company

Charles Nearburg is President and Owner of Nearburg Producing, a private oil and gas exploration company. Nearburg Producing Company was founded in 1979 and holds oil wells in both Texas and New Mexico, including Huber Federal No. 1, one of the most productive wells in New Mexico's history. The company has received two environmental awards from the Bureau of Land Management and has helped fund the preservation and restoration of fisheries in New Mexico and Colorado.

At Dartmouth College, Mr. Nearburg received his BA with an engineering/studio art major. He also earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering degrees at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and has been an overseer of Thayer for almost two decades.

Mr. Nearburg devotes substantial time and resources in support of Ewing's Sarcoma cancer research at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He joined the Art Center Board in 2012.

Mr. Nearburg is also an avid car racer and his career includes driving in the LeMans and Daytona 24-Hour Races, setting new land-speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and driving the late Walter Payton's Indy car in the CART FedEx Championship. Mr. Nearburg owns residences in Texas and New Mexico and has recently moved to Pasadena, CA.


President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

Greg Silverman was named President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures in June 2013. In this role, he has full oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ development activities, global production and budget. Mr. Silverman works with the President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and the President and COO, New Line Cinema, to seek new opportunities to diversify and build upon the success the company has consistently achieved. He reports to Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Pictures is a recognized industry leader at the global box office, with critical and commercial hits driving more than a decade-long run surpassing the billion dollar mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Recent box-office successes include this year’s “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder, as well as 2012’s Best Picture Academy Award-winning “Argo” by director Ben Affleck and “The Dark Knight Rises,” directed by Christopher Nolan.

The 2013 release slate also features “The Hangover: Part III,” “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (New Line Cinema), among many others.

Prior to his current post, Mr. Silverman served as President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures for two years, after various senior positions within the Pictures Group, including Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Production, where he shepherded the enormously successful and critically acclaimed “300,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover” and the global phenomenon “Inception,” among other films.

Mr. Silverman initially joined Warner Bros. in 1997 as a junior production executive, where he worked on such films as “The Matrix,” “A Perfect Murder” and “Cats & Dogs.” Mr. Silverman then joined Revolution Studios as Senior Vice President, Production, overseeing “America’s Sweethearts,” “The One” and “The New Guy,” before returning to Warner Bros. Pictures in 2002 as Vice President, Production. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Production in 2004 and then to Executive Vice President, Production in 2007. He has overseen production on such projects as “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “The Lake House,” “The Bucket List,” “Beerfest,” “Batman Begins,” “Troy,” “Get Smart” and “Yes Man.”

Mr. Silverman got his start in the industry working in craft services on the independent film “Two Guys Talkin’ About Girls” and then became an assistant at Tri-Star and Mandeville Films before joining Mad Chance as a production executive.

Mr. Silverman holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Stanford University. He joined the Art Center Board in 2013.


Chief Investment Officer, Wentworth, Hauser and Violich

Reiner Triltsch began his career in 1975 with a management traineeship at Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany, after which he received the designation of “Indus¬triekaufmann” (Industrial Businessman), which equates to a nationally recognized training/vocational degree. In 1977 he moved to the United States.

After receiving an MBA, Triltsch began his investment career with two small investment boutiques in Fort Worth, Tex., in 1980. In 1984, he joined the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in Austin as an investment analyst. He went to work as a vice president, portfolio manager for the LTV Corporation’s investment subsidiary, Western Reserve Capital Management, Inc. in 1987, where he co-managed both domestic and international portfolios in Dallas.

In 1990, he co-founded and became managing director, senior portfolio manager for Gulfstream Global Investors, Ltd, an investment management firm specializing in international equity management for institutional clients. Gulfstream was acquired by the German bank WestLB and became part of its WestAM subsidiary in 2001. There, Triltsch continued to manage the investment function as chief investment officer and senior portfolio manager for global portfolios until 2004.

Moving to New York City, he became managing director, head of international investments for US Trust through 2007. Triltsch eventually assumed the position of head of international equities, senior portfolio manager for New York-based Federated Global Investment Management Corp. before joining Wentworth, Hauser and Violich in 2009, where he is now part of a five-member team of portfolio managers.

He received his BA (1979) MBA (1980) and MA (1982) from Texas Christian University. In 1987 he was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


President, Lothrop Ventures, Inc.

Judy C. Webb founded Lothrop Ventures, Inc. in 1987, and presides as president and CEO of the residential construction company that builds homes, remodels existing buildings and manages property in the Northern California area.

Webb’s active community involvement includes holding trustee positions with numerous institutions including the University of California Berkeley Foundation and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Kauai, Hawaii.

In addition, in 1986 Webb founded the Acacia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that primarily funds educational projects.

Webb has been a Trustee at Art Center College of Design since 1991, and was the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Board, a position she held from 2004 to 2007.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a B.A. in history.


Philanthropist and Volunteer Leader

Alyce de Roulet Williamson has long been dedicated to the visual and performing arts communities of Los Angeles. Her involvement in arts philanthropy includes serving as Board Member of the Music Center, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Center Dance Association and the Blue Ribbon; and as Past Board Member of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the School of American Ballet in New York.

Additionally, Mrs. Williamson has served on the Overseers Board of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens since 1996, as well as its Art Collections committee and Art Collectors Council.

Mrs. Williamson is also a Trustee Emeritus of Scripps College, a member of the Board of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a past Board member of the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital and Las Madrinas. She is a Board Member and Past Chairman of First Century Families and serves on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Mrs. Williamson attended the Marlborough School, graduated from Dominican Convent San Rafael and received a B.A. from Scripps College, in Claremont, California, in 1952.

Mrs. Williamson is a founding Chairman of Art Center 100, the College’s major community support group for student scholarships. Her husband, Warren “Spud” Williamson, is an Emeritus Trustee and Chairman Emeritus; and was an active Trustee from 1989–1995, including the position of Chairman of the Board in the early ’90s. Mrs. Williamson has been an Art Center Trustee since 1985.

Emeritus Trustees

Mr. Cleon T. Knapp, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Frederick M. Nicholas
Mr. Warren B. Williamson, Chairman Emeritus

Honorary Trustees

Wallis Annenberg
Dr. David Baltimore
Heinrich Baumann-Steiner
Susan Caldwell
Bettina Chandler
Leland Clow
Adelaide Hixon
Jerry Johnson
Nobuhiko Kawamoto
Lillian Lovelace
Frank Nuovo PROD ‘86
Kazuo Okamoto
Peggy Phelps
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