Business School “Deans on Innovation” To Gather at ACG 101 on Jan 7th

Westlake Village, CA (Dec 18, 2014) – Entrepreneurs armed with innovative ideas and inventions have propelled business growth on the 101 Corridor for decades.  And, according the deans of several local business schools who will gather at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) 101 on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, that is what will continue to build companies and create jobs here for the next five years through 2020.  It’s all about INNOVATION.  Special guest Host and Moderator for the panel will be Blaise Simqu, CEO of Sage Publications, the world’s leading academic publisher.  Blaise Simqu CEO Sage Publications

“Innovation and innovative leaders will write the next success stories on the 101 Corridor.  It’s simply too expensive for companies to relocate to California. We need to grow our own. Imagine if the next Google or Amgen was founded in China or Nevada – that would be a huge opportunity loss for California and our well-educated work force here,” says ACG 101 Board Member John Lockhart of People Media Worldwide, one of the organizers of the panel.

The Deans of Innovation Panel will gather Wednesday, January 7 from 7 to 9 AM at the Westlake Village Inn, 31943 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA.  Registration is available at at $65 for the general public and $35 for members of ACG.  For more information please call Maureen Whalen, Chapter Director at (805) 285-0756. Media is invited to attend and cover, and advance interview are available with our panel of experts.Deans of Innovation ACG 101 01 07 15

Panelists include:

Dave Adornetto, Entrepreneurship Program Director, Technology Management Program, University of California Santa Barbara.

Gerhard Apfelthaler, Ph.D., Dean, California Lutheran University School of Management.

William P. Cordeiro, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of MBA Program, California State University Channel Islands Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.

John Mooney, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Technology Management, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.

Dave Adornetto oversees the entrepreneurship programs at UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program, including TMP’s flagship New Venture Competition, the most recognized event of its type in the region. He brings to his role a long career in Dave Adornetto UCSBmedical technology, and a strong commitment to industry outreach to foster an entrepreneurship-friendly environment. He also serves as a lecturer on the TMP faculty.

Prior to his appointment at UCSB, he served as CFO and COO of InTouch Health, a robotic-enabled telemedicine solutions company.

Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler is the Dean of the School of Management at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, where he is also a professor in International Business. He is also co-founder of several companies, including Oak Gerhard Apfelthaler SmallTherapeutics, Inc., Oxnard; Dream School Academy, Westlake Village; CURE Pharmaceutical, Oxnard; and AT Consult, New York and Vienna, Austria).

Previously he was Chair of the Department of International Management at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. Previously, he served as Commercial Attaché to the Austrian Embassy in Singapore, as Austria’s Deputy Trade Commissioner to the United States in the Los Angeles office, as Dean of International Business Studies at FHS Kufstein Tirol, and as coordinator of the international postgraduate program of the Community of European Management Schools.

Dr. William P. Cordeiro was one of the first 13 faculty members hired in 2001 Dr. Bill Cordeiro CSUCIto start-up the California State University Channel Islands. He came to CSU Channel Islands from CSU Los Angeles. At CSU Channel Islands, Dr. Cordeiro has participated in developing the Smith School and its four academic programs: BS in Business, BA in Economics, MBA, Dual MS in Biotechnology/MBA.

Dr. Cordeiro worked in industry for 14 years before beginning his academic career, and has extensive consulting experience for government and private clients. He is a director of DGSE Companies, Inc., and is a partner of Bartik, Cordeiro & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm. He studied with Peter F. Drucker, the “Father of Modern Management,” at the Drucker Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University, where he received an MA in Management and a PhD in Executive Management in 1986. He also has an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Biology from the University of San Francisco. 

Dr. John Mooney is Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Online Programs at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management, and serves as Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management at the school.Mooney headshot

He is a Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, and until recently was a Research Fellow, Irish Center for Cloud Computing and Commerce. He served as Co-Chair of the 2013 Digital Innovation@Pepperdine conference. He earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science from University College Dublin, in Ireland, where he also earned as Master of Management Science. He received his Ph.D. in Business Information, Information Systems and Business Strategy from the University of California at Irvine.

About ACG 101 Corridor Chapter

ACG 101 ( serves the San Fernando Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. It is one of 53 chapters around the world that form the international ACG organization, which focuses on corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. With more than 100 members, ACG 101 holds monthly networking and educational breakfasts, as well as social and industry-specific events.

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