has worked in Sales, Marketing and Finance for more than 25 years, and has spent the last 10 years working with cities helping improve and develop new Shop Local campaigns and strengthening community engagement. Craig has collaborated extensively with City Government and Chambers of Commerce to help fill a need for improved intra-city networking between businesses, local organizations and residents. He has also worked with major corporations to secure sponsorships for city campaigns, and with businesses to monetize mobile application technologies.
Craig loves running and training for marathons. He is an avid baseball fan and enjoys fishing in the Eastern Sierra.
has nearly two decades of experience developing and leading SaaS platform creations for small businesses. He has spent the last 10 years working to build back-end infrastructure that supports shop local campaigns and business license processing software.
He brings a deep passion for data science, distributed applications, growing local communities, and helping small businesses thrive.
In his time away from work, Steve enjoys traveling with his family, playing the piano, and experimenting with soundboards and music production.
has over 20 years of experience working in retail management and customer relations. During the last 7 years Kirk has worked closely with small business owners helping them leverage mobile app technology to strengthen their community engagement, and improve customer experience.
In his free time, Kirk enjoys developing his outdoor photography skills and coaching his son`s baseball team.
started his career in accounting over 35 years ago in the Audit Department of the Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young. In 1989, he moved from public accounting into private industry and worked in various positions, such as Internal Auditor, Controller of the Trust Accounting Department, and Product Controller.
Sam has extensive experience in both public and private accounting & finance, performing services ranging from acquisition transactions, business projections and valuations, to auditing and accounting systems implementations and conversions. He has worked with a diverse clientele servicing small businesses, as well as large, privately held corporations with revenues ranging from $5 million to $100 million.
has worked as a free-lance copywriter while also teaching high school Spanish for the last 22 years. Her love of language led her to seek opportunities in creative writing, while her desire to work with young people, led her to the classroom. She enjoys the challenges of creating the perfect copy and the satisfaction of contributing to the execution of a marketing vision.
In her down time, Carolina loves treasure hunting at garage sales and flea markets, and refurbishing old furniture.
is a passionate and creative demand marketing engineer who has spent the last 20 years conceptualizing, designing and executing marketing strategies for companies and organizations of all sizes. He started his marketing journey during the dot-com days of the 2000s, and has continued expanding his skills to thrive in today's contextually driven and highly connected marketing space. Kris has consulted and executed funnel strategies for hundreds of businesses of all sizes helping them create a profitable buyer’s journey that generates more customers, increases customer spending and multiplies customer purchases. His marketing ethos is always centered on strategies that are uniquely qualified to engage prospective customers in creative, direct, engaging ways that are proven to build brand loyalty and promote profitable long-term relationships.
In his free time, Kris loves reading, watching movies and spending time with his wife and four children.
is a mom-preneur, community leader, health and wellness advocate, a Certified Woman Minority Small Business Enterprise owner, and a Certified Master in Advertising Specialties professional. She is the owner and operator of LNR Promotions, a marketing and promotions company dedicated to inspiring others to "Love, Nurture and Respect” themselves, their environment, and the people and communities that surround them.
Through her events, she is able to collaborate with different government agencies, Fortune 100, Fortune 500, non-profits, chambers of commerce, and other business associations. She has a heart for working with small businesses, especially in the health and wellness industry as well as sustainability and conservation programs.
has been shooting film and video for over 18 years now. Upon graduation from the film program at Pasadena Art Center College of Design, he started work immediately in the commercial industry directing spots primarily in New York and Los Angeles. He won 2 Gold Clio awards for his commercial work for Levi’s and Conroy’s Flowers as a student at the PACCD. While he was still involved in the commercial industry and as a Director’s Guild member, Walter acquired his own equipment and technology to shoot, direct, and edit his own work. This opened up a wide array of film-making opportunities and found its way to his friend’s wedding in 2001, an experience which brought his gift for storytelling through film to the forefront. While most video companies these days focus on the slick, over-produced movie trailers, there are still people that want the whole experience. That is Walter’s specialty, the whole movie. The end product is unique and custom made, shot by someone well-versed in film-making with attention to detail and the slightest nuance.
From his days of borrowing his mom’s super 8 mm camera, to now directing commercials across the United States for clients such as McDonalds, Toyota, and Geffen Records, one thing remains the same – Walter’s love and gift for storytelling.
Walter is married and resides in San Dimas, California.
After a 15-year career as a fine dining chef and culinary arts instructor, John transitioned from the restaurant industry to the culinary retail space when he accepted a leadership position with Whole Foods Market. As a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner with a passion for natural, holistic healing modalities John combined his love of food and deep understanding of health with previous retail management experience to oversee the growth and operations within multiple flagship Whole Foods Market locations across the US. Staying true to course on the path of promoting health and wellbeing, he has continued to leverage his business operations experience within the health technology space with the goal of helping as many people as possible achieve optimal wellness through principles of quantum biology and reconnection with nature. In his free time John enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, audio production, writing and is an avid reader with a passion for learning and developing new skills.
has worked as a designer for over twelve years. He has led numerous teams and managed professional brands from around the world. Erick is a highly creative and multi-talented designer with extensive experience in multimedia, marketing and web design. With a foundation in traditional art, He takes a creative approach to every project and is absolutely grateful to be working in what he truly loves. Making things looks good.
was once a Teacher and taught 8th grade Science. She decided to change careers and went into Programming. After attending an intensive 12-week coding bootcamp, she is now a Software Engineer. Even though she no longer teaches her strong desire to help people stayed with her. While being relatively new to the Tech space she enjoys helping out where she can.
In her free time she enjoys trying out new hobbies, taking care of her growing plant collection and being a dog mom.