Principal, Ernst & Young | Board Chair
Fred is a Tax Principal in Los Angeles and serves a wide variety of financial services clients such as insurance companies, banks and wealth and asset management firms in tax accounting, compliance and consulting matters. Although his home office is in Los Angeles, Fred serves clients throughout the west coast including the Bay Area, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix and nationally. He spent 17 years in the EY Chicago offices before relocating to Southern California with the firm in 2004.
Fred is a graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha, WI and has a JD and Masters in Accounting from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He lives with his wife, Joan, and college aged son and high school aged twin daughters. Fred enjoys running and has completed the Chicago and San Diego marathons, although now he limits himself mostly to 5 and 10K runs. He also enjoys an occasional round of golf.
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distri
Kevin Chalk is currently Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distribution. In this role, he works to build accurate financial forecasts and provide meaningful analysis in a fast changing distribution landscape. Prior to Paramount, Kevin spent time in various finance roles at Walt Disney Studios and MGM Studios.
Kevin is an avid runner and a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America. He has completed multiple marathons (including Boston in 2013 & 2014) and ultra marathons. As co-captain of the Paramount Triathlon Team, he helps a group of 60 athletes train for the annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon, a fundraiser for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Kevin is a L.A. native who grew up in Manhattan Beach and currently resides in Culver City. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Most importantly, Kevin loves getting up really early on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to run with Back on My Feet - Team Union Rescue Mission.
Client Services Manager, Interior Architects
Olivia Crever is the Client Services Manager at Interior Architects, a renowned design firm located in Downtown Los Angeles and 19 offices spanning the United States. Her ability to connect with others from all different backgrounds and her passion for working with people has led her to build a successful career in her field. As an avid runner, Ms. Crever personally understands the importance of running and working out and the positive impact it has on your mind-set.
Director of Sales, AT&T Mobility
Kurt Engstrom, Director of Sales at AT&T Mobility is responsible for sales and customer service efforts in Retail Stores throughout Los Angeles. Previously, he was the Regional Operations Director for AT&T U-verse, where he was responsible for sales operations and U-verse program management throughout California. Kurt has been with AT&T for 13 years and has held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, and operations.
Prior to AT&T Kurt served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he was stationed in Hawaii. He currently resides in Tustin CA with his wife Lisa and five children. Kurt holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chief Operating Officer, The Next Level Sales Consulting
Eric Gist is responsible for managing Next Level’s operations and go-to-market strategy and execution including offering development, marketing, alliances, and business development activities. Eric works with strategic clients, such as MetLife, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, ManpowerGroup and Farmers Insurance, on sales and talent management initiatives
Eric has 25 years experience in Management Consulting where he has worked with Fortune 500 companies, such as Aon, Hewlett-Packard, Amgen, Kaiser Permanente, and Motorola, on large-scale Sales Transformation programs. Eric was a partner at global consulting firm Accenture where he had operational responsibility for Accenture’s Sales Transformation practice. His work included optimizing sales force performance and sales operations, conducting sales force capability benchmarking, developing sales force organizational structures, and integrating sales and marketing processes. Eric was responsible for launching several new businesses within Accenture, achieving revenue of over $300M.
Eric has authored several articles including “Changing Sales Force Behavior to Achieve High Performance,” “Selling in Turbulent Times,” and “A New Look at Managing Incentive Compensation.”
A graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Eric holds a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems and a minor in Economics. Eric lives with his wife, Lori, and two children in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing, Universal Pictures
Doug Neil is the Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing for Universal Pictures. In this capacity, he oversees the online and mobile strategies for theatrical releases including website development, publicity, promotions, social media, creative strategy, emerging platforms and media placements. He has directed the online and mobile marketing campaigns for over 130 films including Unbroken, Dumb and Dumber 2, Fifty Shades of Grey, Ride Along, Fast & Furious 6, The Purge, Despicable Me 2, Les Miserables, Pitch Perfect and Ted.
Neil was iMedia’s 2012 Visionary Marketer of the Year and was also recognized by OnHollywood as a Digital Entertainment Power Player. He has also made keynote and panel presentations at the OMMA Premium Display Conference and the Variety Film Summit and is a member of iMedia’s Entertainment Advisory Board.
Prior to Universal Pictures, he worked for AOL as Director, Entertainment Strategy.
Neil also has held executive positions with The Disney Channel, Hawaiian Airlines and Andersen Consulting. He has a M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College and is a Computer Science graduate of the College of William and Mary.
He currently lives in Studio City with his wife and three daughters and is an avid runner. He has completed 29 marathons, including all LA Marathons since the inception of the Stadium to the Sea course.
Senior Associate, Blank Rome LLP
Kevin O’Malley is a Senior Associate with Blank Rome LLP, a national AmLaw 100 law firm. He relocated to Los Angeles from Philadelphia to help establish the firm’s LA office. Kevin concentrates his practice in financial services and commercial lending. He primarily represents commercial banks, mezzanine and second lien lenders, equity sponsors and other institutional lenders and borrowers in various financing transactions over several industries. Kevin was named a “Rising Star” by the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2012.
Kevin has previously volunteered at events with Back on my Feet in Philadelphia and has been a tutor for School on Wheels, Inc., a non profit organization established to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Kevin has been a runner for almost 20 years and participates in marathons, triathlons and various other outdoor activities.
Director Enterprise Project Delivery Office, Green Dot Corporation
Renee Opell is Director Enterprise Project Delivery Office at Green Dot Corporation, a financial services company that provides banking solutions to America’s financially underserved.
Renee manages large cross functional teams and strategic initiatives and is a leader in her field. Her background in Information Technology, Retail Operations and Project Management has allowed her to work in a breadth of consumer products companies.
She is an avid runner and is a mentor and former board member of the L.A. Leggers running club. Renee has completed more than 40 marathons. Her favorites are Big Sur for the view, Ojai for the PR and Boston for the glory.
She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and active in various non-profit organizations including the Fulfillment Fund, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, Project Chicken Soup and Active Arts.
General Manager, Long Beach Renaissance Hotel
Pam Ryan is General Manager for the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel where she oversees all aspects of the 374-room full service hotel, including guest relations, associate engagement, hotel operations, finance and owner relations.
A 25-year veteran with Marriott International, Pam has served as General Manager at the Torrance Marriott South Bay and the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview, as well as numerous roles in LA and Orange County Marriott Hotels. In 2012, Pam received the South Bay’s Woman of the Year award, recognized by the Switzer Organization for her community service efforts. As chairperson of Marriott’s Los Angeles Business Council, Pam was recognized with the company’s "Spirit to Serve" award for her leadership in social responsibility at Torrance Marriott South Bay.
Pam is actively involved with numerous non-profit organizations, including the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Children’s Miracle Network and Friends of Madrona Marsh. She is/was co-founder and Chair of Torrance’s Visitors Bureau. Pam is an avid runner and passionate about making a difference in her community, paying it forward.
Senior Legal Counsel & Head of Business Affairs,Technicolor
Kian Soleimanpour serves as Of Counsel in the corporate and transactional practice groups of Baer & Troff, LLP and the Business Law Professional Corporation where he is responsible for advising senior management of public and private companies in general corporate and commercial transactional matters, intellectual property acquisition and licensing, corporate finance, commercial real estate transactions, privacy and data security concerns, and general business matters for start-ups, technology, ecommerce, media, new media and entertainment companies.
Kian spent over a decade serving as in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and startups, including Senior Legal Counsel at Qualcomm, Inc., FLO TV, and the National Debt Network.
Kian also co-founded NC Motion Pictures, an independent film production company that produced short films, commercial spots. Kian received an Emmy® Nomination for his role as a Producer on the independent feature-length documentary film, “No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos”, which premiered in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and received world-wide distribution.
Kian is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the American Foundation for Children with AIDS in the village of Mongule, Zambia and Bigu, Nepal respectively. A native of Ohio, Kian currently lives in the Hollywood Hills with his beautiful fiancé, Kara Wolke, their son Leo and their dog, Tom Petty. His passions include world travel and exploration, reading, hiking, yoga, sports, art, film and music.
President, BlueSky Professional Services Group, LLC
Prior to forming BlueSky, Jeff spent 18 years as a Partner in the Financial Services Practice of Accenture. Jeff started BlueSky in 2006 after three former clients all told him, “Jeff, you should start your own firm.” BlueSky has since grown into a thriving company with an impressive team and client roster. Outside of work, Jeff is an avid runner and has completed the Los Angeles Marathon three times as well as dozen half marathons. He enjoys travel and his favorite spots are Telluride, Carmel and Kauai. His real passion is vintage automobiles and racing. He has competed in the 2003 La Carrera Panamerica in Mexico and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Laguna Seca. He likes life at 145mph.
Jeff served as Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles' Board Chair from the Chapter's inception through 2015.
Co-Founder, Altus Sports Institute
Paul Vincent, co-founder of Altus Sports Institute, has a long background in sports, passion for heath, and curiosity about human performance. In collaboration with his brother, a doctor of Chiropractic and biomechanics, Altus Sports Institute combines these backgrounds with fitness performance to look after the complete health of individuals through fitness, body alignment, blood analysis, and cognitive conditioning. Paul has worked with Olympic and professional athletes as well as actors from many of Hollywood's blockbuster films. Operations are based out of Santa Monica, just blocks from Back on My Feet's Team CLARE Foundation, but span to London and across the globe.
Paul first became involved with Back on My Feet immediately after hearing about the program three years ago. After pursuing Founder Anne Mahlum, Paul worked with Altus staff to host informative clinics for Back on My Feet Members with the goal of giving the group tools and knowledge about health and fitness that they could apply in several aspects of their lives. To date, Members have attended clinics about biomechanics and running form, nutrition, and structural exercises to help prevent injury and to keep the body in balance.
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley | National Board Liaison
Jeff Adams is a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley and the Southern California Region Director for the Global Wealth Management Group.
Prior to his current position, Jeff was the National Director of Sales and Marketing Support. He has also served as the Regional Director of the Midwest, Branch Manager of the North Texas Complex of offices and a member of Morgan Stanley's training faculty, where he served as a Management Training Associate from 1993 to 1995.
Since its inception in 1994 through 2001, Jeff served as Morgan Stanley's liaison to the Securities Industry Continuing Education Program (CEP). While serving a three year term on the CEP Council Jeff also was the Chair of the Firm Element Committee. In addition, he was a founding Board Member and a past President of the "Make a Wish" Foundation of North Texas.
Mr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Texas. He and his wife Kelly are relocating to Southern California.
Executive Director & Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Joseph Feinberg is an Executive Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley. When he was the Sales Manager in Beverly Hills, he realized the importance of a financial team. It was then that he established The Feinberg Group, to support the needs of his expanding clientele, which operates out of Chicago, Illinois and Woodland Hills, California. Joe focuses primarily on philanthropic and non-profit investing, estate planning, and after-tax return on investing.
Joe is also the director of The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, and supports many charities such as Northwestern University and its Medical School. By furthering the philanthropic presence of is family's foundation, with the help of his family, Joe has gained invaluable experience working in the non-profit environment.