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Ron-3-smRon Benza

MBA from NYU Stern. Thirty-seven years of business experience. A corporate career spanning twenty-six years. An entrepreneurial phase for the last 11 and counting. Worked on two continents in three countries: The US (New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco), Belgium (Brussels) and France (Paris). Speaks two languages: English and French.

The corporate side: advertising and marketing. Through most of the ‘90s, ran the ad agency McCann-Erickson San Francisco, growing it to one of the top 10 international offices for McCann by winning accounts such as AT&T Wireless, HP, Siebel, Silicon Graphics and Blue Shield of CA. Grew it to $272MM in billing and 260 employees. Ended corporate phase as Chief Marketing Officer of Kintana, a 300-person start-up in the Technology Chain Management space.

In 2002, started an entrepreneurial phase, teaming up with former colleagues to create Benza Group Inc. in the print production management space, using his background in both advertising and software to create & version high-volume work for the clients such as AT&T Wireless and Netflix.

Has helped position some of the world’s leading brands. Trained and developed hundreds of people over the years. Became an unofficial executive coach for many years, working with former colleagues and friends who kept saying: “Why don’t you do this for a living? People can feel immediately that you’re invested in them…can’t believe how you have helped me…why don’t you do that for others?”

So…Ron listened. Got formally certified as an executive business coach through the Executive Coaching Institute of UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.  And has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Cal State East Bay teaching marketing at the MBA level.

Trish-1-smTrish Damkroger

Masters in electrical engineering from Stanford. Currently Deputy Associate Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) Computation Directorate. Also head of CAR—Computer Applications and Research Department.

Chosen by peers to be the General Chair of the Supercomputing Conference—SC14—in New Orleans in November 2014.

Started her career at Hewlett Packard as a manufacturing engineer before moving on to Sandia National Laboratories. Over a decade at Sandia, advanced to Deputy Director for the Advanced and Exploratory Program.

Prior to joining LLNL in May 2002 as the Software Quality Manager and Computation Division Leader and wondering what life would be like on the corporate side—she became as Remedy Corporation’s Area Vice President for Information Technology, managing a large, geographically diverse team of application developers, software quality engineers, and technical writers to develop next-generation service management software.

Since 2008, has served as the Deputy Associate Director for Computation Directorate leading the CAR (Computing Applications and Research) Department to develop software technologies and application codes in support of DOE missions in the defense, energy, and life sciences.

Trish is well aware that managing a diverse team of highly technical people—450 in CAR and 1000+ in the overall Computation Directorate requires a level of skill in people development and so sought out to be trained herself as a coach by becoming certified as an Executive Coach from the Executive Coaching Institute of UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Together with Ron’s expertise in branding, positioning and presenting and Trish’s ability to get inside of the engineer that she herself is, they have formed a dynamic team to help the technical executive.

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