Pacific Coast Business Times
Henry Dubroff is a successful journalist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Pacific Coast Business Times, the weekly business journal for the Central Coast of California and the dominant financial news source in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The Business Times is a five-time winner of the “Best in Business” awards from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, the world’s largest professional association of business journalists. The newspaper’s coverage of the financial crisis won a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists and it is a multiple winner of Los Angeles Press Club awards. Dubroff provides daily commentaries on KCLU, a National Public Radio affiliate and he has written commentaries for The Denver Post. Dubroff was the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Business Journalist of the Year for Greater Los Angeles and was the 2013 winner of the California Coast Venture Forum’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. In 2016, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Before founding the Business Times on March 17, 2000, Dubroff was the editor of The Denver Business Journal (1995-1999) and Business Editor of The Denver Post (1988-1995). From 1982-85, he was a reporter and columnist for the Springfield Newspapers in Massachusetts. Dubroff is a past president of SABEW and chairs the organization’s First Amendment Committee. He is the co-author of “Battling Big Box: How Nimble Niche Companies Can Outmaneuver Giant Competitors” (Career Press, 2009). He currently serves on the boards of the CSU Channel Islands Foundation, UCSB Economic Forecast Project, MIT Enterprise Forum for the Central Coast, and on the California Lutheran University School of Management Advisory Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. in 1972 and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1982.
Steve Engles has served on the EFP Board since 2006 handling Sponsorships, Event Committee and TV Production duties. Mr. Engles has been involved in many community activities including Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board, Vice President, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Co-Chair Celebrity Waiters Lunch among others. Mr. Engles owned and operated Engles Communications, a Broadcast Group of Three TV stations, four radio stations and a TV towers complex along with Engles Enterprises, a Real Estate Development and Investment firm with properties across the country.
American Riviera Bank
Joanne Funari is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Riviera Bank. Previously, she held executive positions at Heritage Oaks Bank, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, and Bank of New York and was a founder and organizer of Business First National Bank. She received a BS degree in Finance from Le Moyne University, and a graduate degree with honors from Pacific Coast Banking School. An active volunteer in Santa Barbara, she is currently Secretary of the Police Foundation and serves on boards of the Downtown Organization, UCSB Economic Forecast Project, and Santa Barbara Zoo. She represents the First District on the County Finance Corporation, and is on the Steering Committee of the South Coast Business & Technology Awards. Past president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region and Goleta Valley, Joanne also served on the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation and Foundation for City College boards and was La Presidenta and CEO of Old Spanish Days. Joanne moved to Santa Barbara in 1991 with husband Carlos and son Ryan.
Montecito Bank and Trust
Janet Garufis began her banking career 45 years ago and is currently the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Montecito Bank & Trust. She actively contributes her time and talent to industry associations as well as local non-profits. Besides the UCSB Economic Forecast, Ms. Garufis serves as the Chair of Sansum Clinic® Board of Trustees and is a director and a Past President of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Board. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Music Academy of the West and the Board of Directors of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce.
Peter Jordano has served as President and CEO of Jordano’s Inc. for over 40 years. During that time he engineered and managed the growth of his locally owned company into a food, beverage, and restaurant equipment distribution powerhouse. Today, Jordano’s two divisions—Jordano’s Foodservice and Pacific Beverage—have more than 550 employees and post over 325 million annual sales. From its beginnings in 1915 as the family-owned Jordano Brothers’ Market, the company dedicated itself to providing the best possible products and highest levels of service. That became Jordano’s hallmark as the company grew into Santa Barbara’s first chain of supermarkets, and continued to evolve into the modern corporation that it is today. A life-long Santa Barbara resident, Mr. Jordano is extremely active in community affairs. He has been a member of more than two dozen local organizations, serving on the boards of 21 of them. A partial list includes the Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation, the UCSB Foundation, Citizens for a Balanced Community, Goleta Valley Community Hospital, Las Positas Park Foundation, the Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable, and Old Spanish Days. During the 1984 Olympics, he was “Mayor” of the Olympic Village at UCSB, which housed more than 1,000 athletes. Over the years, he has received more than 30 awards for service to the community. Mr. Jordano graduated from San Jose State University in 1956. For the next two years he served in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He started at Jordano’s in 1958, working his way up through the sales department and into management, eventually taking over as President and CEO in 1975.
John Petote is an Angel Investor who has invested in over 90 start-up and early stage companies as well as various VC funds and real estate partnerships. His private company investments include organizations from the following industries: Information Technology; Internet Marketing; Shared Economy; Biotech; Medical Devices; Consumer Goods; and Financial Institutions. John is the Founder of CIO Solutions and currently serves as the company’s Chairman. CIO Solutions designs and implements customized cloud-based IT solutions and also provides IT management services to both SMB and Enterprise organizations. John has held sales and technical-related positions in a variety of industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for: Pattern Computer; ParentSquare; FutureInReview.com; UCSB Economic Forecast Project; Central Coast MIT Forum; and the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County; as well as the Scholarship Foundation Steering Committee. John was the recipient of the 2017 South Coast Business & Technology Awards: 'Pioneer of the Year' award. John's primary skills include assessing startup organizations, mentoring, strategic planning, business development, and creative problem solving. Graduated with honors from the ICM School of Business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Christian Treitler is an Associate Director of Finance at UCSB and the Controller of the UCSB Foundation. He previously held positions as an investment adviser, and broker/dealer at investment firms. He is a CFA Charterholder and earned a Master's degree from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria.
Bob Tuler has enjoyed a storied career that spans 41 years as a commercial real estate broker in the Santa Barbara area, amassing leases and sales totaling over 17.3 million sq. ft. of space and nearly $1.9 billion in volume. Over the years Bob has spearheaded many of the largest office and industrial transactions on the South Coast, including 1–71 S. Los Carneros for $53 million and The Devereux Campus for $27.5 millionToday Bob’s record stands as having completed the most commercial transactions of any agent in Santa Barbara County. He is also a multiple recipient of the Pacific Coast Business Times Tri-Counties “Dealmakers of the Year” award for largest lease or sale transactions. Since 1991 he has been a significant contributor to the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, serving as president and board member while providing comprehensive lease rate data and analysis on South Coast commercial property.
Francois DeJohn, Chair
Hayes Comercial Group
HUB International Insurance Services
First American Title Company
D3 Management and Land Use Consulting
Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney, LLP
DNMHA Architecture + Interior Design
Santa Barbara Securities
Robert R. Maloy
Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP
Hutton Parker Foundation
Michael E. Pfau
Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy, LLP
Eric J. Sonquist
UCSB International Advancement
Carolle Van Sande
Bristol Property Management
The Towbes Group