Anthony Mathews is the incorporator and Secretary for the renewed California Center for Employee Ownership (CCEO). Tony has been an active leader in the ESOP community for over 40 years, serving as a principal in several of the most respected ESOP consulting firms in the country and as the Director of the Beyster Institute at the University of California San Diego Rady School of Management. During his tenure at UCSD, Tony was responsible for creating and delivering the first ever MBA level curricula on several subjects related to employee ownership and workplace democracy. He has recently taken over the CCEO and incorporated it as a separate, independent entity serving the broad needs of stakeholders in the development of effective employee ownership and he currently serves as its Secretary.
James Glinn, Founder, Movement for Life
James Glinn, PT, DPT, OCS is the Founder of the “Movement For Life” Team. As part of an amazing group of people and dedicated Team of experts, Dr. Glinn contributes to the operation of the largest employee owned fitness, wellness and rehabilitation Team in the United States. James is currently passionate about teleMOVEMENT, an evidence driven health, fitness and physical therapy digital solution.
James has served on the Board of Directors for the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as serving on the APTA Advisory Board on Reimbursement. Currently, Dr. Glinn serves on the Board Of Directors for the Alliance For Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation. Passionate about those he serves, Dr. Glinn advocates for Employee Ownership in the provision of enhanced healthcare, fitness and wellness services. When not striving to improve the lives of those he serves, James a former All-American swimmer enjoys surfing, paddling sports and other water sports as well as working with athletes as a coach in a variety of performance disciplines.
Ciro Giammona, CEO,
I transitioned from high tech into remodeling in 1986 when my wife and I bought our first home. We remodeled the kitchen, the bathrooms, refinished floors, installed trim, wallpaper and paint, doing all the work ourselves. We eventually sold that house, quit our jobs and bought a second fixer-upper and did it all over again. Then a third, until our two wonderful kids came along. In order to have a more stable lifestyle and a more consistent paycheck, I became a production manager for another Bay Area remodeler, and eventually earned my General Contractor’s License and started my own business, doing marketing, estimating, sales, production and business management. Wearing so many hats took its toll, but fortunately, I found Harrell Remodeling where I could lend my talents without burning out.
With the generosity of our company founders Iris Harrell and Ann Benson, I was thrilled to be part of the team that brought Harrell Remodeling to 100% Employee Ownership. I am pleased to serve as a Director of the California Center for Employee Ownership.
I’m a NARI Certified Remodeler, blessed to be a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and I serve on the Board of TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley’s own world-class regional theatre. I also play guitar and sing (as I have for over 30 years) with the rock-n-soul “E-Ticket Band”.
Alison Lingane, Co-Founder, Project Equity
Alison started her career in community-based work, designing and leading micro-enterprise programs for urban youth. Inspired to gain skills to bring programs to scale that create real opportunity for people, she left to get her MBA and co-founded what is now the Global Social Venture Competition, the largest international business plan competition for double or triple bottom line businesses.
Prior to launching Project Equity, Alison spent 15 years in executive roles at mission-driven businesses that are designed to have human impact at scale, including Benetech (where she built and launched their first product, a digital book service for individuals with visual or reading disabilities), GreatSchools (the 6th largest parenting website, a nonprofit using information to drive school improvement), and InsideTrack (a venture-backed scaled services company that has delivered 1:1 coaching to over 1 million college students to increase college completion rates).
A serial ‘social entrepreneur,’ in 2006, Alison co-founded a thriving PreK-8th grade dual immersion school in Oakland (Escuela Bilingüe Internacional) that now serves over 360 students. Alison has her B.A. from Harvard University and her MBA from the Haas School of Business. She has been selected as a 2014 Echoing Green Fellowand a 2017-18 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. Alison can be found running trails in the East Bay Hills, hanging out with her three boys (especially at soccer games!) and drinking Peet’s Coffee.
Doug Wright, President, Mountain Hardware and Sports
Doug Wright is the President of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee California. Mountain Hardware operates 2 hardware stores, one in Truckee and one in Blairsden/Graeagle, and a rental store (Truckee Rents). They became employee owned in 2001 and have been 100% employee owned since 2013.
Doug has been the ESOP Trustee from the beginning of their ESOP. He has been in the Hardware and Lumber business for 36 years. He sits on the Board of Directors of 3 Employee Owned companies and one privately held company. He has served as a Chapter Officer of the ESOP Association’s California Western States Chapter and is currently the Past President.
Tom Silber, President, Bivar
A product of the University of California at Irvine, Tom is the son of career educators who shared their love of learning with their 8 children. Tom’s Father, John, was a member of the Music Department Faculty at the University of California at San Diego for over a quarter of a century.
Tom came to Bivar in 1989 as the National Sales Manager and quickly moved up the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. During his tenure in this position, he launched the international sales program that lists a distribution sales network of 35 countries on 6 continents. In 1994, Tom was promoted to President of Bivar. In this position, he developed the organizational structure as well as the executive team that provides the leadership of the corporation. He also played a key role in the implementation of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 1998. He assumed the role of CEO and Chairman of the Board in 2005 along all of the responsibilities for strategic corporate planning.
In his free time, Tom and his wife, Martha, enjoy traveling the world, relaxing with their three children and charitable activities related to the Humane Treatment of Animals. Tom serves on a range of Electronics Industries Committees and enjoys actively working with his Fellow CCEO Board Members and Staff on raising the awareness of the value provided through Employee Ownership.
Rich Phillips, CEO/President, CMC Rescue
With California roots extending back to the gold rush, Rich Phillips shares a passion for the state’s spectacular outdoor environment with Jim Frank, his backpacking pal and roommate at the Cal Poly School of Engineering, San Luis Obispo.
After graduation, Rich spent more than 20 years in Sales, Marketing, and Management positions at Fortune 500 companies, but he kept in touch with Jim, who subsequently founded CMC Rescue to meet the growing need for innovative life-saving equipment for professional emergency responders. In 1994 Rich joined CMC full-time as Executive Vice President, becoming President and CEO in 2009.
Also in 2009, an ESOP was formed as part of an exit strategy for the founder and as a mechanism for assuring continuation of the business in Santa Barbara County. Over the next few years, CMC transitioned to 100% employee-ownership. Under Rich’s guidance, CMC has continued to expand, purchasing two properties in the Santa Barbara Business Park.
He comments; “I am so proud of our company, our employee owners, and our commitment to CMC being a vital member of the Santa Barbara area as an employer, an advocate for community involvement, and a promoter of corporate social and environmental responsibility.” CMC Rescue has grown and prospered in the Santa Barbara area for more than 40 years.
Michael Custer, CEO/President, Chatsworth Products
Mike is CEO at Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) a 100% employee-owned ESOP. He has been an ESOP participant for 25 years and first joined CPI as General Manager at their founding Chatsworth, California facility. CPI is a market leader in technology infrastructure and its products can be found in the data centers of the Global 1000 as well as with cloud- based and multi-tenant IT service providers world-wide.
Mike began his career working as an R&D Engineer for the signature audio brand – Marantz – and in subsequent business ventures was always involved in equity ownership and their executive management. Mike describes his joining CPI as follows: “I never enjoyed true partnership with co-owners of a business before arriving at Chatsworth Products. The first thing I heard was ‘welcome – don’t worry about being new to the company – we won’t let you fail’. I can’t imagine ever working anywhere without employee-ownership. ESOP’s are awesome!”
Jason D'Mello, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Jason D'Mello is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests involve new venture teams and the inner-dynamics of co-founders. He has researched pay-what-you-want pricing models, governance boards, and post-traumatic growth as it relates to entrepreneurship.
He has founded multiple technology and educational startups and serves on the board for The Incubator School (LA), Health Digital (NYC) and is the subject matter expert for Caseworx. He founded a social enterprise called AMPED - Academy of Music Production Education and Development - a free youth music program for at-risk kids in Louisville. His economic impact study for the Forecastle Music Arts and Activism Festival has been widely cited, and he has supported several community initiates within Louisville prior to moving to Los Angeles.
Professor D’Mello founded multiple technology startups and worked in the private sector with companies like Ranker.com, Walmart.com, HP, Organic, Inc., Guitar Salon Inc. and Walt Disney Internet Group.