Chapman names new director for Leatherby Center – Orange County Register

Matthew Hanson has been hired the new director for the entrepreneurship center at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics. His first day was Sept. 1.

He replaces Shan Steinmark, who had run the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics since 2014.

Hanson is a Chapman alumnus, earning his master’s in business administration in 1986 and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from USC. He has served as an adjunct professor of finance at Chapman since 2012, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance, Introduction to Corporate Finance, Personal Finance and Business Analytics.

Currently the center houses between 10 and 12 “teams-in-residence” with office space on site at its Launch Labs facility, with a total of between 20 and 30 teams overall in the Launch Labs program.

The Leatherby center provides resources for startups such as mentors and workshops, as well as supports both the entrepreneurship minor and emphasis.

Before this newest appointment, Hanson was senior program manager at Beckman Coulter in Brea, where he led teams in the development of a next-generation clinical automation system and development of the company’s first cloud-based customer application.  He also was vice president and co-founder of Integrated Medical System, a startup launched by the Northrop Grumman Corp. to leverage aerospace technologies and processes in the health care space.

On the move

Sejal Pietrzak has joined DealerSocket in San Clemente as its new president and chief executive officer. Jonathan Ord, who is the company’s co-founder and has been its CEO for the past 16 years, will remain an investor and active on the company’s board. Pietrzak has extensive experience leading teams at ACTIVE Network, where she worked for 12 years. Before joining ACTIVE, Pietrzak held leadership positions at Wells Fargo & Co. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. DealerSocket is an automotive technology platform that helps dealerships in the U.S., Canada and Australia with its suite of marketing, sales, service, customer experience software.

Judd Tirnauer has been appointed chief financial officer for Cypress-based Real Mex Restaurants, operator of restaurants including Chevys Fresh Mex, El Torito, Acapulco and Pink Taco. Tirnauer has experience in specialty retail, financial planning, debt restructuring and organizational development. He joins Real Mex from Wet Seal, where he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Rebecca Tann has been named Orange County United Way’s chief development officer. Formerly vice president of sales and marketing at Life Time Fitness, she brings more than 20 years of experience to the nonprofit, where she will lead fundraising efforts and brand strategy.

Companies & colleges

A $1.5 million donation to UC Irvine from Microsemi Corp. will combine with $500,000 in matching funds from the UC Office of the President to establish the Microsemi Presidential Chair in Electrical Engineering. The $2 million endowment will support research and teaching, equipment and laboratory setup, graduate fellowships and more. The Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science is home to more than 50 percent of students in the engineering school, according to a statement. Based in Aliso Viejo with offices around the world, Microsemi is a provider of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace and defense, communications, data centers and industrial markets. It has about 4,800 employees globally.


Good works

Grocery Outlet’s seventh annual Independence from Hunger campaign has raised more than $1 million to provide over 500,000 meals to families in need. Throughout the month of July, the discount grocer’s customers, employees and independent owner-operators in Orange County and across six states contributed food and monetary donations. The chain raised $1,075,583 and local food banks will receive 100 percent of the proceeds as no administration or collateral fees will be deducted from the funds.

Coming up

The 28th annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference will be held from 7:30-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Registration for professionals seeking continuing education units is $175 and general admission is $75 prior to Sept. 8, 2017. Conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, parking and materials. Discounted rates and scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information or to register, go to or call 949-757-3721.

The Orange County Small Business Development Center, an economic development program of Rancho Santiago Community College District, will host several business-oriented workshops in September:

Sept. 6: “Export Essentials for Business,” 6-8:30 p.m., Rancho Santiago Community College District 2323 N. Broadway Room 107, Santa Ana. Cost: $25.

Sept. 12: “Start and Grow Your Online Business Today,” 6-8:30 p.m. Kinecta Federal Credit Union 4041 Macarthur Blvd. #100, Newport Beach. Free.

Sept. 13: “Small Business Jump-Start,” 6-8:30 p.m., Garden Grove Community Meeting Center 11300 Stanford Ave. B Room, Garden Grove. Cost: $10.

Sept. 19: “Human Resource Laws You’re Not Complying With,” 6-8:30 p.m., Cielo – Golden West College – Student Services Annex, Room 125, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. Free.

Sept. 27:  “The Art and Science of Creating a Successful Business Plan,” 6-8:30 p.m., Garden Grove Community Meeting Center 11300 Stanford Ave. Constitution Room, Garden Grove. Cost: $25.

Place reservations for any of the workshops at 714-564-5200 or

Brightwood College in Riverside will host an open house exhibiting its Dental Assistant diploma program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the campus (4040 Vine St.). The event is free and will include program demonstrations and campus tours. The Dental Assistant diploma can be completed in as little as 36 weeks and equips students to work alongside dentists and patients in a general office environment. For more information, go to or call 951-781-7400.

The Small Business Administration will host its fourth annual West Coast SBA Export Lender Roundtable on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Garden Grove. The roundtable will provide small business lenders, business development officers, credit officers, and other banking professionals with the skills needed to help small businesses use SBA exporting loans to start or increase their international trade activities. The program will feature Peter Cazamias, the new associate administrator of SBA’s Office of International Trade.  Other federal agencies participating include Export Import Bank of the U.S., and the U.S. Commercial Service. The event is free, includes lunch, and space is very limited. Register at (search Garden Grove events).

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