International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

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Our Judges

Stephen H. Achtenhagen

Steve Achtenhagen has held marketing and research positions at Lockheed, TRW, Stanford Research Institute, and General Brewing Corporation (GBC), and owned the wholesale distributorship marketing RCA and Whirlpool products.   He concluded his experience in industry with his final assignment at GBC as Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Strategy.

At San Jose State University (SJSU), Mr. Achtenhagen taught classes in corporate strategy, marketing, and decision sciences, after graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with a Ph.D. in Business Marketing. As a business consultant during his academic tenure, Steve conducted research on, and presented results and conclusions for over twenty-five corporate and business operational and strategic studies.

Mr. Achtenhagen has been a judge for sixteen years.


Barbara Barcon

Ms. Barbara Barcon has been a finance executive with over 30 years of corporate finance leadership in the Aerospace and Energy industries.  She has an extensive background in financial planning, M&A and operational management.  At Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 2008-2010 she was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.   Her career includes over 21 years at Hughes Electronics where she rose to the position of CFO of the satellite manufacturing business unit.   From 2001-2007, Ms. Barcon  was at TRW/Northrop Grumman for six years where  she was Vice President of Financial Process Excellence and was responsible for the development and implementation of a process improvement and management program for Finance across the company.

In addition to the above, Ms. Barcon has spent several years with a pass through Private Equity firm where, as a Senior Vice President,  she is responsible for portfolio company financial oversight and controls and financial due diligence.

Ms. Barcon earned a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and her MBA from CSULB.  She also serves as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council.

Ms. Barcon has been a judge for four years.


Gabrielle M. Capolupo

Gabrielle M. Capolupo is currently Senior Director of Engineering, Juniper Development and Innovation (JDI) Office of the CTO. She was previously Senior Director of Junos Governance, responsible for policy, process, criteria and schedule for all Junos releases.

Previous, during her more than 11 years with Cisco Systems, Inc., she was a Senior Engineering Manager for the IOS Packet Engineering Group, responsible for large-scale, corporate wide software infrastructure planning and implementation. In addition, she remotely managed the Edge Services software teams in Bangalore, India, and the collective engineering teams for the leading Broadband Aggregation platform. Prior to her employment at Cisco Systems, Ms. Capolupo spent over seven years in various positions at Novell, Inc.

Ms. Capolupo received her Master of Business Administration degree in 1994 from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Ms. Capolupo has been a judge for twenty-four years.


Chris Cook

Mr. Cook is a Director in the Merger and Acquisition Integration practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). His work focuses on helping clients develop organization-wide integration management and risk mitigation plans for acquisitions, divestitures and cross-border / cross-functional initiatives. Chris is a leader of product and process development for the Firm’s Integration Management Office (IMO) service offering. Chris also consults with various PwC clients in the area of business performance improvement. Prior to his MBA, Chris spent five and a half years at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) developing and deploying information technology solutions for telecommunication clients, including overseas assignments in England, France, and Italy.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of the Pacific (1992) and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in May 2000.

Mr. Cook has been a judge for ten years.


Abdel El-Shaieb

Dr. Abdel El-Shaieb earned his Bachelors in Production Engineering from Cairo University, a Masters and a Doctor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught courses in Strategic Management, Operations Management and Quality Management at San Jose State University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also taught a variety of Industrial Engineering courses at Cairo University and the American University in Cairo. Dr El-Shaieb spent a semester on a DIP leave from San Jose State at NUMMI (New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc.) which is a joint venture between Toyota and GM in Fremont, California.

Also, Dr. El-Shaieb was the advisor to the San Jose State University teams competing in the games on and off since the mid- 1970s when they were called the Reno Games. Before retiring at the end of January, Dr. El-Shaieb is currently retired from the position of Associate Dean for the College of Business at San Jose State University.

Dr. El-Shaieb has been a judge for twelve years.


Donna Fedor

Principal, Donna Brann Interiors

Ms. Fedor, with 30+ years in the technology and financial industries, recently decided to pursue her passion and started Donna Brann Interiors, an interior design firm in Scottsdale Arizona. She also decided to learn the industry from the ground up by working as a Customer Service Representative at the Scottsdale showroom of Chicago-based CAI Designs, a privately-held, ‘to the trade’ design resource, representing industry-leading manufacturers around the globe.

Prior to her change of career, Donna was Vice President of Corporate Development at Life365, Inc., an emerging healthcare IT company in Tempe, Arizona, where she remains an investor. Before moving to Arizona in 2017, Donna led the Digital Health and Healthcare IT practice at WaveEdge Capital, a Bay Area-based boutique healthcare investment bank where she led acquisition, capital raise and partnership transactions.

Fedor was the founder and lead strategist at The Arden Group, a strategy and business development consultancy focused on digital healthcare. Prior to founding The Arden Group, she was Healthcare Strategy Director at Jabil, a $16b global design and manufacturing company. Prior to Jabil, she developed and directed the strategic planning and technology roadmap at Flextronics. In both roles, she developed growth strategies and directed healthcare investments. Donna has a strong history of creating and executing successful marketing, channel and technology strategies to create differentiation and grow global revenues profitably.

dsMs. Fedor is also a free-lance journalist and has published many articles in healthcare and strategy. Donna holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tracy Hatfield

Ms. Hatfield graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation she spent 3 years managing residential income properties where she gained valuable leadership skills.

Ms. Hatfield earned an MBA with concentrations in Project Management and New Ventures from the University of San Diego. She is now the Vice President of Pacific Horizon Property and Financial Group.   She has a variety of duties which include but are not limited to, investment fund management, financial analysis, loan underwriting and real estate sales and development.

Ms. Hatfield has been a judge for fifteen years.


Peter B. Heyler

Peter B. Heyler is President of PBH Executive Services in Missoula, Montana. As an independent management consultant, he works in the areas of strategic and financial planning for small and medium-sized companies going through some of the more difficult stages of growth and development.  As an educator he has presentednumerous seminars on finance, accounting and business management topics to CPAs and others throughout the UnitedStates and abroad, including programs on Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers. Mr. Heyler has also been on the faculty of Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ where he taught their senior level capstone course in strategic management and business policy. He has served on the adjunct faculty of Beaver College (now Arcadia University), Ursinus College and Bucks County Community College, all located in eastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Heyler has been involved in international management education with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Wharton School’s Applied Research Center, and Global Volunteers. He has had teaching and consulting experience in Ghana, Zambia, India,  Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Egypt, Albania, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, China, Romania, Vietnam, England and Canada.

Before starting his own business, Mr. Heyler spent five years in public accounting and nearly 15 years in private industrywhere he served in a variety of financial management positions, including ten years as chief financial and administrative officer of three manufacturing companies.  He is a CPA, received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School and his BA degree in economics and mathematics from Yale University.  Other outside activitiesinclude membership in the American Institute of CPAs, the Montana Society of CPAs, and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs where he was chairman of the State Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Mr. Heller has been a judge for fourteen years.


Shauna Carson

Shauna Carson is currently the Vice President of Operations – Multifamily at Pacifica S.D. Management. Shauna oversees approximately 3,000 apartment units and leads a team of 100 employees across the nation.  Her day-to-day duties involve all aspects of operations management including, but not limited to, risk management, human resources, marketing, construction and customer service.  Ms.  Carson’s work experience is primarily financial in nature.  She was Chief Financial Officer for the Tom Hom Group where she was involved in all aspects of the company’s financial and accounting matters and as a Commercial Loan Representative & Product Manager for San Diego National Bank.

Ms. Carson received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from San Diego State University and her Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of San Diego.

Ms. Carson has been a judge for fifteen years.


John Primus 

Dr. John Primus has enjoyed two successful business careers, first as a commercial banker and then as a university business educator. During his first career of more than twenty years, he was a commercial banker with Bank of America where he engaged in lending to various industry participants from the consumer, agricultural, general business and real estate sectors.   As a Vice President of Bank of America, his responsibilities included business management and loan portfolio management.  In 1988, Mr. Primus began his second career of seventeen years as a university business educator. His teaching assignments included classes in the fields of Management, Finance, and Real Estate for California State University, Hayward (CSUH) now East Bay.

Mr. Primus has earned three degrees in Business, including a B.S. from Iowa State University, an MBA, and a Ph.D. from Golden Gate University.

Mr. Primus has been a judge for twelve years.


Chris Hernandez

Chris Hernandez is vice president of Special Programs for the Advanced Programs and Technology Division at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, missile systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.   He was previously, vice president of Engineering and Programs for the former Integrated Systems sector and served as vice president and deputy of the sector’s Airborne Ground Surveillance and Battle Management Systems. Before joining Northrop Grumman, Mr. Hernandez worked for Rockwell International Corporation in the development of NASA’s Space Shuttle.

Mr. Hernandez received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University-Long Beach, and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Fellows program.

Mr. Hernandez has been a judge for five years.


Constance E. Skidmore

Connie is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Comfort Systems USA (NYSE: FIX), a $1.5B construction firm. She is also on the Audit Committee of ShoreTel (NASDAQ: SHOR), and advises two West Coast technology growth companies.  In 2011, she joined the Board of the V Foundation for Cancer Research and is currently on the Executive and Finance Committees.

Connie served on the 18-member elected Board of U.S. Partners and Principals for PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, ($7B in revenues) for a four-year term prior to her formal retirement. Concurrently, Connie was the U.S. Tax Strategy Leader for the Firm.   Earlier in her PwC career, she was West Region Tax Managing Partner where she was the equivalent of CEO for the $300M, 1000-employee unit.

Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Connie was a tax specialist with the Internal Revenue Service. She holds a B.A. degree from Florida State University and a M.S. degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.  Recently, she completed the Directors College program at Stanford Law School.

Ms. Skidmore has been a judge for two years.


Michael Garnreiter

Michael Garnreiter has over thirty-five years of business, financial and consulting experience spanning numerous industries, including financial services, healthcare, food service and entertain-ment, mining, manufacturing and services companies.

Mr. Garnreiter is currently Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Shamrock Foods, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of foods and food-related products. From January 2010 until August 2012, he was a Managing Director with Fenix Financial Forensics LLC (F3), a Phoenix based litigation and financial consulting firm. Prior to 2010, Mr. Garnreiter had a 27-year accounting and auditing career with Arthur Andersen before retiring in 2002.

Currently he serves as a member of the board of directors for three public companies.

Mr. Garnreiter’s has been a judge for six years.


Samer Batarseh

Samer Batarseh is Distribution Marketing Manager for Intel Americas, Folsom, CA. where he began in 2002 as New Products Sample Manager. Since then he has held increasingly responsible marketing and finance positions with Intel including Channel Marketing Engineer, Mobile Processors Marketing Manager, Strategic Financial Analyst, Customers Programs Analyst and Market Development Manager.

His current responsibilities include negotiating, planning, implementing, and controlling marketing initiatives and projects with value added distribution partners in North America to create opportunities in new computing market segments like energy, medical, military, digital signage, and retail. Mr. Batarseh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA in Finance, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy.  He serves as an adjunct professor with numerous universities.

Mr. Batarseh has been a judge for three years.


Curt Williams

Curt Williams has been with Intel Corp. for close to twenty years and manages Supply Chain Operations for their Mobile Communications Group in Santa Clara, Calif. During his twenty-five plus years in the tech industry, Mr. Williams has held positions in Sales, Marketing, and Finance as well as Supply Chain Operations.

Prior to working for Intel Corp., Mr. Williams worked for Schweber Electronics (now Arrow) in San Jose, CA as a Field Sales Engineer and at National Semiconductor in Santa Clara, CA where he held positions as the Marketing Controller and then the Marketing Operations Manager for Analog products within their Americas region.

He holds a BA in Modern History from UC San Diego amd  an MBA from CSU, Sacramento.

Mr. Williams has been a judge for four years.


Shellie Hunt

Shellie Hunt is a Global Entrepreneur, Life Coach, International Motivational Speaker, Trauma Expert, Author of the “Success is by Design” Series, and TV executive producer. She is owner/founder of Success is by Design, ReMake MY Life LLC, and The Women of Global Change.

She has appeared as a featured host/speaker in a documentary series entitled “Freedom” for the Human Potential Network. Ms. Hunt currently is a proud member of the Alliance of Women and Media, which promotes positive progress and change for women.  Ms. Hunt has worked with major corporations including Time Warner, PSI Seminars (Personal Success Institute), The Young Entrepreneurs Society, VH1, Pacific Electric, and Kimberly Clark.

Ms. Hunt has been a judge for four years.


Frank McEnulty

Frank McEnulty is an experienced financial executive with an extensive background in finance and accounting, multiple location management, real estate development, financial analysis, workout and mediation, presentations and public speaking, cash management, property management, business startup, development and operations.

Mr. McEnulty’s current position is as President and CFO of Meghan Matthews, Inc., Pacific Palisades, CA, a privately-held investment company for two high net worth individuals with a diverse business portfolio which has included mortgage loans, real estate, consulting, business start-ups, consumer products, manufacturing, restaurants, magazines, entertainment and clothing. He serves on the Board of Directors for Ojai Oil Company, Oxnard, CA.

Mr. McEnulty has a B.A. from CSU Long Beach and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Mr. McEnulty has been a judge for three years.


Bruce Sparks

Bruce Sparks has had over 25 years of successful business management experience. He has successfully owned and managed a successful furniture manufacturing business —   Wippersnappers, Inc., Murrieta, CA and owned and managed  Sparks Furniture Company, in Tustin, California.

Mr. Sparks serves as a Small Business “Core” Advisor to Long Beach, Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. In 2011-2012 he was nominated for National Business advisor of the Year.  As advisor, he develops and delivers classes and workshops on a variety of business issues for the entrepreneurial community.  He also serves as a lecturer at CSU Long Beach teaching courses in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.

Mr. Sparks has both a B.A. in Business Administration and an MBA degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Mr. Sparks’s has been a judge for three years.


Steve Meyers

Steve Meyers is a leading attorney in the areas of securities laws compliance and technology licensing. He began his legal career as an Enforcement Attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission in San Francisco.  He went on to become in-house counsel with several publicly traded and pre-IPO companies in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.   He relocated to Palm Springs in 2006, where he assists companies in raising money in compliance with federal and state securities laws.

Mr. Meyers received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.  When not fretting over his 18 year old daughter or his 9 year old son, he dreams of returning to San Diego and learning to surf.

Mr. Meyers has been a judge for “several” years.


Carol Moore

Carol Moore is currently employed by Cengage Learning as a Digital Content Designer. She has been involved in a number of projects for the company that have included conducting surveys, overseeing focus group research, and implementing new textbook learning systems to a accompany college courses in Management, Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Management.  Ms. Moore’s background also includes consulting projects in developing  corporate training programs in conflict resolution, change management, team building and performance management where clients ranged from a steel refinery to a financial services firm

Ms. Moore has earned a B.A. in Psychology and both an M.S. and, most recently, a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University. She has served as a faculty member at San Jose State, CSU East Bay, St. Mary’s College, California and the University of Michigan teaching courses in Management.

Ms. Moore’s has been a judge for three years.


Mark Haynes


Mark Haynes is a Portfolio and Program Manager at United Health Group in the OptumRx division, and has over 20 years professional experience providing analysis and management support in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Finance and Service Delivery industries. Mark manages large scale programs to improve efficiency, meet regulatory requirements and improve the quality of healthcare for United’s members. In addition to being a portfolio manager at United Health Group, he has served as a Program and Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente, Platinum Resources Group, Economy Environmental, and Electronic Data Systems.

He received both his BA in Finance (1992) and MBA (2011) from California State University, Long Beach.

This is the fourth year that Mr. Haynes is serving as a judge for the ICBSC.

Captain Chris Roth

Chris’s educational includes an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.  He is also certified to manage aircraft operations and systems as well as direct and supervise flight crews.  His leadership skills were acquired from a broad range of positions including managing corporate retail stores, working as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C., being Chairman of the Board of a credit union during a merger, and serving as a jet airline captain where he was responsible for supervising flight crews, managing aircraft systems, and collaborating on cost saving measures for his airline.

Chris currently works for the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector where he is responsible for regulatory oversight of domestic and international aircraft operators, helping new entrants set up business operations to conform to federal law, and providing safety outreach to the community.  Previously, he operated his own business advising and training international students for aviation careers, during which he obtained recognition from the federal government for his high success rate with his clients.

Mr. Roth has been a judge for one year.


Robert Baim

Bob is an internationally recognized executive consultant, trainer, and author. He divides his time between teaching advanced principles of project management and helping major corporations to actually implement efficient project management processes. He has consulted to numerous Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries including process plant design and construction, pharmaceutical, software development, gaming, automotive, research and development, telecommunications, automation, robotics, and financial management.

Previously Bob held executive positions in information systems and computer operations, total quality management, power plant maintenance, contract management, project control, and business management. Bob served also as adjunct professor with Idaho State University in the field of organizational behavior.

Bob is a Civil Engineer, MBA, holds a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), and maintains distinction as a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE).

Bob’s global travels include twenty different countries in the past twelve years, during which time he spent over 100 days working in India.   During his travels he demonstrates the importance of project management and promotes his book, Avoiding the OS Phase® now in its second printing.


James Otoski

James Otoski is the owner of James T. Otoski Tax Professional. He holds an Enrolled Agent designation, the highest credential the IRS awards.  As a federally-authorized tax practitioner, James advises clients on tax planning, as well as preparing and filing federal and state tax returns.

James earned his bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University in 1999. In 2011, James earned his MBA from California State University, Long Beach.  While attending CSULB, James served as the treasurer, and later president, of the MBA Student Association.

James also spent nearly 21 years in the Air Force, managing and supporting a wide variety of missions and personnel. He has lived in places ranging from Mississippi to Turkey. This is James’s second year as a judge.


Paresh Joshi

Mr. Paresh Joshi is Director for Product Management at SonicWall Inc., a cyber security company. He has 11-years of technology industry experience in areas such as productizing cutting edge technologies, defining go-to-market strategies and building high performing teams.

Prior to SonicWall he worked at Intel in various Sr. Manager roles in enterprise cyber security and commercial drone solutions. Before that he worked with Tech Mahindra in solution design and product development of telecom operations software for global telecom operators. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai, India and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from University of California, Irvine.Running sports | Sneakers