The Chairmen’s RoundTable Welcomes New Mentors

Additions expand diversity and experience of non-profit organization’s executive mentoring team.

San Diego, CA, August 31, 2017 --( The Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT), a San Diego non-profit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area, announced today that eight new mentors have joined in its mission to build a better San Diego one company at a time.

Dana Shertz, Felicia Lyon, Mike Irwin, Don Willis, Jamie Howard, Susannah Stewart, Sherri Neasham and Malcolm Bund have each committed to volunteering their time to support the CRT’s executive mentoring program.

“I am really excited about these additions to our team,” said Paul Thiel, CRT’s Chairman. “I am confident they will make key contributions to our mentoring activities by bringing their enthusiasm, diverse backgrounds and experience to our client companies.”

Each mentor has their own motivation for joining CRT. Felicia Lyon explained, “As I began my career, it was important for me to have an impact in people’s lives. After 5 years as a police officer, I learned I needed to find the right avenue to effect positive change but in a different environment. That’s when I started business consulting. Now I help organizations thrive by building the structure that brings together the strategy and the people. Those are the traits I’m looking forward to bringing the CRT – helping leaders in San Diego build successful businesses with empowered and engaged employees.”

Dana Shertz is business consultant with Contineo Ventures. Previously he has served in roles as SVP of Sales & Marketing at Callaway Golf, President & COO of MacGregor Golf and COO of Endev Enterprises, a hospitality development company.

Felicia Lyon is an accomplished human capital professional and trusted advisor with 20 years’ experience; 11 of those years at one of the largest consulting firms. She collaborates with business leaders to build high performing organizations by aligning strategy, structure and people. Her track record of success spans across industries to include Energy, Life Sciences, Technology and State and Federal Government.

Mike Irwin is founder of Bottle Rocket Advisors, a consultancy focused on helping clients grow revenue, improve profitability, and scale up. Prior to that, he was President and co-founder of a cycling products company. He also served as EVP-Strategic Development, EVP-Chief Financial Officer, and VP Marketing at WD-40 Company.

Donald E. Willis is President of Eaglenest Ventures LLC, a strategic consulting firm. Mr. Willis is a former senior business executive with 30 years’ experience leading Fortune 500 corporate strategy and planning organizations, and merger transaction and integration teams at Honeywell, Orbital-ATK and Motorola. He also worked for several U.S. government agencies most notably as a NASA flight controller on the Apollo program.

Jamie Howard has over 25 years of C-Level Executive and Business Operations experience in multiple markets and technology domains including Internet, Video, Wireless Broadband and Mobile Apps. Mr. Howard’s entrepreneurial track record of results includes raising over $100M in venture capital and private equity and being a key executive involved in four successful exits including two IPOs.

Susannah Stewart is a multilingual international executive whose career success spans 28 years, 18 industries, and 15 countries. Recognized as a global Sustainability thought-leader, she is a growth catalyst, innovation activist, and transformational change agent in positions ranging from a Fortune-1 corporation through to startups, nonprofits, and PPPs.

Sherri Neasham is a successful entrepreneur, venture philanthropist, and experienced business coach. In the last 3 decades, Sherri has built companies in 4 different industries. In the last 7 years, she has served as Partner and Board Director of San Diego Social Venture Partners, investing capital and coaching time in organizations focused on solutions for homelessness, hunger, poverty, education, youth violence, and foster care.

Malcolm Bund is a retired industrialist with experience in automotive aftermarket and building materials. He was a pioneer in Private Equity, raising his first pool of capital in 1985-86. His career has spanned several industries as diverse as management of professional athletes and celebrities, to owning and operating industrial companies.

About Chairmen’s RoundTable
The Chairmen’s RoundTable is a non-profit volunteer organization composed of more than 40 current and former Chief Executive Officers, with extensive board experience and diverse industry backgrounds, and a broad base of sponsor and partner organizations. CRT mentors provide invaluable advice without compensation to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area as a way of giving back to the community. CRT’s well-defined mentoring program is ideal for privately-owned small to mid-sized companies that are at a strategic crossroad and are looking to gain an outside perspective on key business issues. CRT serves around 30 clients per year and to date, more than 425 local companies have benefited from CRT’s mentorship. For more information and to read about past client successes, please visit
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