Vlad Vaiman, PhD

Associate Dean and Professor

School of Management, California Lutheran University

Dr. Vlad Vaiman is professor of international management at California Lutheran University in the USA and is a visiting professor at several top universities around the world, including Aalto University School of Business and Hanken School of Economics (both in Finland), Danube University of Krems and Management Center Innsbruck (both in Austria), Reykjavik University (Iceland), ISEG (France), etc. 

He holds a PhD degree in International Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and has received his MBA in Strategic Management and Human Resources at the School of Business of the University of Wyoming, USA.  His professional experience included working on various consulting assignments for a number of major organizations throughout the world, including USA, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, and some other European countries.  Dr. Vaiman is a long-time member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and a highly sought-after speaker on topics of talent management and cross-cultural communication and negotiations.

Dr. Vaiman has published five very successful books on managing talent in organizations – Smart Talent Management: Building Knowledge Assets for Competitive Advantage (Edward Elgar Publishing); Talent Management of Knowledge Workers: Embracing the Non-Traditional Workforce (Palgrave MacMillan); Managing Talent of Self-initiated Expatriates (Palgrave MacMillan); Macro Talent Management: A Global Perspective on Managing Talent in Developed Markets (Routledge); and Macro Talent Management in Emerging and Emergent Markets: A Global Perspective (Routledge).

Dr. Vaiman’s academic work has appeared in several top academic journals including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and others. He is also a co-founder and Chief Editorial Consultant of the European Journal of International Management (EJIM), an ISI/SSCI indexed publication (, and a member of editorial boards of three other major international academic and practitioner peer-reviewed journals.


Rhonda Vetere

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Herbalife Nutrition

Rhonda Vetere is a seasoned C-Suite executive and passionate global leader in technology. Rhonda has worked across industries as a global executive and change agent at Herbalife Nutrition, Santander Bank, nThrive / Pamplona Capital Management, Estée Lauder Companies, AIG, HP Enterprise Services, Barclays / Lehman, Bank One / JPMorgan Chase, CompuServe, UUNET, MCI, and Worldcom. She has lived and worked internationally – in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Mumbai, and across India – and has managed teams of up to 20,000 people. Vetere is the author of Grit & Grind and co-author of an HP special edition book, Enterprise Service Management for Dummies. With an ability to support mergers, create synergies across lines of business, and leverage her onshore/offshore experience, Rhonda is a results-oriented, client-focused executive and delivers value by driving technology improvements for cost and performance to drive the right business outcomes. From her experience as Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder Companies, Rhonda has deep domain expertise in technology and data. Her role included global leadership across 162 countries and running the technology & operations team. She spearheaded the transformation of the IT capabilities foundation into a digital environment at record industry pace, without business disruption, around the world – while saving $28 million a year.


Tracy Perez

Regional Director


Tracy Perez is a lifelong resident of Ventura County, born and raised in Oxnard. She brings more than 15 years of business development and staffing industry experience to ManpowerGroup, a world leader in innovative workforce solutions. In her role as Market Manager, serving Ventura County, she has demonstrated success in retaining valuable business relationships across various industry sectors and has a vast knowledge of the Ventura County job market.


Tracy has found the key to success is to serve others and is dedicated to Manpower’s purpose and promise to put more people to work so they can get ahead. The most rewarding function of her role is delivering top talent to her clients while being an integral part of lowering their total cost of workforce by utilizing Manpower’s unique and customized data driven tools such as the Workforce Success Index, Predictable Performance System and Client Workforce Review.


Tracy believes that economic recovery begins with putting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of strategic planning to ensure our most impacted and vulnerable workers attain equal opportunity for up-skilling and career advancement. Manpower’s MyPath program is designed specifically address this critical need and is offered to Manpower Associates at no cost, with this program they have access gain new skills and build on their education with funded general education and college degree programs, certifications, and online skills training.


“It’s so amazing to work closely with our valued clients as a strategic business partner focused on lowering their total cost of workforce all while providing educational and online skills training to our hard working Associates at no cost. At Manpower we are making ground-breaking investments in our people like never before with the MyPath program and that is what makes me love what I do, the difference we make in those we serve both client and associates!”

Tracy is passionate about workforce development and the economic vitality of Ventura County and works tirelessly to remain actively involved in the community. She is the incoming 2021 Chair Ventura County Economic Development Association and also hold the position as Chair of the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County, 2021 Chair of the Oxnard Chamber Of Commerce and is an active Board Member and the Immediate Past Chair of the Ventura County Civic Alliance.


Tracy is committed to community leadership and civic engagement and also enjoys volunteering with various non-profit community based organizations in Ventura County. When she is not working or volunteering, Tracy enjoys spending time with friends and family and currently resides in Ventura with her husband, Henry.


Kelly Kimball

Executive Chairman 


Kelly Kimball is a technology entrepreneur and political strategist, business consultant and lecturer. Kelly has pioneered new, visionary business enterprises and grew them to dominant positions in their newly created marketplaces. Kelly has lectured at numerous colleges and universities on politics and entrepreneurship and is currently outlining a book on disruptive business strategies. 


Kelly is Founder and Executive Chairman of Vitu. Founded in 2005, Vitu has utilized the combination of excellent culture, product and service and real time strategic competitive analysis and response to become the dominant player in the Vehicle to Government industry. Kelly’s responsibilities include the creation and execution of public affairs/political strategies, banking, finance and private equity strategies and the care and feeding of Vitu’s culture. From its inception, Vitu has grown to 350 employees and 11 offices in the US and UK. 


When not managing Vitu, Kelly spends his time mentoring and serving on boards of companies that have a positive social and environmental impact, such as: Founding Investor/Board of Directors, Pyrium, Member of The Board of Advisors, Stasis Labs, Member of The Board of Advisors, Francis Renewable Energy, Mentor, Unreasonable Group.


Kelly has had a long history of political involvement both as a professional consultant and as a private citizen. Kelly founded Kimball Petition Management shortly after graduating from college in 1979 and grew the company into the largest campaign access entity in the country. Focusing mostly on progressive and union issues, KPM has qualified over 500 State and local ballot measures throughout the United States. The company was handed off to Fred in 1994 after Kelly’s transition into the then emerging world of Internet Technology. 


Since then Kelly and his wife Carla increasingly focus most of their attention on women’s issues.  They, along with Heather deNecochea, are currently developing the F5 Collective – a multi focused effort to fund women candidates at all levels (from Statewide to municipal offices) while training and mentoring women into strategic political professional roles. Although F5 will roll out more aggressively in 2021, the Kimball’s and Heather have decided to kickstart the effort by dedicating resources toward electing women to the California State Legislature during this cycle. 


Kristen Upton

Director, Global Marketing Development

Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Kristen Upton is a global business leader with experience in Marketing, Sales and Learning & Development and a passion for people development and organization effectiveness. 

She is currently the Director of Global Marketing Development for Otsuka Holdings, a Japanese conglomerate with more than 100 subsidiaries and many brands globally, including Crystal Geyser water and Nature Made vitamins. In her role, she leads a global marketing training program to grow talent within Otsuka’s $3B nutraceutical business.  Before joining Otsuka, she served in leadership positions at Pharmavite and SC Johnson in Canada and the United States.  

Kristen has an undergraduate degree from the Ivey School of Business in Canada, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Organization Development and Change at Pennsylvania State University.


Aaron Holzer

Director, Talent Management

Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Aaron Holzer is a human resources and talent management leader for Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a business of Raytheon Technologies.  He leads the identification, development, and movement of high potential and executive talent for an organization with over 37,000 employees. Raytheon Intelligence and Space is headquartered in Arlington, VA with over 8,000 employees in Southern California.

Aaron has more than 15 years of human resources leadership experience primarily in the aerospace and defense industry.  Prior to the Raytheon Company and United Technologies Merger in April 2020, Aaron was senior human resource business partner for the Navigation & Modernization Solutions product line in Raytheon Company’s Intelligence, Information and Services business.  In this role, Aaron provided overall human resources leadership to a broad portfolio of programs in air traffic control, surveillance, precision landing, next-gen GPS, software modernization, cyber hardening, critical infrastructure protection, space range and launch, service life extension, and depot maintenance. Being a part of Raytheon’s services business provided Aaron unique opportunities to impact the business and talent around the globe with employees in all seven continents supporting a wide array of customer missions.

Aaron is a graduate of the company’s Leadership Excellence Program and Human Resources Leadership Development Program. Aaron holds a master’s degree in human resources and a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Primo Custodio

VP Human Resources (retr.), Operation and Technical Services

NBC Universal

Primo Custodio retired in March 2016, after a career spanning 44 years.   He held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for NBC Universal since September 2001.   In this role, Custodio was responsible for overseeing the Human Resources function on the West Coast for the Operations & Technical Services consisting of Universal Studio Operations including production and post-production and West Coast Technical Operations consisting of engineering & technology, and Universal Technical Operations.  Custodio began his career with what is now NBC Universal in 1972, holding various management positions in Employee Benefits, Training & Development, Labor Relations, Staffing, and Employee Relations.  During his tenure with NBCUniversal, he has overseen the Human Resources team through 6 significant mergers and acquisitions.   

Custodio holds an M.B.A. in Management and Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California Lutheran University.