Speaker Date Topic
Outgoing President's Debunking! - No Speaker Jun 29, 2017
Sal Pizarro, San Jose Mercury News Jul 06, 2017
Sandeep Tiwari Jul 20, 2017
Marc M. Zare, MD Jul 27, 2017
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

With more than 14 years of experience in clinical practice, Dr. Zaré is a leader and one of the foremost experts of his field in Northern California. He is recognized for his surgical skills, clinical expertise, and superior outcomes. He received his surgical training at Georgetown University, Washington, DC and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – both prestigious institutions renowned for their rich surgical tradition and cutting-edge innovation. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, has been an invited speaker at over 50 national and local surgical meetings, and has received many awards and distinctions for his dedication to high quality patient care. Dr. Zaré is committed to offering patients in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay area the latest treatments in minimally invasive surgery.

Dan Gordon, Gordon Biersch Aug 03, 2017

Dan Gordon, co-founder of Gordon Biersch, has earned a reputation as one of America's leading brewing engineers.  As the director of brewing operations for Gordon Biersch, he supervises the state-of-the-art brewing and bottling facility in San Jose, CA.

            Gordon is the first American in more than 40 years to graduate from the prestigious five-year brewing engineering program at the world-renowned Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan, West Germany.  Before earning his brewing engineer's degree there in 1987, he interned at Spaten Brewery in Munich and served as a technical translator at Löwenbrau Consulting.

            Gordon, who was born in San Jose in 1960, entered the program after earning a resource economics degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 and spending a year as an exchange student at the Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany.  He also worked for at the Anheuser Busch brewery in Fairfield, CA to gain the brewing experience he needed to apply to the Technical University of Munich. 

            After completing the world's most advanced brewing program, Gordon returned to California and joined forces with restaurateur Dean Biersch to take advantage of a new state law allowing brewery restaurants.  In 1988, the partners opened their first Gordon Biersch brewery restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif. And now Dan directs the operations at his state of the art bottling brewery in San Jose, CA.  He is also the namesake of Dan Gordon’s restaurant and brewery in Palo Alto, which features his full line of Gordon Biersch beers in conjunction with West Texas style BBQ. 

            In the decade since, Gordon Biersch and the concept it pioneered have both expanded dramatically.  But Gordon still makes sure his beloved beers -- Pilsner, Märzen, Hefeweizen,  and Blonde Bock plus seasonal beers -- are brewed in strict accordance with the German purity laws.  He uses only the finest ingredients, including Hallertauer hops and a pure strain yeast culture from the Weihenstephan yeast bank

            A lesser known attribute is Dan’s musical background as a jazz trombonist.  Accomplished on both tenor and bass trombone he has had recorded with Michael Davis on Absolute Trombone II and Curtis Campbell’s Blues album “Live at the Sweetwater.” As an undergrad exchange student in Göttingen, Germany, Dan spent more time playing in the jazz clubs as opposed to studying and his jazz rock group was featured in a concert at the Deutches Theater (German National Theater).  He continues to be active in the Bay Area jazz scene performing with numerus contemporary big bands and combos.     

Michael Becker, Co-founder mCoCordis, Inc. Aug 17, 2017
Marketing's Role In The Personal Information Economy
Marketing's Role In The Personal Information Economy

Michael Becker is a Co-founder & Managing Partner for mCordis, a mobile and connected marketing strategic advisory and marketing educational services provider, and The Connected Marketer Institute, a leading community helping the industry serve connected individuals, at scale, on the individual's terms.  Michael and the team at mCordis & The Connected Marketer Institute, through educational, publishing, events and advisory services, (1) advise marketers on how to embrace mobile and connected marketing, (2)  advise AdTech & MarTech suppliers on positioning, proposition go-to-market strategies, and (3) advise private equity and investment firms on potential investments by conducting due diligence reports and commercial positioning on prospective investment targets.  Michael is a strategic advisor to Assurant Solutions, Predii, Phoji, FunMobility, and Privowny.  He is on the Board and President of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and a Trustee for Marketing EDGE. He is the co-author of Mobile Marketing for Dummies and number of other books and articles. He is on the faculty of marketing of the Association of National Advertisers, Direct Marketing Association, the Path-to-Purchase Institute, and National University. Michael previously worked with the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) as both a board member and Managing Director, and he was the co-founder of iLoop Mobile, a leading messaging solutions provider. Michael was awarded the 2014 Marketing EDGE Edward Mayer Education Leadership Award for his commitment to marketing education.

Patrick Schmitt, Ph. D., Chancellor Sep 14, 2017
West Valley-Mission Community College District
West Valley-Mission Community College District

On July 1, 2012, Dr. Schmitt became CEO of the West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara County. Dr. Schmitt, who previously held the position of President of Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, has 29 years of service in the field of education. His past experience includes 16 years as a full-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Pasco-Hernando Community College. He also served for 6 years as an academic administrator at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois and was the Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for 4 years prior to arriving at Pierce College.

Dr. Schmitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theatre from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American 20th Century Theatre and Drama, Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He has also pursued graduate study in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.

Drew Aversa, Coffee Expert Sep 28, 2017
Lissa Kreisler Nov 09, 2017
“Decades of Sunny Mornings”
 “Decades of Sunny Mornings”

Raised in the Silicon Valley, Lissa went to San Jose State University and majored in Radio-TV Journalism. Upon graduation, she worked at KLOK 1170 for ten years, doing mornings and then spent the following 29 years at 94.5 KBAY, also spending mornings with listeners. She raised two daughters, spending countless hours as School PTA President. She has also spent countless hours in the community, serving on Boards, Committees and Emceeing many non profit events and galas. Her talk is called “Decades of Sunny Mornings” as that is what her and her listeners had for nearly 40 years. It’s her story of landing a radio job in her hometown, the laughs, the tears and the tale of starting over! She has watched this Valley go from prune orchards to high tech and loves the place she calls home!

Denny Weisgerber Nov 09, 2017

Denny Weisgerber is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, with a B.A. in Business Administration. He is very active in community affairs and has served on numerous commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara County, Bay Area Governments and the State of California. He is a 52-year member of Rotary International, serving two terms as Milpitas Rotary Club President and was District 5170 Governor 1999-2000. He served 12 years on the City Council in the City of Milpitas, California, serving 3 2-year terms as Mayor during that time. He also serves in a leadership role in numerous Veterans Committees and Commissions.

Denny is a Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, served during the Korean Campaign where he was awarded the Navy Cross (second highest award for valor in combat) for action on the Western Front in Korea.