About Us

Rebecca Bergin is a real estate lender specializing in construction and land development.  Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where she majored in Economics. Rebecca is currently obtaining her MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Organizations and will graduate in May 2017.  Rebecca is active in the local Rotary Club and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the City of El Segundo Chamber of Commerce.  In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys travel, literature, 80’s music, and visiting the sea lions in Marina del Rey.

R.J. Larrieu is an MBA student at Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior. During his time in the program, he participated in the international immersion class called “The Environment of Business in the European Union” in Bonn, Germany. He was a student-athlete who competed in cross-country and track and field at Loyola Marymount University. He graduated cum laude, majoring in History with a double minor in Political Science and Business Administration.

Jennifer Mercado is an MBA candidate with an emphasis in Organizational Management & International Business. Although she was born & raised in Los Angeles, CA for most of her life, she now resides in New York City where she works as a Strategy, Operations, & Sustainability Specialist for a startup tech company. Although her background involves extensive work in business development and strategy for the non-profit sector, her eagerness to learn more about what takes entrepreneurs, and specifically what drives them to take their business strategy, international is what makes her so invested in this research.

Casey Reeser is an MBA candidate with an emphasis in Finance & Accounting. Although he originally hails from the Bay Area, CA, he has spent the last few years living in Los Angeles while finishing the masters program. Casey is a the Senior Financial Analyst/Business Analyst for a mid-size electrical company in Los Angeles. With company operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, he does possess a small amount of international exposure.  His desire to one day work and/or live abroad has kept him eager and motivated to learn more about the intricacies associated with starting a new business in a foreign country.

Jared Richmond is an Entertainment Services Manager in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in music-focused live stage personnel.  He is from the San Francisco Bay Area (specifically Richmond), and has lived in Los Angeles for the past 9 years.  Prior to embarking on his MBA journey, Jared graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 2011, participating in clubs and activities on campus geared towards live entertainment.  He is obtaining his MBA in May of 2016 with an emphasis in Marketing and would love to maintain a career in the global music sphere, whether in Marketing or Management.

Dr. Charles M. Vance is a professor of Management and Human Resources at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he has taught at executive, MBA, and undergraduate levels. He has had considerable experience as a consultant in training, curriculum development, and broader human resource development applications for many corporations and non-profit organizations in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Vance has held U.S. Fulbright teaching and research appointments in Austria and China. He is the author of three books and numerous scholarly publications, and is on the editorial board of several journals.

Michael Walden is an MBA candidate with an emphasis in Organizational Management. He grew up in Oak Park, IL but currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In his career in undergraduate admission, he has focused on counseling, event planning, and territory management with extensive recruitment experience in the southeast, mid-Atlantic, southwest, and Southern California regions of the US. He has a passion for student development and college access. His interest in entrepreneurial leadership stems from the desire to develop a college prep non-profit which supports and empowers marginalized students.