Canada California Business Council Advisory Board
Steven Markoff CEO — A-Mark Financial Corporation
A native to Los Angeles, Steven began trading rare coins during his childhood, and since has continued with the precious metals numismatic business for over 50 years. In 1965, Mr. Markoff founded A-Mark Financial Corporation, a Santa Monica-based financial services company. By 2004, Forbes Magazine listed A-Mark as the 2nd largest privately held company in Los Angeles, and the 65th largest within the United States.
In addition to Steven’s achievements in Finance, he continued the A-Mark brand by founding A-Mark Entertainment, a privately held Film Financing and Acquisitions company. He co-founded A-Mark Entertainment with industry heavy hitter, Bruce McNall as well as Nick Cassavetes and Robert Geringer. Together they have produced several box office successes in today’s film market such as: “Alpha Dog”, “Night Train”, “No Good Deed” and “Asylum”.
Mr. Markoff has also dedicated himself to philanthropy, which includes serving on the Board of Directors for the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the A-Mark Foundation since 1997. The A-Mark foundation is a private charity which became the parent of free searchable databases covering interesting, important social issues and history. Steven’s work with the A-Mark Foundation contributed to the founding of ProCon.org in 2004 in partnership with A-Mark Entertainment Co-Chair Bruce McNall. Procon.org is a 501 (c) 3 public charity promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a nonpartisan, primarily pro vs. con format.
Scott Alderton — Founder & Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP
Scott Alderton is a founder and partner of the Firm, and co-chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group. Scott is a corporate and technology lawyer who focuses exclusively on advising middle-market, technology, emerging growth, and development stage companies in the areas of corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, high technology, business, licensing, intellectual property, the Internet and multimedia.
Scott’s practice includes a wide variety of federal and state securities laws matters, including the representation of venture capital funds, issuers and investment bankers in public offering registrations and private placements of securities, counseling both public and private clients in reverse merger and/or exchange transactions with public shell companies (i.e., alternative public offerings), as well as counseling issuers in connection with federal and state securities law reporting requirements.
Scott is a frequent speaker on matters relating to technology, intellectual property, capital formation and capital raising transactions, and technology and emerging growth companies.
Scott received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 and his J.D., cum laude, in 1985 from Loyola Law School. He has served as an adjunct professor of securities law at Loyola Law School and is a member of the California Bar.
Andria Spindel — CEO, March of Dimes Canada
Andria has worked in policy and practice areas serving people with disabilities, caregivers and the frail elderly for over 40 years. From 1974 – 1981 she worked for the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia, becoming Executive Director in 1977.
In 1981 she assumed the position of Executive Director of Ontario March of Dimes, a provincial NGO with a mandate to provide services and to advocate on behalf of people with physical disabilities. The position title and responsibilities changed as the organization grew substantially over several decades and by 1999, she was made CEO. The position became President & CEO in 2001.
In addition to her full time position, Andria has taught undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of British Columbia, School of Social Work from 1978-80. Throughout her career, Andria has developed many non-profit, community-based agencies and services and has served on various boards of directors and committees and taught governance, agency collaboration, social planning, strategic planning and other skills to staff and volunteers in the non profit sector.
Since assuming the senior executive position at Ontario March of Dimes, Andria has been at the helm of significant agency-wide innovations and the expansion of Ontario March of Dimes’ services across the country through its subsidiaries, March of Dimes Canada, the Ontario March of Dimes Non Profit Housing Corporation and the Rehabilitation Foundation for Disabled Persons, U.S.
Andria was born in Western Canada, raised in Calgary, Alberta, Andria received a BA. from the University of Calgary in 1968. She taught in Kenya with the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) and in Canada’s Arctic, before travelling for a year through Asia. Andria completed an MSW in 1974 at the University of British Columbia.
Sean Runnels — Managing Director, California Foreign Investment & Immigration Center (CFIIC)
Sean is a developer actively engaged in several large scale projects currently under development in the Coachella Valley. As the Managing Director of the California Foreign Investment & Immigration Center (CFIIC), Sean has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security along federal and state immigration regulators to successfully open the Coachella Valley’s newest EB-5 Regional Center.
Prior to his work with CFIIC, Sean was the President of The CV Land Company, working in partnership with Pulte Homes, one of the largest home builders in the U.S. Other successful projects have included the Travertine Point Development where he acquired, entitled and developed 16,665 units on 5000 acres.
Sean holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, and is an avid golfer and horse-shoe pitching competitor.
Tom Freeman — Commissioner of Foreign Trade, Riverside County, California
Commissioner Tom Freeman was appointed to his current post in March 2009 by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and his office, within the economic development agency, is responsible for diplomatic relations around the globe, securing international investment in the county, assisting manufactures & agricultural businesses in increasing exports, and he also responsible for locating financial assistance for companies exporting.
The efforts of the office have gained nationwide attention and an international reputation for success. In 2011 the office sponsored state legislation that reformed 33 state wide trade policies and assisted exporting businesses in cutting red tape. Commissioner Freeman is also tasked with the negotiating free trade and or bilateral trade agreements with international governments. Since assuming office he has successfully negotiated free trade agreements and bilateral trade agreements with 5 nations. His efforts have also lead to the revitalization of the foreign trade zones in the county and the expansion of three zones and the addition of one new zone making the county more business friendly for companies and saving businesses millions of dollars per year. He also represented the Export Import Bank of the United States in his capacity of Commissioner of Foreign Trade.
He has served with the County of Riverside for three decades and held posts as a Chief of Staff, Executive Officer, Chairman of the County Workforce Development Board, and Chief of California’s busiest media relations office, chaired the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Joint Powers Authority, and directed the economic development agencies legislative efforts in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He has also served as a Vice President of the world’s largest environmental services provider, Waste Management Inc from 1995 thru 1999, he was instrumental in overseeing the corporations collection vehicle conversion to clean burning natural gas, worked on acquisitions, mergers, and contractual negotiations, as well as represented the group, region, and division with governmental affairs.
Commissioner Freeman is an alumni of Saint Catherine’s Military Academy, The U.S. Air Force School of Medicine, The National Guard Academy of Military Science, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He resides in Banning, California with his wife Brenda, a former two term mayor of that city.
Frank Spady — CEO, Canada Nevada Business Council
Frank is the founder and CEO of the Canada Nevada Business Council. As a leader in the Las Vegas business community he is the CEO and President of the CEO-CFO Group. This elite group is for C-level executives to network and learn about issues that affect their businesses.
Frank is a also founder and CEO of Ranking Edge. Ranking Edge designs and develops websites. They also are a premier provider of cutting edge Internet Marketing strategies with Content Based SEO to drive traffic and business to websites.
Glenn Williamson — CEO, Canada Arizona Business Council
Glenn Williamson has over 30-years of executive experience as a serial entrepreneur in finance and operations of high-level companies with his strengths extending to advanced capital formation, marketing, and positioning. His innate ability has been demonstrated in his record of taking companies from inception to maturity by assembling and managing teams of highly qualified individuals who provide the innovation, experience and expertise needed to build a successful company. Mr. Williamson is currently CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix.