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Speaker Series: "The Long Term Entrepreneur: Paradox or Paradise?"

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

"THE LONG TERM ENTREPRENEUR: PARADOX OR PARADISE" is an interactive workshop presented by Stan Sewich and Peter Jackson of HRG, Inc.

Join us as the speakers lead a discussion on the innovative concept, "the Long Term Entrepreneur". The subject involves longer-term thinking by the founder or entrepreneur, and how this improves the chances for success of any given entrepreneurial effort, whether or not the founders of the enterprise intend to continue participation for any specific time period.

Discussion points include:

--Most founding CEO’s of technology-based companies find themselves out of a job within 5 to 7 years. Why?

--While nearly every respected business college in the U.S. espouses the critical value of market research and forming sound strategy, most technology start-ups begin with a product in search of a market. Why?

--Research has shown that historical new venture growth models produce results only slightly better than broad stock market measures of return on investment. Why?

About Our Speaker(s)

Speaker Bios:

Bio of Stan Sewich, CEO, HRG, Inc.:

Stan Sewitch, CEO
HRG, Inc.
Tel: 619-300-6678
email: [email protected]

Stan is the founder and CEO of HRG, Inc. Formed in 1989, HRG initially provided organizational, operational, human resources and strategic consulting to hundreds of high-tech and middle-market companies. HRG’s service assets were acquired by RSM McGladrey in 1999, and Stan continued with RSM until October of 2004. During his tenure with RSM, Stan was a Senior Partner, leading the southern California strategy and organizational consulting practice, comprised of four offices and serving clients throughout the western U.S. as well as other states. Stan left RSM to continue with HRG, developing it as a center for high-level expertise and investment financing for innovation-based ventures. HRG provides expertise and funding to qualified organizations, and consulting to clients of all types in strategy, organizational effectiveness and executive leadership development.

Stan also formed two other companies. In 1990, he launched Emlyn Systems, a software company publishing a human resources information system. In 1991 he co-founded Chromagen, a biotechnology company endeavoring to commercialize proprietary assays for drug research.

Prior to his entrepreneurial adventures, Stan held senior management positions in operations and human resources. He was manufacturing director for TRW’s LSI products division in San Diego. LSI was the first company to produce one-micron analog-to-digital converters and high-speed digital signal processors in CMOS. Stan was also operations director for Elm Corporation, a salmon fishery in Bethel, Alaska. Stan’s human resources management positions included Martin Marietta Aluminum, Smith International, TRW and Mycogen Corporation.

Stan holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University.

Stan authored a weekly column on various issues in business for the San Diego Daily Transcript, entitled “Notes from the Corporate Underground” and is working on a book of the same title. He is a frequent speaker at professional and trade organizations. He was a faculty instructor for UCSD’s Extension School of Engineering for five years, teaching a course in technical group leadership.

Personal interests include teaching the martial art of Kenpo and playing bass in the local rock band, “Big Blue Cat”.

Bio of Peter Jackson, CFO, HRG, Inc.:

Peter Jackson, CFO
HRG, Inc.
Tel: 619-818-0980
email: [email protected]

Mr. Jackson has extensive expertise in building the administrative and organizational infrastructure necessary to support decision making in complex and rapidly changing environments. His background includes over thirty years of managing and advising technology companies regarding leadership, management, management systems, organization and organization development, as well as employee ownership.

Most recently, Mr. Jackson was the Chief Financial Officer of SuperLab, a San Diego business laboratory specializing in the assessment of entrepreneurial companies’ strategic and business plans where he participated in the beta process of SuperLab’s products.

Previously, Mr. Jackson was the Chief Financial Officer, and SVP, Finance for Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc., a growing small 8(a) business. Epsilon is a government contractor specializing in U.S. Navy and Homeland Security engineering and “dock-side” engineering and maintenance support.

Prior to Epsilon, Mr. Jackson was CFO, Vice President with MAXIM Systems, Inc., a government contractor which provided MLS secure computer system solutions to the U.S. intelligence community and several foreign intelligence organizations as well as engineering support to SPAWAR and other government, prime contractors and commercial organizations. Mr. Jackson was responsible for finance, accounting, financial and project control systems, contracts, corporate policies and procedures, accounting policies and procedures, design of employee ownership programs, shareholder accounting, HR, and facilities. He was responsible for the selection, design, installation and modification of Deltek’s Costpoint, a sophisticated accounting software system designed for project management within organizations who sell products and services into the U.S. Government market. During the four years he was associated with MAXIM, the company grew from $7.5 million to $46 million in annual revenues.

Mr. Jackson was also a member of the Board of Directors during the first four years of MAXIM’s existence, including its formation and the purchase of the San Diego Operations from Sierra Cybernetics, Inc., MAXIM’s mother company. As a founding Board Member, he became very familiar with the California Corporation Code, the laws which govern the Board of Directors of California corporations, as well as current corporate governance issues within the government contracting environment.

Mr. Jackson has been a management consultant for over 20 years specializing in internal financial control, job cost accounting systems, executive and management development, and organization development. He has consulted with more than 100 companies, most of which were technology based organizations. He has consulted with, been an investor in, or served on the Board of Directors in more than 40 start-up companies.

Prior to his consulting activities, he was with Science Applications, Inc. (now known as SAIC), for the first ten years of that organization’s existence and growth to $200 million in annual revenues where he held various positions from Business Manager to the Corporate Vice President Corporate Development, Planning and Staff and Organization Development.

Mr. Jackson held a Secret Security Clearance at Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. and a TS Security Clearance at MAXIM Systems, Inc. and SAIC.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at:

    Avanir Pharmaceuticals Conference Center
    11404 Sorrento Valley Road
    San Diego, California 92121

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Registration/networking/breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Program/Q&A
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Follow on networking/individual panel questions


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jennifer Beckey/(858-344-3825) ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.