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  • Michael McClune runs the SoCal based International Business Accelerator (IBA) which catapults startups and high-growth companies into global growth. The IBA prepares US companies for new market expansion by leveraging its proven curriculum, a peerless network of international business experts...

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    Michael McClune runs the SoCal based International Business Accelerator (IBA) which catapults startups and high-growth companies into global growth. The IBA prepares US companies for new market expansion by leveraging its proven curriculum, a peerless network of international business experts and access to traditional and non-traditional growth capital. The three tenets of the sector-agnostic accelerator are export readiness, product/service readiness and funding readiness. For the last few years physical cohorts were hosted and supported by USC Marshall School of Business.

    Concurrently, and an exciting aspect for co-chairing Global LAVA, is Michael heads the IBA’s soft-landing package for foreign companies to set up operations in, and seek venture capital from, the LA/SoCal ecosystem. As of early 2020 for both inbound and outbound portfolio companies, over 60% are women-owned and half are minority-owned businesses.

    For over two decades Michael has owned and managed multiple businesses in the US, Europe and LATAM ranging from a PR firm to dietary supplements. He has been to over 40 countries, backpacked from Chile to California and even married a foreigner…although he insists he fell in love long before he knew her country had the lowest tax rate in the EU.

  • I provide complimentary info, services and contacts re International development in France's Silicon Valley - Grenoble (Isere county, southeastern valley of...

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    I provide complimentary info, services and contacts re International development in France's Silicon Valley - Grenoble (Isere county, southeastern valley of the French Alps) and surrounding AuRA region.

    I also assist local and incoming French companies and labs with their networks in the US and Canada.

    I am a team member of French Cluster (Los Angeles), partner of Business France in the US, member of French Founders.
    Specialties: Micro- and Nanotechnology, EDA, software, AI,  new materials, new technologies for energy/renewable energies/cleantech/, smart cities, ICT, Software, nanomedicine, medical devices, Bio- IT, etc. International Trade and development.

  • Miguel Hidalgo is Senior Executive Entrepreneur. As a serial entrepreneur, his creative innovations encompass the...

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    Miguel Hidalgo is Senior Executive Entrepreneur. As a serial entrepreneur, his creative innovations encompass the following industries: 1) Aerospace, 2) Renewable Energy, 3) Talent & Entertainment, 4) Health & Well Being, 5) Entrepreneurship, 6) eSports, and 7) Politics.

    Miguel has extensive knowledge about doing business in Hong Kong and mainland China. 

    Miguel presents a variety of blogs covering many exciting topics. He offers radical ideas, strategic thinking, planning, and execution. He combines them with old-fashioned storytelling.

  • Over 35 years of hands on experience in the financial and business management of entrepreneurial companies.

    As founder and CEO of Straight Line Management™ I specialize in providing financial expertise and mentoring to high-potential...

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    Over 35 years of hands on experience in the financial and business management of entrepreneurial companies.

    As founder and CEO of Straight Line Management™ I specialize in providing financial expertise and mentoring to high-potential early stage companies. I help them to increase profitability, secure funding, evaluate and capitalize on opportunities, streamline financial operations, and get the financial side of the business under control.

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    Mark Siegfried is a business development and client relationship leader with over 30 years of experience.  He has held sales and business development leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels, with public and private companies.  Mark’s industry expertise includes but is not limited to aerospace & defense, healthcare, life sciences, financial services and technology.

    As Director of Business Development at CBIZ MHM, LLC, Mark works closely with the client service professionals to develop CBIZ’s practice in Southern California.  CBIZ is one of the nation’s leading providers of professional advisory services, focused on accounting, tax, benefits and insurance, HR and payroll solutions. The firm’s clients have access to an unparalleled portfolio of solutions, delivered through a distinctive combination of locally based trusted advisors, backed by a national team of specialized experts.

    Previously, Mark was a Client Relationship Director with Stanton Chase where he worked closely with Stanton Chase search consultants to develop the practice, and support client service efforts.  He currently serves as an Advisory Director to the firm.

    Prior to working with Stanton Chase, Mark was a Business Development Executive in the Los Angeles office of Moss Adams.  There he focused on developing the firm’s relationships with companies in the aerospace & defense, healthcare, life sciences, and technology industries.  Prior to Moss Adams, Mark was one of the Founding Executives of Archetype Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory firm providing private wealth management advice and guidance to mass affluent clients.  His experience also includes eight years as a Client Relationship Executive with PricewaterhouseCoopers where in addition to business development, he facilitated sales methodologies workshops for partners and directors, and led account planning workshops for strategic clients.  He also spent ten years in sales leadership positions at AT&T, and six years in senior account management roles with National Semiconductor.

    Mark was elected President of LAVA in 2020 after serving on the Board for four years.  Other professional affiliations include… Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Aerospace & Defense Forum; member of the Company Screening Committee of the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio); Executive Committee and Assistant Group Leader for ProVisors Healthcare Affinity Group; and former Treasurer and Board member of the Association for Strategic Planning. 

    Mark is a graduate of the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University, and resides in Orange County, CA.

  • Innovative problem solver who values simplicity, efficiency, and collaboration between people and organizations, with strong experience in financial...

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    Innovative problem solver who values simplicity, efficiency, and collaboration between people and organizations, with strong experience in financial modeling and data analytics to inform and support quick decisions on complex issues. Specific experience developing, deploying, and supporting new technologies to thousands of retail locations using 3rd party logistics and service providers.

    Specialties: Finding opportunities, conserving resources, enabling people, satisfying customers, analyzing data