As a member of the Programming Committee for The Wharton Club of Southern California, Jason Breeman WG02 is responsible for finding and interviewing great speakers for many of our events as well as providing guidance on programming policies and procedures. Jason is based out of Los Angeles, and is a Co-Founder of the The New Amsterdam Group B.V. The firm consults to GP’s who are looking for expertise to build and grow their firms. The team, based on prior extensive professional experience, can work with GP’s active in PE, RE & HF, and the team has experience in working with LP’s globally. With senior team members in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, the firm can cover the needs of both investors and GP’s across North America, Europe and Asia.
Previously, he was a Managing Director at Everstone Capital. This position encompassed fundraising and IR, working with investors from around the globe; Jason joined the firm in March of 2008, and during his tenure as Head of Business Development, the firm successfully raised USD 1.9 Billion across four funds; two in PE and two in RE.
Prior to that, he was at UBS in New York in the Capital Introductions Team for six years, initially building up the family office practice, and then covering Asia; during his time there, the prime brokerage team grew the balances at UBS by 350%, taking the book from USD 40 Billion to USD 140 Billion between 2002 and 2008.
Before his time at UBS, he received his MBA from the Wharton School in 2002 (he was the inaugural recipient of the Paul Green Award for Knowledge Creation), and prior to that, he spent seven years working in Germany (Munich Re, AIG and FM Global), after graduating from Kenyon College, cum laude, in 1991.
As an active Wharton alum, Jason has served in a variety of positions, as Vice President of Business Development for the Wharton Club of NY (’05-’08), where he was also a co-founder of WHFN (the Wharton Hedge Fund Network) in ’05, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Wharton Alumni Association of India (’08 – ’11).
As Vice President of Legal for The Wharton Club of Southern California, Michael Rosenblum W’83 is responsible for assisting the club with all legal matters. With over 30 years of experience, Michael has considerable expertise in structuring, negotiating and drafting complex corporate and real estate transactions. As an attorney, Mr. Rosenblum has represented diverse business entities, from manufacturers and service providers to well-known athletes and entrepreneurs. Additionally, Mr. Rosenblum has represented clients in purchasing remnant assets from large companies that are in bankruptcy and has assisted bankrupt companies to collect upon remnant assets. He is committed to public service and bar association activities, while continuing to provide clients with high quality legal representation. Mr. Rosenblum has been quoted in Forbes, Bloomberg Magazine, Canadian publications and the PIPES Report (Private Investment in Public Entities), and is a trustee of the Washington Institute.
As Vice President of Marketing for The Wharton Club of Southern California, Dan Smith is responsible for all club communications including the newsletter. Dan is an expert creator of profitable online content and retail businesses. He uses creative content, social media and clever branding to connect fans to new products and keep them coming back for more. He has launched successful online businesses within large international companies and as a Kickstarter-funded solo entrepreneur. Dan has substantial expertise as a TV and digital creative executive and can build and grow content studios or web stores from scratch. With his business education (Wharton undergrad ’86, UCLA MBA ’90) and Hollywood executive experience, Dan is a dynamic builder and manager of creative enterprises with strong analytics and financial management expertise. He is the founder of JIMMYCASE.
As Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of The Wharton Club of Southern California, Warren Wang is responsible for making sure that club finances are accounted for properly, that periodic reporting is completed, and that our bills are paid. Warren joins us in Southern California again after being away in Northern California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working for Navigant (now Guidehouse) and raising a family. Welcome aboard once again, Warren!
Prior to joining PPV, Cessna spent the majority of her professional career working in management consulting at EY-Parthenon in New York City. She has also served as a public school teacher with Teach For America in the Bay Area.
Cessna holds a MBA from The Wharton School and an A.B. from Harvard University. She is passionate about building community through health and wellness, enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, and is a proud dog mom.
Antonio Di Cristo is an investor and executive in several businesses that are predominantly focused in the blockchain technology space. Antonio has a strong interest in entrepreneurship, having built a successful company of 60+ employees and exited this company in the past.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from American International College. Later, he was invited to attend the Advanced Management Program through the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which he completed in 2017.
In 2010, Antonio co-founded Pacific Associates, a strategic consulting firm with branches in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines. He was President of its Healthcare Division for more than two years. After negotiating the sale of the company with a Japanese private equity fund in 2016, he remained on the Board for an additional two years as President of Pacific Associates to help with the integration process.
Antonio moved back to Orange County, California, with his wife and daughter in 2019 after spending almost 15 years in Asia.
Jerry Kornblau has 30 years of experience in strategic planning, market research, business development
and marketing. Since founding his own consulting company in 2002, he has helped large, mid-sized and
early-stage companies in diverse industries to grow more effectively and profitably into new and adjacent
markets. Jerry’s work has covered over 25 industries, with broad experience in Technology, Consumer
Products, Energy Management and Medical Devices. In addition to his consulting business, Jerry serves
as a mentor to multiple start-up companies through regional Incubators and Business Accelerator
Jerry previously held executive-level strategy, research and marketing positions at Epson America Inc.,
Lantronix, RiverOne, Knapp Communications and Procter and Gamble, and also had extensive
management consulting experience at LEK Consulting. He earned his MBA degree from the Wharton
School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from U.C. Berkeley. When he’s not working, Jerry
enjoys fitness training, hiking, hanging out at the beach, traveling and speaking foreign languages.
Michal Clements organizes women’s career and leadership events in Los Angeles working with both the Penn Club LA and Wharton Club So Cal. In 2018, Michal became a Vistage Chair in Los Angeles, working with local CEOs, founders, and key executives in peer advisory boards. As part of her work with Vistage, she recognized that only 10-15% of CEOs are women, and so she founded Women Leaders LA to encourage Los Angeles women to seek senior leadership roles. Her consulting firm, Insight to Action, founded in 2006, serves a national client base to address challenging questions around market and growth strategy, branding and positioning. Michal also writes frequently on career growth, Los Angeles companies, growing brands and market strategy. She is the co-author of “Tuning into Mom: Understanding America’s Most Powerful Consumer” and an expert in moms and women as customers.
As Co-President of OCMBA, Greta Tucker has the privilege of connecting Southern California alumni from 15 leading Business Schools to each other, and to employment and real estate opportunities through bi-monthly professional networking, social and educational events that we host for an average of 70 business professionals / alumni at premier Orange County venues.
Tingting Ye serves as one of the club’s Wharton Women leaders, planning events in support of women’s networking and family gatherings. Tingting is a learning experience manager of the Boston Consulting Group. She’s among the earliest activators who led and founded the digital learning team at BCG with a goal to make people better through delivering innovative and engaging learning experiences. Previously, she has spent more than 7 years in strategic consulting with a focus on Retail, luxury, and Consumer goods. She has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from global fortune 500 companies to early-stage consumer tech startups. With her extensive consumer experience and knowledge of retail and digital, currently, Tingting is also supporting her family jewelry business to expand its growth in the states.