Category Archives: New Member

Eric Beste

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Law-Litigation Practice, Additional Active

Eric is a litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

He is originally from Long Island, NY.  He completed his undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and then attended Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, where he met his wife, Anne.  They have been married for 23 years and have three children, one of whom is a sophomore at Northwestern.

Before going private, Eric spent the last 22 years of his career in public service. He started as a federal prosecutor for the US Department of Justice in D.C., then moved to San Diego to work for the US Attorney’s Office, which is where he met his club sponsor and role model, Roger Haines.

Eric says he learned from Roger that “your persuasiveness is not in the volume of your voice, but in your credibility and conviction.”

Roger Haines, Walter Lam and Jeff Hill were his sponsors

Revel Stark

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Commercial Lending

Revel is the Director of Business Development for Innovative Capital Corporation.  He is a 2004 SDSU graduate.

Revel’s company recently led a fundraising effort for fellow Club 33 member Jabez LeBret’s Sisu Academy (tuition-free boarding high school for girls) and offered a $5,000 match.  They are also rehabbing a residential care facility near SDSU to be utilized as a transitional home by a local-non-profit.  And recently, Revel started working with the Tariq Khamisa Foundation.

His father was a Rotarian and Revel wrote a paper in high school discussing the 4-Way Test (and won!)  He and his wife, Melissa, have two young children who keep them very busy.  It is his desire to give them a visible example of the importance of giving back to the community.

David Oates, Frank Caperino and Doug Taber were his sponsors

 

Annie Rodriguez

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Social Services-GenerateHope

Annie is the Executive Director of GenerateHope, a non-profit that serve San Diego’s sex trafficking victims by providing long-term, comprehensive programs.

She has over 25 years of experience working in non-profit organizations and 17 years of experience working in positions of leadership. She received a Master of Social Work in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2001 from San Diego State University. Early in her career she had the opportunity to serve as a therapist for foster youth who have been sexually exploited.

Annie is a native San Diegan who is deeply invested in the community and demonstrates this through her passion for leading quality programs. She lives in Carlsbad with her husband and two sons. She and her family are long time members of Calvary Chapel Carlsbad, where Annie has been serving in the Children’s Ministry for over 15 years.

Duke Sobek, Mona Minton and Wendy McKinney were her sponsors

 

Dan Schneiderman

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Law-Litigation Practice, A.A.

Dan is a Partner at Witan Law Group LLP.  He is a business litigator and trial attorney for companies and individuals involved in commercial, real estate and personal injury disputes.

Dan graduated from UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis School of Law.  He moved to San Diego in February 2018 and considers himself  a “ wanna-be writer.”

Steve Coopersmith, David Oates and Frank Caperino were his sponsors

 

Kathy Demos

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Senior Care-Placement Services

Kathy is the President and CEO of TLC Senior Advisors, a referral agency for seniors and their loved ones looking for independent, assisted or memory care living.

Kathy has an extensive background in sales and marketing, from radio and television to fashion and the restaurant industry.  She has a passion for creating and customer service.  She and her husband opened a Mediterranean restaurant and she has produced 22 30-minute cooking shows!  Kathy founded a non-profit, The Art of the Brain, to raise money for brain cancer research at UCLA.

She was a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield West for 7 years.  Kathy loves to travel, having spent the summer in Italy, and she is looking forward to her trip to Dubai in the Spring.

Massey Pitts was her sponsor

 

Kevin Popovic

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Consultant-Strategy and Communication

Kevin is the Creative Consultant and Chief Strategy Officer for The Idea Guy, helping people create new ideas through speaking, workshops, training and consulting.

Kevin is from Crescent Township, Pennsylvania, and comes from a Serbian and Croatian family. He values family and friends the most, especially those that helped shape him into who he is today.  He considers President David, who he has known for 12 years, one of those friends.

Mark Burgess, David Oates and Michael Gordon were his sponsors

David Aikin

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Banking-Commercial

David is a Commercial Banker with California Bank & Trust.He is originally from Lansing, Michigan. He joined the Navy after high school and was stationed on the USS Harry S. Truman. After the Navy, he. attended Michigan State and earned a BA degree in Economics and Business.

David has been in the banking industry for the last 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, sports and traveling. He is also a former member of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club in Alaska.

Glenn Younger was his sponsor.

Evan Wahl

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Construction-General, Additional Active

Evan is the Vice President of Risk Management and Business Development for Prava Construction Services, Inc.

He is a returning member to Club 33, having been a member from 2014-2018.  His last job took him to northern California, traveling 3 days a week for the last year and a half. Evan said he knew it was time for a change when the TSA would greet him like Norm on Cheers! He is excited to work with Prava Construction, which serves many non-profits like the TERI project and Canine Companions.

Evan has lived in San Diego now for 10 years.  He and his wife Tammy have been married for 20 years and have two teenagers, Lauren and Tiernan.

David Oates was his sponsor.

 

Jabez LeBret

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Education-High School, Additional Active

Jabez is a Co-Founder and Chief of Schools for Sisu Academy, a tuition-free boarding high school for underserved girls in San Diego.

Jabez has been homeless, is a high school dropout, and was on a path to nowhere. After getting his GED, Jabez studied finance and marketing at Gonzaga University. He went on to become a financial analyst managing a multi-million P&L at Nordstrom. Jabez is now an international public speaker (1,100+ presentations), author, and Forbes Contributor. He recently sold his award winning marketing agency to free up time to pursue his passion in education.

Jabez is originally from a tiny fishing village in Alaska (where the bank is inside of a bar!) and he was raised by his grandmother who taught him that “no matter what happens to him in life, it is ultimately up to him to decide who he becomes.”

Trevor Blair, David Oates and Dan Assisi were his sponsors.

 

Jordan Maharaj

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Education-State University-Development

Jordan is a Development Officer at San Diego State University and raises philanthropic support for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

She graduated from SDSU with a degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration.

Jordan attended RYLA as an Interact and has continued to serve as a counselor at the camp for the last 5 years.  She was a SDSU Rotaract from 2013-2017, having served as their Executive Vice President.  She has also served as a Rotaract for District 5340.

Jordan has been fortunate to attend 3 consecutive RI Conventions and to see Rotary’s impact everywhere from Brazil, South Korea and Atlanta.

In her free time, she enjoys golfing, traveling and exploring new food spots in San Diego.

Chuck Pretto, David Oates and Bobby Marsh were her sponsors.