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Director Emeritus

Gray DeFevere

Founding and building his own companies has given Gray DeFevere experience that can only be acquired by those who have “been there, done that”.

Gray has devoted much of his career to working with high growth clients favored by the leading venture capital and investment banking firms. He helps his clients remain agile in their facilities, which helps control reaction to momentary shifts and real strategic changes.

Gray is often able to use the Landlord or Seller as an investor in your company by using his creative methods of negotiating. He is masterful at using critical concessions such as free rent, termination clauses, expansion rights as a weapon for his clients which helps keep valuable investment capital in the bank and pays future rents out of future revenue.

Gray DeFevere - DeFevere Advisory Group

Quest Executive
Barry Paul - Quest Executive / Pasadena Angels

Randy Churchill - Price Waterhouse Coopers

Robert Pearlman - BDO


Michael Sims - Pepperdine University

Elsa Burton 

Elsa BurtonElsa Reyna Burton is a Senior Relationship Manager with Citi’s Commercial Bank. 

Elsa is tasked with developing a portfolio of multinational companies in the middle market segment including later stage technology companies for the greater Los Angeles region.  Prior to joining Citi in June of 2013, she spent most of her career with Wells Fargo in their Asset Based Lending group, Global Bank and Commercial Bank in Los Angeles. 

She earned her B.S. degree with an option in Finance from California State University, Northridge and currently serves on the board of Association for Corporate Growth (ACG 101) and is a member of the Latino Deal Makers group for greater Los Angeles.

Lee A. Fraser

Lee Fraser

As Vice President, Business & Marketing Partnerships, Lee Fraser oversees the financial operations team responsible for managing the procurement, planning, analysis and accounts payable activities for Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. He also works collaboratively with senior Warner Bros. executives through the newly created Brand Innovation Program, which seeks to maximize the value of the Warner Bros. brand equity through commercial partnerships that are mutually beneficial by creating and managing a platform where strategic partners can pitch, create and execute business solutions that match with Warner Bros. strategic goals.

Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner Inc. Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing is a full-service, in-house multiplatform agency comprised of Creative Services, Marketing/Integrated Marketing, Digital Media, Communications, Publicity, Audience Development/Social Media and Operations units serving all divisions of the Warner Bros. Television Group. 

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Fraser worked for Gemstar-TV Guide as the Manager of Corporate Finance. Before that, Fraser worked for Waste Management Inc. in their Financial Planning & Analysis group. Fraser started his career in public accounting working for Ernst & Young, LLP in Canada and later PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP when he immigrated to the U.S. 

He received an honors bachelor’s degree in commerce from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Fraser serves as the Chairman of the Canada California Business Council, is on the board of directors of the Police Activities League of the Los Angeles Police Department and serves on the advisory boards of the Southern California Technology Group, and the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes is a Senior Relationship Manager for Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) based in Los Angeles. 

Stephen leads the SVB Financial Group Early Stage team in the region. The Early Stage team focuses on the banking needs of Technology, Life Science, and Cleantech companies from startup through revenues of $75MM. Through its 27 domestic offices and operations in England, India, Israel, and China, SVB Financial Group (NASD: SIVB) provides domestic and international commercial banking, investment management, and valuation services to technology companies at all stages of their life cycles -- from startup to public.

With over 10,000 clients, SVB is the preferred partner for more than half of the venture-backed technology companies in the US.

Prior to joining SVB, Stephen served as Co-founder & CFO of How2TV, a video-based "helpdesk" for leading consumer electronics companies. At How2TV, Stephen wrote the initial business plan, built the financial infrastructure, raised capital from JP Morgan Partners and Thomas Weisel Partners, and ultimately assisted in the sale of the company to another venture-backed entity in 2001.

Prior to How2TV, he founded Royal Bank of Canada's US Technology Banking Group in 1993, providing banking services to 40 of the 50 largest technology companies in the US, including IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Oracle, HP, and Dell.

He earned both his MBA and an Honors BA in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School in Canada.