Board of Directors
Susan Crockett *Board Chair
Crockett & Crockett
Susan Long Crockett is a principal in the firm. Working with high technology clients, Ms. Crockett prosecutes patent applications in many diverse areas of technology. As an experienced intellectual property lawyer, she counsels on trademark issues, infringement and validity issues and patent infringement litigation. She also has broad experience in international patent and trademark prosecution.
Susan brings a unique perspective to intellectual property issues, drawing on years of engineering, managerial and marketing experience. Before becoming an intellectual property lawyer, Susan spent nine years as an engineer in widely diverse areas of practice dealing with hardware design, software design, integration and technical marketing. She started her career at General Dynamics, designing Automatic Test Equipment for the Cruise Missile Program. She then moved on to lead teams of engineers designing and integrating flight software for the Atlas Centaur rocket system, launching telecommunication and government satellites. Susan also performed product development in addition to creating and executing marketing strategies for computer systems during her work at Teledyne Systems Company.
While at Southwestern University School of Law, Susan was actively involved in their Moot Court Honors program, achieving a Finalist Oralist award in the 1994 Intramural Moot Court Competition, winning First Place Team in the 1995 Florida State Bar National Tax Competition and serving on the Moot Court Board of Governors. She was also an editor of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas.
Susan lives in Mission Viejo, California, with husband and fellow intellectual property attorney David Crockett along with their two sons. She is an avid runner and has run in numerous marathons.Close
Colleen Rogers *Co-Chair
Colleen is proud to Chair the 20th Annual Bright Futures Celebration for the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. Colleen brings years of philanthropy and event experience to the committee, and has a demonstrated heart for children. As an inspiring panelist for our Women in Balance event, and a host to more than 60 mothers, Colleen has brought her life and business lessons to the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s families.
This year’s Bright Futures Ball will take place at the Balboa Bay Club on March 10th, 2018 and build off of the successes of past years. Colleen’s Success in Business – Colleen graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Management and a focus in Accounting. Not long after graduation, she moved to Southern California to follow her passion to create a highly successful career in the business world. Within days of arriving in California Colleen had her first day at Keller Williams Realty and has never looked back! She has held many positions within the Keller Williams in the last 13 years, ranging from Office Operations Management, Support Analyst for HQ, Coach for other Office Operations Managers, to her present positions as Area Director and Franchise owner of multiple locations. Colleen’s experience includes 8 years of event planning, hosting and organizing over 75 events including Inspirational Brunches and charity events.
Colleen Gives Back To Stay in Balance – Colleen has a true passion for helping others succeed at the highest levels possible while continuing to grow herself. Giving back to the community is very important to Colleen. Most recently she has volunteered her time to support the American Red Cross in disaster relief in South Texas for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and also supporting Keller Williams associates affected by raising much needed funds.
- Some additional ways she has given back is through the following:
Hosting monthly fundraisers for Keller Williams Cares to benefit KW
associates nationally, locally and also other local charities.
Repeat volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank
Annually holds Toys for Tots drives at her KW offices
Participates in Keller Williams annual RED (Renew Energize Donate) Day since the 2009 inaugural company-wide event, helping local families rehab
homes by raising funds and providing labor and making homeless kits for Rescue Mission Tustin
An avid American Red Cross blood donor in addition to hosting blood drives at her KW offices
Ran multiple 5k races to benefit Stand up to Cancer, Run for the Water, Bethe Match, CURE, Breast Cancer Fund, Joyful Heart Foundation and many more!
Participating in Khloe Kares bags for distribution to local homeless womanPlease welcome Colleen as she brings much needed attention and resources to our
cause of Child Abuse Prevention!
Roger Armstrong *Chair Emeritus
Armstrong is an entrepreneur and former chief executive officer with extensive experience managing a full-service independent insurance agency offering insurance and financial solutions including Commercial Property and Casualty, Workers’ Compensation, Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans, Life Insurance and Human Resource Consulting.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Armstrong has provided more than 12 years of experience providing clients with trusted advisors who save time and provides quality, reliable service and cost-effective risk management solutions.Close
Vanessa Dixon *Secretary
California State University, Long Beach
Vanessa Dixon has over twenty years of experience in both policing and academia. Beginning her career as a police officer in the City of Lowell, MA, she served as a patrol officer, firearms licensing administrator, school resource officer, and as a detective in domestic violence and safety first.
In 2004 Vanessa Dixon transitioned to a teaching career serving as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Middlesex Community College, attaining tenure in 2010. Additionally Professor Dixon holds a level III instructor certification from the State of California P.O.S.T. as an Academy Instructor and in Curriculum Design. She is trained as a Domestic Violence Advocate and as a Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Instructor from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Vanessa Dixon has also served as the past Criminal Justice Chair of the Computer Forensics Advanced Technology Education Program, was trained as an advanced instructor with the Ford Foundation, and is a certified instructor for the Gang Resistance Education Training
(GREAT) and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).
Currently, Ms. Dixon is a Professor at the California State University Long Beach, where she teaches Sociology and Criminal Justice. In 2012 Vanessa was awarded the National Faculty Member for Outstanding Excellence in Academia from Westwood College Anaheim, CA. Ms. Dixon also consults with various educational institutions, police and probation departments, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Orange County Department of Education, the Los Angeles Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the New Haven Connecticut Police Department. Vanessa Dixon has dual Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from American International College, Springfield, MA, and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA.Close
Paul Godby *Finance
The Capital Group Companies
Paul Godby leads the corporate finance team for a division of the Capital Group
Companies. Within this division Paul oversees business and strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis for the American Funds Services Company and Capital Bank and Trust, subsidiaries of the Capital Group. Paul has been with The Capital Group for the last seven years.
Prior to joining Capital Group, Paul spent thirteen years in the wireless
telecommunications industry where he held a variety of positions in accounting, finance and business / strategic planning. His most recent position was with AT&T Wireless where he served as Director of Strategic Planning and Competitive Analysis.
Paul has an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He also earned BA degrees in economics and political science
Paul and his wife Kristin reside in Irvine with their two daughters.Close
Don Kennedy *Member at Large
Don Kennedy is the Regional Vice President of Direct Operations for the Southern California and Arizona Region of First American Title Insurance Company. Most recently, Kennedy served as Vice President, Area Manager for Direct Title Operations in Southern California. Previously, he acted as Division Counsel for the company’s Database Solutions & Home Warranty divisions. Prior to joining First American in 2011, Kennedy served as an attorney in the litigation department of SNR Denton, a global law firm.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Stanford University, Kennedy went on to receive his juris doctorate from McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific. A California resident, Kennedy is a member of the California Land Title Association Board of Governors. Kennedy also serves on the Board of Governors for the American Land Title Association, where he is also an active member of the Underwriter Section Executive Committee. Kennedy resides in Southern California with his wife and their two children.Close
Catherine Sorensen *Governance
Orange County philanthropist Catherine Sorensen, a resident of Newport Beach, has years of experience working with family foundations and other nonprofit organizations. Sorensen played a board leadership role with the Lloyd E. and Elizabeth H. Klein Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Orange, the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at the University of California, Irvine, the Assistance League of Anaheim and others.Close
Richard Swinney *Treasurer
Retired Attorney, Community Leader
Richard Swinney is a retired attorney at law with 34 years of experience working in the financial institutions industry. Swinney is a longtime community activist with board leadership positions at The Priority Center, the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor, California State Parks/Crystal Cove Conservancy and the Million Kids nonprofit group, among others. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force having served in the Air National Guard.
Swinney lives in Newport Beach.Close
Madison Spach Spach, Capaldi
& Waggaman, LLP
Madison S. Spach Jr., Esq. is a partner of Spach, Capaldi & Waggaman, LLP. He received his J.D. degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1980. He has extensive experience handling complex, often multiforum, business litigation matters involving contract and interactive entertainment/new media assets, as well as real estate matters focusing on land use and construction issues. He has tried or arbitrated a large number of business disputes and handled an extensive number of appeals. In 2019, Mr. Spach was named to a special advisory committee for the Department of Commerce focusing on International trade finance. He is a frequent speaker on technology developments and electronic discovery.Close
Hogiadi Kurniawan Haskell White LLP
Hogiadi Kurniawan, CPA, is a senior manager in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Department. He has over 13 years in public accounting, including experience as an audit manager for a Big Four firm, working with both public and private companies headquartered in the U.S. and abroad.
Hogi specializes in certain complex transaction and technical matters including debt restructuring and refinancing, merger and acquisition transactions (buy side / sell side), revenue recognition, going concern issues, consolidation and foreign currency matters. Throughout his career in public accounting, Hogi has worked closely with foreign subsidiaries and professional audit service firms (affiliates) located throughout Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia with consolidated revenues ranging from $10 million to $1.1 billion annually. Hogi has experience with international audit engagements performed in accordance with auditing standards under US GAAS, PCAOB standards, and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). Hogi manages the majority of the international clients at the Firm for both private and public companies that prepare financial statements on various financial reporting framework including the US GAAP, UK GAAP, and IFRS.
Hogi currently serves as a Board Co-Chair and the Audit Committee Chair for the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County, a nonprofit that directly serves at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse. Hogi has also led various accounting seminars for the Firm and professional groups (such as ASC 606 – revenue recognition workshop for clients and prospects) and for professionals maintaining their CPA licensure.
- Industry Leadership:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
Asian American Alliance, Inc. – Board Member (fmr)
Thomas Manakides Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Thomas Manakides is an experienced litigator known for developing innovative strategies to tackle large and complex litigation matters with an emphasis on environmental and transnational issues. He represents multinational corporations across several industries, including food and agricultural, real estate, aerospace, and waste. Mr. Manakides has extensive courtroom experience in both trial and appellate courts and often advises clients on matters involving mass tort, environmental laws and enforcement and cost recovery actions.Close
Ed Inal Strathspey Crown
Ed Inal is AIVITA’s Chief Operating Officer where he is responsible for overseeing the expansion of the clinical pipeline along with the commercialization of AIVITA’s skincare products.
Ed has extensive experience in both medical and commercial line of skincare products in Operations, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain, Logistics and Call Center Management in highly competitive and rapidly changing Medical Device and Consumer Electronics markets.
Prior to AIVITA, Ed was the Vice President of Operations and Customer Care at ALPHAEON, a lifestyle healthcare company that partnered with board-certified physicians to bring to market products and services that promote patient wellness, beauty and performance, where he directed the launch and the commercialization efforts of the company’s operations, implemented US based distribution, supply chain, logistics and customer care operations and directed implementation of the ERP systems for ALPHAEON.
Prior joining ALPHAEON, Ed was Nobel Biocare’s Vice President of Customer Service and Support where he was responsible for North America Customer Service and Technical Services supporting Dental Professionals with their dental and digital dentistry needs. Previously to Nobel Biocare, Ed was the Sr. Director of Global Customer Service and Technical Support for Western Digital where he was responsible for Global Service Operations, Customer Service and Support, including all Web-based service initiatives and technology implementations.
Ed is actively involved in the Orange County community, past Board President and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center, founding Board Member of Access Executive Network and also volunteers with the OC Sheriff’s organization.
Ed and his wife Laura, and two children Nicole and Spencer, reside in Laguna Niguel.Close
Marc Reich Reich Radcliffe &
Marc is the managing partner of Reich Radcliffe & Hoover LLP, a Newport Beach law firm. Marc has received an individual AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating, and has been named a Southern California Rising Star and a Southern California Super Lawyer by the Publishers of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics, a distinction reserved for only 5 percent of lawyers practicing in Southern California. Marc has also been listed as one of the top attorneys in Orange County, California by Orange Coast Magazine.
Marc is licensed to practice before all the State Courts in California, before all the Federal Courts in the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice emphasizes business litigation, business law and class actions. He has litigated hundreds of cases, and has had fifteen trials, including four jury trials. Recently, Marc obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case in which the plaintiff sought more than $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages and was part of a trial team that obtained a verdict that would have resulted in more than a $100 million recovery to a class of California consumers (the case settled after appeal).
Marc has also taught continuing education seminars on deposition taking skills. Marc graduated from UC Davis Law School in 1991, where he finished in the top 15% of his class. Upon graduation, Marc clerked for the Honorable Justice Warren Matthews of the Supreme Court of Alaska. After his clerkship, Marc entered private practice as an associate at Irell & Manella. Before law school, Marc worked as an accountant for Ernst & Whinney, where Marc passed the CPA Examination. Marc is involved in his community. Marc is a past treasurer of the Melinda Heights Elementary School PTA, is president of his homeowners’ association, is the treasurer of the United Futbol Club and is on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. Marc resides in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife and three children.Close
Athena Wong Agility Fuel Solutions
Athena Wong joined Agility in 2017 as Vice President – Human Resources. Ms. Wong is responsible for creating innovative ways to establish and grow our culture, engage all employees, and build global, scalable people systems that support a dynamic, fast growing company. Prior to Agility, she served as Vice President, Human Resources at Sunny Delight Beverages Co. where she quickly established global HR systems in less than 4 months and guided the company through multiple acquisitions and divestures.
She began her career at Procter & Gamble with increasing responsibility through a number of roles in manufacturing operations, logistics, and supply chain which gave her a deep understanding of high-performance work systems and Lean Manufacturing. Athena holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University.Close
Kimberly Valley American Business Bank
Kimberly Valley is a native Californian born and raised in Orange County. She has two grown children and two small chihuahua mix rescues. She enjoys wine tasting, game nights with close friends and serving her community through volunteer work. Kimberly is a Compliance officer for a well-known commercial bank in Southern California and has been in the banking industry for over 30 years.
Although not currently part of her professional role; Kimberly has been involved in community-based organizations professionally as a Community Reinvestment Act Officer for the past ten years. She has worked as a Partner with community-based organizations creating, facilitating, coordinating and teaching financial education programs for low to moderate income individuals. Kimberly is excited about her new role with The Priority Center and looks forward to building on its current and future initiatives.Close
Greg Washer Entrepreneur
Greg Washer has been a serial entrepreneur since childhood growing up in Corona del Mar. He has created, licensed, or bought many businesses including: Prolite, New Era Cap, Quiksilver Performance, Roxy Athletix, Cabinets Plus, Clean Fun Promotional Marketing, UFC Merchandise, Kidpoets, OC Chopper, Jane Fonda Workout Tape. He has been involved in the marketing of most of the top films of all time in his 30+ year career working with every major studio as an outside marketing company. This also led to founding the Movie Benefit Screening for the then, OC Child Abuse Prevention Center. For over 25 years this event has been the top fundraiser for the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor that started this charity. Greg received The Book of Golden Deeds from the National Exchange Club some 10 years ago for these efforts.
Greg retired in 2017 from “day to day work” to focus on his three amazing children (ages 16, 21, 21), his elderly parents (ages 96, 90), personal travel, and personal investments primarily in real estate. He also sits on two other boards, a public company (Consumer Portfolio Services) and a top children’s charity (Variety). Greg lives in Laguna Beach and La Quinta most of the year. An interesting fact about him is that he recently climbed Kilimanjaro with his twin boys and was for two years ranked #1 in the USTA for 45’s doubles. Greg also loves the podcast on NPR called How I Built This.Close
Debashis Chowdhury Canterbury Consulting
Mr. Chowdhury is the president and an investment consultant at Canterbury Consulting. He serves on the Board of Directors, and is a shareholder of the firm. In his role as president, Mr. Chowdhury is responsible for firm strategy, consulting, investment research, and business development. He consults directly to institutions and private clients in the key areas of investment policy, asset allocation, and portfolio construction. Mr. Chowdhury is a member of the ESG, Global Equity, and Hedge Funds
Manager Research Committees.
Prior to Canterbury, he was part of the advanced advisory services division of American Express in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was also a contributor to the Human Genome Project while working in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota. While there, he was lead author of a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience Letters in 1995, Synaptotagmin I and 1B4 are identical: implications for Synaptotagmin distribution in the primate brain.
He presently serves on the board of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County and the Mission Hospital Foundation. Mr. Chowdhury received his Bachelor of Science degree in management and economics from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and is a CFA® charterholder.Close
Jeffrey Shepard Hughes Marino
Jeffrey Shepard has focused 25 years of his career on tenant advocacy, having exclusively represented tenants since 1989 in their lease and purchase transactions for commercial space across the United States.
Jeff’s transaction experience includes managing and negotiating large office industrial leases, building sales/purchases, early renegotiations, expansion and contraction negotiations, build-to-suit projects, and land sales/purchases. He has negotiated and structured over 8 million square feet of transactions valued at more than $2.1 billion for a number of national, regional and local companies. Jeff has also developed more than 2 million square feet of industrial space.
His experience as a real estate professional and developer gives Jeff’s clients a unique and valuable insight into the motivation, objectives, and areas of financial exploitation typically employed by owners and developers. His thorough understanding of the entire real estate process, landlord/owner motivations and the intricacies of effective leveraging have allowed Jeff and his team to deliver extraordinary savings to their clients while protecting them in the commitments they make.
Clients include Pacific Life (31,000, 27,000 and 22,000 SF); D-Link Systems (120,000 SF – twice); Glumac Engineers (18,000, 12,000 and 10,000 SF); Johnson & Johnson (13,000 SF); Hero Nutritionals (61,000 and 16,000 SF); Paper Mart (225,000 SF); The Child Abuse Prevention Center (11,000 SF); The Girl Scout Council (24,000 SF); and VHA (42,000 and 17,000 SF). In addition, Jeff has had many national assignments, including nearly a decade serving as the Account Director for Test America’s national portfolio, comprising over 100 facilities ranging from 1,000 to 65,000 SF.
Jeff is a recognized commercial real estate expert throughout Orange County and is deeply immersed in the fabric of the Orange County business and non-profit communities.
- University of California, Los Angeles, MBA, Valedictorian (summa cum laude)
- Williams College, B.A. (magna cum laude)
- California Department of Real Estate Licensed Broker
Broker License #01103419
- California Department of Real Estate Licensed Broker
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Broker of the Year, 2014 — The Irvine Company
CIVIC AND CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
- The Child Abuse Prevention Center — Board of Directors (past Chairman); Co-Chair of the Annual Charity Golf Classic, 2005-2012.<
- Working Wardrobes — Board of Directors
- Make-A-Wish Foundation —Board of Directors (past)
- The Pegasus School — Board of Directors (past)
- Convene Leadership Forum — Member, 2012-present
Alex Musetti Hughes Marino
Alex Musetti is a California native and vice president of Hughes Marino in Orange County. He has leveraged his business acumen and background in finance to passionately represent commercial tenants of office and industrial space throughout Southern California as a licensed broker. His clients range from small and medium-sized enterprises to large multi-national corporations.
Alex provides multi-disciplined real estate advisory services to his clients and offers them comprehensive and singular representation for a variety of real estate requirements. His extensive knowledge of the market combined with his experience and problem-solving skills make him a strong ally when representing tenants in lease negotiations, site selection analysis, investment acquisitions, financial modeling, and portfolio management.
Before joining Hughes Marino, Alex was a senior advisor at Cresa where he represented tenants of all sizes, and advised both tenants and investors on office and industrial acquisitions and lease transactions. Prior to that, Alex was a financial analyst at Grubb & Ellis where he was responsible for furnishing a range of financial models and analyses to the company’s diverse clients and senior brokers.
Alex earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in economics.
Alex lives in Newport Beach where he enjoys spending time with his family and staying involved with his alumni association. Alex has a natural affinity for experiencing new countries and cultures and spent much of his early life visiting new places and learning new languages.
- Loyola Marymount University, MBA
- Saint Mary’s College of California, B.S. in economics
- California Department of Real Estate Licensed Broker — Broker License #01881982
CIVIC AND CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
- LMU MBA Student Association Board — Executive Vice President, Finance
- National Economic Honors Society
Alyson Yarberry Modera Inc.
Alyson is the founding visionary behind Modera. With nearly 20 years of experience leading local and national pieces of business, it is evident that being a master marketer and mother is Alyson’s destiny. Prior to starting Modera in 2010, Alyson held senior executive roles at boutique agencies across Southern California. Alyson’s strength in driving operational efficiency has allowed Modera to scale year after year and attain continued client success. Alyson is happy she listened to that inner voice calling her to establish a company that would equip brands for a new era in marketing. By blending innovative modalities of advertising, marketing and communications,
Alyson provides Modera and its clients the strategic foundation for long-term achievement. She believes that anyone can have it all if they operate from their true purpose. As the campion and chief curator of Modera’s inclusive and transparent culture, Alyson wants every client and teammate to enjoy life while working hard towards achieving their goals. She is dedicated to developing more women leaders in marketing by supporting programs and communities that provide women with a platform for growth and advancement,Close
Mark Clews Ankura
Mark Clews is a Senior Managing Director in Ankura’s Data & Technology practice, based in Orange County, CA. Mr. Clews has over 20 years’ experience providing expert consulting advice in relation to the defensible handling of electronically stored evidence, the interrogation of complex data sets and the management of large-scale eDiscovery matters. Mr. Clews specializes in Digital Forensics, eDiscovery, and Cybersecurity services.
Mr. Clews has helped his clients and their counsel navigate the complex data challenges of responding to regulators in the US, EU and APAC regions. Including; the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Attorney General’s office, European Competition Commission, Environmental Protection agency, Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Inspector General, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Mr. Clews’ expertise spans the entire lifecycle of the electronic discovery reference model – from providing proactive guidance on information governance and discovery readiness consulting, to the preservation, processing, and review of data for production purposes. His engagement experience includes investigating the operation of illegal cartels, theft of intellectual property, accounting irregularities, securities class actions, qui tam whistleblower suits and other fraudulent activities.
Mark is an EnCase certified examiner (EnCE), a Certified Cyber Forensic Professional (CCFP) and has been recognized in the Who’s Who Legal publication as one of the World’s leading Forensic and Litigation Consultants within the Digital Field for the last 6 years running. Mr. Clews was also recognized as a future industry leader in the same publication. Mr. Clews has contributed to many thought leadership articles, and is regularly approached to opine at leading industry conferences in relation to technology innovations and their impact on legal proceedings.Close
John Hoefer Milestone Risk Management
John is the President of Milestone Risk Management. He leads a team of professionals who provide insurance, risk management, and workplace safety solutions for middle market companies in Southern California. John is also the Founder of the Brewery Insurance Program, which provides insurance services to breweries nationwide. John has spoken at numerous brewing industry conferences educating this young industry on proper risk management and workplace safety practices.
Prior to joining Milestone, John performed commercial real estate appraisals for private and institutional investors.
John is a Graduated Boston College with a BS in Finance. He lives in Lake Forest with his wife, Erin Hoefer, and his son, Thomas Hoefer.Close
Jeremy Webb began learning about distillation processes from his father at the age of 8; the proud Scotch-Irish tradition having become a part of Webb family heritage, by way of the rolling hills of West Virginia, many generations past. Born in Long Beach California, Jeremy always felt a deep connection to his Appalachian roots and followed his heart back to his parent’s birth state to graduate from West Virginia University. During his time in West Virginia, his interest in distillation grew. Eventually his desire to know more about whiskey production and the special relationship between the distillate and the barrel led him to Kentucky, where he fell in love with Bourbon. In Louisville, Jeremy studied distilling, distillery operations, barrel aging and the art of blending. He was mentored by Master Distillers having worked for companies like Brown Forman and Jim Beam. In 2019 Jeremy set out on the journey to use his collected knowledge to build a state-of-the-art distillery in Orange County, producing California Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled in a Vendome Pot-still and aged in new Appalachian White Oak barrels coopered exclusively by West Virginia Great Barrel Company.
Owner/Cook/Head-Distiller Jeremy Webb has spent a lifetime traveling, eating and cooking, cultivating a style of cuisine we are calling Fast Casual Global Fusion Comfort Food. (Say that 10 times fast) His cuisine is heavily influenced by the South; South America, Southeast Asia and the American South. Noodles, dumplings, soups and stews with rich, savory broths, flavors of chili, cilantro, lemon grass, along with large house-smoked cuts of meat like bacon and pastrami will be the foundation of our menu. Our kitchen is crewed by an amazing staff of career cooks flawlessly executing Jeremy’s recipes. It’s like a band, and Jeremy writes all the music.Close