Our Executive Committee represents local leaders in academia and business. This Committee is responsible for the strategic direction and decisions regarding all of our programs and events.
Steve Austin is the Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is the managing partner at Swenson Advisors, a full service CPA practice offering comprehensive, customized accounting, tax, and consulting solutions to meet the needs of local, regional and multi-national clientele around the globe. Steve manages audit, SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley, and business consulting engagements with a focus on technology, manufacturing, service, real estate, social media, and non-profit organizations. He is the author of the book “Rise of the New Ethics Class.” Steve speaks worldwide on governance, Sarbanes-Oxley, and IFRS matters and writes articles published by the AICPA.
Jay Goth is the Executive Director of InSoCal CONNECT. He is responsible for day to day activities and reports to the Executive Committee. As a serial entrepreneur, Jay has been involved in the real estate, finance, insurance, hospitality, energy and technology industries. He is the curator of Startup Digest for Riverside County, a weekly email digest of all entrepreneurial events and actvities each week. Jay is also a co-organizer of 1 Million Cups Riverside, a weekly gathering of local entrepreneurs that showcases two startups every week. He is a senior consultant with TriTech SBDC, an SBA sponsored Small Business Development Center dedicated to helping high growth companies achieve a higher trajectory through consulting and access to capital.
Don Warriner is the program director for Springboard, InSoCal CONNECT's structured mentoring program. Don is Managing Director of Columbia Capital Securities, Inc. and Columbia Capital Advisers, Inc. providing investment banking and financial consulting services on middle market debt and equity financings and mergers and acquisitions focusing on debt restructuring and IT mergers and acquisitions. He has transacted distressed debt financings, M & A transactions, and raised capital for both national and international companies. Over the last 30 plus years, he has had extensive experience as an investment banker, senior corporate executive and financial consultant. He has been the CEO of four software companies and held a senior executive position at IBM Global Services working in IT.
Terry Bibbens served a record 6-1/2 years as Entrepreneur in Residence in the Office of Advocacy for the U.S. SBA in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations (1994 to 2001). He provided senior-level national policy guidance including testimony to the U.S. Congress on issues of patent law, entrepreneurship, improving capital access, the SBIR program, and ways to encourage growth of high-technology clusters. Terry previously spent 34 years in the defense electronic-warfare business including 10 years as the founder and CEO of his own firm which he grew to 200+ employees and successfully merged with a NYSE listed company. He was also President for two divisions of Loral Corporation. Terry has been responsible for programs in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including nationally critical intelligence programs with nuclear-certified hardware and software, and multi-level security systems.
Eric Blum is Associate Dean at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Redlands.
Rebeccah Goldware is the Chief of Staff for the University of California Riverside Research and Development Department. There she assists with the coordination, development, and planning of executive strategies to support research and economic development efforts for the growth and success of UCR both locally and nationally. Prior to this, Rebeccah was the Director of Industry and Research Relations at UCR, where she formed and developed mutually beneficial relationships with industry. Rebeccah is the past President of the YWCA of Riverside County, and is currently on the boards of United Way of the Inland Valleys and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Roy Paulson is President of Paulson Manufacturing, and his experience includes all of the typical aspects of running a family business. His education centered on a combination of business management and associated technical training. Patents include 16 Utility and Design patents and pending, in the fields of optics, mechanical designs and optical physics. Paulson Mfg exports to 100 countries and specializes in Safety and Security Products. Roy is a member or director of over a dozen institutions focused on manufacturing and exporting.
Paulo Rangel is currently head of global development at Besins Healthcare, a Franco-Belgian global pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. He has held positions in several healthcare related companies, where he has completed license agreements, renegotiated existing agreements to improve economic terms, raised money from government contracts (DARPA) and has been responsible for intellectual property, business planning, market research and valuation of new product opportunities. Paulo has also launched and run two healthcare companies.
John Tillquist, PhD, chairs our Technology Transfer working group and is the Associate Vice Chancellor at Riverside Community College District. He runs southern California economic development centers funded by eighteen federal and state grants, is past President and Board of Governors member of the Tech Coast Angels, and serves as mentor, interim executive, and expert witness for technology businesses. John is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Chapman University as well as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona and is part-time faculty at Cal State San Bernardino’s Entrepreneurship graduate program. He holds a number of board positions including the executive board for the Alliance for Commercialization of Technology, the Office of Technology Transfer at California State University-San Bernardino, and the Riverside Economic Development Corporation among others.
Murrieta Innovation Center Video Tour
SoCal CEO Magazine visits the MIC and tours the facility, recording the visit on video. Read more >
InnovateHER Local Winner!
Jaan Biotherapeutics LLC was named winner of the local InnovateHER competition held at Murrieta City Hall. See all local winners here.
Our Current Springboard Companies
InSoCal CONNECT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.