Gala Committee

Frank Schulz
Sharefest Gala Committee Chair

Managing Principal  |  The Klabin Company

Frank J.H. Schulz III, SIOR is the Managing Principal with The Klabin Company, a well-respected Commercial Real Estate firm serving clients worldwide since 1961. Frank’s focus is industrial property including sales, leasing, investment, and development. Frank holds the most respected designation in commercial real estate with the SIOR, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. This is a designation held by only 3,000 practitioners worldwide. He is a past President and current Board of Director for the Los Angeles Transportation Club and is President of the Los Angeles Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Frank has a B.S. in Planning and Development from USC. Frank, his wife Devan, and twins reside in Redondo Beach. Frank was born and raised in Lodi, CA and he was a member of the National Championship USC Water Polo Team in 2003. He enjoys running, swimming and target shooting.

Joyce Sharman
Sharefest Honorary Committee Chair

Wife of late Bill Sharman

Joyce Sharman, community advocate, has helped change the face of philanthropy in Los Angeles through her contagious commitment to turn every challenge and pain into something positive for others. As the wife of the late Bill Sharman, two time NBA Hall of Famer as a player for the Boston Celtics and Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Joyce infused the Los Angeles sports community with the conviction that kindness can change the world. Her unrelenting efforts to bring good to others helped birth the Forum Community Services (known as the Lakers Wives) which eventually became the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. She has been influential in helping athletes and local leaders discover joy in bringing encouragement and empowerment to those facing challenging health, economic, and social conditions. Sharefest is privileged to recognize and celebrate Joyce for her lifetime achievement of community kindness

Linda Braden

President | Cornerstone Construction Group

Linda studied Business Administration at Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles County, after which she worked with the President of Wells Fargo Realty Advisors, Property Management Division. In 1985, she co-founded Cornerstone Construction Group, Inc. where her business and project management skills were a perfect foil to the entrepreneurial skills of her husband. Her attention to and understanding of the needs of their clients are legendary, and she has developed over the past 30 years an innate ability to turn their clients’ dreams into firm reality. Linda is a conduit of energy; she often speaks of her faith. Her optimistic and visionary approach to both the business and her family life maintains an infectious support mechanism, which keeps the team spirit and momentum going. She is a most gracious and observant individual who is very sensitive to Client needs.


Jens Brandt

Principal | Redondo Union High School

Antoinette Brown-Leon

Executive Director | Asomugha Foundation, Inc.

Antoinette Brown-Leon is the Executive Director of the Asomugha Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, formally established in 2010 and chaired by NFL defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha. The Foundation serves disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and underprivileged orphans and widows in Africa through education and empowerment. She is a strong advocate of education and focuses on the foundation's mission to ensure that those with less means are given the opportunity to obtain a quality education, and thereby transform themselves, their families, and communities.


Ashley Coulter

Special Education Teacher | Central High School


Ana Dragin

Port Affairs Director | Council District 15 | Office of Los Angeles City Councilman Buscaino

As Port Affairs Director, Ana serves as liaison between the Council office and the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s number one container port and leader in container volume and cargo value. She advises the Councilman on all port-related issues and policies.

She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, and also holds a Master in Public Policy and Administration. Ana has worked in local government since 2002 and has been with the City of Los Angeles, Council District 15, since 2005.

Ana resides in the Harbor area with her husband and two young children.


Rafael Gonzalez

Director, Community Relations | First 5 LA


Janet Grothe

Public Affairs Manager | Phillips 66


Peter Hargittay

CMO | Intellect

Peter Hargittay is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Vice President of Corporate Development at Intellect, a high growth SaaS software provider offering a low-code platform for developing business applications, Quality Management Systems (QMS), and digital transformation. Peter is passionate about building high growth tech companies and is an advisory board member for several start-ups. Peter received both his BA in Economics and MBA from California State University, Fullerton. Peter resides in Rancho Palos Verdes with his wife, Krisztina, and two young sons.


Zach Kinkeade

Community Affairs | LA Rams


Cindi Krippendorf

Vice President | Fielding Electric

Cindi Krippendorf and her husband, Michael, have been residents of the South Bay for 30 years. They’ve owned and operated Fielding Electric, Inc., an electrical contracting company headquartered in Torrance, since 2000. They enjoy active participation in their church and community and are proud supporters of the Sharefest Workday, both as volunteers and corporate sponsors.


Mark Limpert

Principal  |  ColdWater Partners LLP

Mark Limpert is a Principal at ColdWater Partners, a privately held Real Estate Investment firm focusing on opportunities in the Western United States. Prior to joining CWP, Mark served as Vice President at two large institutional real estate private equity firms where he focused on asset management responsibilities. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and resides in Hermosa Beach with his Wife, 6-month old son, and golden retriever.

Charles Lee

Founder & CEO | Ideation

Charles is the Founder & CEO at Ideation, an idea-making company that specializes in helping brands scale their business by effectively integrating their strategic plans into day-to-day implementation. Ideation fills this gap between strategy and implementation with innovative approaches to idea execution, team-driven support, brand (re)development & effective storytelling, and creative services that bridge concepts into the real world. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation.

Charles is regularly invited to speak to leading brands on topics such as fostering creativity, disruptive innovation, idea-making, and brand strategy. Executive leaders from brands including Wells Fargo, Toyota, William Morris Endeavor, NBCUniversal, CAA, Caterpillar, ONE Campaign / Product (RED), The White House, Catalyst, and many others have benefited from having Charles present at their key events. In addition to speaking, Charles has served as host and/or moderator for numerous events with NY Times best-selling authors and executives from brands including Google, Twitter, Groupon, Starwood, Disney, NBCUniversal, CAA, Toyota, TOMS, charity: water, United Way, World Vision, and many others.

Chad Mayer

Executive Director, Co-Founder  |  Sharefest

Chad Mayer has years of leadership experience building community relationships, acting as a networking catalyst to mobilize citizens, the faith community, community-based organizations and businesses to get involved in community service and youth development. Chad is the founding director of Sharefest Community Development and is a selfless leader who does what it takes to make programs work. He forges ahead to solve community problems and delights in the successes of the youth who engage Sharefest programs. His love for youth and for improving their lives and their communities, one person-at a time, is inspiring. Chad’s achievements and awards are numerous. Recently, he was awarded The Daily Breeze’s People of Distinction Award in the Volunteer Category.


Joe McMahon

Realtor | Keller Williams

Joe McMahon, a two-decade South Bay resident, brings 30 years of professional sales, marketing, publicity and philanthropy experience to the real estate industry. He and his wife of 28 years, Cindy, moved to Manhattan Beach in 1995, finally finding their dream location: a place with a sense of community, excellent public schools, and a safe environment to raise a family. Joe has joined Keller Williams Beach Cities in order to make this dream happen for his clients as well. 

Joe’s extensive experience in sales and marketing, coupled with his integrity and the respect he’s gained in the community through his volunteer and philanthropic efforts, give him a unique skillset to serve his clients, both buyers and sellers. 

“My wife and I were very fortunate to find the right house to make our home, and raise a family. I look forward to making sure my clients have that same feeling about their home and their community.” said Joe, a Rotarian (Lawndale) and member of the executive Board of ShareFest Community Development. “Whether a client is looking for their first home or transitioning from one stage of life to the next, I can help them.” 

Joe, a Southern California native, attended Brentwood High School and Loyola Marymount College, earning a BA in Business. He still resides in Manhattan Beach – in the desirable Manhattan Village neighborhood – and enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and traveling. He’s an active member of OCF Church in El Segundo, where he is involved in community outreach to those less fortunate.


Eric Ruehle

Managing Partner | West Harbor Capital

Prior to founding West Harbor Capital, Eric was a Senior Vice President at Sitex Group, a national industrial real estate private equity firm where he led the firm's expansion into Southern California. Eric has also held key roles at CenterPoint Properties, First Industrial Realty Trust and AEW Capital Management. Eric currently serves on the board of directors for the NAIOP Inland Empire chapter and the SIOR Los Angeles chapter. Eric lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and two children.


Vice President, District Manager, South Coast Community Bank
Wells Fargo & Company

Jamal Shofani is Vice President and District Manager for Wells Fargo’s South Bay market for the South Coast Community Bank. Shofani oversees more than 150 team members at 10 banking stores. His district includes the communities of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.

Shofani, a 21-year financial services veteran, assumed his current role in 2007. He was previously a Wells Fargo banking store manager in Torrance. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was a branch manager at Washington Mutual Bank for branches in downtown Long Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. He also worked as an assistant financial center manager at Washington Mutual and was a personal financial representative at Great Western Bank before Washington Mutual acquired the company.

Shofani is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, where he majored in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational development. He also served as a reserve for the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. 

Shofani resides in Redondo Beach with his wife and four young children and is active on the board for the South Bay Center for community counseling. He also was a Board Member for the San Fernando Award from 2007 - 2010.

Dan Simon

Director of Finance | Wedbush Inc.

Dan’s deep experience spanning public accounting, the specific needs of managing an investment fund and financial due diligence are key attributes to his success in managing his multi-faceted role at Wedbush Capital. In addition to overseeing the fund’s overall administration, he also interacts with portfolio companies to supplement their management teams. He contributes to the financial due diligence process, both in advance of a new investment and when there are changes at portfolio companies. An avid ice hockey and University of Washington Huskies fan, Dan often can be found yelling at the television during football season. He spends the rest of his free time with his family, enjoying sports and traveling.



Marketing Consultant  |  Sharefest Board Member

Janie Thompson recently retired after 30 years of being president of a successful marketing consulting firm located in Torrance. As a savvy businesswoman with an engaging personality, who has developed professional relationships internationally, Janie serves the Sharefest organization through developing strategic partnerships to diversify funding streams and increase total funding. In addition to Sharefest, Janie serves several other local charities and non-profits. Janie lives in Torrance with her husband of almost 37 years, Rick.


Mark Waronek

Mayor of Lomita