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Executives in Residence

The Master in Business Administration program is distinguished by its Executive in Residence Program.  Members of the Council advise the faculty of the MBA program on current trends in the business world and about their expectations of MBA's that they hire.

The Executive in Residence program is designed to bring experienced and knowledgeable business leaders into the classroom where they share their expertise with the MBA students.  Executive in Residence present case studies to the students, are part of panel discussion on controversial topics and give guest lectures.

The accompanying photos are of a recent planning meeting of the Executive in Residence with members of the MBA faculty for the upcoming cohort. 

Executives In Residence Profiles

Jeffrey CheungJeffrey Cheung

Jeffrey Cheung received his bachelor’s degree from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and an MBA from Cal Poly Pomona. He has 20 year experience in providing consulting service in the areas of international trade, the establishment of joint venture and venture capital management. In addition, he has worked with numerous American and Chinese organizations arranging business conferences, trade fairs and executive training programs in both the US and China.

In the past fifteen years, he has been invited to conduct presentations on international business at Pepperdine University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Jinan University, China.

Mr. Cheung is currently the Chairman of Los Angeles-Guangzhou Sister City Association, and a board member of the Los Angeles International Sister Cities Committee which is under the auspices of the Mayor of Los Angeles. Since late 1990s, he has been instrumental in promoting various types of exchange programs between Los Angeles and its sister city Guangzhou, China.

William CoffinWilliam Coffin

William F. Coffin is the Chairman of the Board and Founder of CCG Investor Relations Mr. Coffin is Chairman of the Board of CCG Investor Relations, and has been an investor relations counselor for more than 30 years. As an investor relations professional, Mr. Coffin is a senior advisor to numerous publicly held and private companies in a broad range of industries including healthcare, communications technologies, financial services, leisure and e-commerce. Mr. Coffin has assisted numerous clients in various corporate finance matters including more than 150 initial public offerings and follow-on financings, and has counseled and participated in a broad range of mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Coffin has been a professor and lecturer in advanced economic communication theory for a number of years at Pepperdine University, the UCLA Anderson School of Business, and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). Mr. Coffin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and participated in the MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

William T. HuddlestonWilliam T. Huddleston

William T. Huddleston retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration following a 30+ year career at NASA and the Department of Defense as Program Executive and Program Manager. While at NASA HQ, Washington DC, he directed the development and managed budgets in excess of 3 billion dollars for 13 individual science spacecraft manifested on Expendable Launch Vehicles and the Space Shuttle including the largest space science mission of the decade, the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Mr. Huddleston was instrumental in incorporating educational components into two Space Shuttle missions resulting in the IMAX movie Destiny in Space, the first IMAX images of the Space Shuttle in orbit, and a real time astronomy lesson from space by on-board astronauts directed towards middle school students. He was awarded two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, the Silver Snoopy award on behalf of the astronauts in recognition of professional excellence greatly enhancing flight safety and mission success, and was inducted into the High School Hall of Fame for outstanding achievement in aerospace engineering.

He held adjunct professor of engineering and mathematics positions for 10 years in California and Maryland. Mr. Huddleston holds a Master of Science in Operations Research and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northrop Institute of Technology.

Kendall PeterPeter Kendall

Peter Kendall’s career in business management and human resources has been driven by a personal quest to lead and teach others to take ownership in a common strategic direction and the achievement of mutual goals while maximizing individual potential. He credits his success to his ability to create and lead an environment where individuals can freely express their ideas, learn and grow while working toward a common goal.

He has served in leadership positions in human resources, materials, consulting and general manager positions for a number of domestic and foreign multinational corporations. In his most recent role as Vice President of Human Resources, Peter was challenged to change the culture of an old-line, top-down managed manufacturing operation to an innovative, people-oriented, growth company culture focused on customer satisfaction.

Peter provides advice and counsel to both individuals and companies through his company, Kendall Associates. His unique background and experience provides a real world example of how to maximize both individual and company potential while, at the same time, having fun.

Barry PatmoreBarry Patmore

Barry Patmore is a management consultant, board advisor and community volunteer. For thirty-five years he was affiliated with Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) where his final position was as managing partner. He specialized in helping organizations plan, design, implement and manage high performance business operations. Among his other responsibilities were global management council, global quality leadership team, strategic planning task force and board nominating committee. He directed the creation of the firm’s first systems development process (Method/1) and quality assurance methodology.

From 2000 to 2006 Patmore was at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, first as Interim CIO and later directing outsourcing of the IT function, IT strategic planning, and initiating a $50 million program to automate all clinical systems.

Mr. Patmore is actively involved as a member of boards of directors for a number of technology start ups and communications companies, as well as being an advisor to three early stage companies. He was also a trustee of Mount Saint Mary’s University, Harvey Mudd College, and Children’s Institute International. He serves on the California Council for Economic Education. Mr. Patmore received a B.Com. from University of British Columbia and MBA from Columbia University, New York.

Jim RoachJim Roach

Jim Roach, former Senior Vice President, American Honda Motor Company,spent 35 years with Honda before retiring two years ago. Jim’s background includes managerial and executive roles in Auto Sales, Parts and Service Operations, Customer Service, Power Equipment, Dealer Relations, Export Fixed Operations, Corporate Risk and Automobile Technical Support Services.  He is currently the Vice Chairman of the not-for-profit organization, I-Car, and serves Mount Saint Mary’s University in the capacity of Executive in Residence, MBA Program and also as an Undergraduate Instructor in the Weekend and Evening College.  Jim holds an MA from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and is a graduate of the Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech.


Dennis SignorovitchDennis Signorovitch

Dennis Signorovitch is a corporate communications strategist and mentor with nearly 30 years experience in communications leadership. His recent consulting clients include one of the nation’s leading defense contractors, a software company that develops secure, real time operating systems for aerospace and defense applications, and a company which provides on-line corporate ethics and compliance training to many leading corporations. Earlier in his career he was Vice President - Communications for Honeywell Aerospace responsible for the full range of media relations, advertising and marketing communications, executive communications, internal communications and community relations. He served in the same role for AlliedSignal Aerospace.

A strong proponent of reputation management and integrated communications, Signorovitch was the leading architect of the communications strategy that helped catapult AlliedSignal to first place from ninth among aerospace companies in Fortune Magazine's annual survey of most admired companies.

Throughout his career, Signorovitch has provided personal communications counseling to a number of executives who have gone on to leadership roles in industry. Currently he serves as a mentor to corporate communications leaders and professionals throughout the country.

He has led communications for a number of large, complex mergers and acquisitions including Bendix Corporation, the Signal Companies, King Radio Corporation, Sundstrand Data Control and Textron Lycoming with responsibility for media relations, the integration of advertising and branding strategies, and internal communications focused on the cultural transformation of the continuing business operations.

He received his undergraduate education at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and his MA from Old Dominion University.