adidas sweater CSUCI Business Technology Partnership executive committee welcomes 10
Bringing a legal and agricultural perspective to the committee is business attorney Melissa Sayer, ownerof Matilija LawInc., in Ventura. When Sayer isn’t helping businesses and entrepreneurs through her firm, she can be found at her citrus and avocado ranch near Santa Paula, which has increased her understanding of the challenges facing farmers and small businesses in the region.Michele Newell is the public affairs representative in Ventura County for Aera Energy, LLC, a natural gas, oil exploration and production company jointly owned by Shell Oil Co. and ExxonMobil. She manages Aera’s community relations, volunteer efforts and corporate giving.From the nonprofit sector comes Ventura County Community Foundation President and CEO Vanessa Bechtel.Also joining the committee is producer Robert “Bob” Bekian, owner of Spotburner, a video marketing company, and Loyal Studios, a digital content production facility. Bekian has developed content for the web, the small screen and large screen. He also produced over 800 digital projects for brands such as Adidas, Acura, Coca Cola, L’Oreal and Amgen.New committee member Paul Visueta is senior vice president/relationship team leader for Rabobank in Santa Barbara. He has also serves as manager of financial analysis and portfolio management for Rabobank’s agribusiness and commercial divisions.From the education sector comes Debi Owens, who just retired from 40 years in public education. Owens taught special education classes for Hathaway Elementary School in the Hueneme School District. Owens, an athletics and water polo enthusiast, owns and operates a youth water polo club.