To create a safe digital neighborhood that is both resistant to cyber-threats and resilient to man-made or natural disasters, where our citizens, businesses, organizations and government can effectively and securely navigate, collaborate and conduct business to remain economically competitive in today’s fast-changing technological environment. The secure cyber city model we establish in San Diego will empower our citizens and serve as a beacon for cities across North America and the world.


To enable every San Diegan to live, work and play safely in the cyber world.

In the fast-paced world we live in where “digital” exchanges dominate our daily interactions, the Securing Our eCity Foundation (SOeC) provides awareness of potential issues and offers free cyber security information and education. We assist businesses, families, our aging population and youths to be better prepared for a safer cyber experience in rapidly changing technology driven environments.

In late 2011, ESET Foundation, Inc. (dba) Securing Our eCity Foundation was formed based upon an initiative started in mid-2008 by ESET North America, an Internet security company with their North American headquarters in San Diego, CA.The Foundation is now a viable non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization still guided by the vision, mission and principles established at the onset of the initiative.

Supported through generous donations from organizations like ESET North America and San Diego Gas & Electric, SOeC continues to help facilitate a safer cyber experience for digital citizens in the greater San Diego area.

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Mr. Jessie J. Knight Jr.
Chairman Emeritus

Jessie J. Knight is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Gas & Electric. Prior to assuming this role in April 2010, Knight served as Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Sempra Energy, overseeing all communications and community relations activities, government relations and regulatory and international affairs.

Before joining Sempra in 2006, Mr. Knight spent seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in California and the third largest chamber of commerce in the western United States.

From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Knight served as commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after being appointed by then-Governor Pete Wilson. He previously served in executive management roles for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner newspapers and the Dole Food Company. Mr. Knight is a board member of the Seattle-based Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) and the San Diego Padres Baseball Club, and serves as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, was a fellow of the University of Madrid, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin.


Anton Zajac

Mr. Anton Zajac

Dr. Anton Zajac studied as a mathematical physicist at Comenius University in former Czechoslovakia. After graduation, he earned his doctorate in Natural Sciences in the field of Quantum Theory.

For over ten years, Dr. Zajac worked in the field of theoretical physics. He published the Unified Theory of Low and High Temperature Superconductivity. In the year 2000, Dr. Zajac received the Werner von Siemens Scientific Achievement Award. Fluent in five languages, Dr. Zajac lectures at several universities around the world, including UCSD, USD, and The Center for Graduate Studies of the Institute of Technology in Tijuana, and Iberoamerican University in Mexico.

Dr. Zajac founded two high tech companies; among them ESET, LLC in 1999 in San Diego. Dr. Anton Zajac is the President of ESET NA. Under his dynamic leadership, Dr. Zajac was honored as one of San Diego’s Most Admired CEO’s by the San Diego Business Journal. The company became the “fastest growing” in San Diego County in 2007 and has received a multitude of awards such as the Outstanding Emerging Business Award by the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Deloitte’s Technology Rankings, as well as attended numerous Inc. 500 Ceremonies.

Dr. Zajac’s vision and perseverance set the foundation for ESET global worldwide presence. Under his direction, ESET earned the San Diego “Best Software Company” title at the AeA High Tech Awards and its products are currently sold in more than 180 countries comprising over 100 million users. His thought leadership and ability to connect people and resources has perpetuated global representation and an extensive partner network.



Mr. Eric Trap
Board of Directors

A highly successful executive with over 25 years of progressively responsible business and information technology and Security experience. Oversee, lead, manage, and/or deliver a comprehensive portfolio of IT and business services including: Business Transformation, Strategic Planning, Program/Project Management, System Integration and Deployment, Application Development, Infrastructure Operations, Business Continuity, Security, Governance, and Financial Management. Demonstrated entrepreneurial thinking, people leadership, and corporate stewardship.


Randy Frisch

Mr. Randy Frisch

Randy Frisch is the Vice Chancellor, Business and Administration at National University System and National University, the second largest private, non-profit university in California. The position blends CFO and internal general counsel work for the 28-campus, seven-affiliate organization. National University has the first education program offered in Cyber education in the country.

Prior to joining National, Frisch was president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal for two and half years. Before joining the Business Journal, Frisch was an attorney practicing in contract and employment law. He is a member of the California, Nevada, and Idaho bars. Prior to establishing his law practice, Frisch was CFO of the San Diego Union-Tribune, and vice president of operations and Business Development.

He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he earned several honors, holds an MBA from Washington State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis-Clark State College. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego/Imperial Counties American Red Cross, LEAD San Diego, Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl Committee, Downtown Rotary, and the San Diego Neighborhood House. He is on the Finance and Public Policy committees of the Greater San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Downtown Rotary Club 33.


Pamela Richardson

Ms. Pamela Richardson

Pamela Richardson is the ESET Foundation Administrator and holds the office of Secretary. Prior to joining the Securing Our eCity initiative in early 2011, now the ESET Foundation signature program, she provided support for ESET Research and Cyber Threat Analysis Center at ESET North America since 2008. Pamela is an active member in the SOeC Education Workgroup and Speakers’ Bureau.

Pamela has a range of experience from project management to accounting, and she is a valued team member. During her Bachelors of Business program at ITT Technical Institute she started the Delta Epsilon Chi Honor Society, San Diego ITT Chapter and held the position of President and Secretary for the honor society.


Alexandra Albro

Ms. Alexandra Albro
Board of Directors

Fluent in three languages, Alexandra Albro’s experience includes work and/or studies in several countries including UAE, France, Canada and Italy. As a current San Diego resident, Alexandra has applied her cross-cultural competencies for ESET’s business and legal activities. For the last two years, she has skillfully provided thoughtful and meticulous direction as ESET’s Legal support for the Office of the CEO and company- wide developments.

Alexandra Albro received her MA in Law from the University of Trnava, SVK. Since receiving her degree, she has worked for Dedak & Partners (SVK), and interned with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP in San Diego, CA. Alexandra is currently working toward her LLM degree in Law from the University of San Diego.


Darin Andersen

Mr. Darin Andersen
Board of Directors

Darin Andersen is the President & CEO of CyberUnited, a cyber security company that applies science and informatics to interesting problems in cyber. Prior to this, Darin was General Manager, North America for Norman Data Defense Systems, a world leader and pioneer in proactive content security solutions and forensics malware tools. Prior to joining Norman, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at ESET North America.

While at ESET, Mr. Andersen created the vision for “Securing Our eCity,” which was brought to light by a team of industry leaders and later recognized by the Department of Homeland Security in 2010 as the nation’s “Best Local/Community Plan” for cyber security preparedness and education.

Mr. Andersen holds two Masters Degrees from the USC Marshall School of Business: a MBA in Finance and Operations Management, and an MS in Information Technology and Operations Management. He was named “Top Influential” 2010 by San Diego Daily Transcript, and was honored with an Exemplary Performance Award by the San Diego Business Journal for the Securing Our eCity program at ESET in 2011.


Mitchell Dembin

Mitchell Dembin
Chairman of the Board

Mitch Dembin was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of California on March 18, 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego and served as the Cybercrime Coordinator for the office. Before that, he was the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft Corporation, assisting Microsoft’s business customers in creating and implementing strategic security plans.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mitch was the president of EvidentData, Inc., a firm specializing in computer forensics, digital evidence and computer security. Mitch served three different terms as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, spanning more than 15 years in San Diego and in Boston, and including 6 years as a supervisor. As a federal prosecutor, Mitch has specialized in prosecuting a variety of white collar crimes and, beginning in 1991, in investigating and prosecuting high technology crimes. Before his first term as an AUSA, Mitch was a staff attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC.

Mitch is credited with having founded the San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, a national prototype, which provides assistance to the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies serving San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Mitch was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a New York City Police Officer, and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western New England Law School, where he also served as Managing Editor of the Law Review.


Liz Fraumann

Ms. Liz Fraumann
Board of Directors

Liz Fraumann is the Executive Director of the Securing Our eCity Foundation. Its mission is to help create a cyber-safe environment where we can all live, work and play. The Foundation is focused on cyber security awareness, education and preparation for business and individuals alike.

Prior to this role, Ms. Fraumann was the Director of Marketing at ESET, North America, where she helped the organization more than double its market awareness in North America. Ms. Fraumann is a seasoned veteran of the high-tech industry, with a broad background in marketing and marketing communications. Her career spans years of experience with industry giants such as NCR and IBM, as well as smaller and start up organizations.

Fraumann has received numerous company and community awards for her expertise and efforts.

Liz Fraumann, Executive Director
Securing Our eCity Foundation
P: 619.630.2445
C: 858.735.2288
E: lfraumann@securingourecity.org
610 West Ash St., Suite 701
San Diego, CA 92101


Doug Holman

Mr. Doug Holman
Board of Directors

Doug Holman has served as Vice President of Membership & Corporate Relations for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2001. His shared duties include running the chamber’s sales division, managing vendor relations, administration and development of value-added member benefits, as well as the overall branding of the Chamber.

Mr. Holman currently sits on the Board of Directors for both the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the Greensox Baseball Club. He formerly served on the boards of the Downtown (San Diego) YMCA and the San Diego Community Council for Child Development, and he is heavily involved as a volunteer with Eastlake Little League. Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1989 from San Diego State University.


Michael Kaiser

Mr. Michael Kaiser
Board of Directors

Since becoming Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008, Michael Kaiser has assumed responsibility for in NCSA’s broad public education and outreach efforts to strengthen the nation’s cyber infrastructure, including leadership of NCSA’s premier outreach and awareness campaign, National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Prior to joining NCSA, Mr. Kaiser spent 25 years in the field of victim’s services and rights at National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC, and at Safe Horizon in New York City, where he held a variety of senior staff positions.

Mr. Kaiser has developed training and other programs on the use of technology to combat crimes such as stalking and identity theft, and worked on programs exploring the use of technology to improve community policing. He has also been involved in developing new programs and expanding the capacities of communities to respond to victims of crime, as well as numerous public education and awareness efforts encouraging victims to seek help, while educating the public about the incidence and impact of victimization. He is currently the Chair and a founding Board Member of the national non-profit organization, SPINUSA.


Andrew Lee

Mr. Andrew Lee
Board of Directors

Andrew Lee brings to ESET a unique blend of corporate and security expertise. Having served as Chief Research Officer at ESET from 2004 to 2008, Lee was responsible for building ESET’s reputation as a world-class research organization. Prior to accepting the role of CEO at ESET in January of 2011, Lee served as Chief Technology Officer for K7 Computing, an antivirus software and Internet security company, where he was responsible for all aspects of K7’s technology, leading acquisitions and bringing new products to the market.

Mr. Lee is a founding member of several of the most respected organizations, such as AVIEN and AMTSO, international non-profit associations that focus on addressing the global need for improvement in the objectivity, quality and relevance of anti-malware testing methodologies. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, ISC2 Seminars, AVAR, Virus Bulletin and EICAR, Mr. Lee is a widely published author of articles on antivirus and security and co-authored the “AVIEN Malware Defense Guide” with current ESET researcher David Harley. Andrew Lee holds an MSc degree in Computer Security from the University of Liverpool.


Chris Baker

Mr. Chris Baker
Vice Chairman

Chris Baker is senior vice president of support services and chief information officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.

In his current position, Baker oversees information technology, supply management, diverse business enterprises, environmental services, safety and emergency services, fleet services, real estate, land management and facilities at SDG&E and SoCalGas.

He is also responsible for the design and implementation of new systems and procedures to improve the operating efficiency and customer experience at both utilities through the operational excellence and smart metering programs.

Baker served as Sempra Energy’s director of software development from 1997 to 2000, and as information management and security administration manager from 1995 to 1997.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1995, Baker was a senior systems consultant with Logicon 4GT, where he worked with defense finance and accounting services. He also worked on analysis for several government entities, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Finance and Management and the U.S. Postal Service’s National Air and Surface System.

Previously, Baker held several positions in the banking industry, including serving as section manager of information management and executive information services at HomeFed Bank, a position he held from 1990 to 1993. Prior to 1990, he was employed with Home Savings of America, holding several different positions in their information technology division.

Baker serves as a board member on CommNexus. He is a cum laude graduate of California Polytechnic University at Pomona, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and business administration / computer information systems.


Rita Pertzbom

Ms. Rita Pertzbom
Board of Directors

Rita Pertzborn is a producer-partner for Mintcinema, a San Diego based digital motion picture company. Prior to Mintcinema, Rita served as Chief of Staff for ESET, NA. Rita was a major contributor and key member of ESET’s Executive Team, responsible for delivering essential company communications and administrative management for the Office of the CEO and President. She assisted the organization through a multitude of company change initiatives, as well as provided executive oversight of policies and procedures during ESET’s accelerated growth. Rita’s people-focused and professional experience as an educational specialist and adjunct professor prepared her in creating successful business practices regarding ESET’s human capital and the evolution of the corporate culture as a whole. Rita holds a Master of Arts in Education from SDSU.


Chad Nelley

Mr. Chad Nelley
Board of Directors

As Vice President of Operations for ESET North America, Chad Nelley has been involved in the Securing our eCity effort since its inception, working diligently behind the scenes with ESET’s Learning and Development group, other ESET executives and staff in an effort to develop the foundational curriculum upon which the current outreach program is built. In his time to date with SOeC, Mr. Nelley has also contributed to many of the subcommittees that make up the SOeC framework today. At ESET North America, Chad has general oversight of Operations to include: Organizational Development, Learning and Development, Knowledge Base Operations, Real Estate and Facilities, Manufacturing, Logistics and Inventory, Legal, Community Relations and Philanthropy as well as Corporate Project Management (PMO).

Prior to joining ESET in 2007, Mr. Nelley held the post of Vice President of Operations and IT at Total Training, Inc., a content development firm developing multi-media education products for consumers, pro-sumers and blue chip software partners such as Adobe, Apple and Microsoft along with other software OEM’s. While there Mr. Nelley was instrumental in developing, managing and supporting double and triple digit revenue growth over 7 consecutive years, implementing Operational and IT/IS infrastructure systems and building an ERP, CRM, estore and cart solution that drove 60+% of revenues for the company. Mr. Nelley started his high technology career with Silicon Graphics Inc., as a Field Marketing Manager for the Southern California region covering San Diego, Imperial and portions of South Orange County. He has also taken on various entrepreneurial endeavors including starting a consultancy practice specializing in Organizational Development, IT/IS Systems and Project Management services.

Mr. Nelley was born and raised in San Diego and maintains a strong interest in the San Diego Community and the region’s economic vitality having served on various technology committees and participating in programs like SOeC. Chad holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Telecommunications from California State University, Fresno and is a graduate of UCLA Anderson’s School of Management Executive Program.


Howard Schmidt

Mr. Howard Schmidt
Board of Directors

Howard Schmidt serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cyber security. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).

Howard A. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cyber security Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cyber security policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cyber security partners.

Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.

Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Raemarie J. Schmidt, a forensic scientist and researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents, and happy grandparents.


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Ms. Amy Wimer
VP & Associate Publisher

Amy Wimer was appointed VP & Associate Publisher of the San Diego Business Journal in August of 2014. She is responsible for the oversight of revenue generation that includes the strategic planning and budgeting of local and national print and digital advertising, and event sponsorship for the 35-year old business newspaper, and has expanded the sales team and increased the top line in her first six months.

Prior to joining SDBJ, Wimer was with Cumulus Media, as Publisher of a luxury lifestyle magazine for high net worth men, titled Men’s Book. She was a key member of the team that launched this magazine in 2004, and while she left the company for five years, was recruited back in a critical role to reinvigorate the brand that was about to be shuttered at the height of the recession. Delivering 474% revenue growth in her first 11 months, her business plan included new editorial direction, an increased distribution model, doubling the number of issues per year, creating quarterly events with 500+ attendees, developing a website, social media following and an app for the title, and developing the sales team.

Ms. Wimer was also the first employee hired as Midwest Director for DiversityInc magazine, a start up that focused on diversity and inclusion as a core business value. Within two years she had built a multi-million dollar portfolio for the company, comprised of Fortune 500 Companies and offering them print and digital advertising, event sponsorships, and diversity benchmarking consulting.

Enriching the community she lives in, local involvement is critical for Ms. Wimer. While in Chicago, she has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Illinois Eye Bank, Center on Halsted, and Service Club; contributing her time and connections to all three charities to help raise over $800,000 per year.


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Mr. Phil DuCoffe
Board of Directors

Phil is responsible for the acquisition of new clients and the retention of clients. Phil joined WF Insurance Services in 2009 and specializes in both public and pre-public technology and biotechnology clients. His areas of expertise include Cyber, Technology Errors and Omissions, systems security and IP coverages. He has worked extensively with on-line retailers, cable and wireless companies. He has a deep understanding of cyber risks and exposures. Phil is dual licensed for both property & casualty as well as employee benefits. Phil has held the CIC Certified Insurance Counselor) designation since 2005.

2002-2009 – Lockton Insurance Brokers of Southern California. Phil helped open the local office of Lockton. Phil grew his book from zero to over $1.6 million dollars by serving large, well known companies across the United States.

1998-2002 – Ernst & Young, LLP San Diego. Phil joined E&Y as their Director of Business Development. In his capacity, he worked with companies in all stages of growth from prerevenue start-ups to IPO’s, to Fortune 1000. Phil spent a significant amount of time with the Internal Audit group working with IT audits, security assessments, attack and penetration studies, SAS-70 audits and e-commerce initiatives. Phil also split time with EY Consulting(now Cap Gemini) assisting with system software selections and process improvement engagements.

1983-1998 – ADP, Automatic Data Processing, Phoenix and San Diego. Phil served in seven different roles in his 15 year with ADP. His duties ranged from sales to management to senior management in both Arizona and Southern California. Phil has an in-depth knowledge of systems, software, security and data processing.

Phil holds a BBA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.


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Mr. Jason Hughes
Board of Directors

Hughes Marino is the largest tenant representation company in San Diego. Hughes Marino is committed to only representing tenants in their lease and purchase transactions of commercial space throughout Southern California.

Jason began his commercial real estate career in the late 1980’s, working for Cushman & Wakefield while attending college. Upon graduation, he moved to San Diego where he represented downtown tenants and landlords before joining a local tenant representation firm in 1991. In 1993, Jason co-founded Irving Hughes and proceeded to run the firm as president for nearly two decades.

In January 2011, Jason and Irving Hughes principal and executive vice president David Marino formed Hughes Marino. All of the former Irving Hughes team joined Hughes Marino—making Hughes Marino the largest exclusive tenant and buyer representation company in San Diego, with additional offices in Orange County, Downtown Los Angeles, and Century City.

Over the years, Jason has transacted leases and purchases for tens of millions of square feet. He has experience negotiating complex and high-value leases; early renegotiations; expansion and contraction negotiations; office, hotel and condominium purchases; participating loan structuring; lease and loan workouts; government negotiations; anchor high-rise lease negotiations; build-to-suit developments and project finance negotiations. Jason has negotiated many of the largest tenant lease transactions in downtown, Sorrento Mesa, Carmel Valley and the Golden Triangle area over the past twenty years—and is a recognized commercial real estate expert throughout San Diego.

Jason has been a featured columnist for the San Diego Business Journal and a weekly columnist for the San Diego Daily Transcript. He has been awarded many accolades, including: 40 Under 40 People to Watch—San Diego Metro (twice); San Diego’s Top 120 Most Influential People (San Diego Daily Transcript), nominated as a Top Influential—both 2007 & 2011—San Diego Daily Transcript; 50 People to Watch 2011 (San Diego Magazine); featured on the cover of San Diego Metro four times; and 25 Movers to Watch—San Diego Metro. Jason has written well over 100 articles—and he has been profiled in the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, the San Diego Metro, and the California Real Estate Journal.

Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and his Masters of Business Administration in real estate finance from the University of San Diego. He has also taken numerous executive programs at Harvard University, UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and UCSD’s Rady School of Management and UCSD Extension.

Jason has served the San Diego community in many capacities over the last twenty years. In 2013, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner appointed Jason as Special Assistant to the Mayor to advise the Mayor’s Office on the city’s downtown office real estate needs. Jason is providing guidance on the 550,000 square feet of office space the city leases in downtown San Diego.

As past president of the New Children’s Museum, Jason was touted as saving the award-winning landmark in downtown San Diego. He was also a founder and served on the Board of Directors for San Diego based Torrey Pines Bank, the executive board of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the board of the Rancho Santa Fe Community School Endowment, the business council for the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and the San Diego Opera. Additionally, he was an elected official of the Downtown Project Area Committee (the City of San Diego’s public arm of their redevelopment agency), as well as a director of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, the President of the Pepperdine Alumni of San Diego, and he has been involved with the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation and San Diego Cares. As a company, Hughes Marino is dedicated to supporting and giving back to San Diego’s local non-profit groups.

Jason, his wife Shay, and their three children live in Rancho Santa Fe.


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Mr. Larry McJannet
Board of Directors

Larry McJannet is currently the Vice President for Business Development at ESET North America an international security software company. Mr. McJannet was the first employee of ESET outside of Slovakia and as such he has held several titles at the company since joining ESET NA in 2001.

Prior to joining ESET Mr. McJannet served 23 years in the Canadian Armed Forces taking early retirement after his final tour of duty as the CF-18 Engineering Liaison to the Naval Aviation Depot North Island. Between leaving the military and finding his current ESET home Mr. McJannet worked for several years as a Business Development Officer for the Canadian Consulate Trade Office in San Diego followed by a few years of globetrotting as free-lance business development consultant.

Mr. McJannet holds a BEng from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MSc from the University of Arizona.


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Mr. John Mendez
Board of Directors

John brings more than 15 years of experience in developing and executing advocacy campaigns, government and community affairs strategies, and media relations initiatives. His campaigns have successfully targeted elected and appointed officials, government and regulatory agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, as well as Latino, African American and Asian American markets and constituents. He is a strategic thinker, resourceful problem solver, trusted leader, effective communicator and skillful team player.

Practice Areas

  • Land Use Public Affairs
  • Political Viability Assessment
  • Public Opinion Research
  • Community Outreach and Mobilization
  • Media Relations
  • Project Advocacy
  • Public Hearings Prep
  • Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Press and News Media Relations
  • Reputation Management
  • Public-Private-Nonprofit Partnerships
  • Issue and Crisis Management
  • Events Management
  • Marketing Communications and Business Development

Core Industries

  • Energy
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Development Wireless and Telecommunications
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Education
  • Retail


  • Gained land-use entitlements and government approvals for controversial big box stores representing
    over $120,000,000 in annual sales.
  • Won approvals for master-planned communities and new residential developments.
  • Gained approval for cell towers and wireless infrastructure systems throughout California.
  • Created successful public-private-nonprofit partnerships throughout California and Hawaii.


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Mr. Andy Serwin
Board of Directors

Andrew B. Serwin is a partner in the Global Privacy and Data Security Practice Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP’s San Diego and Washington, D.C. offices. Mr. Serwin has handled a number of high-profile privacy and consumer protection matters, including multiple privacy enforcement matters before the Federal Trade Commission, and is internationally recognized as one of the leading consumer protection and privacy lawyers.

Mr. Serwin advises a number of Fortune 500 and emerging companies regarding global privacy compliance and technology transactions, with particular emphasis on: international compliance; health care; mobile; behavioral advertising; ECPA and wiretap issues; electronic marketing concerns; security incidents; social media; and compliance with FTC requirements. He has provided advice to companies in a diverse set of industries, including: financial services; health; retail; data brokers; online businesses; hospitality; utilities; and insurance. Mr. Serwin also has unique experience in representing emerging companies because he founded an online political magazine, and serves on the advisory boards of emerging companies.

Mr. Serwin also has extensive litigation and enforcement experience, having served as lead counsel in a number of FTC matters, matters before the Office of Civil Rights, and consumer protection and privacy litigation matters based upon the alleged misuse of personal information, including class actions and enforcement matters brought by state attorneys general.

Security magazine named Mr. Serwin to its list of the “25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders” for 2009—he is the only law firm lawyer ever to receive this award, and was ranked second in the 2010 Computerworld survey of top global privacy advisors. He also received the 2012 Securing Our E-City Business Focus Awareness Award.

He is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top privacy and data security attorneys nationwide (2009–2013). Chambers USA 2013 notes that Mr. Serwin “attracts praise for his consultative and strategic approach to complex matters.” He was described by clients as “a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot,” and noted as “an excellent privacy lawyer, a real expert in the field,” by Chambers Global 2012. The Legal 500 recognized Mr. Serwin as a Leading Lawyer in data protection and privacy (2010–2012); clients stated that he “understands business concerns and provides practical, to-the-point advice.” He is recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent™ ranked attorney, the highest performance rating available to any individual lawyer. He was selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007–2013), including being ranked in the Top 50 lawyers of 2012. Mr. Serwin was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of information technology law (2010–2014). He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by the San Diego Daily Transcript (2013).

Mr. Serwin serves as executive director of the Lares Institute, a think tank focused on information management issues. He is also a member of the advisory team of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare; general counsel of the RIM Council of the Ponemon Institute, LLC; a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide (a group of more than 60 recognized global leaders and policy experts); the University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Board; the Law Practice

Management and Technology Section of the State Bar of California; and the Data Privacy Day Advisory Committee. He previously served as co-chair of the Survey Committee of the American National Standards Institute’s report on PHI, as well as the privacy and the legal subcommittees of the PSAB of the California Health and Human Services Agency. He also previously served as co-chair of the California State Bar’s Cyberspace Law Committee, as a member of the Committee of Administration of Justice, and served as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s delegation to the Conference of Delegates to the State Bar of California. Mr. Serwin served as a member of the Publications Board for the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, as well as on the San Diego Venture Group’s PitchFest Board.

Mr. Serwin has written a number of books, including the leading treatise on privacy, “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance,” and “Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance,” (West 2005-2013), which compose a 4,300-page, three-volume treatise that examines all aspects of privacy and security laws, published by Thomson-West. The treatise has been called “the best privacy sourcebook,” “an indispensable resource for privacy professionals at all levels,” and “a book that everybody in the information privacy field should have on their desk.” It was cited by Ostergren v. Cuccinelli, 615 F.3d 263 (4th Cir. 2010), and the International title was named one of Thomson-Reuters’s Best Selling Books for 2010.

He is also a co-author of “Health Care Privacy and Security” (West 2013), “West’s Corporate Counsel’s Primer on International Privacy and Security,” “Internet Marketing and Consumer Protection” (West 2005-2012). He was the lead author of Privacy, Security and Information Management: An Overview, published by the American Bar Association Business Law Section. He also is the author of several leading law review articles: “Privacy 3.0—The Principle of Proportionality,” 42 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 869 (2009); “Poised on the Precipice: A Critical Examination of Privacy Litigation,” 25 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 883 (2009), cited by Hammond v. The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. 2010 WL 2643307, (S.D.N.Y., June 25, 2010), and Joseph Oat Holdings, Inc. v. RCM Digesters, Inc., 2010 WL 5065037, (3rd Cir. December 13, 2010); and “The Federal Trade Commission and Privacy: Defining Enforcement and Encouraging the Adoption of Best Practices,” 48 San Diego L. Rev. 809 (2011). He has written more than 190 articles and presented more than 200 times on litigation and privacy topics.

His works have been cited by numerous law reviews and treatises, including: American Law Reports (ALR); American Jurisprudence 3rd Edition; California Law Review; Callmann on Unfair Competition; Harvard Journal of Law & Technology; Iowa Law Review; Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal; Stanford Law Review; and Wright & Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure—Criminal.

Mr. Serwin received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1995, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A. in political science, cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego in 1992, where he was a member of the Provost’s List (1988–1992). He is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Primary Practices

Privacy + Data Security
Class Actions

Professional Recognition

Mr. Serwin is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top privacy and data security attorneys nationwide (2009–2013). Chambers USA 2013 notes that Mr. Serwin “attracts praise for his consultative and strategic approach to complex matters.” He was described by clients as “a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot,” and noted as “an excellent privacy lawyer, a real expert in the field,” by Chambers Global 2012.

The Legal 500 recognized Mr. Serwin as a Leading Lawyer in data protection and privacy (2010–2012); clients stated that he “understands business concerns and provides practical, to-the-point advice.”

He is recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent™ ranked attorney, the highest performance rating available to any individual lawyer.

He was selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007–2013),
including being ranked in the Top 50 lawyers of 2012.

Mr. Serwin was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of information technology law (2010–2014). His was described by clients as “perhaps the best data security and privacy lawyer in the business right now. He is a great counselor, a real tiger in court, and is very passionate about this field. He is also extremely knowledgeable…He is a real pioneer in the field” and “a terrific subject matter expert in information security and privacy matters.”

He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by the San Diego Daily Transcript (2013).


University of California, San Diego (B.A., 1992)
University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1995)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York


California Court Limits CMIA Claims | 10/22/2013 | Client Alert

Search Warrant: FBI warrant to search a target computer at premises unknown | ECommerce Law Reports, Vol. 13, Issue 3 | July 2013 | Article

Ramping up for FedRAMP: An Overview of the FedRamp Certification Process and Its Importance in Federal Procurements for Cloud Computing Services | Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report | 6/11/2013 | Article

Think You’re Not Covered by HIPAA? Think Again. | 6/5/2013 | Client Alert

The Expanding Reach of U.S. Laws Protecting Health Information and Children’s Information | Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, Vol. 13, No 6 | June 2013 | Article

Health Care Privacy and Security, 2013 ed. | May 2013 | Book

Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance,
2013 ed. | April 2013 | Book

Internet Marketing and Consumer Protection, 2012-2013 ed. | January 2013 | Book
Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance, 2013
ed. | January 2013 | Book

Speaking Engagements

Cyber security Law and Strategies | 01/27/2014-01/28/2014

HIPAA Omnibus Rule – Implementation and Learning | 4th Annual HIMSS SOCAL
Privacy & Security Forum | 12/04/2013

Data Breaches that Don’t Make the Headlines | ACC Annual Meeting | 10/27/2013-

NCFTA Executive Cyber Security Threat Summit | 10/15/2013-10/16/2013

Do you know where your data is? Finding and protecting your sensitive, high-risk
data | 09/17/2013

Protecting Your Information Assets from the Emerging Cyberthreat | 07/25/2013


Howard Schmidt

Lt. Col. James Szespesy
Board of Directors

LtCol Szepesy was born in Manhattan, New York on 1 May 1969. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colorado in May of 1991 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of the Basic School in March of 1992, he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in August of 1993.

After receiving his wings, 1stLt Szepesy reported to HMT-303 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for initial training in the AH-1W. In June of 1993, 1stLt Szepesy reported to HMLA-169 where he served as Pilot Training Officer. In June of 1994, 1stLt Szepesy deployed aboard the USS NEW ORLEANS as part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) with HMM-164(REIN). 1stLt Szepesy was promoted to Captain in August 1995. Returning to the Vipers, December of 1995 Capt Szepesy served as the Flight Equipment Officer.

In June 1996, he transferred to 1st Air, Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) and served as a Supporting Arms Liaison Team leader and detachment OIC for the 15th MEU(SOC). Captain Szepesy deployed aboard the USS BOXER from September 1997 to March 1998.

Completing the the 15th MEU(SOC)deployment, Captain Szepesy reported to HMT-303 for refresher training in March 1998. He joined HMLA-267 April 1998 and assumed duties as Assistant Operations Officer. In August 1998, Captain Szepesy joined HMM-364(REIN), the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) to the 13th MEU(SOC) deploying on USS BOXER from December 1998 to June 1999. Returning to HMLA-267, Capt Szepesy attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructors course in September 1999.

In September 2000, Captain Szepesy reported to HMT-303 for duty as an AH-1W instructor pilot. There he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. Captain Szepesy was promoted to Major in March 2001.

Major Szepesy reported to HMLA-169 in March 2002 and assumed duties of Assistant Operations Officer, MEU detachment Officer in Charge (OIC) and latter the Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO). He deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from February through September 2003 where he also served as a combat Division Flight Leader.

In November 2003, Major Szepesy reported to the Future Operations section of 3D Marine Aircraft Wing (3D MAW) to assume duties as Air Tasking Order Development officer and Rotary Wing planning officer. He deployed to Iraq in support of OIF II from February through May 2004 where he also flew with HMLA-775.

Major Szepesy served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Fellow to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, from June 2004 to July 2005. In July 2005, he returned to the operating forces to serve on the 3D MAW staff. In June 2006 he was frocked to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in preparation to assume the billet of Assistant Chief of Staff G-1 for 3D MAW.

LtCol Szepesy served as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-1 for 3D MAW until June 2008, when he assumed duties as the Staff Secretary, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). In September 2009, he transferred to the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) in 29 Palms, California for duties as the director for aviation integration. LtCol Szepesy transferred to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in August 2011 where he assumed the duties of Airfield Operations Officer and later Station Operations Officer.

From the end of July through the middle of November 2012, LtCol Szepesy assumed responsibility as Officer In Charge of the United States Marine Corps Forces Central Command’s (MARCENT) UC-12W detachment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) while forward deployed to Afghanistan. Upon return to MCAS Miramar, LtCol Szepesy assumed responsibility as MCAS Miramar Chief Information Officer and S-6 department head until he assumed current responsibilities of Executive Officer in July 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel Szepesy’s combat experience includes tours of duty supporting OIF, OIF II, and OEF 12.2. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, two Air Medals with combat distinguishing devices, the Air Medal with 7 Strike Flights, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is married to the former Nancy Beaulieu of Central Islip, New York, and has three children.