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Message from the Chair

For more than 25 years the UC Irvine Chief Executive Roundtable has served as a national model in fostering close connections among Orange County’s business leaders and in advancing collaborations between one of the world’s most important research universities and the business community that has developed around it.  The dynamism and vitality of Orange County’s globally competitive companies, combined with the research insights and cutting-edge technology developed at UC Irvine, creates an innovative and fast-moving environment that drives our region forward.

Kimberly Sentovich
Chair, Chief Executive Roundtable
EVP, Stores and Logistics
Gymboree Corporation

New Member Update

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is president and chief executive officer of Earth Friendly Products.  She oversees five geographically diverse manufacturing facilities across the nation and a global sales office in Europe.  Under her leadership, Earth Friendly Products became the first carbon neutral manufacturer in the United States and as of 2014, the company pays one of the highest minimum wages in the nation.  Amongst other recognitions and awards, Vlahakis-Hanks was named as a Global Woman of the Year at the 2014 Global Women’s Conference, and Earth Friendly Products was the recipient of Orange County Business Journal’s 2014 Family Owned Large Business Award.

Shayne Kennedy is the new managing partner of the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins and a former member of the firm's Associates Committee. His practice focuses on capital markets, with a particular emphasis on public and private securities offerings for issuers and underwriters, as well as on general corporate representation and mergers and acquisitions.  Latham & Watkins’ Orange County office is among the largest and most diverse legal practices in the region, representing a mix of local, national and international companies in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.

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