Coca Cola Company
Peter R. Villegas is Vice President of Latin Affairs of the western region for The Coca-Cola Company. In his position, Mr. Villegas establishes and manages the execution of local, regional and national strategies that position The Coca-Cola Company as a leading corporate citizen in the U.S. Hispanic community. Responsibilities include establishing and managing relationships with key local, state and national Hispanic political, business, civic and community leaders.
Recognized as a regional and national corporate leader, Peter has wide-range knowledge of numerous corporate and community issues
Peter has 23 years of experience in corporate America and began his career as a bank teller, working his way up through various roles in the financial industry, and has spent the last 15 years in key management positions.
Villegas is a board member of the following organizations: U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council Steering Committee, Central City Association, MALDEF, USC Latino Alumni Association, American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council, (Chairman) United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory Board, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Jobs Pac.
Peter received the 2012 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the year award and is recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the most influential Hispanics in Orange County, CA, and in 2005, the Orange County Register identified Peter as one of the top ten people who will help shape the next 100 years of Orange County. Peter as been recognized as one of the top Latino Executives in corporate America by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
Wells Fargo Bank
Evelin Martinez is area president for the Inland Empire region of Wells Fargo’s community bank, overseeing 900 team members and banking operations at 49 retail banking stores in the communities of Apple Valley, Banning, Beaumont, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Indio, Rialto, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa and Yucca Valley.
Martinez assumed her current role in 2014 and began her banking career with Wells Fargo in 1992 as a teller in San Francisco. Since then, she has held numerous retail banking positions, including personal banker, assistant manager, store manager, sales development consultant and district manager. She also has extensive wealth management experience and holds Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.
Martinez graduated from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management. Martinez is actively involved with nonprofit organizations and community events and has served as co-chair for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality’s annual Latina History Day Conference. She currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with her family.
UPS, Southern California
Eric Dowd began his career with UPS in 1997 as a part time package handler in the Aliso Viejo, California sort facility. During his 5 years as a package handler, Eric worked in the Sort Operations, loading and unloading trucks while attending college, and later as a UPS Driver.
In 2002, Eric was promoted into the Finance function and held several positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of revenue management, appropriations, cost and budgeting, profitability, risk management and forecasting.
Eric currently serves as the Director of Finance for the South California District and is responsible for maximizing profitability through cross functional engagements targeted at reducing cost, increasing revenue, maximizing assets and driving profitable growth. He oversees and facilitates all district financial processes and supports the execution of a multi-billion dollar operation.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. He has been married to his wife Arica for 12 years and they have two children, Ethan and Caitlin. Eric and his family regularly volunteer with Donate Life California, where his wife serves as an Ambassador.
California Steel Industries
Brett Guge has served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Corporate Secretary of California Steel Industries (CSI) since January 2010. He has been with CSI since 1997, holding the position of Vice President, Administration and that of Corporate Secretary. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Manager of Administration of Gallatin Steel. From 1983 to 1994, he was employed by Alcoa, where he held positions as the Superintendent of Industrial Relations and Employment, Supervisor of Employee Relations and Superintendent of Industrial Relations and Training. Mr. Guge graduated from Xavier University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
IEEP President & CEO
A native of the Inland Empire, Paul was born and raised in Redlands. In 2010, Paul became President & CEO of IEEP, and restructured the organization with a vision for bettering the quality of life and business climate of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He currently serves as Chair of Mobility 21, a coalition that pursues regional solutions to transportation challenges. He also serves as Chair of the California Stewardship Network; and is a sitting member of the Regional Economic Alliance Leaders of California. Additionally, he serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Global Land Use and Economics Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Cal State San Bernardino’s Foundation Board.
Paul received his Bachelors of Arts from California State University San Bernardino, his Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Paul is married to Dr. Christina Granillo, Ph.D.; they are the proud parents of baby Monica Marie.
Mark Olson has served as Vice President/General Manager of Gerdau Rancho Cucamonga Steel since August 2014. He has been with Gerdau since 2006, holding various leadership positions in six different locations throughout the United States. Mark began his career with Bethlehem Steel in 1991, having worked at the Burns Harbor, Indiana holding various management positions at that location until 2006. Mark is responsible for managing a steel manufacturing business in Rancho Cucamonga which supplies reinforcing steel for infrastructure and large commercial projects throughout California and the West Coast. In addition to his management responsibilities, he is working to establish and maintain relationships with local and state leaders.
Mark also serves on the board for the California Metals Coalition, the Fontana Chamber of Commerce, and the IE BizPAC. Additionally, Mark was recently appointed to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Home Rule Advisory Group.
Mark received his Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Purdue University. Mark is married to Chelsey Olson; they are proud parents of four children