|The LMU Alumni Association cordially invites you to a networking reception and panel discussion featuring LMU alumni at the top of their careers. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from some of our most distinguished industry leaders about their paths to success, including things they learned along the way that helped them succeed, what they would have done differently, how they leveraged their LMU network, and more!|
Hon. Erithe Smith ’79 - Federal Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court
Michael Smith ’87 - President, Islands Restaurants
Donald Steiner ’88 - President, Profit Recovery Partners
Annette Walker ’79 - Executive Vice President, Strategic Services, St. Joseph Health
Moderator: Mike Rudinica ’75, M.S. ’79 - Executive Vice President, RBF Consulting
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
6:00 p.m. Registration and hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. Panel discussion
7:30 p.m. Networking reception
Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
$30 per person, includes wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres
$20 per person for classes of 2009-13
*A portion of the alumni ticket price will support LMU’s Greatest Needs
Online registration is now closed, but we will be able to accommodate additional guests at the door.
About our Panelists:
Mike Rudinica ’75, M.S. ’79
Michael (Mike) Rudinica retired as Executive Vice President of Water Resources for RBF Consulting, which provides engineering, planning, and construction management services for public and private sector projects. Mr Rudinica was one of the Lead Principal Owners responsible for transforming the company from $3 million a year in revenue to over $160 million a year in revenue. The company was later sold to the publically owned Michael Baker Company in an all cash deal, October 2011. Mr. Rudinica was named Chair of the Board of Regents in June 2013. He has served as a Regent since 2007 and served as Vice Chair from June 2011 through May 2013. Currently, Mr. Rudinica chairs the Regents’ Executive Committee and Career Development Committee. He is a Regent Representative to the Board of Trustees and a member of the Trustees’ Facilities and IT Committee. Mr. Rudinica also chairs the Seaver College of Science and Engineering Executive Advisory Board. He was inducted onto Seaver College’s Wall of Fame in April 2010. Mr. Rudinica’s wife Elizabeth ’79 is an LMU alumna, and both of their sons are alumni: Michael ’08 and Christian ’13. Mr. Rudinica’s brother and sister are also alumni: Vincent Rudinica ’78 and Janne Rudinica Yamaguchi ’77, and two of his nephews are currently attending: Roy Yamaguchi ’14 and Thomas Walker ’16.
Hon. Erithe Smith ’79
The Honorable Erithe A. Smith is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division. She was appointed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1994 and was reappointed to a second term in 2007. In 2004, Judge Smith was appointed by the Circuit to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) and served on the BAP until 2007. Comprised of six bankruptcy judges, the BAP presides over bankruptcy appeals throughout the Ninth Circuit. A native of Los Angeles, Judge Smith graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1979 and from Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law) in 1982. From 1982 to 1985 she served as law clerk to the Honorable Marcus M. Kaufman of the California Court of Appeal and to the Honorable Peter M. Elliott of the United States Bankruptcy Court. Prior to taking the bench, she was a partner in a “boutique” law firm in Irvine, California specializing in corporate insolvency and bankruptcy law. By appointment of Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the United Supreme Court, Judge Smith currently serves on the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, as well as the Bankruptcy Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center. In past years, she has served as an associate editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal, a member of the Judicial Advisory Council of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County Chapter), past president of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, and Board Member of Families Forward in Irvine, California. Judge Smith is a frequent speaker and lecturer at various professional conferences, seminars and workshops.
Michael Smith ’87
Michael B. Smith currently serves as President of Islands Restaurants, L.P., a Carlsbad, California company operating over 50 casual dining restaurants in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Mr. Smith has enjoyed over 25 years in the restaurant industry, commencing his career with Islands in 1987 at its flagship location in Los Angeles. After receiving his B.A. in Business Finance from Loyola Marymount University in 1987, he has continued being an avid fan of LMU athletics and a dedicated season ticket holder. He resides with his family in San Clemente, CA and enjoys family trips to his home town on Catalina Island, as well as visiting his daughter and son, who are current LMU students.
Donald Steiner ’88
Don Steiner founded Profit Recovery Partners (PRP) in 1997 and serves as president. Since the firm’s inception, Don has managed the growth of PRP and served to expand an impressive base of clients, which include FORTUNE 1000 and an assortment of middle-market companies. He has built the firm on core values that serve the client first and creates a culture of innovation, trust and bottom-line results for PRP clients. PRP has produced over 2 billion dollars in savings for its clients in the last 17 years. Prior to starting PRP, he worked for Canon USA in a variety of sales roles and held sales management and executive positions at FKM Copier Products, where he was instrumental in growing revenues. Don founded of Two Masters Wine Club in 2009. Two Masters, sole purpose is to introduce unique wines and wineries to its members. Its experienced wine panel researches hundreds of wines each year, searching for the highest quality and greatest value. Don Steiner has also founded Steiner Innovations. Steiner Innovations strives to develop and introduce new children’s products.
Annette Walker ’79
Annette Walker, MHA, possesses a unique background that meshes executive rigor with entrepreneurial innovation. Over the course of her career, she has led organizations in strategy, new business development, planning, marketing, communications, physician relations, fundraising, product development, business-to-business sales and retail health. The developer of several first-of-their-kind health care programs and products, she also has extensive expertise in health care operations and management. Walker now serves as executive vice president, strategic services for St. Joseph Health (SJH), a 16-hosptial health system with services in the Western U.S and based in Irvine, California. In this role, she is responsible for the organization’s strategy, business development, marketing and communications, philanthropy, medical fitness center operations and development, and the employer and retail-focused wellness division. She also serves as president of American Unity, a professional liability insurance company owned by St. Joseph Health. With her wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging expertise, Walker leads senior executives and physicians to develop, support, and implement the strategic objectives and competitive positioning of the health system. A stand out among health care leaders, Walker gained national significant recognition in her previous role as a senior vice president of strategy and physician integration for another health system. In this position, she developed a unique health care product that was the precursor to today’s electronic health record. She also received national recognition for developing other physician engagement and business strategies that were considered far ahead of their time. The author of numerous articles on the promotion of health care quality, and a featured speaker at conferences across the country, she has received considerable recognition and nationwide honors for her work, including Modern Healthcare's Innovation in Healthcare Technology Award, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Banner Award, the California Hospital Association’s Ritz E. Herman Innovator Award, and the Hospitals and Health Networks Innovator Award. She currently serves on the boards of trustees for SJH’s Mission Hospital and a member of the Diocese of Orange finance committee. She holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minneapolis and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University (1979). Annette and her husband Chuck (BBA, 1978) reside in Orange County where they enjoy life with their six children and five grandchildren.