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Small Business Commission

The County Board of Supervisors appointed Small Business Commissioners to serve in each of the five Supervisorial Districts. The Commission provides ongoing advice and support to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to help businesses grow and do business with Los Angeles County.

RAY BISHOP Commissioner

Commissioner Bishop was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Mr. Bishop is the owner and founder of Ray Bishop & Associates, which has provided accounting, business management tax and consulting services to business since 1971. Bishop's business leadership experience includes the industries of property management, international trade, the environment, health care, and entertainment. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Bishop was also recently appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as commissioner to the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority.

SHARON E. BROWN Commissioner

Commissioner Brown was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Brown is the President of ICDC Publishing, Inc. a certified small, minority, woman-owned publishing company based in Woodland Hills. Sharon earned a BA degree from the University of Southern California, Graduate Certificates in publishing and paralegal studies from the University of California Berkeley, and a JD degree from Howard University School of Law. She sits on the board of the Greater Valley Black Business Association as Chairman; B2BConnectR XΔ as President; and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce as a Director.

KERRY DOI Commissioner

Commissioner Doi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Mr. Doi is one of the founders of Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), a 501(C)3 non-profit community development corporation (CDC) that was founded in 1976. He has been the executive director and president of PACE for the last 39 years. Mr. Doi is an active member of the Board of Directors of a California statewide community development association, California Community & Economic Development Association (CCEDA) and chaired a national Asian Pacific Island community development association, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (NaCAPACD).

JOZEF ESSAVI Commissioner

Commissioner Essavi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Essavi is a small business owner and currently works in the fields of financial and real estate services and serves as private trustee. Essavi served on the Los Angeles County Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission, which merged with Alcohol Commission. He now serves as Commissioner on Alcohol and other Drugs Commission. Essavi and his family emigrated to the United States as Assyrian Christian Religious Refugees from Iran during 1980s. He previously served as Assistant Chaplin to our Juvenile Halls and has been involved in numerous private and public efforts to help youth stay away from addiction to drugs and alcohol, mainly through faith and responsibility building programs.

ANGELA GIBSON Commissioner

Commissioner Gibson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 2017.

GENE HALE Commissioner

Commissioner Hale was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Hale is the CEO of G&C Equipment Corporation and President of Gence Corporation and G&C Consulting Services. Hale was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Export Council. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush President’s Board of Advisors on Historical Black Colleges. Governor Brown appointed Hale to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. Hale serves on the board of the Southern California Leadership Council; he is Chairman of The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Gardena Police Foundation. Hale earned his Business Administration degree from California State University-Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles.

TYRONE HAMPTON Commissioner

Commissioner Hampton was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Mr. Hampton owns Pasadena Construction and Interiors, a full service, one-stop construction, maintenance, and interior decorating company. Mr. Hampton, who is legally blind, serves as Director of the Northern La County Black Business Association, President of Eye Dreams Inc. 501 © 3, member of Sons of the American Legion, Community Advisory Board Member of Los Angeles Battalion. He is a founding member and past president of the Black Business Association and the Minority Contractors’ Association.

R. CHRISTINE HERSHEY Commissioner

Commissioner Hershey was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Hershey is president and founder of Hershey Cause Communications. She was a founding member of ANGLE (Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality), a political action committee which spotlights gay and lesbian issues. Her first book, the Communications Toolkit, was published in 2005. Chris also co-authored “2-Minute Answer Guide for Nonprofits,” with The Center for Nonprofit Management. Honored as 2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a founding member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, serves on the boards of The R. Scott Hitt Foundation, Southern California Grantmakers, and on national boards of RaiseAChild Foundation and PetSmart Charities. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County “Arts for All” Executive Committee.

KY CHUEON KIM Commissioner

Commissioner Kim was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. Kim has decades of experience in investment banking and education, particularly with the Korean community and his native South Korea. Kim is president of the U.S. Procurement Institute in Los Angeles. Kim is Honorary President and a former President of the Korean American Commissioners Association. Kim, who has a Ph.D in Business Administration from Graduate School of The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ONNIK MEHRABIAN Commissioner

Commissioner Mehrabian was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich in 2015.

LISA MILLER Commissioner

Commissioner Miller was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Miller is a civil litigator in California and New York, focusing on business litigation and representation of individuals, both plaintiff and defense sides. Miller is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and chair of its Standing Sub-Committee on Ethics and Technology. Miller is a temporary judge with the Los Angeles Superior Court and a hearing examiner with the Los Angeles Police Department. She is a trustee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

JAN PERRY Commissioner

Commissioner Perry was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Perry is the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013. Ms. Perry is the former Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 9th District, which included Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and South Los Angeles. During her 12 years in office she oversaw major changes in the district’s infrastructure. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Journalism, cum laude, and her master’s degree from USC in public administration.

DENIS QUINONEZ Commissioner

Commissioner Quinonez was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis in 2015.

MARK J. ROBERTSON Commissioner

Commissioner Robertson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Robertson is President/CEO of Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution which provides financial and educational assistance to Los Angeles County small businesses. Robertson previously spent 17 years in banking. PCR administers four small business loan programs and operates as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Robertson is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

MAGGIE SOLEIMANI Commissioner

Commissioner Soleimani was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Soleimani is an attorney focused on business litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, and representation of individual plaintiffs and defendants. She is also a licensed real estate broker. She is the chair of the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board. Soleimani is an advocate for children and young adults with special needs. She is a published author.

W. STEVEN TEMPLE Commissioner

Commissioner Temple was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Mr. Temple is the founder and Chief Financial Officer of Business Affairs Management Inc. (BAM), a business management firm that provides financial management services to individuals, businesses, enterprises, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Temple was a Panelist Speaker on the Goldman Sachs LACC 10,000 Small Business Program and has been awarded a “Board Executive Leadership Certificate” by the African American Board Leadership Institute. He has been a business management panelist on several entertainment industry festivals.

CECILIA WU Commissioner

Commissioner Wu was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Wu is the managing partner of the law firm of Wasserman, Comden, Casselman and Esensten's Alhambra branch office. A daughter of an ambassador, Ms. Wu received her elementary education in Madrid, Spain, graduated from Camberwell High School in Melbourne, Australia, holds a Bachelor's degree from Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, a Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA. School of Law. She is past President and Director of the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association; member of the Real Estate Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; member of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association; founding member and Director of the Cardinal Paul Yu-Ping Foundation; founding member and Secretary of the Board of the Fu-Jen University Foundation; founding member of Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE).

RAY BISHOP Commissioner

Commissioner Bishop was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Mr. Bishop is the owner and founder of Ray Bishop & Associates, which has provided accounting, business management tax and consulting services to business since 1971. Bishop's business leadership experience includes the industries of property management, international trade, the environment, health care, and entertainment. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Bishop was also recently appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as commissioner to the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority.

SHARON E. BROWN Commissioner

Commissioner Brown was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Brown is the President of ICDC Publishing, Inc. a certified small, minority, woman-owned publishing company based in Woodland Hills. Sharon earned a BA degree from the University of Southern California, Graduate Certificates in publishing and paralegal studies from the University of California Berkeley, and a JD degree from Howard University School of Law. She sits on the board of the Greater Valley Black Business Association as Chairman; B2BConnectR XΔ as President; and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce as a Director.

KERRY DOI Commissioner

Commissioner Doi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Mr. Doi is one of the founders of Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), a 501(C)3 non-profit community development corporation (CDC) that was founded in 1976. He has been the executive director and president of PACE for the last 39 years. Mr. Doi is an active member of the Board of Directors of a California statewide community development association, California Community & Economic Development Association (CCEDA) and chaired a national Asian Pacific Island community development association, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (NaCAPACD).

JOZEF ESSAVI Commissioner

Commissioner Essavi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Essavi is a small business owner and currently works in the fields of financial and real estate services and serves as private trustee. Essavi served on the Los Angeles County Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission, which merged with Alcohol Commission. He now serves as Commissioner on Alcohol and other Drugs Commission. Essavi and his family emigrated to the United States as Assyrian Christian Religious Refugees from Iran during 1980s. He previously served as Assistant Chaplin to our Juvenile Halls and has been involved in numerous private and public efforts to help youth stay away from addiction to drugs and alcohol, mainly through faith and responsibility building programs.

ANGELA GIBSON Commissioner

Commissioner Gibson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 2017.

GENE HALE Commissioner

Commissioner Hale was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Hale is the CEO of G&C Equipment Corporation and President of Gence Corporation and G&C Consulting Services. Hale was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Export Council. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush President’s Board of Advisors on Historical Black Colleges. Governor Brown appointed Hale to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. Hale serves on the board of the Southern California Leadership Council; he is Chairman of The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Gardena Police Foundation. Hale earned his Business Administration degree from California State University-Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles.

TYRONE HAMPTON Commissioner

Commissioner Hampton was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Mr. Hampton owns Pasadena Construction and Interiors, a full service, one-stop construction, maintenance, and interior decorating company. Mr. Hampton, who is legally blind, serves as Director of the Northern La County Black Business Association, President of Eye Dreams Inc. 501 © 3, member of Sons of the American Legion, Community Advisory Board Member of Los Angeles Battalion. He is a founding member and past president of the Black Business Association and the Minority Contractors’ Association.

R. CHRISTINE HERSHEY Commissioner

Commissioner Hershey was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Hershey is president and founder of Hershey Cause Communications. She was a founding member of ANGLE (Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality), a political action committee which spotlights gay and lesbian issues. Her first book, the Communications Toolkit, was published in 2005. Chris also co-authored “2-Minute Answer Guide for Nonprofits,” with The Center for Nonprofit Management. Honored as 2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a founding member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, serves on the boards of The R. Scott Hitt Foundation, Southern California Grantmakers, and on national boards of RaiseAChild Foundation and PetSmart Charities. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County “Arts for All” Executive Committee.

KY CHUEON KIM Commissioner

Commissioner Kim was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. Kim has decades of experience in investment banking and education, particularly with the Korean community and his native South Korea. Kim is president of the U.S. Procurement Institute in Los Angeles. Kim is Honorary President and a former President of the Korean American Commissioners Association. Kim, who has a Ph.D in Business Administration from Graduate School of The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ONNIK MEHRABIAN Commissioner

Commissioner Mehrabian was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich in 2015.

LISA MILLER Commissioner

Commissioner Miller was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Miller is a civil litigator in California and New York, focusing on business litigation and representation of individuals, both plaintiff and defense sides. Miller is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and chair of its Standing Sub-Committee on Ethics and Technology. Miller is a temporary judge with the Los Angeles Superior Court and a hearing examiner with the Los Angeles Police Department. She is a trustee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

JAN PERRY Commissioner

Commissioner Perry was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Perry is the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013. Ms. Perry is the former Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 9th District, which included Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and South Los Angeles. During her 12 years in office she oversaw major changes in the district’s infrastructure. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Journalism, cum laude, and her master’s degree from USC in public administration.

DENIS QUINONEZ Commissioner

Commissioner Quinonez was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis in 2015.

MARK J. ROBERTSON Commissioner

Commissioner Robertson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Robertson is President/CEO of Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution which provides financial and educational assistance to Los Angeles County small businesses. Robertson previously spent 17 years in banking. PCR administers four small business loan programs and operates as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Robertson is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

MAGGIE SOLEIMANI Commissioner

Commissioner Soleimani was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Soleimani is an attorney focused on business litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, and representation of individual plaintiffs and defendants. She is also a licensed real estate broker. She is the chair of the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board. Soleimani is an advocate for children and young adults with special needs. She is a published author.

W. STEVEN TEMPLE Commissioner

Commissioner Temple was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Mr. Temple is the founder and Chief Financial Officer of Business Affairs Management Inc. (BAM), a business management firm that provides financial management services to individuals, businesses, enterprises, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Temple was a Panelist Speaker on the Goldman Sachs LACC 10,000 Small Business Program and has been awarded a “Board Executive Leadership Certificate” by the African American Board Leadership Institute. He has been a business management panelist on several entertainment industry festivals.

CECILIA WU Commissioner

Commissioner Wu was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Wu is the managing partner of the law firm of Wasserman, Comden, Casselman and Esensten's Alhambra branch office. A daughter of an ambassador, Ms. Wu received her elementary education in Madrid, Spain, graduated from Camberwell High School in Melbourne, Australia, holds a Bachelor's degree from Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, a Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA. School of Law. She is past President and Director of the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association; member of the Real Estate Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; member of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association; founding member and Director of the Cardinal Paul Yu-Ping Foundation; founding member and Secretary of the Board of the Fu-Jen University Foundation; founding member of Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE).

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