Joseph A Lewis
Mr. Joseph Lewis, a proud 2014 Executive MBA graduate of the Argyros School of Business and Economics, has the distinct pleasure of being named the President of the Chapman MBA Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Joe also serves as a Board Liaison to the Chapman Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Joe’s initial interest in joining the Board of Directors (MBA Alumni Association) in order to represent his vision and ideas. As President, his goal is to implement and execute his vision to expand the alumni’s local, national, and global footprint. Joe is determined to develop a sustainable connected culture for the current and future alumni.
Recently, Joe Lewis left the finance industry to pursue his passion for sartorial clothing with designer Mark Pomerantz and The House of Mark Pomerantz as Director of Business Development. The House of Mark Pomerantz is a Men’s Luxury Suit brand, headquartered in Newport Beach, CA; including a sales office in NYC with suits handmade in Italy. Joe decided to leave the finance industry to pursue his quest to integrate his intrinsic passion for sartorial clothing and business development to advance the company’s growth. Prior to joining The House of Mark Pomerantz, Joe worked with Morgan Stanley and HighTower Advisors. Joe holds a Series 7, Series 66 securities license, life insurance, and NMLS license; all which contributed to his understanding of the financial markets.
In addition to Joe’s commitment to Chapman, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Chair for NAVIGATE – Modern Professionals (young professionals program), Membership Council, and awarded in 2016 “Ambassador of the Year” and “Silver Anchor Award.” He also volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and serves on Barclay Theatre’s Ensemble Council.
Director of Communications
Ray Schnell is Director of Communications for the MBA Alumni Board, and graduated in 2014, Beta Gamma Sigma, with his Executive MBA from Chapman University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester. In this role, Ray is responsible for managing the MBA Alumni Association’s (MBAAA) internal and external messaging, supervising public relations, creating communication strategies, and serving as a key spokesperson for the MBAAA.
Ray currently works at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in their private equity practice. He partners with the largest global private equity firms and their operations’ teams to drive value across their investment portfolio by reducing cost, risk and inefficiency within their Human Capital Management (HCM) infrastructure. Ray supports PE firms through upfront M&A due diligence and rapid deployment of workforce management infrastructure upon close of acquisition. He also assists firms in delivering positive business outcomes that align with their financial objectives throughout the investment life cycle.
Prior to ADP, Ray was a founding partner of CreativeHeads.net, one of the leading online job board networks for the animation, visual effects and video game industries. He led all business development, sales and marketing efforts at the company. Ray also worked as an advertising executive in New York City with Foote, Cone and Belding and Deutsch, Inc. managing accounts such as Mitsubishi Motors, Verizon and Domino’s Pizza.
Kreithchele Barnard, CPA (inactive), MBA 2006, BS Accounting 1999, is a multi-passionate. She is a transformation-focused consultant, coach, educator and connector. She owns Kreithchele, where she is a transformation coach that for individuals, working on their lives and their businesses. She also owns KB Business Consulting and works with local CPA firms and small businesses with their accounting and business consulting needs. Kreithchele also has digital courses where she teaches small business owners the basics of accounting and taxes with niches in in various industries.
Kreithchele is the owner and founder of two groups. Arbiterista is a group that connects female entrepreneurs. Incidentally Inspirational is a group that connects widows and helps them in transforming their lives post-loss and going from surviving, to living, to thriving.
Kreithchele, a fashion lover and enthusiast, also owns Krangele's Closet, a fashion resale business which also offers consignment services, styling, closet curation, and personal shopping service services.
Prior to entrepreneurship, Kreithchele was in public accounting for over 15 years and has been a CPA in California since 2002 (currently inactive). Having reached the senior manager level, she provided attest, accounting and business advisory services, managing audits, reviews and compilations in various industries including non-profit, SEC, manufacturing, distribution, software, service, real estate development, government, and construction. In addition to her capacity as a CPA, she was involved in mentoring her staff, networking, and marketing and business development.
Kreithchele is a member of numerous professional and networking organizations. She is active in the Orange County business community and serves as a volunteer and member of various non-profit organizations in Orange County. She is also an adjunct faculty at Santa Ana College, teaching accounting.
Kreithchele resides in Newport Beach with her partner Ken. She enjoys traveling the world, checking out new restaurants and hotspots, and attending live music. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, a lover of rooftop bars, and cannot pass up foie gras or anything truffle.
Daniel E. Sirvent has years of experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, asset divestitures and corporate finance transactions totaling over $2.5 Billion in closed transaction value. He specializes in working with companies in highly complex, heavily regulated industries where his background in policy analysis and management enables him to provide specific expertise to companies in the aerospace & defense, life sciences and natural resource sectors.
He was a Director of Investment Banking at ROTH Capital Partners where he was responsible for the development of the firm’s Oilfield Services &Technology investment banking practice, including cultivating client relationships with issuers and private equity sponsors, engagement management and transaction execution.
Sirvent’s background also includes experience as a Director of Corporate Finance & Strategic Planning at an upper middle-market healthcare services company where he was responsible for the company’s financial partner relationships on a broad range of financing transactions. In addition, he was a key member of the executive management team on matters relating to strategic growth initiatives and long-range planning.
In 2009, Daniel joined C. K. Cooper & Company as the Founder of the firm’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Markets (AD&G) industry practice group where he worked with leading U.S. and International AD&G companies. He was a member of the firm’s Fairness Opinion Committee and developed the firm’s advisory capabilities in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning and private equity advisory.
Sirvent began his finance career with Salomon Smith Barney in New York, and later joined Citigroup Global Markets spending 3 years in their Global Wealth Management division. Mr. Sirvent is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds an MBA in Finance from Chapman University. He is a member of numerous industry and professional organizations throughout the U.S. He and his wife reside in Costa Mesa, CA where they devote their efforts to raising their 4 children and volunteering to support various community organizations.
Robert Hanger is Managing Director of Masthead Capital, a strategic advisory firm to lower middle market businesses, private equity firms and investment banks. He provides strategic planning, financial consulting, business exit strategies, merger and acquisition transaction advisory, and capitalization solutions. He has extensive experience working with businesses and investors to obtain the customized solutions to meet their needs. Throughout his career, Mr. Hanger has worked with more than 50+ businesses and their owners through various strategies and driven the deployment of more than $500 million in capital solutions.
Prior to starting Masthead Capital, he was Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Division at Opus Bank where he provided comprehensive financing solutions. He focused on providing capital for buyout/acquisitions, expansion of successful businesses and recapitalizations for both strategic and private equity backed businesses. Before Opus Bank he was Managing Director with Linked Consulting Group, LCG Argyros partnering with Chapman University helping lower middle market businesses through the great recession as a valued financial advisor. He also held positions at California Bank & Trust and Northern Trust. Prior to his banking career he was a Tax Accountant at a local CPA firm in Southern California.
Mr. Hanger is currently an active Board Member for the Association for Corporate Growth and serves as their Vice President and Events Chair. He is also serves on the Strategic Planning, Executive, Young Professionals, and Sponsorship Committee’s. He is an active member of the Board for Chapman University MBA Alumni Association and serves as their Corporate Career and Industry Engagement Director. Mr. Hanger received his BS in Finance and Business Law from California State University, Long Beach, a Certificate in Financial Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his M.B.A. from Chapman University. He resides in Tustin, CA with his wife and two children. He spends his personal time sailing, camping, snow skiing, and enjoying as many outdoor activities as possible.