Speakers & Panelists

David Gale

MTV Cross Media (MTVX)

David Gale has been an executive and award-winning producer in the entertainment business for over 20 years, having held a wide range of business and creative positions. In his current role as Executive Vice President of MTVX, Gale oversees a new cross media group that re-shapes the way MTV incubates, develops and produces content that goes beyond conventional TV and digital formats.

The MTVX team works in concert with groups across MTV, including television production, digital, marketing, ad-sales, integrated marketing and consumer products, to take a platform-agnostic approach to both new and established franchises and serve compelling content through all devices that drive audience behavior. MTVX also serves as an incubator for new content that can be extended to the various MTV 360 platforms.

In his previous role as Executive Vice President of New Media at MTV, Gale oversaw the development and production of original content for new media platforms. The division has been responsible for creating innovative ways to meld new technologies and platforms, storytelling, social networking and traditional media and to incubate talent and ideas for the 21st century audience. MTV New Media produced numerous groundbreaking projects, including the full length digitial films, jackass 2.5 and jackass 3.5 and the $5 Cover franchise created by acclaimed filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow).

Prior to starting MTV New Media, Gale launched and was Executive Vice President of MTV Films. For over a decade, Gale oversaw the activities of this unique movie label, with a diverse slate of successful films that grossed more than a billion dollars in box office and opened 7 movies to #1 in their opening weekends. Under Gale’s leadership, MTV Films released 26 films, including Election, Save The Last Dance, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Varsity Blues, Blades of Glory, jackass the movie and jackass number 2, The Longest Yard, the Spike Lee-directed comedy concert film The Original Kings of Comedy, and Coach Carter. The division also released such Sundance standouts as the groundbreaking Hustle and Flow, Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow and indie smash Napoleon Dynamite, which became a cultural phenomenon and earned three Independent Spirit Award nominations.

In addition to box office success, MTV Films enjoyed large critical acclaim and earned numerous awards and nominations for films such as Election (Academy Award®-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; 3 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture), Tupac: Resurrection (Academy Award® nominated for Best Documentary), Murderball (Academy Award®-nominated for Best Documentary), and Hustle & Flow (Academy Award® nominated for Lead Actor and winner of the 2006 Academy Award® for Best Original Song).

David Gale came to MTV Films from his position as President of Gale Anne Hurd’s Pacific Western Productions (1991-1995). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Ridley Scott’s Percy Main Productions (1990-1991), and as Vice President of Business Affairs at International Creative Management (1987-1990) where he handled negotiations for Chairman Jeff Berg.

Gale started his career as an attorney in New York, first at Shearman and Sterling and then as an entertainment attorney at the boutique entertainment firm of Beldock, Levine and Hoffman. He graduated with honors from Stanford University and received a law degree from NYU, where he was Editor of the Law Review. Gale is founder and chairman of the non-profit organization Hollywood HEART (www.hollywoodheart.org), which runs a camping program for children affected by AIDS and a film workshop program for at risk children. The charity sponsors its programs throughout the United States and internationally.

James M. Mintie

Mintie Corporation

James M. Mintie, grandson to Ernest H. Mintie the founder of Mintie Corporation in 1940 and son to Robert W. Mintie the second generation President, began working for the company during his summer breaks from High School and College in the early to late-seventies.  In 1981 he began working full time for the corporation overseeing all field operations, and development of a long term strategic plan to increase revenues and profitability.

Over the last 30 years in partnership with his brother Kevin J. Mintie (CEO), The Mintie Company’s have become the most recognized leader of Indoor Environmental Solution Providers specializing in the fields of HVAC Systems Cleaning / Remediation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Consulting and Infectious Material Control (IMC) in the nation.  Mintie demonstrates expertise through its two divisions Mintie Services, and Mintie Products which are sold throughout the USA, Canada, EMEA and Japan.  Mintie now has three offices in California; Los Angeles (Headquarters), San Diego, San Francisco; Phoenix, Arizona and an affiliate branch, Mintie of Scandinavia just outside of Oslo, Norway.

Past experiences include Account Executive for Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations while residing in NY, NY. Mr. Mintie lives in Naples Island (Long Beach) with his wife Lauren. He has two children: Katherine Mintie, Vassar College BS, 2010, currently at attending CAL, Masters/PhD. Art History Program, and Bryce Mintie, USC, Marshall School of Business, 2011. Currently is a  Business Analysts at HUGE, Inc.  Mr. Mintie’s interests include skiing, golf and sailing. Mr. Mintie works out of Los Angeles Corporate offices.

Sriram Dasu

USC Marshall School of Business

Associate Professor of Information and Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Professor Dasu has published papers in journals that include Queuing Systems, Operations Research, and Management Science.  In addition to teaching and research, Professor Dasu has led initiatives to apply business principles to healthcare organizations.  Along with Professor Bassok, he is currently developing a proposal to train business educators in developing countries in applying operations management principles to the healthcare systems in their region.  The project would provide a sustainable solution to health and poverty issues impacting third world countries.

Christopher D. Lischewski

Bumble Bee Foods

Mr. Lischewski is currently the President and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLP, the largest, branded seafood company in North America. He has held this position since 1999. During a career that has encompassed management consulting with A.T. Kearney and executive positions with H. J. Heinz and ConAgra Foods, Mr. Lischewski has been recognized for his strength in business restructuring, developing and executing successful business strategies, completing and integrating synergistic acquisitions, achieving low cost operations and achieving profitable market growth. In his current position he has been instrumental in creating one of the largest seafood companies in North America and one of the premier seafood companies in the world.

Mr. Lischewski has a BS in Finance and Accounting and an MBA in International Finance from the University of Southern California. He resides in San Diego, California with his wife Louise and son Raithe.

Gary Lauer


Gary Lauer is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eHealth, Inc., a position he’s held for eleven years.  eHealth is the leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families, seniors and small businesses, and has helped connect millions of Americans to coverage, all on the internet. eHealth is a publicly held company, trading on NASDAQ.

Mr. Lauer and his staff have made eHealth a technology catalyst for change, successfully encouraging consumers and the insurance industry to embrace the company’s innovative offerings to easily and quickly connect people to quality health insurance.  eHealth was responsible for the nation’s first Internet-based sale of a health insurance product and has worked to make health care more accessible and affordable, especially for the uninsured.  Approximately 40 percent of eHealth consumers previously lacked insurance coverage.  Additionally, through its powerful internet platform, eHealth pioneered the electronic delivery, signature and approval of health insurance applications, removing an estimated 12 million sheets of paper from the system on an annual basis. eHealth is also a certified green business.

Mr. Lauer is very active in public policy, and continuously testifies before key congressional committees about a variety of issues concerning the use of technology in healthcare.  He and his team have also provided valuable insight to policymakers on the use of technology and enrollment strategies for the uninsured upon passage of national health reform. In 2008, eHealth was named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program for Silicon Valley Internet, Media, Entertainment and Communications Companies.  Mr. Lauer is frequently quoted in national publications and media outlets.

Prior to joining eHealth, Mr. Lauer was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MetaCreations Corporation, a computer software company, from 1998 to 1999.  Prior to MetaCreations, Mr. Lauer spent more than nine years at Silicon Graphics, Inc., from 1987 to 1997, a computing technology company, where he was a member of the senior executive team that grew Silicon Graphics from approximately $100 million to $3.5 billion in revenue.

Mr. Lauer started his career with IBM, where he held a variety of sales and marketing management positions.  Mr. Lauer holds a B.S. degree in finance and marketing from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, graduating in 1976. He also serves on the Marshall School Board of Leaders, Silicon Valley Leadership Group Board of Directors, TechNet Board of Directors, and several company boards.

Dave Logan

USC Marshall School of Business

Professor of Management; authority on leadership and negotiation, specializing in cultural change, strategy, and the negotiation process. From 2001-2004, Professor Logan served as USC Associate Dean of Executive Education. He has written several books on leadership, including one recently selected for the “Warren Bennis” line of books at Wiley. Professor Logan has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg School at USC.

Lucy Hood

Executive Director

Lucy Hood is a highly respected industry expert on communication technology, digital strategy and content. She currently heads the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Focused at the intersection of technology and content, the Institute creates and disseminates thought leadership through its global consumer research, strategy briefings, executive summits and leadership education. In her role, Hood directs all of the Institute’s key initiatives, including CTM’s global research into the digitally-connected home, mobile communications, and media consumption, and lends strategic insights to CTM’s 25 corporate members including AT&T, Verizon, HP, Cisco, Qualcomm, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, Disney, Fox and Ogilvy & Mather.

Prior to joining The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Hood was President of Fox Mobile Entertainment, where she built the media giant’s digital businesses through partnerships with Vodafone, Verizon, Qualcomm and AT&T, as well as introducing industry-changing innovations like text voting on American Idol.  Lucy Hood drove landmark innovations in digital media, including the launch of Fox.com and the invention of the Mobisode for the hit series 24. Hood also directed the launch of the FX cable channel, and served in a strategic role as Senior Vice President of News Corporation’s Content Group.

Lucy Hood keynotes and moderates at major industry events such as CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, the Milken Global Conference and Aspen Institute.  Hood holds an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University.

Paul & Denise Fejtek

Steps to the Summit

After reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest point on Earth at 29,029 feet, Paul and Denise Fejtek joined a small and extremely elite group of climbers who have scaled all of the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.  This dynamic husband & wife team will share their exciting story with you about their Seven Summits quest, and what it takes to train, prepare, and select the right team to help you get to the top. Their media rich presentation also includes high definition video from the summit of Mt. Everest, and will transport you to a place a rare few ever experience. Along the way you’ll hear some exciting stories and lessons found in Paul’s recently released book “Steps to the Summit – Reaching the Top in Business and Life.”

USC Marshall School of Business graduate, Paul Fejtek has balanced his outdoor pursuits over the years while working full‐time as a Managing Director at the Irvine‐based investment bank Hunter Wise Financial Group. He specializes in mergers & acquisitions representing owners of privately held companies in the food & beverage, software, oil & gas, and medical device industries. He completed an $89 million all cash sale of a spinal implant company in which he managed the transaction in part by satellite phone from Antarctica and later at Mt. Everest Base Camp. Paul received the Most Inspirational Athlete Award from the Challenged Athletes Foundation and along with Denise, both were named by OC Metro Magazine in their annual list of the 25 Hottest People in Orange County. The two were also featured on NBC News multiple times and their compelling story also appeared on the nation’s #1 rated morning show, The Today Show.

Denise earned a Business Management Degree from Cal Poly Pomona and at the same time worked as a travel consultant for almost 10 years. She then shifted in to project management as a department head at a publicly‐traded civil engineering firm for over 10 years. Now, she has chosen to combine both of those experiences to lead outdoor adventure‐based retreats for corporate leadership development.