Business Advisory Board
The Business Advisory Board serves as a resource for entrepreneurial business students at the University who have a desire to start their own companies, as well as providing external advice to the Business department faculty. The Board is comprised of a wide variety of business leaders from the San Diego community, who meet once every quarter, and who also review student business plans and offer advice.
Deacon Keith Esshaki is the founder and CEO of GTC Systems Inc., a global information technology services firm. He has been a semi-finalist, four times, for the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and a finalist for the 'Most Admired CEO Award by the San Diego Business Journal. He serves as Chair of the Business Advisory Board at JPCatholic. His three children Miriam, Mary and Simon have all graduated JP Catholic.
Jim Esposito is a real estate developer who has built over 4,000 homes in the San Diego area. He went on to buy and then sell the largest online candy distributor in the country.
Charlie Jackson is a computer software entrepreneur. In 1984, he founded Silicon Beach Softwar, a publisher of graphics editors for the Apple Macintosh. In 1993 he co-founded FutureWave Software, which created the first version of what is now Adobe Flash. In 1990, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year for High Tech in the San Diego region. Jackson is a graduate of UCLA, where he was a two-sport athlete (soccer and rowing). He holds a Masters degree in Linguistics from San Diego State and C. Phil in Linguistics from UCSD. In the mid-90s, Jackson was a member of the U.S. National Team in Pistol Shooting. In the late 90s he served on the board of USA Volleyball and was a member of the USA Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia, serving as Assistant Team Leader for Beach Volleyball.
Mark Jorgensen received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh and his MBA from Long Island University. Mark was involved in starting several businesses after beginning his career in investment banking on Wall Street. He served on a number of boards and wound up in his career as managing director and consultant to the pension fund industry specializing in REITs.
Tom Kyd is a co-founder of Catholic Exchange. He served on the board of the American Family Media Foundation, which provided funding for the distribution of The Passion of Christ and produced the independent documentary Champions of Faith. Tom has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, and his professional career consist of various sales management positions within Brown Group and Unilever Corp. He is a member of the Legatus chapter of San Diego and is Area Councilor for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
Mike Meziere is President of Meziere Enterprises, a family owned business that specializes in the manufacturing of automobile parts for racecars.
Deacon Mitch Rennix is a Catholic deacon in Escondido, CA, committed to Christian ethics in business. In 2012 Mitch founded "His Coffee Company", a family owned company.
Deacon Carl Shelton was a very successful businessman who felt a calling by the Lord, which eventually led him to leave the corporate world to become an ordained Catholic Deacon. Carl Shelton spent many months with Mother Teresa in India, eventually returning to San Diego, California with a vision of starting a food program that would be non-charity, no government involvement, and self sustaining, with the emphasis on "people helping people".
Deacon Mark Wieczorek is a patent attorney with Dexcom - a medical device company. He was formerly a Partner at Mayer & Williams. He has experience in client counseling in all phases of IP development, including patent prosecution, strategy & analysis, & portfolio development & management. His technical expertise is in physics, materials science, and engineering. He has prepared & prosecuted patents involving circuits/devices; semiconductor materials, devices & fabrication; devices in medical diagnosis & treatment; computer hardware & software; wireless devices & systems. Mark has a B.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech and an MA and PhD in Physics from John Hopkins. He attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC