Local community residents are among the six new Chairmen’s Roundtable mentors

New mentors: (l-r) John Riley, Rich Detweiler, Robert Hill, Ken Derrett, Scott Krawitz (Beth Sirull not pictured)
New mentors: (l-r) John Riley, Rich Detweiler, Robert Hill, Ken Derrett, Scott Krawitz (Beth Sirull not pictured)

The Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT), a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area, announced that six new mentors have signed on to participate in CRT’s mentorship program: Ken Derrett, Rich Detweiler, Robert Hill, Scott Krawitz, John Riley and Beth Sirull.

“I am so grateful and impressed by the executives who volunteer for our mentorship program,” said Paul Thiel, chairman of the CRT. “These six mentors who have joined our group bring experiences from major national sports leagues, Caterpillar, Deloitte, PepsiCo as well as exciting start-ups and nonprofits – across industries and continents. The insights and guidance they will be infusing into our local businesses is such a gift to the executives they mentor and to our community as a whole.”

Ken Derrett, a Carmel Valley resident, is a veteran of more than three decades in sports marketing at an executive level. His experience extends beyond borders and across three major North American sports leagues of the NFL, NBA and MLB. He led a successful launch of the NBA into Canada and later went to the League’s New York headquarters where he served as senior vice-president global marketing partnerships. More recently, Derrett served as senior vice-president - chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles Chargers from 2010-2017. He joined the club in 2001 and was responsible for the team’s marketing and sales functions for 16 years. He has since launched his own consulting practice helping brands and properties connect with consumers in the sports and entertainment space.

Rich Detweiler, a Solana Beach resident, has been tasked with leading challenged publicly listed and private companies in turnaround, rebuilding and strategic repositioning based on his senior management experience in finance, planning and operations, with Caterpillar’s Solar Turbines. After completing the divestiture of the last business he led, Detweiler became a partner in a merger and acquisitions, private equity investment firm to identify companies to acquire and to provide direction for those acquired businesses, after transaction completion. Detweiler also serves as a director on the board of numerous companies and gains great satisfaction from assisting in the development of management teams and identifying strategic direction and initiatives for those businesses.

RSF’s Robert Hill is a seasoned Global Management Consultant focused on promoting inclusive growth by helping small businesses and their owners succeed. He is a board advisor and student mentor at the University of San Diego, University of California at San Diego, Ohio State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Center. Hill has deep expertise in helping global companies transform sales, marketing, engineering and supply chain functions via leading edge technologies such as digital, mobile, big data, analytics and AI. He spent 32 years at Deloitte Consulting, including 10 years living and working in Japan. Hill’s management consulting experience includes leading accounts (Nissan) globally and managing Deloitte’s practices (Technology, Clients and Industries, and Automotive) in Asia. Prior to joining Deloitte, Hill served six years as a US Navy Officer.

Scott Krawitz, a Carmel Valley resident, is founder of PDSI, offering Technology Advisory Services. Launched in 2009, clients range from start-ups, SMB and nonprofits to Fortune 50 organizations. The signature service is the “Virtual CTO” which provides fractional technology leadership, driven by an informative Holistic Technology Assessment. Leveraging a global, 200 + partner ecosystem, PDSI offers solutions via onshore, offshore and nearshore resources. An innovative and seasoned business technologist and entrepreneur, Krawitz’s 15-plus-year career includes engagements consulting executives and leading teams through all project phases from strategic planning, analysis, design and development to implementation, iterative improvement and ongoing support. Industries served include Financial Services, Healthcare, Software, Retail, Business Services, Legal, and Education Technology.

John Riley spent the past two decades developing strategies, financial plans, and mergers and acquisitions for PepsiCo. He was most recently the CFO of PepsiCo’s North American Nutrition division where he led the financials and drove success in the multi-billion dollar Quaker Oats, Tropicana and Gatorade businesses. Headquartered in Chicago, the division had 19 plants and 25 distribution centers across the US and Canada in addition to numerous co-packers and distribution partners that made up the complex go to market system. John has managed strategic alliances developing new products with Lipton and Starbucks, as well as integrating smaller businesses like Naked Juice and Kevita into the PepsiCo portfolio. He joined PepsiCo after getting his MBA from The Wharton School and nine years as a Naval Flight Officer flying P-3s in the U.S. Navy.

Beth Sirull is a mission-driven leader whose career has spanned the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She recently joined the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of San Diego as President and CEO. JCF has over $500 million in philanthropic assets under management and is San Diego’s largest philanthropic funder. They provide philanthropic consulting and donor education services to the Jewish and secular communities. Previously, Beth served as President/CEO of Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) a hybrid for-profit/nonprofit organization dedicated to driving investment in underserved communities. Under her leadership, PCV launched a small business loan fund, scaled a small business advisory service nationally, built a nationally recognized consulting practice in the assessment and communication of the social impacts of investments and established a global reputation as a thought leader in impact investing.

The Chairmen’s RoundTable is a nonprofit volunteer organization composed of more than 40 current and former chief executive officers, with extensive board experience and diverse industry backgrounds, and a broad base of sponsor and partner organizations. CRT mentors provide invaluable advice without compensation to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area as a way of giving back to the community. CRT’s well-defined mentoring program is ideal for privately-owned small to mid-sized companies that are at a strategic crossroad and are looking to gain an outside perspective on key business issues. CRT serves around 30 clients per year and to date, over 500 local companies have benefited from CRT’s mentorship. For more information and to read about past client successes, visit www.crt-sd.com.