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Assistant Vice President, Beverly Hills Branch Operations Manager
Pacific Western Bank
Rebecca Molayem is a finance professional with over a decade of experience in banking, risk management and international liaison. She is currently operating out of Beverly Hills, as the Assistant Vice President Branch Manager at Pacific Western Bank. At this one location, she manages accounts with a total market value of over $80 Million.
Her fluency with Farsi has also given her a unique foothold into the increasingly expanding international community that is based on the West Coast. Her international focus was ignited after attending Global and International studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Over the next 13 years, she gained experience as a personal banker and foreign teller with Wells Fargo. Over the course of her career at Wells Fargo, she would rise to business specialist and become a primary manager of client portfolios for both consumer and business lending.
Her motto, that sums up her life both professionally and personally, can be boiled down to the simple phrase… “How Can I Help You?”
Partner, Entertainment, Media & Technology
Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
For the past 20 years, Ned Sherman has devoted his career to innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative and technology industries as a successful entrepreneur, media executive and business owner, and trusted advisor and legal counsel to entertainment, media and technology companies.
He is currently Partner, Entertainment, Media & Technology, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Director of Manatt Digital, the firm’s management consulting group, and an investor and advisor to the Manatt Venture Fund. He is also Chairman and Founder (previously CEO & Publisher) of Digital Media Wire, Inc., a marketing and strategy consulting firm representing an A-List clientele of entertainment, media and technology brands, government groups and trade associations and owner and operator of media properties and events.
He was previously Global Artist Manager and General Counsel to multi-platinum, Korean-American hip-hop artist Jay Park (now signed to Roc Nation) and has held leadership positions in several media company ventures and with a boutique digital media-focused investment banking practice, which he co-founded.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening.” Sherman holds an A.B. with honors from Brown University, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and is a cohort member of the Executive Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at HEC Paris.
ROBERT D. OLSON
Founder and CEO
R.D. Olson Development
Robert Olson is the founder of R.D. Olson Development, a Newport Beach, California-based firm engaged in the development of commercial properties nationwide with a specific focus on hotels and resorts. He established the company in 1997 following nearly 20 years as founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Construction.
Mr. Olson guides the strategic vision for R.D. Olson Development. He works closely with his design and development teams providing valuable input for concepting, marketing, investment analysis, capital structures, planning and entitlements, budgeting, and constructability, all with a focus on achieving guest satisfaction. R.D. Olson Development is recognized for its ability to identify and act on opportunities, delivering solid execution through all phases of entitlements, design and development while maintaining focus on the business strategy and the bottom line.
The majority of the firm’s hotel developments have occurred in the Western U.S. and Hawaii, though Mr. Olson has built projects on a nationwide basis. A specialist in developing hospitality properties, the firm is also experienced in the development of office, retail, multifamily and recreational projects. Mr. Olson’s longstanding experience as a builder has proven to be highly beneficial for development projects.
Robert Olson has been recognized as a business leader and entrepreneur on numerous occasions. He was selected as Marriott International “Developer of the Year” in 2017 and 2014, and was named the 2016 Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award winner. He has also been the recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Boy Scouts of America’s Good Scout Award, Construction Financial Management Association’s Construction Executive of the Year and the Orange County Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship award. He was recognized as a 2012 Hotel Icon by Real Estate FORUM magazine, and is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. Mr. Olson is an MBA graduate of the University of Southern California.