DCA's Advisory Board

Together with the Fund’s general partners, our advisory board of industry-leading professionals and top business executives offers additional value-added counsel to our portfolio companies.


Drawn entirely from within our targeted geographies, the DCA Capital Advisory Board has deep expertise in each of the major industry sectors where the Fund looks to invest, including:

  • Business and Financial Services
  • Healthcare Services & Health IT
  • Light Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Media and Publishing
  • Retail and Consumer Products
  • Technology
  • Construction Services
  • Sustainable Technologies and Services
  • Food Beverage and Agri-Business
  • E-Commerce
  • Other
Business and Financial Services

Roopal Shah
Over 20 years experience in providing data and automation solutions to the insurance industry; Founder and former President of American Driving Records, a leading provider of data solutions to the automotive insurance industry and second largest provider of motor vehicle reports in California; Founder of ZapApp India Private Limited, an offshore developer of software technology for the insurance industry; both businesses were sold in 2002 to First American Corporation; currently forming a California-based Property and Casualty insurance company.


Russ Nash
Over 20 years experience starting and leading financial and business services companies; Founder and current Managing Partner of Professional Education Services, a leader in continuing education services for the accounting industry (founded in 1992); Founder of Professional Mailing Lists LLP (sold in 1998); Founding Member of Granite Community Bank – current roles include board and loan committee member, and also former chairman of the audit committee; BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Healthcare Services & Health IT

Dan Brunner
Over 30 years experience in healthcare law, policy and corporate management in both the public and private sectors; former member of Board of Directors of First Health Group (NASD: FHCC), a national provider of managed care services; acquired by Coventry Healthcare (NYSE:CVH) in January 2005 for $1.8 billion; served as EVP, Government Affairs for FHCC from 1994-2001, and COO, Policy and Government Affairs for FHCC from 1992-1994; former Founder and executive of Affordable Health Care Concepts (started in 1983), a Sacramento-based firm providing highly customized PPO networks on the West Coast, which was acquired by First Health in 1987; former General Counsel for California Governor’s Office of Special Healthcare Negotiations and Chief of Staff for California Assemblyman Howard Berman; currently on UC Davis Board of Visitors; Law Degree from California Western University, BS from UCLA.


Ray Pingle
Over 30 years in the healthcare services industry; former SVP/CIO of National Imaging Associates, acquired by Magellan Health Services (NASD:MGLN) for $120 million in early 2006; former CIO of Sutter Health, Northern California’s largest hospital organization with over 3 million patients, 40,000 employees, and 27 hospitals, with direct responsibility over 375-person IT staff and $160 million budget; former CIO of Magellan Health Services, the nation’s largest managed behavioral healthcare organization, serving nearly 70 million members; over 20 years at FHP International, a publicly traded, managed healthcare organization with $4 billion+ in revenues that was acquired by PacifiCare; Certificate of Management from UCLA Graduate School of Business, D.D.S. from UCLA.


Light Manufacturing & Distribution

John Maloney
An accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of business experience in the distribution industry. During his career, Mr. Maloney has started, grown and managed businesses ranging from family owned enterprises, to a $300 million distribution company owned by private equity firms, to an $800 million division of Office Depot, a New York Stock Exchange listed company. John’s functional experience includes sales, marketing, purchasing, pricing, operations and the origination and integration of various acquisitions. John has served on Boards of Directors and was instrumental in the management buyout of Eastman, Inc from its Australian parent with a group of private equity investors including Bain Capital and the subsequent sale of the Company to Office Depot for a price of $242 million. The sale generated a $100 million gain and IRR of 520% to the investor group.


Media and Publishing

Frank Washington
Over 25 years in the media and publishing industry; current CEO of Moonshot Communications, focused on consolidation opportunities in broadcast television market; former Deputy Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Bureau; prior executive-level positions include: former Chairman/CEO of Systems Integrators Inc., a provider of publishing solutions to one-third of the world’s leading newspapers (sold in 2000), co-founder and former executive of Robin Cable Systems (now part of AT&T Broadband and once valued at over $1 billion); former Head of Electronic Communications and Board Member at McClatchy Newspapers; Yale Law School, BS from Cornell University.


Retail and Consumer Products

Tom Weborg
Founder and former CEO of Java City, a Sacramento-based manufacturer and retailer of specialty coffee sold through a combination of company-owned retail outlets and other wholesale and retail distribution channels that grew to over $50 million in revenues and was acquired in 2000 by Campbell-Bewley Group, an international retailer of coffee and tea; currently Vice Chairman, Campbell-Bewley Group; President/Board Member of Crocker Art Museum; BS from California State University.


Trevor Sanders

Over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and specialist in restaurant and retail operations. Started career as Jamba Juice’s 8th employee and helped the company grow from one store to be an iconic, national brand. President of Sanders Consulting which operates restaurants including Jack’s Urban Eats and Dos Coyotes.  Is an active member of the eureka schools foundation and former board member for the Placer County Board of Education as well as Roseville Chamber of Commerce.  Recent recipient of the 2014 BECOME award for the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, given to the small business that gives back to the community.



Todd Johnson
Over 20 years as an executive in the technology sector (software, services and hardware); most recently Executive Vice President at Verisign, a $6 billion market cap security services company; former CEO of Kontiki, which was sold to Verisign in 2006; former President and VP Marketing for Jamcracker, an infrastructure solutions provider backed by Mohr Davidow; former Executive at Backweb Technologies and Silicon Graphics, Inc (SGI); BS from University of Santa Clara.


Jim Yasso
Over 20 years at Intel Corporation, retired 2002; former VP Intel Architecture Group/GM Reseller Products Group, and Member of Intel Executive Staff (Folsom-based RPG drove Intel’s channel business and emerging markets expansion for microprocessors, board-level products, and server building blocks); previously held position as VP Microprocessor Products Group/GM End User Components Division which developed and marketed math coprocessors and Overdrive TM Processors; Member of Sacramento Angels; BS Systems and Information Science from Syracuse University.


Construction Services

Mark Cooper
Over 25 years in the electrical contracting and construction services sectors; Owner/President of H&D Electric, the largest residential electrical contracting firm in the Sacramento region (having completed over 65,000 residential units), founded in 1958 and purchased in 1990; prior experience with Moore Electrical Contracting, Kiewit Pacific Company, Southern Electrical Contractors, and Mark Cooper Electric; BS Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento.


Sustainable Technologies and Services

Steve Kircher
Currently CEO of Solar Power Inc. (OTC: SOPW); Former CEO and Chairman of International DisplayWorks, a publicly-traded manufacturer of LCD displays and modules based in Rocklin, California, but with significant manufacturing operations overseas in China (over 1,800 employees), acquired by Flextronics (NASD:FLEX) for $300 million in mid-2006; prior executive roles include: Chairman of Capitol Bay Securities, Inc. (securities and investment banking) and Capitol Bay Management, Inc. (Investment Company); founding Director of Burlingame Bancorp and Board Member from 1984 to 1991; Founder of Spinner Corporation, which engaged in leveraged buyouts of troubled companies; began his career with Dean Witter in 1975 before joining Bateman, Eichler, Hill & Richards, a regional investment-banking firm in 1978. Kircher holds a BA from University of California, San Diego.


Elisabeth Brinton
Currently Chief Business and Public Affairs Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District. Elisabeth S. Brinton joined SMUD in 2008 as a member of its executive team. She is responsible for maintaining the customer owned utility’s outstanding reputation locally, regionally and nationally. She also leads economic development, public affairs, business development, marketing, supplier diversity, and advances strategic government, business and community partnerships.Brinton’s extensive business experience includes roles as: Senior Vice President of marketing, sales and government affairs at PRIDE Industries, where she helped push revenues past the $160 million mark; Chief Marketing Officer for Natoma Technologies, a Sacramento-based software and systems integration Company; and original member of the executive team of Sunnyvale-based Loudcloud Inc., a high-tech start-up headed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen. While there, she helped to raise $380 million in venture capital and take the company public in 2001. Loudcloud pioneered “cloud computing,” one of the cornerstones of smart grid technology. Brinton also founded and was the chief executive officer of Brinton Public Relations, a $20 million public relations and advertising firm whose clients included Nike and Philips Electronics. From 2004 – 2008 Brinton was co-chair of the California Department of General Services Small Business Council. She was elected to be chair of the Sacramento Council of the American Electronics Association in 2005 and served on it national board of directors through 2008. In 2008, Brinton was appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger to serve on the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Recognized for her local leadership, Brinton won Sacramento Business Journal honors in 2008 for Large Company Women Who Mean Business. Brinton serves on the boards of Valley Vision, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, National Energy Executives Marketing and Energy Committee and the CA Electric Vehicle Collaborative Council. Starting in 2011, she will serve on the board executive committee for the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Brinton holds degrees in Chemistry, History and English from Principia.


Food, Beverage and Agri-Business

Ron Flaherty
More than 28 years experience advising clients spanning the food chain from agri-businesses to food processors to distributors to retail in all phases of Investment Banking with Flaherty Capital Markets. Clients include privately-held companies, public companies and cooperatives, and typically have revenues from $20 million to $1 billion with a deal size from $5 million to $250 million. Ron graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Agri-Business and Agricultural Economics and is also a graduate of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Mergers and Acquisitions Executive Program. He is involved in several trade associations and addresses various industry groups throughout the food industry.



Chris Friedland
Founder and CEO of Build.com, Inc. Founded originally as a graduate school project, Build.com has grown into the nation’s leading online home improvement retailer without a store operation. Build.com, Inc. operates as an online home improvement retailer specializing in plumbing, lighting, door hardware, and furniture, as well as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling equipment. It was formerly known as Improvement Direct, Inc. and changed its name to Build.com, Inc. in April 2010. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Chico, California. As of March 1, 2007, Build.com, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Wolseley plc.Friedland received his BA in Political Science, has completed the core graduate studies in Computer Science at California State University, in Chico, CA, and has been asked to lecture frequently about his success as an entrepreneur to the students and faculty of California State University and Chico’s Business School. To further share the concept of entrepreneurship, Friedland has been a featured speaker at the 2010 ETAIL East conference, the 2008 Internet Retailer convention, and the Wharton School of Business 2007 Entrepreneurship Conference.


Other Regional Business Executives

Larry Kelley
Over 30 years in the real estate industry; President of McClellan Park LLC, the development group responsible for converting McClellan Air Force Base into a 3,778-acre business park; President/CEO of Stanford Ranch I, LLC, a 3,500-acre master planned community in Rocklin, California; prior experience includes 10 years at US Home Corporation, as President of Community Development, President of US Home’s manufactured housing operations, and Vice President, Operations; 4 years in real estate development at Cook Investment Properties, responsible for joint ventures on land, apartment, office and residential development; MBA from Harvard Business School, BS Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M.


Craig Nagler
Founder/CEO of Granite Bay Capital Group LLC, formed in 1987 to focus on residential property development and which partnered with Dunmore Homes in the mid-1990s to co-develop projects and build homes in the Sacramento and Central Valley area; together with Dunmore Homes, Granite Bay Capital developed over 3,000 lots and homes and currently controls over 1,700 acres of potential development land, in addition to investments in shopping centers, mobile home parks, and other land ventures; prior experience: Marcus & Millichap Commercial Brokerage from 1985-1988; Nevis Industries from 1979-1985.





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