2016 RainDance Conference 

Award Judges

Sharon Berman, Principal
Berbay Marketing & Public Relations

Sharon Berman is the founder and Managing Principal of Berbay Marketing & Public Relations, a Los Angeles-based marketing and PR firm specializing in creating the visibility and credibility that fuel revenue growth for law firms. Prior to founding Berbay, Sharon held senior marketing management positions at Toyota Motor Sales; Ogilvy & Mather; Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin; and Arthur Andersen.

Widely recognized as a strategic marketing and PR leader within the professional services industry, Sharon has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal, among others. She is published on a regular basis in The Recorder, RainToday.com, Bloomberg Law and Bankruptcy Law 360. She has presented marketing segments on nationally broadcast television programs, and taught a Marketing Plan Development course at UCLA Extension.  Sharon has served on the editorial board of Marketing the Law Firm, as well as on the State Marketing Committee of the California Society of CPAs. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors for the Moriah Society. Sharon received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and her MBA from University of Southern California. 

Cheryl Jekiel, Founder
Lean Leadership Resource Center

Currently Cheryl M Jekiel is the founder of the Lean Leadership Resource Center (LLRC) that sponsors a range of workshops, publications and speaking engagements.  The mission of LLRC is to promote the advancement of inspirational leadership with learning communities, the implementation of Lean cultures and HR Process Leadership. 

Ms Jekiel has held Vice President of Human Resources positions for a number of corporations, including a number of years for Flying Food Group, LLC. Prior to her recent senior leadership roles in Human Resources, Ms. Jekiel served for five years as Chief Operating Officer after a number of other leadership roles at a Specialty Bakery in the Chicagoland area. Ms. Jekiel has developed an expertise in Lean manufacturing with a particular focus on Lean cultures. Ms. Jekiel has made countless significant improvements in reducing operating costs and leveraging a Lean culture to obtain new business. Ms. Jekiel brings a tremendous passion for continuous improvement in her commitment to building Lean HR as a recognized field of work.

Preston McKenzie, CEO

Preston McKenzie has spent the past twenty five years in the publishing, information and software industries.  He is a proven business leader, with a track record of success in start-up, turn around and high growth situations.

At present, Mr. McKenzie is the chief executive officer of NEWSCYCLE Solutions, the leading provider of software and technology solutions to the global news media.  NEWSCYCLE provides software and expertise to newspapers, magazines and broadcasters in thirty countries around the world from its offices in the United States, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and Germany.  NEWSCYCLE Solutions is a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners.

Andrew Valerie, SVP, Co-Manager, Guided Portfolio Strategies
Wells Fargo

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