Board of Trustees
Howard Dallmar '74
Executive Managing Director, Newmark Cornish & Carey, Palo Alto, CA
Howard “Howie” Dallmar ’74 is an Executive Managing Director and partner with Newmark Cornish & Carey. His area of experience is representing companies and property owners in the acquisition and disposition of office, research and development properties in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. After Menlo College, Dallmar attended Pepperdine University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, he played professional basketball for three years in Geneva, Switzerland and Melbourne, Australia. He was employed as an account executive for Owens Corning Fiberglass and 3M Company before he began a career in commercial real estate with Cornish & Carey Commercial. “I joined the Board of Menlo College because I wanted to get involved and make a difference at Menlo College on a personal level.”
James A. Davlin
Vice President Finance and Treasurer, General Motors (Retired)
Jim Davlin led General Motor’s global treasury operations, including capital planning, capital market activities, worldwide banking and pension funding. Davlin joined GM from Deere & Company, a global leader of agriculture and construction equipment, where he first served as Vice President and Treasurer, and then as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Davlin has also worked at The Procter & Gamble Company and at Eli Lilly and Company. In addition to his service to Menlo College, Davlin is a Trustee of Wabash College and a member of the Advisory Board of the Duke Center for Finance. Davlin earned his JD from Duke University School of Law, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Wabash College.
J. Michael Gullard
Managing General Partner, Cornerstone Management
Mike Gullard is the founder and General Partner of Cornerstone Management, a consulting and investment firm specializing in telecommunications and software. He is the Chairman of Planar Systems, Inc. and Dyntek Inc. He is also a director of Selectica, Inc. and Alliance Semiconductor Corporation. Mike has been active in Silicon Valley for over forty years and has extensive and long-term entrepreneurial management and investment experience in technologies companies. He has an A.B. degree in economics from Stanford University as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
David C. Irmer Sr. '58
President, Innisfree Companies, Sausalito, CA
David C. Irmer Sr. '58 is the President of Innisfree Companies, a diversified real estate firm he established in 1970 in Sausalito. Irmer’s development projects have included Sequoia Station in Redwood City. Before Innisfree, he established and managed General American Development Corporation. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from University of Miami, Florida after attending Menlo. Irmer is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International council of Shopping Centers and the California Redevelopment Association, he is actively involved in various Chambers of Commerce. “I came away from Menlo understanding that I could do about anything I set my mind to.”
Micah Kāne '91
Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Links Hawai'i
Micah A. Kāne joined Pacific Links Hawai'i in November 2011 as chief operating officer and is responsible for the company's Hawai'i operations, future acquisitions and real estate development in the islands. Kāne also serves as a Trustee for the Kamehameha Schools with oversight of an $11.3 billion asset portfolio and is a Board of Director for the Hawaiian Electric Company. His previous work experience includes being the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a 200,000-acre native Hawaiian land trust. Kāne also served as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Hawai'i Republican Party and prior to that was the Government Affairs Liaison for the Building Industry Association of Hawai'i. Kāne is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Menlo College, and received his MBA from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Charles J. Keenan, III ‘66
Property Developer, Keenan Land Company, Palo Alto, CA
Charles J. Keenan, III known as “Chop” to his friends and business associates, attended Menlo Junior College and Menlo School of Administration. Following a brief period in 1968-70 as a Title Officer for Transamerica Title Insurance Company, he began his career as an employee at the Richard C. Price Company, a real estate development company in Menlo Park, California. There he was responsible for sales and closings of 200 townhouses and four-plex units in Daly City, California. This experience brought him to land development for homebuilders. In 1984, Keenan became a major player with the purchase of assets from Ponderosa Homes Northern California, which included 3,731 residential lots from Aetna Life & Casualty. The lots were later joint-ventured with Ponderosa Homes, a newly created homebuilding company and Keenan Land Company continued to expand. Partnerships were formed in the fields of office development, retail, and hotel properties. Many still exist today with quality team members from land planning to architecture to landscaping to design. Keenan is a former member of the United States Marine Corps and serves on the Stanford Athletic Board. He is also a member of the Palo Alto Parking Commission and a staunch supporter of many charitable causes and events in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and development community. In 2007, Keenan received the Tall Tree award as the businessman of the year by Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.
Harry Kellogg '63
Vice Chairman Emeritus, Silicon Valley Bank
SVB Financial Group
Thor Geir Ramleth '87
Geir Ramleth is the owner of GeirHeads, an information technology investor and advisory company. From 2002 until 2013 he was senior vice president and chief information officer of Bechtel Group, Inc., where he led the global Information Systems and Technology organization. Prior to rejoining Bechtel Mr. Ramleth held leadership positions for a variety of companies in the technology and communications industry. Among his responsibilities in those roles, he defined strategy and market position and secured multiple forms of financial resources. Previously, Mr. Ramleth served as chairman and CEO of DigiPlex S.A., based in Zurich, Switzerland, which owned and operated large communications and networking facilities throughout Europe. He also served as president and CEO of Genuity, a Bechtel Enterprises company formed to deliver Internet and data services. Mr. Ramleth has held management positions with Oracle, PageMart, and PacTel Personal Communications (now a part of Vodafone). In addition, he is currently an Executive Fellow with the Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustee at Menlo College.
James Rea ‘67
President, Brookside Capital, San Francisco, CA
James Rea is the President of Brookside Capital, an investment-counseling firm in San Francisco founded in 1989. The firm manages investment portfolios of families in the U.S. and Europe. “Choosing to attend Menlo College was one of the best decisions in my life,” said Rea. “I developed my interest in the investment world while at Menlo, and I have been in the investment management business since. Menlo College taught me how accounting and finance overlap the soft worlds of history and art to help produce exceptional investment returns. I don’t believe that any other place would have given me that quality level of education. It also provided me with some of my dearest friends whom I see regularly.” After graduation from Menlo, Rea attended the University of California and Stanford University. In 1993, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the School of Management at the St. Petersburg University in Russia in conjunction with the Haas School of Business at the University of California. He is a member of the CFA Institute, The Security Analysts of San Francisco, The Wealth Advisor Institute and The Investment Advisors Association. He is a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, where he has served on the Board of Directors.
Senior Finance Executive, Tom Scannell & Associates, Inc.
Tom Scannell’s experience is in the financial transactions that fuel Silicon Valley. He runs his own consulting firm, Tom Scannell and Associates, which provides interim CFO services to small medical and high-tech companies. He has over 30 years of experience of in-depth financial management experience for high technology companies. For the last 15 years Scannell has been Chief Financial Officer for a series of fast growing, public and private hi-tech and med-tech companies. Both his undergraduate degree and MBA are from Stanford University. He has served on the Menlo College Board of Trustees since July 2011. "I’m very excited to be part of Menlo's Board of Trustees, and to help the school expand its role as ‘Silicon Valley's Business College’,” said Scannell.
Kristine Thagard '77
Attorney, Of Counsel to Marshack Hays, LLP
Kris has been an attorney for over 30 years with extensive experience in real estate, construction, litigation and insurance matters. After graduating from Menlo College SBA she attended USC Law School, where she received her J.D. in 1980. In 1998 she founded Thagard, Reiss and Brown where she was the managing partner for 10 years, with offices in both Orange County and Las Vegas. After a 3-year hiatus she returned to the practice of law as Of Counsel to Marshack Hay, a bankruptcy boutique in Irvine, California where her real estate and insurance background is utilized in challenging business reorganizations. She has served as a judicial extern at the California Court of Appeal as well volunteering for 7 years as a judge pro tem. She is admitted to practice in both California (1980) and Nevada (2001) as well as the Federal Courts of both states. She is also the President of Forte West Homes, a residential brokerage company, and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License. “When starting my own firm the practical tools I gleamed from Menlo were much more useful that the theoretical interplay and Socratic method of law school. The changes to the College over the last eight years while I have been on the Board are remarkable- the spirit and energy that made Menlo such a special place when I attended are back.”