• Shawn VanDiver, Security Expert, Director the Truman Project San Diego

    March 15, 2017

    Listen to Podcast of the Show

    Last week Richard and Joe welcomed security expert Shawn VanDiver to discuss the challenges of national cybersecurity. Mr. VanDiver is a 12-year Navy veteran, the President of VanDiver Consulting, and Director of the Truman National Security Project San Diego chapter. At VanDiver Consulting, Shawn helps elected officials, non-profit organizations, candidates, and businesses broaden their public profile, realize their goals, and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve excellence in public safety and crisis communications. Among several certifications, he is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP), IAEM Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and ABCHS Certified in Homeland Security (CHS-V). He also serves on several boards and committees for national and international homeland security, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, human trafficking, and security professional organizations and writes for Inside Homeland Security magazine. He has been published in local, national, and international outlets, including the San Diego Union Tribune and The Daily Beast. Locally, he serves on the San Diego Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Task Force, the Veterans Democratic Club Executive Board.

    Richard, Joe, and Shawn discussed the future challenges of national cybersecurity. They also discussed cyberwar and the documentary “Zero Days” by Alex Gibney, that tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. In addition, they discuss the Truman National Security Project.

    The Truman Project unites more than 1,500 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political professionals with a shared worldview: America is strongest when we utilize all of our tools – defense, diplomacy, development, and democracy – to engage the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

    Recently the Truman Project hosted an informal gathering of some of America’s top military, intelligence, law-enforcement, political and scientific minds at the home of former San Diego Port Commissioner Laurie Black and her partner Stephen Skinner, chief information officer for First Team Real Estate to discuss cybersecurity.

    In an upcoming event, the San Diego chapter of the Truman Project will have a Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony to decorate the graves of those buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.

    Shawn VanDiver was born in Springfield, Illinois and moved to sunny California at the age of 3. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served for just over 12 years. While serving, he attended National University and that Naval Post Graduate School achieving multiple degrees, certificates, and 25+ civilian certifications in homeland security, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, and anti-terrorism. He is adjunct faculty in San Diego State Universities Graduate Program in Homeland Security. When not trying to change the world, he prefers to spend time with his 8-year-old son, Ryan, who is debating between careers as a Navy engineer / scientist / astronaut or a pirate.

    Listen to a podcast of the show

    Podcast

  • Local San Diego Bank Vice-President Sean Puckett Joins the Show

    December 27, 2012
    Why Businesses Should Consider Regional Banks Richard, Joe and guest Sean Puckett talked about the banking industry in San Diego and how local community banks differ from the big national banks. Sean Puckett joined Regents Bank in November of 2011 as First Vice President. Mr. Puckett is a graduate of the University of San Diego. An ... Read more
  • Judge Robert C. Coates Will Discuss the Homeless Issue and Climate Change

    December 19, 2012
    The show welcomed a figure who has long been serving the San Diego community, Judge Robert C. Coates. Judge Coates has had the privilege to see and work within the legal system since 1971 as a Trial Lawyer and presented cases from the local courts all the way to the State and Federal level. He ... Read more
  • Are you getting the most out of your accountant?

    December 17, 2012
    Guest Blogger Paul Polito Often, out of ignorance mostly, clients put their accountants in a box and won’t let them out. I have experienced this. Once a client gets it in their head that “Polito is our tax guy,” it’s really hard to shake that image. Our profession has so much more to offer! When I was ... Read more
  • Don Eppich Discusses the Problems of One-Year Patch for Expiring Tax Cuts

    December 12, 2012
    The show welcomed back CPA Don Eppich of Polito Eppich. The accounting firm focuses on serving companies that generate between half a million to 150 million dollars in revenue a year. The discussion will revolve around the premise of the article below by Dean Zerbe, managing Director for alliantgroup. The article talks about a one-year ... Read more
  • Black Hole of Attraction for CPAs

    December 6, 2012
    Becoming the Most Trusted Business Advisor to your Clients (46 minutes) Five-minute highlight clip of Richard’s speech. Contact Richard if you are interested in having him speak at your event. Read more
  • Jason Kruger of Signature Analytics

    December 5, 2012
    Jason Kruger, the President of Signature Analytics was welcomed to the show. Signature Analytics is a local San Diego Accounting firm that specializes in bookkeeping, financial consulting services, and outsourced accounting. The senior management team at Signature Analytics consists of individuals who each have a minimum of ten years experience in the field of public ... Read more
  • Curt Gautreau and Joel Grushkin of Cost Segregation Initiatives

    November 29, 2012
    The show welcomed back Joel Grushkin (featured in photo), the San Diego Regional Director of Cost Segregation Initiatives (CSI), and the President of the Company, Curt Gautreau, joined him. Curt is based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his accounting practice focuses on emerging businesses, primarily real estate management and development. CSI specializes in cost ... Read more
  • Oceanside Turkey Trot

    November 25, 2012
    The excerpt below is from the San Diego Union Tribune summarizing Oceanside’s Thanksgiving Day running races. OCEANSIDE — While some families were still in bed or preparing for company, many spent Thanksgiving morning together running or walking though downtown Oceanside at the annual Turkey Trot fundraiser. “This is just such a great way to start Thanksgiving,” said ... Read more
  • Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS, Colleen Brophy

    November 20, 2012
    This show features an interview with Colleen Brophy on “It’s Your Money and Your Life.” Ms. Brophy currently holds the position of Executive Director, Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS, where she has been employed since 1996. Working out of the New York office of UBS, Ms. Brophy’s area of focus is global fixed income investments. ... Read more
  • San Diego Mayor: Jerry Sanders

    November 14, 2012
    Listen to Podcast of the Show Mayor Jerry Sanders joined the show Sunday, November 18th. Mayor Sanders will complete his second and final term as Mayor of San Diego in December 2012. Since coming to the San Diego area for college, San Diego State, Sanders has be a productive and active member of the community. Before ... Read more