2019 Select LA Investment Summit 


Building LA’s Future Transportation Network Panel

As Los Angeles continues to expand, so do the opportunities for mobility and access to alternate means of transportation. Across Los Angeles County’s vast and sprawling 4,751 square miles, more than 4.5 million commuters walk, bike, drive, rideshare or take public transit to get to their jobs. Yet, 73% of Angelenos drive alone to work, and only 6.8% use public transit. Despite these statistics — or perhaps because of them — voters in L.A. County have approved historic tax increases to radically expand the existing public transit system. In addition, the County of Los Angeles has approved a robust project completion named “20 by 2028,” meaning 20 large scale transportation projects will be completed by the time the Olympics start in Los Angeles. This environment coupled with the booming demand for personal mobility devices such as bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters is creating a local mobility revolution. Come here first-hand about these exciting projects and the opportunities for international businesses to get involved.



Chris Hawthorne

Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles

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Seleta Reynolds

General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

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Justine Johnson

Mobility Strategist, FORD Smart Mobility

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Rehi Alaganar

Director of Business Strategy, Virgin Hyperloop One


LA on the International Stage

More than 103 countries have either full-time consulates or honorary representatives throughout Los Angeles. As one of the most diverse cities in the history of mankind, these diplomatic missions are essential to bridge the business and cultural ties that create and drive new economic value to the region. With the current uncertainty in US foreign and trade policy, Los Angeles is stepping into the spotlight to make sure individuals from each of these countries understand they are welcome. Join us at Select LA 2019 to hear from these distinguished international diplomats leading their countries’ mission locally, as they relay their experience of navigating LA and how local nonprofit and government actors come together to assist international businesses expanding to the region.



Amb. Nina Hachigian

Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti


Akira Chiba

Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles


Patricia Elliott

Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada in Los Angeles


Stefan Schneider

Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles


Mega-Events in Los Angeles

The Super Bowl and the Olympics provides one of the largest platforms for a City’s exposure globally. Playing host to thousands of guests poses unique challenges and opportunities for the local region. Then add the MLB All-Star Game, the World Cup, the U.S. Open Championship, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, among others, and it’s clear that LA is the center of the sport and entertainment universe for the next decade. From issues related to crowd management and security, to ticketless access to public transportation and on-site purchasing, these events and venues must seek new technologies to make sure LA is ready. International companies like Panasonic are eyeing these lucrative opportunities to engage stadiums and fans across sports. This panel of experts and futurists will share what these events need for a seamless and positive guest experience for the next ten years, and beyond.



Stephen Cheung

President, WTCLA & EVP, LAEDC


Kathryn Schloessman

President, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission


Kevin Demoff

EVP of Football Operations and COO, Los Angeles Rams


Bob Graziano

Board Member, LA84


Opening Remarks

Our local state and local leaders are pivotal to ensure our regional economy is prepared for the future. LA County’s GDP is over $800 million and constitutes the largest county economy in the United States. Three of the five Supervisors who govern Los Angeles County will kick-off the summit and provide their vision for our region today, and tomorrow. We will also welcome the California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development who will share the roadmap for the state within Governor Newson’s Administration.


Kathryn Barger

Los Angeles County Supervisor, 5th District


Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District


Hilda Solis

Los Angeles County Supervisor, 1st District


Bud Colligan

Senior Advisor, International Affairs and Trade, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development


Lunch Presentations

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Stephen Cheung

President, WTCLA

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Kyle Mabry

Western Division Vice President, American Airlines


Lenny Mendonca

Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director, California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development


Maria Contreras-Sweet

Chairman and CEO, Rockway Equity Partners; Former Administrator, US Small Business Administration


Marcos Frommer

Corporate Communications Manager, Honda North America


Mayor Eric Garcetti

City of Los Angeles


Esports and New Entertainment in Los Angeles

Over the past few years, LA has significantly increased its capacity to host events as seen by the ongoing construction of both large and small venues. No industry is moving to take advantage of developments than Esports. Moguls from the traditional sports world are purchasing franchise licenses for tens of millions of dollars, while international players like Tencent are making multibillion dollar investments to grow the sport locally and worldwide through events and marketing. A January 2018 CBRE report found that Los Angeles leads the United States with 331 gaming companies operating in the metropolitan area. This year, we are expanding on that conversation to delve deeper into the fast-growing world of Esports.



Jared Bartie

Co-Chair of the Sports Industry Group, O'Melveny


Naz Aletaha

Head of Esports Partnerships, Riot Games


Justin Mier

VP Publishing, Gfinity Esports

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Mark Ejnes

Design Principal, HOK

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Ari Segal

CEO, Immortals Gaming Club


What's Next for Digital Transformation

Artificial intelligence is possible through deep learning - a category of algorithms works by using statistics to find patterns in data that has proved immensely powerful in mimicking human skills. This engineered knowledge is changing the way people farm, explore the oceans, and even play games. Businesses are just starting to scratch the surface on using data visualization and analysis to improve their products in services. Hear from industry experts on how they are using, and planning to further develop, these digital technologies that traverse the entertainment, financial, health care, and aerospace industries that positively change consumer experiences and business practices.

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Heidi Pease

Co-Founder & CEO, LA Blockchain Lab


Sandra Ro

CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)

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Josh Anon

Head of Product, Embodied, Inc


AJ Abdallat

CEO, Beyond Limits

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Karan Talati

CEO, First Resonance


A Greater Return on Investment

As one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in the country, Los Angeles is harnessing innovative technologies in ways that have the capacity to transform the city itself. Venture funding in LA in 2018 topped $6.4B, the highest year on record since 2000, while the 100 largest tech companies in L.A. and Orange County reported a 24 percent increase in employment in 2017. Born from this environment was a City of Los Angeles led program called PledgeLA, a first-of-its-kind partnership to promote civic engagement, diversity, and inclusion across L.A.’s booming and dynamic tech sector. Venture Capital and tech leaders are making a commitment to track civic participation and diversity data each year and make that data publicly available, as well as expand their engagement with local nonprofits that support diverse talent and reflect the civic spirit of Los Angeles. Come hear from Venture Capital executives and learn how your business can take advantage of this investing activity.


Melissa van Kluyve

Associate, Clocktower Technology Venturese


Rob Vickery

Co-Founder & General Partner, Stage Venture Partners


Maxine Lapiduss

CEO & Co-Founder, Storyblaster


Shamin Walsh

Managing Director, BAM Ventures