Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors2018-09-28T08:47:45+00:00

Spectra Systems & Technologies has created an Advisory board for its SolarWind Clean Energy Systems Group

  • MICHAEL D WHITE: International Affairs
  • DANIEL A. WHITE, Communications, Employee Benefits and Insurance Services
  • ROBERT N SANT’ANSELMO – Market Research and Analysis
  • NATHANIEL TRIVES Former Mayor, City of California
  • KARL WERNER, Field Installations and Compliance
  • JARED GERBER, Web Design, Site, Internet Communications & Social Media
  • RAYMOND T. BENNETT Legal, Taxes and Financial




2010 – 2016: Serve as a consultant to the Austrian Trade Commission, Los Angeles, California, and as a regular contributor to several publications including Expansion Solutions, Hoover, Alabama; Inbound Logistics, New York, New York; and International Business, Maidstone, UK.

September 2011 – 2016: Senior Correspondent. Global Trade magazine, Huntington Beach, California. Interview, research and write web content for the most widely read international business website in the country.

May 2015 – Present: U.S. Correspondent. International Business Magazine, Maidstone, England. Interview, research and write web content on developments in the U.S. international business, transportation and logistics sectors for the UK-based website.

January 2009 – September 2014: Web Content Editor: Worked under contract for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO). Responsibilities included project management, editing and writing web content for the second largest transit agency in the United States. The website averaged 1.2 million visits per month in 2014.

2003- 2009: Publisher/Editor: Pacific Coast Trade, Los Angeles, California, a webzine covering news and developments in international trade and their impact on the global economies of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.

Also produced and hosted the International Business Report, a weekly, 30-minute podcast featuring news briefs on a wide variety of global business and trade issues, as well as interviews with luminaries in the field. Interviewees include author and historian John Steele Gordon, international business consultant Roger Axtell, former U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, founder of the World Trade Centers Association, Guy Tozzoli., and Miami-based international business attorney Peter Freyre.

1999 – 2003: Freelance International Business/Transportation Writer/Editor. Los Angeles, California. Work appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Inland Empire Business Journal, the Los Angeles Daily News, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Also served for three years during the above period as a consultant to the World Trade Institute (WTI) of New York-based Pace University. Assisted with public and media relations, as well as curriculum restructuring following the 9/11 terrorist attack that destroyed the WTI’s facility in the World Trade Center.

1995 – 1999: Managing Editor – World Trade Magazine, Freedom Communications Inc., Irvine, California. Served as the second-in-charge of the editorial department of the most widely circulated international business magazine in the country. Responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day editorial operations of a magazine with three in-house editors and more than 30 free-lance writers. Grew the magazine from an ABC-audited monthly circulation of 51,000 to more than 92,500 over a four-year period.

1992 – 1995: Research Director / Editor, World Trade Center of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Long Beach, California. Responsible for the management of the trade information research department of one of the largest world trade centers in the U.S. Also responsible for editing the organization’s monthly TRADELINE newsletter, as well as writing promotional materials, speeches, white papers, research reports, and other written materials.

1988 – 1992: North America P.R. / Media Manager, Mitsui OSK Lines America (MOLAM), Long Beach, California. Responsible for branding, media and public relations, advertising placement, and creative promotional work including monthly newsletter editorial, brochure development, trade show involvement, video production, and speaker’s bureau for one of the largest ocean carriers in the world. MOLAM’s parent company is one of the largest steamship lines in the world and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Simultaneously served in the same capacity with the Transpacific Container Service Corp., MOL’s U.S. West Coast terminal- operating subsidiary.

Also completed writing and consulting assignments for a number of transportation and trade –related entities including the Georgia Ports Authority, the Port of New Orleans, the Port of Hueneme, Direct Container Line, Columbus Lines, the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance, the Port of Long Beach, the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California, the Bay Area Economic Alliance, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Alliance, and the California State Assembly.


  • B.A. (Journalism) – California State University-Northridge. Northridge, California.
  • A.A. (English) – Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California
  • Certificate in International Business – Institute of International Studies & Training, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Tokyo, Japan.


Honorable Discharge – United States Coast Guard.

Communications, Insurance Services , Employee Benefits and Planning

Mr. White entered the financial services field over 25 years ago. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and has taken several postgraduate courses in estate and business planning. He has also earned the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Mr. White is a planning professional, specializing in complex estate, business succession, retirement and investment issues; and has a clientele consisting of high net worth individuals, business owners, executives, professionals and retirees.

As a Senior Estate Planning Consultant, Dan confers and coordinates with other advisors and national brokerage firms on the financial aspects of estate and business transfer planning. He is affiliated with Sagemark Consulting, a nationally registered Financial Advisory Firm that is a subsidiary of the Lincoln National Corporation.

Dan has been affiliated with the National Association of Life Underwriters, the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council, the American Society of CLU & ChFC and the International Association of Financial Planners.


Robert brings over 25 years’ professional experience with 21 years within the strategic market research sector. Robert possesses an in-depth understanding of global consumer research from both a client and agency/supplier perspective.

Robert’s background includes global primary marketing research ioacross hundreds of releases/franchises/brands covering all entertainment consumer windows (Film, TV/Cable, DVD/BD, Video Gaming).

Robert’s has extensive domestic and international marketing research experience, primary research encompassing the global entertainment consumer, franchise engagement/growth/retention across all lines of business, brand health, and franchise equity. In his prior role, Robert is currently a EVP Strategy and Insights at Maru…a global full service research firm with multi-sector expertise.

Prior, Robert was Senior Vice President Entertainment Strategy and Insights at Interpret, where he led their entertainment vertical for over four years. While there, Robert oversaw large-scale, time-sensitive custom and continuous multicultural primary research studies (i.e. creative ad testing, intent to consume, intent to view, positioning studies, concept tests, distribution/dating analysis, advertising strategies, brand equity/health research, multicultural longitudinal consumer tracking, and consumer A&U’s) to help clients gain a comprehensive understanding of the global entertainment consumer across channels of consumption. Prior to Interpret, Robert served many senior level research roles.

As General Manager of Toluna’s Global Entertainment practice, he worked with entertainment clients across the media landscape, including HE/In-Home, Theatrical and Game while gaining a deep global understanding of sampling strategy and methodology.

Prior to that, Robert ran a prospering entertainment market research consultancy that led the way in becoming a recognized thought leader in the area of consumer insights and unifying primary survey “ask” results with all important “listen” social media metrics to drive consumer insights. Robert then spent nearly six years at Online Testing Exchange as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Insights, where he built-up and spearheaded a successful team in supplying multicultural consumer insights to major and independent studio clientele.

Prior to OTX, he held numerous studio-side market research management positions at two different motion picture studios (Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.)

NATHANIEL TRIVES – Former Mayor, City of California


I believe the most rewarding service is volunteerism and to that end, I have dedicated my working years to improving the quality of life for those less fortunate than me and my family. Having retired from my professional career in public service on July 1, 1997, I continue my volunteer service in many capacities.


1969-1974 Master of Public Administration, University of California at Los Angeles
1964-1968 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Cal. State University, Los Angeles
1952-1954 Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice, Santa Monica College


1979-1999 Special Master & Auditor Monitor, U.S. Federal Court, Northern District of Calif.
1990-1997 Deputy Superintendent & Chief Gov. Relations Officer, Santa Monica College 1990-1995; Executive Assistant to the Pres. & member of the President’s Cabinet (1995-1997).
1969-2014 Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice and Affirmative Action Officer, Cal.State University, Los Angeles
1969-2014 Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice & Political Science, Santa Monica College
1997-2014 Professor of Political Science, SMC Emeritus College (Part-time)


  • City of Santa Monica , Former Mayor and member of the City Council New Visions Foundation, Past Chair of the BOD
  • Santa Monica Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair and member BOD Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Past Member and Chair
  • Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, Past Vice Chair & member of the BOA
  • Santa Monica Bay Area Region of the National Conference of Community and Justice, Past General Chair and Member of the National BOD.
  • Santa Monica College Associates, Past President and Member of BOD Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition, Past Chair and current Treasurer
  • Rotary Club of Santa Monica, Past President for year 2013-14
  • Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Past President & Member BOD
  • Santa Monica Sister City Association, Past President and member of the BOD
  • CSULA, Pat Brown Institute for Public Policy, Vice Chair, Board of Advisors
  • Santa Monica/Venice Branch NAACP, Life Member
  • Santa Monica Sister City Assn. Foundation, Past President & Treasurer & Member of BOD
  • California Commission on Judicial Performance, Public Member


1972 Peace Officers Research Association of California, Leadership Award
1974 Santa Monica Bay District Board of Realtors, Certificate of Appreciation
1974 City of Mazatlan, Mexico, Honorary Citizen Award
1975 City of Fujinomiya, Japan, Honorary Citizen Award
1976 City of Paris, France, LeMedaille de Vermeil
1976 City of Hamm, Germany, Honorary Member, International Club of Hamm
1977 LA Regional Criminal Justice Planning Board, Award for Outstanding & Dedicated Leadership while serving as Board Chairman
1978 Who’s Who National Publication, Listed as Who’s Who in Black America
1978 California State Assembly & Senate, Resolution of Commendation for 20 Years Service in the Field of Criminal Justice 1979 US Department of State, Commendation for Participating in West German Minority Exchange program to Study Minority Involvement in German Society
1979 City of Taipei, Taiwan ROC, Honorary Citizen Award
1980 US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution
1984 Crossroads School, Dedicated the naming of the Nathaniel Trives Administration Building, in honor of Service to the School as President & Chairman of the Board
1985 The Santa Monica Bay Area Chapter of the National Conference of Christians & Jews , Humanitarian Award
1987 Santa Monica Lions Club, Community Service Award
1993 Santa Monica College, Outstanding Achievement Award/Pres. Clinton Visit
1993 California Community College League, Distinguished Alumni Award
1994 Crossroads School, Celebration to Benefit “Nathaniel Trives Minority Scholarship Fund”
1994 Governor Pete Wilson, Commendation for Public Service Work in Education
1997 SMC ASB Presented a Bronze Sculptured Head of Nat Trives for Service to Students
1997 Chamber of Commerce, Certificate of Appreciation
1997 African American Parents, Students & Staff, Distinguished Male Award
1998 NCCJ Humanitarian Award (Wife Ida & Nat were joint recipients) 1998 Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Community Service Award
1998 US District Court, Judicial Commendation for 19 years work as Special Master for the San Francisco Police Department EEOC Consent Decree
1999 Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Community Service Award
2002 Chamber of Commerce Roy E. Naylor, Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition‘s, Lifetime Achievement Award
2006 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Twenty Pearls Heritage Award
2006 LULAC’s Family Humanitarian Award
2010 New Visions Foundation, Recognition Award as Founding Board President
2011 SM Breakfast Club’s, Award for Extraordinary Commitment to the Dental Needs of Children
2013 CA Assembly Resolution of Commendation for Lifetime Achievement in Public Service
2014 Juneteenth Speech to the Boeing Black Employees Association in Huntington Beach
2014 Grand Marshal of Santa Monica’s 4th of July Parade


Advisor for: Field Applications and Installations

Successfully operated his own Heating and Air Conditioning business in Orange County for over 30 years .

Karl is an advisor for SolarWind’s Heating and Air Conditioning applications.

JARED D. GERBER – Senior Consultant

ADVISOR: Web Design, Site, Internet Communications & Social Media

Since the company’s founding in 1992, Jared has set the standard for high-level customer care and ROI-focusedsolutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Jared has assembled a team of the best web designers in LA to create specialized web design solutions that communicate your brand image to the world and achieve your marketing goals affordably. His background includes application development, systems analysis & design, database development, client/server and custom programming assignments at leading companies including Rockwell Federal Credit Union, NBC Studios, California United Bank and SSI Investment Management, Inc. Jared loves to travel and when he’s not on his laptop with buds in his ears, he can be found trekking with his family across the globe.

Imagine IT: Advanced Web Design, Maintenance & Hosting

Imagine IT is a software development and consulting firm specializing in web technology. We develop advanced business websites and custom applications delivered on corporate Intranets. Whether you need a business website, e-commerce solution, or web-based training program for your employees, our team has the tools, knowledge and experience to ensure the success of your project.


Legal, Taxes, Financial and Media Management

Mr. Raymond T. Bennett operates a consulting practice in the Telecommunication and Entertainment industries advising on Federal and International tax matters, and Federal Telecommunication regulatory and legislative matters.

Mr. Bennett was Vice President, Public Affairs and Taxes, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.  At Fox, Mr. Bennett was instrumental in effecting the film industry’s successful landmark provisions in the Copyright and Tax Reform Acts of 1976.  As Chairman of the Board of Fox Movie-Tone News, Bennett was responsible for the preservation of this valuable film library and it’s gift to the University of South Carolina.  After Fox, Bennett was Vice President-Taxes for MGM/UA Entertainment Co., in both Los Angeles and Atlanta following TBS’ acquisition of MGM/UA.

Mr. Bennett was executive producer of “The Priceless Gift”, “Lights, Camera, Action” and “Dynamics of Energy Future”, film documentaries produced for Twentieth Century Fox and is the author of “Taxation of the Motion Picture and TV Industry” published by the University of Southern California Tax Institute and Price Waterhouse.  He is a member of numerous professional organizations.  He was chairman of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and sat on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Capital Legal Foundation and Media Institute, all based in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bennett, is a native of New York City, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and juris doctor from Fordham Law School and is a member of the New York Bar, Admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Military Appeals.