Partial Advisory Board
Publishing and Media
Beth Davey: Literary and Publishing
Beth has spent over twenty-five years as a vice president and director of publicity and corporate communications at major publishing houses--including Ballantine Books; Little, Brown; and Rodale—as well as two years at Inkwell Management. She has worked with many distinguished authors, such as David Sedaris, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Anita Shreve, Malcolm Gladwell, George Pelecanos, Seymour Hersh, George Stephanopoulos, Joy Bauer, Gary Vaynerchuk, Peter Greenberg, David Kidder, and Noah Oppenheim. Beth has excellent working relationships with many major media outlets, including 60 Minutes, Today, NPR, USA Today, huffingtonpost.com and slate.com, to name a few. Beth works closely with her authors and publishers to provide the best media and marketing exposure to maximize a book’s potential. She has been active in the Publishers Publicity Association.
Ivan Filby, PhD: Education and Media
Born just outside of Cambridge, England, Ivan completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in Management at Aston Business School, Aston University, one of Europe’s leading business schools. He taught fulltime in the School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, for seven years and subsequently worked internationally for eight years as the University’s first Director of International Student Affairs. Ivan has been a visiting professor at the University Anahuac del Sur and the University Anahuac in Mayab, Mexico and Siena, Italy. He has taught in over twenty countries on a wide range of management topics. In 2005, Ivan moved to Greenville College in Illinois to become Chair of the Management Department, where, among other things, he launched a music business major and restructured AgapeFest, the college’s annual music festival. In 2012 Ivan became the Dean of the Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University, and he is now the President of Greenville College.
Ron Forseth: Marketing and Media
Ron has been a Westfall Gold Ambassador since 2014 and is V.P. for Development. Westfall Group is a world-class consultancy for non-profit organizations that has delivered over 300 events and raised over $550 million for its clients. For ten years, Ron worked for Outreach, Inc., the largest faith-based advertiser in the world. Along with many diverse roles, Ron was V.P. for Business Development and General Manager of Outreach Media Group. Ron developed marketing and advertising for hundreds of organizations, projects and movies, such as The Passion of the Christ; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and God’s Not Dead. Ron was also V.P. of Marketing and Sales for Through the Bible Publishers. He served as Director of Program Development for Aquila, International (Shanghai, China).
Alan C. Hueth, PhD: Education, Film, and Media
Alan is a writer, producer, director, and editor of over 300 contracted projects, including corporate media, sports, music, documentaries, commercials, and short films. He is a college professor, supervisor, and executive producer for a student-operated college television station. Alan has served as a judge for both professional and student TV and film festivals, along with directing and editing 10 half-hour interview shows. These programs were called Image of Loveliness with author Joanne Wallace.Alan is creator of PLNU’s Theatre London Summer Study Program, which focuses on film & TV documentary production and propaganda studies. He has also created PLNU’s Sundance Film Festival Program, in which students screen films and shoot a short documentary at the Sundance Film Festival every other year.Alan received his B.A. in Information and Communication Studies from California State University, his M.A. in Radio & Television from San Diego State University, and his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, Ohio.Alan consults with and serves on numerous boards for professional media organizations.
Mark Joseph: Marketing, Media, and Publishing
Mark Joseph is an award-winning film and music producer, author, columnist, and founder of MJM Entertainment Group. Mark started his career in television, anchoring the Entertainment Report for CNN. He spent the next decade hosting The Interview, with guests like Larry King, Charlton Heston, and Jay Leno. He worked at Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment in the areas of development and marketing. In 2004, he produced the award-winning rock soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ, featuring Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Creed, Kirk Franklin, and others. He also worked on marketing for that film. Mark has developed and/or marketed 26 films, including The Chronicles of Narnia, 2016, Ray, Because of Winn-Dixie, I Am David, and The Ultimate Gift. In 2004, he co-produced two short films, Cupid and The Bridge, with producer Ralph Winter. In 2001, Joseph co-founded the Damah Film Festival. Mark is the author of four books: The Rock & Roll Rebellion; Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll; Wild Card; and The Lion, The Professor & The Movies. He won a Capra Award for his work as producer of the film Doonby and a GMA Music Award for his work as producer of The Passion of the Christ: Songs. Mark is a regular contributor to Foxnews.com and The Huffington Post and the founder and publisher of BullyPulpit.com. He is currently producing the feature film Reagan (2023).
Finance, Strategy and Technology
Brian Britt: Finance
Brian has been helping individuals and institutions protect and grow their wealth since 1983, with experience ranging from senior advisory positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch, to his current role as a Managing Director at Concert Wealth Management, a Silicon Valley-based investment advisory firm managing over $1.5 billion in assets. In years past, Brian was the host of the Brian Britt Show, presented by the San Diego Union Tribune, where he interviewed some of America’s best-selling authors and top business leaders, revealing the secrets of their business and personal success. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Business at Saint John’s University and has been a student of investing and financial planning for all of his adult life. He is an accomplished pianist and former pro-am polo player.
Harvey Hershkowitz: Technology
Harvey has a notable track record serving on numerous boards, spring-boarding start-ups, raising capital and positioning corporations in the global market. He has successfully spearheaded companies in information technology, business, residential and commercial development, healthcare, and pharmaceutical and healthcare construction. He has spent more than 30 years in the healthcare industry, including consulting, information technology, software, sales, professional services, management, building, and development.He has also served on numerous boards and advisory groups within the healthcare industry. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dennis Hollingsworth: Education and Strategy
Former State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth is a business, political, and development consultant and a real estate investor. His firm specializes in assisting clients in the areas of government relations, public relations, entitlement processing, habitat regulations, and successful negotiation of regulatory processes. His real estate business executes investment strategies in commercial, industrial, and mixed-use developments. Senator Hollingsworth served in the California State legislature for ten years, first in the Assembly from 2000 to 2002, and then in the Senate from 2002 to 2010. He was the Senate Minority Leader in 2009-2010. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the board of trustees for Linfield Christian School and is a member of the boards of the Healthy Valley Foundation and the Central Coast Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Association and a member of the Murrieta-Temecula Group. He and his wife and three children live in Murrieta.
Raghu Iyer, MA, MBA: Finance and Technology
Raghu has twenty years of global experience in management consulting, corporate strategy, financial operations, and cross- border business technology management in financial services and private equity. He has worked for McKinsey Singapore in private banking, wealth management, and private equity in the Asia-Pacific region; Morgan Stanley on the London, Madrid, and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges; Oracle Corporation on business data intelligence and financial projects; and CIO of Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX). Raghu has also consulted with Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, and Standard & Poor’s in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Raghu has an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. in Mining/Mineral Engineering from the University of Alaska. He attended the Global Advanced Management program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India.