Ricky Schlesinger: Eagle Creek, Inc., Retired Executive Vice President, Chair

Ricky is a retired Executive Vice President of Eagle Creek Travel Gear and has been with them since 1979. Eagle Creek was the pioneer of adventure travel gear category in the 1980’s in the outdoor and luggage specialty markets. In 1999 Ricky received the Outdoor Industry Leadership Excellence Award and in 2002 was awarded the annual Travel Goods Association “Man of the Year”. Ricky currently sits on the Executive Board of the Travel Goods Association as the Past Chairman and has led their strategic planning efforts. He was on the Advisory Board of Travel Goods magazine for 5 years. Ricky is active in his community and on the Board of Directors of the Vista Buddhist Temple, and a community leader in his local Friends of Leucadia. He has also spearheaded charitable efforts with Eagle Creek such as Children of Nepal and the North County Food Bank.

Doug Burke: Cognitive Medical Systems, President

Doug Burke is the President of Cognitive Medical Systems.  Doug drives the strategic vision for the Company and manages the Company’s Sales, Marketing, and Business Development.  Mr. Burke has 21 years of enterprise software and technology startup experience.  Mr. Burke has participated in 8 startup companies in his career, 5 of which have had successful exits.  Prior to Cognitive Medical Systems, Mr. Burke held executive-level positions at DefenseWeb Technologies, Simile Software, Keylime Software, HNC Software, GlobeSet, and SAIC. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California (1990) and an MS in Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh (1994). Doug has two sons, William and Ryan, and enjoys running, swimming, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, surfing, and spending time with his kids and his dog in the outdoors.

Todd Cantor: Senior Manager, IT, Qualcomm Inc

A native San Diegan, Todd attended the University of California at Santa Barbara majoring in Political Science where he continued to cultivate his passion for the outdoors while mountain biking on the many trails in the Santa Barbara coastal and inland backcountry proving grounds. Through a series of fortunate events and luck, Todd found his passion—climbing long free routes in the mountains of the Western United States, always returning home, where he was first introduced to Chris Rutgers. “My roles have changed from a leader in the mountains to a leader in my home.  Being a father has given me a better perspective on the insignificance of my own achievements, and the importance of passing along wisdom that can only be achieved through trial by fire. I see that same wisdom in the eyes of the young people due to their Outdoor Outreach experience which further fires my desire to contribute to ensure the overall well being of the organization.”

David Gell: Cygnus Broadband, CTO

Dave is currently the CTO at Cygnus Broadband, a San Diego-based applied research company, which he co-founded in 2010.  Now a subsidiary of WiLAN (WIN.TO), Cygnus develops advanced solutions for next generation mobile and data center networks with ongoing research in the areas of user experience, streaming video, and software defined networks (SDN).  Dave previously held the role of CTO & VP Engineering at Solectek Corporation leading the company’s technology, product marketing and development efforts. Prior to his work at Solectek, he served as VP Engineering at and at Hewlett-Packard with increasing responsibility in both R&D and Operations.Dave has 18 patents issued and pending in the area of wireless, video and cloud technology.  He earned his MSEE and BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.  Dave lives in San Diego with his wife Betsy and their two children.  In his time outside the office, Dave enjoys road & mountain biking, skiing and hiking.  He is (very slowly) preparing for a Denali summit attempt with his son, likely sometime in 2014.

Sergio Langarica: Sony Electronics Inc., Director of International Trade

Sergio’s fondest memories as a child were riding his bicycle on BMX trails amid agricultural fields near the ocean in Oxnard, California, going deep sea fishing with his father, and camping at Kern River with dozens of his extended family members. He also remembers growing up in impoverished neighborhoods where gangs and drugs were rampant. Later in life, as a student at the University of California San Diego, a mountain bike became his main means of transportation and Rose Canyon became his daily nature retreat going to and from school. On a study abroad program in Brazil, a friend led him through a weeklong backpacking trek through Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia. And when living in Guadalajara, Mexico a friend introduced him to rock climbing. There is something special that happens when he interacts with nature that helps keep him focused when he returns to work, school or his family. For the last 12 years, Sergio has been employed with Sony Electronics Inc. in San Diego where he is currently Director of International Trade responsible for all import / export issues in the Americas Region. He earned a high school degree at the American School in Guadalajara, Mexico, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California San Diego, an academic year abroad at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Monterey Institute of Technology in Mexico (ITESM). In his Outdoor Outreach future, he will be sharing his passion for the outdoors and showing others how it has helped him become a better person.

Esther Northrup: Senior Director, State Regulatory Affairs at Cox Communication

Esther Northrup is the Senior Director of State Regulatory Affairs in California for Cox Communications. She is responsible for policy advocacy before the California Public Utilities Commission and other state regulatory agencies, and operational compliance with California regulations.  Esther is a 20-year, telecommunications-industry veteran, working for San Diego start-ups and large organizations such as XO, Comcast and Cox.  Esther earned a B.A. in Broadcast/Cable from Penn State University and a J.D. from California Western School of Law. Originally from Philadelphia, Esther happily has called San Diego “home” since 1991.

Ted Reguly: Director, Customer Programs and Assistance at San Diego Gas and Electric

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Ted Reguly is the director of Customer Programs and Projects for Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). He is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and integration of comprehensive customer offerings related to Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Customer Service, while overseeing customer facing projects, and privacy. He was recently named one of the Top 15 Smart Grid leaders in the electric industry by FierceSmartGrid. Reguly delivered over $20 million per year in cost savings realization and began transforming the utility and customer relationship. Reguly is on the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Consortium for Energy Efficiency boards, and is actively involved with the, UCLA Smart Grid Leadership Council, Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC), Green Button, and the Zigbee Alliance. Reguly is a registered California Mechanical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State, Long Beach and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University.

David Rutgers: Kaye, Rose, Maltzman, LLP, Director of Administration

David is the director of administration for Kaye, Rose & Maltzman, LLP, a prominent San Diego law firm. He has over 30 years of experience as a business manager, comptroller and administrator, and previously owned and operated his own financial consulting business. From 1987 to 1997, he served as business manager for Bodkin, McCarthy, Sargent & Smith, one of Los Angeles’ premier law firms. From 1981 to 1987, Mr. Rutgers was employed with McKittrick, Jackson, DeMarco & Peckenpaugh as well as Zobrist, Vienna & McCullough, both of which are prominent Los Angeles firms. He is responsible for administration of all four offices of Kaye, Rose & Maltzman, LLP as well as the firm’s long-term administrative and business planning. He also handles facilities, technology management and human resources.


Roger Spatz: Eagle Creek, Inc., President

Roger Spatz Roger Spatz is the President of Eagle Creek, a local, leading outdoor apparel company. Roger has over 30 years of experience in several apparel and manufacturing industries as well as a strong background in progressive leadership, finance, and IT.  Roger holds an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University and Bachelor of Science in Business and Computer Science from Juniata College.


Aaron Tankersley: MicroPower Technologies, President and CEO

Aaron Tankersley is currently President and CEO of MicroPower Technologies. MicroPower manufactures solar-powered wireless surveillance platforms applicable to a variety of markets. Aaron was previously the CEO of Pixon Imaging Inc., president of an HSBC operating subsidiary where he had direct responsibility for over $10B of assets generating several hundred million of revenue and profit. Prior to joining HSBC, he was a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group where he led transformational engagements for Fortune 1000 companies in the U.S. and Asia Pacific. Aaron holds an MBA from UCLA, BS from Columbia University and BA from Claremont McKenna College. Currently, he lives in San Diego with his wife Jennifer and three children. In his limited free time, Aaron loves spending time outdoors surfing, mountain biking, hiking and running.

Nancy Tran: UTC Aerospace Systems, Inventory Program Manager

Nancy Tran- Board Member HeadshotNancy Tran is a former Outdoor Outreach participant of the first Adventure Club at Hoover High School in San Diego. In 2010, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduating, she became a volunteer with Outdoor Outreach while working as an Account Manager for a San Diego based channel solutions company, Computer Market Research, Ltd. Currently, Nancy is working for UTC Aerospace Systems (United Technologies Corporation), one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products, as an Inventory Program Manager. She also participates as the Community Outreach Lead for the Early Professionals Organization, an employee network group within UTC. When possible, Nancy enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors –hiking, running, rock climbing, yoga, and participating in outdoor team sports.