Samuel Garrison is the Vice President of Civic Initiatives for Caruso Affiliated, one of the nation's most innovative real estate development firms. In this capacity, Sam works closely with the CEO and the development group on civic engagement projects and public policy issues.
Prior to joining Caruso Affiliated, Sam was a Director at the High Lantern Group (HLG), a public affairs firm specializing in strategic positioning and thought leadership. Before working with Caruso, Sam was Vice President of Public Policy for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he led the organization’s involvement in wide-range of policy initiatives including leadership roles in two successful statewide political reform ballot initiatives.
Sam began his career on Capitol Hill as a personal aide to Senator Dianne Feinstein and later as Senior Legislative Aide to Congressman Adam B. Schiff. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Communications Deputy and Press Secretary to a member of the Los Angeles City Council.
A fifth generation Angeleno, Sam graduated from Harvard-Westlake School, University of Southern California, and Loyola Law School. He is an active member of the State Bar of California. Sam lives in Pasadena with his wife and two young sons.
Greg Willsey is a Partner & Head of Operations at Monogram Capital, a Los Angeles based investment firm focused exclusively on consumer and retail companies. Greg works across all aspects of Monogram’s investments from sourcing and diligence to deal structuring and operations. He takes a very hands-on operational role with portfolio companies, working with management to define and execute their strategy, investments, executive team composition, go-to-market strategy, budgeting and financial reporting.
Before joining Monogram, Greg was the CFO and COO at POM Wonderful where his responsibilities included setting the company’s strategy and budgets, establishing all pricing and trade, managing a large sales team, creating management KPIs, financial reports and incentive plans, and leading a multi-year, cross-functional initiative to transform POM’s profitability. Prior to POM, Greg worked at the parent company, The Wonderful Company, where he led the screening and diligence of all potential acquisitions as well as select portfolio company initiatives. Before that, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on improving well-known consumer brands.
He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School (both with distinction), as well as the Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest (summa cum laude). Greg is a member of the California State Bar and resides in Santa Monica.
Joel Scott is an author, educator, and business owner. After receiving a Bachelors Degrees in Physics and Biology from SUNY at Albany and then a Masters Degree in Computer Science from SUNY at Albany, he began his career at their Atmospheric Research Center studying energy conservation.
After two years Mr. Scott formed his own computer software and business consulting company. By the early 1990s the company was recognized as one of the world’s top resellers of, and experts on, GoldMine Customer Relationship Management software. As a renowned expert, Mr. Scott was hired to write three editions of GoldMine for Dummies and to co-author several editions of Microsoft CRM for Dummies. His focus on building and developing client relationships makes him a key resource for ACP.
After selling his New England-based business in 2006, Mr. Scott and his wife Debbie of 35 years moved from Connecticut to a lake in North Carolina. Since then, he has continued to write, to consult and most recently to officiate at USTA tennis tournaments.