ACG 101 Webinar: Leading Through the Unexpected – 2020: Glancing Back & Forging Ahead


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July 23, 2020 5 PM - 6:15 PM PDT

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Please join ACG 101 for a special CEO Roundtable on July 23rd. CNBC Correspondent, Jane Wells, will host a candid conversation with Mike Muench, CEO of Seek Thermal, Pam Kessler, Co-President and CFO of LTC Properties, Kevin Grauman, CEO of QLess and Michael Castagna, CEO of MannKind. We will hear how these industry leaders have faced the unexpected challenges of the first half of 2020, and how they are leading their companies into the second half of the year.

From COVID-19 and its ongoing impact on businesses and their employees, to social unrest and equality, learn how CEO's are stepping up to address the issues businesses are facing in 2020. Learn how they are creating resilient and flexible business cultures to be prepared for the future.


Jane Wells

Jane Wells (Moderator)

Special Correspondent

Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and Based in Los Angeles, she also contributes to CNBC’s breaking news coverage.

Wells assumed her current role after more than 20 years as a CNBC reporter. Most recently, she covered retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California’s economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas for the network. Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for “Rivera Live.” During her career at the network, Wells also served as a senior correspondent for CNBC’s “Upfront Tonight.” She also helped create the “Strange Success” franchise for CNBC Make It, and produces a companion podcast.

Prior to joining CNBC, she was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Los Angeles reporter for NBC’s flagship television station, WNBC, in New York. Her television news career includes reporter positions with KTTV, Los Angeles; WTVJ, Miami; and KOB, Albuquerque. She has also contributed international reports for CNN.

Wells has received numerous honors for her work, including a 1992 Peabody Award and duPont Award for her role in the live coverage of the Rodney King Trial. That same year, she earned a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting. She also has received UPI, Press Club and Emmy Awards for feature reporting; three Florida Emmy Awards for news reporting; and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for team reporting.

Wells holds bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and philosophy from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors. She and her husband have two children and live in Los Angeles.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.


Michael Castagna


Entrepreneurial executive with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, medical affairs and strategic development in Fortune 500 companies as well as privately held biotech start-ups. Proven pre-launch and launch experience on over 15 brands in seven distinct disease states with global sales ranging from $250M to over $2Billion. Disciplined, results-driven leader with a personal commitment to developing people and working cross-functionally to achieve core objectives in highly complex and competitive disease states. Specialty disease state expertise: Oncology, Nephrology, GI, Psoriasis, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Endocrinology, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Infertility.

Kevin Grauman

Kevin Grauman

President & CEO

Kevin is no stranger to the startup world — he brings with him a proven track record as a successful US-based executive leader and groundbreaking entrepreneur who has founded, financed, grown, and sold several innovative companies in the services, SaaS and consulting arenas. Kevin has also held successful executive operating and advisory roles in strategy, delivery, technology, marketing and channel development, as a “hired gun” for tier-1 venture capitalists, growth equity firms and executive leadership teams. Kevin’s passions and focus are towards exciting and paradigm-shifting business opportunities that have the potential to change the way that business is done forever … and with meaningful human impact. Standout work has won Kevin recognition as one of the “100 Superstars of HR Outsourcing in the USA” by HRO Today Magazine. Additionally, his high performance leadership at the helm of The Outsource Group led the company to the #1 position on the prestigious INC500 list, as the fastest growing company in the USA.

Kevin is also the recipient of the prominent Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, is a published author, regularly provides expert business insights to the US venture capital community, and is regularly sought by media, pundits, analysts and business owners for his counsel on all things startup and human capital related. Culturally, Kevin is an operating leader – he is happiest rolling up his sleeves and directly participating in solving challenges … collaboratively, with purpose and with business impact. He is not interested in “politic-ing” … ever! He is organized, demanding, precise … but fair, relying on competent partners, good ideas, and unselfish efforts. His primary motivations are demonstrating and achieving excellence, engendering high-degrees of trust, being “present”, and exhibiting honest empathy.

Kevin hails from South Africa, is a university post-graduate, he is married, has two college-aged sons, and he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a passion for people dynamics; is fueled by intelligent, principled and defensible debate; is a lover of family, travel, red wine, single-malt scotch and golf (although, not necessarily in that order).

Pam Kessler

Pam Kessler

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
LTC Properties

Pam Kessler is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC), a $2.5 billion publicly traded health care REIT (real estate investment trust) that invests in seniors housing and skilled nursing properties throughout the United States. Ms. Kessler oversees all aspects of finance, accounting, corporate reporting, tax and investor relations and as well as LTC’s capital markets and key stakeholder engagement activities. With over 25 years of real estate experience, Ms. Kessler has demonstrated expertise in developing, leading and executing capital markets and financial planning and analysis activities. She joined LTC Properties in 2000 as the company’s Controller and has served as the CFO since 2007.

Prior to joining LTC Properties, Ms. Kessler was the Corporate Controller for a privately held commercial and multifamily real estate developer. She was also the Director of Financial Reporting for Irvine Apartment Communities, a Southern California apartment REIT spun out from The Irvine Company. Ms. Kessler also served as the Assistant Controller of the Inland Empire division of KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the nation’s largest publicly traded homebuilders. She began her career as a certified public accountant in the real estate group of Ernst and Young LLP. Ms. Kessler graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Currently, Ms. Kessler serves as an independent director and member of the audit committee of Physician’s Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) a $4.5 billion health care REIT that acquires, owns and manages medical office buildings and other health care properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and other health care providers throughout the United States. Ms. Kessler also serves on the Board of Governors and is a member of the real estate committee of Providence Tarzana Medical Center Foundation in Tarzana, California. Providence Tarzana is a 249-bed hospital serving the San Fernando Valley since 1973 and is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a national not-for-profit health system comprised of 50 hospitals and 829 clinics throughout the western part of the United States. Additionally, Ms. Kessler is a member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council at California Lutheran University’s School of Management and the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences Dean’s Leadership Society.

Mike Muench

Mike Muench

​CEO & President, Board Director
Seek Thermal

An accomplished leader in the technology industry, Mike joined Seek Thermal in 2015 to build a successful business around co-founders Bill Parish and Tim Fitzgibbons’ vision that thermal image technology can better the world if it’s made accessible to all. At Seek, he oversees and mentors the executive management team focused on the business, operations, product, sales and marketing arms of the company. In addition to managing the board of directors, business models and financing. Mike’s vast management background includes both start-ups and more than 10 years at Apple, the biggest global company and brand in the world. While at Apple, Mike served as Vice President of Apple Computer’s Consumer Division, overseeing product roadmaps and plans, in addition to all aspects of the commercialization such as marketing, distribution and sales. Previously, Mike was CEO and President of Line 6, the technology behind several revolutionary products, amps, processors and more for the music industry, where he grew the company to a $100M business and a successful exit to Yamaha. ​ Mike graduated from USC’s Marshall School of Business and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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