Magazine Publisher, Restaurateurs, Other Top Executives To Provide Inspiration At Emerging Professionals Leadership Summit

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The founders of Yard House, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and OC Metro Magazine are among keynote speakers at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Emerging Professionals Leadership Summit on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Hilton Irvine.

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Professionals Group is partnership with other well-known Southern California young professional groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Newport Beach Jaycees, OCTANe, The Elite OC, Future Leaders of Our Community (FLOC) and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA).

“This is the first event of its kind in Orange County,” said Tallia Hart, President/CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “The Summit is an unparalleled opportunity for young, aspiring professionals to meet and network with some of Orange County’s top business leaders.”

The Leadership Summit is aimed at young professionals, who are established in their career or fresh out of college. The goal is to expose them to effective leadership skills and techniques, in business and in life, by having successful leaders share their experiences.
Speakers include:

  •     Wing Lam, Owner, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
  •     Ivo Tjan, CEO, CommerceWest Bank
  •     Steele Platt, Founder, Yard House Restaurants
  •     Steve Churm, CEO, Churm Media
  •     Tallia Hart, President/CEO, Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  •     Shawn Green, co-Founder, JockTalk
  •     Quy Nguyen, CEO, Allyance
  •     Kevin Maloney, co-Founder, QuantumSphere
  •     Julian Harvey, Captain, Anaheim Police

Generous community sponsors including Concordia University Irvine’s School of Business and Professional Studies as title sponsor, and Discover Home Loans as platinum sponsor make this event possible.

Tickets are on sale through the Emerging Professionals website,, but are quickly being sold out.

The Emerging Professionals Leadership Summit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Hilton Irvine with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. that same day. For more information, including a full list of speakers and minute-by-minute schedule, please visit,

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