Board of Directors
Linda Mayer, Chairman of the Board
Linda Mayer has been transforming organizations to improve business results for over 25 years. With her unique ability to understand consumer behavior, she develops strategic plans to drive and meet demand. Demonstrating success in both privately and publicly held companies in consumer, industrial, and OEM products, she is passionate about helping companies and organizations to succeed.
Most recently, Ms. Mayer was President and CEO of SCHOTT North America, a $750m division of SCHOTT AG, a German global technology company, manufacturing specialty materials and glass components. As President and CEO, Linda was responsible for 7 business units with 14 manufacturing locations, 5 sales offices, an R&D facility and corporate offices. Prior to SCHOTT NA, Ms. Mayer served as the Vice President and General Manager for Global Marketing and Product Management of Genie, a $2.1 billion (2008) division of TEREX.
Prior to joining Genie, Linda Mayer spent two years with Rexnord Industries where she was specifically recruited to re-brand the company for private equity sale or IPO. She successfully implemented a brand consolidation, narrowing 110 unique brands to 1 with 3 distinct families, which contributed to 7% sales growth. While in this capacity, she faced her greatest transformative challenge. After a factory catastrophe, she served as the company spokesperson to the media and community. In this capacity, she was greatly involved in helping the community heal through compassionate communication and clarity on extensive available support programs.
While living in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Linda and her husband, Doug, purchased Brilliant Imaging, LLC, a wholesale film developer and custom printer. As business owners, they identified the demand for digital and optical printing and transformed the existing business model from film processing to digital printing.
Ms. Mayer has also held executive level positions with well-regarded brands such as Moen, John Deere, and Kohler. Ms. Mayer’s career began as an International Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she authored a manual on starting and operating a business. She also holds a Masters of Art from Johns Hopkins University in advanced international studies and a Bachelors degree from Stanford University.
Linda has served on several corporate boards including MTD, a $2b family owned manufacturer of lawn care equipment, Connor Sport Court International, a $60m private equity portfolio company, and Ann Sacks Tile and Stone. In addition, she served on the board of Kids In Need, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit and has been an active volunteer of Agros International.
Linda enjoys using her business experience, marketing skills and strategic planning knowledge to help organizations achieve their vision. Linda and her husband live in Laguna Hills and enjoy hiking, swimming, biking and the entire outdoor active lifestyle of southern California.
Douglas M. Pasquale, Vice Chairman of the Board
A resident of the Balboa Village in Newport Beach, Doug most recently served as Chairman, President & CEO of Nationwide Health Properties, an $8 billion REIT, from 2003 to 2011 (acquired by Ventas of Chicago in 2011). This was the largest public transaction on the history of Orange County.
In prior years, Mr. Pasquale also served as President & CEO of Atria Senior Living Group, Chairman & CEO of ARV Assisted Living, Inc., President & CEO of Richfield Hospitality Services, Inc. and Regal Hotels International. Doug is on the Board of Directors of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR), Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE: ALEX), DineEquity (NYSE:DIN), Terreno Realty Corporation (NYSE: TRNO) and Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE: SHO).
Doug brings enormous expertise in strategic planning, financial and operations administration and a love of the ocean to the Board of ExplorOcean. Doug joined the board with a commitment for ExplorOcean to be the catalyst for the revitalization of the Balboa Village.
A long distance runner and avid cyclist, Doug can be seen tooling around the harbor on his Duffy with his wife Terri entertaining their family and friends. Their beautiful Mediterranean style home is less than 100 yards from ExplorOcean and has served as the venue for many prominent fund raisers for the organization.
Doug brings a visionary perspective to the ongoing revitalization efforts of the Balboa Village to the Board. His wife Terri served on the Balboa Citizens Advisory Committee whose recommendations for revitalizing the Village were adopted by the City Council in 2012.
Robert van Schoonenberg, Secretary – Governance Committee Chairman
A Newport Beach resident, Mr. van Schoonenberg currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bay Point Capital Partners, LLC and Co-Managing Partner of AmeriCap Partners, LLA. He is the Director of
In prior years, Bob served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison Corporation– an S&P 500 Company. He was also Director of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, Trustee of the Los Angeles Bar Association, Chair of the Bar’s Corporate Law Section, and Governor of the Institute of Corporate Counsel.
He has been active on the Boards of the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Cancer Society and Boy Scouts of America.
His extensive merits span Distinguished Alumnus Award –Marquette University, Global Counsel Award for Competition – International Law Office London, Outstanding Corporate Counsel – Los Angeles County Bar, and Outstanding Leadership Award – American Cancer Society. In 2003, Bob was inducted into the Netherlands America Foundation Hall of Fame, which honors such notable figures with Dutch heritage as Walter Cronkite and John Amerma.
Bob serves as the head of ExplorOcean’s Governance Committee (includes recruitment of Board Members) and also as expert legal adviser to the board on a diverse range of business related topics.
Bob enjoys a love of the ocean living at the end of the Balboa Peninsula and when not out on his Duffy, he rides his motorcycles cross country and enjoys traveling around the world with his lovely wife Sandy.
Scott Calder, Assistant Treasurer – Finance Committee
Scott Calder has been a resident of Newport Beach since 1975. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of California Berkeley and has a military career in the US Army Reserve where he attained the rank of captain.
Mr. Calder is a licensed Real Estate Broker with over 45 years’ experience in commercial Real Estate Finance and is currently the Vice President of Pacific Southwest Realty Services. Scott Calder sits on the Board of Directors of California Mortgage Bankers Association and of Orange County Chapter of Lambda Alpha, an honorary professional society dealing with land economics and related fields.
Scott Calder’s other charitable affiliations include his seat on the Advisory Board for KidWorks, an organization that invests in the future of Orange County’s youth.
Scott is a lifelong boater and he and his wife Jane make frequent trips to Catalina. Their classic powerboat has served as the platform for ExplorOcean’s entry in the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade for the past two years.
Jim Salomon, Director – Chairman of Building & Waterfront Design Committee
A resident of Newport Beach, Jim has specialized in commercial construction for over twenty years. Jim is president at Questar Construction and is an expert in building LEED certified projects, including parking structure and many commercial related design/build projects. Jim has developed a good working relationship and earned respect with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., the State of California Office of Statewide Healthcare Planning and Development, O.S.H.P.D plan checkers, consulting engineers and several renowned architectural firms.
Jim supports several very high profile and deserving charities including ExplorOcean, Olive Crest, and Oceana. Jim joined the board of ExplorOcean as it brings together his love for the environment and improving Children’s lives through education.
Jim serves as Chairman of the ExplorOcean Building and Waterfront Design Committee coordinating all of the vendors supporting the Capital Campaign. This includes many volunteer hours of working with our architect, educational attraction designers, California Coastal Commission consultants, managing the entitlement process with the City of Newport
In the free time we allow him, Jim has a love and passion for classic car collecting and loves to pilot his vehicles at high speed around the race track. He and his wife Nancy and their grown children enjoy the Islands of Hawaii at their vacation home where they reconnect with the ocean several times a year.
Dr. Craig Smith, Director – Building & Waterfront Design Committee
Newport Beach resident Dr. Craig Smith’s forty-year career has combined engineering design and construction of major projects involving advanced technologies. He began as an Assistant Professor of Engineering at UCLA. After leaving UCLA, he formed a high technology R & D company (ANCO Engineers, Inc.) that developed advanced instrumentation and data acquisition systems and some of the world’s largest structural vibrators for seismic tests of high-rise buildings, dams, nuclear power plants, and other large structures.
In 1992, Craig joined Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall (DMJM) where he held several positions before retiring in 2003, as President and Chairman of DMJM-Holmes and Narver. Craig was responsible for the direction and management of many large public works projects including airport expansion, mass transit, and energy and power. He has sailed, dove, and fished in the Hawaiian Islands and Tahiti, along the Pacific coast, Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, and in the Caribbean.
After retiring, Craig turned to his passion of writing full-time and authored How the Great Pyramid was Built., Extreme Waves, and Lightning: Fire from the Sky. He has spoken all over the country, most recently the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to a packed audience of veterans.
His philanthropic interests include serving on the Board of ExplorOcean and the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation.
Craig is a key member of our Building and Waterfront Design Committee and lends his expertise in strategic planning, project engineering and commercial construction to our Capital Campaign. He and his wife Nancy enjoy the ocean and have traveled extensively around the world
Timothy C. Collins
A long-time resident of Newport Beach, Timothy C. Collins lends his 30 years of real estate development and finance experience to ExplorOcean. Mr. Collins graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a B.A. in Commerce.
His early career included public accounting practice as a licensed C.P.A. Since founding T.C. Collins and Associates in 1987, Tim has managed over 150 assignments, of which 40 plus projects included the continuum of development, master planning, entitlement, and construction management services.
Tim also oversees T.C. Collins & Associates, Inc.’s Property Management of 1.1.million square feet of multi-tenant commercial/industrial properties. Tim serves on the Advisory Board of Cornerstone Realty Fund, a public real estate investment fund. A former Commodore of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Tim enjoys the ocean with his wife Sheila, his family and friends on frequent trips to Catalina Island. Tim has been a board member for five years. He has been an enthusiastic and tireless supporter of the K-12 educational mission of ExplorOcean.
Tim brings his passion for the ocean to the Board along with his strategic business skill for obtaining measurable results for the organizations activities. He is also known for his negotiating skill and for maintaining relations with government agencies to ensure smooth and seamless partnerships.