For years, Pam Tanase was a disciplined self-employed professional with a bustling home office. Then, one day over lunch, she (along with her husband and a couple of close friends) started a discussion about how much they all enjoyed working from home. However, they were all in agreement that certain things were missing from the home office environment that prevented their respective situations from being nearly perfect.
A solution didn’t exist, so the group decided to create it. A year of comprehensive research, planning and design later, the first workzones was launched in Santa Barbara, California, in 2012.
Workzones is a new, cutting-edge office concept that provides self-employed and independent professionals with an ideal place to get work done in a communal setting.
The layout of workzones, a co-working club, features several “zones” each offering different settings and work stations designed to accommodate the varying needs of busy, modern professionals.
- workzones, Co-Founder
- Massage Envy, Regional Developer
- University of California at Santa Barbara, Women’s Water Polo Coach
- Claremont McKenna College, Assistant Professor of Phys Ed and Women's Water Polo Coach, Swim Coach & Diving Coach
- San Marcos High School, Boys & Girls Diving Coach
- Claremont Graduate School, Master of Education
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Psychology
Trustee Gary E. Biszantz
Mr. Biszantz is the president and owner of Cobra Farms. He was the former chairman of Cobra Golf, Inc., a manufacturer of graphite-shafted golf clubs with factories and offices in Carlsbad. As chairman of the board of Cobra, he provided strategic planning and general management to the company, which grew into the country's second largest manufacturer of premium oversized golf clubs. After selling his company to American Brands in 1996, Mr. Biszantz turned his time and talent to one of his lifelong passions: thoroughbred racing.
- Cobra Farms, President and Owner
- Cobra Golf, Inc., Chairman
- El Rancho Ford of Poway, Owner
- Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Executive Committee and Graded Stakes Committee
- Breeders' Cup, Board Member
- Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees
- George C.S. Benson Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Business Administration
Trustee Akshata Murty
Mrs. Murty is the director of Catamaran Ventures UK. She was the founder and CEO of Akshata Designs Inc., which produces contemporary women's clothing inspired by fine craft traditions from India. The company seeks to preserve these ancient crafts and provide a source of income for artisans, while also creating truly unique and beautiful modern clothes that tell a story. Prior to starting Akshata Designs, Mrs. Murty worked in brand consulting and as an investor in the clean technology space.
- Catamaran Ventures UK, Director
- Akshata Designs, Inc., Founder and Chief Executive Officer
- Tendris/Siderian Ventures, Associate
- Lexicon Branding, Associate
- Deloitte & Touche, Associate
- Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees
- Claremont McKenna College Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Board Member
- Stanford University, M.B.A.
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Economics and French
Mr. Navin is the Chairman and CEO of Flingo, a software company in San Francisco, California. Flingo develops applications for Smart TVs like those made by Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio and others. He is also the co-founder of I/O Ventures, an investor and accelerator for early-stage technology companies.Professional
- Flingo, Chairman, CEO, Co-Founder
- I/O Ventures, Co-Founder & Partner
- BitTorrent, Co-Founder & Former President
- OpenDNS, Board of Advisors
- Crunchyroll, Board of Directors
- Yahoo!, Corporate Development
- Goldman Sachs, Investment Banker
- Merrill Lynch, Equity Research Analyst
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Government and Economics
Mr. Nieto began his career as a freshman at CMC when he developed the idea for Life Fitness. As co-founder and former president of Life Fitness, Nieto led his company to became the largest commercial manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. Nieto is currently the Chairman of Octane Fitness, the world's largest manufacturer of ellipticals. In 2005, Nieto was diagnosed with the fatal disease of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Since his diagnosis, Mr. Nieto has founded Augie's Quest, a non-profit organization raising money for the research of ALS. Under Nieto's leadership, Augie's Quest has raised over $30 million for his cause. Nieto is the Chairman of ALS TDI, the world's largest institute focused on ALS research. Nieto has written two books, Augie's Quest: One Man's Journey from Success to Significance, and Reciprocity Incorporated.
- Octane Fitness, Chairman
- Life Fitness, Founder and President
- ALS TDI, Chairman
- Muscular Dystrophy Association ALS Division, Chairman
- Augie's Quest, Founder
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A.
Mr. Thum is CEO and Co-Founder of Fonderie 47, a company transforming perspectives and saving lives in Africa by disarming conflict zones and remaking AK47s it destroys into jewelry, watches, and accessories. To date, Fonderie 47 has destroyed over 8,000 guns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the founder and President of Ethos Water, he turned his idea to get clean water to children into a successful social venture that changed an industry, generated millions of dollars, and improved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world. Ethos was acquired by Starbucks in 2005. He then led Ethos as an executive at Starbucks and a Director of the Starbucks Foundation.
- Fonderie 47, CEO and Co-Founder
- Ethos Water, Founder and President
- Starbucks Corporation, Vice-President
- McKinsey & Company, Consultant
- E&J Gallo Winery, Manager
- Siemens A.G., English Teacher
- Claremont McKenna Center for Human Rights Leadership Board
- USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Board
- Fund For Global Human Rights Board
- New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Board
- FEED Projects Board
- Impossible to Possible Ultra Athletic Adventures Board
- Northwestern University, M.B.A.
- Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Government