The Valley Economic Alliance Investor Spotlight October 2015

Ramella Markarian
Vice President, Business Development & Physician Relations
Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Ramella MarkarianGlendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) is a 515 bed hospital built on the Seventh-day Adventist faith, with 800 physicians, 2,400 associates and 1,100 volunteers.

Ramella Markarian has been instrumental in helping grow market share year-over-year and recruit numerous physicians to the area to meet the health care needs of GAMC and the community. She consistently builds strong and trusting relationships with physicians and partners, and contributes to GAMC’s business growth.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center is proud to partner with The Valley Economic Alliance and be able to contribute to the economic vitality of our five-city region and improve the health and quality of life in our communities.

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Bob Sears
Vice President, Business Development & Marketing
Vulcan Materials Company, Western Region

Bob SearsVulcan is a producer and supplier of construction aggregates, primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel. They are based in Birmingham and Alabama and are a New York Stock Exchange listed public company.

Vulcan and its predecessor companies have been operating in California for nearly 100 years, and have participated in the construction of some of Los Angeles’ landmark structures, including City Hall, the Coliseum, the Hollywood Bowl and several LA Metro projects. Vulcan is committed to best practices that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

Vulcan has a strong interest in collaborating with The Valley Economic Alliance on issues relating to improving transportation and infrastructure in greater Los Angeles. They recently sponsored the Transportation Summit that addressed unmet transportation needs in the Valley, co-hosted by Senator Robert Hertzberg.

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Susan Sloan
Co-Founder & CEO

Susan SloanVolJet advances the world of air travel by introducing an innovative solution that makes flying private jets more affordable – all through a revolutionary online system. This hybrid service gives customers multiple options for the perfect ‘elite-seat,’ whether on a private jet on your own, private jet shared, or mixing private jet and commercial airline.

Susan Sloan leads VolJet’s vision, concept, strategy and goals. She is responsible for VolJet’s business plan, technology roadmap, system functionality and concept of operations. Susan is a pioneer in the aerospace industry and has held executive leadership positions in space, mission assurance, program leadership, strategy and business development.

VolJet joined The Valley Economic Alliance knowing the business connections they have in the San Fernando Valley and within the aviation community. “As a new start up business, the access, network and connections that The Alliance has in the business community is unprecedented and we look forward to their continued help to grow our business,” Susan said.

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Barry S. Cohn
President & CEO
Really Great Employee Benefits

Barry CohnBarry S. Cohn is President & CEO of Really Great Employee Benefits (RGEB), a health insurance and human resources agency headquartered in Canoga Park. For the past 18 years, RGEB has been working with individuals, families, seniors and companies and now advises almost 500 companies with 10,000 employees and 2,500 individuals, families and seniors.

Prior to joining RGEB, Barry was responsible for Southern California middle market banking at Imperial Bank. Barry also spent 17 years at 1st Business Bank where he managed a middle market corporate group.

“RGEB joined The Valley Economic Alliance because they are the leading business support group in the San Fernando Valley. 80% of our clients are headquartered in the Valley and we want to better support them and their employees by partnering with The Alliance,” said Barry.

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