Access Executive Network Forum Panel to Address Equity Ownership Issues for Local Business Owners

Three local experts will bring a wealth of experience and insight into the always confusing and changing world of equity at the Access Executive Network monthly forum on October 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Center Club, Costa Mesa, Calif.
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Oct. 11, 2011 - PRLog -- COSTA MESA, Calif.— Three local experts will bring a wealth of experience and insight into the always confusing and changing world of equity at the Access Executive Network monthly forum on October 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif.

According to Ed Inal, AccessEN chairman, the panel will discuss the intricacies of equity ownership and answer local business owners’ most pressing questions:

•   What are the differences between common and preferred stock?  
•   How to exercise options.
•   What are liquidation preferences?  
•   How to participate in a company’s growth through equity.
•   What are the tax implications?
•   How many options can be granted per regulatory standards?
•   How does one create a long-term capitalization table strategy?

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•   Bruce Hallett, managing director of Miramar (, brings his enthusiasm for innovation, product strategy and team building to Miramar’s portfolio companies.  With over two decades of collaborations with technology entrepreneurs, Mr. Hallett leads Miramar investments in internet infrastructure and software.

•   Kim Kovacs, CEO, OptionEase ( was the founding CFO of ORYXE Energy International, a leading clean tech company serving major refineries throughout the U.S. prior to co-founding OptionEase.  Between 2001 and 2006, she raised over $35 million in venture capital financing for ORYXE. Prior to ORYXE, she was CFO for RosettaNet.

•   Dave Key, principal at Cloud Strategies, is a successful senior level executive with multi-functional experience in areas of software development, strategy, and business start-ups, with a comprehensive understanding of technology trends.  He was on the founding team of three companies: FileNet (acquired by IBM for $1.6B), FieldCentrix, and YouMail.  

Featured Business Case:  Women Helping Women/Men2Work

The evening’s featured business case will be presented by Brateil Aghasi, Associate Director of WHW, and will focus on “How do we better network and align ourselves with businesses from various industries to increase our placement rate for clients?”
WHW ( provides comprehensive employment support to empower disadvantaged men, women, and teens to achieve economic self- sufficiency and success through employment.  Since its inception in 1993, WHW has served over 25,000 clients and about 3,500 job seekers annually. WHW offers an array of workforce development services including: computer training and open lab with an emphasis on Microsoft Suite application, the internet, and proper typing skills; employment support workshops including interview preparation and financial literacy; professional clothing, accessories, and image consulting; and job placement assistance which includes one-on-one resume preparation and active job placement. WHW is the only employment support service to serve all age groups.

Admission to the event is $45 for non-members and $25 for students. Space is limited; pre-registration may be required to ensure seating. Register online at

AccessEN sponsors include Daly-Swartz Public Relations; Latisys; Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth; The Center Club; Sandler Training; BridgeGate; TriNet; and CyberianSoft.

About Access Executive Network
Access Executive Network ( is dedicated to bringing together leaders and senior executives to enhance professional connections and give back to the community. AccessEN focuses on helping other entrepreneurs and executives by sharing knowledge and expertise. With strong ties to the community and a desire to not only support each other, but also to support the community at large, AccessEN has quickly grown to be a well-known presence in Orange County with an eye to expanding throughout Southern California.

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