In 2006, Amber Hilkene ’98 (Finance and Business Law) joined AnaCap Financial Partners, which at the time was a startup and is now the leading sector specialist private equity firm in European financial services. She is a Partner and Head of Investor Relations, responsible for marketing and managing relationships with investors across its Private Equity and Credit Opportunities funds as well as driving public relations initiatives for the firm. Since joining she has led the fundraising efforts for the firm, which has grown its assets under management from €300m to more than €3.2 billion.
Prior to joining AnaCap in 2006, Hilkene worked with The Gores Group, where she was responsible for European Business Development. She began her career at CIBC World Markets.
Bill Imada ’84 (Human Resource Management) is Founder, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group, a minority-owned and operated advertising, marketing and communications agency focusing on the growing multicultural markets.
For more than 25 years, Imada has represented some of the top domestic and global companies, including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Fox, General Motors, Godiva Chocolatier, Lexus, McDonald’s, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walmart stores, Westfield malls and many others.
His areas of expertise include advertising, branding, multicultural communications, marketing, crises management, partnership marketing and public relations.
Imada’s board service includes the Advertising Educational Foundation, Asia Society Southern California, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Center for Asian American Media, Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, LAGRANT Foundation and PBS National.
Imada co-founded the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and established the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship.
He was invited to meet President Obama with 12 other Asian/Pacific Islander American leaders. Later, Imada was appointed to the president’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Imada received a CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.