JOIN US FOR: Director Of The Year | Directors Summit


Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 North Torrey Pines Road


Jun 17 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Moment of Truth: The Board’s Role in a New Reality

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  • How do directors re-imagine and re-build effective strategies at a time when business models are being reframed by events and realities?
  • What new corporate risks have emerged due to the current collision of crises: what are the impacts, and how are they being addressed?
  • In this intense environment, how should boards communicate key decisions quickly and with full transparency to investors and all stakeholders?

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Click below to learn more about our speakers!

Executive Director,Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, University of San Diego; Director, HG Fenton; fmr. Chairman, San Diego Regional EDC

Stath Karras

Director, Southwest Gas Corporation, Core Civic, Taylor Morrison Home Corp. and Berry Petroleum; General Partner, MFLP Enterprises

Anne Mariucci

New York Times Best Selling Author; Executive Leadership, Business Strategy and Innovation Expert; Leadership Coach

Mark C. Thompson

Executive Director,Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, University of San Diego; Director, HG Fenton; fmr. Chairman, San Diego Regional EDC

Stath Karras

Stath Karras is the Executive Director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) at the University of San Diego. In this role, Stath is responsible for establishing and leveraging strategic priorities and initiatives for the Center to advance and align its mission and vision with those of the School of Business and the University and in collaboration with the real estate industry.

He is responsible for working with the faculty and BMC professionals in creating a meaningful learning experience for the real estate students and working with them to enhance their career opportunities. In addition, he is responsible for cultivating relationships with key stakeholders to create fund-raising strategies, activities and programs to sustain BMC operations and works closely with the Policy Advisory Board (PAB) committees to set the strategic direction of the Center.  Stath is also responsible for creating scholarships, which provide supplemental support for the real estate academic programs.  The culmination of these efforts have led to the real estate program at USD being ranked by College Factual as the #1 real estate program in the country for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Prior to this position, Stath served as the Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was involved in executive management, business development, receiverships and operations throughout the Southern California region. Most currently, he oversaw the Western Region of the Cushman & Wakefield Resolution Group and its operational integration into C&W Capital Markets, Client Solutions and Brokerage operations. This included Stath serving as a court-appointed receiver for projects throughout Southern California.  Stath coordinated the firm’s investment sales, property management, leasing, project management and receiver groups in their involvement with distressed real estate asset needs. Prior to his seven years with Cushman & Wakefield, Stath spent 19 years with Burnham Real Estate Services where he served as president and chief executive officer and 10 years at Wallace Associates.

Stath received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Utah. He later returned to the University as a teaching fellow in real estate investment and appraisal.

Stath has been very active in the San Diego community where he served as the Chairman for the San Diego Regional EDC, as the Chairman of CONNECT, and served as the Co-Chair of LEAD San Diego.  Stath serves on the board of HG Fenton and as an advisor to multiple companies.  Stath also served on the Boards of San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Challenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego Performing Arts League, Better Business Bureau and San Diego Commercial Real Estate Association.  Stath was recognized as a “Significant Sig” in 2019, a national leadership award from the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  In 2020, Stath received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the San Diego Business Journal for his work in the real estate industry and his overall community involvement.

Director, Southwest Gas Corporation, Core Civic, Taylor Morrison Home Corp. and Berry Petroleum; General Partner, MFLP Enterprises

Anne Mariucci

Ms. Mariucci is currently a private investor and serves on a number of Corporate, private, and community leadership Boards.  She enjoyed a 30-year corporate career in real estate, primarily with Del Webb Corporation, where she served in a variety of capacities and ultimately CEO.  Del Webb was the nation’s largest residential land/community developer and a top-ten national public homebuilder. In 2001 Del Webb merged with Pulte Corp, creating the nation’s largest homebuilder and Ms. Mariucci became EVP-Corp Strategy and directed the company’s M/A efforts.

Since retiring from Pulte, Ms. Mariucci has focused on various corporate boards and private investment interests including custom home homebuilding and land development.  Her ties to the national homebuilding industry are current and deep thru her active engagement on the Board of large-cap builder Taylor Morrison.  Indulging her lifelong interest in sports, Ms. Mariucci became the first non-NBA owner of a WNBA basketball team, the Phoenix Mercury.

Qualified as a SOX financial expert, Ms. Mariucci has Audit Committee experience on 4 public companies and extensive Compensation Committee experience as well. Through her Corporate and Board work she has extensive experience in real estate capital markets, institutional and activist investor relationships, and a wide array of M/A and Corporate Governance situations.

Ms. Mariucci is prominent in business, public policy, and charitable endeavors thru these current affiliations:


  • Southwest Gas Corporation (NYSE:SWG) since 2006- Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Pension Committee, N/G Committee
  • Core Civic (NYSE:CXW) since 2011- Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Risk Committee, Compensation Committee
  • Taylor Morrison Home Corp (NASDAQ TMHC) since 2014- Board of Directors, Chair-Comp Committee, Audit Committee
  • Berry Petroleum (NYSE: BRY) since 2018- Board of Directors-Lead Independent Director, Compensation Committee, N/G Committee


  • Hawkeye Partners (Institutional Real Estate fund sponsor)- Board of Directors
  • MFLP Enterprises (Family Office) General Partner


  • Banner Health Corp ($15B Heath Care System)-Board of Directors, Chair-Audit Committee, Chair-Investment Committee ($6B portfolio)
  • Arizona State University Foundation and ASU Enterprise Partners- Board of Directors, Investment Committee, Real Estate Committee
  • Arizona State University Realty Corp-Board of Directors
  • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation-Board of Directors


  • Arizona Board of Regents 2006-2014. Chairman 2010-2012, Chairman, Business and Finance Committee 2010-2014,  Audit Committee, Compensation Committee
  • Honor Health System-Board of Directors- 2002-2012
  • Arizona State Retirement System ($30B state pension fund) 2002-2006 Board of Directors and Investment Committee Vice Chair
  • Arizona Commerce Authority- Board member (appointee of Governor Jan Brewer)
  • Action Performance Companies (NYSE: ATN). Board of Directors.  Company acquired in 2006
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)-National Trustee
  • The Nature Conservancy SW Chapter- Board of Trustees
  • Greater Phoenix Leadership
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government Joint Center for Housing Studies- Trustee
  • Phoenix Standard Register PING LPGA tournament- Chairman
  • United Way Tocqueville Society- Arizona steering committee

Ms. Mariucci received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona in 1978, where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi (top 1%) and was a three-sport athlete. Ms. Mariucci completed the Corporate Financial Management program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She has also held licenses as a CPA, FINRA General Securities Principal, and FINRA Financial Principal.

Ms. Mariucci is a past winner of the Athena Award given annually to the top businesswoman in the state of Arizona.  In 2002, Ms. Mariucci was honored by the Arizona Chapter of the National Italian American Foundation as its Woman of the Year.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Mariucci currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and La Jolla, California.

New York Times Best Selling Author; Executive Leadership, Business Strategy and Innovation Expert; Leadership Coach

Mark C. Thompson

Mark Thompson is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.

New York Times bestselling author Mark C. Thompson is a leadership coach for the world’s fastest growing, most innovative companies—from LYFT CEO & Cofounder Logan Green, Pinterest Cofounder Evan Sharp and World Bank CEO Dr. Jim Kim, to founders Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Charles Schwab, for whom he served as the world’s first CXO—Chief Customer Experience Officer.

Forbes Magazine says Mark has the ‘Midas’ touch as a sought after coach, speaker, and venture investor.  His New York Times bestselling books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last – Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for, and His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to “Most Admired Leaders”.

Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of which today has assets over $3 Trillion. He is a co-founding advisor of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres.

Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and served as a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University, and adjunct faculty at the World Economic Forum, World Business Forum, and John F. Kennedy University.

A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix and founding board member of Esurance. He has been a Board Member for many well-known technology, biotech and retail companies, including Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod.

Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned ten nominations and five Tony Awards.

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST

CDF Members: FREE
Non-CDF Members: $25
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All participants may receive 1 hour of MCLE and CPE education credit. Information on obtaining a certificate will be provided at the end of the webinar.

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