To foster and inspire a vibrant entrepreneurial community on the Central Coast through valuable resources, events, and connections.
The Santa Barbara Entrepreneur Board is made up of a diverse cross-section of the local start-up community
A UC Berkeley grad with an MBA from UCLA Anderson, Summers has been building successful Do Good/Do Well
businesses for over twenty years. As a Strategic Growth Guide, she leads both executive development and strategic masterminds groups. In the role of Chairman of Santa Barbara Entrepreneur, Summers brings her experience as the founder of UCLA Anderson EDGE, an intensive business curriculum for graduate and undergraduate students. A lecturer for UCLA Anderson, and instructor for UCLA Extension, in Social Media Marketing and Leadership Strategy, Summers brings a rigorous and tactical path to growth.
Dave joined the Santa Barbara Entrepreneur Board in 2016. After a career spanning network television production in Los Angeles, corporate merger integration in New York, Detroit and Germany, and advertising and digital media in San Francisco, Dave now calls Santa Barbara home. Dave is a partner in Symphonic Digital, a growing digital media agency with offices in LA and SF. His diverse experience gives Dave a unique view of organizations big and small, across marketing, finance and entrepreneurial areas. He looks forward to helping spark innovation and growth within the Santa Barbara community. Dave graduated from Central Michigan University and USC’s Annenberg School of Communications.
Jacques Habra is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who has helped launch dozens of companies and negotiated multiple successful exits. Jacques is an active community member having served on several non-profit boards including the MIT Enterprise Forum, Arthritis Foundation Leadership Council, Westmont College Foundation, and Santa Barbara City College Foundation. Currently, Jacques manages Noospheric which is a startup consulting and investment firm focused on the Quantified Self and Data/Algorithm sectors. Jacques is an adjunct Professor at SBCC and provides online courses in entrepreneurship and wealth creation.
David Machacek, Ph.D. is Owner/Career Coach at Accelerated Career Enhancement Services. He is presently involved in three Santa Barbara based startup enterprises as a founder and consultant. A former educator and non-profit leader, he has a passion for helping young professionals in their personal and career development. “Success is like going to Disneyland,” he says. “It’s a lot more fun if you can take others with you.” David holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and has taught at UCSB, UC Riverside, and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. His personal success habits include daily exercise, the practice of gratitude, a neat calendar, and messy desk.
Jayla Siciliano is the founder of Bon Affair premium wine spritzers. Inspired during seven years working as a product specialist for Diesel and Burton Snowboards, Jayla quit her job to create a better wine spritzer worthy of America’s wine culture. Jayla appeared on ABC’s prime-time show Shark Tank and made a deal with Mark Cuban. Most recently she appeared on ABC’s spin-off, Beyond The Tank. Today Bon Affair has a new product line called Vice Meets Virtue which is sold exclusively at Total Wine across the country and online. With a new found passion for helping other entrepreneurs, Jayla launched jayla.info and the Ignite Investor Program. Additionally, Jayla is a mentor with The Founder’s Institute and does Brand Management for Terravant Wine Company. When she’s not working she’s enjoying the outdoors in beautiful Santa Barbara with her husband, son and little dog Cooper.
Brian Dutter has been involved in several start-ups that represent the diversity that can be found in today’s modern economy. Starting at an early age in the family beauty supply business, Brian specialized in wearing many hats and pursuing a myriad of interests. Eventually these pursuits led to ownership in businesses involved with insurance restoration, real estate development, and renewable energy. Brian joined the Board of Santa Barbara Entrepreneurs in order to be able to share those ownership experiences with the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and enjoys being involved with the success of new businesses
As a vivacious people person, I have traveled and been involved in church ministries, non-profit organizations and contributed to outreach programs focused on improving the community. I find my passion in helping others and bringing people together. Through a season of being a part of YWAM (a missions university) I facilitated local, nationwide and global missions aimed at building churches, homes, shelters for battered women, as well as counsel teens and pregnant women in need. I moved back to Santa Barbara in 2013, putting my talents to work for the Chamber of Commerce where my philanthropic gifts brought me to work in co-working spaces where I am surrounded by thriving professionals. Along with my husband and two kids, I can’t get enough of being a part of enriching our community!
After starting out as an intern for community service hours in 2017, Sydney became the student board member after graduating high school in June 2018. She is currently a full time student majoring in History at Santa Barbara City College and is a former News Editor for The Channels, the school’s newspaper. Outside of school and Santa Barbara Entrepreneur she enjoys blogging, meditating, and being with friends.