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Sam Liccardo among five new Joint Venture board members

San Jose mayor-elect, Sharks COO Water District CEO, Menlo College president, KPMG partner elected at quarterly meeting

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November 21, 2014 – San Jose mayor-elect Sam Liccardo was among five new members elected to the Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today.

Others approved at the board’s quarterly meeting in Redwood City were John Tortora, COO of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Beau Goldie, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District; Richard Moran, president of Menlo College; and Chad Seiler, a partner with KPMG.

“Having the new mayor of the state’s third largest city and the others join our board reflects the strong regional leadership they all bring to our work outside their everyday roles,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO.

Liccardo, who defeated Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese in the November 4 election, will take office in January, succeeding mayor Chuck Reed. Liccardo has been a San Jose City Council member and a prosecutor in the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office.

John Tortora is in his second season as chief operating officer for Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE) and oversees all legal matters pertaining to the company. Tortora joined the organization after 14 years with the National Hockey League (NHL) office in New York, where he most recently was vice president, media.

Beau Goldie, who has been with the water district since 1984 and CEO since 2009, oversees more than 700 employees and a $472 million budget for the district, which serves 15 cities and 1.8 million residents. He serves on a number of statewide and regional water committees and organizations.

Richard Moran, who became the tenth president of Menlo College in July, has been CEO of Accretive Solutions, general partner of Irish Technology Capital, a partner with Venrock venture, chair of Portal Software and a partner with Accenture.

Chad Seiler, who has been with KPMG for 17 years, leads the firm’s local advisory/consulting practice as well as its mergers and acquisitions practice in technology, media and telecom nationally. He has led more than 350 M&A transactions in software, Internet, semiconductor, hardware and IT services.

The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes senior-level representatives from business, government, academia, labor and workforce organizations and the broader community. Among Joint Venture’s current regional initiatives are programs to support economic development, build the smart energy network of the future, strengthen climate protection, broaden the region's wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.

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