Chariman, Carisa Harris Adamson
Carisa was a two time NCAA All-American and National Champion at Tuffs University and fifth place at the 1996 US Olympic Sailing Trials. She previously managed and coached one of the top Youth Programs in the Bay Area. She has a Masters Degrees of Physical Therapy from UC San Francisco and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley. Carisa is currently an Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University where she teaches Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Research Methods. Her research is focused on understanding and preventing Occupational Health injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carisa is one of the founders of TISC and has always been passionate about equal access and opportunity for all who want to sail.
Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Hoehler
Bill Hoehler races a J/105, is a past Commodore of the Tiburon Yacht Club, a past Officer of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco, and is Counsel to the Hanson Bridgett law firm in San Francisco. Bill is also on the Laguna Honda Hospital Volunteers Board of Directors and a Director and Officer of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation. He is one of the founders of TISC.
Dave raced Highlanders, 470s, Lightnings and Snipes in the Midwest and East Coast where he also taught racing, rules and tactics courses at sailing clubs, Y’s and community boating centers. After Snipes and before rebuilding a ’78 vintage J/24 to race in Marblehead, Dave coached age-group soccer and was a junior high advisor and mission trip chaperone for church youth groups. He and his wife moved to California in 2003. He retired from hi-tech sales and marketing in 2012 to join the TISC board of directors and spend more time on Clipper Cove.
In college, Rolf was a 2-time captain of the Stanford sailing team, and also served as the Vice President of the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (now the PCCSC). He was one of the founding members of the local Vanguard 15 dinghy fleet, which has been based at TISC since 2000, and he now competes actively in the San Francisco J/105 fleet. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer of DigiPowers, Inc., a provider of marketing and technology development services to ecommerce companies.
Chris is a life-long mariner hailing from the East Coast. Chris has sailed in San Francisco since 1996 with many fleet, but most notable; 11 Meters, 505’s, J/24’s, and Knar’s. Chris’s pinnacle of success was on the winning J/120 at Key West Race Week in 2004. Chris has been with TISC since 1999 and is also a St Francis Yacht Club Member since 2003. When not on the water, Chris works as an advanced planner and financial professional at Mass Mutual. He helps business owners and individuals in the areas of wealth management, asset protection, retirement planning, tax strategies, long-term care, and disability insurance.
Thom has served as a senior executive in consumer entertainment and educational technology with a focus on mobile, internet, PC/Console games as well as brand and IP extension for the past 15 years. With strong experience in starting companies Thom has been a senior executive at Fortune 500 companies and was a founder or early member of multiple start-up companies including Lou Dobbs’ Space.com, Paul Allen’s PurpleMoon.com and interactive fitness company NetPulse (formerly Transcape). Most recently, Maslow has been focused on the live sports market supporting sailing and skiing organizations both as an advisor as well as with social media marketing, broadcast television and internet coverage of live events such as the 35th America’s Cup in San Francisco. With his experience in starting companies coupled with his passion for helping talented new musicians, Thom founded and was CEO of Yormo, Inc., an internet radio company focused on non-mainstream music. He drove start-up fundraising to support product development and marketing. In 12 months Thom designed, built and released products for the web, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and created a valuation of $5.7M. Bringing his online and offline experience Thom was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mattel, Inc. He was responsible for Mattel Interactive and The Learning Company overseeing all business operations including product development of over 200 PC titles, sales, marketing, packaging, PR, channel development, online development, finance and product innovation. Thom had P&L responsibility for 250 employees, a $48 million budget and $450 million in revenue. While at Mattel, Thom wrote the internet business plan for the company and raised $25M to support the online initiative. As Director of Product and Business Development, Thom was an early member of PurpleMoon.com a spin-out of Paul Allen’s Interval Research think tank. Driving product and business development he transformed the company’s CD game group to leverage outsourcing to third party developers. Thom drove IP and brand extension and licensing with development of a Nickelodeon TV series, a Scholastic book series as well as additional ancillary products such as Music CDs, toys and apparel. As Vice President of Barry Diller’s USA Networks Interactive, Thom supervised all content for ISN.com (Internet Shopping Network). With P&L responsibility and 52 team members, Thom directed an annual budget of $12 million and annual revenue of $110 million. While at USANI Thom also launched FirstJewelry.com and contributed to the creation of business plans for Polo.com (Ralph Lauren), HSN.com (Home Shopping Network) and FirstOutlet.com. With his keen interest in astronomy and as Vice President and General Manager of Space.com (now Imaginova) Thom transitioned the company’s consumer products group from its focus on specialty retail to leverage the big box channel. He developed sales programs with Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Costco, Borders and other large chains. Thom was responsible for a P&L of $7.1M in revenue and in one year increased the company’s annual revenue from $3.5M to $9.4M. He oversaw product development, web development and IP and brand extension into software, DVDs, Music CDs and other ancillary merchandise. Prior to his years in new media, Thom served in a number of senior positions at Warner Bros., Disney and ABC working on projects such as Moonlighting, The Color Purple, Who Shot Roger Rabbit and Lethal Weapon. He also served as an Artist Manager working with the Troubadour in Los Angeles shepherding new artists through their first album recording sessions. Thom has participated in four M&A exits giving him invaluable experience in turnarounds, restructuring and increasing productivity, profitability and growth. He attended the School of Communications at Boston University with a focus in journalism and public relations as well as the American Film Institute Thom’s passions away from work include tennis, sailing, skiing and a little bit of golf. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two daughters.