During his extensive career over the past several decades, John Grillos has started, operated and/or financed numerous product and service companies. He managed four venture capital firms, two of which he also founded with combined capital under management exceeding $500 million. He successfully navigated and managed nine companies through periods of disruption in their growth. He has been a highly influential director of 26 for-profit (private and public) and non-profit organizations.
"My efforts have helped create billions of dollars in market value and thousands of jobs. My passion is helping company owners/CEOs meet their near term and long term goals. I am still in the game because the game is fun, and because I want younger generations to know learn what I know without having to go through hell to learn it!"
Art Agnos-- Senior Advisor
Art Agnos has lived in San Francisco for 47 years where he began work as a civil rights social worker in city public housing and gradually became politically active as a California State Assemblyman, Mayor of San Francisco, and an appointee of President Clinton in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As mayor of San Francisco, he received national attention for his work in directing the city’s response to the 1989 “Loma Prieta” earthquake. As a result, he has been invited to provide seminars on disaster response, governance and community participation in various countries around the world including South Africa, Angola, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Turkey, Russia, Korea and China.
Some unique highlights in a very fulfilling life include surviving being shot while volunteering in a public housing project in what came to be known as the Zebra killings, hosting Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev during his first visit to the US after the end of the Cold War, and befriending Mother Theresa who came to his house to ask for help with her homeless facilities. Art has been on several boards of directors including Linear Technology Corporation and Global Food Technologies.
Art and his wife Sherry have two sons who are working in the field of Sustainability and Communications. They continue to live in San Francisco where they both remain active in private and public sector educational and community affairs.
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