Previously, Eric was the Chief of California’s Office of Small and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) Services.  He served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Small Business and DVBE Advocate from 2011 through 2012.  Eric and his staff worked to make certain that small and DVBE businesses got access to their share of nearly $10 billion a year in state-awarded contracts.

Eric has over 40 years in the fields of marketing, communications, advertising, and media.  He has created award winning marketing efforts and campaigns for California’s Breast Cancer Awareness, Enterprise Zones, Military Base Reuse, and Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank programs, as well as Sacramento WORKS for Sacramento County.

Eric is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and has done coursework at the London School of Economics, Harvard Business School and graduate work at California State University, Sacramento.  He has worked on air and in management positions in radio and television. He also owned his own small business, ECM Communications.

Elaine Bush

Will Bush was appointed Director of Department of General Services (DGS) by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  As the Director, Mr. Bush oversaw California’s procurement and acquisition of goods and services; real estate construction and asset management; fleet and transportation programs; professional printing, design and Web services; administrative hearings; legal services; building standards, oversight of structural safety, fire/life safety and accessibility for the design and construction of K-12 public schools and community colleges, and funding for school construction; as well as numerous boards and commissions.

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In 2007, Ms. Bush was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as the Chief Deputy Director for the State Department of Mental Health.  She was responsible for the oversight of the public mental health budget of more than $6 billion and the employment of over 11,000 civil service employees. 

From 2002-2007, Ms. Bush was the Chief Executive Officer for the California Earthquake Authority (CEA).  She was responsible for leading and managing the largest residential earthquake insurance company in the U.S.

In 2000, Ms. Bush was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to service as the Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner.  She was responsible for regulating an $87 billion insurance industry, over 300,000 licensed agents/brokers and 1,500 companies.  She also managed the Community Organized Investment Network and E-Government solutions for the department prior to the Chief Deputy appointment.

Between 1991-1999, Ms. Bush was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson as the Chief Deputy Director and then subsequently as the Department Director for the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.  She was responsible for the oversight and operation of a statewide county-based delivery system of services serving over 500,000 Californians each year.  She served as a deputy director for the department between 1989-1991 and was responsible for the design and implementation of a statewide, multi-department alcohol and drug prevention and treatment master plan. 

Prior to her executive leadership positions, Ms. Bush held several different positions within the technology divisions of the State Department of Developmental Services and the State Department of Social Services.  She was responsible for planning, designing and implementing statewide automated medical records, fiscal and client management systems. 

Over the years, Ms. Bush has served on several boards and commissions. She currently serves on the California Prison Receivership Board. She has served on the State Mental Health Hospital Governing Boards (7), California Earthquake Authority Board, Blue Ribbon Commission on Out -of -State Placements of Juvenile Offenders, California Rural Health Policy Council, California State Board of Education-School Attendance Review on Truancy, Juvenile Crime & Juvenile Justice Response Council, the Interagency Council on Developmentally Disabled Children and the Governor’s Policy Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse.

Ms. Bush has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Elaine Bush was appointed in 2009 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as the Chief Deputy Receiver for the California Prison Healthcare System.   As the Chief Deputy Receiver she was responsible for providing leadership and executive management over the California prison medical delivery system. Her responsibilities included the restructuring of the day-to-day operations and developing, implementing, and validating a new, sustainable system that will provide constitutionally adequate medical care to all inmates in the California correctional system.

Upon graduation in 1971, Jose was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor Corps.  In 1975, he was competitively selected for The Judge Advocate General’s Corps Funded Legal Education Program and attended law school.  In 1978, he was transferred to the U.S, Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Jose retired from active duty in 1991.

Jose was an Army Lieutenant Colonel and Professor/Chief, of the Contract Law Division at The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, VA.  During his tenure at the school, he taught all areas of government contract and fiscal law, including sealed bidding, competitive negotiations, bid protests, procurement fraud and ethics in government contracting.Type your paragraph here.

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Robert E. Grossglauser III

Eric Mandell brings more than 40 years of proven, positive results and diverse executive- level skills in the areas of external affairs, marketing and procurements.


He recently retired as Chief of Acquisitions for the State of California at the California Department of General Services (DGS).   In this capacity, he oversaw responsible for all manner of statewide contracts, generating over $10 billion in annual spend. 

Jose Aguirre was appointed as Chief Counsel and Deputy Director of Department of General Services (DGS) in June 2008, providing contract related advice to state agencies, as well as general advice to the offices within DGS.  Prior to joining DGS Jose Aguirre worked for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as Assistant Chief Counsel for contract Law since 2002 and deputy attorney from 2000 to 2002, where he provided legal advice on all aspects of contracting and represented Caltrans in contract and construction litigation.

Mr. Grossglauser is a member of the Bob Moretti Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting higher education for those interested in the California State legislative process and their family members. Rob is also a former member of the board of directors for the Institute of Governmental Advocates, a professional association of California legislative advocates with a commitment to an advocacy code of ethics.

Mr. Grossglauser is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Public Service and is a graduate of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law with a degree of Juris Doctor. He is a member in good standing with the State Bar of California.

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Previously, Mr. Bush was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as the Undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA).  At the Agency, Mr. Bush oversaw the Department of Consumer Affairs; Department of Technology Services; Department of General Services; Fair Employment and Housing; Franchise Tax Board; Public Employees’ Retirement System; State Personnel Board; State Teachers' Retirement System; California Science Center; Building Standards Commission; Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board; and the Office of the Insurance Advisor. 

Mr. Bush served as Assistant Executive Officer (Chief Deputy) and Interim Executive Officer of the California Franchise Tax Board.  At the Franchise Tax Board, Mr. Bush was responsible for California’s Personal Income Tax and the Corporate Tax Programs; including operations, enterprise technology, taxpayer information systems, taxpayer services, public affairs, collections and audit activities.

During over 30 years of public service, Mr. Bush has helped spawn important innovations, such as the alternative procurement process whereby the “best value” for California is assured.  He was also the driving force in bringing improvements in technology and customer service through expanded Web-based customer services, including CalFile, Direct Deposit, and Web Pay.

Mr. Bush has a B.A. in business administration/accounting from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a graduate of the State & Local Executive Institute, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of California - Berkeley.

Rob Grossglauser, a Sacramento lobbyist with over fifteen years of experience working with California State government, leads Pinnacle Advocacy’s lobbying and procurement consulting team. Prior to Pinnacle Advocacy, Rob was a partner at Government Affairs Consulting, providing legal, legislative and procurement consulting services for a variety of clients. Mr. Grossglauser has a record of successfully representing clients ranging from local government associations to Fortune 500 companies before the California State Legislature and California's various agencies and statewide officeholders.

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