TAL S. DAVID, M.D.Tal S. David, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. His practice focus is arthroscopic and sports medicine surgery.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. David is a Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health and a Faculty Instructor in the San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship. He serves on the Board of Editors of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Orthopedics. Dr. David is an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and a member of the Council of Delegates for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He is a Past-President of the San Diego Orthopedic Society and a member of the Board of Directors for the California Orthopedic Association.
Dr. David has authored the textbook “Arthroscopic Techniques of the Shoulder” and is co-editor of the Visual Arthroscopy Series on Arthroscopic Surgery. He has published and lectured internationally on topics related to sports medicine and injuries.
He has been involved in the care of the injured athletes for more than 15 years and has served on the medical staff of various professional sports teams including over 10 years as an NFL team physician.
He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California.
Featured in San Diego magazine, Dr. David has been voted by his peers as a “Top Doctor” in orthopedic surgery for the last 6 consecutive years.
DR. NICOLE FRIEDMAN
Dr. Nicole Friedman is a consulting, clinical health and forensic psychologist licensed in California, New York, and Virginia. Her consulting practice specializes in high performance individuals to deliver and sustain the results required to achieve and maintain world-class status in their respective industries. Dr. Friedman seamlessly works with diverse clientele serving individuals and organizations in entertainment, sports, banking, finance, philanthropy, technology, light industry, healthcare, biotech and genomics, startups, judicial and law enforcement and security. She is well known for her highly regarded skills and expertise in assessment, coaching, change management, succession planning and building value-based cultures. Dr. Friedman is the chairwoman of Psychology at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA where she is serving her fourth term. She has been a practicing clinical psychologist at Scripps Center for Executive Health for more than a decade. Dr. Friedman earned a doctorate in psychology at California School of Professional Psychology and an American Psychological Association accredited post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. While at Tripler Army Medical Center, she received a Nursing Star of Excellence Award for “her commitment, dedication, and selfless support to the medical nursing services.” You can read more about Dr. Friedman’s professional background at www.drnicolefriedman.com
LORNE ABRAMSLorne Abrams started a small jewelry manufacturing business in Toronto Canada in 1965. By 1975 his products were sold worldwide with sales of over 30 million and a staff of approximately 500. The following year he successfully obtained the rights to manufacture the jewelry, pins and medals for the summer Olympics of 1976 and the winter Olympics of 1980. Mr. Abrams sold the company in 1981 and continued as its CEO until leaving in 1985. He was retained in 1986 as a consultant to fix a quality control problem with a major watch company. In 1987 he started another small jewelry company and cultivated it to a success until its sale in 2006.
Mr. Abrams has a unique close relationship with former players and current management in the NFL the NHL and MLB, some of whom are family and others that he has mentored for years.
Tony Gaples is the owner of Blackdog Speedshop, a 4 time championship winning auto racing team in the Pirelli World Challenge as well as a driver in the series. He is a partner in the Blackdog Fund and the BD energy Fund. A guitar player, avid music lover and loves to drive any form of transportation.
Kevin Noonan provides our Advisory Board with significant expertise within operational excellence, corporate finance, and entrepreneurial initiatives. Kevin attended Georgetown University, where he was an All-American lacrosse player. Upon graduation, Kevin served as a Marine Corps Officer for five years. Kevin completed his MBA at the University of San Diego, and joined the Aerospace and Defense Team at Deutsche Bank upon graduation. After Deutsche Bank, he co-founded Forward Slope, Inc., a San Diego based Technology Services organization. While at Forward Slope, Kevin completed his Six Sigma Black Belt Training & Certification, and led the firm to a Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 3 Certification.
Recently, Kevin has focused efforts on industrial automation and other advanced solutions for a variety of clients, to include both large and developing organizations.
DR. SHAWN EVANSDr. Evans is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine. He has practiced for more than twenty years at Scripps Memorial La Jolla. Having managed thousands of concussions including severe head and spinal injury, the importance of optimizing cranial protection is paramount to improving sports, communities, and the survival of contact sports. Dr. Evans founded Physician Outreach in Student Education in 1998 to provide skill-based education dedicated to alcohol and recreational agents. The program continues to expand with topics such as performance enhancing drugs and risk-taking behavior. He is the recipient of numerous community awards for educational outreach and his commitment to excellence in medicine has resulted in being elected Chief of Staff, Program Lead for the Cerebral-Vascular Team, Quality Council Director, Professional Standards Chairperson and Major League Baseball for ten years. He is the current chairperson of the Appropriate Care Committee ensuring all complex patients receive optimal decision planning. Outside of medicine, Dr. Evans enjoys “anything with a helmet,” racing off-road motorcycles in the Baja-1000, wake-skating, skateboarding, and camping. With a diverse sports background that includes football, the prevention, recognition and need to prevent concussion are central to his mission in medicine and his work in the community.
Erik Davis has built market-leading enterprises generating hundreds of millions in value in various industries to include insurance, media, technology and motorsports industries. Erik has built and exited multiple companies always by creating meaningful partnerships with key stakeholders, investors and industry insiders and building management teams that focus on a singular vision.
Current roles for Erik include Managing Director of R-T Specialty Insurance Services, Founder and Chairman of Always Evolving Motorsport, Investor. At RT Specialty, Erik focuses on the construction industry leading a team of 200+ individuals that generate over $2.5 Billion in annual premium, making RT the largest construction intermediary in North America. With clients like Google, Apple, Pulte Homes, Silverstein Properties and many others, Erik and his team are involved in the largest and most complex construction projects in the western hemisphere.
Always Evolving Motorsport is a lifestyle and racing company co-founded by Davis. The team is famed for relevance with millennial audiences globally. AE has raced in 9 different series on four continents in the past three to include three Indy 500 starts and taking on the famed Bathurst 12-Hour in GT3. Davis is currently driving in Stadium Supertrucks, select endurance races in sports cars and off road events in SCORE and BITD.
Davis proudly served in the United States Air Force for six years and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and Aviano, Italy. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Davis played football at Air Force where he was three-year starter at defensive tackle earning All-WAC and All-America honors.
Erik resides in Studio City, California with his 15 year-old son, Bo, and 11 year-old daughter, Delilah. An industry thought leader, business advisor, Erik is active in YPO Los Angeles and serves on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, Reach Out Worldwide, Purist Group along with several other children’s and military philanthropies.
Dr. David StraightDavid Straight is a doctor of physical therapy, author, speaker, marketing expert, co-owner of E-rehab.com, and marketing director of a 7 location PT private practice. David and his business partner own and operate a digital marketing agency that serves the physical therapy private practice market. He and his company provide custom websites, high-value email marketing, local SEO, reputation marketing (not just management), affordable video marketing and consistent social media marketing for over 1600 locations across North America. He’s the author of Booked Solid The Fast, Easy, & Affordable Way to Use the Internet to Drive More Patients in the Door. He’s presented multiple national, state, and local professional conferences as well. His passion is to help people understand that physical therapy is the best first choice for neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
John SarkisianJohn Sarkisian is a successful entrepreneur with a long track record of successful ventures. His list of accomplishments include building and selling the investment services firm Brightscope, restaurant chain Pat & Oscars which he sold in 2002, commercial real estate development firm Del Mar Heritage, Chariman of the Board of computer hard ware manufacturer Semtek Innovative Solutions which was sold to Verifone in 2010, and fitness equipment (SKLZ) where he was the Founder (2002) and CEO through 2014. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and his MBA from San Diego State.
John has close ties with the fitness and athletic world as well as a significant amount of expertise in corporate development and finance.