Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of West Business Development Center
Ms. Petrillo was hired in January 2017 to build capacity and deliver new programs, including training/workshop and business advising that meets the needs of the new economy. She came to this position with decades of management experience and business ownership. Petrillo’s resume includes over 25 years of strategic marketing and communication experience in education and the high-tech sector. She began her career as an entrepreneur, running her own communications agency in downtown San Francisco, serving clients in the financial, healthcare and construction industries. She was an early adopter of technology and advocated for its use as a learning tool within the public education system. Later she became a Director of Marketing for several national education technology companies, including Scientific Learning, Kaplan K12, Achieva.com, and The Learning Company. Prior to this appointment, Petrillo worked for nine years in corporate social responsibility as the digital strategy lead for the technology company, Cisco, in San Jose. Her work there centered on creative ways to stimulate dialogue on how innovative technologies are being used by non-profits to address some of today’s most difficult challenges.
Steve Lamb, Business Advisor Director
Steve Lamb has worked with West Business Development Center clients since 2012. Steve brings over 20 years of experience in management and operations in the telecommunications industry and has owned his own company, the Interview Team. Steve’s particular areas of expertise include strategic and tactical planning, budgeting and financial analysis, project development and management, and creating and maintaining positive relationships with governmental and regulatory agencies. Steve also excels in a number of human resources areas, including maximizing employee productivity and maintaining high employee morale, managing high risk employees, and developing supervisors and managers. Steve says that one of his favorite things about working with West Company clients is “suggesting clients look at a particular issue from a perspective which is different from any they previously considered. Suddenly I can see from their body language and facial expressions they now understand the point I’m trying to make and the impact it can have on their business venture. This is the advantage of the clarity and non-emotional analysis of being on the outside looking in.”
Jo Williams, Administrative Assistant
Jo has been an administrative coordinator at West Business Development Center since April 2017. From the corporate world to teaching at the elementary school level to running a non-profit organization, Jo has allowed her many interests to be expressed throughout her career. Pursuing an education, she earned an M.A. in Education and taught at the elementary school level. She moved on to work with the Sacramento County Office of Education as a curriculum writer, workshop facilitator and presenter. Pursuing an interest in assisting individuals nearing end of life, Jo became a certified massage therapist, specializing in working with several hospices in Sacramento. She founded and ran a non-profit organization providing support to those with chronic and terminal illness. As West Business Development Center’s superstar administrative coordinator, she is focused on the highest level of data capture that our grants require. She is highly diligent, processing and reviewing hundreds of Community Development Block Self-Certifications (CDBG) as well as compiling and maintaining client files to ensure adherence excellence to all program guidelines.
Kevin Williams, Client Services Manager
Mr. Williams has over 25 years of leadership experience in Fortune 100 companies. He has a diverse background in the telecommunications field and in the cable television industry. As a founder and managing partner of FutureDecisions LLC, he spent nine years working primarily with non-profit organizations, government agencies and the private sector, consulting on career planning, workforce succession planning, strategic planning, generational challenges, human resources and leadership coaching. His last corporate position was that of Vice President of Customer Service in the cable industry. He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Human Resources. At the West Business Development Center, his areas of expertise include human resources, operational issues, and marketing and general business dynamics. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, founded in his years in large corporations and running his own successful business.
Lila Van Meter, Women’s Business Center Program Director
Lila Van Meter joined the West Business Development Center as the Women’s Business Center Director in April 2018 to assume a leadership role focused on helping local emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive in today’s economy. She is committed and passionate about educating clients on relevant and current digital strategies, including analytics, social media, SEM, and SEO to grow their business. Lila’s love for all things marketing began in the late 1990s during the advent of the online business. A successful consultant with 12 years of experience, she has worked with a range of clients including Pottery Barn, Birkenstock, Avalon Natural Products and with DripWorks in Willits.