FACCOC Signature Event:


to Success

Success in a Changing World

Thursday, March 21, 2024
8:30AM - 2:00PM

Back Bay Conference Center
3415 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

In Collaboration with:

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In life, and especially in business, knowledge is power. Having information and experience can be the difference between a failing business and a successful business. But often times, we find that we lack an understanding of one area, or have absolutely no knowledge of it at all. So then what?

That’s why FACCOC puts on our “Secrets to Success” event every year. We assemble business experts from different areas of business, and they share some valuable insights and tips, “golden nuggets” of experience for you to take and adopt in your own business!

The 2024 Secrets to Success Event

Begins in:



< Mayor Farrah Khan

City of Irvine

Mayor Farrah N. Khan made history in November of 2020 becoming the 23rd Mayor of Irvine. She not only received the highest number of votes for the position of Mayor in the city’s history, but also shattered glass ceilings as the first woman of color to hold the position, and the first Muslim woman to lead a large city in the United States.


Karla Gonzalez, MBA >

Assistant Director, IE SBDC

Karla brings over 15 years of expertise in business management, government procurement, and job creation. Previously with Inland Empire MBDC, she provided consulting services and excels in areas like project management, budgeting, event planning, and real estate. Committed to Southern California businesses, Karla offers invaluable counseling and training, emphasizing sound financial management for business expansion.

Karla Gonzalez


< Paul Horvat

Business Banking Relationship Manager
US Bank

Paul Horvat enjoys assisting individuals in realizing their potential in life. He is part of an exceptional company that empowers him to leverage his strengths in building relationships and cultivating lasting partnerships with businesses. In his current role as a Business Banking Relationship Manager at U.S. Bank, Paul is dedicated to fostering teamwork, ensuring client retention, and educating the business sector about innovation and competition.


Jenalyn Santos >

Community Navigator

Jenalyn is a non-profit professional who embodies a profound commitment to community engagement and social entrepreneurship. Her journey in the non-profit sector has ignited a dedication to strategic outreach and partnership cultivation. With a remarkable ability to connect with individuals, organizations, businesses, and government agencies, Jenalyn is deeply driven to serve and uplift our community.

< Ellen Samson

American Geriatric Care Management | American Care Professionals Referral Agency | My OwnEVA

Ellen is a serial entrepreneur and a visionary community leader with lots of accomplishments tucked under her belt. Basically, someone who hates being spotlighted, she loves to work from the background where she claims to do her best. She is the CEO/owner of three successful companies: American Geriatric Care Management, American Care Professionals Referral Agency, and My Own EVA, a business solutions company.

Jen Fontanilla >

Certified Money Coach
Jen Fontanilla The Money Muse

Jen Fontanilla, is a TEDx and international speaker, money mindset coach, and bestselling author of six books, currently working on her 7th one. She has been shaping the creative and financial landscapes with her rich experience spanning over 25 years in graphic design and 19 years in the financial industry. Her work has earned the trust of illustrious brands, including Disney, Nintendo, Target, Universal Studios, The U.S. Air Force ROTC, University of Southern California, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

< Mia McLeod

McLeod & Associates

Shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley in 2004, Mia started McLeod & Associates at the age of 22. 3 years later, she was honored by the National Association of Realtors and by Realtor Magazine as a 30 Under 30 recipient in 2008. With nearly two decades in the real estate and mortgage industry, Mia’s mission is to create Raving Fans by raising the standard with how we service our real estate and mortgage clients. Moreover, McLeod’s core ‘WHY’ and purpose statement is: “We strive to care, inspire, and add value to others in everything that we do.”

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Mayor Farrah Khan

Trez Ibrahim

Karla Gonzalez

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Ticket Pricing

Member Ticket

For FACCOC members
$ 25
  • Full Access to the Event
  • Continental Breakfast & Lunch Included

Non-member Ticket

For visitors & guests
$ 40
  • Full Access to the Event
  • Continental Breakfast & Lunch Included

Exhibitor Table

For FACCOC members
$ 100
  • w/ 2 event tickets
  • Continental Breakfast & Lunch Included

Exhibitor Table

For Non-members
$ 200
  • w/ 2 event tickets
  • Continental Breakfast & Lunch Included

Registration Form