James Hancock – President & Founder
Jim Hancock holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT, together with a concentration in Economics and Entrepreneurship fulfilled at MIT’s Sloan School. His career experience spans early work as a Marine Engineer in the Oil Industry, to commercial software development in the Windows Utilities market, and later as the general manager and school director of one of the west coast’s largest sailing schools. Twice in his working life Jim has started and successfully run his own businesses as a sole proprietor, first in the 1980s as a computer consultant, and more recently as a 100-ton captain serving clients in the Bay Area. Starting in late 1999, Jim cruised his 39-foot sailboat from California, through Mexico and the South Pacific to Australia.
Meagan Strout – Secretary
Meagan Strout is a Florida native with a passion for things maritime. The daughter of a sailor, Meagan grew up on her father’s research vessels and lived for a short time on a U.S. Naval base on Andros Island, Bahamas. Meagan moved to the Bay Area in March of 2016 to begin a career as a recruiter after providing over 10 years of service in luxury hotel management with Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton and The Breakers. She has operational experience that includes recruiting, on-boarding and training highly efficient teams. She has administrative experience managing executive priorities, tracking projects and deadlines, handling written and verbal correspondence, and organizing and documenting important data.
Mike Beller – Treasurer
Mike Beller is a seasoned businessman with an educational background in engineering and business experience in consulting and venture capital. Mike earned his bachelor of science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University. Out of school he went into management consulting for Arthur Andersen, which later became Accenture. Later in his career he was in a position to raise venture capital for Diamond Technology Partners, ultimately taking it public. In 2013, Mike and 3 partners, founded CoVenture, a venture capital firm they grew to include VC funds, cryptocurrency funds, and credit opportunity funds. He now works day-to-day as an advisor to early stage startups and is a mentor in the UC Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator.
Jeffery Owens – Director
Jeff Owens is a professional fundraiser and is the Salvation Army's West Coast Territorial Direct Marketing Director. He describes himself as a passionate organizational capacity building champion. He has consulted for over 25 years with leading international, national and local organizations to implement long-term sustainable development programs in socially responsible program areas (Education, Social Service, Arts/Culture/Humanities, Health/Science, Environment, Emergency Relief, Civil Society and Human Rights).
Carolyn Davidson – Director
Carolyn Davidson is a Bay Area native and a dynamic, driven real estate professional. She holds a business degree from Diablo Valley College and has proven her ability to manage projects, timelines, personalities and details through her 30 years of experience in real estate financing and sales. With 16 of those years as a Relocation Specialist and Luxury Home Specialist for Coldwell Banker, she was in the International President's Circle and was in the top 8% of agents worldwide. She has a passion for education that started at a young age volunteering with her mother who was teaching a special education program. In both education and sales her focus has been on understanding the different ways in which people assimilate and process information. She has volunteered to help with her local school's fundraising and PTA.
Olivier Lauzeral – Director
Olivier Lauzeral brings the SSC a strong grounding in engineering, business, tech startups, and sailing. His credentials include an MS in Aerospace Engineering from Telecom Paris Tech in France and an MBA from UCLA. He was a navigation officer in the French Navy, leaving the reserves as First Lieutenant, before starting his career in aerospace for Alcatel and Boeing. After earning his MBA he spent 18 years in strategy and business development for tech startups in Silicon Valley. His sailing experience began as a teenager, racing in the Mediterranean and off the Atlantic coast of France. He loves longer offshore passages and has sailed across the Atlantic and to Hawaii. He now sails with his wife and two daughters on their 31-footer on San Francisco Bay.