The Board of Directors is made up of strong industry leaders and Padres Pedal the Cause advocates who dedicate their time, talent and treasure to guide the organization's strategy, mission and vision.
Bill Koman, Founder
Chairman and CEO
Bill Koman has been a well-known and highly regarded name in construction, development, and brokerage for 35 years. Under his leadership, Koman has developed over $1 billion in new projects since 2000 throughout the Midwest region with a portfolio ranging from large office parks, retail, restaurant, condominium, and mixed-use projects. Development projects have exceeded 4 million sq. ft of various product types. In 2012, Bill expanded the firm’s presence to the west coast and established a southern California real estate platform, West of 5, based out of San Diego with two other industry-leading partners. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
Bill is involved in numerous philanthropic and community organizations in the Midwest and West Coast with a focused effort on cancer research.
Professional Affiliations (current or previous):
• Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation,
• UC San Diego Medical System
• Pedal the Cause St. Louis and San Diego
• Chairman of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Board of Visitors.
• Friends of Kids with Cancer, Family Support Network and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
Molly Cartmill is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sempra Energy, a company that supports more than 40 million consumers worldwide with a range of energy services. Molly directs and manages the corporate responsibility reporting function at Sempra Energy. She also oversees political contributions, political action committee activities and corporate political reporting and compliance across the Sempra Energy family of companies.
Molly received her B.A. from SDSU Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies and her M.S, Executive Leadership from University of San Diego.
Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Marketing
Carol Cox most recently served as the NuVasive Executive Vice President, External Affairs and was responsible for leading NuVasive’s external communications efforts, the Better Way Back and NuVasive Spine Foundation. Her prior roles include Senior Vice President, External Affairs at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute; Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications at Life Technologies; Vice President of Investor Relations at CareFusion Corporation; and Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at Barr Pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Cox holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a certificate in Investor Relations from The University of Connecticut School of Business.
Executive Managing Director
As the executive managing director for CBRE’s San Diego and North Baja Mexico business, John Frager oversees more than 250 real estate professionals in three office locations. He is responsible for the successful integration of multiple business lines while leveraging the expertise of CBRE’s professionals to ensure that clients seize opportunities and make highly informed decisions. Mr. Frager also acts as chief of staff for the Southern California and Hawaii Division. In this role, he directly supports the president in the executive management and operations of the firm’s 16 local offices – including greater Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Hawaii – and oversees the coordination and planning of business activities of all local market area and lines of business.
Mr. Frager also supports numerous charitable and community endeavors. He has been the past chairman of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County and has been an active board member for 14 years. He has served on campaign cabinets for Scripps Health and as the chairman and educational chair of the YPO San Diego Gold Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization. He also serves on the board of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Frager has spent 23 years of his 31-year career in commercial real estate with CBRE, holding various executive positions. He has served on Americas Operating Management Board in two separate roles, and he received the CBRE James J. Didion Leadership Award twice. After earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1980, Mr. Frager spent six years serving his country as a member of the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot overseas.
Jimmy Herbst is the CEO of DSS, Direct Systems Support, a nationally-recognized leader in the design and implementation of infrastructure solutions for large-scale and complex business problems. Jimmy has been involved in Pedal since 2013.
Jay Indovino partnered with Bill Koman to start Pedal the Cause St. Louis in 2010 as the Executive Director of Pedal the Cause. He served as the interim Executive Director in San Diego in 2016 and has been on the board since.
Senior Director, Operations Finance
Debra Jackson is the Senior Director of Operations and Finance for Becton Dickinson, previously CareFusion, a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. Debra has been involved in Pedal since its inception in 2013.
Mr. Michael Militello serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director at Rocketail, LLC. Mr. Militello serves as Operating Executive Advisor of D2 Equity Capital LLC. Mr. Militello serves as President of Ultron Lift Corp. He serves as an Operating Executive Advisor at D2 Equity Capital LLC. His professional career spans a variety of roles leading the operational and financial turnarounds of small, privately held manufacturing companies in the United States., Canada and the United Kingdom. Mr. Militello retired as President of Waltco Lift Corp. During his tenure, he doubled sales and significantly increased profitability within two years by recruiting key members of the management team, streamlining manufacturing operations, developing new market-leading product lines, establishing industry-standard quality and service, and repositioning the company’s marketing strategy.
Mr. Militello was Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer at MHI, Inc. Mr. Militello’s prior professional career also includes serving as Vice President and General Manager for both public and privately held companies involved in the aerospace, machine tool, and printing and packaging sectors. He served as Regional Controller for Sheraton Corporation.
Mr. Militello holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
Senior Vice President, Community & Military Affairs
Tom Seidler is a longtime baseball executive from a three-generation baseball family, and an active member of the San Diego community.
Prior to joining the Padres, Seidler was a team owner/operator in minor league baseball for 20 years, with professional baseball teams in Port St. Lucie, Kissimmee, Great Falls, Stockton, and Caracas, Venezuela. Seidler’s family has been involved in Major League Baseball for three generations, from Grandfather Walter O’Malley, a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame; to Tom’s uncle Peter O’Malley and mother Terry O’Malley Seidler; to the current generation led by brother Peter Seidler.
Seidler serves on the Boards of Directors for several local organizations:
• Big Brothers, Big Sisters
• Downtown San Diego Partnership
• Padres Pedal the Cause
• San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
• Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Diego
Seidler earned a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University. He and his family reside in San Diego.
Tony Stiegler has tried 30+ cases to verdict, tried a comparable number of domestic and international arbitrations, led dozens of injunctive relief hearings, and has handled and settled almost 1,000 cases in a career dating to 1986. He represents emerging technology companies, Fortune 500 companies and individuals, with a focus on high-stakes and complex disputes. He is highly experienced in life sciences collaboration disputes, pharmaceutical drug discovery, medical devices, cybersecurity, wireless communications, computer software and chip design, consumer products, and in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, fiduciary duty, fraud and all types of contract matters.
Dr. Jean Wickersham, MD is a retired neurosurgery specialist in San Diego, CA and practiced for 31 years. She graduated from University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1981 and specialized in neurosurgery.