ROY BALLE, Southern California Co-Chair, earned his degree in Accounting and Economics at TAU, which was the natural choice for this Tel Aviv native. He then started working with Ernst & Young in Israel; moving to Los Angeles in 2006 to work as an auditor with Crowe Horwath. Mr. Balle then spent six years as the Corporate Controller for Spark Networks, a public company that owns and operates online dating websites, including JDate and ChritianMingle. Mr. Balle is now the Corporate Controller at Maker Studios, which was recently acquired by Disney for $500+ million.
BSc, TAU, 2004
CLARK HOOVER, Southern California Chair, moved to Israel in 1997, a few years after earning his BA from UCLA. Israel was full of opportunity and challenge; and a stark contrast from his Jewish childhood in Indiana. Mr. Hoover served in the IDF, became a TAU graduate student, worked at a technology start-up and was the breaking news editor for Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth. He returned to Los Angeles in 2005 to get his MBA from UCLA, which he completed in 2008. Mr. Hoover worked for Goldman Sachs, before starting his own firm, Acacia Blue Asset Management, in 2010. He is now a wealth advisor for UBS.
BA, Communication Studies, UCLA, 1994
Graduate Studies in Political Science, TAU, 2001-2005
MBA, UCLA, 2008