Board of Directors Center of Excellence

The Board of Directors Center of Excellence is a non-profit organization providing business leaders the forum and expertise needed to meet the ever-changing challenges of corporate governance.

We are focused on connecting, educating and enabling our members to: 

(A) Prepare for and be hired as qualified professional board members, and

(B) Learn industry best practices, access best in class content and develop relevant relationships to serve their respective boards. 

Our Mission is to successfully support Boards of Directors to improve the composition and quality of their Directors to achieve the goals and objectives of the organizations they serve.

Board of Directors Center of Excellence

Upcoming Events

“The Role of the Board in Corporate & Social Responsibility”

Thursday, March 12th from 7:30am to 11:30am

at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, CA

“Boardroom Readiness & Governance 101”

Thursday, April 30th from 7:30am to 11:30am

at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA

“Private Equity & Venture Capital Boards”

Thursday, May 14th from 7:30am to 11:30am

at The Battery in San Francisco, CA

“Crisis Management in the Boardroom”

Thursday, September 24th from 7:30am to 11:30am

at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, CA

“The role of the Board in Corporate & Social Responsibility”

Thursday, October 15th from 7:30am to 11:30am

at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA

“Boardroom Readiness & Governance 101”

Thursday, November 12th from 7:30am to 11:30am

at The Battery in San Francisco, CA

Meet The Founders

Paul Gurrola

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Paul Gurrola is the Western Region Director at Stout (www.stout.com) and has his primary office in Century City. Stout is a global advisory firm specializing in Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Management Consulting.  Mr. Gurrola leads the business and client development initiatives and focuses on public and large private companies as well as financial sponsors.

Mr. Gurrola brings over 20 years of experience working with private equity firms, public and private companies on engagements that include tax and consulting projects, merger and acquisition services and transaction support services.

Mr. Gurrola has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in business both from the University of Southern California.

Rahul Merani

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Rahul is the CEO and Co-Founder for CFO's Domain - an Accounting & Finance, Consulting & Recruiting firm that provides and serves CFO's and their stakeholders with full-time employees and consultants for special projects and to backfill open roles. 

CFO's Domain focusses on Accounting, Finance, Financial Systems and Business Intelligence professionals with deep domain/industry experience throughout Northern and Southern California for early-stage, middle-market to Fortune 500 companies. 

Since 2005, Rahul was actively involved in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles chapter serving as a board member from 2010 to 2017 including on several committees; the Private Equity Roundtable and as a founding committee member of the Corporate Executive Forum and Annual Awards Dinner. 

In 2017 Rahul was appointed as a Trustee for the Conservation Society of California (Oakland Zoo) and is an Angel/Venture investor holding active investments with Amalfi Capital and Mentors Fund (where Rahul serves as a Founding Partner and Advisor). 

Rahul is a Business graduate with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) and has his Masters in Applied Finance & Investment from the Financial Securities Institute of Australia (FINSIA). Rahul began his career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in their Corporate Finance & Recovery group in Sydney, Australia.

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