Board of Directors



Gino joined Stevenson Real Estate Services as a Broker Associate after an 18-year career in real estate services with the City of Burbank as the City’s Real Estate Manager. He specializes in the sale and leasing of commercial and industrial property, medical office, office and post-production facilities in the Tri-cities and market area.

As Project and Real Estate Manager for the City of Burbank, Gino directed and managed acquisitions, sales, leasing and property management for City and Redevelopment Agency properties. He had primary responsibility for escrows, appraisals, tenant relocation, goodwill and fixture and equipment valuation and title issues. Gino was also responsible for street vacations and dedications, acquisition of partial real property interests and other right of way activities.

Gino holds a BA in Political Science from Whittier College and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.

1111 N. Brand Blvd, suite 200
Glendale CA 91202- USA
Phone: (818) 956-7001, ext. 46

Duccio Mortillaro – IACCW Vice President

Counsel, DENTONS

Mortillaro Duccio

Duccio Mortillaro has had extensive experience in several law firms and has built a cross-border transactional practice. He focuses on corporate transactions with an emphasis on representing foreign investors (mainly Italian and from other European countries) in the United States and US interests in Europe and Latin America in all aspects of corporate law, from entity formation to shareholders’ agreements to mergers and acquisitions. He represents clients in a variety of industries, focused on manufacturing and consumer goods. Additionally, Duccio manages US legal issues associated with operations of several European companies doing business in the United States, acting, in effect, as their general counsel in the United States. Duccio is a frequent speaker to a wide range of organizations and has written extensively on subject matters related to corporate and international law. An established international attorney who has served in numerous board capacities over the years including as past IACCW President, Duccio is coming back after a short break.

601 S. Figaroa St.
Suite 2500, CA-  USA
Phone: 213.623.9300

 Marco Crigna – Treasurer of the IACCW Board

Accountant, G.C. CONSULTANTS, INC.


Marco Crigna has been a valued Member of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West for over three years. He is currently an Accountant at G.C. Consultants, Inc. and a former  Controller at Brunello Cucinelli USA and at the Italian Culinary Institute.  Specializing in corporate audit, accounting and tax services for Italian Companies and organizations operating in the US. Marco has led in the past Tax & Accounting seminars and in fact we have one coming up in late April.

5405 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90036- USA
Phone: 323.648.3040

Jay Poggi –  Secretary of the IACCW Board  



Jay Poggi is Vice President Sales & Business Development of CaptureLock and a proud Italian-American Member of IACCW. He has over 35 years of experience in the Commercial and Industrial Construction and HVAC Service Industries. As owner of a Mechanical Service company and a former manager of large corporations such as United Technologies and Emcor, Mr. Poggi is also the Lead Engineer and investor of a patented Qualified Anti-Terrorism (QATT) Technology. Jay will provide us with a liaison to SVIEK’s initiatives (spell out SVIEK, google) supporting IACCW’s growth in technology and innovation sectors.

1120 N Towner St.
Santa Ana, CA, 92703 -USA
Phone: 925.354.2214

Leonard Lanzi – Director of the Board 



Leonard Lanzi is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association and a new member of Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West. He has 30 years of non-profit organization management and fund development experience. Mr. Lanzi works with the LAVA Board of Directors leading educational and informational programs within a venture-funded ecosystem in the greater Los Angeles region.

11301 Olympic Blvd. # 376
Los Angeles, CA, 90064 -USA
Phone: 310.499.3162

Andrea Landi – Director of the Board

President, Landi Renzo USA

Landi Renzo SpA is a world-leading company in the production of alternative automotive fuel systems, with a special focus on Natural Gas and LPG. The company was established in 1954 when Renzo Landi and his wife Giovannina Domenichini founded Officine Meccaniche Landi Renzo in Reggio Emilia, the only manufacturer of mixers specifically designed for all kinds of vehicles. Over the years sales grew rapidly and Landi Renzo established itself as an international group. From in 2007 the company has been listed in the Milan Stock Exchange. Today, the group operates in over 50 markets, has offices in 12 countries and collaborates with all the leading car manufacturers, heavily investing into R&D. Andrea Landi joined Landi Renzo in 2008, working in some of the group’s subsidiaries, namely in Brazil, Iran, Pakistan and China. Later on, he focused on the Australian and Canadian markets and began analyzing possible developments in the United States. In January 2010 Landi Renzo USA was founded in Torrance, CA and Andrea Landi was appointed President. In August of 2010 Landi Renzo USA acquired Baytech Corporation, a leader in natural gas systems for General Motors engines, based in Hayward, CA.

Today Landi Renzo USA and Baytech offer complete solutions to fleets with Natural Gas systems that meet the highest standards of CARB and EPA certifications.

23535 Telo Ave.
Torrance, CA, 90505 – USA
Phone: 310.257.9481

Marcella Leonetti-Tyler – Director of the Board 

Executive Director, Program Advancement
California State University, Northridge


Marcella Leonetti-Tyler, a veteran newspaper reporter, magazine editor and award-winning public relations practitioner, is the Executive Director of Program Advancement at California State University, Northridge.

She has an extensive history of service not only to the university, but also to the Italian American community at local, national and international levels. Marcella is the Far West (South) Regional Vice President of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in Washington, D.C.

She served as co-chair of Los Angeles County’s Christopher Columbus Quincentennial Celebration as well as being a member of the national Christopher Columbus Celebration committee established by the President of the United States. She chairs NIAF’s Italian American Media Group here in Los Angeles, and for many years was a board member of the Historic Italian Hall Foundation. Marcella was awarded the Order to the Merit of the Republic (Cavaliere) in 2006.
On the California State University, Northridge campus, she chaired the university’s 25th, 30th and 40th anniversary committees as well as the inauguration of two presidents. She directed the university’s faculty club for three terms and was recently given the “CSUN For Life Award“ that recognizes non-alumni of CSUN whose service is a consistent reflection of the university’s mission and its highest values.

Marcella is a longtime member and officer of the Public Relations Society of America and participates in Town Hall and World Affairs Council in Los Angeles.

NIAF – National Italian American Foundation &
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330 – USA
Phone: 818.677.3979

Matteo Daste – Director of the Board



Matteo Daste is a Partner Attorney at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.  He represents clients on corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, and routinely acts as outside or local counsel for both domestic and foreign entities. Mr. Daste is also a founding member of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and serves on the Board of Directors of two technology startups and three nonprofit organizations. He is also outside counsel to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. Founder of the Business Association of Italian Americans with prevalent in the Bay area. IACCW will coordinate scouting and tour services to its network members from Italy, B2B agenda and scouting tours to facilitate their entry into the US market.

555 South Flower St., 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071 – USA
Phone: 213.624.25009

Nicola Seraggioto – Director of the Board



Nicola Serragiotto is the founder and owner of Veneto Hills. Along with his wife, Mr. Serragiotto, has been dedicated to promoting “Venetian Excellence” in California. Veneto Hills is an importer and distributer of Venetian wines and Prosecco.  In addition, Mr. Serragiotto is the Vice President of Operations of AXO America, a company that is dedicated to manufacturing high end motorcycle, motocross and cycling gear. Mr. Serragiotto has been a generous and active member of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West for many years.

26465 Summit Circ.
Santa Clarita, CA 91350 – USA
Phone: 425.666.8852

Bob Foster – Director of the Board



Bob Foster has been an associate professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management since 1984. He leads the Global Access Program featuring 118 Italian companies discovering the US market over the past several years has taught high technology strategy, business plan development, and management consulting. Mr. Foster has been a representative at the

highest level of companies such as Goldsworthy Engineering, Ellison Robotics, Xerox Computer Systems, Thomas Bros. Maps and Thinque Systems. Over the years, IACCW and the Turin CC have collaborated in introducing 118 Italian Companies seeking to scout the US market with a wide range of internationalization services. Part of the success in that equation has been UCLA’s renown GAP program delivering market research and business plans by UCLA’s MBA students, in turn broadening the range of career opportunities for them. IACCW plans to facilitate greater visibility of the GAP Program to other regions in Italy, while continue to support these Italian companies by coordinating B2B meetings with key partners, developing a presence in the West Coast and spinning bilateral delegations for future projects. Bob has been at the helm of the GAP program and kindly provided a slide presentation planned for the end of our meeting today.

110 Westwood Plz, Los Angeles, CA · (310) 825-79822
Los Angeles, CA – USA
Phone: 310. 825.79822

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