The City of Vernon Business and Industry Commission (BIC) meets quarterly in February, May, August and November on the second Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chamber located at Vernon City Hall.
Staff Contact Information:
William Fox, Finance Director
Vernon City Hall
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058
Phone: (323) 583-8811
Eric R. Gustafson, Chair
Eric R. Gustafson is the CEO of Coast Packing Company ("Coast"), a leading manufacturer of edible oils, shortenings, and meat products in the United States. He is the 4th generation of his family to own and operate Coast. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Coast, Eric serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of North American Meat Association (NAMA) and is also the Chairman of NAMA's Workplace Issues Committee.
Robert Wendoll, Vice Chair
Robert Wendoll is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Dunn-Edwards Corporation, in Los Angeles. Mr. Wendoll is on the California Paint Council Steering Committee and has participated in the Community Air Quality Task Force of the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County, the California Integrated Waste Management Board's Paint Recycling Task Force, and U.S. EPA's Architectural Coatings Regulatory Negotiation Committee.
Douglas Pittman, Commissioner
Douglas Pittman is the Plant Engineering Manager for Owens Illinois, a multi-national glass container manufacturer which traces its roots in Vernon back to 1929. He is a member of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
William Davis, Commissioner
Stan Stosel, Commissioner
Stan Stosel is the Senior Assistant Business Manager/International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #47. Stan is a Journeyman Wireman who has been involved in utility issues since 1997 at the local, state, and federal levels. He represents workers at both municipal and investor-owned utilities. He has dealt with legislative and regulatory issues in that time. He currently serves on the Riverside County Workforce Investment Board and is a City of Riverside Planning Commissioner. Stan was previously a member of the City of Riverside Charter Review Commission.
Jack Whalen, Commissioner
Jack Whalen has been one of the most successful and prominent commercial real estate broker in Southern California since 1985. Prior to his Real Estate career, he attended and graduated from University of Southern California, and upon graduation joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells as a Certified Public Accountant, where he was employed for nearly a decade.
Jack's breadth and depth of experience in the market are the direct result of his concentrated focus on assisting property owners with leasing, sale and acquisition of industrial real estate throughout Southern California. He has earned a reputation as a market expert with his clients who include major corporations and institutional owners, as well as small business throughout the region. He proudly holds one of the most respected designations with the Commercial Real Estate Industry – Society of Industrial and Office Realtors ("SIOR"). This is a distinction that less than one percent (1%) of all national Commercial Real Estate practitioners hold.
A firm believer in collaboration, Jack has also developed strategic relationships with experts in finance, appraisal, architecture, construction and materials handling to bring their collective expertise together in the interest of his clients. Jack's highly successful and respected career stems from over 30 years of faithful service to his clients, industry and community. Jack maintains offices both in the City of Long Beach and Los Angeles to better serve the needs of his valued clients.
Notable Achievements & Community Involvement
Broker of the Year at each of the affiliations, McKinney & Company
Broker of the Year – Heger Industrial, Multiple Year Recipient
Circle of Excellence – Honoree, Heger Industrial, Multiple Year Recipient
Treasurer and Board Member – SIOR Greater Los Angeles
Treasurer and Board Member – SIOR Worldwide Global
President– Palos Verdes Golf Course
Commissioner, City of Vernon, Business and Industry Commission
Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Business Administration, University of Southern California
Jack Cline, Commissioner
With 35 years in the commercial real estate industry, Jack R. Cline, Jr., currently serves as Senior Vice President of Lee & Associates® specializing in industrial, land and investment brokerage. Jack is recognized as one of the top commercial brokers in the Southern California area and has earned this recognition through a strong commitment to the local market area and work ethic comparable to none.
He has executed sales/leasebacks, leased investments, landlord and tenant representation assignments, land developments, build-to-suits, redevelopment agency work, eminent domain action defenses, foreclosure sales, short sales, bankruptcy sales, and partnership partitions. Jack has developed a strong working knowledge of environmental, legal, and tax matters affecting real property disposition. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with specialized industries from textile, food processing, transportation, and logistics and has worked with most of the local Class B and C industrial property investors. In February 1996, Jack, along with two others, founded the Lee & Associates® office in the City of Commerce and co-managed the office for 5 years, overseeing the office's growth from a startup to a market leader in terms of transaction volume, number of brokers, and square feet listed.
Jack has professional affiliations with AIR Commercial Real Estate Association and the Los Angeles Realty Board. He serves on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles County Development Commission dba Business Finance Center, AltaMed Foundation, Realhound, S3 Consulting LLC, and Lee & Associates – Commerce/Industry, Inc.