Ivan Nikkhoo to Serve as Judge at USC Global Consulting Challenge

February 24, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) ─ Ivan Nikkhoo, Managing Director at Siemer & Associates, will participate as a judge in the Global Consulting Challenge on Friday, February 24, at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.  Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard (HP), the competition will require entrants to present their analysis of a company, its industry and their recommendations for its strategic direction. Judges will select winners based on their understanding of the client’s competitive advantage and culture, current industry trends and key business issues, approach to gathering and presenting data, anticipation of client objections, persuasiveness and overall presentation quality, and team effectiveness in a presentation environment.

“The USC Marshall School of Business is a fine academic institution, and I enjoy doing what I can to bring a real world perspective to its educational programs,” said Nikkhoo. “I feel it is important to support the programs which will spawn the future leaders within our Southern California business community.”

About the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

The USC Marshall School of Business is a private research and academic institution committed to educating tomorrow’s global leaders. With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, collaborative research and social responsibility, the USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment. Its guiding philosophy — success demands an understanding of the inner workings of the global marketplace — has established USC Marshall as a leader among the nation’s premier business schools.

About Siemer & Associates LLC

Siemer & Associates LLC is a global boutique merchant bank dedicated to offering candid insight and guidance to digital media, software and Internet companies throughout their business life cycles. Composed of industry veterans who have worked both inside and out of technology enterprises, S&A has successfully completed more than 50 transactions that aggregated over $3 billion in sell-side mandates and surpassed $1.5 billion in equity capital.  Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, S&A offers exceptional corporate capital raising, financial advisory services and M&A, specializing in complex cross-border transactions.

Committed to expanding the international technology ecosystem, Siemer & Associates promotes innovative entrepreneurs through its early-stage investment arm, Siemer Ventures. One of the most active investment funds in Southern California, Siemer Ventures claims more than 40 current portfolio companies and makes an average of 12 new investments each year in startups. Siemer Ventures bridges the funding gap between seed and Series A capital raises, helping emerging leaders overcome a critical hurdle to success necessary for the ongoing development of the global technology marketplace.