Steve PonTell began his association with Germania Corporation in May 2008, bringing to the company years of experience in economic development and community development and a solid record of achievement across Southern California, especially in San Bernardino County.
Mr. PonTell is a co-founder of a highly-regarded think tank, the non-profit La Jolla Institute, which has a strong history of strategic planning.
As president of the institute, Mr. PonTell frequently works with leaders of many of the Inland Empire's largest and most economically aggressive cities and counties.
experience, knowledge and contacts to help clients realize their economic and community development goals through strategic planning and strong follow-up measures.
frequently assists private business entities in their efforts to create "win-win" solutions when working with governmental agencies.
brings to Germania
a history of working with thought leaders from around Southern California on such big-picture issues as the evolution of suburbia, the changing nature of work and the emerging creative economy.
He is not strictly an economist, charting the economic development of the region.
is an economic developer, helping public and private clients understand what those numbers and trends mean and how they can best prepare themselves to work within those new realities.
also has put theory into practice in the worlds of private business, private non-profit organizations and government.
He is a partner in New West Ventures LLC, an equity investment and management firm, and is a managing partner in Pine Knot Landing LLC, a privately-owned marina facility in Big Bear Lake.
Mr. PonTell has owned his own consulting firm and has served as CEO of a large mortgage, real estate and development company focusing on the Latino marketplace.
He previously worked for the City of Big Bear Lake, ran the Ontario and Big Bear chambers of commerce and served as president of what is now called the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.
professional activities include service on the board of The Planning Center
, one of the premier planning consulting firms in Southern California, and on the board of the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association
He also serves on the board of The Children's Fund of San Bernardino County, the non-profit partner to the county's social service efforts on behalf of disadvantaged children, and on the Inland Empire Transportation Coalition.
Mr. PonTell and his wife, Michelle, live in Ontario with their daughter, Erin, and son, Michael.
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