Jane Pak is a run-into-the-burning-building kind of person. She loves to solve problems and launches herself towards them. Her track record demonstrates expertise across multiple organizational functions and performance areas with a keen focus on companies seeking to make significant strategic changes. She specializes in combining the power of operational efficiency with talent development and building amazing teams that can do extraordinary things.
Her 20-year career has been focused on delivering results in highly dynamic environments. Pak is the Founder and Lead Advisor of WMBE Advisors, LLC; a boutique consultancy firm serving wholesale and direct-to-consumer fashion brands in all aspects of business development, production, operations, strategy, logistics, finance, talent development, and market positioning. Prior to WMBE Advisors, Pak served as CEO/President to several apparel and footwear companies such as Signorelli, VMT-Los Angeles, and Old Gringo Boots. Pak has also advised leadership in public and private consumer product and service companies in growth strategies and finance including such clients as Philips, Travelers Insurance, Hershey Cause, Veronica M. Toub, and Tallix.
Pak previously served as the CEO of one of the worlds largest women’s business groups representing over 543,000 privately held, 50% or more women-owned firms in the greater Los Angeles region, employing over 692,000 people and generating nearly $125 billion in sales. She also served as the Director of External Affairs for the Small Business Administration, a Presidential appointment, and as Liaison to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, a Presidential Advisory Board. Pak has also served as the first woman and ethnic-minority Chapter Chair of SCORE-LA, the largest volunteer-based business counseling organization in the country.
Active in the community, Pak has served on several non-profit boards of directors including Make-A-Wish, Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, The Los Angeles Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Los Angeles YWCA. Pak volunteers as a mentor for graduate students at USC and with Red Cross of Los Angeles.
A proud Trojan, Pak holds an MBA from The University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. She is a contributive writer for the Huffington Post and is a frequent guest for a range of news/media outlets including Bloomberg, Ernst & Young, Bank of America, Pratt Whitney-Rocketdyne, the Academy for Business Leadership, and for the City of Los Angeles.
If you want to find her in her free time, you’ll have to look to the skies when she’s flying a single engine aircraft, playing a round of golf, casting a fly rod wherever there’s trout, SCUBA diving for lobsters, jumping into spontaneous street-salsa competitions, running half marathons, racing down a mountainside in search of perfect powder, hitting the boxing ring, or seated at a World Series of Poker table. That is, when she’s not relentlessly in pursuit of the ultimate taco al pastor.