Robert Preger’s career spans over 25 years in the Software Industry. After graduating with a BSEE from Carnegie Tech in 1962, Bob held a number of positions in the formative years of the Software Industry and eventually became part of the original management team at Oracle in 1980. Bob retired from a sales and marketing position shortly after Oracle’s successful IPO in 1986. As an independent investor, he has been instrumental in the development of several small companies in Northern California. Bob has supported a number of initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, including an Architectural CAD Lab, The Intelligent Workplace Facility, and most recently, the Entertainment Technology Center. Bob’s support of the Intelligent Workplace Facility resulted in the facility being named for him.
Bob and his wife Eleanor have resided in Incline Village since 1987 and have served on the Board of SNC for over 10 years. In 2000, Bob and his wife provided the lead funding for establishing a Computer Science Major at Sierra Nevada College, and chaired the Computer Science Advisory Board at the college.
Mr. Prim co-founded the San Francisco law firm of Howard & Prim in 1958 and was a partner until 1983. He was also one of the original founders of Hambrecht & Quist. He has served as chairman of the board of the San Francisco Ballet and the Bob Hope Performing Arts Center (McCallum Theater) in Palm Desert, Calif. He was also a member of the board of directors of Menlo College and the Vintage Club (both in Calif.). He is active in venture capital and LBOs and remains the chief executive officer and owner of Prim & Associates.
Mr. Prim holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Naval Officer’s V-12 Program, Iowa State; a bachelor of science degree in law and accounting from the University of Washington, and a doctor of laws degree from the University of Washington.
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Jess Regel is a literary agent at Foundry Literary and Media. She represents all genres of young adult and middle grade books, as well as a select list of adult general fiction, women’s fiction, and adult nonfiction. She works closely with her authors to develop their ideas for submission and collaborates with them throughout the stages of publication. She is passionate about discovering projects that are compulsive, contagious, and creative. She’s particularly interested in books that are “conversation staters” and novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing.
Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency representing subsidiary rights and building her list of authors, including: Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange (HarperTeen), Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Balzer and Bray), J.C. Carleson’s The Tyrant’s Daughter (Knopf), Jillian Cantor’s Margot (Riverbed), Pablo Cartaya’s The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (Viking Children’s), Linda Liukas’ Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding (Feiwel and Friends), Nora Mclnerny’s It’s Okay to Laugh (Dey Street), Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (Thomas Dunne/SMP) and Mark Andrew Ferguson’s The Lost Boys Symphony (Little, Brown).