Charles Zahl, President: Charles is a serial entrepreneur with broad experience as a founder and executive in several startup companies. He has over 15 years experience in a range of industries including mobile marketing, diagnostics, and business services. Charles’ background includes executive and operational management, fund raising, product development, strategic planning, business development, finance, and market development.
Following the sale of Soapbox Mobile in 2006, Charles has consulted with startup and early-stage companies to raise capital, develop business and marketing plans, design market entry and product development strategies, and negotiate technology licensing agreements.
Charles is an active community leader serving on the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation and the San Marcos Budget Review Committee, and previously was a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee.
Nikki Zahl, Vice President: Prior to SoCal EED, Nikki focused on operational and marketing leadership at key life sciences companies. She has extensive experience in developing business and market plans, in-licensing new technologies, as well as M&A strategy and integration execution. With over 10 years of experience at Life Technologies, Nikki held P&L responsibility for global business units producing over $300M in annual revenues. Nikki has a strong ability to launch new products, turn around struggling businesses, and improve overall performance.
Nikki focuses on enhancing the customer experience and using market data to develop and execute innovative and effective customer acquisition, retention, and growth strategies.
Nikki is on the Board of Directors for Athena San Diego supporting and connecting executive women in life sciences, healthcare, technology and defense industries. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board.