Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.
A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.
There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.
Killian Wells is something of a renaissance man for the new millennium as he’s attained success and experience in a variety of entertainment and business ventures. Wells started out as a pop music artist/writer/producer and is now the founder and CEO of both XUVO (the worlds first blacklight-reactive cocktail mixer tablet) and Xyrena (the first celebrity-branded on-demand perfumery).
10:30AM (PST) – Alissa Kempton & Doug Robin, Family Law
Alissa Kempton is a founding member of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton. She graduated cum laude from Bucknell University in 1999 with a degree in political science and received her J.D. from Hastings Law School. She has been practicing family law since 2003 and provides litigation, mediation, and collaborative practice services to individuals regarding financial and custody matters. She has extensive experience representing clients seeking temporary and permanent restraining orders.
Prior to forming Robin, Ferguson & Kempton, LLP, Ms. Kempton was an associate with Presser & Robin, LLP, in Menlo Park and Hersh Family Law Practice in San Francisco. She is certified in collaborative practice and she volunteers for the San Mateo Family Court as a mediator. She has completed pro bono work in San Francisco and Santa Clara and is an active member of the Family Law Group in San Francisco. She is also a member of the Santa Clara County and San Mateo County Bar Associations. She enjoys dancing and cooking.
Doug Robin is a partner of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton, LLP, formerly Presser & Robin, founder. Mr. Robin received his J.D. from Hastings Law School after graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Philosophy. He provides litigation, mediation, and negotiation services involving financial and custody related matters for divorce proceedings. When necessary, Doug works with and utilizes the services of professionals in the areas of forensic accounting, mental health, and child custody as appropriate on a case by case basis. He has extensive experience in dissolutions that involve business valuations, executive compensation, stock options, deferred compensation, vocational evaluations, and custody evaluations. Doug also specializes in the drafting of premarital and post marital agreements.
Mr. Robin is a certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2011 and 2010. He was Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Family Law Bar Association in 2009-2010. He is a member of the Santa Clara County and San Mateo County Bar Associations, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Association of Family Law Specialists. He serves as a Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County and has completed pro bono work in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, receiving awards for his work in the community. He is also an avid skier, musician, and yoga practitioner.11:15AM (PST) – Lori Deschene, founder of the online community Tiny Buddha, and author of “Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges”
Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha, an online community that enables participants to share their experiences and insights to help themselves and others. Since launching the site in 2009, she has helped over 1,000 writers tell their stories, attracting more than three million monthly readers. She is the author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself, and Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges. She has presented at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, and her writing has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives in Los Angeles, California.11:30AM (PST) – Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts and author of the new book, “In This Together”
Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts and global ambassador of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is the bestselling author of The Romney Family Table. She is the mother of five sons and five daughters-in-law and the grandmother of twenty-three.