Lyles Center elects members to advisory group

Riley Walter of Walter & Wilhelm Law Group to head up Lyles Center advisory councilRiley Walter of Walter & Wilhelm Law Group to head up Lyles Center advisory councilThe Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State has elected a new advisory council to guide the organization as it shapes students into future business leaders.

Heading up the group as council chair will be Riley Walter, partner for the Walter & Wilhelm Law Group in Fresno.

Walter, who has been involved with the Lyles Center since its founding in 2003, succeeds Will Lyles of Lyles Construction Group.

Serving as vice chair will be Timothy Terrio, CEO of Terrio Physical Fitness and president of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

Other council members include Will Lyles, Claude C. Laval III of Claude Laval Corp., Terance Frazier of Frazier Realty, Richard Gemperle of Gemperle Enterprises, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Robert Heubert of Lee's Service, Nancy Ervin of Baker Peterson & Franklin and Fresno State President John Welty.

Also, an executive committee of the council was created comprising Walter and Terrio, along with Brad Triebsch, partner in the Central Valley Fund, Scott Rhodes, regional vice president of Wells Fargo Bank, and Dr. Timothy Stearns, executive director of the Lyles Center.

The Lyles Center helps young entrepreneurs with college scholarships, workshops and office space. Once a year, the organization brings together investors as part of the Central Valley Venture Forum and pairs students with San Joaquin Valley businesses as part of its Entrepreneurship Mentor Program.