College of Business Showcase

Save the date: 2018 College of Business Showcase

Wednesday, May 2nd

6-9pm, University Center Ballroom

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2017 College of Business Showcase

The College of Business celebrated and honored our graduates, including the Outstanding Seniors, and our Business and Community Leadership award recipients at the 10th annual Business Showcase on April 25, 2017.

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2017 Award Recipients

Outstanding Graduates

Master of Business Administration

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia

Jose was born in Mexico, and moved to California at the age of two. Jose has lived in Monterey County ever since, residing in the town of Greenfield.

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While attending Greenfield schools, he became an active member of his community. Jose was hired as a bank teller for JPMorgan Chase, making him the youngest to be hired as an employee.

This position guided him into a fruitful career in the banking industry, having held a number of different positions and managerial roles. From there, he learned and developed his passion for business. Jose holds a Bachelor’s Degree with the Magna Cum Laude distinction from California State University Monterey Bay’s Humanities and Communications program, 2011.

Today, he serves as a High School Equivalency (HSE) Instructor at the One-Stop Career Center in King City, helping adult students obtain their HSE certificates. This academic program is designed to give an opportunity to those who did not have a chance to attend high school. He also serves as an Adult Diploma and ESL Instructor for Soledad Adult School, teaching English to adult learners and developing a unit recovery program for high school dropouts. His passion for teaching and for the betterment of his community extends from the wonderful role models he encountered both in his academic career at CSUMB and throughout his life.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Stephanie Riviello


Stephanie was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. After working in the hospitality industry, Stephanie returned to college to pursue a career in accounting.

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Throughout her time at CSUMB, Stephanie served on the board of CSUMB’s Accounting Society while working in the restaurant industry and as an intern at Hayashi Wayland.

Stephanie graduated from CSUMB in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Stephanie accepted a full-time position with Hayashi Wayland as an accountant in January 2017. Stephanie is currently pursuing her CPA license and hopes to return to graduate school to earn a Master of Science degree in Taxation.

Bachelor of Sustainable Hospitality Management

Kelly Wright

Kelly wright

Kelly grew up in Livermore, CA, where she was active in Girl Scouts, 4H and FFA.

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She raised dogs, horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. While in 4-H, she served as 4H camp counselor and logged countless hours of community service. In eighth grade, Kelly attended the National Young Leaders State Conference, where she developed essential leadership skills at a young age.

Throughout her time at CSUMB, Kelly was inducted as a member to the National Society of Leadership and Success at the presidential level, made the Dean’s List five times, volunteered for events such as Gourmet Fest and the Sea Otter Classic, and worked a full-time front desk position with The Inn at Spanish Bay. Kelly is passionate about Hospitality and is looking forward to starting her career. Kelly is graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Hospitality Management.

College of Business Distinguished Alumni


Bardomina Lopez

Bardomina was born and raised in East Salinas as a daughter of immigrant parents. During her time at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), she studied Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology/E-commerce, in addition to a minor in Communications Design. She faced a number of challenges, but with hard work and determination she was able to graduate at the top of her class with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

As a result of the education received at CSUMB, she secured an internship at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and after graduation was offered a full-time position. Education has played a vital role in her life which is one of the reasons why she is enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at NPS.

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César E. Chávez once said_, “it is not enough to teach our young people to be successful… it is not enough to progress as individuals while our friends and neighbors are left behind.”_ Bardomina believes in the importance of not leaving anyone behind which is why she is active in her community and why she also prides herself in continuing the connection and collaboration with CSUMB. As an Alumni Board member and an Alumni Director for the Foundation, she continues to volunteer her time and hopes to motivate others to go above and beyond the education, but to also live out the Alumni Motto of_“Continuing the Vision, Giving Back, and Staying Connected.”_

Business Leadership Award

Gary tanimura

Gary Tanimura

Gary Tanimura, Vice President of Production for Tanimura & Antle. Gary is part of a third-generation agriculture family, which has been in the Salinas Valley for the past 95 years.

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He graduated from Hartnell College in 1969 with an AA degree. He then went to San Jose State and graduated in 1972 with a business degree in marketing. After college, he went to work at H & T Packing, a small romaine and green onion business, which was a partnership with the Tanimura Bros. and Higashi Bros.

After four years there, his father wanted Gary to come back to the family farm to grow crops for the Bud Antle Company. In 1982, the Tanimura and Antle’s formed a partnership, known today as Tanimura and Antle. Gary worked his way up from a grower, to area manager of Salinas Valley to his current position, which includes overseeing operations in Salinas, San Joaquin Valley, Oxnard, Imperial Valley and Yuma, Arizona. Gary is married to his wife Mayumi and they have two kids, Selina and Michael. Mr. Tanimura has been involved with the Hartnell College’s agriculture steering committee for the last 10 years. He is a past director and president of the Hartnell College Foundation. He is now serving as president of the college’s planned giving and is also president of the Salinas Buddhist Temple for this year. Tanimura & Antle is one of the largest Grower-Shipper of fresh vegetable in the United States. We ship annually 40 million cartons of produces, which is grown on 36 thousand acres of land in the Salinas Valley, San Joaquin Valley, Oxnard and Imperial Valley of California. The company has been based in the Salinas Valley for the past 35 years. Its main crops are head lettuce, leaf lettuce,cauliflower, broccoli and celery. The company is also known for its proprietary artisan lettuce, artisan romaine and artisan broccoli and artisan red onion.

Community Leadership Award

Julius robinson

Julius Robinson

Julius Robinson serves as managing director and head of MUFG Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) group for the Americas.

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He is responsible for company-wide CSR strategy and programs in the United States, Latin America and Canada, including charitable giving, community outreach, environmental stewardship, and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance and investment.

Mr. Robinson also oversees the bank’s government relations activities and the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the nonprofit entity that acts as the agent for the bank’s charitable contributions. In addition, he is responsible for the bank’s Community Advisory Board. Mr. Robinson joined the bank in 1986 and has more than 37 years of banking experience and a comprehensive knowledge of credit analysis, underwriting, residential mortgage, and commercial and consumer lending. His career includes expertise gained through positions with San Diego Trust & Savings, Crocker Bank, Chase Manhattan, Home Savings of America, GMAC Mortgage, his own private consulting firm in marketing and sales management as well as a previous stint at Union Bank before he returned to the company in 1997 as a vice president and regional manager. He was promoted to market president in 2006, responsible for the bank’s then 120-branch network in the Central Valley, Central Coast, and Northern California. Mr. Robinson is well known for his community involvement. He is Chairman of Operation HOPE’s Northwest Board of Directors and Advisor to the CSU Monterey Bay Business School Board and Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce. He is on the boards of Students Rising Above, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), Bay Area Black United Fund, and the Oakland Education Fund. In addition, he was the 2009 Bay Area Chair for the American Heart Association. Honored for his community service, Mr. Robinson received congressional recognition for his work in the field of corporate social responsibility and his dedication to the Filipino-American community in 2014. He also has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Educating Young Minds; the Corporate Philanthropy Achievement Award from the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation; and the Community Leadership Award from the California Journal for Filipino Americans. In addition, Mr.Robinson was recognized with the Fredrick D. Patterson award as Individual of the Year from the United Negro College Fund in 2010; was named by the council of 101 Black Men as a leader and role model to the community in 2007; and received the Whitney Young Award from the Boy Scouts for meritorious service to the community in 2006. He was the keynote speaker for the 2008 Graduating Class of Alliant International University. Mr. Robinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and economics from the United States International University, and completed the post- graduate program with Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, Seattle. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Practice in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Tickets & Sponsorships

Individual tickets - $125

Table Sponsorships - $1,250 | table of eight guests, tables seat ten; two seats will be reserved for our graduating students!

Shooting Star - $1,750 | Includes 2 dinner tickets

Comet- $2,500 | Includes 4 dinner tickets

Super Nova - $5,000 | Includes 8 dinner tickets

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A special thanks for our 2017 Sponsors


CSU Monterey Bay Online MBA Program

Shooting Star

Hayashi Wayland


  • Central Coast Federal Credit Union
  • C.H. Robinson and Robinson Fresh
  • Michael Fox
  • Jeffrey and Merle Froshman
  • Hayashi Wayland
  • Jack and Cynthia McKenna
  • Monterey Peninsula Country Club
  • Fane and Corie Opperman
  • Rabobank
  • Dr. Marylou Shockley


  • McShane’s Nursery & Landscape Supply
  • Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce

2017 Featured Restaurants

The success of Business Showcase is in the hands of our wonderful featured restaurants. Thanks for another great dinner!

Sakura restaurant
Ord Market
Sardine Factory

Couldn't make it? Watch it on YouTube

2016 Business Showcase video

Past Award Recipients

Business Leadership

Business leadership recipients are selected, in part, due to their recognized accomplishments: in leading their own company or organization, in their respective industry with demonstrated leadership beyond the organization, in supporting the community and bridging sectors, and their recognized support of CSU Monterey Bay and/or the College of Business.

  • 2016 - Rose Ann Wollpert, Graniterock Historian
  • 2015 - Ted Balestreri, CEO of the Cannery Row Company
  • 2014 – Ray Griffin, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  • 2013 – Mark Verbonich, Pebble Beach Co.
  • 2012 – Andy Matsui, Matsui Nursery, Inc.
  • 2011 – Mike Briley, Hayashi Wayland
  • 2010 – Don Chapin, Don Chapin Company
  • 2009 – Andrew Ausonio, Ausonio, Inc.

Community Leadership

Community Leadership recipients are selected, in part, due to their: established track record of respect in the community, innovation in addressing community concerns and challenges, demonstrated commitment to and substantial awareness and understanding of their community, and leadership by identifying community needs and developing partnerships with businesses, governments, and others to create initiatives to meet these needs.

  • 2016 - Susie Brusa, CEO Rancho Cielo Youth Campus
  • 2015 - Miles Reiter, Chairman of the Board of Driscoll's
  • 2014 – Gill Campbell, CEO and General Manager, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • 2013 - Jill Allen, Franciscan Workers and Dorothy’s Place
  • 2012 – Ollie Nutt, Monterey Peninsula Foundation
  • 2011 – Mary Adams, United Way Monterey County
  • 2010 – Bill Leahy, Big Sur Land Trust
  • 2009 – Donna Ferraro, Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County

Outstanding Graduates

The Outstanding Graduates are selected holistically. Among the many factors considered are their: high GPA in BUS courses, ability to work in a team, high level of respect to fellow classmates and faculty, and leadership and service on and off campus.

  • 2016 - Kailey Slusser, BSBA; Anastasia Wood, BSSHM; Sherry Etoch, MBA
  • 2015 - Keli James, BSBA
  • 2014 – Desirae Bennett, BSBA
  • 2013 – Theresa Gordon, BSBA
  • 2012 – Marie Beard, BSBA
  • 2011 – Megan McNicholas, BSBA
  • 2010 – Jessica Grado, BSBA
  • 2009 – Jaclyn Walkenhorst, BSBA
  • 2008 – Brandon Wehman, BSBA