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College of Business

Executive In Residence Program

The Executive In Residence Program at CSUMB's College of Business was launched in 2019. Appointed by Dean Kamath to renewable one-year terms, executives in residence bring their experience, energy, and perspective to provide practical business perspectives and content to College of Business students, projects, and initiatives.

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Tom Bryan

Tom Bryan – Former CFO, Taylor Farms

Tom Bryan has been in the produce industry since 1986 in management and executive roles with Dole, Fresh Express and Taylor Farms.

Full bio:

Tom Bryan was born in Jefferson, Georgia in June of 1953. After high school, he attended Duke University and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Management Science. After working for 2 years in banking in Atlanta, he went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MBA in Finance in 1980. After receiving his MBA, Tom returned to commercial banking for 6 years at which time he left to take a position with Dole Vegetables in Salinas in 1986. He has been in the produce industry since then with Dole, Fresh Express and for the last 25 years with Taylor Fresh Foods as its CFO. As of January 31, 2020, Tom has retired as CFO from Taylor Fresh Foods.

Mr. Bryan has appeared as a guest lecturer in these classes:

  • BUS 353 - Advanced Financial Management
  • BUS 307 - Finance
  • BUS 350 - Financial Literacy
  • BUS 383 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUS 203 - Financial Accounting
  • BUS 384 - Intermediate Accounting II
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Sharon Crino

Sharon Crino – Former VP & General Manager, Eastman Kodak

During her 30-year career at Eastman Kodak, Sharon Crino held several senior management positions, including General Manager, Health Imaging and Corporate Vice President.

Full bio:

Sharon Crino is a retired Executive from Eastman Kodak Company. During her 30-year career at Eastman Kodak, she held several senior management positions. Most notable, she served as General Manager, Health Imaging and Corporate Vice President, Eastman Kodak. Ms. Crino led the digital transition of Kodak’s second-largest business for Europe, the Pacific, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia, including 50+ countries. During her tenure at Eastman Kodak, Ms. Crino acted as the executive liaison to the European Union for Eastman Kodak’s European Business Units. After leaving Eastman Kodak, Ms. Crino held senior management positions at the American Red Cross, Monterey Peninsula College, and CASA. Ms. Crino currently services on the Business Advisory Board, CSUMB (California State University Monterey Bay), and the CHI Board (Community Health Innovations), Montage Health, Monterey, CA. She is also involved with several local start-up companies and start-up activities. Previous board positions include Carmel International Film Festival and Tanimura and Antle, Salinas CA.

Ms. Crino has appeared as a guest lecturer in these classes:

  • BUS 451 - Venture Formation/Finance
  • BUS 305 - Principals of Management
  • BUS 330 - Human Resources Management
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Lorri Koster

Lorri Koster – Principal at Koster Communications

Lorri A. Koster is a Principal at Koster Communications, and former CEO and a primary shareholder of Mann Packing Company.

Full bio:

Lorri A. Koster is a Principal at Koster Communications, and former CEO and a primary shareholder of Mann Packing Company; a grower, shipper, processor of fresh vegetables headquartered in California’s Salinas Valley. Mann Packing is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US. Lorri was raised in the agricultural industry and is the third generation of her family to work in produce. Lorri has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a minor in business marketing from California State University, Chico.

Ms. Koster has appeared as a guest lecturer in these classes:

  • BUS 322 - Integrated Marketing Comm.
  • BUS 323 - Service Marketing
  • BUS 375 - AgriBus Trading & Risk Management
  • BUS 421 - Market Research
  • BUS 425 - Global Marketing
  • BUS 306 - Fundamentals of Marketing
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Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy – Former CEO & COO of Driscoll’s

Kevin Murphy is the former CEO of Driscoll’s and was responsible for all worldwide operations.

Full bio:

Kevin Murphy is the former CEO of Driscoll’s and was responsible for all worldwide operations. Driscoll’s grows and markets fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries worldwide. They are headquartered in Watsonville with operations in over twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries. Kevin came to Driscoll's from Capurro Farms where he served for three years as President. Kevin led this family-owned company through a series of transformations that led to a merger of Capurro Farms with Growers Express. Prior to Capurro, Kevin was with Fresh Express for almost 15 years. During that period he held various jobs that included heading up strategic planning, marketing, and operations for the company. Kevin was born and grew up in South Africa. He has an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and a MBA.

Mr. Murphy has appeared as a guest lecturer in these classes:

  • BUS 375 - AgriBus Trading & Risk Management
  • BUS 435 - Supply Chain Management
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Kelly O’Brien

Kelly O’Brien – CEO, Tendaji, LLC

Kelly O’Brien is CEO of Tendaji, LLC, a woman-owned, employee-driven service company based in Monterey, California.

Full bio:

Kelly Erin O’Brien is CEO of Tendaji, LLC, a woman-owned, employee-driven service company based in Monterey, California. Tendaji aspires to fulfill its core principles of responsible business: Profit, Customer Service and Employee Equity, Respect for the Environment, Community Service and Transparency in Governance. O'Brien was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Sensortech Services LLC, a medical device logistics and program management services company. O’Brien’s career includes Environmental Engineering Research and Management for University of Santa Clara, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, and FMC Corporation, San Jose CA. As founding partner and Chief Information Systems Officer of Gaia Systems, Portola Valley CA, O’Brien designed and developed of Environmental Management GIS software and introduced two commercial products into the market. Between 1990 and 1996, O’Brien taught Environmental, Health and Safety Management at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz Extension, Foothill – DeAnza Community College District, Cupertino, CA, Merritt College, Oakland, CA, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA and the Community College of San Francisco. She is Past President of the Board of Directors of KUSP 88.9 FM, Central Coast Public Radio. She was former on-air host of Life in the Fast Lane, a program that highlighted technologies that may lower dependence on fossil fuels. O’Brien holds a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), Sustainability and Environmental Management, Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Ms. O’Brien has appeared as a guest lecturer in the following classes:

  • BUS 433 - MGMT of Non-Profit Organ.
  • BUS 451 - Venture Formation/Finance
  • BUS 200 - Personal and Professional Responsibility in Business
  • BUS 305 - Principals of Management
  • BUS 310 - Entrepreneurship

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