College of Business Showcase

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:00pm — 9:00pm

University Center
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About Showcase

The College of Business Showcase is a dinner and awards ceremony which celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of this year’s graduating class as well as honoring community and business leaders. The event is sponsored by local businesses and is a great opportunity for students and businesses to network.

2017 College of Business Showcase Photos

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2018 Award Recipients

Outstanding Graduates

Master of Business Administration

Patrick Recinto


Patrick Recinto received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013 from the University of California, San Diego - Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Penn State University in 2009.

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Patrick currently works as a clinical pharmacist in San Diego for Coram Specialty Infusion Services, a subsidiary of CVS Health, and helps manage their patients in home infusion therapies by collaborating with teams of pharmacists, technicians, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. Prior experiences include working as Pharmacist-in-Charge for Modern Health - Long Term Care pharmacy and working as a Research Associate for the Mandyam Lab at the Scripps Research Institute.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Nicole Sharpe

Nicole Sharpe

Nicole grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota. After marrying her husband, an Active Duty United States Marine, Nicole lived in five different states in seven years. She served as the Battalion Command Team Advisor for the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, supporting Marines and their families through the Unit, Personal, Family Readiness Program while living in Maryland. After returning to Monterey, Nicole enrolled full-time at Monterey Peninsula College.

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Upon transferring to CSUMB, Nicole joined CSUMB’s Accounting Society and volunteered with the United Way’s VITA Program to assist low-income families with their tax returns. She also continued serving fellow Marine families through hosting monthly spouse social and networking events for the Defense Language Institute Marine spouse group. Nicole finished her Bachelor’s degree in three years’ time.

Nicole intends to pursue her CPA license upon graduation while working as a government accountant for the Department of the Navy.

Bachelor of Sustainable Hospitality Management

Lynnette Vong

Lynnette Vong

Lynnette Vong was born and raised in the East Los Angeles area. Growing up as a first generation Chinese-American kid in the ‘90’s, she learned English as a second language and befriended people of many backgrounds and interests. In her free time, she tries to satisfy her many interests in instrumental music, nature, martial arts, entrepreneurship, and travelling.

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Her college curriculum and degrees reflect the same pattern. Before moving to the beautiful central coast of California, Lynnette obtained associate degrees in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Business Administration. She has also explored jobs in various industries including product development, the financial industry, retail sales, the salon industry, and the hospitality industry.

Lynnette likes to tackle new challenges and projects from every direction. Many may say that she has a knack for managing details, marketing, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge, trivial or not. Her passion is to serve others and create value wherever she goes. It is very hard for her to say “no” to someone or something she knows she may be able to help. Her personal favorite quote is, “aim high; score higher” because she believes in limitless possibilities and opportunities to succeed.

During her undergraduate studies at the California State University Monterey Bay, she worked as an assistant event manager for the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development, undergraduate student researcher, hotel operations management intern, and as a student volunteer coordinator for the Sustainable Hospitality Management program.

She currently lives in Seaside and works as the Group Rooms Coordinator in the revenue management and reservations department at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. She hopes to continue to grow as a leader in the hospitality industry and to create meaningful and memorable experiences for others.

College of Business Distinguished Alumni


Bethany Mayer, MBA '11

Bethany Mayer is currently an Executive Partner with Siris Capital Group LLC, a New York based private equity firm. Ms. Mayer is the former president and CEO of Ixia, a publicly traded $500M company and the market leader in test, visibility and security solutions. During her tenure at Ixia, Ms. Mayer drove the growth of the company in key new markets culminating in a successful sale of the company to Keysight Technologies Inc in 2017. Ms. Mayer brings over 25 years of technology experience serving in executive roles in companies both large and small. Prior to Ixia, Mayer was senior vice president and general manager of HP’s $2.5B Networking business unit and the NFV business unit. In addition, Mayer served as senior vice president, marketing and alliances for Blue Coat Systems, and held leadership roles at Cisco Systems and Apple. Ms Mayer is an independent board member of Sempra Energy a board member of Pulse Secure Inc.

Business Leadership Award

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is the CEO of Driscoll’s and is 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.

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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. He is married with two children aged 23 and 21 and lives in Monterey. His hobbies include running, sailing, squash, and golf.

Community Leadership Award

Tammy Blount

Tammy Blount

President & CEO, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tammy Blount is a tourism professional with a career of nearly 30 years, starting in the hotel industry in her home city of Vancouver, BC to her current role as the President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Tammy’s career has included participation in a variety of state, regional and national tourism initiatives leading to her current place on the Executive Committee of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). Tammy will be DMAI’s Chair in 2017, only the fifth woman to do so in more than 100 years. She currently serves as DMAI’s Chair-Elect and co-chairs its Destination Next Task Force. She serves on the board of US Travel, and Visit California’s CEO Destinations Council and International Committee. Tammy was recently recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, one of the top 25 Most Influential Women in the industry, and as 2015 CEO of the Year. Her background includes the executive leadership position as CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau where she was also the architect and inaugural Chair of the Washington Tourism Alliance. Tammy was also on the leadership team of Tourism Vancouver for more than a decade.

She holds Fellow Certified Destination Marketing Executive (FCDME) certification and in addition to spending every day focused on driving visitation for Monterey County, she also seeks ways to support the overall development and enhancement of the community she serves.

Tickets & Sponsorships

Individual tickets - $125

Table Sponsorships - $1,250 | table of six guests, tables seat ten; four 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 2018 Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Shooting Star

  • Hayashi Wayland
  • Central Coast Federal Credit Union
  • C.H. Robinson/Robinson Fresh
  • Driscoll's
  • Online MBA Program at CSU, Monterey Bay
  • Hayashi Wayland
  • Jeffrey and Merle Foshman
  • Monterey County Hospitality Association
  • Tostevin Accountancy Corporation
  • Drs. Shyam & Kiran Kamath
  • Goodwill of Silicon Valley
  • Hyatt Regency Monterey
  • Fane and Corie Opperman
  • Rabobank, N.A.
  • Dr. Marylou Shockley
  • Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Quail Lodge & Golf Club
  • Dr. & Mrs. John McKenna
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium


  • Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Estancia Winery

2018 Featured Restaurants

The success of Business Showcase is in the hands of our wonderful featured restaurants.

  • Bernardus Winery
  • Star Market
  • Estancia
  • Monterey Bay Brewing Company
  • Odonata Wines
  • Ord Market
  • Peter B's Brewpub
  • Pebble Beach Company
  • Quail Lodge
  • Sakura
  • Sardine Factory
  • Saltwood Kitchen and Oysterette
  • Jacks Monterey
  • Sodexo

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.

  • 2017 - Gary Tanimura, Tanimura & Antle
  • 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.

  • 2017 - Julius Robinson, MUFG Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) group for the Americas
  • 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.

  • 2017 - Stephanie Riviello, BSBA; Kelly Wright, BSSHM; Jose Garcia, MBA;
  • 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

Distinguished Alumni

  • 2017 - Bardomina Lopez, BSBA '05