UCR School of Business Executive Fellows Program
Established in 1992, the Executive Fellows program is comprised of C-Suite executives across all industry verticals such as technology, retail, health care, manufacturing and consumer goods as well as senior partners from strategy consulting, real estate, insurance, private equity, and financial services.
The UCR School of Business Executive Fellows program is unique among top business schools because of the scope of our Executives’ involvement at the school. Executives advise and mentor students in their careers, new business ventures, and professional challenges. In addition, they are instrumental to the school’s strategy of bridging theory and practice. Executive Fellows are selected for their outstanding leadership, professional experience, and business expertise.
2024-2025 Executive Fellows
Hilda Kennedy is the founder and president of AmPac Business Capital, a nonprofit community lender on a mission to finance and foster business success from cradle to legacy. AmPac was established in 2005, and two years later, the lender began providing business loans in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and as a direct lender for small dollar loans for working capital. AmPac has provided loans totaling more than a billion dollars for businesses throughout California in real estate, equipment acquisition, tenant improvement, and ground-up construction and refinancing. Kennedy has been recognized with numerous honors at the local, state, and national levels, and she is an ambassador for Inland Empire Women in Manufacturing, bringing greater awareness to the significant contributions of women makers and manufacturers in the region.
Rod McDermott is the CEO and co-founder of McDermott + Bull, one of the fastest-growing executive-recruitment firms in North America with both domestic and international offices. In 2011, McDermott co-founded M+B Interim Leaders to address an increased client need for time-sensitive solutions to important leadership challenges. He is also the founder of M+B Executive Network, a community of in-transition senior-level executives seeking guidance to land their next role, serving more than 10,000 members since inception. In addition, he is the CEO and founder of Activate 180, which helps companies elevate employee performance, productivity, and happiness through affordable coaching.
Jeff Paul ’92
Jeff Paul ’92
Alumnus Jeff Paul ’92 was most recently the vice president of sales for Red Hat’s West Region. In this role, Paul oversaw the comprehensive open-source software portfolio and consulting services practice for all customers west of the Mississippi. He has more than two decades of invaluable experience collaborating with clients worldwide to help them attain their business objectives and optimize the value of their software and services investments.
Executive Fellows in Action
Executive Fellows program contact
If you want to learn more about the program, please contact:
UCR School of Business, Associate Director of Development
(951) 827-4983 or email@example.com