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.

 

2022-2023 Executive Fellows

 

Anita Alamshaw, Executive Fellow 2022
Anita Alamshaw ’91

Anita Alamshaw is the Executive Director and General Manager of U.S. Value and Access at Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. Prior to joining Amgen, she held high-level leadership roles at Biogen, UnitedHealth Group, and Johnson & Johnson. 

As a UCR undergraduate, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi’s California Lambda chapter and was also active with the Highland Clan organization on campus. After earning her undergraduate degree in administrative studies, she earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Ms. Alamshaw currently serves on the Board of Advisors for both the UCR School of Medicine as well as the Student Initiative Committee.

 

 

Armen Karamardian, Executive Fellow 2022
Armen Karamardian ’93

Armen Karamardian is the Chief Executive Officer of Zov's Restaurant Group based in Tustin, California and served as an Advisory Board Member of the Orange County Restaurant Association. Zov's was founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian and features contemporary Eastern Mediterranean cuisine and operates restaurants in Tustin, Newport Coast, Irvine, and San Clemente (summer 2022). 

Armen is currently the Vice President, Development of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, volunteers with Tustin AYSO youth soccer, and serves on the UCR School of Business Dean's Advisory Council. As a UCR undergraduate, he was a member of the California Mu chapter of Phi Delta Theta.

 

 

Kenneth Leung, Executive Fellow 2022
Kenneth Leung ’89

Kenneth Leung is the director of marketing at Oracle, responsible for global sales plays and marketing programs in the Oracle database and autonomous services group.

Prior to joining Oracle, Kenneth was director of vertical industry marketing at Avaya and also held marketing positions at Cisco and IBM.

Kenneth earned his MBA with a marketing concentration at the UCR School of Business and currently resides in San Francisco, California.

 


 

   Executive Fellows in Action

 

UCR School of Business Executive Fellows

  • 2021 - 2022 Fellows

    Maria Anguelova ’03

    Executive Vice President at Sony Pictures Entertainment

    An accomplished senior executive in mergers and acquisitions and business development and strategy, Maria Anguelova ’03 is an Executive Vice President at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In this role, she oversees corporate development, strategy, and global mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Anguelova spent a decade as an investment banker, providing financial and strategic advisory services to companies predominantly in the media, sports and entertainment industries, with clients including major studios, agencies and networks. Originally from Bulgaria, she earned a BA in international business from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia before earning her MBA at UCR. During her time at UCR, she served as a teaching assistant. She has continued to support students, participating in an online group and individual discussions about careers in media.

     

    Tim Siegel ’91

    Managing partner of LS Capital

    A respected real estate professional and investor, Tim Siegel ’91 is managing partner of LS Capital, a fully integrated private equity company he co-founded in 1998. With two primary business lines, loan acquisitions, and fee-simple investments, LS has amassed a portfolio of over 1,000 loans and owns and manages over 1.5 million square feet of commercial real estate. Before founding LS, he also was the founder of TenantDirect.com, started with three friends in a small apartment. He is involved with multiple community programs, including initiatives to introduce low-income children to film-making and music. As a UCR undergraduate, he was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s California Omicron chapter and was elected as a student body representative. After earning his undergraduate degree in administrative studies, he earned a master’s degree in real estate development from the University of Southern California.

     

    Vonda Simon ’82

    Founder and CEO of SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories

    A leader in the beauty and wellness industry, Vonda Simon ’82 is founder and CEO of SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories, which produces award-winning designs of stock and custom packaging and turnkey solutions for skincare, cosmetics, personal care, and wellness products. The company works with giants of the beauty industry, including Guthy-Renker, Murad, Estee Lauder, and others, and offers innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to meet today's evolving customer needs, including PCR, bio-resins, and refillable packaging. Simon began her journey in the beauty industry at TricorBraun, one of the world’s largest packaging distributors, where she quickly became the top salesperson. She created SeaCliff Beauty Packaging in 1999 as a one-stop shop where all aspects of beauty brand building could be facilitated, from packaging to formulation, all under one roof. Simon earned her undergraduate degree in administration studies.

  • 2020 - 2021 Fellow

    Michael L. Zemetra ’93

    Executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Veritone Inc.

    Michael L. Zemetra is executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Veritone Inc., a leading provider of artificial intelligence technology and creator of aiWARE, the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence. Veritone aiWARE orchestrates a diverse ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video, text, and other data sources into actionable intelligence. In addition to his role as an executive fellow, Mr. Zemetra serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UCR School of Business. He is a seasoned executive with financial and operational experience in building, managing and scaling large global organizations, systems and operations. In addition to his undergraduate degree in business-economics from UCR, he earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and a CPA from the state of California.

  • 2019 - 2020 Fellows

    Darin Anderson ’89, MBA ’91

    Chairman and CEO at Salas O’Brien

    Darin Anderson is the Chairman and CEO at Salas O’Brien, a leading national facilities engineering design and commissioning firm which has been on the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in the US for the last six years. They have achieved 2800% growth over the last 10 years without the use of outside capital. The company is designing projects exceeding $3 billion in construction value annually. Mr. Anderson currently is an Alumni Regent for the University of California, the recent past Chair of the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees, served for 10 years on the Alumni Association board in various roles, and served as Chair of the UC Riverside School of Business Advisory Board for many years.

     

    Dr. David M. Hadley ’71, M.S. ’73

    Senior Vice President of Product Development for Cardiac Insight, Inc.

    Dr. David M. Hadley is the senior vice president of product development for Cardiac Insight, Inc. and has over 30 years of hand-on experience blending customer needs with information technology through research and development. He spent nine years as Vice President of Research and Development for Quinton Cardiology. In this role, Dr. Hadley was responsible for rebuilding the engineering team, establishing robust new product architectures and developing the next generation of Quinton and Burdick diagnostic ECG products. Prior to his role at Quinton Cardiology, Dr. Hadley was with Primus Knowledge Solutions and Sierra Geophysics.

  • 2018 - 2019 Fellows
    Matt D. Lyons '87

    Global Equity Trading Manager, Capital Group

    Matt D. Lyons has worked in the equity trading area for Capital Group since 1995. Currently, he is the Global Equity Trading Manager, responsible for trading operations in the US, Europe and Asia. Matt has worked on the FIX protocol U.S. steering committee, STALA board of directors, NYSE Institutional Trading Advisory, and is currently the chair of the ICI equity markets advisory committee. Matt is a CFA charter holder, and earned a BS in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

     
    Byron Pollitt ’73

    CFO of Visa Inc. (retired); Previously CFO of Gap Inc. and CFO of Walt Disney Parks

    Byron Pollitt retired as CFO of Visa Inc. in 2015. During his tenure, Visa completed the largest IPO in US history and was added to the Dow 30 Index. Prior to Visa, he served as CFO of Gap Inc. and CFO of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Byron was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Best S&P 500 CFOs and was ranked a Top CFO seven times by Institutional Investor. He currently serves on the Board of Voya Financial and on the Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Economics from University of California, Riverside.

     
    William E. Thomas

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, KPC Group

    William E. Thomas is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the KPC Group of Companies, which owns and manages a diversified portfolio of hospitals, medical groups, ancillary medical providers and real estate in Southern California and India. Prior to partnering with the KPC Group, William was the Founding and Managing Partner of the law firm of Thomas, Luebs & Mort in Riverside. Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, received his Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law, and Masters of Law from New York University Law School.

  • List of Prior Executive Fellows

    Below are business leaders installed as Fellows of the UCR School of Business and the years they currently are serving or have served. (Please note that the titles indicated are those held by the Fellows at the time of induction):

    • Beverly Bailey, President and CEO of Stronghold Engineering (2017-2018)
    • Candace Wiest, President and CEO of West Valley Bancorp Inc. and West Valley National Bank (2017-2018)
    • Patricia Watters, Ph.D., Co-founder and managing member of Catalina Partners (2016-2017)
    • Victor Tolan, President & CEO B&K Precision Group (2016-2017)
    • Tobin Sloane BA ’94, MBA ’96, CFO of Ware Malcomb (2015-2016)
    • Robert Stapleton BA ’80, MBA ’82, Entrepreneur and manager (2015-2016)
    • Timothy Greenleaf ’78, Managing Director at Fairmont Capital, Inc. (2014-2015)
    • Susan Atherton ’77, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Humane Society Legislative Fund (2014-2015)
    • Ching Liu, Executive Vice President, SolarMax Technology, Inc. (2013-2014)
    • Michael Vanderpool, President and Chief Operating Officer, Security Bank of California (2013-2014)
    • Joseph P. Barr, Principal, Swenson Accountancy Corp. (2005-2006)
    • Nicholas H. Goldware, Executive Vice President, Talbot Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (2001-2002)
    • Jack H. Brown, Chairman, President, CEO, Stater Bros. Markets (2001-2002)
    • Jack Dangermond, Founder, President, ESRI (2000-2001)
    • Joan F. Sparkman, Vice President, Temecula Valley Bank (2000-2001)
    • James Robinson, Executive Vice President - Manager, Inland Empire region, City National Bank (1999-2000)
    • Barbara Robinson, Los Angeles Region Manager, Bank of America (1999-2000)
    • Richard R. Oliphant, President, Affiliated Construction Company (1998-1999)
    • Debbi Huffman Guthrie, President, Roy O. Huffman Roof Company (1998-1999)
    • Donald N. Ecker, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP (1997-1998)
    • Richard Heckmann, Chairman, CEO, US Filter (1997-1998)
    • Nicholas J. Coussoulis, President, Coussoulis Development Company (1996-1997)
    • Amy S. Harrison, Vice Chairman, President, Children's Comprehensive Services, Inc. (1996-1997)
    • Ronald D. Lossett, Executive Vice President, CFO, Pacific Physician Services, Inc. (1995-1996)
    • Donald H. Dye, President, CFO, Callaway Golf Co. (1995-1996)
    • Glenn F. Kummer, President, COO, Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. (1994-1995)
    • Marcia McQuern, President, CEO, The Press-Enterprise (1994-1995)
    • Jacques S. Yeager, Chairman, CEO, E.L. Yeager Construction Co. (1993-1994)
    • Craig G. Blunden, Chairman, President, CEO, Provident Savings Bank (1993-1994)
    • Steven R. Sensenbach, President, CEO, Vineyard National Bank (1992-1993)
    • Donald R. Lea, President, Deutsch, ECD (1992-1993)

Executive Fellows Program image gallery

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Executive Fellows Industry Panel Discussion

This exciting virtual discussion involves top executives who have participated in the Executive Fellows program.

Please watch the recording of the virtual event that we held on Oct. 21, 2021:
 

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