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.
2021-2022 Executive Fellows
Maria Anguelova ’03
An accomplished senior executive in corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, Maria Anguelova ’03 is a Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In this role, she oversees global mergers and acquisitions, including multiple projects in growth strategy and business development, predominantly for studio/TV production, distribution, linear and digital networks. 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 online group and individual discussions about careers in media.
Tim Siegel ’91
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
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 skin care, 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.