Thomas Walker '08, Netflix

Lifelong Film Buff Shares His Journey to Netflix

Thomas Walker ’08 recalls convincing his mom to take him to Blockbuster to buy a copy of “Titanic” at midnight, the moment it was released on VHS. When he studied business at UCR, he was a regular at the Multimedia Library, where he watched old movies, including every winner of the Academy Award for best...
By Darin Estep |
Hal McKinkley headshot

‘What It Looks Like to Dream and Fly’

When he started his graduate studies at UC Riverside’s School of Business, Hal McKinley ’19 (MBA) took most of his electives in finance. “At the time, I was planning a career in finance, but throughout my experience at UCR, I saw more doors open for me in human resources,” he says. Indeed, a door swung...
By Laurie McLaughlin |
Brandy Taylor ’13, ’20 (MBA)

Journey to Wetzel’s Pretzels

When Brandy Taylor ’13, ’20 (MBA) headed back to college to earn a master’s degree, she was ready for a career change. “I was presented with the opportunity to return to school to pursue my MBA, and that opportunity was the determining factor in my decision to switch careers and find my passion,” says Taylor...
By Laurie McLaughlin |
Tim Siegel, Executive Fellow 2021-2022

Working Hard in Pursuit of an Idea

Tim Siegel ’91, managing partner of LS Capital, was recently appointed to the UCR School of Business Executive Fellows Program, an elite group of business leaders representing diverse fields. As an executive fellow, he works closely with students to help shape their careers. In 1998, Tim Siegel ’91 co-founded LS Capital, a fully integrated private...
By Darin Estep |
Angela Marcel-Gavin, UCR School of Business student

A World of Rocks Waiting to be Turned Over

In the months leading up to graduating with a Bachelor of Science in management information systems, Angela Marcel-Gavin ’21 recalls having tunnel vision when thinking about what career opportunities lay ahead of her. She found herself in a cycle of applying for positions, facing rejection, and mustering the willingness to apply once again. “At the...
By Elias Almarez-Herrera ’23 |
Vonda Simon, Executive Fellow 2021-2022

The Willingness to Never Give Up

Vonda Simon ’82, founder and CEO of SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories, is a 2021-22 Executive Fellow, and advises students to simultaneously take risks and never give up. Vonda Simon ’82 worked hard at her career. That effort helped her ascend quickly, and she was the top salesperson at TricorBraun, one of the world’s largest...
By Darin Estep |
2021 Dean's Report

Dean's Report 2020/2021

2020/2021 Dean's Report The Dean's Report highlights the major achievements at the UCR School of Business and provides an overview of the school's growth, academic programs and strategic initiatives. ► View the Dean's Report full screen
David Gutierrez

Alumnus Helps First-generation Students Turn Ambition into Opportunity

Recalling one of his first career fairs as an undergraduate, David Gutierrez ’04 describes being pulled aside by a college adviser with a bit of crucial advice: Clip the brand label off your jacket sleeve. It was an oversight that Gutierrez attributes to the lack of experience that is common to many first-generation college students...
By Darin Estep |
Anthony Griffin '02, '06

‘If You Have an Idea, Just Try It’

When Anthony Griffin decided to make the move to Japan, he took a few things along with him: a lifelong fascination with the country, one year of studying the language, and the textbook from his business communications course at UC Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2002 and an MBA...
By Darin Estep |
Don H. Tran '01

‘A Revolving Cycle of Giving Back’

Analyzing technology and life science companies while gaining an understanding of the technology ecosystem are responsibilities that Don H. Tran ’01 greatly enjoys, and it is part of his job as senior credit review lead at Silicon Valley Bank. “It is fascinating to see innovation occur and to be involved with a bank that has...
By Laurie McLaughlin |