Executive Fellows Installation Dinner 2022

Executive Fellows Continue with a Renewed Sense of Purpose

For Anita Alamshaw ’91, there is extraordinary value with in-person contact among professional peers. “Yes, we’re in a situation where we’re behind a screen or a camera or a phone,” she says of most day-to-day conversations, “but, the face-to-face personal interactions, you still can’t put a price tag on that connectivity and building those relationships.”...
Maria Anguleova, Executive Fellow 2021

Take Risks Early in Your Career

Maria Anguelova ’03 made a bold move right at the beginning, when she decided to leave Bulgaria in pursuit of a strong education. She found it in the MBA program at UCR. “The UC Riverside program was very diverse and catered really well to international students,” says Anguelova, who is currently an executive vice president...
By Darin Estep |
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 |
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 |
Anderson Hall

Quick Tips: Select Advice from Executive Fellows 

Five accomplished business executives recently kicked off the first in the UCR School of Business Executive Fellows Industry Discussion Series. All have served as Executive Fellows. Here are some selected insights they shared: ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS Darin Anderson, chairman and CEO of Salas O’Brien, Inc.: “You've got to be able to connect with people, you've...
UCR School of Business Executive Fellows Panelists

Integrity, Perseverance and Giving Back: Executive Fellows Discuss Keys to Success

A few years after she founded Stronghold Engineering, Inc., Beverly Bailey was at a job site when an engineer made a remark she has not forgotten for 25 years. “He told me that he believed that women belonged in kitchens,” said Bailey, president and CEO of a company that has grown into one of the...
Craig Blunden

A Family Tradition, A Community Connection

Craig Blunden grew up in a family that believed in community involvement. His mother helped launch nonprofits in Riverside and, in 1956, his father started a savings and loan that would grow into Provident Bank. Fourteen years later, the UCR School of Business established the graduate program that would become the A. Gary Anderson Graduate...
By Darin Estep |
New Trustees

UCR Business Dean’s Advisory Board Members Join the UCR Foundation Board of Trustees

Long-time School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board members and past Executive Fellows Ching Liu and Bill Thomas were recently tapped to join the UCR Foundation Board of Trustees. The new members will each serve two-year terms. Ching Liu Liu is the co-founder of SolarMax Technology Inc. in Riverside, a solar energy company. She has 20...
3 female business leaders

Three Women Business Leaders Establish Scholarships and Endowed Funds for UCR Business Students

Recognizing women in leadership, we celebrate three women who are making history with the UCR School of Business. Animal Advocate and High-tech Industry Veteran Looks to the Future Having served on the UCR Foundation’s board of trustees since 2014, Susan Atherton ’77 established the Susan Atherton Endowed Graduate Award Fund, and she has a deep...
Pat Watters

Investment Expert Sees and Shares the Power of Education

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take a look at some of the women who are making their own history with the UCR School of Business. When Patricia Watters Ph.D. ’95 thinks back to working on her doctorate in Financial Economics, she doesn’t think of brilliant insights. Instead, she remembers the hard work and...
By Darin Estep |