Kenneth Leung, MBA ’89

Taste What Life has to Offer

Although he is a leader of business-to-business marketing of high-tech products, Kenneth Leung, MBA ’89, likes to remain grounded in the human side of life. That includes exploring different types of food. “I think what we eat is probably the easiest way to learn about cultures,” said Leung, Oracle’s director of Marketing, Database and Infrastructure...
Anita Alamshaw ’91

A Smart Decision: ‘UCR gave me what I needed to succeed’

Anita Alamshaw ’91 has always been decisive – that’s an important quality as executive director and general manager of U.S. Value and Access at Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. But she recalls one instance when she changed her mind, and how that made all the difference. Growing up in Orange County, Alamshaw...
Incoming Executive Fellow Armen Karamardian ’93

‘Community is Everything’ to Restaurant Leader

As a 2022-23 Executive Fellow, Armen Karamardian ’93 wants UCR School of Business students to understand that, in business, they will not always have the right answers right away – and that’s OK. As Chief Executive Officer of Zov's Restaurant Group based in Tustin, Calif., Karamardian speaks from experience – most recently from March of...
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...
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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 |