David Robinson, UCR School of Business Executive Fellow

Strengthening Ties Between the Business Community and the Business School

It wasn’t until years later that business trial lawyer David A. Robinson ’79 realized the stature of the professor who taught the transformative honors seminar he attended while at UC Riverside. “At the time, I just knew him as the really cool guy who rode a motorcycle. His name was John C. Gabbert,” says Robinson...
By Laurie McLaughlin |
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 |
Jamie Fang

Leader In Orchid Business Helps Students Bloom

Jamie Fang ’90 was still paying for her own business administration education when she started her first endowed fund for School of Business graduate students. As she became a leader in the orchid business, her growing support has enabled more students to bloom at UCR. At the time of her first endowment—the Charley Chen-Hui and...
By Darin Estep |
Bailey family

Building the Future for UCR's School of Business

Beverly Bailey knows a thing or two about building things. As a student at Riverside City College, she helped her boyfriend, Scott, hang patio covers on the weekends. When she turned 20, she bought and ran a small café in Chino, putting her entrepreneurial spirit to the test as she worked some of the longest...
By Sarah Nightingale |
James Merino, MBA

The Problem Solver

Education and opportunity go hand in hand for James Merino, MBA ’98, a data engineer who has worked at some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley. That’s why he created the Jaime J. Merino Endowed Business Scholarship for Master of Business Administration students at UC Riverside’s School of Business in 2016. The scholarship is...
By Imran Ghori |
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 |
Ching Liu

Solar Entrepreneur Sticks with Her Dream, Shares Success with Others

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. Ching Liu says her connection to the UCR School of Business was meant to be – and it all started with a phone call to the city of...
By Darin Estep |
Susan Atherton

UCR Opened Doors for Her, and Philanthropist is Proud that Work Continues

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. If Susan Atherton thinks about it, her connection with UC Riverside has really come full circle in the time since she enrolled as a 17-year-old, first-generation college student...
By Darin Estep |
Jim Moreno

UCR Business Alumnus Dazzles Tech World

Jim Merino has been a math whiz since he learned to count. His father and grandfather, both engineers, taught him algorithms in grade school. “They were always tossing brain teasers at me,” he recalls. And he still craves complex puzzles. Today, Merino, a math and data science expert – and graduate of Caltech (BS, 1984)...
Hylander Student Investment Fund

Hylander Student Investment Fund

The Hylander Financial Group (HFG), a club founded in 2014 by UCR finance students, has been evaluating stocks for potential purchases to create investment portfolios. Last year they participated in the annual CFA Society of Orange County competition, and regularly bring financial experts to speak and mentor its members. Inspired by HFG’s success and depth...