Week Ending November 20, 2015


  •  Engaging meeting with Ken Markstein, the benefactor of our college building, to update him on college progress and changes.
    Save the date: We hope to hold a 10 year anniversary celebration of the opening of Markstein Hall, tentatively scheduled for April 27, 2016.
  • Good meeting with the Finance & Administrative Services Leadership Council to discuss reserve funds for the college, alternative corporate formations to enable public/private partnerships, and, you guessed it, parking for guests.
  •  Lots of evening events this week.  Monday with the CoBA Alumni Council, Tuesday the Faculty Appreciation Banquet, Wednesday the Economics of Water: Fresh Perspectives on California’s Water Future, and Thursday the GSCM Society Second Annual Alumni Spotlight and Networking Event.
  •  I am still speaking to any GEL 101 class that will have me.  This week I spoke to non-business students and was encouraged by their energy and enthusiasm, at 7 am in the morning, no less.

Celebration of Successes:



  • New advertising is coming. Below: Coming soon to a Highway 78 sign near you:


Alumnus Highlight:

There were eight alumni that spoke at the GSCM Society Second Annual Alumni Spotlight and Networking Event.  Alumni and companies represented included: Chris Edwards (General Atomics), Jacob Roth (Gunnar Optics), Curtis Chapman (Liberty Wood International), Olesia Litvin (Pilot Freight Services), John McQuade (Samsung), Jaroslaw Chocholowski (Solar Turbine), Jeff Columbus and Matt Pierce (ViaSat), and Alex Dietz (Watkins Manufacturing).


While we are on the subject of active and supportive alumni, below our monthly CoBA Alumni Chapter meeting.


Week Ending November 6, 2015


  •  Along with over 500 people, attended San Diego’s Workforce Conference 2015: Identifying, Tackling and Closing the Skills Gap, an in-depth look at newly released labor market information and regional workforce development initiatives underway across San Diego County.  Frankly, I rarely enjoy such events, but they released a treasure-trove of data that made the event worthwhile.  Among many other findings, they reported Accounting, IT and Social Media/Marketing the most commonly ranked as useful to small businesses (fewer than 50 employees and provide 95% of the jobs).
  •  CoBA alum and CEO of Ingenium Heather Dody spoke “In the Executive’s Chair” Tuesday, Heather was our alumnus highlight in an earlier post.
  •  Truly enjoyed attending and listening to Brian Smith, developer of the multi-billion dollar iconic brand UGG during Thursday evening’s CLIMB Speaker Series (event photo below).


Celebration of Successes:

  •  Raj Pillai’s “Presidential Charisma: Winning Personalities Win Elections” was recently highlighted in a CSUSM press release.
  • Received letters of acceptance for two Management tenure-track faculty, Kim McCarthy for spring 2016, and Emily Tarr for fall 2016.  Please join me in congratulating them both.
  •  Melissa Simnitt has agreed to work with us on our assessment and AACSB accreditation efforts part-time.  Again, please join me in welcoming Melissa to CoBA.


  • As we ramp up visibility of CSUSM and CoBA, we are delighted to have Whitney Frasier (photo below), our new Communications Specialist covering COBA, she is doing a superb job.

Whitney Fraser

Alumnus Highlight:

Sarah Garcia is an undergraduate and MBA CoBA graduate who is the co-owner of Offbeat Brewing Company in Escondido with her husband Tom.  Sarah also works in her family business, Taylor Trim & Supply, Inc.  Both have shown strong growth over the past five years. Taylor Trim & Supply, Inc. currently has 120 full-time employees and growing fast, and the newer Offbeat Brewing Company recently reported revenues in excess of $10M.  Remember that name and this face: Sarah Garcia.