Week Ending October 26, 2018

Updates and Celebrations of Success

Successful CLIMB Event featuring Vicki Mealer-Burke, Chief Diversity Officer Qualcomm, speaking on Leadership Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion.


Below: Our own Vassilis Dalakis speaking on live BisTalk Radio / ESPN 1700.


Below: Mark Dankberg: Founder & CEO of ViaSat.


Below: Our Master Chef: CoBA Edition team building and meal building event, a definite success at Harrah’s Resort.

teambuildingfullteamsBelow: Making Roasted Beet Salad with Candy Striped Beets, Baby Lettuce, Marcona Almonds, Spicy Mustard Dressing, Shaved Parmesan.


Below: Rolling Sushi Rice, Nori, Pickled Vegetable, Crab, Avocado, Tempura Shrimp, Sriracha Sauce.



Below: Chicken Ballantine with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Butter Sauce, Poached Stuffed Breast of Chicken, with spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, Pine Nuts, and Boursin With Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Lemon Beurre Blanc.20181026_124925

Below: Making Creme Brulee with Macerated Berries, Vanilla Custard, Mixed Berries, Pistachio Tuile.


Below: Enjoying the fruits of our labors.



Below: Once again, cruising the halls of Markstein you never know who you are going to run into! Another one of my favorite former students, Frederik Jahr, stopped by to see the campus. A 2016 CoBA graduate, Frederik is a member of the Tyrving Track Club, the premium professional club in Norway. As a high jumper at CSUSM, he was an All American.  highjump

Alumnus Spotlight

Nathan Leathers is a highly successful CoBA alumnus that recently moved into a 20,000 square foot facility in Escondido. After touring his new facility, I can’t speak highly enough about this young man and all that he has accomplished as President of Green Guard Services, employing over 60 people locally. They perform hood cleaning, filter exchange and kitchen equipment cleaning for commercial kitchens and restaurants all over the US. What is most impressive is the use of automation and software in everything that he does, in order to optimize his business processes, as well as the culture he has built with his team. He is a definite leader in his industry in the US and is about to launch a “best practices” training school for his industry. Not satisfied with one business, he also is President of Green Guard Merchant Services providing equipment, portals, on-site support, installation of equipment, and consultation of best business solutions.

Remember that name and this face, Nathan Leathers.


Week Ending October 12, 2018

Updates and Celebrations of Success

Below: Accounting Career Connections networking event with twenty-two participating accounting organizations. The Accounting Society and department faculty do an outstanding job preparing our students for their future professions.


Below: The first of several Business Etiquette Dinners this semester for College of Business Administration students enrolled in the BUS 300 course. We had nearly 200 in attendance this first night.


Continuing with the student professional development theme, an article and KPBS Midday interview of Executive in Residence Mark James (photo below) on “How Cal State San Marcos Is Turning Students Into Professionals.”


Below: Inaugural live broadcast by BisTalk Radio, ESPN 1700 from CoBA’s Markstein Hall with host Bob Ryan and Montana Smit interviewing guest speaker Ed Ashley, our Director of Business Development. The live show airs on AM 1700 and select Facebook Live, Instagram, and LinkedIn channels every Thursday at 2 pm in MH 104. The schedule runs through November 15 and is available here.


Below: BisTalk Radio, ESPN 1700 AM broadcast from Cal State San Marcos with guest speaker Darin Anderson, CEO of NXT Robotics, former president of ESET.

Next week, 2 pm October 18 in Mark 104, our own Vassilis Dalakas and on October 25, Mark Dankberg: Founder & CEO of ViaSat.


Below: Todd Colburn speaking at the 2018 San Diego Craft Brewers Guild Economic Summit with ~130 San Diego breweries represented. The San Diego Brewers Guild and CSUSM report on the economic impact of more than $1 Billion to the region. See: Local craft beer is a heavy hitter, with triple the revenue of the Padres.


Below: Ed Ashley on KUSI speaking on the craft brew economic report.


Below: All CSU business deans meeting with all CSU campuses represented. Major topics of interest to us were AACSB accreditation, diverse faculty hiring, and building a leadership bench.

Below: Meeting of the Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business with 36 participating universities. Major topics of interest to us were mentoring junior faculty, and career readiness and professional development.

Below: Our Advisory Board members, including three new alumni board members (Brian Bumiller, International Business Development and Sales Director
NuFACE; Erik Groset, Co-Founder, Fantasy Sports Co.; and A.J. van de Ven, President, Calsense).


Below: Our fall Dean’s List Breakfast with keynote speaker, Bob Rief, Executive Director of San Diego Sports Innovators.


Below: Speaking to the All-Academic Affairs Business Operations Fall Meeting at CSUSM on customer service. I was delighted to hear the ways that many of the staff impact the success of our students.


Below: Patrick Pelonero, Facilities Maintenance Mechanic for Markstein Hall/College of Business Administration among other buildings. We are proud of our building, as is he of the work he does in keeping it running well. Students, staff, and faculty – thank him when you see him!


Below: Cruising the halls of Markstein you never know who you are going to run into! One of my favorite former students, Sin (“Shin”) Yea Kook, stopped by to see the campus. A 2009 CoBA graduate, Sin was a Marine officer with deployments in Iraq before CSUSM.  Despite a crushing leg injury while deployed, she took up cross-country and was a leading member of the 2009 Women’s National Championship cross-country team. Sin is in the process or relocating to San Diego from Seoul, Korea.Sin Yea Kook2

Alumnus Spotlight

Melissa Mandim is a 2017 CoBA graduate, determined entrepreneur, and Founder & CEO of The MULK Company, a San Diego company specializing in cold-pressed almond MULK. She was one of several CoBA food entrepreneurs written up in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Remember that name and this face, Melissa Mandim.