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Alumni On-The-Move

It’s exciting to see how our alumni are making an impact in their companies and communities. Keep us up-to-date via our quick update form so we can share in your successes as well.

Jason Mikami MBA 96

Has been an amazing year. First, I helped SugarSync have a successful exit in a transaction to J2 Global in March. Second, I took the opportunity to become VP of engineering and operations at Bitcasa, a cloud storage technology firm. And lastly, our family’s winery, Mikami Vineyards, had its 2012 Zinfandel rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast and awarded a Gold Medal by Sunset Magazine. Busy times!—November 17, 2015

Ken Harvey MBA 84

Ken Harvey has joined Moss Adams’ International Tax Practice as a partner. He has over 27 years of experience advising clients in a diverse range of industries, including tech, life sciences, film and television media, financial services, manufacturing, and diversified consumer products. Harvey’s expertise includes international tax planning, strategic cross-border transactions, and investments both into and out of the United States.—September 18, 2015

Sam Saliba MBA 00

Last February I moved teams internally at Google and am now working on the Google Play business. I lead Consumer Marketing for Apps & Games, developing co-marketing programs that support strategic partners while also driving new paying users, downloads and brand awareness for Google Play. I recently launched a fun YouTube series called “Google Play: Game On.” Check it out.

In other news, our family has a new addition of a cute Bernese mountain dog mix, named Tessa. And I’ve recently begun dabbling in startup angel investing, which will turn out to be a brilliant move or wildly stupid.—September 2, 2015

Rani Chu MBA 11 & Alex Tsao MBA 12

We got married this past April and honeymooned in beautiful New Zealand! —September 2, 2015

Todd Perry MBA 94

I have been promoted to vice president, valuation and analytics at EDF Renewable Energy.

David McHugh MBA 07

I just launched my personal and business consulting/coaching practice, Never Mind LLC. Our motto is “Less thinking, more results.” For details and to contact me, please visit
—February 13, 2015

Rodain Soto MBA 13

I have been promoted to strategic deputy director for Welfare Client Data Systems (WCDS), supporting 18 California counties, as an employee of California State Association of Counties (CSAC). This is a new position for the agency, and I am the inaugural employee who will establish this role in our organization.
—December 17, 2014

Sara Happe MBA 07

This year I celebrated seven years at Intel and had the opportunity to take my first sabbatical…10 weeks paid to do whatever I wanted! Brett and I visited Stephanie Swannack MBA 07 in Paris; we took Piper to San Diego and Disneyland; and I enjoyed some time to relax. I also recently accepted a new position at Intel as the global campaign manager for Intel’s Wearables and Internet of Things campaigns.
—December 10, 2014

Andy Fagan MA 82

I recently joined Key Private Bank of Tacoma as senior vice president and senior portfolio manager. I work on the private banking team where I manage large complex investment portfolios, in every asset class, for business owners, HNW investors and endowments and foundations. We work with clients in Tacoma, the Greater Puget Sound and the West Coast. I would be happy to chat with anyone about this work.
—October 13, 2014

David Mun MBA 13

David has made an industry jump, moving from biotechnology to high-tech. He has been a technical program manager at Apple Computer in Cupertino, Calif., as of April 2014.
—October 10, 2014

Tiago Cavagnaro MBA 10

Check out our work here We recently opened offices in Brazil. Let me know if you plan to visit Chile!
—October 10, 2014

Gary Christofferson MBA 01

Gary is now senior director of sales engineering for cloud-based service provider Jive Communications.
—October 10, 2014

Michael Shearer MBA 10

Mike Shearer is appointed vice president, business development — clinical supply services North America at Catalent Pharma Solutions. Mike has been one of the most dynamic growth leaders in Catalent, in both an individual contributor and in a manager role since 2004. A four-time recipient of the President Club Award, he has led the CSS North America business development team through tremendous growth and transformation. Mike previously served as director of business development — clinical supply services North America since 2010. Prior, he served in various increasing roles of responsibility, including account manager through regional sales manager. He has risen through the ranks of Catalent and exemplifies the Catalent mission of promoting talent from within the company. In FY15, Mike’s teams will be responsible for delivering more than $270M in sales for the clinical supply services business. In his new role, he will lead a team of four regional directors/managers.
—August 11, 2014

Jason Mikami MBA 96

I am very excited and honored that Wine Enthusiast has featured our family winery, Mikami Vineyards as a trailblazing artisan winery in the Lodi appellation. It’s truly an honor to get such recognition in just our fourth vintage. Read all about it here >
—June 6, 2014

John DePiazza MBA 04

I am off to Tallahassee to start up and run the Florida State Disbursement Unit as the project director. I’ll be working for my new company, Systems and Methods Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Ga. Florida will be the 18th state for which SMI is contracted to process all child support payments. I’m looking forward to the team building and challenges that await!
—May 12, 2014

Mark Schmidt MBA 99

I recently joined a company that I had used as a financing provider for many years: Technology Credit Corporation. My role here as VP of business development is to increase the volume of the solar financing business and expand the business into other clean tech sectors. We are looking at financing LED and other energy-efficiency products. We’re really a triple-bottom-line business because not only are we financing products that help the environment, but most of our customers are nonprofit institutions, so we are helping these organizations increase their effectiveness by reducing the amount of money that they have to spend on energy.
—April 17, 2014

Tiago Cavagnaro MBA 10

I recently founded Hookah, a Chile-based design thinking consultancy firm that serves clients throughout Latin America. Hookah´s latest work includes redesigning the in-flight meal experience for a mayor LatAm airline in one of its domestic routes (Chile). Other projects include redesigning check-in and mobile experiences for airline passengers, as well as designing public programs to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in healthy foods in LatAm. We are in the midst of opening offices in Brazil, after a first round of funding.
—January 16, 2014

Pam Allio MBA 92

I am vice president of marketing for Industrial Logic, a globally recognized leader in Lean & Agile training, eLearning, coaching and eCoaching. We have helped companies like Schlumberger, GE, Google and HP obtain excellent business and engineering results by leveraging modern software process wisdom. Our future focus is on Anzeneering™, a term coined by CEO Joshua Kerievsky. Anzeneers™ engineer anzen, or safety, into everything from their culture to their workspaces, from code bases to processes, from products to services.
—January 15, 2014

Larry Hansen MBA 96

In January 2014 I assumed the position of director of finance for the nonprofit California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).
—January 9, 2014

B.J. Susich MBA 06/JD 06

B.J. Susich has been named president of the Sacramento County Bar Association. An attorney at Boutin Jones Inc., Susich is also a lecturer at the GSM and teaches a course in financial accounting.
—January 2, 2014

Chris Rector MBA 04

After five years I decided to leave Ernst & Young and the consulting world. In December 2013 I started in the procurement department at McKesson, responsible for managing a portfolio of cost-saving and standardization projects across the enterprise. I am living in Walnut Creek and enjoying more time at home with my family.
—January 9, 2014

Cleveland Justis MBA 04

Cleveland Justis brings more than 20 years of experience building successful private companies and nonprofits to his role as executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Center of Excellence at the School. Justis leads the institute’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs at UC Davis as well as its growing network of partners, donors and sponsors across universities, corporations, investors, entrepreneurs, foundations, and state and federal policy makers.”
—December 2, 2013

Gabriel Stern MBA 08

I have been promoted to global operations lead at the MSC (Marketing Service Centers), which is WPP’s digital and execution off-shore services, with presence in 10 hubs worldwide. WPP is the largest group of agencies in the communication industry. I am based in Boston; recently relocated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and enjoying New England a lot.
—December 5, 2013

Curtis Mann MBA 06

I’ve taken a position with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores (including Nob Hill and Bel Air) as the wine, beer and spirits buyer for the chain. I am now based out of the corporate offices in West Sacramento and live in Davis with my wife Danielle (MBA 07) and our two children.
—September 28, 2013

Eric Miller MBA 91

Still operating MPM Engineering with my wife but am redirecting the sails to aggressively pursue freelance writing. A writing gig for the local paper (Chico Enterprise-Record) in 2012 has morphed into The Humor Project….where I’ve road-tripped to interview humor writers, a royal blast. See more at Feel free to link to the Etc. Guy Facebook page. Best regards to GSM alums, faculty, and students.
—September 3, 2013

Paul Krueger MBA 95

After nine years in Singapore, Traci, Cole, Charlie and I moved back to the States in June. For the last four years in Asia I’ve been with Pegasystems, and I now have a new role with the firm in the Bay Area as a client account lead, working exclusively with Wells Fargo Bank. We are enjoying our new home in Danville, and look forward to getting back to Davis to check out the new GSM digs!
—August 27, 2013

Thomas Sandman MA 83

I am happy to announce that, as of June 1, I am now Professor Emeritus!
—August 9, 2013

Mark Pelletier MBA 08

The hinterland is calling…. After 11 years in Seattle, we are moving back to Minnesota in June. I’ll be working for Target Corp. in Minneapolis, and Toni will keep her job with Aetna. Going to miss Seattle a lot, but very excited to be back around family. Owen (5) and Quinn (3) are already looking forward to Minnesota winters (… at least that’s what we are telling them).
— May 27, 2013

Jennifer Vogt MBA 03

2012 was the best year yet of my career as I struck out again on my own. In the past year I’ve been consulting on anything from strategy, operations to finance and accounting for two acquisitions, a Hyperion installation and—most rewarding of all—meeting some great counterparts in Shanghai as part of my involvement in a new Chinese joint venture.
— May 14, 2013

Satish Ramachandran MBA 09

I’m still with Varian Medical Systems but have transitioned to a full-time role on the strategic marketing team. Excited about creating new solutions and packages for the fast-changing healthcare ecosystem!
— May 13, 2013

Ed Skapinok MBA 04

In February I was appointed to the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Sales Advisory Board. The board is composed of senior hotel sales leaders who leverage insights, emerging trends and industry innovations to guide the industry’s development of products and programs that fuel sales for hotels.
— March 16, 2013

Jason Mikami MBA 96

I continue to have fun as VP, operations at cloud services provider SugarSync, but am really excited about my family winery, Mikami Vineyards. We recently received the Best of Class Award at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition and have seen tremendous support for our wine.

Jonathan Short MBA 08

I was recently promoted to director finance at International at Constellation Brands. This is a more traditional financial planning and analysis role and is based in our San Francisco office. While I enjoyed my time supporting operations, this move will offer exciting new challenges and opportunities.

Gregory Brynelson MBA 12

I’ve used my MBA to make a career switch from clinical nurse to clinical program manager at Blue Shield of California. This was made possible through the connections I made during my internship at Blue Shield in San Francisco last summer. Among many things, I am looking forward to being a part of the company’s ramp up for healthcare exchanges in 2014.

Simon Lim MBA 00 and Jackie Wu MBA 00

We moved to Fremont, Calif.,, three years ago to pursue new job opportunities. Jackie is now at Cisco, working in the mergers and acquisitions group; Simon is an investment consultant at Alan Biller & Associates. Our son, Shaun, is now seven and is keeping us very busy…or maybe it is the other way around.

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