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Alumni Association Awards Top Honors

(Davis, CA) — The Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, has honored two of its members for distinguished professional and personal achievement, and for outstanding service to the school and the community.

David E. Sundstrom,  a 1985 alumnus, received the Alumni Association’s “Distinguished Achievement Award” for 2004-2005. Sundstrom, who is Orange County’s elected auditor-controller, was recognized for his fiscal management of the county and his active leadership in several philanthropic, professional and civic organizations.

Joy Dalauidao-Hermsen, a 1992 alumna, was recognized with the “Outstanding Service Award” for her combination of passion, drive and leadership in support of the school, including her volunteer work as a member of the Alumni Association board of directors for several years.

The Alumni Association presented the awards on Saturday, December 11, at the management school’s Celebration of Stars Gala held at the California State History Museum in Sacramento.

The alumni awards program was established two years ago to honor graduates who have made exceptional contributions and provided energetic leadership to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, the business community and the broader society.

Distinguished Achievement Award

David Sundstrom ’85 was selected for his standout achievements in his professional and personal lives. As auditor-controller of Orange County, California—the nation’s fifth most populous county—Sundstrom manages a 400-person staff, a $5.6 billion budget and a $4 billion investment pool. He’s been recognized for the technology innovations he has implemented and has a reputation as an independent-minded watchdog for his constituents.

Sundstrom holds several professional leadership positions, including vice president of the State Association of County Auditors, which honored him in 2003 as “Auditor of the Year.” He is also developing best practices in his field as a member of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee of the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum, a group of federal, state and county audit officials that is streamlining boundary ambiguities that make government entity audits duplicative and inefficient.

Sundstrom is an active volunteer in his community, lending his time and financial expertise to fundraising efforts by the United Way of Orange County, Orange Rotary and Orange YMCA.

Outstanding Service Award

Joy Dalauidao-Hermsen ’92 was honored for her outstanding service to the school. She served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years from 1998-2004, including vice president of operations in 1998 and a term as president in 1999-2000. She has played a major role in developing the Alumni Association’s vision and long-term business plan.

She has also been a speaker at Alumni Day events, a guest speaker in an MBA marketing course at the Graduate School of Management and guest lecturer at the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy.

Last year, Dalauidao-Hermsen was named to the board of directors of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, the UC Davis campus-wide alumni association with 24,000 dues-paying members whose mission is to advance the interest and promote the welfare of the University and its alumni.

Dalauidao-Hermsen, who is an independent organizational development consultant, previously served as director of operations, director of franchise business services and director of training for Round Table Franchise Corporation’s company owned stores.

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management offers an interactive and collaborative learning environment distinguished by world-class faculty members renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, innovative and entrepreneurial students, and prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs. Established in 1981, the School provides management education to 117 full-time MBA students on the UC Davis campus and more than 325 Working Professional MBA students at campuses in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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