The Malibu Graduate Business Society (MGBS), the Graziadio School’s full-time student government association for the Full-time MBA program, recognized the outstanding contributions of five extraordinary alumni at the Second Annual Golden Torch Awards, held the day before commencement this spring. The ceremony was part a pre-graduation barbeque organized by MGBS in partnership with the Full-time Program Office, under leadership of Associate Dean Michael Williams and Executive Director Diane Singel, and the Office of Alumni Relations, led by Director Robin Doty.
“Serving as ambassadors for the Graziadio School, each honoree has lent their time and expertise facilitating the career development of our students and strengthening the alumni network,” remarked MGBS president and MC Nicholas Stankevich (MBA ’13). Continue reading →
The Dean’s executive and alumni advisory board, the Board of Visitors, awarded its highest honor, the George Award, to an accomplished selection of eleven students, alumni and faculty this April.
Led by Stevan Cavillo, principal at law firm Calvillo & Meyer LLP and son-in-law of school benefactor George L. Graziadio, Jr., the Board annually host a luncheon and recognize the finest members the Graziadio School community who exemplify “integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, while enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.” The Graziadio family, daughters Mary Lou Area and Alida Calvillo and son G. Louis Graziadio III, personally conferred to each recipient the statuette featuring the likeness of their father.
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Blake Irving (MBA ’88), CEO of Go Daddy, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates, will address Pepperdine University 2013 business graduates and accept the Distinguished Alumni Award at spring commencement for the Graziadio School of Business and Management on Saturday, April 20. As Go Daddy’s chief executive, Mr. Irving oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, as well as Go Daddy’s strategic direction and serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Al Plamann, Chief Executive Officer, Unified Grocers, will be awarded the honorary doctorate of law degree at spring commencement for the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University and address the ceremony’s 2013 business graduates on April 20, 2013. Unified Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States.
A member of the school’s Board of Visitors, Mr. Plamann joins a pantheon of distinguished leaders awarded honorary doctorates by the Graziadio School, including most recently William McMorrow, chairman and CEO, Kennedy Wilson; Paul N. Hopkins, retired board chair of Farmers Group and retired chair of the Americas of Zurich Financial Services; and Richard G. Newman, chairman and former chief executive officer of international engineering firm AECOM.
Previously, the Graziadio School recognized Mr. Plamann with the 2009 Best Friend Award, which was presented at the Sixth Annual Sovereign Capital Management Friends of George Graziadio Golf Tournament.Continue reading →
The Certificate in Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy has received a prestigious academic award whose past recipients include Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, Michigan’s Ross School of Business and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.