2012 Award Recipient Bios

Student Awards

David Denicke

David Denicke
Outstanding Full-time MBA Student

David, who will graduate this month, has inspired success in his peers by demonstrating leadership throughout his time at the Graziadio School. While earning his MBA, David launched the successful new Sports Management Club in the Fall 2011. He has been an active contributor to the Graziadio Voice, sharing his experiences with current and incoming students. In addition, David was selected to travel to Montreal, Canada with four of his peers to represent Pepperdine in the week-long Molson Case Competition, an international competition comprised of top students from around the world. David will embark on the next chapter of his career as an employee of Sony Electronics.

Angie Namenuk

Angie Namenuk
Outstanding Executive Student

Angie has shown solid leadership from the Executive MBA workshop both in the class and on her team as an interactive participant and presenter.  As an Associate Director of Business Development at Genentech, Angie is highly respected and looked up to by her peers. She brings over 16 years of professional experience, specializing in strategic business management, project management, and research. Angie takes great pride in balancing her career with her commitment to her family and has taken an active role in her children's education and extra-curricular activities. She attended Willamette University with a bachelor of science in biochemistry, and completed a certificate program at the University of California, Berkeley. Angie currently boasts a 3.80 GPA, and is expected to graduate from the Graziadio School's Executive MBA program this year.

Scot Hutton

Scot Hutton
Outstanding Part-time Student

Scot is an exemplary member of the Graziadio School community, demonstrating great leadership as a recent graduate of the BSM program, and now as an enrolled student in the MBAJ program. Scot is a retired U.S. Marine who was injured while serving in Iraq, and now spends much of his time speaking and working with new Veterans entering the civilian world. Scot's model service to the U.S. and standout headship at the Graziadio School earned him the honor of delivering a speech at the August 2011 commencement ceremonies as the elected student speaker. His influence has bettered Pepperdine University's relationship with the student-veteran community, and has been credited with a substantial increase in charitable donations over the last two years. Having just recently earned a bachelor of science degree from Pepperdine University, Scot will go on to receive his MBA later this year.

Linda LoRe

Linda LoRe
Outstanding Presidents and Key Executives Student

Linda has an impressive executive résumé that spans over twenty years, serving in top leadership positions for numerous renowned corporations. In her current role, Linda is CEO and President at The Engagement Principle, a social enterprise devised to help turn the workplace back to an engaged and profitable place of business. The company's non-profit component introduces the Future Generations Fund, giving an opportunity for at-risk youth to cultivate their talents and ultimately find a career path. Linda became the youngest female CEO of a Fortune 500 company ever when she took the reins of Giorgio Beverly Hills. Thereafter, she spent 12 years as both CEO and President of Fredrick's of Hollywood Group, Inc. Linda won the top honor in the women CEO category for her visionary leadership and successful financial track record from the Los Angeles-based Bottom Line Broads. Linda prides herself in leading by example; she is the founding Board Member of the Youth Mentoring Connection, which serves at-risk youth in Southern California. She is a also a member of the Trusteeship of the International Women's Forum, The Women's Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Board of Advisors for the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising (FIDM) and the United States Air Force, as its Entertainment and Industry Liaison emeritus.

Christopher Prazak

Christopher Prazak
Outstanding Bachelor of Science Student

Christopher's leadership has not gone unnoticed by his professors; he is scholastically ranked in the top 5% of his class and stands out among his peers. He has over 20 years of sales and management experience in North and South America, with specialties in vertical market and talent development. He is currently working as a Sales Manager with Danaher Motion in the San Diego area. This coming summer, Christopher will embark on his next academic passage; he has enrolled in Pepperdine University's MBAJ program. He is active in numerous church and service projects. He will graduate from the Graziadio School's Bachelor of Science in Management program this spring with a 3.79 GPA.

Yan Zhang

Yan Zhang
Outstanding Full-time Master of Science Student

Yan Zhang will graduate this August with his Master of Science in Applied Finance. Upon graduating, Yan plans to pursue a career in investment banking. Yan is highly regarded by his faculty and shines in his ability to reach out for opportunities that will strengthen his skillsets. He successfully completed “Training on the Street” to hone his financial modeling skills and participated in the ACG Cup, a financial casecompetition. Yan completed an internship with China International Capital Corporation, the largest investment bank in China, as well as at Deloitte in its auditing department. Yan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Shanghai Jiaotong University.


Alumni Award

Dat Do

Dat T. Do
Outstanding Alumnus

Dat is a co-founder of Derivatas, a provider of online tools for IRC 409A valuations, ASC 718 financial reporting and investment decision purposes. He was formerly with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a valuation specialist and financial engineer, and before that, he headed his own consulting firm, in addition to several years in the corporate banking sector.

Dat is recognized by the Graziadio School for his pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit. It was armed with guidance and support from his colleagues, and a round of angel funding, that he was able to launch the software development that catapulted Derivatas into a mainstream success.

Dat completed his undergraduate coursework UCLA, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics, and later earned an MBA in finance from the Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2005.

Faculty Award

Doreen Shanahan

Doreen Shanahan
Outstanding Faculty Member

An impassioned educator, emphasizing applied and experiential learning, Doreen began teaching at the Graziadio School in 2002. She is responsible for creating, developing, and successfully launching the GSBM's E2B program (Education-to-Business). This structured program provides students the opportunity to gain real-world business experience as they work in competing consulting teams to resolve current business problems for partnering companies. She currently serves as director for this program.

Doreen worked for more than 20 years in corporate America in the consumer package goods, publishing and advertising industries, gaining expertise in marketing, strategic planning, branding, promotion, distribution, sales, customer management, and organizational leadership.

Her administrative responsibilities have included Vice Chair for the University's Strategic Programs and Marketing Group; program research and development; Annual Business Plan Competition faculty judge; and curriculum development. Her current research, speaking and consulting efforts are focused on developing and harnessing an organization's orientation toward marketing to lead growth and innovation.

Waves of Service Award

Betty LaMarr

Betty LaMarr
Waves of Service Award

Betty founded and currently serves as CEO of EmpowHer Institute, an organization that helps low-income females develop entrepreneurial skills, enabling them to achieve economic freedom since 2003. She has been a strong alumni advocate for the placement of Graziadio School students and has been an avid participant in the Graziadio School's annual Career Forum for several years. She has served as a mentor to one of the Graziadio School's strongest partner organizations, the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA). Betty is a past honoree of the Los Angeles Business Journal's annual Women Making a Difference Awards.

Outstanding Corporate Partner Award

SCE

More than 200 Pepperdine graduates have been a part of the Edison and/or Southern California Edison work force in a variety of roles. It is since 2008 however, that Edison International's Corporate Financial Planning Group became a valued recruitment partner of the Graziadio School, and has since sustained a commitment to hiring Graziadio graduates and interns into its highly regarded Corporate Financial Planning Program. Over the last four years, Edison has been regularly holding on-campus interviews, and as a result, hired eight MBA interns and four full-time employees from the Graziadio School.

Guest Speaker

William J. McMorrow

William McMorrow

William McMorrow is chairman and chief executive officer of Kennedy Wilson, which he purchased in 1988 as a real estate auction company. He is the architect of the company's expansion into an international firm offering a comprehensive array of real estate investments and services, with 23 offices in the U.S., Europe and Japan as well as more than 300 employees. William attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He serves on the Executive Board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and is involved in numerous Southern California charities, including Chrysalis, which honored him with the Spirit of Chrysalis Award in 2005, the Rape Treatment Center, the Village School and Loyola High School, which inducted him as a Cahalan Award recipient in 2010. Additionally, Mr. McMorrow is a member of the Loyola High School Board of Regents.