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School Honors Outstanding Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff

April 9, 2014  | 4 min read

Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and its Board of Visitors recognized outstanding members and partners of the business school at the 6th Annual George Awards on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Named in honor of school benefactor and Imperial Bank founder George Graziadio, Jr., the George Award is given to students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders who have demonstrated outstanding business acumen, strong leadership skills as well as a commitment to serving the community and improving the business world. “The recipients of the George Award have extremely high personal and academic standards. Their collaborative approach combined with their strong work ethic and desire to improve the lives of others makes them truly remarkable individuals,” said Linda Livingstone, Dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. “We are thrilled to honor them and thank them for enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Mr. Bone, pictured with George Graziadio daughters Mary Lou Graziadio-Area and Alida Cavillo.


The George Awards recognized the program’s featured speaker William Bone, founder and CEO of the Sunrise Company, as well as a personal and business acquaintance of Mr. Graziadio. Mr. Bone is nationally recognized as an expert in resort, residential, hotel, and recreational development. The Sunrise Company is best known as the developer of premier golf and luxury residential communities throughout Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico.

Waves of Service Award Recipient

Molly Moen (MBA ’01) - Outstanding Service Award Awarded to a member of the Graziadio School family who has displayed unwavering dedication to community service, alumna Molly Moen is the recipient of the George Award for Outstanding Community Service, which includes a $2,000 charitable donation. Ms. Moen is chief operating officer of the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization offering housing and supportive services to more than 4,000 homeless women on Los Angeles’ Skid Row each year. She is a graduate of the Graziadio School’s International MBA program.

Alumni Recipient

Charles Franklin (MBA ’02) Mr. Franklin is a manager of Corporate Services with American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and oversees a multimillion-dollar annual operations budget and a staff of more than 60 individuals. He has applied the skills and knowledge he gained from his Pepperdine MBA to reduce Honda’s operation costs by over $200 million dollars. Mr. Franklin, a resident of Huntington Beach, CA, earned his MBA in 2002 from the Fully Employed MBA program.

Faculty Member Award Recipient

Larry W. Cox, PhD Culver City, CA resident Larry William Cox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and lead faculty for the Graziadio School’s entrepreneurship programs. Mr. Cox is an award-winning educator and during his tenure at the Graziadio School nearly 100 businesses have been started by his students/alumni.

Staff Member Recipient

Michael Sims Malibu, CA resident Michael Sims has served as the executive officer for Corporate and External Relations at the Graziadio School since 2001. His leadership of the Board of Visitors and Dean’s Executive Leadership Series, his deep engagement in developing relationships in the business community, and his significant commitment to the school’s entrepreneurship program have been instrumental in growing the school’s reputation and raising funds to support key programs.  Over the years at the Graziadio School, he has also managed alumni and career services, recruitment, marketing and communications. Prior to joining the Graziadio School, Mike had the privilege of working directly with George Graziadio at Imperial Bank. In his current role, he has been a great champion for advancing the Graziadio legacy in all that the school does.

Executive programs

Nora Crivello – Executive MBA Program Ms. Crivello is a vice president of Westpak, Inc., a private testing laboratory in San Jose and San Diego. She has worked in various roles within engineering, quality and management leadership capacities at Westpak. Crivello is a resident of San Jose, CA.

Juliet Irwin - Master of Science in Organization Development Program Ms. Irwin is a trusted strategic partner and seasoned organizational change management professional who owns a consulting business in Calgary, Canada.

Student Recipients

Jerome Novack, Jr. - Fully Employed Bachelor of Science in Management Program Mr. Novack, of Lake Forest, CA,  is a director of clinical engineering at Masimo Corporation, a medical devices company and is working on a joint BSM/MBA degree at Pepperdine University. With a diverse clinical and technical background, he applies strengths from both disciplines in his work and has more than 40 patents issued or pending.

Matthew Sheridan - Fully Employed MBA Program A resident of Thousand Oaks, Mr. Sheridan is the director of marketing for aerospace products at Meggitt Safety Systems. He has extensive experience in the aerospace and aircraft industries and expects to graduate from the part-time evening Fully Employed MBA Program in December 2014.

Manning Chen – Full-time Master of Science in Global Business Program After receiving a degree in finance and banking from Zhejiang University in China, Ms. Chen is now enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Business program. She expects to graduate from the MSGB program in December 2014, and is currently pursuing a career in finance. She is a native of Hangzhou, China.

Brittany Takai - Full-time MBA Program A resident of Coto de Caza, CA, Ms. Takai is a JD/MBA student. As a fellow at the Pepperdine School of Law’s Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law, she has served as lead consultant within the Micro-Enterprise Program, which helps underprivileged members of the Los Angeles community seek gainful employment and launch micro-businesses.

In 1996, George and Reva Graziadio endowed the business school that now bears the family’s name. For years, George had admired Pepperdine’s focus on the “real world of business.” Today, the Graziadio School of Business and Management carries on his legacy by developing values centered business leaders prepared to influence the practice of business. View George Awards page. View 2014 George Awards Photo Gallery.