David Nazarian College of Business and Economics News
This spring, Danipour, Villa and fellow California State University, Northridge students Jenna Flynn and Tammy Nguyen formed an entrepreneurial team to develop a solution to this problem: an adjustable tray that molds to the shape of your front passenger seat, safely and securely holding take-out food and beverage trays.
For their invention, the NoSpill Systems team won first place and the audience choice prize at CSUN’s fourth annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition, hosted by the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Entrepreneurship Program. The prize included $20,000 to help launch their product. Read more
Many new alumni are more focused on developing a career — not to mention paying back their student loans — than thinking about “paying it forward,” donating to the university they just left. But Demontea (“Tae”) and Demonte (“Tray”) Thompson ’15 (Management and Finance, respectively) are used to being the exceptions to the rule. Read more
California State University, Northridge marketing professor Barbara Gross was honored with the Marketing Educators’ Association (MEA) 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award for her significant and long-term contributions to the organization.
“At MEA, I’ve been around people who really care about marketing education and the scholarship of teaching,” Gross said. Read more
“Game of Thrones” fans, meet the “Game of Cones.”
Wanderlust Creamery, the popular ice cream shop founded by California State University, Northridge alumni Jon-Patrick “JP” Lopez ’08 (Business Law) and Adrienne Borlongan ’09 (Food Science), is celebrating the final season of the HBO hit series with newly crafted flavors inspired by the show. Read more
“When I initially talked to Goldman Sachs in 1979, they said they were a U.S.-centric firm, and that they weren’t interested in going international,” said Berlinski, who at the time lacked a green card to work in the country. “But Goldman Sachs wanted to build up their financial services division in banking, and it helped my cause to be able to speak six languages and understand international business teamwork from my previous jobs, once the company wanted to become a global firm.” Read more
Professor Melanie Stallings Williams co-authored an article, “Masters of the Universe: Bid Rigging By Private Equity Firms in Multibillion Dollar LBOs,” for the University of Cincinnati Law Review that throws the spotlight on a rare class-action lawsuit in which the plaintiffs – shareholders in companies purchased – demonstrated that some of the world’s largest private equity firms unlawfully colluded to ensure that they held down prices on the companies they were bidding to buy.
“I don’t think people realize that when this happens, it’s our money, yours and mine, that’s involved,” Williams said. “Yes, some of the shareholders are monied people, but some of the shareholders are retirement funds and the type of mutual funds that your grandmother owns. These aren’t just rich people they are taking advantage of. It’s you, me and the people we care about.” Read more
“Business is how you approach things; it’s not the skill set,” she said. “The skill set is great to have as a base, but it’s what you do with it. I was plunked in the middle of service for what was at that time a $2-billion company in the Americas (North and Latin) and figured out how to swim. If you understand priorities, customer satisfaction and the impact product quality can have on that, it’s fascinating. I learned so much about Epson’s business, because [service] is a very important customer touch point.” Read more
Bank of Hope has given California State University, Northridge $25,000 to support the university’s income tax preparation assistance program for low-income families and individuals.
The money will support the operations of CSUN’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic during the 2019 tax season. In addition to the money, bank employees have volunteered to serve as interpreters and greeters at many of the clinic’s sites throughout Los Angeles. Read more
Using the latest investment software, intense research and hours spent on targeted analysis of the financial markets, the students in California State University, Northridge Finance 491A and 491B: Student Portfolio Seminar are outperforming finance professionals and turning nearly $5 million of investments into scholarships, research and other opportunities for the university.
From fall 2015, to present, the dividend portfolio has grown from $2,151,315 to $3,297,801, an annualized return of about 14 percent compared to the benchmark return of about 11 percent per year. Read more
Kramer, a multigenerational Matador and proud graduate of California State University, Northridge, has made an impact on Wall Street that few other men and women can claim: A lifelong leader in “boutique” investment banking firms and now founding partner and CEO of Ducera Partners, Kramer has helped forge some of the largest deals in modern financial history, including 2018’s $70-billion sale of agricultural giant Monsanto to Bayer A.G..
“I’m fortunate to have been at the forefront,” Kramer said. “I get a lot of credit for the deals people have read about, but I have seven partners at Ducera — I have a strong team that has been with me most of their careers. My success is all of ours." Read more
Wells Fargo bank has awarded the university $50,000, on top of the $50,000 it gave the university last year, to support the clinic and provide financial education and financial coaching to its clients.
“The impact of the CSUN VITA Clinic is measured not only by virtue of helping low-income taxpayers obtain a cost-free tax preparation service, but perhaps more importantly, our ability to give the taxpayers we serve the opportunity to obtain vital support and resources for strengthening their financial resiliency,” said accounting professor Rafi Efrat, Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the director of CSUN’s VITA Clinic. Read more
When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, the impact of a tax refund can be life-changing: Nagging debts repaid. Money saved for a child’s college education.
For nearly 50 years, California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic has provided cost-free expert tax assistance for families and individuals with low incomes, leading to such benefits, said Rafi Efrat, Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the director of the VITA Clinic. CSUN student volunteers have benefited as well, as they have earned IRS certification for tax preparation, giving them real-world experience and a professional head start. Read more
On Feb. 5, Noski was named by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to its 2019 Class of Influential Leaders. CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ accreditation by AACSB International places it among the top 5 percent of global business degree-granting institutions. Read more
“I am thrilled to have CSUN’s VITA Clinic take the lead in embarking on a visionary collaboration with 11 academic institutions in Los Angeles to develop a model for a sustainable, institutionalized and systematic offering of free tax preparation services throughout Los Angeles County and beyond,” said accounting professor Rafi Efrat, Bookstein Chair in Taxation and the director of CSUN’s VITA Clinic.
Efrat received a $344,250 grant from the California Department of Community Services and Development to expand the program to include the CSU 5 VITA Initiative, named for the five California State University campuses — Northridge, Los Angeles, Dominguez Hills, Long Beach and Pomona — taking the lead on the project. Read more
CSUN Nazarian College alumnus Charles (Chuck) H. Noski has been elected as one of three inaugural members of the recently formed Independent Audit Quality Committee (IAQC). With his relevant experience and leadership in the industry, Noski will help EY deliver high-quality audits that strengthen confidence in the U.S. capital and global markets.
“Our globally interconnected economy brings new complexity to the audit, and my experience in a variety of roles positions me well to advise on related matters,” said Mr. Noski. Read more
Chaos may prevail in Washington, but as Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
To help with the latter, California State University, Northridge’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic is offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals, including non-English speakers, people with disabilities and veterans, from Jan. 28 through April 13 at CSUN and satellite locations throughout Los Angeles County. Read more
“Work hard. Be exceptional. Trust the process.”
Five successful CSUN Nazarian College graduates and long-time friends gathered at the Business Honors Association and Beta Alpha Psi Alumni Panel event to talk about their careers, pursuing graduate degrees, and the importance of taking rare opportunities. Read more
In November, California State University, Northridge students got a chance to see how leading-edge technology can be a powerful tool for societal change at the “Artificial Intelligence x Social Entrepreneurship” workshop. Read more
California State University, Northridge brought home two awards from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Annual Summit, which took place Oct. 21-24 in Milwaukee, Wis. The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics won the Talent and Innovation Award for its Summer Accelerator program, and the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics’ Peer Mentorship Program received the organization’s Editor’s Choice Award. Read more
In preparation for the high-stakes “Bull Ring” New Venture Competition in Spring, which comes with tens of thousands of dollars in prizes, students practiced putting their best pitch forward at the fourth annual Fast Pitch New Venture Competition. Read more
Luciana Moreno, a senior in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at CSUN, was awarded a prestigious $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. Moreno is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is graduating in the spring semester of 2019. She has been offered a full-time position at Moss Adams LLP, one of the 15 largest public accounting firms in the United States, and will begin working there next July. Read more
Hundreds of California State University, Northridge accounting, business, entrepreneurship and marketing students packed the university’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 13 for Workforce of the Future, a partnership program between CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, IBM, and global accounting and audit firm KPMG. Read more
Innovation is key to unlocking new systems, ideas and products. It is essential for all areas of business to thrive. To prepare its students for the workforce of the future, California State University, Northridge is fostering an environment for future innovators to thrive. Read more
Vaish oversees a team of product managers, designers and content creators at Tesla with the goal of providing users with the most informative, innovative and captivating experience on the website, on mobile, in retail stores and inside the actual vehicle. Read more
Spielberg and Clooney, Kidman and Downey Jr., Geffen and Katzenberg, Marvel and DreamWorks.
California State University, Northridge alumnus and filmmaking heavyweight Michael Grillo shared memories from his decades working with Hollywood royalty in front of a packed auditorium at CSUN’s Northridge Room. Grillo appeared on campus Sept. 26 for the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Distinguished Speaker Series. Read more
CSUN alumnus Bruce Gersh is the president of People, People En Español and Entertainment Weekly. Read more
Sigalit Ronen’s research makes the business case for bosses who nurture emotional bonds with their employees. Read more
Dean Subramaniam is featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal's LA500 list of Most-Influential People. Read more
In spring 2018, teams of California State University, Northridge undergraduates and graduate students accepted their awards for working tirelessly to produce comprehensive business plans to enter in the Small Business Institute© (SBI) national competition for Experiential Learning Project of the Year. Both teams placed second in their respective categories. Read more
Carl Carande landed his first job at an on-campus interview just before graduating from California State University, Northridge. In the years since, his degree has taken him to New York City to oversee the United States advisory practice for a global network of professional service firms. Read more
During the Spring 2018 semester, California State University, Northridge students Ashley Nobel ’18 (Financial Planning) and Bonnie Dang ’17 (Finance) clinched third place at the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) competition, after submitting a financial plan based on a real-world situation. Competing against more than 70 participants, Nobel and Dang’s first-ever competition proved to be highly successful. Read more
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) announced today the launch of new free tax preparation clinics for veterans in Los Angeles, an innovative effort in collaboration with Citi Community Development and the Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Read more
Bank of Hope has given California State University, Northridge $20,000 to help expand the university’s income tax preparation assistance program for low-income families and individuals. Read more
California State University, Northridge officials have named the building that houses the university’s business college Bookstein Hall, in honor of alumni Harriet and Harvey Bookstein and their generous support of CSUN over the years. Read more
U.S. potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort to increase their profits, according to a report by California State University, Northridge business law professor Melanie Stallings Williams. Read more
The Youth-Driven Information Privacy Education Campaign (YDIPEC) launched in August to help young people and their parents learn to safeguard their privacy online. The campaign is the culmination of a year-long grant awarded to California State University, Northridge marketing professors Kristen Walker and Tina Kiesler. Read more
Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel has spent her life giving back to the community — whether serving on the staffs of the mayor of Los Angeles and the President of the United States or as an elected official herself. Read more
California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics doubled down on the big announcements at the college’s 50th anniversary gala celebration Thursday, Sept. 22.
The evening’s program concluded with the announcement of a $5 million gift from CSUN alumni Harvey ’70 (Business Administration) and Harriet Bookstein. CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison revealed that this gift and those from other supporters of the college put the college’s $25 million fundraising campaign over its goal, which launched two years ago with a lead gift of $10 million from CSUN alumnus David Nazarian. Read more
Fifty years ago, business in Los Angeles had a different face. Different industries employed a different workforce. Fifty years ago, a still-new California State University campus in Northridge launched a School of Business and Economics. Read more
You’re invited to the MBA and Graduate Programs in Business Open House on Saturday, Sept. 17! If you’re thinking about a graduate degree in business, get your questions answered in person by professors, alumni and program directors. Read more
CSUN Marketing Professor and students launch campaigns to educate others on digital literacy Read more
Every time you make a Google search, post on Facebook, play Candy Crush, send a tweet or take a photo on Snapchat, you are leaving a piece of yourself — information about who you are, your habits, your tastes, your family, your friends — behind, whether you want to or not. It is that unintentional “surrender” of information that has California State University, Northridge marketing professor Kristen L. Walker concerned. Continue reading about trust on the web. Read more
A proposal for a new a way of delivering a healthy mix of probiotics and electrolytes while at the same time battling malnutrition and dehydration in children around the world took the top prize Tuesday, April 26, at California State University, Northridge’s “Bull Ring” — CSUN’s version of “Shark Tank.” Read more
Thanks to the David Nazarian College of Business, CSUN Associated Students, a Digital Trust Foundation grant, and Bill Imada (Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of the IW Group), nine students from the American Marketing Association (AMA) traveled to New Orleans to attend the annual AMA International Collegiate Conference (AMAICC). The 2016 attendees included Ilya Albert, Katrina Beltran, Sebastian Blanc, Collin Glueck, Daniel Lawson, Summer Malone, Andres Nieto, Heather Ticzon, and Nickolaus Violin. Read more
The MBA program at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge has been ranked among the top 150 part-time programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of the best graduate schools. Read more
Congratulations to Professor Joy Griffin and the Spring 2015 BUS 497BBH (Business Honors Capstone) student team, Nadia Ali, Brandon Kaufman, Eduard Martirosov, and Lilianna Stelmach, whose comprehensive business plan took 2nd place nationally at the annual SBI competition! Read more
The calendar may say January, but before you know it, April will be here and your taxes will be due. California State University, Northridge business students hope to take a little bit of the sting out of tax day by offering free tax preparation assistance to members of the public. Read more
The CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, in partnership with our on-campus incubator LACI@CSUN, is pleased to announce the inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition! Read more
Just announced yesterday, the first 75 students that sign up for the Art of Innovation Conference on October 30th will attend for free! Read more
California State University, Northridge is known for its great efforts in keeping students on the track to success. For many students, that track continues even after graduation. Read more
Charles “Chuck” Noski was 17 years old in 1969 when he embarked upon what would be a lifelong relationship with California State University, Northridge, which was then known as San Fernando Valley State College. Read more
The 17th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards was a celebration of what’s possible with a California State University, Northridge education, as graduates who went on to successful careers in art, entertainment and entrepreneurship were honored on April 18 at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Read more
New changes are underway for CSUN’s real estate program effective Fall, 2015. The Department of Business Law, which administers the real estate programs, has created a new minor and revised major. Read more
California State University, Northridge’s Small Business Institute graduate and undergraduate teams last month walked away with first-place prizes from the national Small Business Institute’s (SBI) Project of the Year competition for work done in the 2014 school year. Read more
California State University, Northridge honored accounting professor and institute director Rafi Efrat in January for his innovative leadership and expansion of the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation. Read more
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Read more
The Department of Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance continues to shine, as the Financial Planning department is ranked again for a 3rd year in a row. Read more
Nazarian College faculty members have come in for top awards for their groundbreaking work in scholarship and pedagogy over the last two months. Read more
California State University, Northridge conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Bill Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, for his contributions to the financial health of the region, as well as his longtime support of the university. Continue reading about Bill Allen. Read more
FOX continued its partnership again this semester with California State University, Northridge’s College of Business and Economics in Fall 2013, providing students with a rare opportunity to create a marketing campaign for Fox Deportes. Read more
Congratulations are in order to COBAE Dr. Cristina Rubino, assistant professor of management, who has been named the 2014-2015 Research Fellow for the College of Business and Economics. Read more
Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship is competing against two large Advertising Firms to create the new marketing campaign for CSUN Read more
Cal State Northridge was one of only 25 universities nationally chosen to select a student to receive a $2,000 Undergraduate Real Estate Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation, a leading foundation for the real estate industry and non-profit public charity of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Read more
Cal State Northridge Professor of Accounting and Information Systems, Christopher G. Jones, along with co-authors Larry Crumbley and Stacy Mastrolia have just released a riveting educational novel for use in spicing up classroom debate about accounting practice and professional ethics. Read more
For the past several months, President Barack Obama has been pushing for a new rating system for colleges that, among other things, would judge schools on performance, including the success of their graduates. Read more
Melanie Williams pulls up to a group home, walks through the door, begins to say “hi” and is greeted with hugs and giggles. All of the children vie for her attention, but only one lucky 12-year-old girl gets to go for a picnic that day. Read more