• College of Business and Economics 50th Anniversary Gala

Nazarian Fab 50


The Nazarian College recognizes its “Fabulous 50” business alumni who represent the thousands of Matadors who contribute to lifting business and society as a whole. These individuals personify the Nazarian College’s tradition of excellence, bringing distinction to themselves and the university through their outstanding achievements.


Alfonso V. AriasAlfonso V. Arias ’65 (Business Administration) is an active Certified Public Accountant, managing his accounting firm in San Diego.

Arias has extensive experience in taxation of corporations and partnerships in a wide range of industries, in addition to expertise in individual taxation, financial and business planning, business valuation, litigation support, audits, reviews, compilations, negotiation, and consulting in connection with mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses.

He is a former Chairperson of the CSUN Alumni Association, and is also a past Chairman of seven different professional and civic organizations. Arias is a past member of the Pastoral Council at All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla, where he resides along with his beautiful wife Laura. Together they have three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren.


Grant D. AshleyGrant D. Ashley ’78 (Accounting and Information Services) is Vice President, Global Security and Aviation, providing leadership to Merck’s Global Security team. He served with the FBI for more than 28 years, retiring in 2006 as Executive Assistant Director. Previously, Ashley was Vice President of Global Security and Enterprise Risk Manager for Harrah’s Entertainment.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from CSUN, Ashley holds a Master’s of Public Administration from George Washington University.

Ashley is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently serves on the George Washington University Trachtenberg School Advisory Board. He also previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and as a non-executive director of Datong, PLC.

Ashley currently chairs the Risk and Information Sharing Committee, OSAC, United States Department of State. While FBI Executive Assistant Director, he sponsored the formation of the Domestic Security Alliance Council and chaired the organization from 2010-14.

He and his wife Linda are supporters of educational, human health and animal welfare organizations.


Ivan L. AxelrodIn 1972, Ivan Axelrod ’72 (Business Administration) began his 18-year career with Laventhol & Horwath, becoming a Partner in 1981 and Managing Partner of their entertainment practice in Century City. He later became President of Recreation World, a family entertainment business with operations around the U.S. In 1996, Axelrod joined Provident Financial Management, a leading Business Management firm in Los Angeles as a Managing Director and COO. Today this firm of 110 people includes three Managing Directors and 11 employees who are California State University, Northridge graduates.

Axelrod has held several positions and supports many organizations, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Homeless Healthcare, Beit T’Shuvah and Temple Judea, where he was a Board Trustee for many years, and he currently serves on the CSUN Foundation Board. Along with his passion for breeding and racing harness horses all over the U.S., Axelrod is Chairman of the Board of the United States Trotting Association.


Anthony S. BarthAnthony S. Barth ’84 (Accounting Theory and Practice) is President and CEO for Delta Dental of California and its affiliates, including Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and Delta Dental Insurance Company. The companies comprise the largest dental benefits system in the country, with 34.5 million enrollees and nearly $9 billion in consolidated revenues. As part of its mission to advance oral health, the group of companies actively supports local communities, oral healthcare initiatives and dental care.

Barth has held numerous leadership positions with the organization in his 28-year tenure, most recently as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California, beginning his career with Deloitte in Los Angeles. He is active on multiple nonprofit boards throughout the U.S.


Scott L. BeiserScott Beiser ’81 (Finance), ’83 M.S. (Finance) is the Chief Executive Officer of Houlihan Lokey, a publicly traded international investment banking firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and business valuations. Beiser’s responsibilities include managing Houlihan Lokey’s operations, identifying and developing new strategic opportunities, and pursuing and managing new and existing client relationships.

Beiser previously led Houlihan Lokey’s infrastructure services and materials practice and has specialized expertise in investment banking services for engineering and construction businesses. He is also on the board of FNF Construction and RoadSafe Traffic Systems, two privately held construction services firms.

Beiser earned both a B.S. and an M.S. in Finance from California State University, Northridge. Over the past decade, Beiser has been active with a variety of organizations, including AIPAC, Birthright Israel Leadership Council, Israel & Co. and the American Cancer Society. He is married to Nancy and has two children, Kyle and Tara.


Thomas C. BlochThomas C. Bloch ’68 (Finance) is a retired financial executive with more than four decades in the areas of finance, credit, organizational development, business restructuring, bankruptcy financing, business development and business operations.

Upon graduation from California State University, Northridge, Bloch spent the first six years of his career with Security Pacific Bank, where he rose to Manager of National Accounts. He then spent 10 years with Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Corp., mostly as Vice President Regional Manager. When the company was acquired by CIT Group, Bloch rose to Senior Vice President and he managed a portfolio worth more than $1 billion. In 1996, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of CIT Business Credit. When CIT Group was acquired by Tyco Capital in 2001, Bloch became Executive Vice President and retired a year later.

Bloch has been married to his wife Ronnie for 50 years and they have two children and two grandchildren. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving eight years. He established the Thomas C. Bloch Scholarship Fund for financially challenged CSUN business students. He is involved in various organizations and is an elected official in his hometown of Westport, Conn.


Larry S. BloomerLarry S. Bloomer ’64 (Business Administration) is a third-generation Californian born in Fresno. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Bloomer put himself through school selling door to door. His sales experience and California State University, Northridge degree helped him land a job at Xerox upon graduation. Bloomer excelled at Xerox, earning awards and promotions during his tenure. One year after graduating college, he married his high school sweetheart Diane, and they’ve been married 51 years.

In 1974, Bloomer started a 25-year career atn CBRE, specializing in retail leasing and real estate investments. He joined the International Council for Shopping Centers, Culver City Economic Advisory Board and Southern California Association of Governments.

In 2007, Bloomer founded R.E. Development Group, and has become more involved at CSUN by becoming a member of the President’s Associates and supporting the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.

Bloomer is a member of Sigma Chi, supports the WLA Music Association, the Petersen Automotive Museum and various charities. He and Diane remain involved in the California car culture. They still own their high school ’57 Chevy.


Harvey A. BooksteinHarvey Bookstein ’70 (Business Administration) has more than 40 years of public accounting experience and specializes in providing tax, accounting and business consulting services. His clients include land owners, developers, residential and commercial builders and owners, property managers, investors, architectural firms, general contractors and construction companies.

He works with high net worth clients and closely held businesses, and specializes in estate planning, charitable giving and family financial issues. Bookstein has developed a new way to approach his profession titled Therapeutic Accounting®, a holistic approach which is also the basis of a book he authored.

Bookstein oversees a wide range of accounting services, and as a Therapeutic Accountant he often addresses issues beyond the tax code and deep inside his clients’ personal lives.

Bookstein established the Harvey and Harriet Bookstein Chair in Taxation at California State University, Northridge. This endowment also funds the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation.

Bookstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree from CSUN and is a graduate of Leadership Los Angeles. Bookstein also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from CSUN in 2016.


Stefan R. BotheStefan R. Bothe ’71 (Business Administration) is a Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Flexi Software, a leading vendor of accounting and financial reporting software for on-premise and Cloud computing.

He has been active in the technology industry since joining Computer Associates in 1982. Prior to founding Flexi in 1993, Bothe was President and CEO of DATAEASE and GEAC Computer Corporation. He also served in various marketing roles at CIT Financial Services, Hertz Leasing, Colgate-Palmolive and Ogilvy & Mather.

Bothe is Director Emeritus of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Junior Republic. He also is involved with the Education Foundation and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Bothe serves on the Advisory Board of the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at CSUN, where he recently endowed a scholarship in honor of his father, Helmut Bothe.

He is married to Jennifer V. Cheng, who worked on Wall Street and is a co-founder of Flexi.


Carl S. CarandeCarl Carande ’87 (Organizational Systems Management) is the Vice Chair of the Advisory practice at KPMG, LLP. Carande joined KPMG in 2000 and was named to his current role in 2015. Carande has more than 30 years of commercial and retail banking experience with major global and regional banks in the areas of post-deal merger integration, strategic development, profit improvement, commercial product pricing and analysis, productivity modeling, process re- engineering and internal control best practices.

Carande truly lives out the philosophy of being a “leader who serves.” He has been a supportive mentor to professionals at all levels. He is known to lead by example, inspire people to high performance, and generously give credit and recognition to those who have helped get the job done right.

A resident of Charlotte, N.C., Carande still finds time to be active in his local community. He serves as a board member for BCC Rally, which helps raise breast cancer awareness and offer financial support for Rally for the Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He is also a supporter of many other nonprofit organizations.


Steven M. CohenDr. Steven Cohen M.B.A. ’07 is a board-certified Diagnostic Radiologist, practicing in the Los Angeles area for 23 years.

Dr. Cohen, a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn, New York did his post-graduate radiology residency at New York Medical College. He came to Los Angeles in 1993, to do a subspecialty fellowship in ultrasound imaging, including high-risk OB/GYN imaging at UCLA.

Dr. Cohen entered private practice in Beverly Hills after 1 1/2 years at UCLA. He is currently the Clinical Chief of Body Imaging for Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a Mednax Corp., the world’s largest radiology practice and telemedicine company. He is part of a management team that oversees a group of 450-plus diagnostic radiologists.

Dr. Cohen founded Silverhawk Radiology Consulting in 2008, a firm specializing in medicolegal services. The firm provides expert medical record review and expert witness testimony in a wide variety of cases.


Dennis DeYoungFor more than three decades Dennis DeYoung’s ’87 (Finance and Real Estate) career in the finance field has involved working directly with clients to accomplish their financial goals. As an investment advisor, accountant and real estate broker, he helps clients prepare for retirement, save for college or purchase a home. He enjoys spending his time and resources volunteering in the community and engaging in philanthropic support.

DeYoung has been active with the 4-H youth program for 43 years and directs its Summer Camp program. He is a past President of the CSUN Alumni Association and member of the Foundation Board. He serves as Chair of the Foundation Audit Committee and is a member of the President’s Associates and Board Member of the CSUN Heritage Society. As students, Dennis and his wife Carrie both served as Chair of the USU Board of Directors. They endowed a scholarship for David Nazarian College of Business & Economics students, contributed to the Matador Statue project and recently made a gift to CSUN Athletics to support the women’s volleyball team. Dennis is a 2016 Fernando Award nominee.


John H. DokesAs Global Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of the AccuWeather Network, John Dokes ’92 (Marketing) oversees strategic branding and marketing of the largest and fastest-growing weather media company in the world. With more than 25 years of experience in digital and traditional marketing and a history of driving multi-million dollar revenue gains, Dokes has worked with world- renowned brands, including Marvel Entertainment and MTV Networks - Viacom.

Dokes serves as a mentor with National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), advocating diversity in the telecommunications industry, and on the Advisory Board of Culture Shift Labs, a consulting firm specializing in Multicultural Marketing Communications.

Dokes’ talents extend beyond the corporate boardroom. As an accomplished jazz vocalist, he has traveled the world and currently performs with the popular big band George Gee’s Swing Jazz Orchestra. He resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters.


Elaine Hastings EdellElaine Hastings Edell ’81 (Business Administration) has been involved in all facets of the motion picture industry during the past 20 years. Currently, she is in development on the feature film Heloise & Abelard and preparing to launch the mobile app game, Stan Lee’s Superhero Ball Wars (along with her husband Jeffrey). She has held high-level production roles on films such as Taken for Ransom, Dirty Little Trick, Dead Men Can’t Dance, The James Dean Story, The Browning Version, Monkey Trouble, Thelma and Louise, The Russia House, Quigley Down Under and The Man in the Moon.

As Controller at Simcom International, Hastings Edell was responsible for all financial activities. Additionally, she was Assistant Controller of New World Pictures.

Hastings Edell obtained her CPA while specializing in entertainment at KPMG. She belongs to the AICPA, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Women in Film.

She currently lives in Malibu with her husband and three children: Garrett, Natalie and Jacqueline.


Earl S. EnzerEarl Enzer ’83 (Finance) is a Managing Director in the Private Client Services Group of Goldman, Sachs & Company and has served as Chairman of the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors since 2009.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, Enzer began his finance career as a Research Analyst at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1986 and was immediately hired by Goldman Sachs. During his 30 years with the firm, Enzer has built one of the most successful private-wealth advisory businesses in the industry, serving ultra-high net worth individuals.

Enzer has also worked in regional office management and led the startup phase for an internet-based investment information and advice platform. He and his college sweetheart, Karen Dunbar Enzer ’82 (Journalism; and chapter president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority), married in 1988. The Enzers reside in Pacific Palisades and have three children: Evan (24), Rachel (21), and Colin (18).


Bryan A. GreenBryan Green ’94 (Marketing) is a wellness industry entrepreneur and fitness facility design expert. Green has overseen the development of facilities for Fortune 100 companies, global hospitality flags, health clubs, specialty studios, universities and residential amenities for countless multi-family developments. He founded Advantage Fitness Products in 1997 to meet the growing demand for consultative support of non- traditional wellness facilities beyond the larger health club chains. The company’s FitnessDesignGroupTM division serves as a specialized consultancy for early stage planning and design.

Green spearheads AFP’s commitment to improving communities through health and fitness. Green and AFP are designated partners of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. He is a frequent industry and public speaker on the subject of functional fitness facility design and operational strategies. Additionally, Green serves as an editorial advisor for numerous publications, including Hotel Executive, Fitness Management, Resort & Recreation and Shape.

Green is a Director of the California State University, Northridge Foundation Board as well as a distinguished Board Member of Junior Achievement of Southern California. He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization.


John R. GolischJohn Golisch ’72 (Business Administration) graduated from California State University, Northridge and joined Arthur Andersen, a Big 8, international accounting firm. He became a Partner in 1982 and stayed with the firm through the end of 2012. In 2003, Golisch joined BDO USA as a Partner and Western Regional Technical Accounting Director. He remained at the firm through June 2011, and as a consultant to the firm until December 2012. In June 2012, Golisch joined CNM LLP as a Technical Accounting Director. Golisch has had his CPA license for more than 41 years.


Golisch has been actively involved with CSUN since 1977. He has been a board member of the CSUN Foundation for more than 30 years. He has served on the board of The University Corporation and the School of Business Dean’s advisory council. Golisch is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and a Granny Heitz Volunteer Service Award winner. Golisch has also been an active fundraiser at CSUN, the business school and the accounting department. He established the Arthur Andersen endowment for the business school and has an accounting scholarship named for him.



Frank J. HevrdejsFrank J. Hevrdejs ’72 (Business Administration) is the Chairman of First Sterling Ventures, Enduro Systems and Fiberglass Holdings, Inc.

In 1981, he co-founded The Sterling Group, which became one of the leading private equity firms in the country. He served as President of the Sterling Group from 1981-99 and Chairman from 1999-2011, when he retired from the firm after 30 years.

Previously, Hevrdejs was the President of Houston- based McLaughlin Associates, was a Senior Financial Executive at Baker International in Houston and Los Angeles, and was a CPA for Deloitte Haskins and Sells in L.A.

He has served as a director on numerous public and private boards, including Cenveo Inc., EGL Inc., CST Holdings, Purina Mills and the advisory board of JP Morgan Chase.

Hevrdejs has been involved in many nonprofit organizations, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (where he is a life trustee), The Houston Grand Opera and The Texas Heart Institute. His family foundation, The Hevrdejs Foundation, actively supports drop-out prevention programs and helped found Kipp Academy and I Have A Dream Foundation in Houston.

He and his wife, Michelle, live in Houston, but also spend time in Monterey, where their daughter and three granddaughters reside.


Amber HilkeneIn 2006, Amber Hilkene ’98 (Finance and Business Law) joined AnaCap Financial Partners, which at the time was a startup and is now the leading sector specialist private equity firm in European financial services. She is a Partner and Head of Investor Relations, responsible for marketing and managing relationships with investors across its Private Equity and Credit Opportunities funds as well as driving public relations initiatives for the firm. Since joining she has led the fundraising efforts for the firm, which has grown its assets under management from €300m to more than €3.2 billion.

Prior to joining AnaCap in 2006, Hilkene worked with The Gores Group, where she was responsible for European Business Development. She began her career at CIBC World Markets.


Bill ImadaBill Imada ’84 (Human Resource Management) is Founder, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group, a minority-owned and operated advertising, marketing and communications agency focusing on the growing multicultural markets.

For more than 25 years, Imada has represented some of the top domestic and global companies, including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Fox, General Motors, Godiva Chocolatier, Lexus, McDonald’s, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walmart stores, Westfield malls and many others.

His areas of expertise include advertising, branding, multicultural communications, marketing, crises management, partnership marketing and public relations.

Imada’s board service includes the Advertising Educational Foundation, Asia Society Southern California, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Center for Asian American Media, Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, LAGRANT Foundation and PBS National.

Imada co-founded the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and established the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship.

He was invited to meet President Obama with 12 other Asian/Pacific Islander American leaders. Later, Imada was appointed to the president’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Imada received a CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.


Paul S. JenningsEntrepreneur Paul Jennings ’85 (Marketing) completed vocational training in aerospace in Long Island, New York, in 1980 and thereafter moved to California and was employed by Lockheed Martin’s Burbank Skunk Works.

Layoffs in that industry forced him to rethink his plans, and Jennings found himself pursuing higher education. Night classes in business at California State University, Northridge exposed him to new ideas and a new set of student and professional peers.

The lessons Jennings learned in his business classes helped him to develop the third largest provider of inmate telephone systems in the country, Public Communications Services. In 1994, Jennings formed PCS Development, an active real estate developer in Southern California. Recently, Jennings has built a renewable energy company known as PCS Energy.

Jennings remains an active Matador alumnus, making generous financial contributions to the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics as well as donating his time to the school.


Mitchell L. KochMitchell Koch ’80 (Accounting) is Chief Financial Officer of The Space Needle in Seattle. He spent 20-plus years at two premier Dow 30 companies - Microsoft and the Walt Disney Company.

At Microsoft, as Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Retail Sales and Marketing, he led sales growth from $1 billion to more than $11 billion as a key member of the team that brought the Xbox video game console to market. At Walt Disney he was President of the $2 billion North America Home Entertainment Division, and led the transition to the DVD format and created the Disney DVD brand.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the First Tee of Greater Seattle, Special Olympics of Washington and the Seattle Sports Commission. Koch lives in Seattle with Cathy, his wife of 32 years, whom he met when he was a freshman orientation leader at California State University, Northridge.


Michael A. KramerPrior to forming Ducera, Michael Kramer ’90 (Finance) was a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, a member of its Management Committee, Global Head of its Restructuring Practice, U.S. Head of its Technology, Media and Telecom and Power Practices. Previously, Kramer was a Founding Partner of Kramer Capital Partners.

Prior to Kramer Capital Partners, Kramer was a Partner at Greenhill, a member of its Management Committee and Global Head of its Restructuring Practice. Prior to Greenhill, Kramer was a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, a member of its Board of Directors, co-head of its Global Restructuring Practice and various other senior positions.


Stanford L. KurlandStanford L. Kurland ’75 (Accounting) is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc., and is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust managed by PennyMac Financial.

Before founding PennyMac, from January 1979 to September 2006, Kurland served as a director and held several executive positions, including President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Countrywide Financial Corporation.

Under Kurland’s leadership, PennyMac Financial has grown into a top-ranked mortgage finance company. Headquartered in Westlake Village, PennyMac Financial began operations as a de novo enterprise in early 2008. Since then, the company has grown to become the fifth-largest producer of residential mortgages and one of the largest servicers of residential mortgages, with more than $4.6 billion in assets and approximately 3,000 employees, primarily in California, Texas and Florida.


Gary I. LeffGary Leff ‘65 (Business Administration) has more than 45 years of experience and expertise in real estate. He started out building single-family homes and then diversified into the development and management of commercial properties, including industrial-office complexes, mid-rise office, retail, automotive centers, self-storage facilities, and the finest health club in the San Fernando Valley, Mid Valley Athletic Club (350 Health Club).

Leff has built a portfolio that today controls more than 2 million square feet of property. In addition to founding Mid Valley Properties, Inc., a full-service property and asset management firm, Leff co-founded Execu-Data, Inc., a real estate software and technology company, and was a founding investor in ARCS Commercial Mortgage, LLP, one of the nation’s largest originators of FNMA multi-family loans. More recently Leff founded Partners Capital Solutions, Inc. (PCS), a direct private lender that provides customized debt financing solutions to real estate professionals. PCS has originated more than $1 billion in loans. PCS is currently developing a new online lending platform, OneSource by PCS, using innovative financial technology.

Leff extends his passion for health and wellness to his philanthropic support of the Weizmann Institute and UCLA Department of Neurology.


Yolanda R. MaciasYolanda Macías ’88 (Finance) is the Executive Vice President of Acquisition, Digital Sales and Studio Relations at Cinedigm. She’s responsible for acquiring content rights for all distribution platforms while overseeing all digital and television distribution and relationships with content providers, producers and filmmakers.

During her tenure at Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Macías oversaw content acquisitions, including securing rights for Crown Media’s Hallmark Channel and The Jim Henson Company. Furthermore, Macías served as the Head of Business Development and Digital Distribution.

Macías helmed the launch for Vivendi Entertainment’s digital distribution services along with acquiring rights for branded content such as National Geographic, WWE, NFL and Shout!Factory

As VP of DIRECTV’s Spanish-language and International Services, Macías launched and oversaw all aspects of the Spanish- and Chinese-language programming service.

Macías has more than 25 years of home entertainment experience, including executive positions at Technicolor and The Walt Disney Company. She has been honored as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Los Angeles Business Journal, one of the Elite Women 2009-14 in the home entertainment industry and was recognized as an industry digital driver 2010-14.


David P. MaloneDavid Malone ’81 (Accounting) is Chairman of the Board for BBCN Bank of Los Angeles. He has been actively engaged in the merger of BBCN and Wilshire Bank, where he has been instrumental in providing extensive financial and managerial expertise while serving on the Negotiating and Consolidation Committees. The completed merger will make the combined banks the only super regional Korean bank in the United States, with assets in excess of $13 billion.

Prior to BBCN bank, he worked for 15 years at Community Bank in Pasadena where he served as Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Under Malone’s leadership, Community Bank became one of the leading financial institutions in Southern California.

Malone also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for both Metrobank and Merchant Bank of California. He began his professional career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen.

In 2015, Malone received CSUN’s Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership. Malone is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nazarian College, Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Heritage Society for CSUN and member of the Foundation Board. He is also executive in residence for the Nazarian College.

Malone is married to Cindi and they have two children — Kathryne and Dennis.


Jeffrey A. MarineJeff Marine ’82 (Marketing) has been a manufacturer of clothing and apparel for 34 years. JEM Sportswear and Awake Inc. creates top-quality clothing lines for distribution from high-end specialty retailers to department stores to mid-tier and mass retailers in the U.S. Today, as a result of strategic licensing partnerships the company creates, designs and manufactures products for many companies, including Disney, Mattel, Marvel and Universal.

JEM products maintain enormous popularity among consumers of all ages and genders. Recently, JEM/ Awake merged with Hybrid Apparel to establish a larger format of brand building across many lines of businesses. Hybrid, along with Altamont Capital, bought Fox Racing, which produces moto gear.

Marine is currently on the Board of Directors of Hybrid/ Fox and is a strategic advisor and partner in the combined businesses.

In 2017, Jeff and Joni Marine will be sponsoring an Alliance College-ready High School for underserved kids in Sun Valley, Calif. The Marines have three daughters: Jenna (26), Jillian (24) and Jaslin (21).


Nathan C. MatthewsNathan C. Matthews ’95 (Accounting Theory and Practice) is the Managing Partner of CNM LLP, a specialized accounting firm with clientele in Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Prior to founding CNM LLP in 2003, Matthews was a Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen LLP and Ernst & Young LLP’s Audit and Advisory Services practices. Matthews has over 20 years of public accounting experience in the entertainment, high-technology, manufacturing, distribution and software industries.

Matthews has advised numerous companies through the initial public offering (IPO) process by providing a wide range of advisory services.

He has successfully managed multiple internal audits for Fortune 500 companies and has performed enterprise risk assessments, completed audit plans, managed multiple internal audit teams, reviewed the results of testing work performed and communicated results to boards of directors, internal audit management and members of senior management.

His recent SOX projects have included first-year implementation and ongoing compliance with the provisions of Section 404 for multi-national Fortune 500 companies and middle market accelerated filers.

Matthews is a registered CPA in the state of California. He also serves on CSUN’s Athletic Circle as a generous supporter for Matador Athletics.


Andrea L. McClure-MyszaAndi McClure-Mysza ’83 (Marketing) began her career at Hunt-Wesson Foods as the Product Manager of Peter Pan Peanut Butter, followed by several years at the Kellogg Company managing several large cereal brands, including Frosted Flakes and new products.

In 1990, she, her brother, Joe (a 1986 graduate of California State University, Northridge), and sister- in-law, Julie, purchased Montrose Travel from their parents and have grown a small travel agency into a powerful $300 million travel management company, now ranked as one of the largest in the country. Montrose Travel was acquired in January by Corporate Travel Management (ASX: CTD), and McClure-Mysza now heads up MTravel, its network of 500+ independent travel professionals, and Allure Travel by CTM, the North American leisure travel brand. After earning her bachelor’s degree from CSUN, she went on to earn an MBA in Marketing and Finance from USC in 1985.

After hours, she coaches girls softball, teaching life’s lessons on and off the field. She resides in Sierra Madre with her husband, Dave, and children, Jessie and David.


Cindy L. McLoughlinCindy McLoughlin ’96 (Accounting Theory and Practice) is an Audit Partner in the Long Island, N.Y. office of CohnReznick, LLP, a national accounting firm. McLoughlin services both private and publicly held clients primarily in the hospitality and retail and consumer products industry.

She heads up the New York City office hospitality practice where she services many national and multi- unit restaurant companies. McLoughlin started her career more than 20 years ago at BDO in Los Angeles, moved to New York in 2001 and was promoted to Partner in 2005.

McLoughlin is on the Board of Trustees for the James Beard Foundation and serves on its audit committee. She also serves as an audit committee member for The American Heart Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Board for private school LuHi.

McLoughlin has been the recipient of many professional honors and has been included in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Accounting Services and Women in Professional Services as well as awarded one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business and included in their top “40 Under 40” class.


Richmond C. McMurrayRichmond McMurray ’03 (Accountancy with Honors) graduated from California State University, Northridge summa cum laude in 2003. Currently, he is Senior Counsel at Athene Holding Ltd.

He also serves on the board of the Gentleman’s Agenda Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to igniting curiosity and cultivating refinement within young men. Prior to joining Athene, McMurray was an Associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where his practice focused on capital markets, public company representation and mergers and acquisitions. McMurray received his Juris Doctorate and MBA from Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, Richmond was an Audit Manager at KPMG, LLP where he served clients primarily in the manufacturing and retail industries with an expertise in revenue recognition and share-based payment transactions. Richmond is admitted to practice law in California and is also a CPA (inactive), licensed in the state of California.


Philip J. Mundy, JR.Phil Mundy ’71 (Business Administration) has served as President of Mundy Medical Marketing Inc. — a company that has specialized in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgical equipment — since 1979. He pioneered much of the high-tech equipment now commonly used in arthroscopy.

Upon graduation from CSUN, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for seven years and then moved to a career in the medical-device industry. His company was a distributor for Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, which specialized in equipment for video arthroscopy, manual and power instruments and implants for sports medicine surgery. He retired as a distributor for Smith and Nephew in 2008 after 31 years.

In 2009, he and his partners started Parcus Medical LLC, a sports-medicine implant and instrument manufacturer and currently serves as its Member Manager and Vice President of Business Development.

He served on the boards of LifeTech Industries, Chaminade College Preparatory School (serving two years as its Chairman), Woodland Hills Country Club (serving two years as its President) and the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Endowment Advisory Board (serving as its Chairman). In June 2015 he started his third three-year term as a Director of the CSUN Foundation Board, where he currently serves as Chair of the Development committee.


Ronald G. MyhanRon Myhan ’77 (Business Administration) is currently an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Farmers Insurance Exchanges, a position he has held since 2007.

Myhan joined Farmers Group, Inc., in 1979 as an accountant at its home office in Los Angeles, and subsequently held the position of Accounting Supervisor at both the Los Angeles regional office and home office. He was promoted to Internal Auditing Manager in 1986 and to Director of Accounting Systems Programming in 1989. In 1993, he was appointed to Director of Securities Accounting, Compliance. Two years later, he was promoted to Head of Property and Casualty Accounting. He then became Head of Commercial Finance and Strategic Planning in 1997. Myhan was appointed Head of Finance in 2001, and then to Vice President and Treasurer in 2002. In 2005, Myhan became Head of Finance for Farmers Insurance Exchange.

Myhan participates in various volunteer programs at California State University, Northridge, such as “Professor for the Day,” and is Vice Chair of the CSUN Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee. Myhan currently resides in Malibu with his wife, Katie. He has three children, Jessica, Brandon and Michael, and is proud to say that Jessica and Brandon are CSUN graduates.


David Y. NazarianDavid Nazarian ’82 (Business Administration) is a graduate of California State University, Northridge’s College of Business and Economics, which now bears his name. He is the chief executive officer and founder of Nimes Capital, which is the private investment arm of Nazarian Enterprises, a family investment firm. He is a leader in numerous fields, including telecommunications, aerospace, real estate, hospitality and renewable/clean technology.

In his 30-year career, Nazarian established a consistent track record of identifying opportunities ahead of the pack, actively managing those investments and executing effective monetization strategies across a diverse range of investment classes and underlying industries.

In addition to his business activities, Nazarian is also well known for his philanthropic activities in the Los Angeles area. He has served as chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the UCLA Foundation, as a member of the Cedars-Sinai Investment Committee and the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of LAEDC, is a member of the Asia Society’s Global Board of Trustees and as a member of the USC Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders. Nazarian received his MBA from the University of Southern California.


Charles H. NoskiChuck Noski ’73 (Accounting) and M.S. ’95 (Accountancy) has had an association with California State University, Northridge dating back more than four decades to when he was a business student and a saxophonist in the university’s marching band.

He spent nearly 20 years at Deloitte & Touche, rising to become a Partner with the firm. Noski later joined Hughes Electronics, where he was President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. At AT&T, Noski was Chief Financial Officer and was later elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. At Northrop Grumman, he served as Chief Financial Officer. In 2010, Noski was named Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America and retired two years later as Vice Chairman.

Noski is presently a Director of Microsoft, Avon Products, and The Priceline Group, and has served on the boards of directors of ADP, Air Products & Chemicals, Avery Dennison, Morgan Stanley, and Northrop Grumman.

CSUN awarded Noski with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2007. In 2011, the CSUN Foundation named Noski an Emeritus Director for Life. He created the Noski Family Scholarship, which is awarded annually to four CSUN accounting students who show a solid grasp on the direction of their future careers.


Wayne G. PiersonWayne G. Pierson ’73 (Business Administration) worked for Ernst & Young for seven years after graduation as an Auditor. He spent 32 years with Meyer Memorial Trust (a private foundation in Portland, Oregon) as Chief Financial and Investment Officer. He is both a CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Pierson was honored as Institutional Investor’s Manager of the Year for foundations with assets under $1 Billion in 2011. He was a key person in helping Meyer be recognized as a leader among foundations in Mission Related Investing that became the subject of a case study by Harvard. He initiated and conducted a comprehensive investment survey for approximately 170 leading foundations for over 20 years.

Pierson has been a trustee for several private trusts and board member of several nonprofit organizations. He is President of Acorn Investors, LLC, Principal of Clifford Capital Partners, and serves on the boards of Oaktree Capital Group, LLC, and M Fund, Inc.


Jeffrey H. ReinsteinJeffrey H. Reinstein ’85 (Finance and Real Estate) has been Chief Executive Officer for Premier Business Centers since October 2002. Premier Business Centers is the largest privately held alternative workspace/ executive suite operator in North America, serving more than 10,000 customers in 53 cities, 11 states and Washington D.C.

Reinstein has led the growth of the company from nine locations (generating $7 million in annual revenues) to more than 80 locations (generating $70 million in annual revenues).

From May 2000 until October 2002, Reinstein was an Executive Officer/Vice President-Business Services for PS Business Parks (a $1.5 billion publicly traded real estate investment trust) where he was responsible for forming a new division for the company.

From March 1997 until April 2000, Reinstein was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Barrister Executive Suites, where he had overall responsibility for managing the business. From May 1987 to October 1996, Reinstein was a Vice President, Asset Management and Property Management for Weyerhaeuser Financial Investments, Inc., where he was involved in developing, managing, leasing, financing and disposing of all types of real estate assets.


Reinstein was also a finalist in Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur Of The Year Program.


Jeffrey A. RosenJeff Rosen ’83 (Accounting Theory and Practice) and M.S. ’84 (Accountancy) is a partner at Ernst & Young, LLP, serving clients in the media and entertainment and private equity industries.

Rosen was very involved on campus while at California State University, Northridge, including as President of CSUN’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary accounting fraternity. Rosen continued his active involvement at CSUN after graduation, including speaking to numerous classes and school clubs, participating in “Professor for a Day” events, and teaching an audit course for a semester so that CSUN wouldn’t have to cancel a course.

He was instrumental in getting the Accounting program more than $1 million from an Ernst & Young grant and matching funds from its CSUN alumni to help fund an accounting career center on campus. Rosen has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for many years.


Roy A. SalterRoy A. Salter ’79 (Finance) is a Senior Advisor at FTI Consulting. Salter is an advisor of the Valuation and Financial Advisory Services group and the Fairness and Solvency Committee of FTI Capital Advisors.

Salter joined FTI Consulting with its acquisition of Salter Group in December 2012. He co-founded Salter Group, a leading independent financial and strategic advisory firm, in 2003.

Previously, he served as a Principal and Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, where he established and co-managed the firm’s global industry group practices for 15 years.

Before that, Salter was a Senior Officer at Wells Fargo Capital Markets. In addition, he served as a Senior Officer with its Commercial Banking group.

Salter frequently lectures on a variety of corporate finance topics. He has taught classes at CSUN, UCLA, Harvard Business School, California Institute of Technology, European Media Business School and Valley Economic Development Center among others.

He is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of California United Bank and is a founder, board member and principal of Royalty Review Council. Salter is also a member of the Nazarian College Advisory Board. Salter also holds an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.


Alan M. SchnaidAlan M. Schnaid ’90 (Accounting Theory and Practice) is Chief Financial Officer at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the largest hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,300 properties, a market cap of approximately $15 billion and revenues of more than $5 billion. Schnaid is a member of Starwood’s Senior Leadership Team and is currently leading Starwood’s finance merger integration efforts with Marriott, including regulatory filings, systems integration and talent management. The merger will result in the largest hotel company in the world.

Previously, Schnaid was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from 2005 to 2015, and also served as interim CFO from April 2014 to September 2014. He has held various senior financial positions with Starwood since joining the company in 1994. Prior to joining Starwood, Schnaid held accounting positions with Mazars and Company, Kenneth Leventhal and Company, and Laventhol & Horwath. Schnaid is a member of the AICPA.


Richard H. SchweitzerRichard Schweitzer ’87 (Accounting Theory and Practice, and Finance) is a Co-Founder, Senior Officer and board member of Aristotle Capital Management, LLC, a global-equity and fixed-income investment advisor with more than $12 billion in assets under management.

Schweitzer leads the corporate finance, risk management, and investment support efforts at Aristotle. He has overseen a number of successful M&A transactions throughout his career and was recognized as a finalist for CFO of the Year from The Los Angeles Business Journal in 2015 for his accomplishments.

Schweitzer began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before heading up the Asset Securitization Administration Group for Bank of America. Schweitzer earned his CFA® and became the Lead Portfolio Manager for a Mortgage-Backed Securities fund prior to joining the multi-strategy asset management platform of Metropolitan West.

He is a CFA® Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California.

Schweitzer is the Chair of the Development Committee and member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Nazarian College. He has been actively involved with other education and community-based nonprofit organizations. Schweitzer lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and has two children.


Bonnie Sherman WeberBonnie Sherman Weber ’88 (Marketing) assumed the role of Park President of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor in Valencia on Aug. 24, 2010. Weber, formerly Director of Worldwide Marketing at Warner Bros., began her career at Six Flags and has been with the company for more than 30 years at various park levels.

From food service and publicity, to promotions and marketing, Sherman Weber’s Six Flags years have spanned a variety of departments and job responsibilities. Her Six Flags career began in 1985 at Six Flags Magic Mountain as a food service employee. Throughout the years, she has assumed the role of Park Publicist, Manager of Advertising and Promotions and Director of Marketing. She briefly held positions with the Disney Company and Warner Bros. as Director of Worldwide Marketing for Consumer Products.

After serving in her Warner Bros. role for four years, Weber returned to Six Flags as its eighth Park President in 2010.

Since her appointment to Park President of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, Weber has managed many of the largest and most innovative capital investments in Six Flags Theme Parks’ recent history. Sherman Weber has also overseen the re-branding of DC Universe, Full Throttle Zone, Screampunk District and Six Flags Plaza.


Tod B. SmithTod B. Smith ’87 (Accounting Theory and Practice) is the Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte Tax, LLP. As CTO, Smith drives the Deloitte Tax Talent strategy in both the United States and in India for more than 10,000 tax professionals.

Smith also serves as the lead client service partner on a number of Deloitte’s most significant clients in the consumer business and technology industries.

Prior to serving as CTO, Smith was the West Region Tax Managing Partner, where he led the client satisfaction, growth, marketplace and quality initiatives for 13 offices and 1,300 professionals. Smith joined the accounting profession after graduating from California State University, Northridge. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona and California.

Smith enjoys spending time with his wife Tammi, and daughters Alexis and Madison. He also has a passion for well-being and fitness, and enjoys endurance sports, including bike racing and triathlons. He has served on the Board and as the Audit Committee Chair for both the Boys Hope Girls Hope and the Valley of the Sun United Way, and he is currently serving as the Chair of RideLife.


Gina M. ValentiAs the leader of culture development, Gina Valenti ’89 (Human Resource Management) has a passion for inspiring the 90,000 team members of Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn and Tru by Hilton brands. If you’ve stayed in a Hampton and thought, gosh everyone here is so nice, you’ve experienced Valenti’s work at Hampton – “Hamptonality” – the foundation for all culture and education efforts at the brand. During her tenure, Hampton has captured Entrepreneur’s No. 1 franchise spot in the U.S. four times since 2009.

Valenti’s 27-year career is proof that California State University, Northridge inspires students for a lifetime. After studying Embassy Suites in one of her senior classes, she was hooked on hospitality and after college landed her first job at the Embassy Suites in Arcadia. Valenti’s corporate role with Hilton began in 1994, but the training from her first job remains evident. If you’re in a buffet line with Valenti, she’ll likely prepare your plate faster than you can say “Hamptonality.”


Melvin L. WilsonMel Wilson ’77 (Business Administration) is a community activist and a leader in the real estate industry. He is a former NFL & Kodak All-America football player. Wilson has been a realtor for 38-plus years and reached a great deal of success during that time. Wilson was the recipient of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year in 1991.

Wilson has served 21 years on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors and 14 years on the National Association of Realtors. He served as a member of California State University, Northridge’s President’s Advisory Board for 18 years for four different presidents. Most recently, Wilson was awarded the Northridge Chamber of Commerce 2015 C.K. Tseng Leadership Award because of his civic engagement and volunteerism.

He is a founding board member of the Valley Economic Alliance. He served four years on the board for the L.A. City Fire Commission and one year as the Vice President.

He was the 1997 President of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. He was appointed to the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board by two different mayors — Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa.


Marc J. WolfMarc Wolf ’79 (Accounting) is the Alternative Investments Market Leader for KPMG’s Los Angeles office. Wolf works within the firm’s Financial Services Group, specifically RICS, hedge funds, real estate, private equity and private foundations. He is a CPA in California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

His experience includes supervision of audits and ongoing consultation with management regarding various operational, regulatory and transactional matters. Wolf lectures on a wide variety of topics at securities industry and family office conferences. He has served as a guest lecturer at California State University, Northridge, USC and CalCPA. He has served as chairman of the Securities Industry Committee for the L.A. chapter of CalCPA.

He has served on boards of nonprofit organizations and serves on the Dean’s Council for the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at CSUN, the California Hedge Fund Association and is a past President of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.


Laura F. YamanakaLaura Yamanaka ’78 (Business Administration) is president and one of the founders of teamCFO Inc., a financial and accounting firm offering onsite customized CFO/Controller services and accounting services on an as-needed basis to businesses and nonprofits.

teamCFO was founded in 2000 to improve performance and support the growth of the private business community. Since its inception in 2000, teamCFO has received several regional and national awards, including the Asian Business Leadership Award by Wells Fargo/US Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Women in Business and Accountant Advocate Award by the SBA.

Yamanaka has more than 30 years of experience working for a variety of financial service companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers where she rose to the position of Manager, Royal Dutch Shell (Pennzoil/ Quaker State/Heritage Insurance), GE Capital, and Zenith Insurance Group where she held various management positions, including Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Manager and Vice President - Operations.

Yamanaka’s support of the community is demonstrated by service on the boards for the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission - Advisory, National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), National Association of Women Business Owners – Institute (NAWBO-Institute), Center for American Entrepreneurship and BizFed.


Alex YemenidjianAlex Yemenidjian ’77 (Accounting) currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Armenco Holdings, LLC, a private investment company.

He previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and as President of MGM Resorts International, Inc.

Prior to 1990, Yemenidjian was the Managing Partner of Parks, Palmer, Turner & Yemenidjian, Certified Public Accountants. He is currently a Director of Regal Entertainment Group, a Trustee of Baron Investment Funds Trust and a Director of Guess?, Inc.

Yemenidjian has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, a master’s degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California, and was Adjunct Professor of Taxation at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Business.


Andrea R. ZoecklerAndrea Zoeckler ’83 (Business Administration) is Chief Financial Officer for Epson America, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for all finance and accounting functions, sales operations, support services, and corporate strategy as well as standards and controls for Epson’s North and Latin American businesses.

Zoeckler began her career with Epson in 1994 as Manager of Financial Planning and was steadily promoted for her dedication and commitment to excellence. Prior to Epson, she worked in accounting and finance, consulting and corporate strategy in Los Angeles. Zoeckler is a Certified Public Accountant in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Zoeckler received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in finance and marketing.