Thursday, April 11, 2019 
CSUCI'S Grand Salon
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner 

RSVP by April 1

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Peer Mentor Ambassador Program. Join us as we celebrate our awardees and Peer Mentor Ambassadors.

CSUCI’s Peer Mentor Ambassador Program gives students the opportunity to earn a $3,500 per semester stipend in return for advising and mentoring fellow students. Earning a stipend the equivalent of one semester’s worth of fees and tuition not only eases the financial burden of paying for college, its ripple effect improves student retention and graduation rates, thereby turning out more college-educated workers to meet the workforce needs of the region’s business and technology employers.

We know that 40 peer mentors can impact the success of at least 400 CSUCI students. And this is only the beginning!

Please join us at the B&TP Leadership Dinner to learn more about this program and support the work of deserving CSUCI student leaders who are making a profound impact on their peers.

Interested in sponsoring or attending this event? Please contact us at or call 805-437-8420.



Brett Howroyd

Business Leader of the Year
President | AppleOne  Employment Services

Brett Howroyd is President of AppleOne, one of the largest privately held staffing companies doing business across the North American Continent. Brett joined AppleOne in 2007 as a University of Southern California (USC) alumnus. He gained his dual undergraduate degrees in Business and History, as well as his Master's Degree in Business, from USC.

Leveraging his international business experience in diverse talent markets, Brett is the driving force behind AppleOne’s ‘Hiring Made Human’ culture.  Brett is as strongly committed to operating the organization with agility and urgency as he is dedicated to preserving AppleOne's highly personalized approach. 

In addition to being a staunch supporter of accessible education and the environment, Brett is an avid fitness, history, and sports fan.

Haas Automation

Technology Leader of the Year

Haas Automation designs and builds computerized machine tools – CNC machines – in Oxnard, CA. More than 120 mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software engineers, and manufacturing engineers come together to design and build a product that competes in a worldwide market. Like any technically sophisticated product anywhere in the world, we must continuously redesign and improve our machines to ensure they remain competitive, and continue to excel in the marketplace. Haas has been designing machine tools for 32 years, and developing machine tool technology in parallel with computer technology for 30+ years.

Ekin Pehlivan

Faculty Leader of the Year
Assistant Professor of Marketing 

Ekin Pehlivan is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics. Her classes are not conventional lectures. In this age of information, her objective is never to teach content alone, which is available and accessible to all; but rather enhance students' critical thinking and argumentation skills, along with the application of key concepts to real world situations. To this end her classes collaborate with local non-profits, social enterprises and small businesses in the Ventura County area, with the support of the Business & Technology Partnership.

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Media Sponsor

Ambassador Sponsor 

Mentor Sponsor

  • Bill & Elise Kearney

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