Business 101 Breakfast Briefing

President Rush, Henry Dubroff, Laurie Eberst, George Leis and Rick Principe

The Future of Business in the Next Decade along the Ventura County 101 Corridor was the topic of a networking breakfast and panel discussion hosted by the CSU Channel Islands Business & Technology Partnership (B&TP).

Perspectives from local industry leaders were presented, including Laurie Eberst, Panelist, CEO, St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital; George Leis, Panelist, President/COO, Pacific Capital Bancorp; Rick Principe, Panelist, President/CEO, Westcord Commercial.

The panel was moderated by Henry Dubroff, Chairman and Editor, Pacific Coast Business Times. Opening remarks were provided by Paul Chancellor, Chair of the B&TP, and President Richard R. Rush who also discussed current University affairs and future projects. The event was sponsored by the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.

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Scholarships Aid in Pursuit of Academic Excellence

President Rush with B&TP Scholarship recipients

Five students received $4,000 scholarships at the 2011 Business & Technology Partnership (B&TP) Leadership Dinner held on April 28. Shown left to right: Jamie Gonzales (Nursing), Susanna Sukiasyan (Biology - Medical Imaging), President Richard Rush, Tatsiana Parker (Biology - Medical Imaging), Brittany Lampman (Biology - Pre-Professional Studies), and Lace Granatelli (Biology - Pre-Professional Studies).

Honoree Umrao Mayer and family

Also honored were the B&TP Business & Community Leader of the Year George S. Leis, President and COO, Pacific Capital Bancorp; B&TP Technologist of the Year Umrao Mayer, President, Zindagi Games; and B&TP Faculty Leader of the Year Kathryn Leonard, CI Assistant Professor of Mathematics. The event recognizes CI’s many partnerships with the business and technology communities of Ventura, Santa Barbara and northern Los Angeles Counties.

President Rush, Honoree George S. Leis and Tracy Lehr

President Rush, Honoree Professor Kathryn Leonard, Tracy Lehr

Sponsors included Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Airborne Technologies, Pacific Coast Business Times, Aera Energy LLC, Wesely Thomas, FaceFirst, St. John’s Regional Medical Center/St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, Barbara and Wayne Davey, Sheeler Moving and Storage Inc., Elise and Bill Kearney, and Capistrano’s Restaurant & Catering.

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