Camarillo, Calif., March 20, 2014 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will recognize three outstanding business, technology and community leaders and award five student scholarships at its 10th Annual Business & Technology Partnership (B&TP) Leadership Dinner.  The event will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., at The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships.  It honors the contributions of three local leaders whose work helps advance business, technology, educational collaboration and the local economy, as well as several CI students who are pursuing degrees in business, science and technology.

CI is pleased to announce the following 2014 B&TP Leadership Award honorees:

Business and Community Leader of the Year:  Christine Garvey, Retired Banker and Lawyer

Christen Garvey is a director on four public company boards: Toll Bros, Prologis, Union Bank, and Healthcare Properties. Additionally, she is a director on the not-for-profit boards of iCivis, Habitat for Humanity Southern Santa Barbara County, LA Casa de Maria, and Immaculate Heart High School (in Los Angeles). While in banking, Garvey has managed over 200 million square feet of space at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Deutsche Bank in London, as well as managing Real Estate Lending at Bank of America.

Technologist of the Year:  Sieg Borck & Hi-Temp Insulation, Inc.

Born in Germany, Sieg Borck arrived in the United States in 1957. After working for Reflective Laminates, he formed Hi-Temp Insulation in 1964 and moved to Camarillo in 1974. Hi-Temp manufactures thermal insulation products for aerospace, commercial and military aircraft industries. Hi-Temp is a major sub-contractor for several Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Hi-Temp also supplies insulations for the Atlas, Delta, Orion and Taurus Rockets, in addition for F-16, F-18, F-22 and F-35 JSF Fighter Jets. Other notable programs include the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Hi-Temp employs 650 personnel.

Faculty Leader of the Year: Karen Jensen, Professor of Nursing

Karen Jensen was named chair of CI’s Nursing program  in 2006 and under her direction CI has had 242 nursing students enrolled in the Nursing program. Under her leadership, a public/private partnership was established with Cottage Health System, which enrolls 61 students with classroom and simulation lab space as well as three tenure track faculty sponsored by Cottage Health System. The Nursing program’s excellence is demonstrated in 100% pass rate on the NCLEX (licensing examination) in the last two years, 95% retention rate and 85% employment at six months post-graduation.

CI is also awarding five student recipients scholarships worth $6,000, who will also be honored at the event.

Tickets are $150 and may be reserved online before April 11 at

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and award presentations at 8 p.m.

The event’s title sponsor is Union Bank.  Other sponsors include: Airborne Technologies, Aera Energy, LLC, Barbara and Wayne Davey, Joan and Dennis Gaiser, Bill and Elise Kearney, Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, Ruby Oertle, Pacific Coast Business Times, Sheeler Moving and Storage, Inc., Ventura County Credit Union, Ventura County Star, and Nancy and Carl Wesely. 

A part of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, the B&TP is a collaborative effort between CI and community leaders, business and technology executives and professionals.  The Partnership works to foster the collaboration of technology and related service-based companies with CI and promote technological excellence among CI students, faculty and staff for the benefit of the region’s economy.

For more information on the Leadership Dinner or available sponsorships, contact Carrick DeHart, Director of Major Gifts, at 805-437-8919 or

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