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Debra A. Cannon

College of Business
BA American Studies, Class of 1977
Honor Year: 2014

Current Position:
Co-Founder and C.F.O. of LuLu's Fashion Lounge

Obsessed with fashion, aesthetics and culture, Debra Cannon, has mixed business savvy with a passion for family and place. Debra came to Chico State from Oakland, CA as a freshman in 1968. Detours into the counter culture, marriage and motherhood resulted in a non-linear degree but a very rewarding student life peppered with local color of the Chico community. Debra graduated at the top of her class with a degree in American Studies and went on to the University of Oregon School of Library Science. She held library positions with Meriam Library, Butte County and Chico Unified. In 1996, Debra and her daughter Colleen Winter founded LuLu's Fashion Lounge, a boutique in downtown which blossomed into a retail destination, along with GiGi Shoe Parlour. Lulus.com began in 2005 and now this successful enterprise occupies a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse, employing 115 Chicoans.

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Rand Hutchison

College of Business
BA Economics, Class of 1973
MBA Business Administration, Class of 1977
Honor Year: 2013

Current Position:
President Emeritus, Wanderful Media;
Lecturer, CSU, Chico

Spanning four decades, Rand Hutchison's professional career includes successful experience as founder, president, chief executive officer, board chair, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer in areas including web advertising, medical and health care technology, public accounting, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, banking, and the public sector. Hutchison currently serves as board director and advisor to several organizations, is an angel investor, and teaches an entrepreneurial class in Chico State’s College of Business. He also serves on the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and, received the college’s 2007 Outstanding Entrepreneur award, and a 2012 GLOBIE (Growth-Oriented Locally Owned Business by an Innovative Entrepreneur) award from Innovate North State.

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Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK”

College of Business
BS Accounting, Class of 1993
Honor Year: 2012

Prabhakar Kalavacherla (“PK”) has worked in the United States as an audit partner in the San Francisco office of KPMG LLP, in India, where he led KPMG’s US GAAP practice, and in Europe. PK has specialized in the technology and biotechnology fields. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He travels frequently to Asian countries to participate in seminars on policy issues associated with standard-setting, and he helps the International Financial Reporting Standards Board in addressing country-specific accounting issues. PK serves as a US Trustee for the Food for Life Organization, an organization that feeds more than 1.3 million school children in India every school day.

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Thomas P. Villa

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Marketing,
Class of 1982
Honor Year: 2011

Thomas Villa has logged more than 225,000 air miles in travel for his role with Verizon Wireless, and most have been international miles as he oversees all of the company’s customer operations functions, including customer care and installations. Following graduation from Chico State, Villa received his MBA in finance from the University of San Francisco. Villa began his career in telecommunications with Pacific Bell and has worked for SureWest, AirTouch, and oversees on several cellular startups. Villa met his wife, Karyl (Knopp) through her sister Karen, a classmate of Villa’s at Chico State. The couple has two children—daughter Lauren, a junior at UC Davis, and son Paul, a high school junior who considers Chico State his first choice for fall 2012.

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Scott T. Hanson

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1990
Honor Year: 2010

Identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the financial services industry by Investment Advisor magazine, Scott Hanson is a frequent guest on Fox News, and has contributed to publications in The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and other financial industry publications. He is the author of Money Matters: Essential Tips & Tools for Building Financial Peace of Mind, a comprehensive guide for managing financial issues. Hanson and his business partner host a weekly call-in investment and financial information radio talk show on Sacramento’s largest AM radio station. Hanson also serves on several boards and foundations, and is currently chair of the Sacramento Generosity Project, a research and marketing project designed to increase philanthropy in the Sacramento area.

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Steven R. Perricone

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Marketing,
Class of 1982
Honor Year: 2009

Steven Perricone is a serial entrepreneur involved now in his fourth consecutive start-up, BioFuelBox. The key objectives of BioFuelBox are eliminating waste streams and enabling local communities and companies to be energy independent. Perricone founded this company with former colleagues to both solve important environmental problems and to help grow the cleantech industry. Prior to this endeavor, Perricone was vice president of Worldwide Sales for SonicWALL. He joined SonicWALL when it had fewer than 20 employees, and was instrumental in guiding the company’s growth to more than 450 employees worldwide, an IPO, and a market cap of $3.5 billion in less than three years. SonicWALL is still in business and continues to be very successful.

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R. Scott Chalmers

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1972
MBA, Class of 1974
Honor Year: 2008

In addition to his responsibilities as president of RSC Associates, Inc., a residential and commercial property management firm with offices in Chico and Sacramento, Scott Chalmers serves as chair of the University Foundation Board of Governors and as director for Golden Valley Bank and Golden Valley Bank Foundation. Chalmers and his wife, Cindy, established three separate scholarships for students at Chico State and Butte Community College, and were joint recipients of the 2004 Boys and Girls Club Annual Humanitarian Award and the 2006 Rotary Community Service Award. The entire Chalmers family—Scott, Cindy, and their two daughters, Cara and Christa—attended Chico State.

Chalmers sold his business, RSC Associates Inc., after 30 years in 2010. His wife of 40 years, Cindy “Gaddy” Chalmers, Class of 1973, lost her 10-year battle with ovarian cancer in January 2012. Chalmers took on the co-chairmanship of Enloe Medical Center’s Take Flight Campaign in 2012 and became an Enloe Foundation Board member this January. He remains a board director of Golden Valley Bank and enjoys time with his two daughters, their husbands, and five grandkids.

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Daniel G. Moffat

College of Business
BS Business Administration,
Financial Management, Class of 1978
Honor Year: 2007

Daniel A. Moffat joined GTA January 2007 as President and Chief Executive Officer and is based on Guam. Prior to joining GTA, Moffat was Executive Vice President with EarthLink. He was co-founder, president and CEO of New Edge Networks Inc., a Vancouver, Washington-based company that builds and manages private networks for businesses and communications providers that merged with Earth Link in April 2006. Moffat has 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry and has pioneered various ventures. He was named the Frost and Sullivan Telecom CEO of the Year for 2005. In his spare time, Moffat participates in Ironman Triathlons and has eight finishes.

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John A. DiMichele

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1976
Honor Year: 2006

John A. DiMichele has over 30 years of banking experience, including over 15 years as a President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. DiMichele has a graduate MBA degree from Golden Gate University and was an undergraduate in Finance at California State University, Chico. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Community Bank Program and the Pacific Coast Banking School. He had previously served as President and CEO of Surety Bank in Vallejo from 1994-1997, and Suisun Valley Bank in Fairfield from 1983-1994. In 1998, he was a founding member, organizer, and served as President and CEO of Yolo Community Bank in Woodland until February of 2005. In November of 2005, DiMichele opened Community Business Bank in West Sacremento and has served as its President and CEO since then.

DiMichele has a long history of involvement in community affairs including serving as chairman of the Sutter/Solano Medical Center, board member of the Sutter/Solano Regional Medical Foundation, board member of the Vacaville Education Foundation and California Statewide CDC which provides funding to businesses throughout California. He and his wife Bonnie live in Fairfield. They have two sons and a daughter. His daughter and eldest son are also graduates of Chico State.

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Scott A. Bedford

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1982
Honor Year: 2005

Scott Bedford began his career in the investment field in 1983 with the New York-based investment firm L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin. In 1986, he became the youngest vice president in the firm. Bedford left L. F. Rothschild in 1987 to start up the firm, Volpe Covington, and serve as general partner. Volpe Covington was the biggest financed start-up investment banking firm in Wall Street history. He left Volpe Covington to start Peninsula Capital Management in 1989. Bedford has been named the college of Business Executive of the Year, and serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Matthew Episcopal Day School in Burlingame, California.

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Charles E. Seufferlein

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1974
Honor Year: 2004

Charles "Chuck" E. Seufferlein began his career in commercial real estate in 1975 while working toward completion of his MBA at the University of Santa Clara. Seufferlein worked for Coldwell Banker for ten years, served six years as President and partner at The Sammis Development Company, and returned to CB Commercial (Coldwell Banker) in 1991 as the Silicon Valley office Senior Vice President/Managing Officer. He was awarded the Frank J. Mahoney Leadership Award for Management by the CB Commercial Board of Directors for both 1992 and 1993. In 1995, Seufferlein left CB Commercial for Cornish & Carey Commercial, where he served as Executive Vice President and Partner, Chief Executive Officer, and as of June 2002, President and CEO.

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Karl E. Bakhtiari

College of Business
BS Business Administration,
Management Option, Class of 1964
MBA, Class of 1977
Honor Year: 2003

Karl E. Bakhtiari is the founder, president/CEO, and director of Stonesfair Financial Corporation and has a long history of financial successes in the real estate industry. He served as a board member for ten years for the Stoneson Development Corporation and Stoneson Associates, two major real estate development and construction corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company developed and owned the Stonestown Galleria and the Stonestown Apartments, an 820-unit complex in San Francisco. Bakhtiari has spent the past nine years successfully acquiring and operating approximately 2,000 apartment units in Northern California and Montana. Bakhtiari holds both M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from CSU, Chico, and is a board member of Chico State's business advisory board.

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Brian Storm

College of Business
BS Accounting, Class of 1969
Honor Year: 2002

Brian Storm began his business career right out of college at Ernst & Young LLP. After 20 years, Storm made the move to SureWest Communications, which includes the Roseville Telephone Company, the largest local exchange telephone company headquartered in California. He was promoted to President and CEO and elected to the company’s board of directors in 1993. Storm was selected Roseville Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year for 2001, and Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the year for 2002. He serves as Vice Chairman of the United States Telecom Association and Chairman of the California Telephone Association and is active in numerous community organizations.

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D. Craig Young

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1979
Honor Year: 2001

D. Craig Young’s long career in the telecommunications industry began in 1979 with his first position as an Account Executive with Executone Information Systems. He served in numerous Vice President and Senior Office positions at US West and Ameritech, and was President and COO for Brooks Fiber Properties, Inc.  In 1999, as President and CEO of MetroNet Communications, Canada’s largest competitive telephone company, Young orchestrated the sale of MetroNet to AT&T for $6 billion. Young is on the Board of Directors for five organizations and has served on many community service boards.

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Keith Bewley

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1978
Honor Year: 2000

Keith Bewley, president of NEx Systems, has thirteen years' experience in the new industry development. He was a co-founder of California Cooler, Inc., the pioneering firm of the wine cooler industry. Following the $180-million sale of California Cooler, Inc., Bewley was a co-founder of LINC Venture Partners, Inc., where he specialized in analyzing business plans and funding start-up companies. As an outgrowth of his involvement with LINC, Bewley assumed the position of president of NEx Systems, with has developed a 100 percent organic, environmentally safe dry cleaning and fiber protection program. During his tenure at California Cooler, Bewley was a board member and president of the Scramento-San Joaquin Wine and Food Society. He received special recognition by the beverage industry for the development of the Four Pack, and won the Beverage Industries first place award for Point of Sale materials.

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Kim Foss-Erickson

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1960
Honor Year: 1999

Kim Foss-Erickson is the founder and president/CEO of E & A Investment Advisory, Inc., a "fee only" registered investment firm. Foss-Erickson founded the firm in 1989, and it was recently awarded the DALBAR Financial Professional Seal and rated by DALBAR as one of the "Top 10% Most Outstanding 'Fee-Only' Investment Advisory Firms in the United States." Foss-Erickson earned a B.A. in business in 1984 from CSU, Chico and received her certified financial planner professional designation in 1991. At the time of induction, Foss-Erickson was pursuing her chartered financial analyst designation. Following her graduation, Foss-Erickson joined Merrill Lynch & Co, where she was a lead member of the team to open the San Ramon, CA office of the firm in 1985. During her tenure at Merrill Lynch & Co., she was an account broker, mutual fund coordinator, and insurance analyst. She has more than sixteen years of experience in the financial service business, managing $35 million of high net worth individual and pension plans. During her time in Chico, Foss-Erickson was a member of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity for Women. In her professional life she has served on numerous committees and boards in a leadership capacity, including the Board of Directors of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association, where she helped to establish the alumni chapter in San Diego. She has also given her time and talent to Soroptimist International, Rotary International, the International Association of Financial Planners, the Temecula Valley and Roseville Chambers of Commerce, and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.

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Frank Nisonger

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1974
Honor Year: 1998

No biographical information available at this time

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Chris DiGiorgio

College of Business
BS Business Administration & Management,
Class of 1981
Honor Year: 1997


After nearly 32 years, DiGiorgio will be retiring from Accenture later this year. He is also the Managing Director of Corporate Development at Emerging Technologies in Silicon Valley. He is the chair of the Tech Museum of Innovation, co-chair of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, on the executive committee of the Bay Area Council, and vice chair of the Bay Area Economic Institute.

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Bruce W. McDougall *

College of Business
BS Accounting, Class of 1963
Honor Year: 1996

Following graduation, Bruce McDougall joined the staff of Price Waterhouse in Sacramento, the first CSU, Chico graduate to be hired in that office. From 1966 through 1969, McDougall served as an officer in the United States Navy. After his military duty, McDougall was promoted to manager with Price Waterhouse in Cincinnati. His interest in entrepreneurial involvement grew, and in 1973 he became CFO of Genway Corporation in Chicago, IL. Genway provided lease financing to General Motors dealers nationally. In 1982, McDougall became Director and CFO of Warren Capital Corporation, which provides corporate and commercial financial services to privately owned companies. He subsequently was appointed Director in 1982 and CEO 1986. In 1992, McDougall purchased Summit Software, Inc., a publisher of lease accounting software for personal computers which is sold to banks and leasing companies across the nation. More recently, Summit began offering World Wide Web services to commercial customers. Also in 1992, McDougall was part of a group of investors who acquired Universal Savings Bank, Inc. in Milwaukee. During this time, he was recruited by Ladco Financial Group, Inc. as CFO - to help guide the company through rapid growth.

* = Deceased

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Robert Kitteredge

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1969
Honor Year: 1995

Robert Kittredge retired in 2004 as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers after 35 years. Mr. Kittredge spent the majority of his career there serving clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, technology, financial institutions, healthcare, and others. His experience included auditing as well as securities registrations and initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and public debt offerings.

Mr. Kittredge has been active in numerous Sacramento area community organizations. He served on the board of directors and in leadership positions with the Sacramento United Way, Golden Empire Council-Boy Scouts of America, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sacramento County Health Council, Sutter Club, California State University Chico Foundation, California State University Sacramento Foundation, and California State University Chico Alumni Association, among others. Mr. Kittredge received numerous honors for his service including the California State University-Chico Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1995, National Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, and the 2004 Golden Empire Council-Boy Scouts of America Sacramento Citizen of the Year.

Since his retirement, Mr. Kittredge has served as a consultant and board of directors member for several organizations such as the audit committee of SureWest Communications, of which he is also the Chairman.

Mr. Kittredge graduated with honors from California State University Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business-Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a past president of the Sacramento Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Howard W. Isom

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1960
Honor Year: 1994

Howard W. Isom is a C.P.A, and in 1962 he co-founded the accounting firm of Matson & Isom Accountancy Corporation in Chico, CA. In addition to his accounting profession, he is also a local-area almond grower and a retired Director and Chairman of the Board of Blue Diamond Growers as of November 2006. Howard was a former Board Director for Co-Bank in Denver, Colorado from 1999 until 2004 and North State National Bank in Chico from 1995 until 2003. Howard earned his A.A. from Shasta College in Redding, CA and his B.S. from Chico State. As of 2013, Isom is Vice Chairman of the Board for Golden Valley Bank.

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