College of Business

Business Advisory Board

Business Advisory Board members

The Business Advisory Board is designed to support the Dean of the College of Business by providing strategic guidance to keep the College’s programs aligned with current marketplace needs and realities, supporting the academic and professional success of students, advancing the College’s strategic priorities, and extending the College’s influence, network and funders.  Board members are selected by the Dean and generally serve one or two 3-year terms.  For more information, please contact the Dean’s Office at 530-898-6272.

tony abramo

Tony Abramo

Chairman & CEO, NARO

Tony Abramo (BS, Business Administration, '75) is the chairman and CEO at NARO (North American Restaurant Operations). Abramo has co-founded two successful semiconductor sales companies that have generated over $550 million in annual sales. Products these companies represented have included Intel, IBM, Motorola/On-Semiconductor, Hitachi, ST Micro, Microchip and S3. His great success within the technology industry and his leadership in development and sales ultimately lead him to ownership and a personal investment into restaurants, redevelopment projects, and resort hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.


keith bewley

Keith Bewley

President, NEx Systems

Keith Bewley (BS, Business Administration, '78) is the co-founder of California Coolers, a company that sparked a national wine cooler craze in the 1980s. Bewley worked at the company until 1985, when the company was sold for $180 million, then co-founded LINC Venture Partners, Inc., which specialized in analyzing business plans and funding start-up companies. He is currently present of NEx Systems, which provides organic, environmentally safe dry cleaning and fabric protection to Fortune 500 companies and residential properties.


aaron colton

Aaron Colton

Founder, President and CEO, Integrated Communications Systems

Aaron Colton (BS, Business Administration, '82) is the founder, president, and CEO of ICS-Integration, and the former CEO of of two systems integration companies including Ceitronics and ICS. Colton has more than 30 years experience in the technology/systems integrations/telecommunications sector. He has an excellent reputation as an exceptional and straightforward manager and people-person who inspires respect, trust, loyalty, and performance and establishes a company culture that motivates all players.


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Bill Dodd

Senator, Senate District 3

Bill Dodd (BS, Business Administration, '78) was elected in 2016 to represent California’s 3rd Senate District, and is a fifth-generation Californian and lifelong resident of the district, where he grew up on a small family farm in Napa County. Dodd serves as the chair of the Governmental Organization Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee, the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and the Insurance Committee. He is co-chair of the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry and is a member of the Legislative Delta Caucus. Prior to his time in elected office, Dodd owned and operated one of the largest full-service Culligan Water operations in California, and served as president of the water quality industry’s state and national trade associations.


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Rob Donoho

Vice President, Supply Chain, E & J Gallo Winery

Rob Donoho (BS, Business Administration, '84) is Vice President, Supply Chain at E & J Gallo Winery. Donoho responsible for supply chain planning, sourcing, co-manufacturing, quality assurance, warehouse, logistics, customer service, new products process, and demand forecasting. Donoho joined Gallo in 1994 and has held progressive positions both within Gallo Winery and its distributors. Donoho earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a Computer Science minor from Chico State and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. His vision for the future is that Gallo becomes a fully global company with a supply chain that is integrated from suppliers to the retail shelf.


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Sam Fogleman

Partner, KPMG, LLP

Sam Fogleman (BS, Accounting, '85) is a global lead partner for KPMG with responsibility for KPMG’s global services to one of the world’s largest automakers. He is also on the US industrial manufacturing leadership team and KPMG’s global automotive steering group. Sam also serves on several not-for-profit boards including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Audit Committee Chair), the United Way for Southeast Michigan, and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (Chairman).


Jason Hanks

Jason Hanks

CCO, Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jason Hanks (BS, Business Administration, ‘87) is currently the Chief Commercial Officer for Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc. In this role, Hanks heads Sales and Marketing for the US division of a multinational company based in Hyderabad, India. He launched Granules’ first pharmaceutical product in 2018 and continues to manage the expanding portfolio of generic drugs being developed and manufactured for the US Healthcare System.

Over the past 25 years, Hanks has held leadership roles in Finance, Business Development, and Procurement at such healthcare companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb and the McKesson Corporation. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Chico State and also graduated from Golden Gate University with a Masters of Business Administration in 1993.


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Prabhakar (PK) Kalavacherla

Partner, KPMG, LLP

Prabhakar Kalavacherla (MSA, Accountancy, '93) is KPMG’s global IFRS revenue recognition leader. He is primarily responsible for leading the development of KPMG’s guidance on the new joint revenue standard, helping to promote global consistency. Kalavacherla was a member of the International Accounting Standards Board for five years. A partner at KPMG in the US, he also serves on the US board of Akshaya Patra, a not-for-profit organization that aims to fight child malnutrition in India.


paul larson

Paul Larson 

Sr. Vice President, CNA Insurance

Paul Larson (BS, Business Administration – Finance ’92) serves as Senior Vice President for Financial Lines Underwriting at CNA Insurance.  This includes Financial Institutions, Management Liability, Cyber and Miscellaneous Professional Liability lines of business.  Paul is responsible for driving strategy and profitable growth for these areas globally. Paul joined CNA in 2016 and has over 27 years of industry experience.  Prior to CNA he was Executive Vice President for Chubb, responsible for all management liability lines of business for publicly traded companies in the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda.  Prior to this role, Paul held various leadership roles at Chubb, most notably Senior Vice President, Specialty Risk Center Manager, where he led the design, structure and implementation process for the build out of its complex underwriting centers in the U.S.


emily murphy

Emily Murphy 

Delivery Manager, Salesforce 

Emily Murphy (BA, International Relations and Linguistics, '09) is a Delivery Manager with Salesforce in Chicago, Illinois, where she works with companies to transform the way they interact with their customer base. Prior to her time at Salesforce, Emily worked as a Project Manager with both Cisco Systems and Dynamic Signal. Emily is a proud Chico State grad with a passion for friends & family, the environment, promoting an inclusive workplace, access to education, digital transformation, and leveraging technology to improve the way we live. 


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Devin Potter 

CFP®, Asset Management Group 

Devin Potter (BS, Business Administration ’11) is an LPL Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner® at Asset Management Group. Potter joined Asset Management Group in 2007 and has since become a managing partner. He works with his team to service large and small business retirement plans (401k), foundations/trusts, medical professionals, business owners, and individuals. Potter also serves his community through his involvement in the Chico Rotary Club and his position on the Butte Humane Society Board of Directors.


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Anne Sena

Director of Technology, St. David's School

Anne Sena (BS, Business Administration – MIS & POM '97) is the Director of Technology at St. David's School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sena brings her expertise and experience from 18 years at Cisco to make progressive impacts on the use of technology at the school through strategic decision-making and being a strong member of the school leadership team. Sena has executed strategies across five continents to elevate business ROI through process and service transformation and client enablement excellence. She has made a career of leading teams through complex strategic technology transformations and driving change throughout global organizations. Sena's passion for education and giving back can be seen through her existing Chico State scholarship, the Anne H. Burns Business Information Systems Scholarship. After many years serving on the Business Advisory Board, Sena was named the Chairperson of the Board in spring 2019 and continues in that role today. 


luke seufferlein

Luke Seufferlein

Director, Rubicon Point Partners, LLC

Luke Seufferlein (BS, Business Administration, '09) is the director of Rubicon Point Partners, LLC, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate investment company that invests and manages unique office buildings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Seufferlein was previously a broker at Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, after receiving his degree at CSU, Chico.


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Marti Sutton

Commissioner, City of Livermore, Human Services Commission

Marti Sutton (BS, Business Administration, '92) is the chairperson for Las Positas College Foundation in Livermore, as well as the commissioner for Human Services Commission for the City of Livermore. Sutton has over 24 years of experience working in upper management level positions including working as the president at BayKids in San Francisco, and the director of financial planning at Learning Network in San Francisco.


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Glen Thomas

Managing Partner, TYS, LLP

Glen Thomas (BS, Business Administration, '83) is a founder and partner at TYS, LLP, a full service CPA firm with offices in Walnut Creek, CA and Fairport, NY. Thomas helps guide businesses and their shareholders including acquisitions, dispositions and other transitions while focusing on the goals and needs of all parties. Thomas began his career in accounting upon graduation with Jones, Henle & Schunck (formerly Jones & Marzluft) in Danville, California and rose to be the managing partner in 2005. He left in 2007 to form TY, LLP. In 2010 TY merged and became TYS, LLP. Thomas satisfies his passion for education through participation as a committee member and co-chair of the CalCPA Society Accounting Education Committee.


Tom Tognoli

Tom Tognoli

Partner, 1 Flourish Capital

Tom Tognoli is a partner at 1Flourish Capital, a faith-driven venture firm investing in and mentoring early-stage, tech-enabled startups led by high-character, high-capacity entrepreneurs, who recognize culture is critical to success.

Prior to becoming a partner at 1Flourish Capital, Tom co-founded Intero in 2002 and built it into the largest real estate company in Silicon Valley; and one of the top real estate companies in the United States, doing in excess of $12 billion in annual sales volume at the time of his departure. Tom and his business partners sold Intero to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in April 2014.  

Tom is a passionate entrepreneur with expertise in leadership, building healthy teams and cultures, and human behavior, and performance. Tom is also an active real estate developer, investor, and advisor.

Tom is a dedicated man of faith with a no-nonsense attitude and an authentic approach to both business and life. Tom has been a keynote speaker, a commencement speaker, and was bestowed the honor of Distinguished Alumni from CSU, Chico in 2018. Tom is a growing influencer in traditional and online media platforms, delivering a message of hope in creating a life and business from a foundation of faith, family, friendship, fitness, and finance.


John Trinta

John Trinta

CEO, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services 

John (BS, Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, '80) retired from Deloitte in June 2020 after 39 years. He had a variety of leadership roles – CEO of Financial Advisory Services, Deputy CEO Advisory Services, Partner in Charge North America Financial Advisory Services, Deputy National Managing Partner – Tax Services and was on Deloitte’s Board from 2003 -2005. John believed in leading by example and always served some of Deloitte’s largest clients throughout his career. John is now in discussions with several public company Boards.

Business Advisory Board

Tony Abramo
Chairman, NARO

Karl Bakhtiari
President, Stonesfair Financial Corporation

Keith Bewley
President, NEX Systems

Aaron Colton
Founder, President & CEO, Integrated Communication Systems

Bill Dodd
Senator, Senate District 3

Rob Donoho
VP of Global Sourcing, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Sam Fogleman
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Jason Hanks
CCO, Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Prabhakar Kalavacherla
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Paul Larson
Sr. Vice President, CNA Insurance

Emily Murphy
Delivery Manager, Salesforce

Devin Potter
CFP®, Asset Management Group

Anne Sena
Director of Technology, St. David's School

Luke Seufferlein
Director, Rubicon Point Partners, LLC

Marti Sutton
Commissioner, City of Livermore, Human Services Commission

Glen Thomas
Managing Partner, TYS, LLP

Tom Tognoli
Partner, 1 Flourish Capital

John Trinta
CEO, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services