1950s

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Dolly Fiddyment '52 (Education)

A family of Sac State grads helped Fiddyment Farms build a name for itself in the pistachio business. The story began with Dolly Fiddyment, who chose to plant the tasty green nuts at the family farm outside of Roseville in 1965 and continues today, with Fiddyment Farms producing between 2 and 3 million pounds of pistachios each year. Read more»

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Jack Higdon '52 (Business Administration-Accountancy)

Father and son moving executives Jack and Chris Higdon are arguably in the referral business as much as they are the moving business. Good word of mouth has helped expand their company—California Moving Systems—three-fold and earn influential customers like former Gov. Pete Wilson and astronaut Sally Ride. Read more»

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Les Harper '55 (Business Administration)

A lot of things have changed since Les Harper walked the grounds at Sac State as a student back in the ‘50s. As a member of the first Sac State class in its present location, he remembers how they once had only three sidewalks connecting the campus’ three buildings. “The rest of the campus gave us either a dust bowl or a mud bowl depending on the weather,” he laughs. Read more»

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Joe Mohamed '55 (Business Administration)

Distinguished. Noble. The words evoke Joe Mohamed’s favorite architectural feature: the column. But they also could describe Mohamed himself—successful Sacramento-area developer, 32-year Army veteran and one of Sac State’s original graduates. Mohamed says he is partial to columns because they remind him of classic architecture found in his family’s homeland in the Middle East. Read more»

1960S

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John Zeltin '64 (Psychology)

John Zeltin is the manager of event marketing for the Innovative Payments Solutions business unit at American Express, leading the global event planning, exhibition and sponsorship activities for the team. Zeltin was inspired to create a scholarship when he found two of his college pals—Bob MacIntonsh ’61 (Accountancy) and Bud Travers ’64 (Economics)—had done so. Read more»

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Larry Cook '65 (Business Administration)

Former Sac State Alumni Association president Larry Cook was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Cook received the honor at spring commencement ceremonies in May of 2010. “This award recognizes outstanding service to our University, and as we celebrate Destination 2010, it is fitting that we honor these individuals,” says Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez. “Without them, some of our greatest initiatives would not have been possible.” Read more»

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David Lucchetti ’67 (Physical Education), Credential ’68

In recognition of his business and philanthropic leadership, David Lucchetti received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the California State University Board of Trustees. Read more»

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Tom Dille '69 (Business Administration)

A family of Sac State grads helped Fiddyment Farms build a name for itself in the pistachio business. The story began with Dolly Fiddyment, who chose to plant the tasty green nuts at the family farm outside of Roseville in 1965 and continues today, with Fiddyment Farms producing between 2 and 3 million pounds of pistachios each year. Read more»

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Steve Pleau '69 (Business Administration)

“Now and for generations to come” is more than just a commercial catchphrase for Future Automotive Group. Owner Steve Pleau ’69 (Business Administration) says it represents the three generations of Pleaus who have grown the company from a single downtown-Sacramento Ford dealership to an award-winning eight-store chain representing four manufacturers in five Northern California communities. Read more»

1970s

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Bill '77 (Business Administration) & Gail '77, MS '80 (Recreation Administration) Allen

The bus yard was a giant playground through the eyes of a 4-year-old Bill Allen. From the time he could walk, Allen had few doubts about his professional future. He remembers going with his father to his business in Woodland as a toddler and looking in awe at the massive vehicles. Read more»

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Diane Fiddyment '79 (History)

A family of Sac State grads helped Fiddyment Farms build a name for itself in the pistachio business. The story began with Dolly Fiddyment, who chose to plant the tasty green nuts at the family farm outside of Roseville in 1965 and continues today, with Fiddyment Farms producing between 2 and 3 million pounds of pistachios each year. Read more»

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Ken Macias '79, MS '90 (Business Administration-Accountancy)

Ken Macias has a good perspective on the Sac State campus, having earned degrees in two different decades and served as an active alum ever since. As a member of President Alexander Gonzalez’ advisory committee he’s helped the campus make major strides over the past decade. As a donor, Macias played in integral role in establishing one of the most impressive landmarks on campus: the Broad Fieldhouse. Read more»

1980s

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Carol Garcia ’80 (Family and Consumer Sciences)

Hometown and Hornet pride run deep for fifth generation Roseville native Carol Garcia ’80 (Family and Consumer Sciences). The Distinguished Service Award recipient is joined by her mother, husband, sister and daughter as proud Sacramento State alumni and active community volunteers.Read more»

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Dan Grossman '83 (Business Administration-Finance & Real Estate)

Dan Grossman used his dual degrees to start career-building businesses from the ground up. Now he’s an executive with Zipcar—the world’s leading car sharing network—and will bring this environmentally friendly transportation solution to his alma mater this fall. Read more»

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Dale Carlsen '84 (Business Administration)

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra’s famous assertion seems unlikely, not to mention ambiguous, advice. But for Dale Carlsen, choosing the path that felt right, rather than the one that matched his plans, has paid off in big ways. Carlsen is the owner and CEO of the Sleep Train Mattress Center chain, and one will never know how his story would have turned out if he had followed his original career path. Read more»

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Pat Fong Kushida '85 (Business Administration-Marketing)

While working toward her Sac State degree, Pat Fong Kushida was a student coordinator for the Sacramento State Center for Small Business, which provides free management assistance to small businesses in the Sacramento region. Read more»

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Chris Higdon '85 (Business Administration)

Like father, like son… and brother and wife and brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Chris Higdon’s ties to Sac State are seemingly endless, but it’s his generosity and undying school spirit that made him a recipient of a Distinguished Service Award for 2014. Read more»

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David Bugatto '86 (Business Administration)

David Bugatto is the president and CEO of Alleghany Properties, managing a diverse portfolio of real estate properties in the greater Sacramento region. He chairs the Sac State Honors Program Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in launching its Honors Internship Program. Read more»

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Ethan Conrad '89 (Business Administration-Strategic Management)

Sacramento developer Ethan Conrad makes it a point to go to Hawaii three or four times a year. But only for three-day weekends, not longer. And he spends most of his traveling time working deals with his iPhone. "You're just sitting there (on the plane), you might as well do something," Conrad says. "I'm not going to read the in-flight magazine." Read more»

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Mike Rizzo ’89 (Business Administration), Senior Vice President, Commercial and Emerging Business Banking

A good leader …: “Leads by example. You need to have respect among your people and you need to have respect for the people you lead. And you should have high expectations for your employees.” Read more»

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Jason Saslow ’89 (Criminal Justice), Senior Vice President, Business Development Officer

Innovation is: “Enhancing other people’s opportunities through relationships, going out and asking questions, being interested in what our clients are doing and asking more questions than talking. That’s more valuable than just a transaction.” Read more»

1990s

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Tim Murphy ’91 (Government)

In 1976, the presidential campaign between candidates Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford filled the airwaves. Live debates shaped the opinions of viewers across the country including a young Tim Murphy ’91 (Government), who sat captivated in the living room of his East Sacramento home.Read more»

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Michael Ault '92 (Communication Studies) and Christine Ault '92 (Communication Studies)

Sacramento is in the midst of a transformation, and Christine and Michael Ault are playing a key role. Through their distinct but interconnected work, the husband and wife have worked to shape the city's physical, economic and cultural landscapes over the past two decades. Today, the Aults are inseparable from Sacramento's very identity. Read more»

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Karen Henderson '94 (Environmental Studies)

Mix a competitive spirit with a passion for great food and you get Karen Henderson’s recipe for winning—one that took her from all-American volleyball star at Sac State to champion on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Read more»

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Ana Klein ’95 (Accounting), MBA ’10, CFO and Vice President, Sunsweet Growers, Inc.

Agriculture has played a key role in shaping the life of Ana Klein ’95 (Accounting), MBA ’10 as far back as she can remember. Klein was born into humble beginnings as the oldest of five children raised by parents who worked as farm laborers. Since then, she has risen the ranks to become vice president and CFO of Sunsweet Growers, Inc., the world's largest handler of dried tree fruits—namely prunes—with an annual revenue of $340 million.Read more»

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Dianne Wood '98 (Business Administration)

A family of Sac State grads helped Fiddyment Farms build a name for itself in the pistachio business. The story began with Dolly Fiddyment, who chose to plant the tasty green nuts at the family farm outside of Roseville in 1965 and continues today, with Fiddyment Farms producing between 2 and 3 million pounds of pistachios each year. Read more»

2010s

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Vladimir Petrosyan '11 (Business Administration-Finance)

Vladimir Petrosyan came to Rancho Cordova High School from Ukraine six years ago as a junior whereupon he learned English, made the honor roll and qualified for Sacramento State’s Honors Program. His 3.9 grade-point average placed him on Sac State’s Dean’s List each year. A business major concentrating on finance, he was among nine students selected for the student investment fund. Read more»

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Stephanie Petrakos’11 (Business Administration), Vice President, Credit Administrator

Qualities of an innovative business: “It’s about empathy—understanding the wants and needs of your customers and catering to meet those needs. If you truly understand the people you do business with, you can make changes in the organization to fit the current needs of the community.” Read more»

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Erica Taylor , MA ’11 (Communication Studies), Vice President, Communications and Community Relations Director

How is your business innovating?: “We were one of the early adopters of social media. But we don’t use it as a sales tool. We want to be part of the conversation, to link with the community and the organizations we want to help thrive. We’re trying to be a bank that provides solutions.” Read more»