Terry Giles at the harbor

Terry Giles

Cover of "The Fifteen Percent" by Terry GilesCal State Fullerton business students have the opportunity to hear about the successes and friendship of two leading Titan alumni – Terry Giles ’70 (communications) and Joe Moderow ’70 (economics) – at the first of a series of Titans Talk Business events on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The series, moderated by wealth advisor and Cambodian genocide survivor Sathya Chey ’08, will provide CSUF business students insights on leadership and achieving lasting success from industry pros, as well as an opportunity to talk directly with these industry leaders through a Q&A.

Giles will profile his new book, The Fifteen Percent: Overcoming Hardships and Achieving Lasting Success, which examines what sets high achievers apart from others with the aim of opening opportunity to success to all, and how to overcome adversity in business and one’s personal life.

The book has received positive reviews from such experts as psychologist and author Stuart Yudofsky, who said, “Better than a road map, Terry Giles’ book is a veritable GPS for how to achieve self-esteem, self-confidence, and success.  I would prescribe The Fifteen Percent as must reading.”

Terry Giles (left) and Joe Moderow (right) in this early photo. The gentleman in the middle is the Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the LA Rams (1962-1976) and television actor from “Little House on the Prairie” Merlin Olsen.

Terry Giles (left) and Joe Moderow (right) in this early photo. The gentleman in the middle is the Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the LA Rams (1962-1976) and television actor from “Little House on the Prairie” Merlin Olsen.

A Lifelong Relationship Supports Titan Success

Giles, an entrepreneur and president of holding company Giles Enterprises, has had a lifelong friendship with retired UPS senior vice president Moderow that began when the two men were in their senior year of high school and continued during their time as undergrads at Cal State Fullerton.

“Over the years, we have shared wonderful moments in our lives,” Giles recalls. “My two favorites were being there when Joe and Karen were married and being on stage when Joe received the Horatio Alger award. He is the epitome of self-made success, good humor and integrity. It has been my honor to have been friends with Joe for the past 55 years.”

Both men are strong supporters of Cal State Fullerton’s business college, contributing to the construction of the college’s state-of-the-art building and generously supporting the school’s business students.

Reserve Your Spot Today

This Titans Talk Business event will be held virtually through Zoom. All students and alumni with a Zoom account may register today to reserve their space for the free event.