Ed Hart
Ed Hart

The 6th Annual OC Influencers for Good awards, which will be presented by the Institute for Community Impact on Nov. 3, will honor two members of the Cal State Fullerton College of Business and Economics network: Ed Hart, director of the Center for Family Business, and Tam Nguyen ’05, president of Advance Beauty College and an adjunct faculty member.

The recognitions, which are part of a program led by the Passkeys Foundation, honor Nguyen as a Business Pillar, in light of his family’s beauty training program that has graduated more than 40,000 nail professionals, many of them Vietnamese immigrants. Hart will be recognized as an Education Pillar, highlighting his leadership providing mentoring and community to Southern California family businesses, as well as his From the Hart podcast, featuring inspiration from business and civic leaders.

Tam Nguyen
Tam Nguyen

“This recognition is really mind blowing and humbling for me because I feel like I’m the one influenced by so many other people. I’m surrounded by talented, wonderful, compassionate and giving people in my personal life and in my professional life,” says Hart.

“Receiving the Business Pillar Award is both an incredible honor and an awesome responsibility,” Nguyen says. “Advance Beauty College, our network of family-based entrepreneurs and our international partners around the globe will continue to strive toward what it truly means to be a Titan for our community and for our world.”

For more on the Center for Family Business, including the courses, affinity groups and resources available to member firms reach out to Hart at edhart@fullerton.edu. Read more of our family business articles.