CSUF Mihaylo Center for Real Estate Director Bob Osbrink seated in the Mihaylo Hall courtyard next to a statue of college namesake Steven G. Mihaylo '69. With more than five decades of leadership in the Southern California real estate sector, Bob Osbrink, the incoming director of the CSUF Mihaylo Real Estate and Land Use Institute (RELUI), seeks to expand the university’s outreach to the industry and its academic and applied opportunities for students to prepare for careers in the field.

Whether Bob Osbrink is at the shopping mall, in a downtown office park or at a medical appointment, real estate is always on his mind. “I’m in my business all the time. If I’m shopping, I look at who the tenants are and what the traffic count is. If I see some vacant floors in an office building, I wonder why it’s empty. If I’m at a medical center, I look at who owns the building and who the renters are,” he says.

For Osbrink, traveling through Orange County will often bring back memories of his earlier career. The veteran executive was pivotal in the 1980s South County developments, including the Irvine Spectrum, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch and Rancho Santa Margarita.

Previous to his new role as CSUF Mihaylo College RELUI Director, Osbrink held leadership roles at Marcus & Millichap; Grubb & Ellis; The Irvine Company; and Cushman & Wakefield; as well as private consulting through his own company, the Osbrink Group, which he founded in 1985. Today, as he advises clients such as New York-based Newmark Knight Frank, Osbrink looks back at the “path of progress” in the Southern California economy and society, which he sees as largely based on real estate. Read More

Hip hop dance enthusiast Arnel Calvario poses with black sunglasses and a black jacket.For Arnel Calvario, a childhood interest in the 1970s hip-hop dance and music scene sparked a lifelong passion to improve the lives of others, especially at-risk young people, through dance as a participative and community-based cultural activity. Calvario, one of the speakers at the August Leadership Institute of the G3X Conference at CSUF Mihaylo College, discusses his background, passion and mission-driven outlook.

Arnel Calvario sees a strong connection between dance and well-being. “Dance can be a powerful and meaningful vehicle for personal growth individually and in communion with others, a creative expression, good for physical health, and even healing,” he says.

His lifelong connection to the art form began in childhood. He grew up in an inner-city Filipino-American family in which hip-hop was the go-to pastime and an escape for young people, who were exposed to the violent world of gang culture.

Coming of Age – and Staying Focused – Through Hip-Hop

“I am a kid of the 70s and was born the same year that hip-hop was created,” he says. “I was a really shy kid who lacked confidence, but had older cousins who were these really famous hip-hop poppers. I looked up to them and asked if I could be part of their popping crew while I was in elementary school. They told me I wasn’t cool enough so they let me carry the boombox.” Read More

Goli Sadri, professor of management and director of the Women's Leadership Program, stands behind several female students seated at a table. Now in its fourth year, the CSUF Mihaylo College Women’s Leadership Program equips the college’s high-achieving students for their futures with mentoring from successful businesswomen, networking and leadership development. Through Sept. 21, the program is currently accepting applications for 2018-2019. Apply today!

As Mihaylo College female students develop themselves for rewarding and impactful careers, the college’s Women’s Leadership Program seeks to address the challenges and opportunities facing today’s businesswomen through leadership training, speaker events, career-focused roundtables and individualized meetings with female career coaches.

Since its launch in 2015, the program has equipped dozens of Mihaylo College students with skills, connections and support. Alumnae of the program are entering careers in a number of business-related fields in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, a trend that is expected to accelerate as more students go through the program. Graduates of the program currently serve companies and organizations such as Experian and RSM LLP.

The program is limited to 25 high-achieving female students of sophomore standing or higher, chosen on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular or community activities, previous leadership roles and a desire to prioritize leadership in their future. There are plans to expand the program’s size and impact. Read More

Apprentice Builds co-founder Branden Wells, at left, puts his arm around fellow co-founder Alan Cerna while standing next to a classic car in an empty parking lot at night.

Branden Wells, age 22, (left) and Alan Cerna, age 23, believe their interest in automotive repair helped to keep them from destructive lifestyles while growing up in crime-ridden neighborhoods of Santa Ana. They hope their startup, Apprentice Builds, will provide similar experiences to other youth. Image Credit: Bryan Vicente, VoyageLA

CSUF Mihaylo entrepreneurship grads Branden Wells ’18 and Alan Cerna ’17 share a passion for restoring antique vehicles and providing positive opportunities for underserved youth in their hometown of Santa Ana. The two nonprofit entrepreneurs have established Apprentice Builds, which sees hot rod restoration as the gateway to a career and better life.

For auto aficionado Alan Cerna ’17, overhearing a discussion about a crate engine while waiting for his business calculus course at Mihaylo College would change his life. The friendship he developed with classmate Branden Wells ’18 was the catalyst for a partnership that led to Apprentice Builds, a nonprofit and fiscal sponsor of the Irvine-based Givsum Foundation, which gives young people from low-income and low-opportunity neighborhoods a viable career path and a sense of purpose through hot-rod restoration.

“One day we were just waiting outside class at 7 a.m. and I heard Branden talk with a classmate about LS motors, and I knew I had to get in the conversation,” recalls Cerna. “We got to know each other and discovered that we were both big auto enthusiasts.”

The two entrepreneurs are both from underprivileged parts of Santa Ana – Wells was raised on the south side, while Cerna calls the north side home. Read More

A chef prepares a meal in a modern kitchen facility.

Quality kitchen facilities, whether home-based, in a commercial kitchen or at a restaurant, are one of the main ingredients for food-based business success. Image from Pixabay

With one of the most diverse populations in the world and an internationally acclaimed foodie scene, Southern California is a prime location for culinary entrepreneurship. From brick-and-mortar establishments to food trucks and farmer’s market sales, restaurant professional and SBDC Consultant Greg Bell examines how to get started in this field.

In his first year as a consultant at Mihaylo College’s office of the Small Business Development Center (Lead SBDC), Greg Bell has reviewed numerous business plans for restaurants, catering, food trucks, commercial kitchens, farmer’s market stands and other food-based concepts. His advice: The sector can be a rewarding entrepreneurial path, but feasibility and a strong business model is essential.

“A business plan needs to be a short, concise description of you and the business you want to start,” said Bell at a recent SBDC workshop at the Cal State Fullerton Irvine Center. “It has numbers and facts that present your business as a success. I like to think about feasibility as literally ‘can I do this?’”

Bell, the former executive chef at The Fish Tale in Long Beach, previously worked for six years in the Irish pub concept Bennigan’s, opened 24 locations with Koo Koo Roo’s Restaurants and was the first operating franchisee of Blaze Pizza. With more than 23 years of experience in catering, Bell recognizes the many niches of the food-based business sector, which encompass a wide range of financial commitments. Read More

Candace Thome, founder of the Swim Brayv nonprofit, stands with her mermaid-costumed volunteers at an event to impart swim safety education to children.

Candace Thome ’16 (left) poses with some of her mermaid-decked volunteers. The Mihaylo College entrepreneurship alumna uses the engaging costume to teach water and swim safety to children.

When Candace Thome ’16 (entrepreneurship) lost her younger brother to a drowning accident in 2011, she committed herself to supporting water and swim safety education. Today, her nonprofit and social enterprise organization, Swim Brayv, has more than 100 volunteers who spread awareness at events and workshops.

On a hot summer day, the cool water of a swimming pool, lake or beach might be inviting. But Mihaylo College Entrepreneurship alumna Candace Thome ’16 recognizes that water can be one of the most dangerous environments – for those unaware and unequipped to prevent drowning.

“People view swimming as a fun pastime activity, but they should really view it primarily as a lifesaving skill, then as a sport and thirdly as a fun activity” she says. “Water is powerful. You wouldn’t walk into the bullet of a gun or in front of a diesel truck going down the road. Water has the same force. Water and swim safety should be learned from a very early age so that you have that respect and know-how as an adult.”

Thome is the founder of Swim Brayv, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and social enterprise committed to imparting water and swim safety education to people of all ages, especially children. Developed due to the death of her young brother, Brayv, in a drowning accident in 2011 and her entrepreneurial education as a Mihaylo College student, the nonprofit startup features costumed mermaid ambassadors who embody water and swim safety at promotional events, such as concerts or outdoor fairs, and promote the cause through workshops at schools, libraries and community centers. Read More

Mihaylo College students pose on the Shanghai waterfront by night during a study tour in China in 2018.

Mihaylo College management seniors at the Shanghai Riverfront, one of the highlights of their study tour to China.

When Mihaylo College management students earned their capstone seminar in strategic management in China this spring, they gained an international understanding of the economic forces that are remaking the business world.

Led by Lorenzo Bizzi, associate professor of management and recipient of this year’s Executive Council Award for Distinguished Faculty, the two-week study tour featured behind-the-scenes perspectives of East Asia’s rising economic giant through business site visits in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

“This was a fully immersive experience that allowed students to better understand the practical implications of the theoretical issues that we discuss in class,” says Bizzi. “We saw firsthand competition in the international environment, and students were immersed in a completely different reality to understand how business is conducted in other parts of the world, how service is different and how markets are different.” Read More

Ellen Kim, Mihaylo College associate professor of management, is the new director of the college's Entertainment & Hospitality Management (E&HM) program. Ellen Kim, associate professor of management, is the new director of the Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management (E&HM), which seeks to connect students and grads with opportunities in this growing and dynamic field in Southern California. Kim discusses her background and vision and how today’s young people can position themselves for a lucrative and rewarding career in the industry.

For many college students, a part-time job at a restaurant or hotel might offer work experience or financial support. But Ellen Kim, the incoming director of Mihaylo College’s Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management (E&HM), notes that many versatile and rewarding career paths exist in this field, particularly in Southern California.

From managerial roles at high-end hotels to performer positions at theme parks to project management for entertainment giants, opportunities in the E&HM field are varied, yet united in the ability to create memorable positive experiences to diverse populations.

“In this field, we work to make people happy. If you ask anyone about a great experience they remember, it is often entertainment or hospitality/tourism based, such as interacting with cast members at a theme park or a great service experience at a hotel when traveling,” she says. “Many of our students enjoy working at Disneyland or hotels where they can interact with many different people, and they are excited about a related career path that is dynamic and rewarding.” Read More

Creating New Ventures: How to Shape Concepts Into Achievement is a resource for entrepreneurs and all who are interested in establishing a business concept in today's competitive environment.Mihaylo College’s Center for Entrepreneurship has published Creating New Ventures: How to Shape Concepts Into Achievement, a book highlighting the business startup advice from 156 entrepreneurs, advisors and mentors from the college’s network.

Providing tips on how to guide a new venture from idea generation to launch and operations management, the compilation includes profiles from leading CSUF business alumni, including Steven G. Mihaylo ’69, CEO of telecommunications firm Crexendo Inc., and Jeff Van Harte ’80, chief investment officer of investment management firm Jackson Square Partners. It also features Southern California business leaders across all industries, many of them CSUF students, alumni, faculty and staff.

A joint effort spearheaded by Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson and center founder Michael Ames, the book will be presented to all entrepreneurship students. It is also available for $50 to students of other degree programs, alumni, faculty and staff, and the broader Orange County business and startup community. To order, contact Jackson at jjackson@fullerton.edu.

Jackson discusses the book and how it can benefit aspiring entrepreneurs in an article in The Orange County Register.

A group of accounting students pose outside Steven G. Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton.

Mihaylo College accounting coursework seeks to equip the next generation of industry professionals with the skills necessary for success at employers ranging from Big Four firms to independent practices.

From preparation for data analytics to income tax accounting best practices in light of the new federal regulations, the Mihaylo College accounting program is committed to providing students with a well-rounded introduction to the contemporary field with its new course offerings designed to prepare students for the skills that employers – from the Big Four to boutique financial firms– are seeking. Here is a look at three of the courses debuting in 2018.

ACCT 407 – Accounting Data Analytics

Analytics is the lifeblood of today’s data-driven world, including in the accounting field, where CPAs and other professionals are expected to analyze, report and make predictions using business intelligence data. In fall 2018, Associate Professor of Accounting Jie Zhou will teach ACCT 407 – Accounting Data Analytics, a new elective for both the undergraduate accounting and the graduate M.S. in accounting programs. The course examines the three major areas comprising accounting analytics: data reporting, data visualization and predictive analytics. Read More