The Gaviña Family, shown in their coffee processing facility near Los Angeles, California.

Over nearly 150 years, the Gaviña family has produced coffee. Pedro Gaviña, CEO and part of the third generation, is in the back row, second from left, standing next to fourth-generation purchasing director Michael Gaviña, to Pedro’s left.

From agriculture to high technology, a majority of family businesses are passed down from father to children, creating a vital link across generations while benefiting the broader economy. In honor of Father’s Day, Mihaylo News is profiling F. Gaviña & Sons Inc., a four-generation, Cuban-American gourmet coffee importer and roaster based in the Los Angeles area that is active in Mihaylo College’s Center for Family Business.

For many of us, the day cannot begin until we enjoy our favorite brand of coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, 54% of American adults drank coffee every day as of the start of this decade. Coffee growth, production and sales is second only to crude oil in global value, employing subsistence farmers in developing countries and baristas in major Western cities.

Among the companies ensuring that fine coffee makes its way from remote hillsides to your home, office or favorite restaurant is F. Gaviña & Sons Inc., a Vernon-based importer, roaster and supplier. The company is active in Mihaylo’s business network through membership in the Center for Family Business, which provides networking, development and engagement opportunities for Southern California family-owned firms.

A Dream Survives Over Four Generations and 3,000 Miles

The Gaviña story began in 1870, when brothers José María and Ramón Gaviña left their native Spain for economic opportunities in the New World. They settled in Cuba, where they began planting coffee in the fertile hillsides on the island.   Read More

Surfers ride the waves around the San Clemente Pier in San Clemente, California.

The San Clemente Pier is the hub of activity in Orange County’s southernmost beach town, once the haunt of Hollywood elite and President Richard Nixon. Photo from Pixabay

Stretching more than 40 miles from the Los Angeles County border to the San Diego County line, Orange County includes the world-famous amusement parks, beaches and shopping centers of the Anaheim and South Coast Metro areas. It also boasts the beauty of South County communities such as Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Enjoy your South County day or weekend trip with these seven destinations.

  1. 1,000 Steps Beach

Want to visit a cave and the beach on the same afternoon? You can at 1,000 Steps Beach, where steep staircases lead to a hidden beachfront with a small cave that is accessible at low tide. Parking is free in the nearby neighborhoods, though this is a strenuous hike. To reach the cave, take the southbound Pacific Coast Highway south of Laguna Beach. The beach is accessible at the corner of PCH and 9th Avenue.

  1. Aliso and Wood Canyons Hiking

More caves, deer, an unspoiled coastal chaparral natural environment, and miles of hiking and bike trails beckon the visitor to Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, which encompasses 4,500 acres in one of the largest open spaces in the county. The main trailhead is on Awma Road off Alicia Parkway in Aliso Viejo. Read More

A man plays an acoustic guitar.

Writing and performing music can be a stress-reducing and relaxing activity, while putting the entrepreneurial skills taught in business school to practical use. Photo from Pixabay

Many leading musical bands, including Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Talking Heads, Coldplay and the Commodores formed while their members were studying together in college. With one of the largest student bodies in California, Cal State Fullerton is sure to have the talent needed to produce outstanding popular music of many genres. Business students (particularly those with a musical ear) may have just the set of skills needed to find success in the competitive music industry.

Interested in starting your college band? Here are 10 things you need to know.

  1. You don’t need to be a music major to form or join a band.

Business students and other majors often have the administrative, financial and logistical skills needed to turn a dream into reality, while performing music can serve as a positive release and stress reducer to counter hours of schoolwork. A band can and should be thought of as a type of entrepreneurship.

  1. Students can perform music on campus between noon and 1 p.m.

Drummers, saxophonists and guitar players are some of the musicians who take advantage of the free music performance hour on weekdays during the spring and fall semesters at the Becker Amphitheatre. To reserve your spot, contact Associated Students Inc. (ASI) at or 657-278-3501. Read More

A panoramic view of the striking domes and waterfalls of California's Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is a familiar site for Mac users, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person. Tent, RV or cabin camping provides a first-hand look at all that makes Yosemite one of the world’s leading outdoor recreation destinations. Photo from Pixabay

From Yosemite National Park to Southern California beach towns, California has no shortage of places to pitch your tent or set up your RV for a stimulating and affordable overnight or weekend. Here are seven camping destinations within a day’s drive.

  1. Angeles National Forest

The mountains behind Los Angeles provide more than 1,000 square miles of natural recreation, including tent and RV camping, as well as cabin rentals. The region directly north of campus is the San Gabriel River Ranger District, which offers rustic tent and RV camping for $12 per night at Coldbrook Campground off San Gabriel Canyon Road. Buckhorn Campground, located at 6,460-foot elevation, is a sure escape from the summer heat offering a place to get close to nature amid shady pine trees and clean mountain air. Read More

Dan Huckabay '03, a Mihaylo College alumnus with a career in the surety bond industry.

Dan Huckabay ’03, president of Commercial Surety Bond Agency, believes that the surety bond industry has a bright future as the field transitions to a younger generation. Photo by Matt Gush

Think of careers in finance and the surety bond industry may not come to mind. Yet the field is a lucrative and rewarding career path for today’s young professionals. Mihaylo Finance Alumnus and Executive Council President Dan Huckabay ’03 discusses how students and alumni can position themselves for success in this field.

When Bob Foster came to Commercial Surety Bond Agency (CSBA) in 1989, he was seeking support for a $7,000 subcontract. Today, his contracting company, R.C. Foster Corporation, is leading the construction of water treatment plans in Southern California, including a $6.8 million project in Corona, and is still a loyal client of CSBA. From real estate development to freeway construction, building projects are the lifeblood of the Southern California economy. Local governments, school districts, universities and housing developers rely on surety bonds to ensure that projects will be completed on time.

As baby boomers retire, the industry is seeking new professionals, with most insurance companies actively seeking to fill positions such as underwriters. Alumni who enter the field often have finance, accounting or banking backgrounds.  Read More

The skyline of Downtown Los Angeles at sunset.

From the world’s largest cities to towns with fewer people than the Mihaylo student body, chambers of commerce are pivotal in advocating for the business interest of communities. Photo from Pixabay

Decades ago, joining the local chamber of commerce was one of the premier ways of building a business’ reputation, network, funds and contacts. In today’s wired world, Yelp, Kickstarter and LinkedIn fulfill many of these needs. However, local communities need the support and representation that chambers provide more than ever.

Google almost any city or town and among the top results is the local chamber of commerce. Established to promote the business interests of the communities they serve, chambers attract visitors, encourage investment, seek to create a pro-business regulatory environment, and support mutually beneficial outcomes for the diverse employers and workforce of an area.

With the rise of the internet, many observers sang the swan song of the chamber institution. But for many business leaders, chambers remain an integral way of building face-to-face and virtual contacts needed to keep their operations running.

Helping a Chamber Maximize Its Potential

To explore the mission, activities, opportunities, challenges and future of chambers of commerce, I conducted an extensive communication audit of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC) as my graduate project to earn my M.A. in communications at Cal State Fullerton. Read More

Robert Michaels says he has witnessed the Cal State Fullerton business program develop to world-class standing: “We are one of the most published institutions in the country not offering doctoral degrees.”

Robert Michaels says he has witnessed the Cal State Fullerton business program develop to world-class standing: “We are one of the most published institutions in the country not offering doctoral degrees.”

Mihaylo Economics Professor Robert Michaels has spent more than 47 years studying and teaching business. His specialty is industrial economics, particularly related to the electricity and natural gas fields. He looks back on his career, with advice for today’s students and alumni considering opportunities in economics.

For Robert Michaels, an economics career began as an extension of science coursework at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. “I was in college and like all smart kids in those days, I studied science,” he recalls. His university did not offer business majors, so economics courses were available as electives. “I took an economics elective in my third year, and I did well in it.”

By the time he completed his undergraduate degree with an economics focus in 1965, he had studied under the late Nobel Prize laureates George Stigler and Robert Fogel.

While working for the nonprofit Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C., Michaels recognized the importance of an economics education. “I realized economics provided a knowledge of the world that other people did not have,” he says. Read More

Each student at this year’s commencement has their own story, background and experiences that are part of the mosaic of the Class of 2017. Among the nearly 2,900 Mihaylo students graduating this month are four business students, who share their experiences and advice for their fellow graduates.

Mihaylo College grad Claire Kim '17

Claire Kim ‘17

Claire Kim ’17

For business major and health science minor Claire Kim’17, involvement in CSUF has meant serving on the ASI Inc. Board of Directors and participating in the Women’s Leadership Program. She recognizes that her time at Mihaylo has transformed her and her fellow graduates.

“We come from an institution of higher learning. A college committed to balancing theory and practice and using diversity and entrepreneurial spirit as leverage to produce globally-aware business leaders,” she says. “We come from a place where students are encouraged to think outside the box, to engage and challenge ourselves through various avenues. To not just speak about our goals, but to act, organize, analyze, engineer and truly express them.” Read More

Mihaylo College Commencement Speaker Luc Ceci '17 poses in a graduation gown in the orange groves on Nutwood at Cal State Fullerton.

“Success in college doesn’t require genius, it requires dedication and hard work,” says Luc Ceci ’17. In addition to a career in finance, Ceci would like to eventually teach college students and impact a future generation of business professionals.

Two student speakers, Luc Ceci ’17 (accounting and finance) and Fabian Silva ’17 (marketing), will speak at the Mihaylo College commencement ceremonies on May 20 and 21.

Commencement for Mihaylo students will take place on two days later this month, with students graduating on either Saturday, May 20, or Sunday, May 21, depending on their concentration.

The class of 2017 will hear from two fellow students: accounting and finance senior Luc Ceci will speak on Saturday, while marketing senior Fabian Silva will speak on Sunday.

Luc Ceci ’17

“Success in college doesn’t require genius, it requires dedication and hard work,” says Ceci. The accounting and finance senior has been involved in the Business Honors Program, the student board of the Finance Association and the Executive Council Mentorship Program. Read More