Sathya Chey ’08 has come a long way in her personal journey since her birth in a refugee camp to parents fleeing the Cambodian genocide of the late 1970s. After earning her MBA at USC, the Cal State Fullerton finance grad is a financial advisor with The Elliot Carlsen Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. She is also an incoming member of the Executive Council at CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
Today, Sathya Chey ’08 is a financial advisor with an office in the Palos Verdes area, one of the most exclusive oceanfront suburbs in Los Angeles County. Her current life is worlds apart from her birth in a refugee camp as her parents, four siblings, aunt and uncle were fleeing the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970s.
Chey moved with her family to California, where they found safety and a better life, yet still experienced economic hardship. “We would go to Vons dumpsters and take the dented cans and expired produce to make dinners with. We really learned to live on very little,” she recalls.
The resourcefulness of her parents would ultimately set the stage for a better life for Chey – and they were role models for her own success. Her mother saved up enough to buy a sewing machine, enabling her to sew clothing for manufacturers from home. Loans from friends and savings led them to found a Cambodian supermarket in the heart of what is now Cambodia Town in Long Beach. Read More