DLC Newsletter
Welcome to the Winter issue of the Dean's Leadership Circle e-newsletter! It's never too late to make good on New Year's resolutions - and what better way to enhance yourself both personally and professionally than by tapping into your DLC contacts today. The resources that can be found within the Dean's Leadership Circle are vast, and we proudly continue to be "the" premier business network here in Orange County. We encourage you to foster and build these relationships by reaching out to one another at our upcoming events, or in person. To review a current member roster, click here.
Andy's Insider Update
Andy's Insider UpdateDear Fellow DLC members,

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Reflecting upon my time here, it has been a pleasure to witness the tremendous growth of the Dean's Leadership Circle since its inception in 2005. I am truly grateful to each of you - for your continued support which has enabled funding of critical initiatives for the Merage School including a renovated classroom, student scholarships, and most recently the endowed professorship.

And very recently, I have been most humbled by my colleagues as the inaugural recipient of the Dean's Leadership Circle Professorship. I cannot tell you how meaningful it is to me to have both the DLC and my esteemed colleagues recognize all of our collective efforts in this way. The Merage School already has eleven professors who have been awarded such Chairs and Professorships, and I am honored to be selected as the twelfth. Through the wonderful generosity of DLC members; the Professorship will provide some flexible funding to aid my research, including my intention to write a second book on higher education. My first book, Public No More: The new Path to Excellence for America's Public Universities, with Gary Fethke, will be published this spring by Stanford University Press.

Another exciting initiative, through the Beall Center, is to establish a systematic process for commercialization of ideas generated on the UC Irvine campus. The University is currently managing over 800 inventions. Our intent is to help bring more of these ideas to fruition. I am also continuing in my final year on the AACSB International Board. Currently, I am Immediate Past Chair which continues to provide opportunities to address large groups of business school deans on critical topics in higher education, while also enhancing the Merage School brand.

It was great to see so many of you at the Business Outlook breakfast last week, where former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm joined me in discussing current political and economic challenges with a crowd of over 600 community supporters in conjunction with the Irvine Chamber. I also look forward to seeing all of you at our next Distinguished Speaker Series event, featuring CEO of Emelux, Jim McCluney, on February 9.

Lately, I have started reading snippets of Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson's biographies, especially of Einstein and Franklin, are excellent. His writing on Jobs helps us all understand how idiosyncratic folks, while sometimes disruptive, can be highly creative. And the holidays are always a great time for movies. I liked Moneyball for the business strategy sense of baseball and The Muppets because my children grew up watching and loving them. OK, I watched and enjoyed them, too.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Warm regards,

Endowed Professorship Announcement – From Desk of Sandra
Dear Members of the Dean's Leadership Circle:

Happy New Year! I feel honored to begin this new year by sharing the following important announcement regarding the Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Professorship.

For those of you in attendance at the Dean's Leadership Circle's End of Year Holiday Celebration, you witnessed this announcement made by Senior Associate Dean Rajeev Tyagi.

The selected recipient of the inaugural Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Professorship is Dean Andrew J. Policano.

The decision to select Dean Policano was made through a formal school process in which a faculty committee is tasked with identifying senior faculty members to be awarded Chairs or Professorships for their contributions. The Merage School already has eleven professors who have been awarded such Chairs and Professorships, and Andy is the twelfth person to receive it.

I hope you will join me in celebration of this news as each and every one of you helped make this possible. Creating the Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Professorship was one of the top priorities of the Merage School when we began the campaign in 2007. Within three years and more than 400 donations, your support created this honor and will recognize the true visionary who helped create the Dean's Leadership Circle.

On behalf of the entire Merage School, faculty, staff, and Dean's Leadership Circle Advisory Board members, I wish to thank you for your ongoing support of the Merage School of Business and the Dean's Leadership Circle.

Click here to read a copy of the press release. Should you have any questions, please let me know by reply email or contact me directly at 949-824-8880.

Best regards,

Sandra Findly
Senior Director of Development
Member Spotlight
In each issue we will feature several members and spotlight them and their company. We hope this is helpful and will allow members to get to know one another. When you see these members at an event, be sure to introduce yourself. And remember, you might be the next member in the spotlight!
Melissa Beck
Name: Melissa Beck
Grad Year & Program: EMBA '12
DLC Member: Visionary, joined in 2009
Current Title: Director
Company: CIWM


I am currently the Director of the Center for Investment & Wealth Management at The Paul Merage School of Business. As Director of the CIWM, I serve as the liason for the School and the Center with our 53 member firms as well as the public at large, including brand management and marketing. I am responsible for working with the Dean on the MBA Wealth Management curriculum and programmatic activities including economic and market education to the public, continuing education for professionals, financial literacy and an academic journal. I also work with the Development team on the cultivation and retention of donor members.

Website: http://merage.uci.edu/ResearchAndCenters/ciwm/
What's a key differentiation of your company?

The Merage School is one of only two Schools nationally with an MBA program that has a focus on wealth management.

Why do you choose to participate in the Dean's Leadership Circle?

The DLC is a great way to deepen your relationship with the School. My husband is involved in many networking or industry groups and the DLC is a truly unique way to connect with people in the Orange County business community.

Please share any 'success stories' that you attribute to you being a member in the Dean's Leadership Circle and/or due to your continued involvement with the Merage School of Business.

I integrated this below.

What would you like fellow members of the Dean's Leadership Circle to know about you?

First and foremost I am a mom to three of the most amazing little boys ever (Harrison 4, Oliver 2 and Lucas, Newborn). My background is in accounting and finance and I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. We moved to Orange County in 2005 before I joined the Merage School in 2008. Being part of the Merage School community has played a large part in our family feeling a part of the OC community. I enjoy cooking elaborate meals, gardening and spending as much time as possible with my husband, Harry and our sons.
David Hayes
Name: David Hayes
Grad Year & Program: UCI '79
DLC Member: Investor, joined in 2010
Current Title: Partner
Company: Dorsey & Whitney LLP's


David practices out of Dorsey's Southern California office. Dorsey is an international law firm with 600 attorneys across 19 offices. Privately-held and publicly-traded companies and investors in a variety of sectors such as technology, consumer products, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services, turn to Dorsey for assistance with a variety of matters. The law firm offers a plethora of services including corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and transactions, complex business litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, and taxation, among others.

For more information, please visit www.dorsey.com or contact David Hayes at 714-800-1423.

Website: www.dorsey.com

What's a key differentiation of your company?

Leading companies think globally, and we understand the challenges and opportunities of the global marketplace. To compete around the world, businesses must enter new markets, establish joint ventures overseas, and navigate international law. With offices on four continents, Dorsey offers access to native legal experience virtually anywhere in the world.

We've earned our clients' trust because we understand that client service is a core value. In fact, our partnership began in 1912 to meet the specific needs of a prominent Minneapolis business. Quite literally, Dorsey exists to serve its clients. Companies turn to us because we understand how to manage even the most complicated legal matters. Our deep experience, supported by a formidable corporate infrastructure, allows us to resolve our clients' toughest projects including massive mergers, sophisticated contracts, complex litigation and more.

Why do you choose to participate in the Dean's Leadership Circle?

The Dean's Leadership Circle gives professionals an opportunity to network and learn from a vast array of individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Dean's Leadership Circle fosters dialogue among today's thought leaders about the important issues impacting our community's economic, educational, and social state.

What would you like fellow members of the Dean's Leadership Circle to know about you?

Golf, Collecting/playing Guitars, Skeet shooting and fly fishing
Tim Leyden
Name: Tim Leyden
Grad Year & Program: EMBA '92
DLC member: Charter Member
Current Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: Western Digital Corporation


While away from WD, between 2001 and 2007 he worked first as a management consultant to technology based companies with Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd & McGrath (PRTM) during most of 2001, and from late 2001 to 2007 he was senior vice president and CFO of Sage Software Inc., a subsidiary of Sage Group PLC, a U.K. public company. Prior to initially joining WD, he had worked in Ireland for two other US companies, namely Kollmorgen and General Electric .

Leyden is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, (CIMA) Chapter St, London. He also has an EMBA from University of California, Irvine.

Website: www.wdc.com
What's a key differentiation of your company?

Western Digital (WD) is a global provider of solutions for the collection, storage, management, protection and use of digital content, including audio and video. The principal products are hard drives, which are devices that use one or more rotating magnetic disks ("magnetic media") to store and allow fast access to stored data. Hard drives are currently the primary storage medium for digital content. WD hard drives are used in desktop and notebook computers, corporate and cloud computing data centers, home entertainment equipment and stand-alone consumer storage devices. In addition to hard drives, we offer solid-state drives and home entertainment and networking products. WD uses operational excellence as a base competitive strategy and augments that strategy with strong customer alignment across all businesses and product leadership in consumer segments.

Why do you choose to participate in the Dean's Leadership Circle?

To stay connected to my EMBA alma mater and to play a part in retaining and advancing the faculty experience and excellence.

Please share any 'success stories' that you attribute to you being a member in the Dean's Leadership Circle and/or due to your continued involvement with the Merage School of Business.

Being connected to the Merage School of Business gave me the connection with UCI's Michael Aghajanian that encouraged WD to be a participating company in the UCI Certificate in Management for Technical Professionals Program (CMTP). This program helps engineers develop and broaden their business skills. WD currently has 5 engineers availing of the program. The participants in the program give periodic updates to their peers and supervisors on the value and content of the program.

What would you like fellow members of the Dean's Leadership Circle to know about you?

Outside of work, I have a keen interest in family activities and I follow different local and national sports. I play golf with my wife Margaret on a regular basis. I have 5 children who work in various fields including computing, finance, teaching, real estate event and sports event management.
Distinguished Speaker Series
Jim McCluney
Jim McCluney
Chief Executive Officer Emulex Corporation

Dean's Leadership Circle Member Invitation
VIP Reception 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Presentation 6:30 to 7:30 PM
UC Irvine Student Center
Pereira Drive & West Peltason Drive
Parking is complimentary. Directions will be provided upon RSVP.
Complimentary for Dean's Leadership Circle
$50 for General Public
$25 for UC Irvine Alumni
Please click on the event link that specifies
“Dean's Leadership Circle VIP Reception Prior to Distinguished Speaker Presentation.”

New Auditorium Campaign
New Auditorium Campaign Banner/Teaser
Introducing the 'Reserve Your Seat' Campaign in the new Building's Auditorium
Details: a 3-year membership pledge will reserve your personally named seat inside the Dean's Leadership Circle auditorium, slated for completion in 2014. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to leave your legacy.
  • This new building is the top priority of Dean Policano and the Merage School
  • This new building will help to ensure the school attracts the best and brightest students in future years
  • The Interior of the building will showcase corporate history and leadership of Orange County
  • Help to raise visibility for the Dean's Leadership Circle for all that visit the Merage School
Pledge Now
Roundtable Events
3rd Healthcare Roundtable, hosted by TEKSystems
We are maintaining the small group format to facilitate discussions amongst peers. Please rsvp by Friday, January 27 at the latest if you would like to attend as seats are extremely limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Complimentary drinks and food will be provided by TEKSystems. We are grateful for their generous support and hosting.

Click here for more information
Technology Roundtable, hosted by Microsoft
UCI Merage School of Business "DLC Technology Roundtable" hosted by Microsoft on February 21, 2012 5:30PM to 8:00PM.
Location: 3 Park Plaza 16th floor, Irvine, California 92614.

Click here for more information
Past Events
Fisker Holiday Party & Roundtables

Event Info / Recaps – Fisker Holiday Party & RoundtablesOn December 8, the Dean's Leadership Circle drew in 200+ guests for the highly anticipated Annual Holiday End of Year Celebration at Fisker Automotive of Orange County. Located in Irvine, members celebrated the future together and enjoyed the first peek at the world's first eco-chic, eco-friendly, luxury performance car and were able to sit behind the wheel and sign up for a test drive. Guests received a red carpet welcome complete with a live jazz band, festive holiday lights and decor, passed appetizers and sparkling wine including a plentiful buffet dinner.

The Dean's Leadership Circle was a very select group invited to view this luxury plug-in hybrid, which has been all the rage with car aficionados here in Orange County and all over the world due to the strategic design and limited, custom order that are available. Dean's Leadership Circle members not only enjoyed a private viewing of the cars, but also received an update from Damon Shelly of Shelly Automotive Group who operates Fisker of Orange County, and Alexander Klatt, Vice President of Global Design of Fisker Automotive provided an overview of how the care was designed including several of the key features of the "Karma".

Following their presentations on these revolutionary cars, DLC emcee Kyle Van Hoften '97 introduced Senior Associate Dean of the Merage School, Rajeev Tyagi. Rajeev presented the exciting announcement that all DLC had been waiting months to hear, the news that the UC campus has chosen to appoint Dean Andy Policano as the inaugural holder of the Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Professorship!

The funds to create this Endowed Professorship were provided through gifts from more than 350 donors through the Dean's Leadership Circle, totaling $1.2 million which enabled the Merage School to be the first on UCI's campus to fund such a unique and highly sought after Professorship. The campaign began in 2007, and in 2010 the goal was reached! The generosity of our Visionary members was highlighted as they helped to lead the campaign by stepping up to provide greater funding and allowed this professorship to be realized. The evening concluded with the dean thanking all members for their support to the School.

We thank you the event sponsors for making this event such a great success! Please see photos below of the event.

Event Sponsors
Fisker of Orange County Kristen McAlister '03, Cerius Interim Solutions
Select Advisory Board & Event Committee Members for contributing the wine served
Darren Whissen '02 & Dao Vo Whissen '01 Dave Jones '93
Greg Queen '03  
Fabulous Food Provided by Music Sponsored by
Johnny Mosham & Lett-uce Cater to You Greg Lai, Featuring Will Brahm Quartet
Photography Provided by Emcee & Event Committee Member
Brent Valera Kyle Van Hoften '97

Click here to read more, and see photos
DLC Benefits –Value Line, ProQuest, Linked In
Your Dean's Leadership Circle membership provides you exclusive, remote online access to two business databases, as well as access to an exclusive DLC LinkedIn page!
  • ValueLine Investment Survey
  • ProQuest Snapshots North America
  • Linked In
"Allowing access to critical information such as current market trends, capital markets analysis, detailed company financial information and analyst reports that are essential in competing in today's global economy provides significant value to DLC members. Companies pay thousands of dollar for such access! The DLC is well-worth my investment and having access to these types of resources is a major bonus for all members."

Ken Neeld '07
DLC Executive Committee & Visionary

To access, click here: http://www.lib.uci.edu/partners/eresearch.html
Under "Premium Resources", note the directions in the first paragraph on how to sign up electronically and you will receive your unique username and password emailed to you from the UC Irvine Library within 72 hours. Access to these databases are a valuable resource to you.

ValueLine Investment Survey
Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, intelligently presented both in print and online, plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools.

ProQuest Snapshots North America
Used by institutions around the world, The Snapshots Series includes over 8,890 market reports across 43 industries in 40 countries, spanning the UK, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Latin America. It's a unique source for market research data, offering worldwide market data for a broad range of industries and regions. The Snapshots Series reports provide concise business information including market size, market segmentation, market shares, market-share weblinks, market distribution, market forecasts, and socio-economic data provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit, along with a list of "further sources" for additional research opportunities.

"DLC LinkedIn Group is a great resource to stay in touch with fellow Merage alums. As LinkedIn has become the primary source of recruitment and reference checking, DLC group provides an avenue for job postings and growth opportunities in business in diverse industries. I believe it is a premier group to be in to learn and share knowledge for a continued successful professional career."
Sai Pratap '10
DLC Executive Committee

To view a list of other DLC membership benefits, click here: http://merage.uci.edu/Content/Benefits/283
DLC Advisory Board "Good Reads"
We wish to thank these individuals for contributing their time and expertise to enhance the DLC.
Members of the DLC Advisory Board
Pam Adams '98 suggests: Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. "It really is about hours of work!"

Greg Queen '03 says: "Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan has been popular for a while, but I found it a great read given the current economic environment. Before Michael Lewis authored Moneyball and The Blind Side, his first book, Liar's Poker, which chronicles his time as a bond trader in the mid eighties at Solomon Brothers, is still amazingly relevant.

Mike Pressman '10 recommends: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni, The NonVerbal Advantage - Carol Kinsey Goman, & Smart Choices - Hammond, Keeney, and Raiffa
Welcome Newest Members
Welcome NewestMembers
New DLC Members
Chris Abbamonto '09, Aircuity
Drew Aron '98, Point B
Joseph Corigliano '01, Microsoft
Andrew Fan '04, Rosemount Analytical
Ken Gibson, The VisionLink Advisory Group
Bill Humes, Ingram Micro
Channing Lindsay, Wells Fargo David Perrott '03, Salinas Valley Memorial
Jason Green ’08, Northwestern Mutual Kumar Mangalick '05, Insigniam Performance
Monica Rebella, Rebella Accountancy Todd Tripp, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Coni Zingarelli '08, Paul Merage School of Business  
New Shareholder Members
Niki Esfahani '11, Conexant Systems, Inc. Michael McLean '11, McLean Energy Inc.
Lora McPhail '11, CIGNA Alison Mijares '11, Bank of America
Ramin Mousavi '11, Edwards Lifesciences Ajanta Naidu '11, UCI Medical Center
Karl Rebay '11, SDS Advisors Tammy Spencer Prizio '11, Sustainability Counsel
DLC Auditorium – Best Seat in the House Donors
Drew Aron '98, Point B
Harry and Melissa Beck '12, Balboa Capital
John Belli, Ernst & Young LLP
Tracy and Geoff Bremmer '05, Hansen's Beverage Company
Christen Chambers '05, Fox Networks Group
Jason Green ’08, Northwestern Mutual
Timothy Guth '84, Montebello Plastics, LLC
David Hayes '79, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Rodney Hill, Rodney C. Hill, Inc.
Dave Jones '93, Select Portfolio Management
Timothy & Marianne Kay, Snell & Wilmer
Zsolt Kiraly '08, Esterline Palomar Products
Selva Kulasingam '07, ZTNet Solutions
Timothy Leyden '92, Western Digital Corporation
Kristen McAlister '03, Cerius Interim Executives
Rashad and Jennifer Moumneh '04, Taco Bell/YUM! Corporation
Nira Roston
Jasmine Shodja '01, Wells Fargo, The Private Bank
Mitch Spann, University of California Irvine
Coni Zingarelli '08, Paul Merage School of Business
In This Issue
Andy's Insider Update
Endowed Professorship Announcement
Dean's Leadership Circle Member Spotlight
Distinguished Speaker Series
New Auditorium Campaign
Roundtable Events
Event Info / Recaps – Fisker Holiday Party
DLC Benefits – Value Line, ProQuest, Linked In
DLC Advisory Board "Good Reads"
Welcome Newest Members
DLC Auditorium – Best Seat in the House Donors
DLC Quick Links
Merage School Event Calendar
Current DLC Member Roster
DLC Member Application Form
Join, Renew or Make a Gift On-line
Calendar of Merage School Upcoming Events
February 1, 2012
3rd Healthcare Roundtable, hosted by TEKSystems
February 9, 2012
Distinguished Speaker Series VIP Pre-Reception - Jim McCluney, Emulex Corporation at UCI Student Center
February 21, 2012
Technology Roundtable, hosted by Microsoft
April 12, 2012
Distinguished Speaker Series VIP Pre-Reception – Robert E Grant, Bausch & Lomb Surgical at UCI Student Center
April 12, 2012
Chris Botti in Concert at Segerstrom Hall (Visionary Event)
May 17, 2012
Distinguished Speaker Series VIP Pre-Reception – Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton Corporation at UCI Student Center
Event Calendar FY11-12
DLC Fund
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