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SSU's School of Business and Economics Recognizes Community Leaders at the 2nd Annual Alumni and Community Celebration

May 22, 2013 10:00 AM


SSU's School of Business and Economics Recognizes Community Leaders
at the 2nd Annual Alumni and Community Celebration

Rohnert Park, CA- While commencement has passed, the School of Business and Economics is still busy, now recognizing two outstanding alumns, Vanessa Hernandez and Tim Zahner as well as Brad Bollinger for his community impact at the School's Second Annual Alumni and Community Celebration. The event will be held at Sonoma-Cutrer on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

The alumni awards are given to leaders who demonstrate excellence in business, innovation and entrepreneurial and community excellence. The third award recognizes a community leader who has created a profound impact in the community within these general areas of excellence.

Vanessa Hernandez, (BS, 2006) who graduated with a concentration in human resources, is recognized for the emerging leader award and was recently promoted to HR Manager at Auberge du Soleil Resorts at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. Hernandez works with both corporate and individual properties. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico she is fluent in Spanish and plays a vital role with bilingual support.

Tim Zahner, (EMBA, 2011) was part of the first cohort of SSU's Executive MBA program and is recognized for the outstanding alumnus award. As the Chief Marketing Officer at Sonoma County Tourism, Zahner is selling the bounty of Sonoma County to the nation and the world. Also, recognized for his leadership and involvement in the North Bay, Zahner was the winner for The North Bay Business Journal Forty Under 40 in 2012.

Brad Bollinger, Editor in Chief and Associate Publisher at the North Bay Business Journal, may not be an alumnus from Sonoma State but he is a graduate of San Jose State and values the role of the CSU. Bollinger exemplifies the values of community, collaboration and vision for the North Bay. More often seen recognizing others for their leadership, the School is honored to recognize Bollinger and his work with this award for community impact. 

In addition to these three award winners, the recipients of our 2013 Wine Business Institute scholarships will also be recognized. Rachel Kau-Taylor, Matthew Dougherty, Kirstina Dyer and Lauryn Mitrovich will be receiving the Don P. Reisen, Charlie Palmer's Pig and Pinot, Sonoma Valley Cuisine Society, and the Women for WineSense scholarships respectively. Dougherty and Dyer will share the $10,000 Pig and Pinot scholarship.  

This event, generously sponsored by Sonoma-Cutrer, with wine, food and a great atmosphere, guarantees a good time to be had by all. Guests will have the chance to mingle, play a game or two of croquet and help us celebrate another year of accomplishments together.

Learn more about the 2013 Wine Business Institute Scholarship recipients.


About Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' vision is to be the educational nucleus of a thriving North Bay economy. Its mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond. With undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs serving over 1500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards of excellence. For more information, visit

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