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Distinguished Alumni Award- College of Business Administration

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented by the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association to honor those who have shown outstanding achievement in a profession or a vocation. Through their generosity, these alumni have also engaged in servicing local, national, or global communities and to their alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.

2014 Joe Guerra — Class of '85

Distinguished Alumnus Joe Guerra

While a student at Cal Poly Pomona, Joe Guerra’s studies left him little free time to hit a few golf balls. These days, the man Golf Magazine proclaims as one of the most powerful people in golf does more than swing a club. He oversees one of the top ten golf companies in the world as founder, president and CEO of Georgia-based Sequoia Golf Holdings, which owns a portfolio of country clubs that includes 50 properties.

After earning his business degree, Guerra worked in the real estate industry before being named co-president and chief executive officer of Santa Monica-based American Golf Corp. His next move was to Georgia, where he founded Sequoia in 2003.

Along the way, Guerra has made time for his alma mater and philanthropic pursuits.  He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business Administration.   In 2011, in an effort to build awareness for the game of golf and its values to youth, Guerra announced the launch of the Sequoia Charitable Foundation

He and his wife, Amy, have four children: Kim, Lauren, Joey, and Hayley, and one granddaughter, Charlotte.

Past Awardees

YEAR HONORED

FULL NAME

DEGREE

GRADUATION YEAR

2014

Joe Guerra

Finance, Real Estate and Law

1985

2013

A. Barry Hirschfeld

M.S. Business Administration

1964

2012

Victor Stenger Tanon

Finance, Real Estate, and Law

1994

2011

Mahvash Yazdi

Business Administration

1974

2010

John Finton

Finance, Real Estate, and Law

1989

2009

Lawrence Taff

Accounting

1980

2008

Kathy Lynn Tully

Marketing Management,
MBA

1976,
1980

2007

Steven P. Cesinger

Accounting

1985

2006

Viggo Butler

Business Administration

1964

2005

Bruce Ray

Business Administration

1965

2004

Dorothy L. Roberts

Business Administration,
M.S. Business Administration

1968,
1978

2003

D. Scott Mercer

Accounting

1976

2002

Lance Calvert

Marketing Management

1969

2001

Ronald W. Gregoire

Accounting

1974

1999

John B. Pollara

Accounting

1974

1998

Mark S. Segal

Accounting

1980

1997

Dennis Pope

Accounting

1980

1996

J. Douglas Ramsey

Finance, Real Estate, and Law

1982

1995

Douglas G. Wageman

Operations Management

1984

1994

Marie Porter

Marketing Management,
Human Resources

1984

1993

Barbara A. Henderson

Accounting

1970

1991

Nolan H. Spencer

Accounting

1979

1990

Carolyn D. Beaver

Accounting

1979

1989

Donald N. Ecker

Accounting

1968

1988

Dudley W. Williams

Business Administration

1966

1987

Linda L. Holmes

Business Management

1982

1986

Joseph G. D'Oliveira

Accounting

1974

1985

Lolita G. Beltramo

Business Management

1969

1984

Richard A. Yardley

Data Processing

1971

1983

Alford B. Neely

Accounting

1972

1982

Frederick Gallegos

Data Processing

1972

1981

Duane C. Slocum

Business Administration

1963

1980

Karen Dillon

Business Administration

1971

1979

Jay Bonacci

Accounting

1963

1978

James R. Smirl

Business Administration

1970

1977

Clifton C. Booth

Business Administration

1964