Tag Archives: President

Samsung VP Mike Abary ’88 attributes success to CSUEB’s diversity and quality education

 Mike Abary ’88 earned his Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing from Cal State East Bay and is now a senior vice president over at Samsung. “My degree provided me with a foundation on which to rely upon,” said Abary. “Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and understanding people – these were fundamental skills I learned from Cal State East Bay that I have carried throughout my career.”

Abary wants current CSUEB students to know that pursuing their careers is a journey that should be enjoyed, and the steps taken and the skills gained are more important than the destination. He went on a journey and found his true calling in technology product marketing at Sony, a place that felt rewarding and effective in a positive way to people’s lives.

“Never stop believing in yourself, and never let perceptions about attending a state school stop you from reaching for the sky,” said Abary. He says he is proud to be a CSUEB grad because the school provided high quality academics, is down to earth, and diverse. “I was always ambitious, always driving for higher positions, and my next goal is becoming a CEO.”

We have no doubt that we’ll soon be writing a story about Mike Abary’s promotion to CEO!

LA

Alumni Spotlight: Sony SVP Mike Abary


Alumnus Mike Abary ‘88 Senior Vice President of Sony Electronics began his college career as a Business Administration major with a concentration in marketing. Mike said “My degree provided me with a foundation on which to rely upon. Skill sets such as critical thinking, problem solving, and understanding people – these were fundamental skills I learned from CSUEB that I have carried throughout my career.”

Mike wants students to know pursuing their careers is a journey that should be enjoyed, and the steps taken and the skills gained are more important than the destination.

In college he recalls working 20 to 30 hours per week, but found working part time without a degree   presented limited opportunities. After college he pursued a career as a stock broker but found that was not the right path for him: the dynamic wasn’t right, people in the field were much older than him and he just wasn’t passionate about that industry. So he decided to head south of CSUEB (instead of north) and discovered Silicon Valley. Later he found his true calling in  technology product marketing at Sony, a place that felt rewarding and effective in a positive way to people’s lives.

Mike said, “I often go to electronic stores and listen in on many shopper’s conversations to see why they choose Sony when they make purchases. There’s nothing more gratifying than to know your work affected their decision to purchase, and to believe you will positively affect people’s lives through the products you bring to market.”

When asked if he knew he would be a SVP of Sony, Mike replied, “I was always ambitious, always driving for higher positions, and my next goal is becoming a CEO.”

Mike’s advice to students is, “Never stop believing in yourself, and letting perceptions about attending state school stop you from reaching for the sky.” He states he is proud to be a Cal State East Bay Alumni because the school  provides high quality academics, is down to earth, diverse, and he met his wife at Cal State East Bay.

LA

Alumni Spotlight: Rick Casqueiro

Cal State East Bay Alumnus Richard “Rick” Casqueiro graduated in 1973 with a Bachelors of Science in chemistry. Rick is winemaker and his specialty is sparkling wine. His grandfather who originated from Portugal introduced Rick to wine. According to Rick sparkling wine is often overlooked as something that accompaniments food. Rick’s wines come with delicate aromas and flavors that are balanced by natural fruit acidity and complexity from aging.Rick has been featured in many newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. Won countless awards, Most Medals Won by a winery in1983, Most Medals Won by a winery in 1981 to name a few. He has other accomplishments such as being the President of the Alameda County Winegrowers Association, and being a professional wine judge in several wine competitions. Rick constantly produces outstanding wines to bring happiness to his consumers.

ASI president selected for Opportunity Nation

California State University, East Bay ASI President Christopher Prado has been chosen to serve as a one of 100 national leaders from 44 states and the District of Columbia for Opportunity Nation. Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan coalition of non-profits, foundations, educators, business and political leaders working together to promote opportunity and social mobility on national, state and local community agendas. Their kick-off summit on November 4 is cosponsored by AARP, AARP Foundation, Ford Foundation, TIME magazine, and United Way Worldwide.

Prado is a Stockton native and current Cal State East Bay senior double majoring in political science international relations. This is his second year on the ASI board of directors.  He will serve as a community mobilizer galvanizing support across the country and making a tangible difference in their communities in 2012.

Visit the Opportunity Nation Web site for more information.

 

http://www20.csueastbay.edu/news/blog/2011/11/christopher-prado-opportunity-nation.html