CSUSM Announces Fall 2009 "In the Executive's Chair" Series Schedule


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

"In the Executive's Chair," a popular course at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) in the College of Business Administration, kicks off the year with 14 senior executive-level guests visiting campus to share tips, tricks, strategies and challenges of running a business or organization.

Inspired by the Bravo television series, Inside the Actor's Studio, the class is part of the Center for Leadership Innovation and Management Building (CLIMB). Rajnandini "Raj" Pillai, Ph.D. and David Bennett serve as the hosts.  The intention is to help students learn from the best by bringing in top business leaders to talk about their careers, their companies, and the critical business decisions they commonly face.

The class meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. most Tuesdays through December in Markstein Hall, Room 125. The discussions are open to members of the campus and business communities at no charge, space permitting. 

The fall 2009 In the Executive's Chair schedule is as follows:
September 8
Ken Wahlster - President & CEO - Bikebandit.com

September 15
Mimi Zeller - President & COO - Submarina

September 22
Michael Harth - Founder and President/CEO - Sunset Parking
September 29
Tim Stripe - Co-Owner/Co-President - Grand Pacific Resorts

October 6
Brent Wiest* - President & CEO -  Rudi Wiest Selections
Gerry Krippner* - President & CEO - HK Plastics Engineering, Inc.

October 13
Bassim Hamadeh - Founder & CEO - University Readers

October 27
George Hage - President & CEO - HiTRON

November 3
Greg Kalinsky - Regional Vice President - GEICO
Franklin Silva - Assistant Vice President - GEICO

November 10
Ralph Rubio - Co-founder & Chairman - Rubio's

November 17
Renee Tuchscher - COO - KBM Facility Solutions

November 24
Mark King - CEO & President - TaylorMade Golf

December 1
Karen S. Haynes - President - CSUSM

*Indicates that the speaker is an alumnus of CSUSM

Directions and Parking

CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit http://www.csusm.edu/guide. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.