Pay It Forward - Pay It Forward Luncheon
Fall 2020 Webinar Series:
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Zoom link provided after registration.
Ever wonder what life after school is like? If so, join us for an engaging interactive panel discussion with five recent graduates from Fresno State and the Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program (EMP). The EMP is a 16-year-old program with over 400 students having completed the program. EMP offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to build an entrepreneurial mindset and develop impactful relationships with Central Valley business leaders. This unique panel discussion will provide current students with insight into how graduates with an entrepreneurial mindset have enhanced their professional journey.
Eric Santos, Class of 2011
Eric Santos is the co-founder of HubUX and in charge of revenue. HubUX is software that automates qualitative research for brands and agencies. Eric is also the co-founder and CEO of venture backed startup Benchmark Intelligence. The companies he has co-founded have raised an aggregate total of over $1.3M in Venture Capital. Eric is also the author of Shoot Your Shoot and the host of the podcast "On A Ride".
Michael Fenn, Class of 2013
Director of Sales, The Almond Company
Mike has nearly 10 years of experience in international business. In 2013 Mike got his start working with The Almond Company in the shipping and logistics department. He was a shipping clerk for over a year and then rose to the department manager position. After heading the shipping department for a year Mike moved into the sales department and became the Assistant to the Vice President.
In his current role as the Director of Sales, Mike is responsible for the sale and marketing of more than 300 million dollars’ worth of the annual California almond crop.
Mike has lived overseas in Egypt and the United Kingdom. While living in the United Kingdom, Mike helped found and develop Minerva Global, of which is a partner today. Minerva Global is a nut and dried fruit sales and marketing company which has a staff that speaks six languages and conducts business in multiple currencies.
Mike currently resides in Fresno with his wife Marie.
Nicole Warmerdam, Class of 2016
Rabobank, Corporate Finance Advisory Associate
Nicole is an Investment Banking Associate within the Sector Banking team of Rabobank, focused on further developing the strategic dialogue with the bank’s top global clients. Nicole joined Rabobank in 2018 in the HQ office in the Netherlands. During her time with the bank, she has been a dedicated member of the Dairy and Consumer Foods sector teams, performing various analyses and sector deep dives to provide valuable insights to clients and drive merger and acquisition origination. Prior to Rabobank, Nicole worked for PwC in both the San Francisco and Amsterdam offices, within the audit practice. There she was focussed on various technology companies at different stages of growth.
Kodey Wells, Class of 2016
Wells Upholstery Inc., President
Kodey Wells, the owner of Wells Upholstery Inc., is a skilled craftsman specializing in automotive and commercial upholstery. Kodey and his team have been in business since 2015 but have already managed to service companies all throughout California. Some of these companies are high-profile technology businesses such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
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Caden Jones, Class of 2017
Wonder (AskWonder.com), Client Success, Project Manager
New York, New York
A proud Bulldog (Fresno State C/O 2017, Undergraduate Dean's Medalist), Caden currently works in Client Success at research tech startup Wonder based in NYC. While managing a $2MM+ book of business, she's cross-functionally collaborating with Product and Sales Operations to aggressively grow a new stream of business. Her education at Fresno State, early sales experiences at PepisCo (Frito Lay, Gatorade; Field, HQ), and involvement in extracurriculars (UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders, Harvard Summer Venture Program, Yale Emerging Managers and Leaders) prepared her well.
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You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn, discuss, and interact with 5 successful graduates as they return to Fresno State to share their experiences.