Andrew Crouse and Mary Sutherland Crouse.

The spotlight shone on three decades of brilliance Nov. 19, including this year’s award winners, at the 2015 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

The event celebrated the Austin Family Business Program’s 30 years of family business education, as well as conferred recognition on eight Oregon companies – winners and finalists in the categories of Business Renewal, Family Harmony and Generational Development – plus saw a special award given to Oregon’s oldest family business.

Nik Blosser, chairman of Sokol Blosser Winery and CEO of Celilo Media Group, emceed the event, which included remarks by Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Shobi Dahl.

Winners and finalists were as follows:

Business Renewal: Rose City Label Company (winner), Hillsboro Implants & Periodontics (finalist).

Generational Development: David H. Sutherland & Co., Inc. (winner), Newberg Steel & Fabrication, Inc. (finalist), Hagan Hamilton Insurance (finalist).

Family Harmony: Roe Motors (winner), Lee Farms (finalist), Nicholas Restaurant (finalist).

Student Award: Mackenzie Day.

Dean’s Family Business Leadership Award: The Thomas Moisan Farm, established 1842, recognized as Oregon’s oldest family business.

Stories on the winners and finalists appeared in the event’s program.

There are also videos that honor the 2015 winners.

The Newberg Steel & Fabrication family with fellow Newberg businessman Ken Austin, right.
The Newberg Steel & Fabrication family with fellow Newberg businessman Ken Austin, right.



Emily Bestor

Our REAL People of the College of Business series continues with versatile third-year student Emily Bestor. Get to know her through her own words:

“I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, and I’m a junior here at OSU, majoring in business information systems and business management. I am also pursuing a minor in French. I currently work as an accounting assistant at the Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center. If you are a treasurer for a club, it’s highly likely I’ve helped you in the office! One of my favorite things I’m involved in on campus is DAMchic Magazine. I’ve always been interested in journalism, and I love brainstorming ideas for photo shoots and then watching the whole magazine come together beautifully.

“I’m someone who is analytical and likes to understand how things work, not just that they work. It’s a certain way of thinking.

“My parents own a retail store, Travel Essentials. I’ve spent a lot of time in the store, working with customers. And I’ve been learning about the systems they use, how their website works. That’s sort of what made me interested in BIS. A BIS education is also just a really good tool to have, something that will help me with challenges I encounter in whatever job I have.”


Meet the Dean

The chance to lead one of the nation’s most venerable business schools and drive it to even greater heights is what attracted Mitzi Montoya to Oregon State, the College of Business’ first-year chief executive told the audience Tuesday at a “Meet the Dean” event organized by Management Practicum students.

The 90-minute gathering began with opening remarks by Montoya inside Austin Hall’s Stirek Auditorium, continued with a question-and-answer session, and concluded with a reception in the Masterson Family Marketplace.

An alumni base that’s more than a century in the making is an enormous strength for the College of Business, Montoya said, as is the college’s reputation for producing hard-working, profession-ready graduates equipped to become leaders in an economy that’s increasingly data driven and innovation oriented.

She also asked forgiveness if anyone ever sees her wearing green, explaining green is the school color of Michigan State University, from which she earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. Montoya noted that like Oregon State, Michigan State is situated in a college town (East Lansing) and that she’s pleased to be living in such a place again.

After the Q-and-A session, the dean mingled with students in the marketplace, posing for photos with a number of them.



Dean Mitzi Montoya, right, lauds Shari Sands at the finance and accounting manager's retirement party.
Dean Mitzi Montoya, right, lauds Shari Sands at the finance and accounting manager's retirement party.
Dean Mitzi Montoya, right, lauds Shari Sands at the finance and accounting manager’s retirement party.

Shari Sands, finance and accounting manager with the Business and Engineering Business Center, is officially retiring Nov. 30. We say “officially” because she’ll continue on a post-retirement, part-time basis through 2016.

Sands, a former Army personnel specialist who grew up in Klamath Falls, started at the College of Business in August 2001 as the director of budgets and faculty services and became finance and accounting manager eight years later. She calls the COB “definitely the best place I’ve ever worked.”

In retirement Sands plans to get even more involved in genealogy – she’s traced her roots to the one person known to have been both at Jamestown and on the Mayflower – as well as become a Master Gardener and spend time with her 23-year-old son, Tyler. But we still have some time to reap the benefits of Sands’ considerable expertise and enjoy her personality before she leaves Austin Hall for good, so allow us to introduce her to you via our latest installment of the REAL People of the College of Business.

In her words:

“Before I came here I’d been working for Motorola, and I took a year off to regroup. I’d been working in Scottsdale (Ariz.) for six years, and I’d just had enough, so I sold my house, moved back to Klamath Falls, rented a house out on Lakeshore Drive and spent a year doing yoga and feeding the birds and the deer.

“After I’d gotten out of the Army, I’d gone to OIT (Oregon Institute of Technology) for a few years, studying accounting, and then I moved to Los Angeles and went to UCLA. I’d always wanted to live in Los Angeles, because of the Beach Boys. I loved the Beach Boys, so I went to the beach. I worked for the VA, put myself through school and got a degree in sociology. I wanted to get my master’s in social welfare, but I couldn’t afford that much more school, and a nurse I worked with had a husband who worked with a defense contractor, Northrop, that had an opening for an auditor. I only needed one class to have a degree in accounting, so I took that job and audited at Northrop for five years.

“Eventually my boss left and went to KPMG, and I followed him there. Then I went to work for TRW, and then Motorola. I loved LA, but I had to get out of LA – my son was born in 1992, and after the (Rodney King) riots and the (Northridge) earthquake, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I loved LA, but I don’t anymore. Now I love Corvallis.

“I feel like I’ve led a blessed life. Everything I wanted to do, I did it, and it worked out. And I’m so lucky I ended up here.”

Sands shares a laugh with instructor Chuck Toombs.
Sands shares a laugh with instructor Chuck Toombs.


Representatives from eight of the College of Business’ student organizations set up shop Tuesday afternoon in Austin Hall’s Masterson Family Marketplace for the college’s Club Fair.

Members passed out information — and in some cases, candy as well — and answered questions regarding membership and club activities and expectations.

Represented Tuesday were the Marketing Club, Management Club, Sales Club, Enactus, DAMchic (fashion magazine), Beta Alpha Psi (accounting) and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Links to detailed information about all of the college’s student groups are available here.

Every student received a resume starter kit.
Every student received a resume starter kit.
Every student received a resume starter kit.

Lindsay Vanek had always found writing a cover letter to be sort of “intimidating.”

But after attending the Oct. 20 “Land the Job” event at Austin Hall’s Stirek Auditorium, the Oregon State marketing student feels a lot more comfortable about that part of the employment search process.

Presenter Gala Jackson told Vanek and the other students in attendance to use their cover letter as a means of elaborating on the information in their resume – to go into detail about their background and qualifications so the letter builds on the resume rather than repeats what’s already there.

“You don’t just want to copy and paste,” Vanek said. “That shows you haven’t put in the time and effort.”

Vanek also noted that Jackson shared techniques for making a resume appear as rich and complete as possible, which is especially important for college students and new graduates who may feel as if they don’t have much to put on a resume. Volunteer service counts, for example, as do class projects in line with what a job would entail.

Jackson describes herself as a “millennial career expert and career coach” and travels the country as the national spokesman for the Land the Job campaign, sponsored by Neenah Paper, Inc. The sponsor provides “resume starter kits” featuring Southworth by Neenah products to all students attending a Land the Job workshop.

Rene Reitsma, professor of business information systems, was on hand for the OSU workshop as well.

“I think it was a useful event,” he said. “Good attendance, and an hour-long opportunity for students to reflect on how they present themselves on resumes and job fairs.” in 1972; he’s updated it annually ever since.

Vickie Maleterri, relationship manager for MassMutual Oregon, addresses COB students Tuesday.
Vickie Maleterri, relationship manager for MassMutual Oregon, addresses COB students Tuesday.

It sounds simple, but it’s a key point job hunters often manage to overlook: Ending up with the career you want requires you first to look inside yourself and decide what tasks you’re interested in and where and with whom you’d like to work.

That was among the messages passed along Tuesday by Vickie Maletteri of MassMutual during her “Developing a Career-Specific Network” workshop in Austin Hall’s Robert Family Events Room.

Maleterri shared insights from the legendary career guide, “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles. Bolles, 88, is a former clergyman whose book was first published in 1972; he’s updated it annually ever since.

Maleterri had the students attending the workshop do a Bolles-developed exercise called “The Flower.” She gave each student an 11-by-17 piece of paper with six numbered circles arranged as if petals on a flower and asked them to fill in the information asked for in each petal: 1, My Favorite Knowledge or Fields of Interest; 2, My Preferred Kinds of People to Work With; 3, What I Can Do and Love to Do (My Favorite Transferrable Skills); 4, My Favorite Working Conditions; 5, Level of Responsibility I’d Like, My Preferred Salary Range, Other Rewards Hoped For; 6, My Preferred Place(s) to Live (sooner or later); 7, My Goal, Purpose or Mission in Life (or my philosophy about life).

Coming up with the requested information helps a person make his or her career search more targeted.

Another Bolles-created handout Maleterri distributed featured an upside-down triangle that illustrated the way employers look for new workers is inverse to the approach most people take when trying to get hired. For example, many job seekers start by turning in a resume, while sorting through resumes is most hiring managers’ final (read: desperate) tactic.

Employers, Maleterri explained, would rather fill openings with people whose work they’ve already seen – because the candidate is a current or former employee, temp, consultant or contractor.

Bridging the gap between what most job-seekers do and what most employers prefer to do is effective, career-specific networking that infuses hiring managers with trust in their candidates abilities and potential.

Students complete "The Flower" as a means of developing a more targeted career search.
Students complete “The Flower” as a means of developing a more targeted career search.
Benny Kuo
For his MBA studies, Benny Kuo chose Oregon State over his undergrad alma mater, Willamette, in part because of all the opportunities a large, research university has to offer.

Our weekly REAL People of the College of Business series continues today with first-year MBA student and accomplished vocalist Benny Kuo.

Kuo (the U is silent), a first-generation university student, grew up in Bellevue, Wash., and earned a bachelor’s degree in music while minoring in economics at Willamette University in Salem.

Here’s more of his story, in his own words:

“I went to Willamette so I could study to be a music educator, and as I joined clubs and joined a fraternity, I learned a lot more about myself. I stepped away from the music education side and switched to general music and liberal arts – I’d been so tunnel vision on the music education side that I didn’t look at my other strengths, and one of my strengths was fixing computers.

“After graduating from Willamette I worked for the IT department for Garten Services, a recycling facility in Salem, and I realized that for everything I wanted vertically in the IT world, I’d need to learn more skills, learn to code, learn to be a manager, and an MBA seemed most relevant.

“I learned I had a lot to offer in leadership in high school, and that drove me to continue that in college. Through that I learned that I loved it, that I’m passionate about it and good at it. I’m organized and goal oriented, and I’m hoping to go into strategic management, organizational management, work with organizations in crisis mode, and also organizations that are doing well but could do better.

“There are so many options here at OSU, that’s what I love about it. What I wanted, OSU is able to offer. I’m still learning about all the resources we have here, and I guess intrigued would be the right word about how many resources students do have, resources they maybe didn’t even know were possible. Like at the Valley Library, you can check out GoPros if you want to do something like climb Mount Hood.

“In five or 10 years I would like be working with a tech firm that really is impactful in how we use technology, kind of changing the way technology works in our lives, the recycling of technology, being green, a firm that educates the public about how much power their technology needs. I love being able to educate people about how to upgrade their computer and how to save money that way.”

Benny Kuo
Kuo has a passion for educating people regarding the technologies integral to their lives.


Lori Rush of Rush Recruiting & HR says her two most important tips are to be prepared and well practiced.
Lori Rush of Rush Recruiting & HR says her two most important tips are to be prepared and well practiced.

Before you can give an impressive job interview, career consultant Lori Rush stresses, you have to get yourself ready to be impressive.

“How prepared you are for the interview is how prepared you’ll be for the job,” Rush told College of Business students Oct. 28 in a one-hour seminar in Austin Hall’s Robert Family Event Room sponsored by the college’s Career Success Center.

Rush, a COB graduate and the president of Rush Recruiting & HR in Portland, says pre-interview prep should be both thorough and detailed. For example, what are the mission and values of the company, and how has it been affected by changes in the industry? Also, learn the firm’s lingo — if it prefers “clients” and you instead use “customers,” that shows a lack of homework and/or attention to detail.

Other highlights from Rush’s presentation:

— Remember an interview is your chance to gather additional information about the company and the job, so be ready to ask questions as well as answer them.

— Don’t interrupt the interviewer.

— Don’t be afraid of a few seconds of silence; if you’ve thoroughly answered a question, resist the urge to break dead air by saying something else, something you’ll likely end up regretting.

— Don’t talk negatively about a former boss, company or colleague.

— Anticipate questions you might be asked and practice answering them aloud. Have specific accomplishments to share.

— Be prepared to talk about your failures/weaknesses, what you learned from them, and how you’re bettering yourself.

— Close the interview strongly. Express your interest, ask about next steps, and include a query such as “what questions do you have about my fit for the position.”

— Follow up with a thank you note.

— And if rejected, use it as a learning experience, including politely asking why you weren’t a successful candidate.

The Oregon State University Alumni Association honored six alumni fellows and one distinguished young alumna Oct. 23 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center as part of the university’s Homecoming festivities, and two of the honorees are products of the College of Business.

D’Anna Foster of Portland, class of 2009, received the 2015 Young Alumni Award, representing the College of Business, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the University Honors College and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Foster was a member of the Beaver gymnastics team (when she was known as D’Anna Piro) and is manager of direct to consumer strategy at Nike.

Among the alumni fellows is 1982 COB graduate Tom Toomey of Evergreen, Colo. Toomey is CEO of UDR, a multifamily real estate investment trust.

The other 2015 alumni fellows, and the OSU colleges they represent, are:

  • Laura Anderson of Newport, a 2000 graduate representing the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. She is president and owner of Local Ocean Seafoods.
  • Penny Reher of Corvallis, a 1982 graduate representing the College of Pharmacy. She is chief pharmacy officer for Samaritan Health Services.
  • Tom Skoro of Vancouver, Wash., a 1981 graduate representing the College of Engineering. He is senior vice president of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc.
  • Dave Underriner of West Linn, a 1981 graduate of the College of Forestry, representing the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He is Oregon regional chief executive for Providence Health & Services.
  • Mary Carlin Yates of Vancouver, Wash., a 1968 graduate representing the College of Liberal Arts. She is a former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and has received appointments from three U.S. presidents.

The OSUAA established the alumni fellows program in 1988, and the young alumni award was established in 2006 to recognize alumni 35 or younger.