Hornet alums well represented in Sacramento Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40′ list

The Sacramento Business Journal‘s annual “40 Under 40” list is out and, as usual, there are plenty of Hornets to be found.

In fact, the whopping 12 Sacramento State alums included make up more than a quarter of the list.

The list recognizes 40 young professionals in the Sacramento region who “excel in their workplaces and in their communities.” They will be honored at an event Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts (aka “The Sofia”).

Sacramento State alums on this year’s list:

    • Bindu Jaduram ’00 (Strategic Management), regional manager, Tri Counties Bank
    • Brenda Forman ’02 (Marketing), vice president and managing director, Merlot Marketing
    • Sarah Pollo ’06 (Government-Journalism), MA ’15 (Government), president and CEO, Pollo Communications, Inc.
    • Lucas Frerichs ’06 (Government), Davis city councilman and director of State Policy at The Nature Conservancy
    • Shawna Fitzgerald ’09 (Finance), CEO, Creating Answers
    • Ashley Mellot ’09 (Marketing), chief operating office and chief of staff, Webconnex
    • Anne Descalzo ’11 (Journalism), assistant vice president, SAFE Credit Union
    • Christine Mahon ’10 (Public Relations), associate vice president for marketing and communications, Associated General Contractors of California
    • Devin Lavelle ’11 (Public Policy and Administration), senior researcher, California Research Bureau
    • Michael Lynch ’14 (Public Policy and Administration), co-founder and CEO, Improve Your Tomorrow (Read our Made at Sac State profile of Lynch)
    • Nicholas Haystings ’16 (Mechanical Engineering), president and executive director, Square Root Academy
    • Shawn Dillon, ’08 (Finance), corporate counsel at Ethan Conrad Properties Inc.

Sacramento State alumni have a knack for standing out when it comes time to compile the 40 Under 40 list. Nine alums were recognized in 2017 and in 2016, and a record 12 Hornets made the list in 2015.

To view the full list and read profiles of each honoree, visit https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2018/10/05/photos-meet-our-40-under-40-winners-for-2018.htm (subscription required).


Pair of Hornet journalists receive lifetime achievement awards

Two Sacramento State alums have received lifetime achievement awards for their work in the journalism industry.

Cheryl Dell ’82 (Communications), who retired last year as publisher of the Sacramento Bee after 30 years in the industry, on Sept. 11 received the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award, a top accolade for newspaper and news media publishers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the nonprofit Inland Press Association, and given to publishers who bring about positive change “while exemplifying the finest in journalism and community service.”

A native of Modesto, Dell served as publisher of the Tri-City Herald and The News-Tribune in Washington State before returning home in 2008 to oversee the Bee. Sacramento State awarded Dell an honorary doctorate in 2017.

High honors also are being bestowed upon Sacramento State alum and NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who in December will be awarded the 2018 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. The award recognizes the “outstanding career achievements of journalists whose work has made a lasting impact serving citizens in our democracy.”

Holt began working at NBC news in 2000 following nearly 20 years in local television, in 2015 becoming the first African-American solo anchor of a weekday network nightly newscast. The Rancho Cordova native studied government at Sacramento State, received an honorary degree in 2015, and returned to Sacramento in early 2017 as the first stop in his “Across America” series.

President Nelsen honors nine alums featured on annual ’40 Under 40′ list

When the Sacramento Business Journal announced the full list of its 2017 “40 Under 40” last fall, Hornets were very well-represented. Nine of the 40 individuals on the list were Sacramento State alums, and this week they were celebrated on campus during a luncheon hosted by President Robert S. Nelsen.

In the back row above, from left to right, are David Harmon ’05 (Journalism), senior vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; David Heitstuman M.P.P.A. ’09, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center; Ryan Harrison Sr. M.S. ’11 (Criminal Justice), principal consultant for the California State Senate; President Nelsen; Jovan Agee ’04 (Government), Capitol director for Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and CEO of Savvy Consulting; and Allen Archuleta Jr. ’14 (Economics), CEO of Archuleta & Co.

In the front row, from left, are Annie Amaral ’01 (Communication Studies), partner at Downey Brand LLP; Veronica Smith ’01 (Business Administration), senior development manager for the City of Sacramento and founder of Dress for Success Sacramento; and Megan Laurie M.S. ’10 (Recreation Administration), director of development for WEAVE Inc. Not pictured is Koi Rivers ’08 (Communication Studies), founder and principal strategist at The Koi Rivers Experience.

The full 2017 list can be found on the Sacramento Business Journal‘s website (subscription required). Full profiles are being published at https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/topic/40-under-40.