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Alumnus Named to CMAA’s National Board of Directors

Alumnus Ronald Banaszak (’95, hospitality management) has been elected to the National Board of Directors for the Club Managers Association of America. An active member of The Collins College alumni community, Banaszak is general manager/chief operating officer of the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco and a certified club manager.

Professor Named to State Committee

Oscar E. Chavez, assistant professor in animal health science, has been appointed to the Registered Veterinary Technician Committee, which reports directly to the California Veterinary Board. The five-member committee helps to ensure standards for veterinary technicians, which may include licensing, regulation and legislation. Chavez’s two-year term begins in June.

Collins College Professor Receives National Honor

Collins College Professor Jerald Chesser, CEC, FMP, CCE, AAC will join the ranks of Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse and Jim Collins when he is inducted into the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s College of Diplomates in May. This designation honors a select group of professionals who actively support and strengthen the advancement of professionalism and education within the restaurant and foodservice industry. Chesser is an internationally recognized speaker, author and educator.

Alumnus a Part of Airliner’s Successful Maiden Voyage

When the fuel-efficient Boeing Dreamliner 787 took its first flight last Dec. 15, many in the aviation industry watched with great anticipation. One of them was alumnus David LeClair (’90, industrial engineering), vice president of business development and program management at Volvo Aero Services. The company has a long-term working relationship with Boeing and will share in the benefits throughout the industry from the
introduction of the aircraft.

Alumna Lauded for Distinguished Service to Auto Industry

The Automotive Hall of Fame presented alumna Juliana Terian Gilbert (’80, architecture) with its 2009 Distinguished Service Citation. The Automotive Hall of Fame’s oldest recognition, the award recognizes individuals who have significantly improved the industry or their respective organizations. Terian Gilbert is chairwoman of the Rallye Group, a luxury auto group based in New York, making it the largest female-owned auto
dealership network in the nation.

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