Distinguished Alumni Award- College of Business Administration

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented by the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association to honor those who have shown outstanding achievement in a profession or a vocation. Through their generosity, these alumni have also engaged in servicing local, national, or global communities and to their alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.

2019 Distinguished Alumni

 

David and Ruth Singelyn headshot

David Singelyn

Ruth Singelyn

Information Systems & Accounting, '84

Information Systems, '84

David and Ruth Singelyn graduated from Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration in 1983 and 1984 and each has taken lessons learned at the university to thrive in their respective fields. 

David earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and computer information systems. He started his career at Arthur Young & Company (now part of Ernst & Young LLP) and later served as controller of Winchell’s Donut Houses. He currently is chief executive officer and a trustee of American Homes 4 Rent. For more than 25 years, he has held senior positions in private and publicly traded real estate companies, including as CEO and a director of American Commercial Equities, a private real estate company that owns and manages a portfolio of retail and office properties in California and Hawaii, and was president and a director of Public Storage in Canada. He remains a director of both ACE and PSC. 

Ruth majored in information systems at Cal Poly Pomona. In May 2018, she earned a master’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, from California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks. She is employed with CLU’s Community Counseling Services as an associate marriage and family therapist. She also participates in clinic leadership with employees and therapist colleagues, and mentors new therapists completing master’s degrees in counseling psychology at CLU.

“My positive, hands-on experience at Cal Poly Pomona led me to become a lifelong learner and to model this value to my family and community,” Ruth says. “The computer information system program in the business school at CPP taught me several life skills that have helped me be successful personally and professionally. These include establishing my priorities, setting long- and short-term goals, and working hard both on a team and individually.” 

David and Ruth are active alumni of Cal Poly Pomona and “believe that in our current season of life it is time for each of us to give back to our community and to students pursuing a college degree,” Ruth says. This includes David serving on Cal Poly Pomona’s Philanthropic Board and the Dean’s Advisory Council in the College of Business Administration. Ruth also volunteers with her church and other ministry areas.

Past Awardees

YEAR HONORED

FULL NAME

DEGREE

GRADUATION YEAR

2019

Ruth Singelyn

Information Systems

1984

2019

David Singelyn

Accounting & Information Systems

1984

2018

Diane G. Miller

Information Systems

1981

2017

Pawan Tomkoria

MBA

1984

2016

Lance K. Williams

Finance, Real Estate and Law

1991

2015

Marissa J. Andrada

Management & Human Resources

1989

2014

Joe Guerra

Finance, Real Estate and Law

1985

2013

A. Barry Hirschfeld

M.S. Business Administration

1964

2012

Victor Stenger Tanon

Finance, Real Estate, and Law

1994

2011

Mahvash Yazdi

Business Administration

1974

2010

John Finton

Finance, Real Estate, and Law

1989

2009

Lawrence Taff

Accounting

1980

2008

Kathy Lynn Tully

Marketing Management,
MBA

1976,
1980

2007

Steven P. Cesinger

Accounting

1985

2006

Viggo Butler

Business Administration

1964

2005

Bruce Ray

Business Administration

1965

2004

Dorothy L. Roberts

Business Administration,
M.S. Business Administration

1968,
1978

2003

D. Scott Mercer

Accounting

1976

2002

Lance Calvert

Marketing Management

1969

2001

Ronald W. Gregoire

Accounting

1974

1999

John B. Pollara

Accounting

1974

1998

Mark S. Segal

Accounting

1980

1997

Dennis Pope

Accounting

1980

1996

J. Douglas Ramsey

Finance, Real Estate, and Law

1982

1995

Douglas G. Wageman

Operations Management

1984

1994

Marie Porter Royce

Marketing Management,
Human Resources

1984

1993

Barbara A. Henderson

Accounting

1970

1991

Nolan H. Spencer

Accounting

1979

1990

Carolyn D. Beaver

Accounting

1979

1989

Donald N. Ecker

Accounting

1968

1988

Dudley W. Williams

Business Administration

1966

1987

Linda L. Holmes

Business Management

1982

1986

Joseph G. D'Oliveira

Accounting

1974

1985

Lolita G. Beltramo

Business Management

1969

1984

Richard A. Yardley

Data Processing

1971

1983

Alford B. Neely

Accounting

1972

1982

Frederick Gallegos

Data Processing

1972

1981

Duane C. Slocum

Business Administration

1963

1980

Karen Dillon

Business Administration

1971

1979

Jay Bonacci

Accounting

1963

1978

James R. Smirl

Business Administration

1970

1977

Clifton C. Booth

Business Administration

1964