This week, two members of the Mihaylo College community, Joseph Cervantes and Daniel Huckabay ’03, will receive the Vision & Visionaries award, one of the highest honors that Cal State Fullerton presents to distinguished alumni and members of the community.
Cervantes will be conferred an honorary alumnus at the ceremony. He is the senior executive vice president of operations for R.D. Olson Construction and has been in the industry for more than 25 years. The projects he has supervised include the Disneyland Hotel renovation and the Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club expansion in addition to the construction of Red Lobster, Marie Callender’s and Seafood Broiler restaurants throughout California.
Cervantes is also currently president of Mihaylo College’s Executive Council and has been a member of the council’s board of directors since 2007. Cervantes was first introduced to Cal State Fullerton when his daughter, Adrianna, was awarded a full-ride softball scholarship to CSUF. Since Adrianna’s graduation, he has remained involved on campus with both Titan athletics and Mihaylo College, where he mentors students, serves on scholarship selection committees, and has sponsored many of the college’s events and fundraisers.
Huckabay, president of Commercial Surety Bond Agency, graduated in 2003 with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance and will receive the Recent Graduate Achievement Award at the awards ceremony. While earning his bachelor’s degree, he received the Outstanding Student Award from the Executive Council and was invited at that time to be a member. Since then, he has joined the board of directors, and he has created the 35/Thirty-Five group, which encourages business people 35 years of age or younger to join the council with a reduced membership fee – a unique opportunity for young professionals to network with senior members.
Huckabay also participated in CSUF’s “Professor For A Day” event, where he spoke about ethics and business. He encouraged students to find a mentor, because Huckabay credits his own mentor with shaping his career: Huckabay started working with Commercial Surety Bond Agency in 1996, and owner Ralph Eidem, helped Huckabay with his career at the company. Eidem sold the agency to Huckabay when he graduated from CSUF.
The Vision & Visionaries awards dinner and celebration is Thursday, Feb. 13, at El Dorado Ranch. President Mildred Garcia will present the awards, and the evening will include entertainment by vocalist Erin McNally ’02 (theatre arts). Other award recipients include Darrel F. Jodoin ’85 (engineering), director of design and engineering for the Disneyland Resort, and Julie Miller-Phipps ’83 (sociology), executive for the Kaiser Permanente health Plan and Hospital Operations in Orange County.