Category Archives: Alumni stories

Don DiCostanzo, CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes, Talks Business and Innovation

Don DiCostanzo ’79 (marketing) is the co-founder and CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes, a Fountain Valley-based company that has grown to become the largest manufacturer and distributor of its kind in North America. The Mihaylo alumnus discusses the past, present … Continue reading

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Mihaylo Grad Lands Financial Analyst Internship at the National Institutes of Health

Ruben Velasco ’17 (accounting) spent the summer in Washington, D.C., in a financial analyst role at the National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s leading biomedical and public health research centers. For most students and graduates, internships provide an … Continue reading

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Persian Food and Senior Care: Mihaylo Grad Starts Two Businesses in the San Fernando Valley

By age 29, Sadaf Salout ’07,’10 (entrepreneurship and MBA) owned two businesses:  Sadaf Restaurant, a Persian restaurant and bar in Encino, and Home Instead Senior Care, a non-medical care franchise for the elderly in Sherman Oaks. Her career journey began … Continue reading

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The Journey from MBA to Medical Device Professional: Alumnus Leads a Beckman Coulter Product Line

Brea-based Beckman Coulter is one of the world’s leading biomedical manufacturers with more than 10,000 employees worldwide, many of them in North Orange County. Mihaylo MBA alumnus Eric Lavold ’10 is in charge of one of their clinical chemistry instrument … Continue reading

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Julie Hom ’14: Mihaylo Grad Launches an Escape Room in Costa Mesa

Entrepreneurship provides the opportunity to find your personal niche and make your mark on the world. Mihaylo students and alumni have launched many types of businesses, including financial institutions, marketing agencies, restaurants and web-based startups. One recent alumna developed an … Continue reading

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