Michael Coronel Jr.- A Senior With a Vision

mike picSince transferring to Cal State Fullerton last year( Fall 2013) as a Junior, I have had the great privilege of getting to know Michael Coronel Jr. on a more personal level, and have a lot of respect for what he has done for the recruiting team in Business Honors. Michael, one of the youngest of the current senior class at twenty years old and one of my closest friends in the program, continues to challenge himself everyday- between a dual major of Marketing and Finance, a minor in History, being active in University Honors(composed of the whole student body), the creation of a board game “Incendia” set to launch this fall, interning as a digital marketing assistant at a dental office, and performing consulting work for his father, it is hard to believe this 20 year old has any extra time to lead meetings, put together proposals and create a vision to recruit hungry students eager to join the Business Honors program.

Michael’s way of working and laser focus is like nothing I have ever seen in someone this young in years. After spending the year getting to know Mike(he prefers to be called by friends), I have come to realize that it is very unique to find an individual who is not only astoundingly brilliant, but a true friend and comrade who would set aside his own interests in order to ensure his friends are happy and doing well, whether that be in their personal lives or with school(Coronel Jr. definitely helped get me through Economics)… I sat down with “Mike” to discuss in detail his recruiting vision and how exactly this passion to invest in the future talent of Business Honors grew for him. Read along 🙂 ~CH

Name: Michael Coronel Jr.

Major: Marketing, Finance

Minor: History

Graduation Yr: 2016

CH :What made you feel passion for this project?

MCJ: “As I was growing up, I was always fascinated with empire building and military history, and when planning Recruiting, I take many opportunities to link similarities. Commuting students to Mihaylo are based on geography, and teams are the army divisions that need to support each other to win. The overarching project effort is the battlefield, and the leadership structure from me to Amber Jeanseau, our President, is the politics. Officers must lead from the front line and set the example, so our project leaders are right there with the team members.

During my Sophomore year, I wanted to place myself in a leadership role as a warm-up to corporate decision-making later on. So what better way to run a serious project than with your own hobby guiding it?”

CH: You have made a big impact in such a short time, what are some major changes you see compared to last year?

MCJ: “So far the biggest change I’ve seen was a transition from the “I” mentality into a “we mentality”. It needs a lot of work to reach its prime, but it is certainly in motion. One future change I intend is to lay a LOT of groundwork. Groundwork has to come before fieldwork, and this includes mixing the cohorts, laying the leadership structure, swishing around ideas and skills, and getting the research accomplished. Recruiting is open-ended, where we make the rules and objectives, so it’s a lot of fun to build with the three project leaders: Gaby Vallejo, Tania Perez, and Mitchell Berger.”

CH: What Mike do you see for yourself in the future and  have you noticed yourself improve as a business student due to this leadership role?

“Oh absolutely. My best friends can testify as to how far I’ve come since last fall. I’ve discovered that I have a real knack for logistics and team planning. A major portion of that was from taking responsibility and working out setbacks in this project. I notice that I am able to be social in a situation where I do not know anyone, and I naturally speak with more confidence and less ‘umms’. I really hope that this kind of personal enlightenment can happen for every member in recruiting.”

CH: Any last thoughts? Extras things you wish to include?

MCJ: “I strongly believe that being an Honors student offers a better college experience than a student in regular classes. The four year track really develops an individual by the time they graduate, and I don’t mean in test-taking. I see a sharp distinction in confidence, enthusiasm, and vision. These are the skills that employers are looking for, and as Honors students we practice them on a daily basis. This is the kind of opportunity that I want to see transfers and freshmen experience by choosing the BH program as their highway into the real world.”

**We look forward to seeing you shine “Mike”, the possibilities are endless with someone of your intelligence and passion for success, happy 2014-2015!


Project Buddies and Canned Food Drive

Talented, motivated, and dedicated: these are all words that describe the Business Honors students. And this coming week, we have decided to dedicate our time to people in need of help. The holidays are close and in the spirit of the season, millions of people will be holding canned food drives to distribute to families. During the next few weeks, Business Honors will also be holding a canned food drive as well as getting involved in philanthropy events.

On November 3, Business Honors will be working with Project Buddies, an on-campus organization that holds events for special needs college students. We will be taking a trip to Disneyland and spending a few hours with these students. I have worked with them before and know that all the students have a lot of fun and it really means a lot to them.

We will also be having decorated boxes in the Business Honors Center (SGMH 1407) next week to collect canned food for donations. The boxes will be separated between the four years for a little competition since we are competitive Business Honors students! This is the first year that Business Honors will be holding this event, so come out and give your support and hopefully we will be able to turn this into a tradition!

~Caroline Liang

Meet the BHS Co-Presidents: Neda and Brian

As Business Honors students, studying and getting good grades is a priority for us, but we all know that we can’t forget about having fun. That’s where the Business Honors Society comes in. A group of Business Honors students who not only work hard, but also play hard. So it’s time to put down the pencil for a bit and start getting to know your new BHS co-presidents, Neda Ghafourian and Brian Ross.


What made you want to run for the President position and what are your goals for BHS this year?

Neda: I ran for BHS President because I wanted to take an active role in uniting the four cohorts. Our overall objective is to provide opportunities for BHS members to establish friendships as well as a professional network. We plan to accomplish this through creating social and community involvements events.

Brian: I decided to run for the President position in the BHS to help continue the experience I received by being in the BH Program. Getting to know the younger and older students has really opened my mind to how much potential these students have and that is the environment I want to be in. Neda and I have planned out a series of social, team-building, and community service events this semester that are designed to increase interaction between students in BH. We are looking forward to executing these activities.

What kind of events do you wish to see?

Neda:  We are in the process of planning a beach clean-up day with Heal the Bay as well as a kayaking event.

Brian: Anything from study hours to dinners.

Have you done an internship anywhere?

Neda: I completed a client service internship with Price Waterhouse Coopers in summer 2012.

Brian: I have done a Marketing Training Internship through mUrgent Corporation, which is an email marketing company. Also, I have done an internship at Merrill Lynch where I was a Wealth Management Intern.

What future career goals do you have and what is your concentration?

Neda: I aspire to attain a financial executive position with a prestigious Entertainment Media company. I am double concentrating in Accounting and Finance.

Brian: My goal is to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. I hope to be a Financial Planner and help others invest wisely and be ready for the future.

What other activities are you involved in?

Neda: I have sat on the executive board of the Business Inter-Club Council since my freshmen year. I am currently the Vice President of Internal Marketing. I am the Entertainment co-chair for Relay for Life and have been volunteering for the event for seven years now.

Brian: Currently I am External President of Pi Sigma Epsilon Sales/Marketing/Management Fraternity. I am also on the Executive Board for Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (aka PIKE).

After all that, I’m sure you all realize not only are our new presidents dedicated to the club, but also experienced in many other aspects that are important to succeed in the business world. So get involved, get connected, and start making the most our of your college years.

~Paayal Bhakta

First Business Honors Society Meeting

Last Thursday, September 6, I stood in front of a group of about 30 to give a speech about myself.

“Hi everyone, my name is Caroline Liang and I am a sophomore in the Business Honors Program. I have a concentration in marketing and am also the BICC Representative for Business Honors Society.”

Just to give you some information about the Business Honors Program, it is a group of amazing students that come together to learn, network, and help each other grow. According to our Business Honors website, “The Business Honors Program at Mihaylo College of Business and Economics provides a socially and professionally stimulating academic environment to a select group of Business Administration students.” Having been in the program myself, I would have to say that the Business Honors is so much more than that! Just imagine having this huge family at school with people of all different cultures that would be there for you any way they can. That’s the Business Honors Program.

Anyway, back to the 6th of September. That was our Business Honors meeting for Selection of Officers. At the meeting, of course we had free food which is always a great attraction. But what was even better was seeing so many people in the program willing to take time out of their night to listen to what candidates had to offer. According to Katie Buehler, a senior in the Business Honors Program, “It was great to see such enthusiasm among all the members. Members from all the cohorts came together, eager to form new friendships and renew old ones. That was the common theme of the meeting.”

At the meeting, we had 11 dedicated members make their way to the front and talk about what they had to give to the program. In the end, the seven students that stood out the most were selected for the positions, including our new presidents, Neda Ghafourian and Brian Ross. We also elected Stephanie Martin and Emily Schade to be our VPs of Community Involvement and Social Activities.  The other positions were: Treasurer – Jackie Reynolds, Secretary – Arash Khoyloo; and BICC representative – Caroline Liang.

Being one of the candidates myself, I felt really appreciative that people wanted to hear what I had to say and that they care for the program and its future as much as I do. Honestly, any organization or program is only as good as the people in it and we have amazing people in our program. So whether or not you’re in Business Honors, feel free to say hi to us or come to our events! I assure you won’t regret it.

~Caroline Liang