Class Notes

Orfalea College of Business

Greg Mandanis (Business Administration, ’82) is the founder of the startup YouExPlainIt, a simultaneous teleprompter overlay of webcam video capture. It allows for video-blog transmedia productions with full YouTube integration, where content creators can write, direct and publish quality content to Facebook, Twitter and all digital media outlets faster and cheaper on any device.

Jeanne Murdock (Physical Education, ‘91) is releasing her newest book, “That’s a Bunch of Quackery! How to Avoid being Pick-Pocketed by Misleading Claims in the Fitness Industry.” In it, she tackles the fitness industry and its ploys to get the money of desperate people. She has been working in the fitness and personal health industry since graduating from Cal Poly.

Scott Hoppe (Business Administration, ‘10) recently backpacked the John Muir Trail with his friend Kodi Rider (Aerospace Engineering, ’12), camping in hammocks. They finished the 210-mile hike in just 14 days. Hoppe recently finished his doctorate in business administration and accounting from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He completed the doctorate while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco, then at the architecture firm Gensler, before starting his own successful small business accounting firm in 2014, Hoppe Tax.

Rebecca McDorman (Business Administration, ’11) had weight loss surgery during her senior year at Cal Poly — an experience that radically changed her life and career trajectory. She returned to school in 2013 to earn a master’s in agriculture, with a nutrition and food science emphasis at Cal Poly Pomona, where she was the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student liaison for the university. She has published articles on and spoke at OH2015 in Raleigh, N.C. She is headed to Baltimore, Md., for a dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. “Without my business background from Cal Poly, I would never have been able to pursue my new passion,” she says.

Austin Llach (Business Administration, ’13) founded a multi-million-dollar fitness tech company called FITCLUB.

peters wedding

Katie Colombo (Business Administration, ’13) married Brian Peters (Communication Studies, ’12) on May 14, 2016 at Jack House and Gardens in San Luis Obispo. Their wedding party included seven proud Cal Poly alumni.

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