Class Notes

Orfalea College of Business

Tim Flaherty (Economics ’78) retired after a 34-year career with Northrop Grumman where he was director of business management for the Advance Technology Development Center. He and his wife enjoy traveling and are finally able to re-enjoy life on the Central Coast in their second home in Cambria, Calif.

Lynne (Romano) Young (Economics ’80) recently started a boutique fitness business focusing on functional, therapeutic fitness for baby boomers, seniors and people with medical conditions requiring correctional exercise, after spending more than 30 years as an attorney. Her years at Cal Poly remain some of her happiest memories.

SchallhamerKatrina Shallahamer (Business ‘84) and Craig Shallahamer (Economics ‘86) started their own company, OraPub, in 1998. They work with Oracle database administrators to become performance tuning experts and are coming up on their 19th year of running their company together.

Ronald Cox (Business Administration ‘91), the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University, was selected to become the university’s associate dean of international programs.

Michael KileyMichael Kiley (Business Administration ’91) is running for the Colorado State Legislature to represent North and West Denver.





BassmanRichard Bassman (Business Administration ’94) took a month traveling through France and hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. He believes exploring creates inspirational freedom and renews one’s spirit.


Anne Coles (Business ’04) recently transitioned into a career as a residential real estate agent after spending 11 years in program management for small and large tech companies.



Chris LoefflerChris Loeffler (Business Administration ’06) was named one of the 2017 Phoenix Business Journal “40 Under 40” Honorees. Chris co-founded his company, Caliber, to deliver an alternative strategy for investors to capitalize on real estate to grow wealth and long-term cash flow. He has successfully grown the company to 600 employees, and it is now a full-service investment firm comprising five distinct businesses: investment, construction and development, property management, brokerage and hospitality.

Stephen Marotto (Business ‘06) was recently named by Forbes as one of the top next-generation wealth advisors in the United States.

Steven LyndsSteve Lynds (Economics ’09) started his own wedding photography business in 2010 and just completed his 75th wedding. The ASI introduction to photography course he took in the spring of 2005 helped inspire him to create art. He thanks Cal Poly for his Learn by Doing attitude and for helping him explore his interests.


Helya Glen (Business ‘10) married another Cal Poly grad in 2009 and they both started businesses in the Ventura area. Her sister is officially starting as a Mustang this fall and they are excited to visit more often. The couple recently visited Iceland and had a blast hiking, seeing hot springs and climbing glaciers.

Scott Hoppe (Accounting ’10) was named a 40 under 40 accountant by CPA Practice Advisor for the second year in a row.

SpearCamille (Clark) Spear (Business Administration ‘11) and her husband, Andy, welcomed their first daughter, Haven, in January 2017. They recently relocated to the Central Coast for a job opportunity and are excited to raise their daughter there.



JenningsSamantha Jennings (Business Administration ’12) attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and received her doctorate after graduating Cal Poly. She recently launched her first chiropractic business in Sunnyvale, Calif.




Bobby Anderson (Economics ’14) joined Silicon Valley Bank after graduation and is now moving to London with the company.

CohenMatthew Cohen (Economics ’14) and Kaitlin Freeberg (Journalism ’14) are getting married in San Diego, Calif., on November 18th, 2017. They met freshman year in Sequoia Hall and are active members of the Cal Poly Alumni Association’s San Diego Chapter.

Erick Klein (Economics ‘14) moved to the Bay Area after graduation to start his career working for Clorox as a staff analyst in the finance organization. After living in a San Francisco apartment for nine months and paying too much money for rent, he decided to purchase and live aboard a 1988 Sea Ranger 46′ motorboat. In June, he left the Bay Area to embark on a 450-nautical mile voyage down the coast to Southern California. He safely landed in San Diego four days and three nights later, and will now work remotely for Clorox as a senior financial analyst.

RogetBen Roget (Business Administration ’14) took a huge risk and joined a new automotive start up in the Baby Area after spending three years working for Lexus USA on the East Coast. He wanted to challenge himself and prove that he could build something new from the ground up and make it successful.


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