Rick L. Heer (Business, ’78) celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary and his recent retirement from work by traveling with his wife to Fiji, Australia and New Zealand in November of 2015. They went whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River in New Zealand, snorkeled in Fiji, rode the Shotover jet boat in Queenstown, went on a gourmet tour of Tasmania and Bruny Island, and attended a ballet at the Sydney Opera House.
Rik Floyd (Economics, ’79) will begin a term as president of the Cal Poly Alumni Association in July, having previously served as the association’s Southern California regional director and leader of the San Diego chapter. He is a professional private trustee.
Andrea Shapiro Chavez (Economics, ’80) has spent the last 30 years working at various levels in the produce business, and for 13 years owned her own company delivering fresh produce and gourmet food to homes and offices in Southern California. In February of 2012, Talley Farms in Arroyo Grande, Calif., hired her to launch a new local consumer program called Talley Farms Fresh Harvest. The program delivers fresh boxes of local produce to customers around the Central Coast, and has grown tremendously since its inception. As a mother, wife and cook who loves fruits and vegetables, her passion in life is to get people to eat more produce.
Jody Bartley (Business Administration, ’98) had a record year in 2015 and decided to reward himself and his girlfriend with a special vacation. They just returned from a weeklong trip in Costa Rica where she accepted his marriage proposal.
David Berman (Business, ’98) joined the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System as chief of staff for the Arnhold Institute of Global Health.
Sean Payne (Industrial Technology, ’98) was recently promoted from financial advisor with to regional leader by the investment firm Edward Jones.
Kathryn Courain (Business, ’91) joined the wealth management firm Avalan as a financial planner, and will assist high net-worth clients with perpetual trust planning, commercial financing and tax planning, as well as private foundation and charitable planning. Courain has more than two decades of experience in financial planning advice and analysis as a certified financial planner. Her specialty is providing clients a comprehensive vision of their financial goals through managing relationships with legal and tax professionals.
Vladimir Lisinac (International Business Management, ’05) started a new job with the software company SAP as western U.S. regional sales manager for enterprise cloud services, based in San Francisco, Calif.
Carissa (Nepstead) Belmont (Business Administration, ’05) and Paul Belmont (Architectural Engineering, ’06) were married on June 6, 2015 at Pinecrest, Calif. They met after graduation and moved to Santa Barbara in 2012, when Paul joined the San Luis Obispo-based firm Ashley & Vance Engineering. Carissa has been a marketing professional for more than 10 years, working at Cal Poly Associated Students Inc. before the move to Santa Barbara.
Chris Loeffler (Business Administration, ’06) married Abbie (Fabre) Loeffler on April 25, 2015 in an intimate family ceremony in Sedona, Ariz. Loeffler has dedicated the last seven years to the growth of Caliber, an investment and wealth management firm he cofounded. Inc. Magazine recently named Caliber one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the U.S.
Sarah Oberman Bartush (Business Administration, ’06) was honored by Pacific Coast Business Times’ list of the top 40 business professionals under 40. Oberman Bartush is the flight school manager and chief marketing officer at Channel Islands Aviation, a Camarillo, Calif., based company that her parents founded 40 years ago. Although business was always familiar to her, she feels that she developed a passion for it in college. At Cal Poly she visualized a business plan for the company as part of her senior project. Oberman Bartush has since expanded the company and plans build it further by rebranding it as a jet company.
Joshua Burroughs (Business Administration, ’08) and Melissa Burroughs (Business Administration, ‘05) announced the birth of their daughter, Savannah Burroughs, born on February 9, 2016.
Christopher White (Business, ’08) and his fiancé, Kim Baker, were married in April in Alexandria, La. As a former Mustang football player, he proposed to her with a slideshow on the video board at Alex G. Spanos Stadium during a game. White is an assistant strength coach at Cal Poly and Baker works as a physical therapist.