published on March 15, 2019 - 7:00 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
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In Fresno Pacific University’s first year of competition, a team of three students won the national GoLiveServe Business Case Competition. The students —Freddie Lopez, Austin Hussain and Miguel Bermudez — are in Andrew Shinn’s strategic management class. There were more than 50 entries nationwide, and FPU competed alongside teams from many prestigious schools. Hussain, a senior finance major from Salinas; Lopez, a senior finance major from Tulare; and Bermudez, a senior management major from Tulare analyzed a situation and wrote a marketing/business plan for a for-profit company with a missionary mindset. “The business owner is one of the people who reviewed their work. When they pitch to a panel of judges, the business owner will be listening and evaluating their ideas for implementation,” Shinn said. GLS is a network of business professionals and students who blend education, career and mission to connect North American churches and churches in East and Central Asia to improve workplaces, build faith communities and collaborate with national leaders.

Fresno State Professor Emerita of Communication Katherine Adams was recognized by the Western States Communication Association with the Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the field of communication and WSCA.


Friant Water Authority announced that Johnny Amaral will join Friant on March 25 as the organization’s Chief of External Affairs. Amaral is currently serving as Westlands Water District’s deputy general manager for external affairs, a position he has held since 2015. As chief of external affairs, Amaral will oversee Friant’s engagement with San Joaquin Valley farmers, businesses, and related industry groups regarding water policy and water supply matters, as well as legislative, lobbying, and communications activities. Two of the key areas he will immediately focus on include Friant’s efforts to help increase San Joaquin Valley farmers ability to recharge groundwater and the Friant-Kern Canal conveyance restoration efforts.


Boese Commercial is excited to announce the addition of Cameron Graham as a broker associate. Graham will assist the Boese Team with his extensive skills in property analysis, specifically proforma analysis, and his ability to help determine the true value of a property as well as indicate to the property owner how best to position the property for the greatest return. Graham was born and raised in Fresno and graduated from Fresno State in 2014 with a degree in real estate and urban land economics. He obtained his Brokers license in 2017


The Visintainer Group is proud to announce the hiring of three new team members. Phil Styles, Fresno State alumna, joins the team as the agricultural sales and investment advisor, with a specialty in ag sales. Jessica Young brings her 14 years in the industry to The Visintainer Group as she assists with property escrows of all types. Kevin Goessling is serving as the multi-family investment advisor, focusing on understanding clients’ specific needs and providing well-researched multi-family residential investment solutions.

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