October 13, 2006

Jay Ferguson ('94)LOS ANGELES - Jay Ferguson (’94), is the recipient of the 2006 UCLA Anderson Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Ferguson is a partner at the private equity firm Kline Hawkes, which he joined at its inception. He is a member of the investment committees for Kline Hawkes California, L.P. and Kline Hawkes Pacific, L.P.

“I’m extremely honored,” he said. “That it was unexpected makes it that much more special.” Ferguson is a past president of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Association and past member of the Board of Visitors. But in addition to these very visible positions, his peers considered the intangibles he brings to his UCLA involvement that made him deserving of the award. Specifically, it’s been said that he inspires many others to become involved and to become leaders in the UCLA Anderson alumni network.

Hearing this for the first time, Ferguson simply said that he’s glad others have taken inspiration from him. He recalled a time that a passenger on an airplane recognized him from a talk he gave during orientation and that his fellow flier was struck by his passion and commitment to Anderson. “But,” he said, “I’ve gotten far more from UCLA Anderson than I can ever give back. I feel a debt that needs to be repaid.

“Whether or not you are active, you are an alumnus forever,” he continued. “You are an alumnus a lot longer than you are a student. Giving back to Anderson is the next logical step after graduation. Your degree only becomes more valuable as the school becomes stronger.”

His peers also note that when doing business, Ferguson seeks out ways to work with fellow alumni. Again, Ferguson points out, that he’s received more as a result of that attitude than he’s given.

“I’ve gotten a number of deals through the network and these are often of a higher quality than others I’ve done,” he said. “If I have 20 calls to return, I try to return them all, but I’ll always return the call with an Anderson connection in short order.”

And while Ferguson spends less time on campus on a weekly basis than he has in the past, his affiliation hasn’t changed. “At our firm, we love to hire Anderson graduates. I still guest lecture on campus whenever I am able. One of my key advisors is (Senior Associate Dean) Al Osborne, so I still have that connection and I continue to benefit from the relationship.”

Concerning Ferguson, Dean Osborne says, “Jay Ferguson represents the best in Anderson alumni: outstanding student, team player, committed investor and a socially responsible citizen. We have benefited greatly from Jay's generosity with his time, his connections, indeed his innovative and entrepreneurial leadership, and his aspirations for our School.”

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