September 21, 2006

Kip Hagopian ('66)LOS ANGELES - B. Kipling (Kip) Hagopian, (’66), is the 2006 recipient of the John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award. Hagopian joins a prestigious group of prior recipients that includes John E. Anderson, (’40), president and founder of Topa Equities Limited; Eugene Rosenfeld, (’56), sole proprietor of Forest Lane Group; Jeff Henley, (’67), chairman of the board at Oracle Corp.; and Ric Kayne (’68), chief executive officer of the investment management firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

Hagopian is currently managing partner of Apple/Oaks Partners LLC. Prior to founding Apple/Oaks Partners, Hagopian was a co-founder of Brentwood Associates, one of the largest and most successful venture capital and private equity firms in the U.S. He and one of his Brentwood co-founders are the owners of Apple/Oaks Partners.

“I’m very happy to be in such distinguished company,” Hagopian said. “It’s a real honor to be included.”

A member of the school’s Board of Visitors, Hagopian has a long history of involvement with UCLA Anderson. Most recently, he was vice-chairman of Campaign Anderson (filling in for Chairman Gene Rosenfeld while Rosenfeld was ill), the highly successful fund-raising effort that exceeded its goal in December 2005. 

“I thought it was a thrill to be involved in the campaign, but it is a little awkward to receive accolades for its success,” Hagopian said. “In fact, there were literally dozens of dedicated and generous people involved who deserve as much credit as I do. I’m excited that we broke the 20 million dollar mark in the last 10 months of the campaign. It’s a credit to the generosity of hundreds of people.”

Hagopian feels strongly about his commitment to Anderson. In short, he believes that everyone who earns a degree at the school owes UCLA a debt of gratitude for the education they received – in part, at taxpayer expense. “We all received an enormous gift,” he said. “And it’s important to give back.”

Even today, Hagopian is still benefiting from his Anderson association.

“My relationship to the school allows me to stay in contact with the Anderson family,” Hagopian said. “It’s very intellectually stimulating to be around the quality of people on our faculty. Everybody is brilliant and you can’t get into a conversation there without learning something.”

Graduation from school is just the beginning, he points out. “Being around smart, educated people is part of the process for the rest of your life.”

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The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 35,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

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