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UCLA Anderson Alumni Awards
Every year, the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network recognizes exceptional individuals who make a difference to the UCLA Anderson community and the world.
Know of alumni who go above and beyond?
Submit a nomination for the John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award or the Outstanding Alumni Service Award.



Nominations close on Saturday, November 12, 2022. 

The 2023 UCLA Anderson Alumni Awards will be presented at Alumni Conference in May 2023.

Watch the 2022 Awards Presentation (April 29, 2022)

2022 John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award
The John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest accolade for exceptional achievement that the UCLA Anderson School of Management may bestow upon its alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater.
Francesco Aquilini ('94) Managing Director, Aquilini Investment Group Inc.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Francesco Aquilini is Managing Director of the Vancouver-based Aquilini Investment Group (AIG), a family-owned and -operated firm started by his father, Luigi, more than 60 years ago. AIG comprises a diverse network of companies spanning various industries, including development and construction, property management, hospitality, food and beverage, sport and entertainment, technology, renewable energy, and agriculture. Read Francesco's Bio and Story.
Francesco Aquilini (’94)

Managing Director, Aquilini Investment Group Inc.

2022 Outstanding Alumni Service Award
The Outstanding Alumni Service Award is presented to alumni who have consistently provided exemplary service to UCLA Anderson, enhancing the stature, success and well-being of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network, as well as the quality and reputation of the school.
Donnalisa Barnum ('86) Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Capital World Investors
A native of Whittier, California, Donnalisa has the distinction of working for only two companies during her 35-year finance career. She started as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York in 1981, and then moved to Capital Group Companies in 1985 as a summer intern between her first and second year at UCLA Anderson. Read Donnalisa's Bio and Story
Donnalisa Barnum (’86)

Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Capital World Investors

Past Recipients
2021 - Janice Chaffin '81 
Board Member, Synopsis, PTC, Informatica, CareerBuilder
2020 - Stewart W. Bainum Jr. '70
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Choice Hotels International, Inc.
2019 - Joel Fried '86
President of PRIMECAP Management Company
2018 - Bernard Briskin '49  (Deceased)
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Arden Group
2017 - Robert S. Murley '74
Vice Chairman-Senior Advisor of Credit Suisse and Chairman of Investment Banking for the Americas
2016 - Jim Moffatt '87
CEO, Global Consulting, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
2015 - Lonnie Ali '86
Vice Chairman, The Muhammad Ali Center Board
2014 - John E. Parker '50  (Deceased)
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
2013 - Robert D. Beyer '83
Chairman, Chaparal Investments LLC
2012 - Marshall Goldsmith '77
2010 -  Ambassador Lester B. Korn ('60)  (Deceased)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Korn Capital Group and Korn Tuttle Capital Group 
2009 -  Richard R Crowell ('80)
2008 -  Louise L. Francesconi '78
Vice President and President, Missile Systems Business, Raytheon Company
2007 -  Laurence D. Fink '76
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, Chairman of the Executive and Management Committee
2006 -  Kip Hagopian '66
Managing Partner, AppleOaks Partners, LLC
2005 -  Ric Kayne '68
President, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors; CEO, Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management
2004 -  Jeff Henley '67
Chairman, Oracle Corporation
2003 -  Eugene Rosenfeld '56
Chairman, UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors, Private Investor, ForestLane Group
2002 -  John E. Anderson '40  (Deceased)
President, Topa Equities, Ltd. 
2021 - Henry J. Brandon, III '89
Chief Operating Officer and Partner, Nile Capital Group
2020 - Mike De Paola '94
President and CEO, Threshold Worldwide LLC
2019 - Kate Pletcher '07
Founder and CEO of Treehouse Partners
2018 - Dennis J. Keegan '80
Chairman, Digital Asset Strategies
2017 - Leland L. Sun '86
Founder & Managing Director, Pan Asian Mortgage Company
2016 - Eric Mokover '80
College Admissions Consultant, Counselor, and Partner, Headed for College
2015 - Gregory L. Craig '89
Chairman of Anahau Energy  & CEO of Inupiat Energy Partners
2014 - Jim Freedman '78
Chairman and Managing Director of Intrepid Investment Bankers, LLC (“Intrepid”)
2013 - Christopher Kit Jennings '80
Managing Director, Roth Capital Partners
2013 - Constantine Malaxos '96
Director of Northern American Commercial Sales, Lumeta Corporation
2012 - Grady M. Smith '01
2010 -  Brian Farrell '78
President and CEO of THQ Inc. 
2009 -  Juan Diaz-Andreu '96
2008 -  Eleanor Brewer '86
Vice President of Research & Development, St. Joseph Health System (retired) 
2007 -  Stephen Torres ('94)
Chief Operating Officer, DRI Energy
2006 -  Jay Ferguson ('94)
Partner, Kline Hawkes and Company
2005 -  Regina Regazzi '97
Assistant Dean, Parker Career Management Center
2004 -  Clayton Frech '98
VP of Operations, Classic Party Rentals