Alumni Notes


The following news items concerning our graduates were obtained from responses to last year’s newsletter and outreach. Keep us informed of your activities, accomplishments, further education, and other matters of interest to your fellow alumni and faculty in the department. Please follow the link titled “Submissions,” fill out the online form, and we will be sure to include you in next year’s alumni notes.

Many of our alumni maintain contact with the Economics Department and supply information on career opportunities for our graduates. Our graduates use their foundation in economics to teach, further study business or advance in other related fields.

Anthony Alexander (B.A., economics, 1986) serves as a Foreign Service officer with the Department of State and is currently studying Mandarin at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., in preparation for his next assignments in Taiwan and China.

Joshua Bietsch (B.A., business economics, 2009) worked as a marketing analyst for Mitsubishi Electric U.S.A.-Elevator/Escalator Division in Cypress, Calif., from 2009-12. Currently, he is employed as a program cost control and schedule analyst for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Palmdale.

Kevin Favro (B.A., economics, 2013) is currently a law clerk at Kirtland & Packard in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and is the gang injunction coordinator at the city prosecutor’s office in Long Beach. He is considering going to law school and completing a JD/MBA program, with aspirations to become a sports agent dealing with contracts, salary caps and financial advice. After graduating in 2013, Kevin took a trip to Africa, where he went on a two-week safari after completing a two-week trek climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Keith M. Kornatoski (B.A., economics, 1979) is a principal architect in the Enterprise Applications Information Technology division of United Airlines.

Eric C. Kwan (B.A., economics, 2007) is an associate research fellow/senior manager. He has also been employed as an AGLA medical insurance consultant, New York Life representative and as an A+ COMP TIA creative writer.

Kelvin Le (B.A., economics, 2011) is in his third year of law school at Harvard. He spent his last summer in the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell’s corporate practice group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He will be going back to Sullivan and Cromwell’s New York office full time after he graduates. Kelvin is also one of six recipients of a 2013 Latham & Watkins diversity scholarship, which is designed to increase the number of diverse law students studying at ABA-accredited law schools who want to pursue a career in a global law firm with the intention of practicing law in the U.S.

Carlos Merlos (B.A., business economics, 2012) is employed at Long Beach’s Dywidag Systems International, where he is currently the monostrand post-tensioning estimator for the entire West Coast.

Alexander Murray (B.A., economics, international business, 2011) currently works as a wealth strategy associate at UBS financial services. He is attending USC for his MBA in the part-time program for professionals and managers.

Peter Papageorges (B.A., business economics, 2013) is employed as a long-term sales manager for Balboa Capital Corporation.

Matthew Vlad Pixa (B.A., economics, 1995) earned his MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is the president and registered investment advisor of My Portfolio Guide, LLC, an independent, registered investment advisory firm that he founded in Seal Beach, Calif. Matthew recently expanded and opened the Rocky Mountain Division of the firm in the Denver, Colo., area. Also, he has completed several Ironman triathlons nationwide after being a student athlete at The Beach. He’s married with two children, ages 8 and 11; coaches youth sports; and is involved in several local charities as well as having formed a business alliance with the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

George Davis Powell, Jr. (B.A., economics, 1977) worked previously in the banking industry, as a plant manager in manufacturing, and most recently retired as a facilities manager for the Town of Chapel Hills, N.C. He is now self-employed as an astrologer and hypnotherapist.

Thomas Solorio (B.A., economics, 2009) is currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program at Azusa Pacific University to become a nurse practitioner, and he has recently married.

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