The Graziadio School of Business Management will host its August commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu. Linda A. Livingstone, departing dean of the Graziadio School, will deliver the main address, while James "Jim" N. Harger (MBA '85), chief marketing officer of Clean Energy, will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. Iwalani R. Camacho ('07) will deliver the student address.
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James "Jim" N. Harger is the chief marketing officer of Clean Energy. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, Clean Energy is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, fueling over 35,000 vehicles every day at approximately 500 fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada. Some of Clean Energy's largest clients include AT&T, Dillon Transportation, PepsiCo, Republic Services, Ruan Transportation, Saddle Creek, UPS, Waste Management, several metropolitan transit agencies, and a growing list of major airports across the United States.
As chief marketing officer, Harger is responsible for Clean Energy's marketing and sales activities. He leads a sales organization that focuses on airport vehicles, solid-waste trucks, transit buses, and both long-haul and regional trucks. Under Harger's leadership over the North American sales team, the company has grown from $2 million in revenue in 1997 to over $350 million in 2013. He currently is heading up a partnership with Pilot Flying J in an effort to build and load a network of liquefied natural gas stations which will become the backbone of the United States "natural gas highway."
After having served at Southern California Gas Company for 14 years, Harger joined Clean Energy's predecessor entity, Pickens Fuel Corporation, in 1997 as vice president of marketing (and the second employee to join the company). In 2007 he assisted with the company's initial product offering which raised $120 million.
Harger received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his master of business administration from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management in 1985. He is also a flight instructor certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Linda Livingstone has served as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management since 2002. Building the school's mission to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice, Livingstone has strengthened the Graziadio School's focus on achieving the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching and intellectual contributions, while enhancing ties with the business community through innovative partnerships and programs that emphasize applied, relevant knowledge. She encouraged the expansion of the school's global network by increasing academic partnerships to 39 universities worldwide, and oversaw a $200 million expansion of the business school's campuses.
In 2003 Livingstone launched the Dean's Executive Leadership Series, a lecture series that invites top business leaders to share insights with students and alumni. Some of the innovative programs that were introduced under her leadership included: a business plan competition, an entrepreneurship emphasis added to the full-time MBA program, and a certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible business strategy (SEER). In addition new MS degrees in management and leadership, applied finance, global business, accounting, entrepreneurship, and human resources were created, as well as the Center for Applied Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. She launched the Education to Business (E2B) Applied Learning program in which more than 300 companies have participated since the program's inception.
Effective August 1, Livingstone will become dean of the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C.
She is the author of business textbooks and numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in various journals. She has been cited in a variety of media outlets ranging from CNN and Bloomberg TV, to BusinessWeek and the Economist.
Livingstone received her BS, MBA, and PhD degrees from Oklahoma State University. She also serves on the board of directors for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and is currently the board's chair.
Iwalani R. Camacho will graduate this year from the Fully Employed MBA program at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. She is also an alumna of Seaver College, Class of 2007, with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She started her career in advertising and marketing upon graduation from Seaver, where she worked on accounts such as Lionsgate and T-Mobile's Hispanic national media efforts. She is currently a director of national media at Fox Broadcasting, where she is responsible for placing multimillion-dollar national media advertising that include negotiating large-scale deals with the top 50 cable networks and radio conglomerate across the nation, such as Clear Channel, Katz, Pandora, Spotify, Shazam, and iTunes Radio.
In the future, Camacho plans on taking the skills she has learned at the Graziadio School, along with her expertise in marketing, to the classroom by teaching part-time. Her goal is to inspire students and get them excited about a career in advertising as she was inspired by many of her professors while pursuing both of her degrees at Pepperdine University.
For more information, visit the Graziadio School graduation website.