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Graziadio School of Business and Management Celebrates 2008 Graduation
The Graziadio School of Business and Management (GSBM) invites the Malibu and Pepperdine communities to celebrate the 2008 graduation of GSBM students on Saturday, Apr. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse on the Malibu campus. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, owner and CEO of Pace Communications, the largest custom publishing house in the nation, will receive an Honorary Doctorate. Alejandro Bustamante, president of Plantronics Mexico (PLAMEX), will be honored as Distinguished Alumnus.
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is the owner and CEO of Pace Communications, the largest custom publishing house in the nation. Founded by McElveen-Hunter in 1973 as Pace magazine, the in-flight publication of Piedmont Airlines, Pace Communications produces similar publications for several major airlines, as well as corporate print and Web communications for companies such as The North Face, Bluetooth, and Toyota.
One of America's most successful entrepreneurs, McElveen-Hunter has led Pace to be ranked by Working Woman magazine as among the nation's top women-owned businesses. Of her many industry accolades she has received the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators, and the National Athena Award for business and civic contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In 2001 McElveen-Hunter was appointed U.S. ambassador to Finland by president George W. Bush. During her three-year tenure she led several successful initiatives including women business leaders summits held in Helsinki, Finland (2002), and Riga, Latvia (2003); and the "Stop Child Trafficking" program assisting at-risk children in Russia and Finland. For her meritorious service she was awarded the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the president of Finland.
A longtime philanthropist and activist, she was appointed in 2004 national chair of the American Red Cross, the first female to hold this post and was voted unanimously to a second term in 2007. She has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity and on the national leadership council of United
Way of America.
McElveen-Hunter is a 1972 graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She was also awarded the honorary doctor of humane letters from North Carolina State University. She resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her husband, attorney Bynum Merritt Hunter. They have an adult son, Bynum Merritt Hunter, Jr.
Alejandro Bustamante is the president of Plantronics Mexico (PLAMEX), the world's leading manufacturer of communication headsets for mobile, home, and office use. Since becoming president of PLAMEX in 1994, Bustamante has played an instrumental role in helping the company achieve international acclaim for its commitment to quality, the environment, community programs, employee development, and work safety.
Through Bustamante's leadership, PLAMEX has created and nurtured a culture that empowers its 3,000 associates, enjoying one of the industry's lowest turnover rates. The company is known for its extensive employee benefits including career development, education programs, medical care, and housing assistance.
PLAMEX is the only facility in the world to win both the prestigious Ibero American and Asia Pacific Quality Awards for leadership in strategic planning, personnel development, resource management, customer and market focus, environmental impact, and business results. Prior to his appointment at
PLAMEX, Bustamante held executive vice presidencies at both Matrix Aeronautica and Offshore Factories.
Active as an industry leader, Bustamante represented the Mexican private sector in the mid-90s NAFTA negotiations and participated in creating Mexico's national development plan for 1995-2000.
Bustamante is active in several social programs including Project Concern and the Castro Limon Foundation and also serves as president of the Fire Fighters Association of Tijuana. He participates in a number of government programs focused on industrial quality and competitiveness, and is the industry coordinator between the Conalep School System and the private sector.
Bustamante earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from La Salle University of Mexico City and earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1982. He has also completed postgraduate course studies at UCLA, Demand Flow Technology Institute, and Harvard University. He lives with his wife Lorena in Chula Vista, Calif.