Bradley Awaya ’06 – Moving Up

When Brad attended Menlo, the College did not yet offer an Accounting Major. However, Brad knew he wanted to pursue a career in accounting, so over the years he worked closely with Professor Donna Little to make sure he had the knowledge he needed to go into the field. Brad graduated with a BS in Management with concentrations in Business Management and MIS.

Today he is an Assurance Supervisor with Burr, Pilger, Mayer, Inc. in San Jose, California, where he focuses primarily on the High Tech and Venture Capital Industries. Brad’s work also involves training large groups of employees. He continues to give back to the College by being an active member of our Accounting Advisory Board.

Leadership and Involvement

Throughout Brad’s time at Menlo he excelled not only in the classroom, but on campus as well. He was President of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society chapter, an honorary business society, the VP of Finance for Student Government, and the Treasurer of the Allocation Board. To keep his life balanced he also enjoyed being a member of the Entrepreneurship Club, the Hawaii Club, and the Outdoor Club. Brad was awarded the honor of the Judge Russell Award which is given annually to the graduating senior who exemplifies scholarship, leadership, and service to the Business Management Program.

From the Classroom to the Job

Brad took advantage of his summer break to get work experience. Working as an Administrative Assistant for the Honolulu Country Club, he analyzed databases, corrected entries, and solved customer membership payment issues. This set him up for a fall and spring semester job as an Accounting Assistant processing accounts payable and receivables.

Small School, Big Opportunities

“Attending a small school allowed me to work directly with professors and staff. Their guidance and care helped me launch my career and I’m grateful,” says Brad. Recently Brad completed the CalCPA Emerging Leader Certificate Program.


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