International Management Alumni
Your Menlo classmates could include future CEOs of global companies or international relations stars right here in Silicon Valley. That future includes you.
Meet Our Alumni
Said Karimzad ’10
It’s not easy getting a job at Apple, Inc. but Said had two offers shortly after graduation. His ability to speak English, French and German plus his internship at Merrill Lynch made him a great fit for the position of Worldwide Developer Relations. At Apple he works to build business relations with developers in France and Germany often using skills and experiences he had while at Menlo College from his classes, a Resident Assistant position, and internship. Read more about Said.
Enrique is the founder of City Sightseeing, the world’s leading open top bus tour company based in Seville, Spain. Talking about business and Menlo’s role in getting him started, he said, “No matter which country you choose as your base, when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” which, in his case, has meant choosing a local partner and a local manager in every country where he opens a branch. His company trains the local personnel to run his franchises.
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Al founded two Bay Area companies in IT consulting services and currently owns Oz Consulting and Training, A Silicon Valley-based company that teaches recruiters how to place IT professionals in the international work force. Sang in the San Francisco Symphony. Menlo is where, he said, he learned to navigate the business and social climates he has been called into. For the past 25 years he has been traveling the world training and mentoring industry leaders. It was a professor at Menlo, he says, who gave him permission to be a perfectionist.
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Former executive vice president of Outrigger Hotels in Hawaii, chief of staff for Hawaii’s first state governor, owner of 12 restaurants, CEO and President of Hawaii’s second largest health insurance provider, received an International Red Cross Medal of Honor and the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award, to namer a few. His memories of Menlo include its safe, park-like campus and the caring, nurturing faculty. A Menlo education, he says, “comes as close as possible to an Oxford tutorial.” He says his education at Menlo prepared him well for his lifelong journey in business, community causes, public service, the U.S. military, education, and diplomacy.
Read John's story.
Alumnus, founder/CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center
Saeed has been a highly successful international businessman and entrepreneur for over 30 years.
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Brantley was for many years a devoted collector of fine antiquities from around the world. Almost everything he did as a professional art connoisseur he credited to Menlo and one professor who had an enduring influence on his life.
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President of Earle Chiles and Affiliated Companies.
In that capacity he has donated generously to the education of Menlo students over the years.
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Larry Lopez ’84 is an international banker and Australian Venture Consultant.
Alfredo Mena Lagos ’74 a successful coffee grower in El Salvador and a loyal alum believes that it is essential to adapt to different cultures, but to hold onto one’s principles. The key to creating the right environment for success is to understand human nature and work with it, not against it. “Menlo prepared me for that,” he said, “and it was my key to success, to fit into where I fit.”
James Bruce ’69 is the owner of one of the world’s top resorts in the Cook Islands.