Pacific Coast Business Times

Conservative columnist’s speech highlight of Westmont event

Street Smarts is giving our inaugural “great timing” medal to Westmont College for landing David Brooks as the keynote speaker at its March 4th President’s Breakfast at The Fess Parker: A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. more

Winter’s legacy endures at Westmont College

Shortly after the Business Times was founded, we learned about David Winter and his work as president at Westmont College.

Over lunch at the Westmont campus, we were introduced to Westmont’s vision for its students as a liberal arts institution focused on Christian values and ethics.

Coincidentally, one of the first Business Times staff writers was a recent Westmont graduate, Laura Polland, who became our founding technology editor.

Through the years we followed Westmont’s progress in building a new campus, surviving the devastating fire that ripped through Montecito. And always Winder was a towering presence even after the sudden onset of a disease that gradually reduced his ability to see. Read More

Winter’s legacy endures at Westmont College

Shortly after the Business Times was founded, we learned about David Winter and his work as president at Westmont College. more

In memoriam: Former Westmont President David Winter

I got to know David Winter shortly after the Business Times had begun production in the spring of 2000.
We had hired a recent Westmont graduate, Laura Polland, who turned out to be a terrific writer and our founding technology editor. And we’d been encouraged to reach out to Westmont by Ed Birch, who was an early advocate for our newspaper within the business community.
Over a lunch at the Westmont campus, I spent an hour explaining our vision for the Business Times and I got an introduction to Westmont’s own vision for its students, as a liberal arts institution focused on Christian values and ethics. more

In Memoriam: Robert W. Kummer, Jr.

He was perhaps the best business banker of his generation. Robert W. Kummer, Jr. was a Pennsylvania native who moved his family to California to start a job at Union Bank. …Along the way he was a leader in the PGA of Southern California, a trustee of Pomona College and, after he retired to Santa Barbara, a member of the advisory board at Westmont College. more

Westmont, Pepperdine Team Up

Westmont College and Pepperdine University are launching a new MBA program at Westmont’s downtown campus in Santa Barbara. The new program will be held at the Hutton Parker Foundation Building and will be a two-year, part-time MBA based on the Perpperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management program. The Pepperdine program will also welcome those enrolled under its longtime agreement with UC Santa Barbara.

Westmont launches Center for Social Entrepreneurship downtown SB

Santa Barbara’s Christian liberal arts college is tapping into the downtown business community with a new program that focuses on entrepreneurship and social change.

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe announced the course track and downtown campus at the annual Westmont President’s breakfast on March 6, saying he hopes the new Center For Social Entrepreneurship will become a place for students to learn while immersed in the downtown environment. more

Pope Francis Teaches World Leaders a Lesson

Surely Pope Francis knew he would be wading into controversy when he announced this month that after 80 years of consideration, Father Junipero Serra was to be made a saint. …Instead, he accepted the fact that the harm done to Native Americans under Serra was not purposeful and not as impactful as the damage done by Americans in the 19th Century, a fact noted by Westmont College scholar and Serra biographer Gregory Orfalea. more

Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

West Coast Asset Management, the alternative investment firm founded by Paul Orfalea and family member Lance Helfert, is merging with a San Diego-based money manager. … The combined company will continue to operate from West Coast Asset Managment’s office on Coast Village Road in Montecito; Helfert and WCAM chief investment officer Atticus Lowe will be joined by the Lucia team. … Founded in 2000, WCAM developed a value-oriented strategy for equity and fixed income investing. Lowe, a Westmont College graduate, was a key architect of the strategy. more

20 years of honoring innovation: South Coast Business & Technology honorees announced

The dinner regularly draws more than 600 leaders from the civic, nonprofit and business worlds each year. Organized by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, this year’s event is expected to raise more than $130,000 for scholarships that will be awarded to students who are working toward business or technology degrees at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and Westmont College. Over the years, the dinner has raised nearly $1.5 million in scholarships for 600 students. more