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2018 Distinguished Alumni

John Palmer

John M. Palmer, III

Financial and Operations Consultant
1977, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - Accountancy

John Palmer was raised in Los Alamitos, CA, studied business at The Beach, and went on to work in — and eventually lead — the finance divisions of some major local companies. Even as lifelong Orange Countian, John has touched lives around the world as a mentor for colleagues and aspiring finance professionals.

As Vice President of Finance at Esterline, Leach International, in Buena Park, CA, Palmer directed all worldwide finance functions for this specialized manufacturing company and managed 34 employees in the United States, Mexico, France, Hong Kong, and China. Prior to this, he worked in a series of progressively responsible positions at the Panasonic Corporation. First hired as an Assistant Accounting Manager, Palmer was eventually promoted to Senior Director of Finance, a role that gave him the opportunity to oversee and improve business operations for Panasonic’s worldwide in-flight business, staffed by 52 employees in the United States, the United Kingdom, Dubai, and Singapore. 

John and his wife, Bobbi, are the proud parents of CSULB alumni Kelli ’04, ‘05 and Bret ‘09, and The Beach remains an important part of the family’s life.  John secured corporate sponsorships from Panasonic for Long Beach State Athletics (among many other deserving community organizations), and he is an avid Dirtbags fan.  John and Bobbi also serve the community as volunteers for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Center and other chartiable organizations.

 


2017
Guy Heston
Guy Heston, '73, '87

2016
Jon Storbeck
Jon Storbeck, '82

2015
Anna W. Ngai
Anna W. Ngai, '74

2014
John M.W. Moorlach
John M.W. Moorlach, '77

2013
Russ Lesser
Russ Lesser, '64

2012
Charles W. Sewright
Charles W. Sewright, '69, '74

2011
Darrel E. Reifschneider
Darrel E. Reifschneider, '55

2010
Cynthia Stamper Graff
Cynthia Stamper Graff, '75

2009
Gary S. Cohn
Gary S. Cohn, '76

2008
Joseph Wong
Joseph Wong, '73

2007
Dennis H. Pitts
Dennis H. Pitts, '70, '73

2006
James H. Eaton
James H. Eaton, '87

2005
Wayne W. Murdy
Wayne W. Murdy, '68

2004
Mark F. O'Meara
Mark F. O'Meara, '80

2003
A. Maurice Myers
A. Maurice Myers, '71

2002
Karl H. Romero
Karl H. Romero, '73

2001
Julie A. Davis
Julie A. Davis, '88, '94

2000
Thomas A. Reep
Thomas A. Reep, '77, '93

1998
Steven R. Cohn
Steven R. Cohn, '73

1997
Dennis M. Berryman
Dennis M. Berryman, '61

1996
Jan M. Mittermeier
Jan M. Mittermeier, '74, '83

1995
Jerry L. Baker
Jerry L. Baker, '68

1994
Roland F. Osgood
Roland F. Osgood, '65

1993
Jack B. Caouette
Jack B. Caouette, '69

1992
Glenn L. Carpenter
Glenn L. Carpenter, '69

1991
Samuel A. Keesal Jr.
Samuel A. Keesal Jr. , '61

1990
Richard E. Baker
Richard E. Baker, '61

1989
David T. Sun
David T. Sun, '80

1988
Delbert W. Yocam
Delbert W. Yocam, '71

1987
Norma N. Coulson
Norman N. Coulson, '57

1986
James O. Armor
James O. Armor, '60

1985
H. Wayne Snavely
H. Wayne Snavely, '69

1984
Alan J. Whiley
Alan J. Whiley, '68

1983
Jim H. Gray
Jim H. Gray, '58, '00

1982
Edward R. Cheramy Jr.
Edward R. Cheramy Jr. , '70

1979
Edna M. Andrews
Edna M. Andrews, '60, '66

1973
John V. Briggs
John V. Briggs, '56

1972
Marvin R. Haney
Marvin R. Haney, '56

1970
Donald N. Dyer
Donald N. Dyer, '63