Press Release



The USC Alumni Business Expo and Taste of Troy is USC’s largest annual professional networking event and was scheduled on May 19, 2017.

Long Beach, CA, May 20, 2017– The USC Alumni Business Expo and Taste of Troy, in partnership with local alumni businesses, was the biggest alumni networking event of the year!

“We know that there is a huge population of Trojans in Southern California. We believe a concept like the Expo is a great opportunity to bring working professionals together and to help raise awareness of alumni-owned businesses to the Trojan community.” Marc Vo, Event Organizer, USC Alumni Club of Orange County

Key highlights of the Expo included face-to-face networking, reflecting a variety of industries from finance to marketing to retail, and more, and a special talk featuring notable alumni. The event concluded with food samplings from award-winning restaurants in Los Angeles.

“Great way to network with fellow Trojans in a welcoming environment and amazing food! ‘FIGHT ON!’” –David Jackson, President, USC Credit Union

“I was very proud to share my story with a room full of USC Alumni. Also spoke with many Alumni afterwards who had been to our restaurants because they know it is owned by a fellow Trojan. Shows you have strong the Trojan Alumni network really is.” Robert Kronfli, Co-Founder, Bacari Bros

The 2017 USC Alumni Business Expo and Taste of Troy is sponsored by USC Credit Union and Bacari Bros. The event took place on the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach.

The USC Alumni Club of Orange County is a chartered organization under the USC Alumni Association and operates under the University of Southern California. They are dedicated to providing stimulating, enriching and exciting activities for all members of the Trojan Family. Their events address a wide spectrum of alumni needs and interests.

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Event Organizer, Exhibitor
Kimberly Hawkins has over 20 years of experience in evaluating customer needs, identifying solutions and implementing the most effective roadmaps so her clients achieve their strategic initiatives and accelerate business results. Kimberly’s experience also includes success in building brand recognition and increasing brand equity for both Domestic and Global brands through her strategic approach and market focus. Kimberly currently is employed at Intertek Testing Services, a FTSE 100 Company, and her focus is working with technology and wireless companies, as well as transportation technologies, to test and certify their products to meet the requirements for both Domestic and Global Markets. Kimberly earned her B.S. with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as her MBA as a graduate of USC’s Executive MBA Program. She currently serves on the Marketing Committee for USC’s OC Business Expo through the USC OC Beach Cities Club, as well as actively participates in the USC OC Marshall Alumni Association by leading the committee for Alumni Engagement and serving on Women in Business Affinity Group committee. When not working and participating in outreach activities, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as hiking, yoga, skiing and traveling.

Event Organizer, Sponsor, Exhibitor
As a director, educator, and counselor for more than 12 years, my goal is to motivate students to succeed beyond high school and college. My duty is to provide the necessary guidance and resources so that students can become independent, successful and productive adults in society.

My expertise in technology, career management systems helps me provide better guidance and connection to our upcoming generation of professionals. In addition, I serve as a liaison between the business community, educators and students to create relationships between them. I am passionate about guiding our next generation to success.