Press Release



2015 OC Business Expo hosted by USC is the school’s largest annual professional networking event is scheduled for Nov 18, 2015.

Irvine, CA, August 27, 2015– The Annual OC Business Expo, hosted by USC, in partnership with local community organizations, is their biggest OC networking event of the year! Registration is open to the public to participate and exhibit.

“Our commitment is to provide an opportunity for local companies to network, promote their businesses, and connect with fellow professionals so that as a business community we continue to grow and thrive. The expo has helped Rancho Santiago CCD in connecting businesses to for their economic development program, the Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC).” –Janeth Manjarrez, Expo Chair, USC Alumni Club of Orange County; Directory of Special Programs, Rancho Santiago Community College District

Spots for exhibitors are limited and the event is expected to reach capacity. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to create brand recognition by showcasing as a booth exhibitor, collect quality feedback from like minded business owners, and generate new leads while expanding your network list.

“This will be our third year exhibiting at the OC Business Expo. The event creates a great opportunity for us to introduce our consulting services to a variety of businesses and entrepreneurs looking to create their next venture. We specialize in educating our clients about the credit card industry and solutions that apply specifically to their business.” –Geoffrey Lau, Senior Advisor, Bankcard Revelation

“Our goal at the OC Business Expo is to raise awareness for Trojan-owned and affiliated businesses as well as create a fun environment in which to network, something vastly different from the typical boring trade show,” said Marc Vo, Expo Co-Chair, USC Alumni Club of Orange County; Founder, OpenOrbit

The 2015 OC Business Expo is sponsored by McGladrey, OpenOrbit, QuickPay and Bankcard Revelations (Gold), Allstate Smart Money Solutions (Digital) and special thanks to the USC Alumni Association, Black Diamond Ventures, Rancho Santiago Community College, Vital Link, Digital Media Center and Microsoft. The 2015 OC Business Expo will take place at the Hotel Irvine on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm. The day will consist of networking with over 100 exhibitors and over 800 attendees and concluding with a cocktail mixer.

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.