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  •  Get To Know Your LSB Staff: Bill Middleton

    Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 9:00 AM

    Bill Middleton is the Information Systems Manager and a lecturer in the Leavey School of Business. He won the Staff Award for Innovation last spring which acknowledges the staff person who incorporates new perspectives and new approaches to the workplace. 

     
    Get to know Bill a little better!
    I am from the Bay Area and am an SCU alum.  I joined the business School in 2005.
     
    Photography, gardening and soccer currently top my ever changing list of hobbies.  The camera gets use running around after my 2 kids, and every once and a while on a photo hike.  
     
    I come from a long line of backyard vegetable gardeners, and this year is going to be my first attempt at a Winter garden.  Currently my backyard garden plot has: onions, carrots, spinach, beets, kale and broccolini.  
     
    I enjoy both watching and playing soccer.  Shameless plug for the noon Faculty/Staff indoor soccer game on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Malley hardwood court.
     
    Variety is the spice of life when it comes to eating.  Though BBQ is my favorite if I have a whole day to smoke some food.  Lately my favorite restaurant has been The Smoking Pig in Downtown San Jose for BBQ, it’s not some place you go to impress a date, but the BBQ is easily better than the local chain stores.  They also have a stage for live bluegrass music on Friday nights.
     
    I don't really have a favorite author.  The books I read this summer include 
     
    Non-Fiction:  Guns,Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond  (review of global human history)  Eating on the Wild Side by Po Robinson (a look at wild food vs. standard food found in supermarkets) and Red by Gary Neville (autobiography of a former Manchester United defender)
     
    Fiction:  The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie (similar-ish to Game of Thrones, it's dark and gritty with black humor)
     
  •  The Frisco Touch

    Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 8:30 AM

    Maria Espinosa never planned on being an entrepreneur, but when the busy business analyst had no time to shop for her mother’s birthday, the idea for The Frisco Touch was born. “Since I was so busy, I wished that there was a company that would buy her gift on my behalf.” With no such company available for Maria, she took the project on for herself.

    The Frisco Touch is an online personalized gift shopping service. Customers first fill out information about who is receiving their gift and for which occasion. They will then receive a gift recommendation and the option to purchase the gift. 

    Maria started The Frisco Touch in fall 2006, but without the resources or time to grow her business – she was working full-time – she struggled with getting it off the ground. She discovered CAPE while browsing through the Leavey School of Business’ graduate degree programs and with the hope that the program would give her the necessary skills to grow her business, she applied. 
     
    Halfway through the program, Maria has already found CAPE very beneficial. “It has introduced me to mentors and teachers who answer important business related questions and give me necessary feedback,” she said. “I have met many like-minded business owners that I can consult with and can even call friends. I hope, moving forward, that CAPE can guide me towards building a sustainable, ethical business that gives back to our community.” A partnership between The Frisco Touch and Glide Memorial Church, which provides many services to the Bay Area homeless population, has been developed. Per The Frisco Touch’s donation plan, 10% of their service charge will be donated to this organization. “I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to be exposed to all the knowledge an entrepreneur needs.” 
     
    Maria is currently a Business Analyst at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with a major in Finance from Santa Clara University in 2003.
     
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