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2013 College of Business Marketing Undergraduate Honoree Ian Mallie

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2013 College of Business Marketing Undergraduate Honoree Ian Mallie

Each year the department's top performers are selected by the college's academic departments from its graduating seniors.

The College of Business congratulates and extends best wishes to each of the ten undergraduate honorees of the graduating Class of 2013.

Ian Mallie began his professional career working in the restaurant and service industry where he developed his skills as a chef and leader. 

Today, Ian is lead chef and on-site manager for a prestigious North Bay catering firm. While he had taken a few classes part-time with an eye on earning his bachelor’s degree, the courses didn’t seem relevant enough to justify the costs of giving up his successful food industry career, so Ian quit school.

Despite his early success in business, Ian always felt like something was missing, and he hoped someday to return to school and earn his degree.

Sadly, it took the death of his grandfather, and a small inheritance, for Ian to restart his academic career. Wanting to use this gift for something that would make his grandfather proud, Ian decided to invest in his education by cutting back on work hours and resuming coursework at San Francisco State. 

Having worked in a management capacity in the demanding food service industry, Ian suddenly found college exciting, invigorating and useful, earning straight As in his marketing courses and consistently making the Dean’s list. 

In addition to his professional, academic and catering work, Ian enjoys volunteering his time to help those less fortunate. Having spent the summers of his adolescence volunteering at a camp for the developmentally disabled, Ian continues to help nonprofit organizations through his employer, who provides catering support for a number of non-profit organizations in the North Bay. 

Additionally, Ian has traveled to Chicago to volunteer with the organization City Year that helps inner-city schools and at-risk children in need of academic help. In his spare time, Ian enjoys creative writing with an emphasis on screenwriting, and hopes to integrate this passion into his future in marketing.

See the other nine undergraduate business students recognized for academic accomplishment

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