J. Kristoffer Popovich (MBA '70)
2018 Golden Briefcase Alumni Award
Ann Kono earned her MBA from Marshall in 2005. After USC, Ann became a board member of Junior Achievement of Southern California and currently serves as the Chair of the Board. In Late 2018, Ann founded Leda Advisory Group, a firm focused on developing growth stage companies. In addition to growth consulting, she invests and mentors companies by leveraging technology and data analytics to solve business gaps. Her prior role as Partner, Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Officer at Ares Management (NYSE: ARES) provided Ann with tremendous enterprise-scale experience that she now leverages on behalf of growth-stage businesses.
In addition to Popovich Hall, longtime USC benefactors, Kris Popovich and his late wife, USC Trustee Jane Hoffman Popovich ’65, provided gifts establishing student scholarships and funded faculty and cancer research. Jane Popovich’s parents, H. Leslie and Elaine Stevely Hoffman, created the Hoffman Foundation in the 1950s, contributing millions of dollars to the campaign supporting USC’s Master Plan, and more toward the construction of the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center and the H. Leslie Hoffman Hall of Business Administration.
Popovich operated Hoffman Associates, a successor of Western Mortgage, which developed and managed real estate. He was also President and CEO of Hoffman Video Systems, a Los Angeles-based distributor of industrial and broadcast equipment.
A resident of San Marino, Popovich serves with his three daughters as Trustee of the H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Family Foundation. He was instrumental in the formation of a board of directors for the USC Associates and later served as the group’s President. He is a member of the USC Marshall Board of Leaders and also a past board member of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. An engaged community leader, Popovich is Chair of Kidspace Children’s Museum and served on the boards of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. - Leading Voices in Business Series
2018 Cardinal Young Alumni Award
Andrew Schulman earned his MBA from Marshall in 2008 as a Dean’s Award Recipient, receiving a two-year scholarship awarded to the top 5% of the incoming class. Andrew also served on the Marshall Advisory Council as one of six students selected, to build and implement a new student government organization for Marshall based on a thorough needs assessment and systematic review of current policies, programs, and leadership. Andrew spends the majority of his time on fiscal sponsorship and writes, "it's a game-changing area of the nonprofit sector that remains unknown or mysterious to many, and my larger goal is to spread the word to more organizations and people who can benefit from it." Andrew is currently a principal at Schulman consulting.