Dean Stoecker, MBA ‘85

Dean Stoecker, MBA ‘85

Dean Stoecker is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX) a leading company in the self-service data analytics space, with a platform that can discover and analyze data and share analytics at scale for deeper insights.

After receiving his MBA from the Graziadio School, Dean took a sales job at Donnelley Marketing Information Services in 1990, a data company where he met Olivia Duane Adams who along with Ned Harding, later co-founded Alteryx with him in 1997 when the data-science industry barely existed. Since its founding, Dean has led the company through exponential growth, with its stock reaching new highs on a daily basis. Dean cites his business and leadership skills as well as his unique ability to create, communicate and realize a vision, as the driving force behind Alteryx’s 22+ years of continued success. Dean shares, “All the belief, courage and vision in the world still boils down to one thing… you, the human.”

Dean serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs and is an active philanthropist, creating the Alteryx for Good program, which provides the benefits of data science and analytic capabilities to schools, universities and nonprofit organizations. Dean is passionate about humanizing the world of data science and analytics. In 2017, Dean was recognized as an Outstanding Public Company CEO by OCTANE and received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award. 

Dean was recently interviewed by Forbes in August 2019, sharing the story of his 22-year journey at Alteryx, from the beginning of his career path after receiving his MBA until now, becoming a new billionaire.Dean earned his MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in 1985. Learn more about how you, too, can earn a master’s in business administration and set course for career success.

Niza Oun-Nguyen, FEMBA ‘13, MS ‘17

Niza Oun-Nguyen

Niza Oun-Nguyen is a Vice President and Wealth Manager at BNY Mellon Wealth Management and is proud to share that she will be representing Mrs. Cambodia in the upcoming 2019 Mrs. Asia USA Pageant on November 16, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Outside her day-to-day career, Niza follows her entrepreneurial spirit. She is the Founder and Creator of  Aspire to Bee, a YouTube channel and blog that she designed to raise career awareness by introducing a variety of careers, schools, and companies to young people. She has also authored the book, Aspire to Bee, that invites children to explore careers through fun, rhyming narrative.

Niza is happily married, and she is the proud mother of three daughters.

After graduating in 2013 with her Master of Business Administration in Finance, she went on to earn her Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in 2017 from the Graziadio Business School.

Srinivas Rao, MBA ’09

Srinivas Rao is the Chief Creative Instigator and Founder of Unmistakable Media, who recently completed a seed round investment from PodFund for his Unmistakable Media universe. Read more here.

As the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast, Srini has conducted over 700 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life, from bank robbers to Tim Ferriss. He has authored three books: Wall Street Journal bestseller The Art of Being Unmistakable, Unmistakable: Why Only is Better than Best, and An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake. Srini’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Inc, Business Insider, and The Blaze. Additionally, Srini has been a keynote speaker at Citibank and Bayer, to name a few. He has also hosted workshops and events helping people break the societal barriers of safety and comfort, transforming the way people see the world and in turn, themselves.

Srini received his MBA from the Graziadio Business School in 2009.

Mike Goonewardene, PKE MBA ‘01

Mike Goonewardene was recently appointed as the chief commercial officer of Sterifre Medical, Inc., where he will lead business development, sales, marketing, clinical support and customer service for the company. Sterifre is commercializing a suite of products based on innovative, patented, disinfection technology that addresses the growing demand for rapid, point-of-care infection control in healthcare facilities.

Goonewardene comes to Sterifre following executive roles with leading healthcare companies in the compliance, safety, and infection-control market. He was one of the original employees at Stericycle Inc. with responsibility for developing and implementing the startup business plan that led to its growth to $3.5 billion. He went on to serve as corporate vice president for BioSystems, a Stericycle company, building the team that implemented adoption of a unique sharps safety product/service at more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals. After the IPO, Goonewardene was the company’s vice president and general manager of the international business, successfully leading global product development and international expansion. He completed 24 international acquisitions and created business entities in multiple countries. Goonewardene previously served as chief operating officer at ClearMedical, a medical device company focused on the high-level disinfection of single-use medical devices to support economical, FDA-approved reprocessing. The business was successfully sold to Johnson & Johnson.

Additionally, Goonewardene serves on the board of directors of Trinity Guardion, a novel infection control company developing a patented barrier technology that targets the reduction of C. diff. and other healthcare-acquired infections associated with patient beds. He recently completed 15 years of board service for the Western States Healthcare Materials Management Association.

Goonewardene received his MBA from President and Key Executive (PKE) program at the Graziadio Business School in 2001.

Justin Sylvester, FEMBA ‘16

Justin Sylvester is the co-founder and CEO of PerfectQuote, an insurance technology firm, which was recently selected to participate in the Quake Capital Incubator in Austin. PerfectQuote allows insurance firms nationwide to compare hundreds of insurance plans in seconds for their clients. Justin says, “Industry-wide the only way firms can compare data is manual via an excel spreadsheet. This process can take up to 120 hours per client and is filled with errors. PerfectQuote does this in about 3 seconds, without error.”

He says, “We are the industry’s first solution and pioneered this product.” He shares a quote received from one of his top largest clients that says, “Everybody else is building a faster old way. PerfectQuote is definitely not the old way. They have completely torn apart, redesigned, and reimagined insurance.”In May 2019, PerfectQuote was successfully awarded its patent. Justin says, “Their goal is to become the kayak of commercial insurance.”

He shares a quote received from one of his top largest clients that says, “Everybody else is building a faster old way. PerfectQuote is definitely not the old way. They have completely torn apart, redesigned, and reimagined insurance.”In May 2019, PerfectQuote was successfully awarded its patent. Justin says, “Their goal is to become the kayak of commercial insurance.”

Justin received his MBA from the Graziadio Business School in 2016.

Keith Eshelman, MBA ‘08

Keith Eshelman

Keith Eshelman is the co-founder and CEO of Parks Project. Parks Project, founded in 2014, came from the idea that we can all do more to support America’s parklands. In the early days, he was doing volunteer trail days in local national parks and realized there was a huge lack of participation from the next generation. To change that, he created collections of apparel and accessories that would further connect consumers with the parks they love. 

Raising awareness of the projects taking place daily, activating conservationists, and giving folks a story to wear is the mission behind the social enterprise. All products give back to and support specific projects in the parks. Parks Project can now be found in REI, Urban Outfitters, Free People, and many other outdoor and fashion boutiques across the nation. Parks Project continues to host volunteer days to this day. Keith says, “If we all pitch in a little bit, we will be more connected with these lands and leave them better than we found them for future generations to come.”

Keith received his MBA from the Graziadio Business School in 2008.

Cynthia Tucker, FEMBA ’01

Cynthia Tucker is the Assistant Director of Event Operations for Trojan Event Services, and Co-Instructor for USC’s Venue Management course taught through the Thornton School of Music. Cynthia recently won the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Development at the University of Southern California. She was nominated by many fraternity and sorority chapters on campus.

Cynthia says, “It’s always nice to be recognized, but those Iota Beta Sorors, they won several awards – Member Civic Engagement & Impact Award, Leadership Engagement Award, Diversity & Inclusion Community Award, Recruitment/Intake & Retention Award, and Leadership Excellence Awards.” She is proud of the Iota Beta and Alpha Gamma Omega for their involvement with the chapter at USC. Cynthia is a proud alumnae member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and says, “I try to live by example and be the Best Staff Advisor to these young sisters. I’m so proud of those Sorors!”

Cynthia received her MBA from the Graziadio Business School in 2001.

Charles Wynn, EMBA ‘10

Charles Wynn EMBA '10

Charles Wynn is the Director of Sales and Strategy North America for KloudGin, an Enterprise Resource Planning B2B cloud solution headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. KloudGin provides cloud-based solutions focused on Field Service, Asset & Inventory Management, and Procurement processes. Charles is also a Board Member of the Denver Business Series representing the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in the Colorado area. The Denver Business Series is comprised of alumni representatives from leading national and local (to Denver) graduate business schools, working with its alumni representatives to organize a speakers’ program featuring outstanding business speakers and dynamic events.

Charles received his MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in 2010.

Jonathan Tan, EMBA ‘14 and Mark Scholnick, EMBA ‘14

Jonathan and Mark met at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in EMBA 95S. Mark says, “While we came from different career backgrounds, we always thought one day we would work together because of how well we worked together in school. Using what we learned at Pepperdine, and building off the great relationship we forged, we founded SimplySourceful.”

Jonathan Tan and Mark Scholnick (EMBA 95S) founded SimplySourceful, a new aftermarket parts business, leveraging technology and process innovation to serve grocery stores and convenience stores. SimplySourceful takes a customer-first approach to improve inefficiencies in the industry by analyzing data. 

Jonathan and Mark earned their MBA’s from the Graziadio Business School in 2014.

Daniel Schainen, MSML ‘18

Daniel Schainen portrait

Daniel Schainen is the Branded Marketing, Strategic Account Manager for Carivino, a lifestyle brand catering to wine enthusiasts around the world. Carivino developed an outdoor wine bottle with glasses nested inside. Their patent-pending product allows people to enjoy a full wine experience anywhere and without compromise. Daniel is proud to be part of the founding team and unveil Carivino (Learn more at

Daniel earned his M.S. in Management and Leadership from the Pepperdine Graziadio School in 2018.