Fullerton, Calif., September 24, 2014 – The Center for Family Business (CFB), part of CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics (MCBE), today announced that it is partnering with Southern California-based City National Bank to launch the inaugural Family Business Hall of Fame. This dinner event will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Richard M. Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. Honorees will be inducted into the CSUF MCBE Hall of Fame, which will be established in the Center for Family Business on campus at Cal State Fullerton. Winners will also receive a beautiful trophy recognizing this prestigious award.

For 14 years, the Center for Family Business partnered with the Orange County Business Journal to honor 5 family businesses each year. In 2015, the CFB at CSUF will host their first Hall of Fame event. City National Bank, already a sponsoring partner of the Center for Family Business, will be the presenting sponsor, and CFB partner McGladrey will also be a sponsor for this pioneer event.

“This historic event and ceremony will permanently honor 4 family businesses in the area, not restricted to just Orange County”, CFB Director Ed Hart stated. “We are striving to create the most prestigious award that a family firm can receive. This event is all about honoring 4 elite family businesses. Our relationship over the years with City National Bank will help make this event everything we hope it will become…a way to recognize family businesses for their efforts over the years.”

The award categories will be: The Excellence in Community Award, The Strength in Succession Award, The Founder’s Vision Award, and The Commitment to Education Award. Anyone can nominate a family business for one of these specific awards, and the Advisory Board and Sponsors of the Center for Family Business will be the selection committee. Winners will be announced at the January event.

“City National is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural hall of fame dinner for the Center for Family Business at Cal-State Fullerton,” said Kevin Dunigan, executive vice president and Orange County regional executive for City National. “The Center for Family Business is an important part of our community and a valuable resource for family businesses in our region. City National has been proudly serving the banking needs of family-owned businesses in Orange County for nearly 40 years.”

For more information about purchasing tickets, a table, donating to the event/Center, or nominating family businesses, please contact Ed Hart at edhart@fullerton.edu, or call 657-278-7431. Individual dinner tickets are $50 for Center members, and $75 for non-Center members. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $300 for Center members, and $500 for non-Center members.


The Center for Family Business (CFB) is an educational forum under the direction of the nationally recognized and accredited business school, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Center members are given the opportunity to learn from experts in an academic atmosphere, integrating classroom education with best business practices. During each academic year, the Center for Family Business offers eight workshops on topics of special interest to family business owners, confidential discussion groups, and informative and entertaining events—all of which help to educate and facilitate success for family businesses. For information on joining the Center, contact Robbin Bretzing at (657) 278-4182 or visit http://www.csuffamilybusiness.com


Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is a nationally recognized and accredited business school. It offers a full range of business courses delivered by faculty members who integrate classroom education with best business practices, technology, award-winning research, functional applications and real-world experience. The largest business college in California, Mihaylo College is among just 28 percent of business schools nationwide to be accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Mihaylo College is included in the Princeton Review’s 2012 list of “Best 296 Business Schools,” a ranking based on each school’s students, physical environment, admissions requirements, teaching ratios and programs. It is also among the top 150 part-time MBA programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report.


City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN) has $30.8 billion in assets. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, City National Bank, provides banking, investment and trust services through 77 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. City National and its investment affiliates manage or administer $65.8 billion in client investment assets, including $47.1 billion under direct management.
For more information about City National, visit the company’s Website at cnb.com.