Kim Ruiz Beck, chairwoman of Ruiz Foods Inc. in Dinuba and a Fresno State alumna, has been named the university’s 2017 Top Dog.
She and 13 other alumni will be honored at the sold-out Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala Friday at the Save Mart Center.
Ruiz Beck graduated from the Craig School of Business and serves on the Foundation Board of Governors for the California State University, Fresno Foundation.
The “Top Dog” Distinguished Alumnus Award, the university’s highest alumni honor, is based on scholarship, service and leadership. It recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their post-collegiate career on a national or international level.
Ruiz Beck has consistently supported the university with her father, Fred Ruiz, founder of the food products company. Earlier this year the firm pledged $1 million to Fresno State for the expansion of the University Business Center at the Craig School.
Also Friday, William Lyles, president and CEO of Lyles Diversified Inc., will receive the Arthur Safstrom Service Award. It honors an alumnus, friend or past faculty or staff who has given exceptional service to the Fresno State Alumni Association and to the university.
Fresno State alumni have honored distinguished alumni since 1953, handing out more than 300 awards including 57 Top Dogs.
More on the Top Dog Alumni Awards: fresnostatealumni.com
Each of Fresno State’s 12 colleges, schools or divisions recognizes alumni for outstanding accomplishments and remarkable achievements in their field of study. This year’s honorees:
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology – Lynne Ashbeck (1976, ’77), senior vice president of Community Engagement and Population Wellness for Valley Children’s Healthcare and member of the Clovis City Council.
College of Arts and Humanities – Warren R. Paboojian (1980), partner and attorney at law for Baradat & Paboojian, Inc.
Department of Athletics – David Carr, retired NFL quarterback and co-owner of the athletic training facility, Carr Elite.
Craig School of Business – Katherine Horstmann Huebert (1984), vice president of employee benefits for Horstmann Financial & Insurance Services, Inc.
Kremen School of Education and Human Development – Janet Young, (1977, ‘88), retired Clovis Unified School District superintendent.
Lyles College of Engineering – Mike Leonardo (1981), executive director for the Fresno County Transportation Authority.
Division of Research and Graduate Studies – Jamin Brazil (2015) managing partner of Vine Venture Capital.
College of Health and Human Services – Nancy Grosz Sager (1977), deaf and hard of hearing programs consultant for the California Department of Education.
Henry Madden Library – Paul E. Pierce (1970), founder of the organizational consulting firm Paul E. Pierce Organizational Design and Development.
College of Science and Mathematics – Rauden (Rod) Coburn III, DDS (1964), owner and lead dentist in private practice specializing in restorative dentistry.
College of Social Sciences – Lee Ann Eager (2002), president and CEO of Fresno County Economic Development Corporation.
Division of Student Affairs – Chris Roggenstein (1984), president and CEO of Forward Advantage, Inc. and Physician Network Advantage.
During the Top Dog Gala, the Alumni Association will recognize more than 100 student recipients receiving $146,000 in scholarships as part of the $4.1 million in scholarships awarded every year through Fresno State.