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2016 John Brock Community Service Award

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Joe MacilvaineThe John Brock Committee and CSU Bakersfield’s School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) proudly announce Joe Macllvaine as this year’s recipient of the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award.  Macllvaine will be honored during a recognition dinner on September 8, 2016 at Seven Oaks Country Club.

Joe moved to Kern County in 1975 after earning a PhD in Geology from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to pursue his dream of a career in agriculture. He joined the staff of Tejon Ranch as a junior recruit to help manage the newly planted acreage of Tejon Ag Partners, where he served in various capacities culminating as VP and General Manager.  During this time, he earned an MBA from UCLA, acted and sang in several Starlight productions, and served as a director of Clinica Sierra Vista in Lamont, director of Kern County Farm Bureau, member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Migrant Health, and as a volunteer leader in his church.

 In 1987, Joe was recruited to help put together a management team for the newly created Paramount Farming Company, and served as President of that company (now renamed Wonderful Orchards) until November of last year.  Over the years he was active in many professional organizations, including Western Growers, California Pistachio and Almond Boards, Advisory Councils for the agricultural colleges at UC Davis, UC Riverside, and Cal Poly, advisory boards for Sustainable Conservation, California Ag Leadership, Public Policy Institute, UC President’s Business Advisory Council, Advisory Committee for International Trade, and Kern Groundwater Authority.

His community commitments have included the Rotary Club of Bakersfield, Project Clean Air, Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Kern County, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, San Joaquin Community Hospital, CSUB Foundation and Dean’s Executive Advisory Council, and the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

In being notified of the award, Macllvaine said, "I am deeply honored to be chosen for this year's John Brock Award.  The community here has meant so much to me and my family over the years, and it has been my privilege to be able to contribute in some small ways to its growth and success.  The fact that the proceeds from the event supports scholarships for our students makes it all the more special, and I am grateful to be part of it”.

The award recipient is selected by the John Brock Committee comprised of members of the Executive Advisory Council of CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration. The group includes approximately 25 business and community leaders who provide advice and support to the school.  

“Joe Macllvaine has been a strong leader for a number of years in one of the key economic sectors for not only Kern County, but the State of California and the nation at large,” said John Stark, Interim Dean for CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration.  “But, his leadership efforts have not stopped at the company door.  He has contributed in meaningful and lasting ways to a large number of community organizations, all contributing to the betterment of our city and county.  His sustained record of involvement and the magnitude of impact for his varied efforts clearly identify him as the type of community-minded individual that this award was meant to recognize.”

Proceeds from the recognition dinner help fund the CSUB John Brock Endowment, which provides scholarships for students in CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration. Scholarships will be presented at the event to this year’s four recipients.

Tickets for the event are $175 per person. Corporate table sponsorships are also available.   Tickets may be purchased by calling 661-654-2157.  For more information on the event, please visit our website at

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