CSULB to recognize Downey student as 'Outstanding Graduate'

Biagio Genualdi of Downey has been named the 2014 Outstanding Graduate of the College of Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The son of Michele (Michael) Genualdi and Simin Kavianian of Downey, Genualdi will be recognized at CSULB’s College of Business Administration commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22, when he will officially be conferred his bachelor of science degree in business administration with an option in accountancy.

Each CSULB college selects student honorees based on nominations solicited from faculty, staff and other students.  Honorees must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or above and demonstrate service and dedication to CSULB and to the community.

Genualdi has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking excess unit loads to become a certified public accountant (CPA) and working at least two part-time jobs. As a national accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi member, he developed a free tutoring and professional development program and served as professional development coordinator and director of correspondence.

In 2013, he received both the honor society’s Alumni and Most Outstanding Member awards. He was invited to join the international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma, for which he received its 2013 Alumni Award.

Genualdi took first place in the 2012 CSULB Ethics Case Study Competition. During 2011-12, he participated in the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership by providing a Kid’s Day for young, misguided girls in juvenile hall.

Along with past summer internships with Southern California Edison and KPMG, Genualdi works as a property manager and serves as an accountant for La Mexicana Spice, and he founded iLove2Grub.com, an online distribution company for candies and healthy snacks in 2013.

His immediate plans after graduation include taking all four parts of the certified public accountant (CPA) exam and do some traveling before he starts working full-time at Moss Adams LLP, the largest accounting and business consulting firm headquartered on the West Coast and one of the largest in the nation. He will begin his work there in October in the Orange County assurance department.

“I have several career goals, but my main goal is to become of the top experts in the field of accounting and accounting regulation,” said Genualdi, a 2010 graduate of Warren High School. “This would allow me to continue helping other who may approach me for questions, help Moss Adams grow as a firm and allow me to one day pass on my knowledge to others as a professor.”