Cal Poly recognized two Orfalea College of Business alumni among its class of nine Honored Alumni in 2016. Scott Cooper (Business Administration, ’91) was recognized as the Orfalea College of Business’ honored alumnus. John Ronca (Business Administration, ’75) was give the Sandra Gardebring Orgren Leadership Award from the Cal Poly Alumni Association.
The Honored Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon Cal Poly alumni by the university’s Alumni Association, and was established more than 60 years ago. The award recognizes alumni from the athletics program, the university’s six academic colleges, and the Alumni Association.
Scott Cooper graduated with a degree in business administration in 1991. He is the CFO of Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC. He spent eight years as the CFO for WaveTec Vision Systems, Inc., where he raised more than $60 million of new venture-capital backed equity in four financing transactions; secured more than $10 million with three venture-debt facilities; and helped develop the company to grow from zero revenue to $15 million. WaveTec was sold for $350 million to Alcon. A former football player, Cooper is a supporter of the Accounting and International Fellowships, Cal Poly Athletics, and Construction Management. He served on the Accounting Department Advisory Board from 2010-15 and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Cooper and his wife, Laura (CM, ’91), have two children. Their son Thomas is enrolled at Cal Poly.
John A. Ronca Jr. graduated with a degree in business administration in 1975, a doctor of jurisprudence from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1978 and a master’s in the Laws of Taxation (LLM) from the University of Denver School of Law in 1979. Today, he is the owner of John A. Ronca, Jr. Law. As ASI vice president, Ronca implemented a legal aid service for students and was a member of the Society for the Advancement of Management. Ronca has served as chair of Cal Poly’s Athletic Directors Council since 2007. He is a member and secretary of the Cal Poly Foundation Board, and chair of the Governance Committee. Ronca has contributed to the community in many ways. He has served as chair of the French Hospital Community Board of Directors and is on the Mission College Preparatory High School Board of Regents. He is the President of the Northern California Golf Association Board of Directors and member of the board since 2006. Ronca and his wife Tracy are the proud parents of alumna Stephanie (Journalism ‘13) and Rachel (Boston College, ’14).
For a full list of 2016 Honored Alumni, visit the Cal Poly Alumni Association website.
For a full list of past Orfalea College of Business Honored Alumni, visit the college website.