The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona has announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Advisors: Carmen Rad, founder and president of CR&A Custom, Inc., an award-winning Los Angeles-based large-format printing company that has been serving clients from all 50 U.S. states, Canada and the Caribbean for 30 years.
“Carmen has been a longtime champion of our program and we are thrilled to have her on the board,” says Margie Ferree Jones, Ph.D., Interim Dean of The Collins College of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly Pomona. “Her expertise in businesses and her advocacy for women and minorities will strengthen the education and career opportunities for Collins College students.”
Rad is an advocate for women and minority-owned businesses, previously having served as president of the board for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has been recognized by a variety of organizations for her work and community involvement, including receiving the Latina Empresaria Hall of Fame Award by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, being named “Mujer del Año” by the Regional Hispanic Institute and “Innovator of the Year” by the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles, to name a few.
“Women from diverse backgrounds do great work in our communities,” says Rad. “Having the ability to contribute is important to ensure that there is representation but also to help open the doors for the next generations.”
Rad joins The Collins College Board of Advisors, comprised of leaders from all sectors of the hospitality industry, as the program marks its 50th anniversary with a year-long celebration. Learn more about The Collins College and its history of excellence in shaping future hospitality leaders at collins.cpp.edu.