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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Matt Sasaki, ERC ’05


Once your career goals spill out of your planner and into the real world, building an alumni network is one of the most strategic entrepreneurial moves you can make. It also feels good.

Take it from Matt Sasaki, ERC ’05, who has studied in Japan, helped run a major league baseball team (the L.A. Dodgers), worked in a law firm, started his own real estate company and climbed his way up to corporate real estate and financial advising—with the international firm UGL Equis—all since leaving UCSD.

There is tremendous talent in the Triton community, he says, and that shouldn’t go untapped.

After joining the Alumni Association last fall, Sasaki was immediately eager to take on a leadership role. Now the director of cultural affairs for the Los Angeles chapter, he is organizing a tour of the Huntington Botanical Gardens, local hikes and an August concert at Hollywood Bowl that will feature Tower of Power and jazz saxophonist Dave Koz.

“There’s a lot of potential for us as an alumni group,” he says. “We can do so much more to inspire our alumni and encourage them to give back.”

Sasaki has always been an entrepreneur, but he says he feels “indebted” to UCSD for helping him appreciate the power of social networking. His college activities included catching for the UCSD baseball team, serving on the ERC college council, helping to provide college-prep services for disadvantaged high school students and
presiding over the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi.

“People complain about the social life at UCSD, but it’s all about how much you want to get out of it,” he says. “You have to be proactive.”

And Sasaki is still proactive about staying connected. Through his role with the Alumni Association, he hopes to discover even more of his classmates in the years to come.

—Jesse Alm, Sixth ’11

This is the second in a series profiling the Alumni Association’s lifetime members. Join Matt and thousands of others for as little as $45 per year. For more information, visit alumni.ucsd.edu/membership.

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