Brice Yocum, J.D.

Program Director, Global MBA
Regional Center Director of Business Programs
Assistant Professor of Business
VIS 214
559-302-4117
brice.yocum@fresno.edu

Education

J.D., School of Law, Pepperdine University, Malibu, 2008
Certificate, Dispute Resolution, School of Law, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University, Malibu, 2008
B.S., Business Administration: Human Resources Emphasis, California State University, Fresno, 1998

Share why you teach at FPU

At Fresno Pacific University, I can exercise my love for education and my love for faith in a tradition that seeks ethical and academic excellence through these ideals. I am blessed to work with inspiring colleagues and aspiring students, finding personal and professional growth opportunities in my interactions with both groups.

Scholarly Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social enterprise
  • Intersection of faith and business
  • Sustainable agricultural practices

Professional and Service Experience

I have served as the executive director for the Sundale Foundation for Students and Community, a local non-profit serving the students and community of the Sundale School District. The nonprofit serves more than 200 children daily, in multiple settings including a preschool, afterschool program, and community center. I have been in charge of managing the major fundraising event for the foundation since 2010. 

I consult a number of non-profits and para-church organizations seeking to benefit their local communities through programs and social enterprise opportunities. In 2011, I attended the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard University, gaining a great deal of insight and understanding that I use to assist my clients in the vision-setting, management, and growth of their organizations.

Honors and Awards

  • CALI Award, Constitutional Law-Individual Rights, Pepperdine University School of Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Director, Sundale Foundation for Students and Community
  • American Management Association- Active Member
  • Christian Legal Society- Active Member
  • Tulare/Kings Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM)-Active Member
  • National SHRM- Active Member
  • California Bar Association- Active Member, Lic. No. 258696
  • American MENSA- Active Member
  • Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund- Active Member
  • Visalia Breakfast Rotary- Past Member

Personal Experiences

As part of the MBA program, I encourage students to develop social-entrepreneurial business models that would provide income and non-financial benefits in local communities. In 2011, I had the pleasure of working with one MBA student who wanted to reclaim an empty lot next to their church to begin growing organic produce for local schools and families in the Orange Cove community. We discussed the paradigm, possible partnership ideas, product outlets, and management ideas. I recently ran into this student at a local restaurant, where he proudly showed me pictures of the project, from planting to harvest on his iPad.  He plans to expand the project in the coming seasons, taking what he learned from this initial iteration and applying it to this fledgling social enterprise. This experience demonstrated the culmination of the arc of my educational goals with students: taking their innate gifts and desires, applying education and experience in and out of the classroom, and providing moral and professional support to encourage practical application.  

Publications and Presentations

Presentations:
  • “ARRA Funds and Construction Contracts,” Office of Inspector General, GSA, 2012
  • Partnering Facilitator: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Contract #N62473-11-C-1006, 2011
  • “Why You Need to Fail More, The Secret of Success,” Visalia Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • “Understanding Overhead in Federal Contracting,” General Services Administration, Chicago, 2010
  • “Construction Terminology,” General Services Administration, Chicago, 2010
  • “Landing Work in the Government Sector,” Project Management Institute, Interview: http://www.pmi.org/en/Professional-Development/Career-Central/Landing-Work-in-the-Government-Sector.aspx2010
  • Publications:
  • “Dear Mortgage Crisis,” Visalia Times Delta Op-ed, 2009
  • “Dear America,” Visalia Times Delta Op-ed, 2009
  • “Are You In Compliance With The New California Foreclosure Laws?”, Lang, Richert & Patch, http://www.lrplaw.net/are-you-in-compliance-with-the-new-california-foreclosure-laws/, 2008

Recommended Resources

Planet Money - Planet Money is a multimedia team covering the global economy. We produce a twice-weekly podcast and create stories for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life. We also write a blog.  We think a lot of people feel overwhelmed by the global economy. They know it’s affecting their lives, but they don’t know how to dive in. We’ve built what we hope will be a fun, safe, exciting, accessible place for people to explore the global economy and what it’s doing to them.

BBC Global News - The best stories, interviews and on the spot reporting from around the world including highlights from Newshour, Newsday and World Briefing. Up to 30 minutes compiled twice a day from the 24 hour news coverage from the BBC World Service.

On Being - On Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.

Radio Lab - Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy and human experience. Radiolab is heard around the country on over 300 stations. 

This American Life - This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.8 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with around 700,000 people downloading each week. There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but it's sort of hard to describe.

Other Information

 I have lived and studied around the world, including: Portland, Oregon; Walton-le-Dale, England; and Calabasas, CA. I have traveled internationally to England, Scotland, Wales, Germany and Spain. Currently, I live on a small family farm in the Tulare county countryside, enjoying life with my wife and our three daughters, two dogs, and numerous heritage chickens. We love to share time with friends and family, are blessed by our ministers at Neighborhood church, and count them all as God’s gifts.

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