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Business Owner Sees Value in Hiring Fellow Alumni

Left to Right: Gabriela Vera, John Jacinto, Alex Ramirez, Jose Zamora

Keeping it local might sound like an odd strategy for an international company like Modesto-based VisTech Manufacturing Solutions. But owner and CSU Stanislaus alumnus John Jacinto (Finance, ’96) is committed to finding and growing talent from the Valley — particularly fellow CSU Stanislaus graduates — and he believes the success of his company is due largely to that philosophy.

VisTech has plants in Ohio, Texas, Alabama and Canada, but Jacinto has chosen to keep its headquarters in Modesto. Jacinto admits a Midwest location might make more sense logistically, but he sees value in keeping his base of operations in a location where he can get the first crack at hiring grads from his alma matter. The results speak for themselves: VisTech — with an employee base of 250 individuals, many from the Valley and CSU Stanislaus — continues to expand and grow sales.

Often, people are under the mistaken impression that you have to hire from outside of the area to get quality people," Jacinto said. "I couldn't disagree more. I prefer to hire CSU Stanislaus graduates because I know the quality of the education they have received. I also know firsthand the strong work ethic and commitment to success that people in the Valley have."

Jacinto's newest hire is Gabriela Vera (Business Administration, '12) who will work as a quality control supervisor at VisTech's plant in San Antonio, Texas. Two of Jacinto's other employees — director of plant operations Alex Ramirez (Operations Management, '03) and director of sales Jose Zamora (Operations Management, '04) — are founding members of the staff, having been John's students when he taught at CSU Stanislaus from 2001 to 2003.

Updated: 08/03/2012
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