Vanguard is Home

Just like I had back home…

ClintonWow, my time at Vanguard flew by before I knew it! My name is Clinton Munoz; I’m twenty-two years old and just graduated this past May with a degree in Business Administration. My hometown is Kingsburg, CA. It is one of those towns off the 99 freeway that if you blink, you’ve probably missed it. You can’t even walk down the street without seeing a familiar face or going to the super market without running into a close friend. One reason I chose Vanguard was because of the same “close family” feeling that I felt on campus- just like I had back home.

The first time I visited the campus was during a PreVU event. A few of the Juniors and Seniors at Vanguard found out I played worship and asked if I would grab my guitar and lead us in some songs. I was so nervous but within half an hour there were twenty-five people singing in the lobby, praying, and worshipping together. It was then that I knew Jesus was living and moving at Vanguard and I wanted to be a part of it.

Clinton Munoz5Honestly I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Lord guiding my steps at Vanguard. I had the opportunity to lead worship not only on campus, but also in Germany, Portugal, France and China through Vanguard Singers and Band. I chose Vanguard in the beginning for music, but that changed quickly when I realized my gifting and passion for business. All of my experiences taught me new things about myself and challenged and encouraged my walk with Christ.
Vanguard also was able to help me financially coming out of high school. I got a letter in the mail saying I received financial aid and I ran into the kitchen telling my mom and dad, “The Lord has opened up the door for me to go!” Without financial aid, I would not have been able to pursue an education at Vanguard. I received a music scholarship and an academic scholarship. I want to thank all of the supporters of Vanguard that helped make this great education a reachable goal. Because of them my life was changed and I have been able to strengthen my faith in the Lord and discover the gifts He has given me.

Clinton Munoz3There is one more reason I am so thankful that I was able to attend Vanguard…and that is because I met my future wife here. I will be getting married to Charity Rouland in less than twenty days (but who’s counting) and I couldn’t be more blessed! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with God’s beautiful daughter. I also am grateful to have a job at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where I am finding out what God wants to do with me as I serve as a client sales associate. This next season of life is going to be one full of adventure, new experiences and full of faith. When following the Lord, one can expect nothing less than unending grace and a life full of excitement.

A visit to Capital Bank to discover how businesses get started

I am honored to have had the privilege to attend a small field trip with my Managing within the Law class on October 19, 2011.  My journey to Capital Bank in San Juan Capistrano was a great and memorable experience that has helped me expose the way I view things in starting a business. To be honest, I really was not in the mood to visit a bank because I had two mid-terms earlier that day, but little did I know that this excursion was going to exceeded my expectations.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a nice gentleman named John McGill, the Executive Vice President of the bank. He presented himself and gave us a brief introduction about his life; there after informed us that he called 30 of his close friends and elaborated on his idea of starting a bank. Although a huge risk, he persuaded his buddies to invest a large sum of money to start the bank that is now known as Capital Bank. Amongst the 30 people there was a well respected man as we all know as Professor Ed. Westbrook. He gave us a quick tour and enlightened us with the progress they have made with the bank since it opened on Marched 26, 2008. Capital Bank started at a stock level of $10 dollars a share, and since then have sky- rocketed to $24 dollars a share.

After the tour the class was brought into an elegant conference room where we were presented with waters and snacks to munch on while Mr. McGill informed us the process and all the requirements needed to start a bank. He explained that they had to get approved by the Federal Reserve System and meet all the regulations that they required. Since John McGill and associates had experience in the banking industry they managed to open just on time, being one of the last banks in California approved to carry out business. The information that was portrayed to us is something that will help me improve my business strategies for the future.

Shawn Castellanos
Vanguard University Student