2 years to President, Kris Farris 2009

What do you call a FEMBA two years after graduation? If it’s Kris Farris, FEMBA 2009, you could use the title of President and COO of Crest Steel.

I was in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame last week and I looked up and saw this photo montage, which happened to feature Kris, during his UCLA Football days. I called him to catch up and learned he’d been promoted to President two years after FEMBA.

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Kris Farris, FEMBA 2009, as displayed at the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, the Morgan Center, from his undergraduate football days.


Kris Farris was a consensus All-American football player at UCLA and winner of the 1998 Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s top collegiate lineman.  He majored in English as an undergrad and returned to UCLA to the FEMBA program in 2006.  Kris retired from football in 2003 and joined Crest Steel, a steel service center in California and Arizona, as a sales representative.   When he started the FEMBA program in 2006, Kris was the inside sales manager at his company.  Halfway through the program he was promoted to Vice President.  In 2011, just two years after completing his MBA, he was named President & COO of Crest Steel.  Crest is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE: RSAC), a Fortune 500 Company.

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