Tim Mulligan, chief human resources officer of late Paul Allen’s Seattle-based holding company Vulcan Inc., will be the keynote speaker for the Washington State University Tri-Cities Carson College of Business Point to Success Fundraising Brunch on March 7. The event is sponsored by Anthony’s at Columbia Point in Richland and proud partner STCU.

Individuals will enjoy a delectable brunch, keynote presentation from Mulligan, a  WSU hospitality business alumnus, as well as a live auction and games.

The brunch takes place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Anthony’s at Columbia Point on Saturday, March 7. Admission costs $100 per person before Feb. 27. After Feb. 27, admission costs $125 per person.

Mulligan’s career has taken him all over the west coast, from the Tri-Cities, to the Starwood Hotels and Resorts, to the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, to now leading the human resources department of Vulcan Inc. The Hanford High School, WSU and juris doctor Gonzaga University alumnus has used his education wisely, asserting opportunities in the business sector that have led to more than he thought possible. All the while, he remained close to his roots, supporting WSU students in their journeys in business and helping them find jobs in the business and other sectors.

Admission also includes a signed copy of Mulligan’s book “ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World‑Famous San Diego Zoo Way.”


All proceeds from the event go directly to the WSU Tri‑Cities Carson College of Business.

“I went to WSU and graduated from the Carson College’s hospitality program with the hope of managing restaurants and hotels,” Mulligan said. “I never anticipated that I would take that amazing WSU experience and degree and see it lead me to a unique and exciting career as a lawyer and HR executive at such diverse companies and locations as I’ve been fortunate to experience.”

Robert Harrington, director of the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management, said  Mulligan’s presentation will lend a fascinating account of what is possible through a WSU degree in business, and how others may be able to follow in his footsteps.

“Tim will also talk about successful ways for building and maintaining a business,” he said. “It’s a great learning opportunity for our local business and affiliated community members.”

Harrington said each year, Anthony’s at Columbia Point generously donates their space, service and food for the annual WSU fundraiser so that all proceeds go directly to the local program. This year, STCU joins as a partner. The Lodge at Columbia Point also donates accommodations for the featured speakers for the event, as well as other services.

“It’s an incredible partnership that truly benefits local business students and faculty,” Harrington said. “This is an event that not only showcases what our students are currently doing in the business programs through WSU Tri-Cities, but also what is possible when businesses support local education. They are supporting their future employees and the future of business. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”

Registration and more information is available online.