2016 Hall of Fame Honorees Named at LBCC

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The first African American to serve on the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees, a Long Beach city councilmember, a successful local business owner, and a nationally published financial advisor have been named as Long Beach City College’s 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, LBCC officials recently announced.

This year’s honorees are: Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin II; Janis Krantz, owner J & L Jewelry and community volunteer; former Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustee Member Patricia Lofland; and Phillip Q. Shrotman, former LBCC Business professor and businessman.

The Hall of Fame program is sponsored and coordinated by the LBCC Foundation.

“The Alumni Hall of Fame is Long Beach City College’s most prestigious alumni honor,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “This year’s honorees have all contributed extensively to the betterment of our community. We are proud that they are LBCC alumni and look forward to publicly recognizing their accomplishments.”

Established in 1972, the Hall of Fame recognizes former LBCC students who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and communities. The 2016 honorees will join 163 other alumni in LBCC’s Hall of Fame.

About this year’s inductees:

Al Austin II

Al Austin II

Al Austin II – Long Beach City Councilmember Austin began his career in aerospace at McDonnell Douglas and Boeing in Long Beach. He served as an aide to a state senator in Los Angeles for four years. He served on the Long Beach Citizen Complaint Commission for four years. In 2012, he won the seat as the Long Beach City Councilmember representing the 8th District and was re-elected in 2016. He received the Long Beach NAACP Advocacy Award in 2010 and the LBCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.

Janis Krantz

Janis Krantz

Janis Krantz – Krantz is a successful business owner of J & L Jewelry in Long Beach. She regularly contributes generous gift certificates and jewelry to LBCC events and to other organizations’ fundraising events. She is a member of the Steel Magnolia’s non-profit organization that contributes funds to the Geraldine Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. Janis is a LBCC Distinguished Alumna and she received the Steel Magnolia’s Founders’ Award in 2015.

Patricia Lofland

Patricia Lofland

Patricia Lofland – Lofland was the first African American member and president of the LBCCD Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Personnel Commission of Southern California, member of the Grand Jury and served as Secretary, member of the LBUSD Personnel Commission and member of the National Council of Negro Women. Pat was part of the Breaking Through Lighting the Way project and exhibition as an African American female leader. She is also a retired educator and travel agent.

Phil Shrotman

Phil Shrotman

Phil Shrotman – Shrotman is the President/CEO of Principal Planning, Inc., a financial planning firm in Long Beach. His articles and commentary regarding investments and financial matters are featured regularly in national media publications including USA Today, Morningstar, CNN, and CNBC. Shrotman spent 30 years as a professor of Business at LBCC and served on the Foundation Finance Committee. As a LBCC student, Phil received the Viking Award and was Editor of the Viking newspaper.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will be Friday, October 14 at noon at the LBCC Liberal Arts Campus. For more information, please contact Nancy Yoho at (562) 938-4203 or nyoho@lbcc.edu.

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