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Thursday, March 22nd 2018

SDSU Alums Building an Entrepreneurial World

Entrepreneurs, both in mind and spirit, can create opportunities that seem unbelievable in hind sight.

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At San Diego State University , we have the reputation of graduating students who just "seem to get it done." This is not by accident.

Our university curriculum, entrepreneurial support programs, ecosystem of professors, advisors and past entrepreneurs all seem to "fuel" the passion that is needed to create companies. We embrace those founders and entrepreneurs who face the challenge of starting and growing a company.

Listed below, you will find a partial list of those SDSU alums that have founded or joined a small company and launched it to higher levels of success. If you are one of those people, send us an email via our Entrepreneur Submit form. If you would like to nominate yourself as a guest speaker giving back to students on campus or hosting a company site visit for entrepreneurially oriented students, then click here.

    Cary Mack, SDSU'82
    Managing Director
    LECG, Torrey Pines Bank
    Ron Fowler, SDSU H'05*
    Chairman and CEO
    Liquid Investments
    Jack Goodall, SDSU'60
    Founder and CEO
    Jack in the Box
    Wing Lam, SDSU'84
    Wahoo's Fish Tacos
    Jim Sinegal, SDSU'59
    Costco Wholesale
    Thom McElroy, SDSU'85
    Art Nicholas, SDSU'72
    Susan Nowakowski, SDSU'89
    AMN Healthcare
    Steve Nelson, SDSU'96
    Midwest General
    L. Robert Payne, SDSU'55
    President and CEO
    Multi-Ventures, Inc.
    Yukon Palmer, SDSU'02
    Field Technologies
    Sol Price, SDSU'34
    Price Club
    Ralph Rubio, SDSU'78
    Rubio's Restaurants Inc.
    Craig T. Stevens, SDSU'82
    Principal and CEO
    Mar West Ventures, Inc.
    Victor Mitchell, SDSU'88
    Advanage Wireless, Inc.
    Ron Kendrick, SDSU'75
    Union Bank of California
    Scott Salter, SDSU'85
    Freedom Grill
    Kristian Rauhala, SDSU'01
    CEO and President
    H2O Audio
    Rob Scherer, SDSU'96
    TAG The Accounting Group
    Brad W. Chisum, SDSU'07
    Chief Executive Officer
    Lumedyne Technologies
    Jerry L. Halamuda, SDSU'72
    Color Spot Nurseries, Inc.
    Jamie Mautz, SDSU'2000
    Pacific Ink, Inc.
    Laurel E. Rainwater, SDSU'60
    Rainwater's on Kettner
    Charles Wax, SDSU'72
    Waxies Enterprises, Inc.
    Jeffrey Grad, SDSU'80
    Evolution Fresh
    Zeynep Ilgaz, SDSU'2000
    CEO and President
    Confirm BioSciences

* Honorary Degree

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Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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