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Wednesday, March 29th 2017

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
    Founder
    Wahoo's Fish Tacos
    
    Jim Sinegal, SDSU'59
    Founder
    Costco Wholesale
    
    Thom McElroy, SDSU'85
    Co-Founder
    Volcom
    
    Art Nicholas, SDSU'72
    Co-Founder
    Nicholas-Applegate
    
    Susan Nowakowski, SDSU'89
    President
    AMN Healthcare
    
    Steve Nelson, SDSU'96
    Founder
    Midwest General
    
    L. Robert Payne, SDSU'55
    President and CEO
    Multi-Ventures, Inc.
    
    Yukon Palmer, SDSU'02
    Founder
    Field Technologies
    
    Sol Price, SDSU'34
    Founder
    Price Club
    
    Ralph Rubio, SDSU'78
    Co-Founder
    Rubio's Restaurants Inc.
    
    Craig T. Stevens, SDSU'82
    Principal and CEO
    Mar West Ventures, Inc.
    
    Victor Mitchell, SDSU'88
    Founder
    Advanage Wireless, Inc.
    
    Ron Kendrick, SDSU'75
    Founder
    Union Bank of California
    
    Scott Salter, SDSU'85
    Co-Founder
    Freedom Grill
    
    Kristian Rauhala, SDSU'01
    CEO and President
    H2O Audio
    
    Rob Scherer, SDSU'96
    Founder
    TAG The Accounting Group
    
    Brad W. Chisum, SDSU'07
    Chief Executive Officer
    Lumedyne Technologies
    
    Jerry L. Halamuda, SDSU'72
    Founder
    Color Spot Nurseries, Inc.
    
    Jamie Mautz, SDSU'2000
    Owner
    Pacific Ink, Inc.
    
    Laurel E. Rainwater, SDSU'60
    President
    Rainwater's on Kettner
    
    Charles Wax, SDSU'72
    President
    Waxies Enterprises, Inc.
 
    Jeffrey Grad, SDSU'80
    Founder
    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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