Lavin Center Board of Advisors
Growing an Entrepreneurial Culture
The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University is an entrepreneurial leader in a thriving and diverse San Diego community. In order to build and maintain a world-class center we need the strategic and financial support of experienced and committed Advisory Board Members. We are always seeking individuals who can help us achieve our strategic objectives and support us in the community.
The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Mission
The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) is a hub on the SDSU campus uniting students, faculty, and the San Diego community in entrepreneurial activity. For students, the Lavin Center offers a wide variety of programs and experiential learning opportunities to supplement their academic experience, as well as individual counseling, various types of business competitions, internship programs, mentors, networking opportunities, workshops, and other entrepreneurship resources.
It is our mission to help students understand broad sweeping trends and see opportunities from an international and social change perspective. The acquisition of these skills and perspectives will provide a strong business foundation and prepare students to excel in an emerging global economy.
If you want to join our advisory board and make a difference, please contact Alex DeNoble at [email protected]
Nolan is a junior at San Diego State University majoring in Finance who is interested in investing, trading, and managing money. He is drawn to entrepreneurship because it promotes innovation, creativity, and being rewarded your own hard work. Nolan joined the Entrepreneurship Society Executive Board as the VP of Finance his sophomore year to broaden his network and learn how to manage a student organization. As the 2021-2022 President of the Entrepreneurship Society, Nolan is excited to grow the program and encourage as many students to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.
Sanford Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Hall & Ehrlich, LLC
Sanford Ehrlich is the Vice President, Strategic Development for TVPage, a corporation that has developed an online video marketing platform to increase conversion to sales across all web properties. Previously, he served as the QUALCOMM Executive Director of San Diego State University's Entrepreneurial Management Center from 1997 to 2011 and is an Emeritus Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration. His research in leadership, technology commercialization, and entrepreneurship has appeared in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Leadership Quarterly, and IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management. Sanford serves on the Board of Directors of Nichols Corporation, Haws Corporation, and Deep Sky Software. In addition to his involvement with startup ventures, he serves on the Board of Directors and executive committee of CONNECT, a regional nonprofit organization that accelerates the creation of technology and life science startups in San Diego County by linking entrepreneurs with the resources needed for success. For his work in supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs, he is a recipient of the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2001 Edwin M. and Gloria W. Appel Award from the Price-Babson Foundation.
Southern California Institute (SCI)
Inversiones Seguras LLC
Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s Board of Advisors
He is currently a board member of several institutions and was a founding board member of the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in Asia. Mark has extensive international experience having lived and worked throughout Europe and Asia, but has recently returned to his native San Diego where he previously earned an MBA from SDSU.
As Chief Operating Officer, Alissa oversees the day-to-day operation and project performance of each project from inception to completion with relentless focus on client communication and satisfaction. Before moving into the construction industry, Alissa worked for such companies as Vituity and MedAmerica providing management, operational training and financial expertise to medical groups and physician executives. Hailing from Michigan, Alissa holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Alissa is actively working on obtaining her general contractors license.
Alissa began her career in the construction industry when serving as treasurer within her community’s HOA. Faced with a complicated and highly technical reconstruction project within a 43-story high-rise, Alissa’s strong understanding of client needs, finances, governing bodies and management background provided key expertise to her community and HOA.
Following her passion for development and construction, Alissa joined CMP. Alissa marries the construction team and operational team to ensure the quality and expectations of construction is exceeded and our client centric approach is executed.
3 Hour Learning
Osinski is a true entrepreneur. Prior to teaching, he was the founder and CEO of the SMART Group; a national advertising agency that specialized in serving the direct marketing needs of some of the nation’s largest Mobile / Wireless carriers. He started the company with just $3,000 and built it into over $15 Million in annual revenues before being acquired by TMP WORLDWIDE / MONSTER.COM in 1998. He then served as the Vice President of Marketing for their Directional Marketing division overseeing a half billion dollars in ad revenues for two years.
He is highly committed towards enhanced education. He is an active member of the College of Business’ Board of Directors and has financially contributed towards the establishment of SDSU’s PSSM (Professional Sales & Sales Management) program that launched in 2013. He is also the founder and CEO of 3 Hour Learning (www.3hrlearning.com). An online digital educational program targeted towards teaching entrepreneurs and business professionals the fundamentals of success in sales.
Osinski attended the University of Miami where he earned a BA in Mass Communications and an MBA in Marketing.
Professional Experience Bruce provides tax services to a variety of privately held companies in the manufacturing, distribution, and real estate industries. He specializes in tax consulting with an emphasis on closely held businesses entities (partnerships, C corporations, S corporations, and LLCs). He also provides income and estate planning for individuals and business owners. Bruce leads the firm’s Private Client Services Practice for the San Diego office. He has practiced public accounting for more than 25 years, and in addition to serving as the tax partner on numerous client engagements, he continues to be a mentor for tax senior managers and managers at the firm.
“Making the Most of the New Tax Savings Opportunities” (San Diego Business Journal, March 2018)
“Now’s the Time to Reduce Your 2014 Tax Liability,” (San Diego Business Journal, Feb 2014)
“Are You Paying the IRS Too Much? Navigating the New 2013 Tax Laws,” (San Diego Business Journal, June 2013)
Selected Speaking Engagements
What is the Best Succession Planning Strategy for Your Family Business Client? Family Firm Institute (October 2013)
Member and Operations Roundtable planning committee member, SME CONNECT
Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
MirKa Investments, LLC