Carmen Bianchi

Carmen Bianchi

Carmen Bianchi has been a Family Business Consultant since 1991. She was the founder and director of the EMC Business Forum at San Diego State University, servicing the growth needs of family and closely held businesses. She was the founder of the University of Texas at El Paso Family Business Forum and was the executive director of the Forum. Ms. Bianchi has relocated to the San Diego area and is the founder and a principal of Carmen Bianchi & Associates, a consulting firm in Family Business. She currently teaches in the College of Business at SDSU in the MBA program a class on Family Business Management.

As a family business consultant, Ms. Bianchi has served as a facilitator for family business retreats and conflict resolution as well as an advisor on a variety of strategic business issues. Ms. Bianchi is an expert in family systems and the relationship between family, business ownership and the professional roles within a family firm.

Congcong Zheng

Congcong Zheng

Professor Zheng has presented at numerous academia conferences and has published in two refereed books. Her academic articles have appeared or are forthcoming at Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Group and Organization Management, and Journal of Entrepreneurial Education. Prior to academia, Zheng was a consultant in BDA China Ltd., specializing in advising clients on market entry and investment decisions in China's Internet and Telecom sector. She holds a BS in Business Administration from University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in China and Ph.D. from London Business School.

Professor Zheng researches about decision making process, learning and related firm behaviors among entrepreneurial firms. Her work extends the behavioral theory of the firm (March and Simon, 1958; Cyert and March, 1963) in organizational theory and entrepreneurship field. She utilizes multiple research methods in her work, including experiments, cases, and survey methods. Context-wise, she is interested in high technology industries and cultural industries (popular music industries and independent motion picture industry). She has studied emerging market settings including China, India, and Mexico. 
Kimberly Davis King

Kimberly Davis King

 

 

Kimberly Davis King is a Venture Partner with Legacy Impact Capital a California focused social impact investment fund. With over 15 years in the venture capital industry, Kim has been focused on investing and mentoring startups and high growth companies. Kim is also currently on the screening committee for Evonexus, a San Diego incubator and advisor to several early stage and growth companies including ZafeSoft, Pathway Genomics, PhiloMetron and Verve Wireless. She is also adjunct professor at the San Diego State University and Rady School of Management UC San Diego. In 2007, Kim relocated to San Diego and opened the office for Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

Before joining Hercules, Kim was a General Partner with IDG Ventures from 1997 to 2006. She played an active role in managing and investing a $120 million captive fund for 9 years. She led multiple investments in software and technology infrastructure. Successful IPO investments included F5 Networks (FFIV) and VA Linux (LINUX). Prior to joining IDG Ventures, she was an Associate at BankAmerica Ventures. She has also served as a product manager in the Multimedia Publishing Group at Microsoft and spent four years as a consultant at Andersen Consulting. Kim holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

She sits on various non-profit boards and holds leadership positions including the RSF Unit Children's Hospital, Commnexus/EvoNexus, HBS Alumni Board, RSF Community Center, and the RSF Education Foundation.

Alex DeNoble

Alex DeNoble

Alex F. DeNoble is a Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business at San Diego State University. He currently also serves as the Chair of the College of Business Steering Committee. Prior to his role in the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, he served for 3 years as the Chair of the Management Department in the College of Business.

His primary areas of expertise include entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, technology commercialization and strategic management. He has conducted research in these areas and has taught related classes in the University's undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA programs. He has published articles in such journals as IEEE Transactions on Management, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the Journal of Technology Transfer, International Marketing Review, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.

Jaemin Kim

Jaemin Kim

Jaemin Kim, a professor of finance and entrepreneurship at San Diego State University, received his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Before joining San Diego State, he taught at the University of Oregon. The courses he has taught include Financing the Emerging Enterprise, Fundamentals of Finance, Investment, and Business Economics. 

Professor Kim's primary research is in the areas of corporate payout policy (share repurchase), international finance, executive compensation, entrepreneurship, and market microstructure. Before he became an academic, he was affiliated with Daewoo Group, the fourth largest industrial conglomerate in South Korea at the time. He worked as an assistant to former group chairman, Kim Woo Choong at Daewoo Office of the Chairman. He also worked for Daewoo Securities Co., Ltd.
 

Martina Musteen

Martina Musteen

Dr. Musteen received her PhD from the University of Kansas and is currently an Associate Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) College of Business Administration where she teaches courses in strategic management and international entrepreneurship on undergraduate, graduate and executive level. Dr. Musteen has also taught in various other programs in the U.S. as well as in Taiwan, Italy, and Mexico and won multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Musteen is very active in research. Her interests include internationalization process of entrepreneurial firms, offshoring, corporate reputation and foreign modes of entry. Her papers have been presented in numerous international academic conferences and published or are forthcoming in the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and Management International Review.

William Sannwald

William Sannwald

William Sannwald was an Assistant to the City Manager and Manager of Library Design and Development from 1997 to 2004, and was City Librarian of the San Diego Public Library from 1979 to 1997. He now is a full time faculty member in the business school at San Diego State University, and works as a library building and administrative consultant. The San Diego Library serves over 1,300,000 people through a Central Library, thirty-five branches. Mr. Sannwald received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from Beloit College in Wisconsin, his MBA degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and a MALS from Dominican University in Illinois. He received a H.W. Wilson scholarship to attend Dominican University, where he was elected class president and selected for membership in Beta Phi Mu.

Amy Randel

Amy Randel

Amy E. Randel is an associate professor of management at SDSU, specializing in organizational behavior. She received her B.A. in psychology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in management from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU, she was on the faculty at Wake Forest University and worked in consulting. Amy teaches classes in organizational behavior and creativity/innovation in organizations. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Organizational Behavior. 

Amy's current research interests include identity in organizations, diverse group dynamics, creativity, cross-cultural management, and social capital. She has published in a variety of outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, Group & Organization Management, Business & Society, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. 

Blue Robbins

Blue Robbins

Dr. Blue Robbins teaches a variety of upper division undergraduate and MBA courses in the management department specializing in International Business Strategy and Integration, Multinational Business and Comparative Management, Organizational Behavior, and Leadership. He has taught on the global voyage Semester at Sea program which is a university ship that circumnavigates the globe each academic semester. Dr. Blue Robbins received the "Malcolm A. Love" award at San Diego State University in 2002 for Outstanding Professor. He was selected as the SDSU College of Business Most Influential Management Professor in 2011. He is an active member of the Western Academy of Management, Society for Advancement of Management, and Academy of Management.

Dr. Robbins has been extremely involved in the San Diego State University community since 1995. He has brought many diverse public lectures to SDSU featuring speakers such as Maya Angelou, Edward James Olmos, and Delores Huerta. For over a decade, he advised the Student Recruitment and Retention Board High School Conferences for ten SDSU multicultural student organizations. He has advised the Cultural Arts and Special Events Board and consulted and helped coordinate major SDSU programs including Explore SDSU Open House, Orientation, and Welcome week. He served on President Weber's Border Voices executive committee for children's literacy and poetry and was appointed SDSU "Centennial" Programming co-chair for the 1997 calendar year. 

Lawrence Rhyne

Lawrence Rhyne

Dr. Lawrence C. Rhyne is an Associate Professor of Management at San Diego State University. Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU, Professor Rhyne taught at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Stuart School of Business Administration at Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, He has eight years of corporate experience, most recently as Manager of Corporate Planning, Skil Corp., Chicago, Illinois during which he acquired a CPA certificate.

His research interests center on effective strategies for companies in high technology and emerging industries in a global context. Dr. Rhyne has published articles in the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Product & Brand Management, and the International Journal of Project Management. Dr. Rhyne has presented a number of refereed papers before professional conferences.

Bernhard Schroeder

Bernhard Schroeder

Bernhard Schroeder is Director, Lavin Center Programs and oversees all of the undergraduate and graduate internship programs, the Lavin VentureStart Programs, the SDSU Venture Challenge MBA competition as well as the SDSU business plan competition teams. He also has responsibility for Lavin Entrepreneurship Center marketing on both the SDSU campus and in the San Diego community. He is a part-time Clinical Faculty, Marketing within the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University. Bernhard brings over 20 years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience both as a Senior Partner in a leading global marketing agency and as a former Chief Marketing Officer on the client side.

He has experience working with Fortune 100 firms like Apple, Nike, General Motors, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Kellogg's and others as well as start-up companies. Since moving to San Diego in 1997, he has specialized in working with senior executives and venture capitalists in either growth or turnaround opportunities with several companies including Nicholas-Applegate and Stellcom. In addition, he has received his master's degree from San Diego State University.

Michael Sloan

Michael Sloan

Michael L. Sloan, President/CEO of Kalma of CA., Inc. an innovative social venture that provides income and wealth creating opportunities for residents in underserved communities. Michael has over ten years of experience as a "social entrepreneur" which began by creating a $7.8 million health care and employment campus in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in Chicago. Michael continues to provide entrepreneurial training and mentoring for small businesses in low-income communities throughout the country.

As the Chief Operating Officer of a global apparel marketing and manufacturing company for over 25 years Michael provided leadership in management, brand licensing, and business development. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mid-America National Bank in Chicago. Roosevelt University, BSBA, University of Chicago, MA., UCLA, Anderson School of Management MDE. 

Nikhil Varaiya

Nikhil Varaiya

Professor Varaiya is a Professor of Finance at San Diego State University's (SDSU) College of Business Administration. He has been teaching in the EMBA Program since 1990 and serves as the Chair of the EMBA Executive Committee. Professor Varaiya currently teaches the SDSU graduate course Financing the Emerging Enterprise. Prior to SDSU, Professor Varaiya has taught at the following institutions: Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the School of Business Administration, University of Washington in Seattle. In addition, he has also taught extensively in executive programs of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and SDSU. Dr. Varaiya has been the recipient of the Outstanding EMBA Faculty Award on numerous occasions. 

Professor Varaiya is also active in research. His areas of interest include entrepreneurial finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and strategic management. Professor Varaiya has several of his articles published in business publications such as Banker's Magazine, Financial Executive, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Finance, Management Science and Strategic Management Journal.

Mujtaba Ahsan

Mujtaba Ahsan

Dr. Mujtaba Ahsan received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He previously worked at Pittsburg State University, where he successfully earned tenure and at Cal Poly Pomona. He served as an advisor to student entrepreneurship organizations and actively mentored student entrepreneurs at both these institutions. Dr. Ahsan currently serves as an advisor to a few start-ups and small businesses. 

Dr. Ahsan's teaching and research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology innovation and management, and strategic management. His research on these topics has been published or is forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Strategy & Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, Current Topics in Management, Academy of Information and Management Sciences Journal, International Journal of Data Mining, modeling and Management, and Strategic Management Review. 

Dr. Ahsan likes to spend his spare time with his family; his wife, Gulnaz, and their four children.

Susan Baer

Susan Baer

Ms. Baer, a Yale MBA and certified Project Management Professional, is currently on the Porter College of Business Management Advisory Board. She has managed large, enterprise-wide information technology development programs for NASA, EPA, commercial biotechs and pharmaceuticals, and universities as a Vice President of an IT Development Division at SAIC and as a Program Director at Booz Allen. Ms. Baer has been on the founding team of several commercial start-ups and is currently co-founding a CleanTech-based, new technology development, non-profit organization. 

More recently, Ms. Baer has provided mentoring and instruction to small business start-ups focused on CleanTech innovations, technology solutions for emergent defense sector requirements; and new product development programs. Her mentoring and course instruction experience includes:

  • SDSU Research Foundation – Mentoring to over 50 start-ups and small businesses on defense-based new technologies; instruction in technology commercialization, proposal development, program management, and contract administration
  • CleanTech Advisor – Mentoring to small business start-ups focused on sustainable technology solutions to climate change driven problems
  • CONNECT Entrepreneur in Residence – Mentoring to start-up businesses across high technology commercial sectors
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) – Instructor for PMI Certification Exam Preparation Courses, Risk Management, and Technology Commercialization
  • UCSD Entrepreneurial Challenge – Judge and Mentor to student company startups on their initial business plans Enterprise Futures Network – Mentoring to student startup companies across national universities and serving as a Judge on multiple business planning competitions

Frank Caperino

Frank Caperino

Frank Caperino has been a Multi-Unit Franchisee for fifteen (15) years. He owned and operated eight (8) Cold Stone Creameries. He is also presently a Franchisee in MySalonSuites in Orange County developing six locations over the next five years.He has been self-employed for a period of thirty (30) years. He has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA in Finance and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He teaches Finance at DeVry University (Undergraduate and Graduate), and Personal Finance and Investments at Southwestern College. He also teaches Franchise Management (MGT459) at San Diego State University. He is an author of a book on Franchising called, “Buying a Franchise: 24 Items to Beware of Before Signing!!” He presently is also a Franchise Consultant working with FranChoice.