The SDSU Entrepreneur Society is an official student organization on the San Diego State
University campus. Our mission is to bring together entrepreneurially minded students on
campus, and to foster the process of helping students turn their passion into a profitable
The Entrepreneur Society at SDSU is not just for students who may have already created companies. It's for students who approach life with a passion, who are fascinated by what they can accomplish in life, and want to take action steps towards fulfilling their potential.
From awesome guest speakers, to competitions for cash prizes, company tours and networking events, the Entrepreneur Society is always on the move, working towards helping your journey become a part of ours, and making life-long friendships along the way.
SDSU Entrepreneur Society Executive Board
What’s good! My name is David Shadi and I am Junior here at SDSU. I love business, basketball, and partying! I became involved with the Entrepreneur Society when I joined as a member my freshman year and have not looked back since. Year by year the organization has taken big steps forward and this year will not be any different. With amazing speakers and workshops ahead of us it is safe to say that we are the best organization to join on campus! Come to one of our meetings, network, gain knowledge, and join the family.
Vice President of Operations
Hey Everyone! My name is Rommel Cabal, a graduate student getting my Masters of Engineering in the Electrical Engineering department here at SDSU. Entrepreneur Society has given me so much as far as getting my head around starting my own business and providing me with the connections to make that happen. I was able to land a job in Robo 3D during the early stages from when they were working in the garage, spent a couple years working at Qualcomm, and now serving as Content Manager for an SDSU alumni. I've also started a podcast, called Startup Life Hacks, where I interview startup founders and entrepreneurs around San Diego. Looking forward to giving back and sharing some of my experiences. Drop by and say hi!
Vice President of Events
Emma Curry 3rd year at SDSU, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Major. I joined Entrepreneurship Society my second year at San Diego State University and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my college career thus far. I am very passionate about running my own company in the future and even more passionate about helping others achieve their goal of being their own boss. I think everyone has it in them to be an entrepreneur and make their own mark on this planet if they remain driven. I am excited to get the chance to inspire and motivate other members of this incredible club and I look forward to an awesome year.
Vice President of Public Relations and Fundraising
Hi there! I'm Drew Keske, a third year student here at State. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Entrepreneur Society since freshman year, and love it so much that I'm this year's VP of PR & Fundraising! I'm also involved in other State organizations like the Enviro-Business Society and Surfrider. The Entrepreneur Society has been an amazing experience for me, and where I have met some of the greatest students on campus. Stoked for an awesome year!
Vice President of Marketing
My name is Shayan Shahangian, and I am entering my senior year as a business management major here at SDSU. Ever since I joined the entrepreneur society, it has changed my life for the better. In addition to being VP of Marketing for the club, I have had the opportunity to make new friends each week and gain knowledge and experience that is priceless. Throughout the years, I have strengthened my marketing, management, and communication skills and hope to one day start my own business venture. I am very optimistic about the future and excited to share my experiences with like-minded people this year.
Vice President of Finance
Hi there, my name is Christian McGlade. I made many great connections as a member of the Entrepreneur Society last year, and I’m looking forward to serve as the VP of Finance this time around. I’m beginning my third year here at SDSU, majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. A variety of business related fields interest me, from completing a Marketing internship at Sysco last summer, to being passionate about real estate since I was a child. Here’s to another awesome year at the Entrepreneur Society!
Vice President of Membership
Hi! My name is Giuseppe Georgees. I'm a senior here at SDSU and majoring in Entrepreneurship. Being apart of the Entrepreneur Society has by far been the greatest experience of my college education. Aside from entrepreneurship, some of my interests include farming, horse-riding, fishing, hunting, and, of course, long romantic walks on the beach. I have a couple nifty credentials under my belt that I'm particularly proud of, some of which include Vice President of Fitness 101 in La Mesa, and CEO of my non-profit organization- which is currently in the works and will be named Shepherd's Trail. I love a good conversation so be sure to introduce yourself and share some of your entrepreneurial interests. As the VP of membership, I'm sure your name is already imprinted in my memory.
What’s up everyone! My name is Carlos and I am a Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship major with a minor in leadership. After transferring to SDSU last year, I quickly got myself involved with as much as I could, considering that my time here is limited. In addition to being the Marketing Assistant for ES, I also am a part of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program along with some of my executive board colleagues. I am currently working at Power Digital Marketing in their Paid Media department. Cheers to an awesome, fun-filled year for the Entrepreneur Society!
Vice President of Information
Marchella Marconi is a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada. She participated in the Venture Start competition last spring, where she was inspired to join ES and apply for an executive position. Majoring in real estate, Marchella is also actively involved in the Real Estate Society on campus. She has a profound interest in entrepreneurship and is in the Lavin program with three of her fellow ES board members. When Marchella is not attending school you can find her reading, writing, or roller-skating on the boardwalk. She loves the Entrepreneur Society and cannot wait for this amazing year with her ES family!
SDSU Entrepreneur Society Advisors
The SDSU Entrepreneur Society Board of Advisors (ESBA) consists of one campus advisor, three board members, as well as the President of Entrepreneur Society. The purpose of the advisory board is to assist the Entrepreneur Society Executive Board with access to resources, mentorship, and strategic guidance for a sustainable and effective organization.
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Entrepreneur Society Campus Advisor
Bernhard Schroeder is the Director of Programs at the Entrepreneurial Management Center and he 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 is also responsible for EMC marketing on both the SDSU campus and in the San Diego community. He is also part-time SDSU faculty, teaching classes 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.
Prior to moving to San Diego, Bernhard was a Senior Partner in the worlds' largest integrated marketing communications agency, CKS Partners, which in 1998 had offices in over 30 countries, more than 10,000 employees and over $1 billion in revenue. Bernhard joined CKS in 1991 when the firm had only 35 employees and just $5.5 million in revenue. He opened the first out of state agency office for CKS in 1993 in Portland Oregon and, working with the other four partners, grew the firm to almost $40 million in revenue by 1995 and led CKS to a successful IPO that same year.
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. He was involved in the initial branding and marketing launches for companies like Yahoo!, Amazon, Corbis, ESPN and Travelocity. Prior to CKS Partners, Bernhard worked with direct mail and database marketing agencies helping them grow significantly.
Doug Wall is CEO and Chairman of PureForge, a California-based corporation focused on developing lifetime solutions for brake rotors and pads. He is a seasoned executive, skilled entrepreneur, and experienced private equity investor. Prior to joining PureForge's management team, Mr. Wall led the formation, financing and management of Genea Energy Partners, Inc. Mr. Wall has led and managed hundreds of financial and business transactions including: private equity, venture capital, IPO's, mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Mr. Wall is also the co-founder of RCG Management, Alitum, Mission Ventures, Shepherd Ventures and the San Diego Tech Coast Angels.
Mike Stanicek joined Retail Inkjet Solutions in August 2007 as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. He brings 24 years of marketing, product life cycle management, and operations experience to RIS. RIS has experienced significant growth by rolling out the RIS InkCenter® inkjet cartridge refilling solution to over 560 location in 4 countries. This rollout includes Costco Wholesale, Fry’s Electronics, and a number of University bookstores. Prior to RIS, he was the Co-General Manager for Kodak’s Encad Wide Format Inkjet Division and was responsible for the P&L of the organization. He joined Encad as the Vice President of the Media Business Unit and grew both revenues and profits substantially. Prior to Encad, he served as Senior Marketing Director at Phogenix Imaging, the joint venture formed by Kodak and Hewlett Packard to develop digital inkjet photofinishing mini-labs. As a founding member, he was responsible for all aspects of marketing including value proposition, product management and long-term strategic planning. Prior to Phogenix he held numerous management positions during his 16 year tenure at Hewlett Packard which included the position of Commercial Solutions Manager, where he managed a marketing department responsible for commercial inkjet supplies. Mr. Stanicek received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, Production/Operations from San Diego State University.
Patrick is a seasoned entrepreneur and an experienced corporate executive with over two decades of experience in sales, marketing and operation in Financial Technology, Internet, Wireless, and Consumer Data industries. Hoss led various marketing groups and technology units at Fortune 500 companies and pioneering start-ups; while leveraging their respective capabilities and domain expertise solutions to position them as leaders in their sectors including MCI, Cingular, Capital Partners, MyBuinessLoan, Dealstruck, HNC Software, and FICO®.
Respected for his strong ethics, integrity and a relentless focus on consistent revenue growth, Hoss has become a technological thought leader(in domestic/international markets) while building high performance team with positive corporate culture. Hoss has turned data, analytic and technology into several progressive online/offline software solutions/offerings, partnerships and revenue opportunities with the top global Financial Institutions, Wireless Carriers, and Credit Data Bureaus including CapitalOne, BancoPopular, Equifax, T-Mobile, AMEX amongst others. As an entrepreneur, he has created marketplace for BtB/BtC oriented products and brands with sales ranging from $30M to $850M.
Over the course of his career, he served as a brand ambassador and guest speaker at various industry expos/events while having the pleasure of working with Suzy Orman and Gen.Wesley Clark, and Michael Jordan on promotional campaigns. Adept at developing successful product strategies as well as lunching high profile web applications in matrixed organizations, Hoss has identified needs and solutions in financial technology space(FINTECH); including today's borrower needs for financial literacy, credit empowerment, and fair/affordable lending.
He volunteers at several non-profit organizations including CAFF, Homeless Shelters, RMHC, SBDC, and Boy Scouts of America. Hoss also serves as Advisory Board Member at SDSU Entrepreneurship Society.