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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 business.

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.


Leadership

SDSU Entrepreneur Society Executive Board

President


tomI am a Senior transfer student majoring in General Business. I realized very quickly that I wanted to take advantage of every possible experience that SDSU could offer me. Innovation starts with us. We are the next generation. San Diego is 93% small business and out of those 97,000 small businesses, it is likely that your idea can succeed. We have top CEOs who speak to our group, wonderful mentors, and the space to develop your ideas. Come see what the Entrepreneur Society has done for us, and what it can do for you!




Vice President of Operations


I’m beginning my second year as a Business Entrepreneurship major.  I am incredibly excited to run my first term in the Entrepreneur Society as Vice President of Operations! Emphasized by my major, entrepreneurship has been a passion of mine for my entire life. I look forward to being able to connect the SDSU student body to the amazing opportunities entrepreneurship can bring.  I truly hope to further the successes of this organization with my extraordinary team and have a fantastic year!




Vice President of Events


I am a second year student at SDSU studying Business Administration with a Minor in Entrepreneurship.  I am very passionate about starting my own business and joining the Entrepreneur Society this past year has only furthered my ambition. My experiences through ES have been some of the most influential aspects of my college career. The Entrepreneur Society has allowed me endless networking and inspired me more than ever.  I’m looking forward to another amazing year! 




Vice President of Public Relations and Fundraising


I am entering my third year here at SDSU majoring in Management Information Systems with a minor in Spanish. I have had the pleasure to be a part of our elite organization for a year, and as a result, I have had the honor of meeting face to face with some of the brightest minds in the country. The Entrepreneur Society has helped sharpen my entrepreneurial skills and have found a valuable network of support with likeminded individuals. I have been given the opportunity to represent you as this year’s VP of PR and Fundraising and look forward to an awesome year with you!  



Vice President of Marketing


I am entering my senior year here at SDSU.  After hearing countless positive comments and remarks regarding the Entrepreneur Society during my time as an Aztec I knew I had to join and I have been a satisfied member for the past year!  Tarun Shah and I will be working together as the VPs of Marketing. We will be responsible for communicating important club information to the members through our numerous social media accounts.  Joining ES has been one of the most beneficial moves of my college career. ES has provided me with: countless networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs from all over the US; workshops teaching me how to start my own business; an environment where I can collaborate with other motivated SDSU students, as we work together towards the goal of one day running our own businesses.



Vice President of Finance


I'm a junior here at SDSU, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Finance. The Entrepreneur Society was the first organization that I became a part of when I was a freshman. I am very excited to be able to serve on the executive board for this upcoming year. Aside from ES, I enjoy playing volleyball, going to the gym, and of course enjoying the rich social life SDSU has to offer. I cannot wait for this upcoming year to help others become a member of our ES family.




Vice President of Membership


Fellow Aztecs, my story is a little different than all of yours. I am not one of those who started off at college and immediately joined the Entrepreneur Society their freshman year. I honestly never thought I would make it this far. I lived my whole life in Pacific Beach where it’s basically one big party. After almost failing out my freshman year because of “bad”, but fun choices, I decided to take college more seriously and I declared my major as Business Management. My path began to form and eventually led me to the Entrepreneur Society at SDSU. It took me a while to realize I was actually doing something creative and important in my life and for my future. As your VP of Membership, I want everyone to understand the benefits that this society can offer and look forward to meeting all of you! If you see me cruising campus don’t be shy I’d be more than happy to chat with you!



Vice President of Information


I am a second year here at SDSU majoring in Business Marketing. I became a member of the Entrepreneur Society my first year and I have never looked back. I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am very excited for the upcoming year where my team and I plan to better the Entrepreneur Society through new guest speakers, more knowledge, and most of all helping others achieve their dream and become their own boss. Even though I have only been involved for one year, I have gained priceless experience and relationships that I will hold onto forever. Most importantly, I am excited for all the like-minded individuals that will bring a new fire to the Entrepreneur Society and make this an unforgettable year.



Vice President of Committee


I am a third-year Entrepreneur major. Entrepreneur Society has helped me to focus on my career goal of becoming a future business owner. ES has also given me a place to find other passionate, inspired, and ambitious business-oriented students. Through events and speakers, ES has given me an insight into the many different business roles as well as the different fields of business it is possible to venture into. This year I'm excited to be the VP of the Membership Committee. My goal is to help other college students discover the possibilities that come with being an entrepreneur. I believe Entrepreneur Society is a very flexible organization that can accommodate students of many different backgrounds and interests. Currently, my goal is to one day open my own bakery. So, if you ever want to talk pastries and sweets be sure to catch me at one of the entrepreneur society meetings.



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. Interested in becoming an advisor? Contact us for information.



Entrepreneur Society Campus Advisor


brianBernhard 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.



Board Member


brianDoug 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.



Board Member


brianMike 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.



Board Member


patrick 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.