Six Business Executives Join SDSU’s College of Business Administration Board of Directors

  Six Business Executives Join SDSU’s College of Business Administration Board
  of Directors

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO -- December 17, 2012

The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU)
announced that six business executives with local, national and international
ties have been named to the college’s board of directors. They are Michael
Bertolino, Jeffrey Dunham, Tom Gildred, Steadman Graham, Brian Kelley, and
Alan Wessel.

SDSU alumnus Michael Bertolino (’85, accounting) is the west region tax
managing partner for Ernst & Young and specializes in global tax consulting
services. He is known throughout Ernst & Young for his commitment to gender
equality within the accounting field.

Another SDSU alumnus, Jeffery Dunham (’83, finance) is the founder and CEO of
Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel Inc. and the chairman of the Dunham
Trust Company. Dunham was a pioneer in performance-based advisory compensation
which has now become a standard in the industry.

San Diego entrepreneur, Tom Gildred (’88, accounting), launched Emerald
Textiles in 2010, a commercial laundry service for Southern California
healthcare providers, which now serves nearly 80% of the hospital beds in San
Diego. He is also the founder and chairman for FMT Consultants, a Microsoft
certified gold partner.

Steadman Graham is the chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a
Chicago-based management and marketing consulting firm. He also conducts
training for corporations, organizations and nonprofits and is the author of
two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for
Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success.

As the CFO and managing partner for Paradigm Investment Group, Brian Kelley
oversees a 96-unit Hardee’s franchise group. He also serves as the CFO for the
partnership group that owns and operates the award-winning Donovan’s Prime
Steakhouse and Donovan’s Prime Seafood restaurants.

Alan Wessel graduated in 1981 with a finance degree from San Diego State and
currently serves as the senior vice president of the west region at Vulcan
Materials Company. He has been with the company since 1992 and is responsible
for Vulcan’s business interests in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

“We welcome our 2013 incoming class of directors. These six exemplary
individuals will join our existing board members in investing their time and
resources into the college by mentoring our students, offering financial
support, collaborating with faculty on cutting-edge research, and providing
their expertise into building a relevant curriculum,” said Dr. Michael
Cunningham, dean of SDSU’s College of Business Administration. “All of the
College of Business’ distinguished board members – many of whom are alumni -
have proven themselves not only as outstanding industry leaders, but as
generous and exceptionalrole models for our students.”

About the College of Business Administration

With nearly 5,000 students, SDSU’s College of Business Administration is one
of the largest business schools in the U.S. For over 50 years, the College has
produced some of the most successful and influential business leaders in the
world. For more information, visit

About SDSU

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education
institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded in 1897, the
university has grown to offer bachelor’s degrees in 85 areas, master’s degrees
in 77 areas and doctorates in 19 areas. SDSU’s approximately 31,000 students
participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with
faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a
global future. For more information, visit


SDSU College of Business Administration
Suzanne Finch
Chief Communications Officer
(619) 594-0206
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