Courses I Teach

BUSN 15: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

BUSN 51: Introduction to Business

BUSN 54: Small Business Start Up and Management

BUSN 56: Marketing Principles

Education

M.B.A., Marketing
Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA 1995

B.S., Business MIS
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 1986

Biography

I'm the Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at West Valley College. I started my career at Lockheed Missiles and Space (which became Lockheed Martin) and then joined Applied Materials where I spent most of my career in new product design, test and launch. I opened the first Wingstop Restaurant in San Jose and later built and operated two more in the area. In my spare time, I serve on the Saratoga City Council and am the current Mayor. As the entrepreneurship program director and faculty, my main focus is on student success, equity and empowerment. I feel it is important for students to realize they can have big ideas, chase their dreams and seize market opportunities.

I am a second-generation Italian-American raised in the Bay Area. I enjoy spending time with my two children and dog. I also enjoy boating, waterskiing, running, riding my motorcycle (dirt and street) and I LOVE CHOCOLATE. In fact, I would live off See’s Candy (Nuts and Chews) if I could.

Entrepreneurship is the great equalizer. It doesn’t discriminate or succumb to artificial ceilings. If you have a good idea and execute well, you have every chance to succeed.
Last Updated 3/19/19