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SDSU’s College of Business Administration names six to board

Six business executives with local, national and international ties were named to San Diego State University College of Business Administration's board of directors.

They are Michael Bertolino, Jeffrey Dunham, Tom Gildred, Steadman Graham, Brian Kelley and Alan Wessel.

“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 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 exceptional role models for our students.”

SDSU alumnus Michael Bertolino (1985, accounting) is the West region tax managing partner for Ernst & Young and specializes in global tax consulting services.

Another SDSU alumnus, Jeffery Dunham (1983, finance) is the founder and CEO of Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel Inc. and the chairman of the Dunham Trust Company.

San Diego entrepreneur, Tom Gildred (1988, accounting), launched Emerald Textiles in 2010, a commercial laundry service for Southern California health care providers, which now serves nearly 80 percent 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 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 Co. He has been with the company since 1992 and is responsible for Vulcan’s business interests in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

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