USD School of Business graduation celebrations

Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA, Dean Pyke, and Paul’s son, Emiliano

Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA, was the commencement speaker for the School of Business and the Engineering program.  Paul told the story of the development of Fair Trade USA in his speech. It was inspiring to hear how human dignity and well-being are promoted by the use of markets and business, without philanthropy.

We also celebrated a special occasion with Mike Steffen (graduating MSGL) and his …Read Full Article

Leading the future with beverages

Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, presenting to USD students

In his visit to USD this week, Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, gave students a look into the future of the beverage industry. On the thirst-quenching horizon: LRB (keep reading), sustainability and an advertising revolution.

With sales declining for cola drinks, the Liquid Refreshment Beverage category is the beverage tsunami of the future. LRB includes such products (owned by PepsiCo) as Mountain Dew and Kickstart; Gatorade – this …Read Full Article

Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate Conference

Irwin Jacobs, Malin Burnham and Ernest Rady speak at 17th Annual Real Estate Conference


On Friday, I attended the 17th Annual Real Estate Conference hosted by the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate here at the USD School of Business. There were about 700 people in attendance, so the energy in the room was high.  The first keynote was an inspiring panel discussion by Malin Burnham, Irwin Jacobs, and Ernest Rady.

These three superb businessmen and philanthropists have been deeply involved in …Read Full Article

USD School of Business welcomes Fertitta and Breitling

Poster for Fertitta and Breitling presentation at USD School of Business

Yesterday I saw what could be the future for some of our current USD School of Business students. I wasn’t looking into a crystal ball; I was looking at a friendship formed 25 years ago at USD that crystallized into an extremely successful business relationship.

Lorenzo Fertitta (BBA ’91) and Tom Breitling (BA ’91) were roommates at USD; today, Lorenzo is Chairman and CEO of Zuffa, LLC (which owns and …Read Full Article

Do you have a great new venture idea?

Diego Torero helps Prof. Mike Lawless and Dean Pyke spread the word about the USD V2 competition

Pitch your idea at the USD Venture Vetting (V2) competition and you could win up to $25,000 in prize money from angel investors.

I even had a photo-shoot with USD mascot, Diego Torero, this week to make sure all of our students know that this is a campus-wide entrepreneurship event. Great new business ideas can come from USD undergraduate or graduate students in any …Read Full Article

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