Dr. John Francis is a professor of international strategy and Director of the Aztec Consulting Program at SDSU. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis and has worked as a financial analyst, consultant and directed projects for firms including BE&K Inc., MolsonCoors, Marriott International, General Atomics, Hewlett Packard, and Adidas to name a few. He has published twenty-eight research articles and book chapters focusing on understanding strategies for firms entering international business environments.
His research can be found in leading journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and Global Strategy Journal. From his work, he has contributed to publications such as the New York Times, The Street.com, and San Diego Union-Tribune. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Francis teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in Business Strategy, Integrative Business Consulting. He serves as faculty mentor for the Zahn Center for Innovation Technology, an incubator that supports SDSU aspiring entrepreneurs. He is a faculty mentor for SDSU’s X Prize competitive team. Using his strategy and project management experiences, Dr. Francis is on a mission to help others to increase their skill and understanding of what works in today’s global business environment.
Talena is currently a Senior, Undergraduate Student, receiving her degree in General Business. She is the President of the Entrepreneur Society, an inducted member to the National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization. She completed E-Track at the ZIP Launchpad and aspires to expose the entrepreneurial mindset to as many students as possible.
She has previously taken BA 404, Small Business Consulting and is happy to answer any questions you might have! Please just email
I am a business graduate student at San Diego State University with a keen interest in Data Analytics, Information Systems. I have 2 years of IT experience in Data Analytics and Business Development. I have taken Marketing 627 and also did a consulting job for a small firm in San Diego. That increased my interest in entrepreneurship and small businesses. Through Aztec Consulting program I wish to increase my management and consulting skills as well as make an actionable difference in student's lives and also help a small business along the way.
Currently pursuing Master's in Information Systems at San Diego State University. With a total of 5 years of experience in IT industry, she garnered Management and Technical skills. She has a keen interest in Data Analytics, Information Systems.Expected to graduate in My 2019. She wants to learn how to surf while in San Diego.