John Francis

John Francis, Ph.D.




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, 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.

Wes Wilmers

Charlette Wade


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Charlette Wade is a third year Business Marketing major with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. She moved to San Diego as a freshmen coming from North Carolina and works with the SDSU Black Resource Center as a Harambee Mentor to incoming freshmen. Charlette currently sits as Vice President of the College of Business Council and Treasurer of the SDSU College Democrats. She also interns at the ZIP Idea Lab where she helps people work through the design thinking process and advise on emerging business ideas.  
Talena Handley

Talena Handley

General Assistant


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.


Anuj Mathur

Anuj Mather 

Graduate Assista

Anuj Mathur is currently a graduate business student receiving his degree in Information Systems. He has a keen interest in business analysis and management. He has over four years of experience in business analysis and software testing, implementing IT methodologies, and analyzing business requirements and operations. His job was to understand and investigate project requirements from scratch, plan, and prepare requirement documents, lead cross-functional projects in development, testing, designing, and project delivery.

Alex Reyes

Alex Reyes 

Graduate Assistant


Alex Reyes is an undergraduate student, majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. As part of his academic experience, he has been in involved in various student-run organizations, including Entrepreneur Society where he has been serving as a committee member.

Alex’s main interest is in entrepreneurship. He has computer programming knowledge and has been working on  projects to expand his skills, with the goal to one-day create his own company. He is an intern at a mixed reality start-up, in an industry he is excited to be part of.

He has previously completed BA 404, Small Business Consulting, and is happy to be able to help other students get involved in San Diego’s small business economy.  


Sydney Hogan

Sydney Hogan 

Graduate Assistant


Sydney Hogan is a senior at SDSU pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She has been part of teams throughout her entire life. From this, she has learned how to incorporate her teamwork skills into what she dedicates her work to.

Throughout her years of school, she has gained skills in selling, marketing research, analyzing data, and consulting. She loves to use these skills to help make recommendations on how to improve different aspects of businesses she works with!