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Leadership Team

Richard  Sudek
Richard Sudek
Director of the Student Incubator
BK 307F
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ph.D. in Management from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Dr. Sudek’s primary research interests are in the area of entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial leadership, and team leadership.
Dr. Sudek has taught at INSEAD in France, the Rotterdam School of Management in Holland, and at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of CGU.
In 1982 he founded Nadek Computer Systems, a computer consulting firm, and in 1999, sold the company to SAIC. He has served on advisory committees for Microsoft, IBM, Novell, and Cisco. In addition, he currently consults extensively with startup companies on matters related to strategy, financing, operations, and executive coaching.
Currently an active angel investor (venture capital) with over 20 investments in startup companies, Mr. Sudek sits on the Tech Coast Angels board of governors (the largest angel investment organization in the US). In addition, he is on the board of directors for the Angel Capital Association, a national angel trade association. Through Tech Coast Angels, he has screened in excess of four hundred start-up companies.
Christopher Buckstein
Christopher Buckstein
Director, Launch Labs
Christopher Buckstein's world-view is a blend of many factors— regional and national firms in the areas of: hospitality, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, banking, and real estate. Christopher currently serves as President of Dynamic Investments, Huntington Beach, CA, where he invests in start-up companies, helping them reach their full potential. One of his most recent start-ups is Dynamic Construction Services, Inc., headquartered in Seal Beach, CA.
Gene Alexander
Gene Alexander
Director of Technology Entrepreneurship
With a PhD in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science, U Illinois – Chicago, Gene Alexander is a computer scientist, entrepreneur and engineer, currently consulting for a number of scalable technology startups. Previously, he was VP & GM for Motion Analysis Corporation, an entertainment technology company, acquirer of his previous startup, MaMoCa. As CEO, Gene led MaMoCa from an idea through external funding and on to acquisition. Prior to MaMoCa, he was a Lecturer and Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. At Stanford, Gene co-founded Imaging Therapeutics, subsequently acquired by Conformis, now a billion dollar company, which has multiple FDA approved products on the market. Prior to Stanford, Gene was splitting time as a Research Engineer at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, as Engineering Director for Computerized Functional Testing Corporation, and pursuing his PhD. Gene is a veteran of the US Army and holds six issued US patents, with multiple patents pending.
Carolyn Stephens
Carolyn Stephens
Assistant Director, Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Pepperdine University, Master of Business Administration; The Claremont Graduate University, Ph.D. in Management