Entrepreneurship Faculty

  Entrepreneurship Faculty

Entrepreneurship Program

Entrepreneurship Faculty

Entrepreneurship Businesses

Dr. Scott Fredrickson

Dr. Scott Fredrickson has more than 45 years experience in higher education, the music industry, and as an entrepreneur. He holds degrees in music education from Cal-State University Fullerton; business administration from Pepperdine University; and jazz pedagogy and music business administration from University of Northern Colorado. He has chaired numerous music business programs and is the former president and executive director of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association, co-chair of the Arts & Entertainment Cluster of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, and fellow in the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. He is a member of ASCAP, and his compositions and arrangements have been heard on local and national radio and television and are being performed regularly in the United States and many other countries. He has worked as a composer, arranger, director, and performer at theme parks, dinner theaters and corporate shows. In addition, he has produced a variety of commercial projects and has engineered numerous albums of jazz and choral music. His Scat Singing Method and Popular Choral Handbook have been received enthusiastically by choral directors, and his articles on choral techniques have appeared in national educational journals and magazines. 

Dr. Fredrickson is also an artist, digital archivist, and designer of laser-cut jigsaw puzzles. His paintings and sculptures have been shown in galleries in New Orleans and Los Angeles. His jigsaw puzzles have been featured in numerous international publications including Popular Science and Samsung magazines, and he has designed custom puzzles for various corporate clients.

Prof. Richard Ghidella

Professor Richard Ghidella has extensive experience in the private sector and the teaching arena. Like many of you, Richard has had many challenges in life and started his education at a community college. Professor Ghidella credits much of his success to his outstanding teachers at Fullerton College who gave him encouragement and direction in life. After Fullerton College, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in both finance and marketing from Cal-State Fullerton.

Professor Ghidella started his professional career at Ford Credit and climbed quickly in Ford’s management program. In a little over a year he was in charge of all return vehicles from lease in Orange County supervising a department of 12. Professor Ghidella then launched a successful consulting and real estate practice. His specialty was consulting for the machining industry and light industrial companies. Along the way he launched 8 startup companies of his own. Mr. Ghidella has experienced great success with a few of his startups and knows what it feels like to close a company that just could not get off the ground.

After 18 years in the private sector, Mr. Ghidella felt a calling to teach. Professor Ghidella has been a full-time teacher for 17 years specializing in Finance and Real Estate. Professor Ghidella has held many leadership roles in education such as Chair Real Estate Advisory Committee at Fullerton and Citrus College for 15 years and a Hiring Committee Diversity Monitor.

Prof. Stephen Whitson

Professor Stephen Whitson brings diverse professional experience with a background working in the accounting, computer, finance, tax, entrepreneurial, teaching, and consulting fields. He started, operated, and sold a business which employed 200+ workers. He has owned two tax and financial planning firms. These businesses focused on providing tax, financial planning, and advising on the sale or purchase of businesses for clients. 

He worked as an IRS Revenue Agent auditing businesses, in a tax law firm representing clients in tax audits and collections, in a financial planning firm providing portfolio analysis, and for a software developer as a programmer. 

He has served as chair of an accounting department, co-chair of the statewide California college business advisory committee, and member of Academic Senate.  He has been awarded numerous research grants which included students in both research and presentation of results at both statewide and nationwide conferences. 

His graduate education includes work in four disciplines with an MS in Business, an MS in Tax, certification in Finance as a PFP, and a Sociology Ph.D. research fellowship.  

This broad experience encompasses engagement and thus perspective in entrepreneurial activities from many crucial angles. 

Prof. David Ochi

Professor David Ochi David Ochi is a persistent entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise at the age of 13. Since then, Mr. Ochi has started over a dozen companies in diverse industries such as fashion, technology, international distribution, startup incubation, clean tech, bio tech, mobile, social media and education. Mr. Ochi is the recipient of the 2011 Green For All Entrepreneurial Concept Award. He was the founding Executive Director of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Ochi also utilized his experience to become an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and is an adjunct faculty member of both Saddleback and Irvine Valley Community Colleges. In 2007, he moved to Viet Nam for nearly two years launching Disney Consumer Products into the Indochina market. He is a regular speaker at industry events throughout the US, Europe, and Asia most notably on topics involving startup strategy and early stage funding. He was the Chief Strategy Officer of Convert Coal, Inc., a cutting-edge coal cleaning technology company based in the United States with initial market efforts throughout Europe. Mr. Ochi is the co-founder and CEO of V1 Ventures, a health sciences & technology acceleration firm focused on exponentially growing scale-ups by facilitating rapid international expansion into global territories. Currently, Mr. Ochi is the Executive Director of the Innovation Incubator at California State University Dominguez Hills near Los Angeles, California where he focuses on expanding the entrepreneur mindset and skillsets into disadvantaged communities.  Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of 7 early-stage companies. Mr. Ochi is also very actively involved in several charity and industry organizations including 7 organizations at UC Irvine as well a former board member of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) in Orange County. Mr. Ochi was a co-founder of the not-for-profit MORE Foundation whose mission is to connect intellectual property opportunities with undergraduate students at local universities.