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 15 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.