Mr. Guy Knuf
Mr. Knuf is the partner in-charge of the Firm's Audit and Consulting Department. He has extensive experience in audit, start-up ventures, mergers & acquisitions, valuation, litigation support and crisis management of troubled companies.
Mr. Knuf has over 20 years experience in public accounting and business consulting. Prior to founding Anderson & Knuf, LLP, he was partner for 10 years at a regional accounting and consulting firm in which he founded, developed and managed a successful business management consulting practice. The practice strategically comprised of three specialized groups (Emerging Business Group, Mergers & Acquisitions / Valuation, and Troubled Business Group) designed to provide critical management services to companies at any stage in their economic life cycle. He also served eight years at a local and national accounting firm (Kenneth Leventhal & Co.).
Mr. Knuf holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Venture Management from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant since 1987.
Mr. Knuf is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and the Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor society.
Dr. Peng Chan
PhD (Strategic Management), The University of Texas at Austin
MBA (Corporate Strategy & Finance), The University of Texas at Austin
Law Degree (LL.B) with Top Honors, The University of Malaya
Registered Professional Consultant (RPC)
Certified Professional Consultant in Management (CPCM)
Over 100 refereed publications including 2 books
Awards & Honors
- Outstanding Young Man of America
- Fulbright Scholar
- Who’s Who Among Global Leaders
- Who's Who Among Asian Americans
- Distinguished International Scholar, Phi Beta Delta
- Outstanding Faculty Award, California State University, 2000-2001
Mr. John Bradley Jackson
John Bradley Jackson is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF Jackson is a Lecturer on Entrepreneurial Marketing, New Venture Creation, Marketing Strategy, and Professional Selling. Known affectionately as "Professor JJ", Jackson brings practical marketing and sales knowledge to the classroom from both Silicon Valley and Wall Street.
Jackson's career began in high technology sales in the semiconductor industry at Signetics Inc., but he soon moved to high technology market research with Dataquest Incorporated. At Dataquest, he served as Vice President for nearly ten years and held a variety of roles in sales, marketing, and research. Later, he joined Bowne and Company, the world's largest financial printer, and served as Senior Vice President responsible for sales, marketing, and operations. Jackson also was Sales Director at Forrester Research Inc., an Information Technology advisory firm.
As an entrepreneur, Jackson founded The BirdDog Group, a marketing and sales consulting firm that specializes in helping small and medium sized businesses with marketing and sales strategy. In particular, he is an expert in web-based marketing including web development and search engine optimization.
In February 2007, Jackson wrote the book "First, Best, or Different: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Niche Marketing;" the book demystified the sometimes overly complex art of niche marketing and has received rave reviews for its easy-to-read style and common sense approach. His second book is called "Déjà New Marketing" and is due to be published in early 2010.
Jackson is very active in the Los Angeles philanthropic community having served on numerous boards including The Los Angeles Sports Council, The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, The Los Angeles Triathlon, and Junior Achievement of Southern California.
Mr. Brent Evans
Brent brings broad experience in senior management positions with publicly traded corporations and private venture backed firms. Successful in start-up and growth situations, he is recognized as an innovative leader and has demonstrated his skill in all aspects of international business, marketing, business development, and operations. Strategically focused, he has been highly successful in developing emerging global markets. Brent has specialized in commercializing technology and deploying them globally. He has a solid track record of driving revenue and profit growth.
Prior to establishing Avalanche Consulting a practice focusing on business planning for start-ups, integrated marketing, and interim management for business to business organizations, Brent was Chief Operating Officer with Syagen Technology a venture backed start-up developing instrumentation for the Homeland Security market His clients represent a diverse range in the technology, manufacturing, professional services and nonprofit sectors. He is an authority on business strategy and international trade issues and is a dynamic and forceful speaker.
Brent has taught marketing courses at the University of La Verne, International Marketing at Chapman University, and entrepreneurship at California State University, Fullerton.
Commissioned a Regular Army officer, Brent served on active and reserve duty. A dynamic leader, he was selected for three sequential senior level command assignments and received numerous awards and decorations before retiring as a Colonel with more than twenty-seven years service.
Brent earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University. He attended Oxford University, England, received a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
He serves as a member of the board of directors for several profit and nonprofit organizations and is a member of Forum for Corporate Directors and Tech Coast Venture Network.
Dr. Atul Teckchandani
Atul Teckchandani is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, Fullerton. He currently teaches the "New Venture Creation" and "Entrepreneurial Leadership" classes. His research examines how the relationships between organizations in a community can affect economic outcomes, such as the creation of jobs and new businesses. He also holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business (University of Texas, Austin) and has worked as a hardware engineer at various high-tech firms in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Thomas Miller
MBA Finance University of Chicago
BS Computer Science University of California, Irvine
BA Economics University of California, Irvine
Professor Miller has more than 25 years of experience across a broad range of industries, focusing primarily on entrepreneurship and new ventures, change management, and organizational design.
He is currently President of Persuasive Business Plans, where he has a significant record of accomplishment helping clients tell compelling stories that attract money and people to accelerate business success. Prior to his consulting career, Tom served as an executive with several entrepreneurial firms in California and held several staff positions with a Fortune 500 firm in Illinois, including an engineering effort that resulted in several U.S. Patents.
In his spare time, Tom volunteers with the Boy Scouts and is a Licensed Deacon in the Pacific Southwest District – LCMS.
Dr. David M. Obstfeld
Associate professor of management
Ph.D. organizational behavior and human resource management, University of Michigan; A.B. political science, University of Chicago
Research interests: organizational innovation and knowledge processes, entrepreneurship, social networks and brokerage, firm adaptation and competitiveness
Mr. Zack Dafaallah
MBA Entrepreneurship California State University, Fullerton
BS Architecture University of Khartoum, Sudan
Zack envisioned a cleaner and greener environment and started the first all-digital reprographics company in California in 1998 and, to date it continues to compete with the largest rival in the industry.
As a resident entrepreneur at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Zack has been mentoring students in project-based learning. His interest is in the area of entrepreneurial capacity building. In an effort to enhance the enterprise experience and entrepreneurship education, he founded The National Entrepreneurship and Small Business Academy (NESBAcademy.com), Co-founded, with his mentor Dr. Michael Ames, Titan Entrepreneurs Network, and conceptualized and laid the ground work for the Titan Venture Fund and Fundapreneur.com
As a social entrepreneur who, as an immigrant himself, Zack has established a non-profit organization. The Sudanese-American National Affairs and Development (SANAD) Foundation is now in its sixth year of operation. In addition to a Saturday school, SANAD organizes cultural events and seminars and affords a sense of belonging and community that provides the young children with knowledge and pride of their heritage. SANAD Also teaches its members U.S. civics and citizenship to bridge the cultural understanding gap between parents and their children.
In addition to appearing on the Los Angeles KTLA Channel 5's "Making It!" show featuring business success stories of minority entrepreneurs, Zack has been featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, and Modern Reprographics Magazine. He has been nominated twice for the Ernest and Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year Award”, and four times for Orange County Business Journal's "Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award".