Professor for a Day


The Professor for a Day speaker series brings successful alumni, business leaders, and CBE students together, providing students the opportunity to interact with professionals and learn how they succeeded in business. Speakers talk about their experience and pass on their wisdom and advice.

Charels QuarlesCharles Quarles, '72, CEO, The Bedford Group of Companies. On October 25, 2016, Charles Quarles gave a presentation to College of Business & Economics students about his successful business story as a Professor for a Day, read more about Charles.



Raul PortoRaul Porto, ’84, CEO, Porto’s Bakery. On November 5, 2015, Raul Porto spoke to College of Business & Economics students where he answered questions about starting a business in Los Angeles. “Operating a business is like playing a sport, you always have to keep improving yourself to get to where you want..." Read more here about Raul.



Bob LaemmleBob Laemmle '58, a second-generation owner of the family run Laemmle Theatres, is a Cal State L.A. graduate (’58) and an inductee to the Cal State L.A. Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Read more here about Bob



Roland KellyRoland Kelly, '56, is founder of Spectrum Asset Management, Inc. and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Business and Economics.  Kelly was born in Downtown Los Angeles and grew up two miles from Cal State L.A. Read more here about Roland.