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Dr. Ralph Jagodka

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I am a husband and a father – the two most important roles in my life. I love to spend time with my family hiking various trails and traveling. Explore and experience some of my favorite trails.

I am Professor Emeritus (Business Management) at Mt. San Antonio College. I taught Small Business Management (Entrepreneurship), International Business, and Exporting & Importing. I fulfilled the role as Department Co-Chair – Accounting & Management Department at Mt. San Antonio College for multiple years. I co-developed three step-laddered International Business certificates, three step-laddered Small Business Management certificates, an International Business A.S. degree, a Small Business Management A.S. degree, and a Supply Chain Management Certificate program. Former President of the Citrus College Management Team.

I am the Vice Chairman of the United Abacus Arithmetic Association (UAAA).

I was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, to the District Export Council of Southern California (SOCAL DEC) where I served a four-year term (2014-2017). Additionally, I was a member of the Industry Manufacturers Council for 27 years (1990 - 2017), and the Chairman of their Management & Operations Committee for 14 years. I provided export training under the Export Training Assistance Partnership (ETAP) for four years, was a member of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) for seven years and served as Board member for the Valley International Trade Association (VITA) for two years. I received the NASBITE International Advancing International Trade Award – California 2019.

My private-sector professional background includes:

  1. I have international marketing, international sales, procurement, and trading experience, as the former International Marketing and General Manager for a Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturing and trading company.
  2. I also have Far East licensing experience, through Japan, for the manufacture and distribution of Disney product lines in Taiwan.
  3. I conducted supplier intelligence, product development, Asian sourcing, and marketing functions, as former Trader of Engineering Products with a German industrial machinery trading company.
  4. I have top management experience as former General Manager with a multi-chain rental-retail operation in Los Angeles.
  5. I have provided value-added international marketing research and consulting services as the former Director and lead consultant at the Center for International Trade Development (CITD).
  6. I was Interim Director of the East Los Angeles County Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
  7. I design and deploy Internet web sites, specializing in interactive web tools. I develop customized search, mining and retrieval interfaces for knowledge bases (content management), which include robust intuitive database search and reporting systems.
  8. I have real estate investment management expertise and am a principal investor in residential rental properties.
  9. I am the developer, coder and webmaster for:

Ed.D (Leadership): University of La Verne
Executive M. B. A.: Pepperdine University
Chinese Studies: Soochow University on Taiwan

Skills Needed For Effective International Marketing: Training Implications (UMI)
International Business Careers: Explore, Prepare & Take Action External Link (Amazon)
What to Do When Students Ask You for Career Advice External Link (Harvard Business)
What Career-Focused Curriculum Looks Like External Link (Harvard Business)
What Can I do With a Degree in International Business? External Link (All Business Schools)
How to Pursue a Career in International Business External Link (All Business Schools)
How to Start a Business External Link (Wallet Hacks)
Business Plan Templates External Link (Mt. San Antonio College)
A Practical Guide to Cultural Behavior & Communication (Self Published)
How To Organize, Start and Manage a Small Business (Self Published)
Importing & Exporting at a Glance (Self Published)



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