The mission of the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship for the 21st century. We provide education and hands-on experience for our students to learn about the process and importance of becoming an entrepreneur, and to equip them with the knowledge and resources needed to launch a successful business through our curriculum and entrepreneurial events.
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Meet the Leadership

Imran CurrimImran Currim
Distinguished Professor, Marketing
Director, Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Imran Currim served The Paul Merage School of Business as Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program (2012-2014). Prior to that, he served as Associate Dean for Marketing & Student Relations for the Executive MBA Programs (2010-2012), and Associate Dean of the Masters Programs (2008-2010).

He is the recipient of two of the highest honors in marketing:

  • the American Marketing Association William O'Dell Award for "the article judged to have made the most significant five year contribution to marketing theory, methodology, and practice," and
  • the American Marketing Association/Houghton Mifflin Distinguished Teaching in Marketing Award, "for contributions to teaching excellence."

Professor Currim’s recent papers have been finalists for:

  • the 2003 American Marketing Association Paul E. Green Award for best paper published in Journal of Marketing Research during 2002.
  • the 2004 European Marketing Academy Award for best paper published in International Journal of Research in Marketing during 2003.

Professor Currim received:

  • The Wall Street Journal's 2008 Favorite Professor in an Executive MBA Program.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek 2006 ranked his marketing course taught in the Executive MBA Program #3 in the world.

Professor Currim was recently named a Distinguished Professor at UCI, a title that is the highest campus-level distinction and is reserved for senior faculty who have achieved the highest levels of scholarship over the course of their careers. He also received one of the highest commendations awarded by the University of California, Irvine Academic Senate, the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award.

Ken BeallKen Beall
Chairman, Advisory Board

Ken Beall is the co-founder along with his father, Don Beall, of the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. He believes in the importance of an entrepreneurial education as a key driver of our economy and fosters this at UCI by providing leadership at the Beall Center.

In addition to his involvement at the Beall Center, Ken is the founder and principal of Bridge Partners, Dartbrook Partners, LLC, and Precision Hospitality & Development, LLC.

Bridge Partners is a real estate investment and management company founded in 1990 with offices in Newport Beach and Walnut Creek, California. Dartbrook Partners in an investment management firm which actively makes direct investments in private companies, real estate, venture capital, LBO, hedge fund and public security. Precision Hospitality & Development is a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Ken also serves as a board member for CT Realty, The Fieldstone Company and Port Logistics Realty. He is a member of the World President's Organization.

Ken is very involved at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to his leadership as the co-founder and chairman of the Beall Center board of directors, he volunteers his expertise on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Merage School, as well as the Center for Real Estate. He is also on the Founders Advisory Board at UCI Applied Innovation.

Ken completed his BA in Economics and MBA in Finance/Real Estate at UCLA.

Don BeallDon Beall
Chairman Emeritus, Advisory Board

Don Beall retired from Rockwell in 1998 after an extraordinary 30-year career of guiding one of the world's most influential companies and launching innovations that literally shaped the trajectory of technology and electronics globally.

He served as president of the company for 10 years and then served as chairman/CEO for the next 10 years. Under his leadership, Rockwell became a global leader in aerospace, electronics and automotive markets.

Through a series of strategic actions, the company became focused on a diversified group of leadership electronics businesses serving factory automation, communications, avionics and various communications-semiconductor world markets. Those electronics businesses today are represented by six public companies through which significant shareowner value has been created. The stock received by the Rockwell shareowner from these actions has increased in value from 1979 until June 2007 at a compounded annual rate of nearly 16 percent, including reinvested dividends.

Don believes very strongly in the value of higher education as being crucial to the innovation and entrepreneurial process that will lead to a stronger America. He has volunteered his expertise to UC Irvine's Merage School, the School of Engineering, the Beall Center for Art and Technology within the School of the Arts, the UC Irvine Chief Executives Round Table and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information.

In addition, Don is a former trustee of the California Institute of Technology. An alumnus of San José State University, Beall earned his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1960. He earned an MBA with honors from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961. He is also involved in numerous professional, educational, public service and philanthropic endeavors. Included among the many accolades Don has enjoyed over his lifetime is the Horatio Alger Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Breanna Hale
Assistant Director

Breanna Hale is dedicated to inspiring students to start, build and grow their ventures. She earned her BA in Communication from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA with a focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Merage School.

With a passion for opportunity identification and problem solving, Breanna has worked on numerous startup concepts and launched a line of natural beauty travel kits for airline passengers.

Breanna is an organizer of Irvine’s chapter of the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups events and serves on the board of entrepreneurial nonprofit, Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN). Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Irvine Valley College where she teaches classes in Business, Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

Advisory Board

Board of Directors

  • Rahul Abhyankar
  • Aaron Anderson, PIMCO
  • Matt Bailey, Lecturer UCI Paul Merage School of Business
  • Pamina Barkow, Orange County Pain Management
  • Melissa Beck, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Aditya Choksi, Sanraj Corporation
  • Sanjiv Choksey
  • Juiling and Shengfa Johnson Chuang, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Richard Creager, IOI Partners
  • Daniel Dai, Intel Corporation
  • Dimple Dhillon, CSSDP Investments
  • Paul Dhillon, CSSDP Investments
  • Rehema Feleke, FundBand, Inc.
  • Ariel Gabriel, Gabriel Holdings
  • Shalabh Gupta, Globavir Biosciences
  • Chris Halliwell, Business Executive
  • Richard Henson, PhageTech, LLC
  • Julie Hill, Business Executive
  • Dan Jenkins, Business Executive
  • William Leveson-Gower, ValueScape
  • Simon Loo, GE Grid Solutions
  • Shahin Mehdizad, Qualcomm
  • Howard Mirowitz, Searchlight Advisors LLC
  • Robert Motoshige, PAAMCO
  • Ramin Mousavi, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Ken and Carla Neeld, Delphi Display Systems
  • David Ochi, Lecturer UCI Paul Merage School of Business
  • Gus Ordonez, Business Executive
  • MK Raheja, Abbott Medica Optics
  • Stanton Rowe, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Matt and Lily Sand, 3DEO
  • Fiza Shah, Developments in Literacy
  • Mansoor Shah, Business Executive
  • Emanuel Shaoulian, Pacific Coast Cardiology
  • Numan Siddiqi, Brown Rudnick LLP
  • Kamran Siminou
  • Alfred Somekh, GEHR
  • Larry Wilk, Lecturer, UCI-Paul Merage School of Business
  • Matt Zimmer, StackTek
  • Catherine Zhou, EcoKMC

Friends and Partners

  • Pamela Baird, City of Irvine
  • Amir Banifatemi, K5 Ventures/Lecturer, UCI-Paul Merage School of Business
  • Bill Carpou, OCTANe
  • Ray Chan, K5 Ventures/The Portal
  • Feyzi Fatehi , Corent Technology, Inc.
  • Vijay Gurbaxani, UCI-Taco Bell Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science
  • Matt Hanson, UCI Applied Innovation
  • Brittany Hurd, loanDepot
  • Sam Kamel, Business Executive
  • David Knuff, UCI Paul Merage School of Business 
  • Chelva Kumar, EPIR Technologies, Inc. / Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar