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Business alumni inducted into SF State Alumni Hall of Fame

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Two business alumni were among those inducted into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame at a campus ceremony on May 21, 2010.

John Gumas (B.S. Marketing, 1984) is the founder and president of Gumas Advertising, the marketing and advertising agency that he started within months of graduating from SF State. Today, it is an award-winning firm that uses innovative approaches to help smaller clients stand up against large competitors with bigger advertising budgets. Gumas has been an adjunct professor of advertising and marketing, and sits on numerous boards, including the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

Don Nasser (B.A.  Business, 1963), president and CEO of the Castro Theatre, has used his creative business acumen to ensure the iconic theatre's continued success in the face of competition from big multiplexes. The theatre has been owned by his family for decades, but when Nasser took over management in 2006, he revived the theatre with physical refurbishments, updated projection equipment and programming that turned it into a go-to venue for film series and festivals. Nasser worked in banking for two decades before starting his commercial real estate company, Bay Properties, which he still runs.

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