2013 College of Business Management Undergraduate Honoree Jared Funkhouser
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The College of Business congratulates and extends best wishes to each of the ten undergraduate honorees of the graduating Class of 2013.
Each year the department's top performers are selected by the college's academic departments from its graduating seniors.
2013 College of Business Management Undergraduate Honoree
Jared Funkhouser didn’t plan to go to college at all.
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he graduated from high school and felt he’d taken all the flack he needed to for being one of the bright kids. But after Jared moved to California, a friend of his took sign language courses at a community college, and that sounded like fun.
That initial discovery led Jared from classes in art history, to business and an associate’s degree.
When he arrived at San Francisco State, the management concentration appealed to him because of its focus on leadership. That turned out to be a great fit, as several of his professors remember watching Jared lead project teams with quiet strength, and noted that he was one of the top academic performers in their classes.
Several years of working in the hospitality industry led him to his current position as a manager in an upscale pub he describes as a “beer geek’s paradise.”
Describing his work, Jared says he discovered that he is “a fixer.” When there’s an issue at work, he says, “I always like to identify the underlying problem and fix it, instead of just bashing away at it.”
Now that an MBA program is in his future, Jared describes his management philosophy in simple terms. “I want to learn how to turn a business idea into something that works for everyone involved.”