our business faculty bring real world experience into the classroom. through hands-on projects and small class sizes, the business faculty members help students pursue their passions.
- ba in international business, spanish, and western european culture, san diego state university
- mba in global management, thunderbird school of global management
justin spees grew up here in incline village, and has studied, worked, volunteered, and traveled in more than 60 countries. he has been in international finance, marketing, and strategic management roles in both small and large firms. he started an investment advisory firm in 2008, and still manages the business today. while working in europe from 2011-2015 in the telecommunications and logistics industries, he learned to speak german and spanish.
justin came to snu in 2016, and became the chair of the business department in may of 2018. he is also the director of a non-profit organization called give the dream foundation, and volunteers as a project manager for international humanitarian and conservation efforts. his favorite thing about living and working here at beautiful lake tahoe is that he can do all the things he loves between classes, whether it’s hiking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, snowboarding, or kitesurfing.
- mba, hofstra university
jonathan breiter is a 40-year veteran of the global marketing business world. his experience ranges across marketing, branding, licensing, retail and e-commerce relations, manufacturing, and product development. he has managed accounts for companies such as wendy’s, general mills, and hasbro, and brands including yoplait yogurt, pokémon, spongebob squarepants, elmo, barney, dora the explorer, eddie bauer, jeep and carter’s. in 1994, breiter started his own company, oh baby! in a remarkable move for a start-up, oh baby! was able to secure consumer goods licenses for both sesame street and barney.
breiter in now the Owner & Principal of Public Group LLC, an international new business development and marketing advisory with specialties in manufacturing, product development, financing, licensing, branding and retail. In January 2018 he joined Sierra Nevada University as the chair of the entrepreneurship program.
“nothing inspires me more than teaching students, at any level, and noticing when they magically grasp a concept and have that light bulb moment of clarity. knowing that i can influence someone’s life by giving them the knowledge to do what they have dreamt about doing, and by giving them the skills to become practitioners of their field, is another of the many reasons why i love teaching.”
- ba, california state university, long beach
tim began his career in mountain resort management in 1979. After serving as President & General Manager of Lake Tahoe’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort for 17 years, he purchased the Sierra Summit ski area outside of Fresno in 2010. He restored the original name, China Peak, and has been the resort’s Owner/Operator since.
tim began at sierra nevada university in 2002, and became program chair of the business department’s ski business and resort management program in 2005. he is also a guest lecturer in business and recreation tourism at csu fresno and cal poly san luis obispo. he currently sits on both of the national and california ski industry associations boards of directors.
- bs business administration, san diego state university
- mba, university of southern california
- juris doctorate, loyola law school, los angeles.
gire has worked for a wide array of entertainment enterprises, from independent start-ups to large multinational media companies, in both production and distribution capacities during his twenty-eight years in the entertainment business. gire, a jd/mba and active member of the california bar, has held senior executive positions with columbia pictures television, polygram television, mgm/ua, pearson international (now fremantle media, producer of american idol), fox family worldwide and, most recently, sweden’s modern times group (owner of the survivor format). in 2006, gire designed the curricula for and taught graduate-level business affairs and intellectual property for pittsburgh-based carnegie mellon’s masters in entertainment industry management program. gire is chair of the marketing program and, in addition to marketing coursework, teaches business law, intellectual property, and corporate finance. he also runs a boutique law practice and small independent publishing company in truckee, ca.
- bs, university of california, davis (major: economics; minor: communication)
- mba, arizona state
kendra wong began her professional career with pricewatercoopers, llp in their audit practice. her experience at pwc exposed her to numerous industries, including venture capital and life science. since leaving pwc, kendra has worked in the ski resort, medical device, and power industries. kendra maintains an active cpa license in california.
although her educational foundation is in economics, kendra’s professional concentration since 2001 has been in accounting and finance. she has extensive experience in general ledger accounting, sec reporting, and sox audits.
kendra joined the sierra nevada college faculty as an adjunct in fall 2007, but has since expanded her role. she teaches accounting, finance, and general management courses and serves as a student academic advisor. kendra was promoted to business department chair in fall 2013. kendra has mentored business plan teams in the jâlé and warren trepp business plan competition at snc and the statewide governor’s cup for the past three years. in 2013, kendra was recognized as the faculty advisor of the year by nevada’s center for entrepreneurship and technology.
outside of the classroom, kendra enjoys the outdoors just as much as her students do. kendra is an avid skier during the winter and enjoys running, hiking, and biking during the summer. kendra and her husband, ethan, own the wild alaskan restaurant and bar in incline village.