Gary L. Polk, Sr. is an adjunct professor of Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship at CSUDH (CA State University, Dominguez Hills) in Carson, CA. He began teaching at CSU, Northridge in 1991, and by 1993 found that teaching was his true passion. Currently, Gary serves as an independent business advisor with Pacific Coast Regional (PCR)/SBDC. Gary is very well known in the entrepreneur eco-system encompassing L.A. County. Gary has also served as Executive Director of two business incubators. The first was with the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center (SBEC), where he led the SBEC from red to black ink in a great turnaround effort.
Gary was the founder and first Executive Director of the Innovation Incubator at CSUDH. After three great years, in 2019 he returned to teaching full time. Gary has served as a CEO coach as founder of Polk Consulting. A former banker, district financial services sales manager, and women’s college basketball coach/recruiting coordinator, Gary has 40 years of practitioner experience to go along with his education background. Gary is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, with a BA Marketing/Finance (C’78) and CSUDH, MS in Administration (C’83). His academic areas of research include strategic management, ethics, and entrepreneurship.