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Gary Naumann

Professor of Practice

The Hahnco Professor of Entrepreneurship

Office:BA 352A
Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO BOX 874006
Tempe, AZ 85287-4006

Phone: 480-965-1674
Fax: 480-965-8314
Email: Gary.Naumann@asu.edu
Gary Naumann

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Gary C. Naumann 
Professor in Entrepreneurship
BS: University of Missouri, St. Louis
MBA: Harvard Business School

Mr. Naumann has been involved in activities along the entrepreneurial spectrum for most of the past 30 years. After starting his career with one of the major professional accounting firms, he launched off into the world of entrepreneurship:

  • First entrepreneurial position was in the tennis business as a controller and manager of tennis facilities in Missouri and Colorado
  • Next, a two year tour of duty to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School
  • This was followed by a four year stint as an investment banker in Newport Beach, CA with a boutique firm assisting emerging companies with their business/financial plans and arranging financing
  • Four years in banking as a commercial lender with Wells Fargo Bank and Colorado National Bank, dealing with emerging and middle market companies
  • Seven years as Director of Corporate Finance with the Orange County, CA office of Deloitte & Touche
  • CFO of a rapidly growing importer of clothing for Harley Davidson over a span of thirteen years
  • Co-founded, owned, operated and sold a group of specialty toy stores in Newport Beach, CA (1995-2007)
  • Associate with the Contrarian Group, an investment firm focused on obtaining controlling interests in rapidly growing companies in the travel and leisure industries
  • Visiting Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, primarily at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine 1993 -2003 (Five-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award)
  • On-going consulting practice assisting small to medium-sized companies with capital raising, managing lender/investor relations and developing strategic plans

Gary joined the Management Department of the W. P. Carey School of Business in January 2007 to assist in the development, promotion, and teaching of entrepreneurship in the undergraduate and MBA programs.

Currently teaches entrepreneurship in the evening MBA and the Executive MBA programs
















ASU is a tier 1 research university and W. P. Carey is proud of its strong tradition of teaching and classroom excellence. Our students directly benefit from the research and theories our faculty brings into the classroom. Below is a list of courses being taught during the current semester by this faculty member. Click a course to view it in the ASU course catalog.

MGT 440 - Entrepreneurship
Prepares students for the challenges of assembling and growing high-potential innovative ventures through the use of analytical frameworks that encompass uncertainty inherent in entrepreneurship (or in entrepreneurial activity). In-depth discussion of cases provides a strong empirical foundation.

MGT 445 - Business Model Development
Develops a complete strategic business model emphasizing the planning process undertaken by successful small business owners and entrepreneurs.

MGT 540 - Entrepreneurship
Capstone case-based course covering all aspects of starting a business: opportunity identification, evaluation, concept development, identifying required resources, acquiring those resources, launching the entity, managing growth, and ultimately, harvesting the enterprise. Revolves around a series of cases, readings and class discussions designed to build a comfort level with understanding and solving problems faced every day, in real life, by a broad spectrum of entrepreneurs at various phases of venture development. Significant emphasis on understanding the valuation and financing of entrepreneurial ventures interwoven through discussions.

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