Core Teaching Team

April 27, 2016

Donald Loewel, MBA

Director, Small Business Development Center

With over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience in the Medical Device industry, Don served as a consultant and adviser to multiple startup companies in southern California. With his strong commercial strategy and business development skills, he has worked with small and mid-market companies to build long-term, sustainable growth.

Don is the Director at the Pasadena Small Business Development Center, where he manages a team that mentors new and existing businesses in the areas of: Lean Launch principles, value proposition development, customer discovery, sales and marketing strategies and raising capital. At the SBDC, Don has the chance to mentor startup teams at the USC Marshall School of Business and Cal State LA, and has also judged several pitch competitions. Don has completed the Lean Launchpad Educators Seminar, and has a passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve their maximum potential.

Don has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and MBA from Santa Clara University.


Albert Napoli

Business Development Consulting

Albert Napoli has been a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California for the last seven years. He teaches a variety of courses including Business for Non-Majors, Feasibility, New Venture Management and Entrepreneurial Family Business. Albert has also run a number of entrepreneurial venture competitions including the New Venture Seed Competition, Silicon Beach at USC, and the Marshall School Graduate MBA Venture Competition for Women.

Prior to teaching at USC, Albert was worked in the private, public and non-profit sections. He began working in the real estate industry for various developers, property managers and real estate brokers in 1989. At the end of 1991 Albert opened his own full-service real estate business in the San Gabriel Valley. It was at this time that Albert started advocating to elected officials. He served as a director for both the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors spending his time educating legislators on industry issues. In 2001 Albert began coaching and training small businesses on improving their business acumen so that they could bid on government contracts successfully.

Albert graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance and Economics in 1989 and with an MBA in 2007, both from the University of Southern California.