CSUF Entrepreneurship is honored to announce that Ken Bassman is now a member of our Advisory Board. Welcome, Ken!
At CSUF Entrepreneurship we obviously care deeply about helping entrepreneurs from all walks of life. In our community, we have helped thousands of people in our community. Social entrepreneurship is something we also care deeply about. Whether it is through one of our student teams working on a concept to help make the world greener or a community member looking to enhance the vision of everyday people, we are there to help them get started. And having someone like Ken on our Advisory Board will help us advance this cause even further.
Here’s a short bio about Ken so that you can get to know him.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 1984, Ken moved to Newport Beach to begin a career as a manufacturer’s representative in the wholesale home furnishings industry. Today, Bassman Blaine, Inc. (BB) is a multi-faceted and entrepreneurial home furnishings company. BB International & Domestic Sales Management and Marketing manages all sales and marketing efforts for four companies and contracts with over one hundred sales representatives globally.
As a serial entrepreneur, Ken has started thirteen businesses and has sold three. Nine of these businesses have been home furnishings related and four were in various other industries. Ken has collectively employed well over one thousand people.
Ken served two years on The Board of Directors of Kids Konnected, an Orange County-based national non-profit organization. Additionally, Ken served for four years on The Board of Directors of The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center as well as being a founding member on the Board of Directors of The Orange County Jewish Community Center. Ken has spent several years serving on the Boards of the CDM Foundation for Corona del Mar High School as well as an Expert in Residence and Board Member of The Applied Innovation Center at the University of California, Irvine. For three years, Ken was a Mentor at California State University Fullerton in the Center for Entrepreneurship focusing on start-up ventures.
Ken has traveled the world as a Platinum Partner with Tony Robbins and a Legendary Member with David Bayer focusing on personal growth and development, leadership, and gratitude. Ken continues to invest heavily in personal and professional growth and development, culture, gratitude and giving back.
Personally, Ken is married and lives in Newport Beach with his wife, Teri; they have three (wonderful) adult daughters. Ken is a past California State Bench Press Champion and a private pilot. He has completed a marathon and still enjoys and participates in many sports and different activities.