Meet the San Diego State University Faculty

Lori J. Sipe, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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After working as an executive for SeaWorld San Diego for more than 20 years, Lori became part of the founding faculty in the hospitality and tourism management program at SDSU.

Lori has more than 20 years’ experience in the attractions industry, most recently as the director of Business Analysis and Strategic Planning for SeaWorld California. She wrote business, financial, and marketing plans for hospitality businesses and facilitated strategic planning sessions for diverse groups ranging in size from five to fifty through Planning Gurus, a company she founded.  As an assistant professor, Lori currently teaches accounting, strategy, and leadership courses in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She receives excellent reviews from students and was honored by ICHRIE with the Wiley Innovation in Teaching award.. She recently received the prestigious Foster Award for her dissertation—Leadership for innovation in the memories business: a mixed methods study of a hospitality and tourism marketplace. 

 Mark R. Testa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

San Diego State University

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Dr. Testa is an award winning, internationally recognized business and hospitality management educator and researcher with over 10 years of management experience and 16 years of teaching experience. Specializing in leadership and performance in the service arena, Dr. Testa has taught undergraduate, graduate and MBA courses at the State University of New York, Johnson & Wales University, Florida International University and Barry University. In addition, Dr. Testa has held a variety of leadership positions including department chair of Business Administration & Hospitality Management, director of Career Development, Leadership Concentration coordinator, and Teaching Excellence coordinator. Dr. Testa has received awards from Johnson & Wales University, Florida International University, The Hospitality and Tourism Research Journal, The Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) and Anabar Publishing.