Notable Business Alumni

The graduates of California Southern University are a diverse and successful group of accomplished individuals. They represent a wide variety of professions and educational experiences, they also share the challenges of balancing careers, personal lives, and education.

CalSouthern is known for providing an adult approach to higher education. Our goal is to serve the individual needs of our student's lifestyles through online distance learning, providing the individual attention they need to ensure success.

We welcome you to view the profiles of just some of our many outstanding business graduates below.

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David Tuyo II, DBA

Coral Springs, FL
Doctor of Business Administration, ’15

My CalSouthern Experience

I am extraordinarily pleased with my experience at CalSouthern and wholeheartedly recommend the university. I am a firm believer in CalSouthern’s mission and the university’s dedication to helping each learner accomplish his or her goals. In fact, this “personal touch” is the reason I rank this experience at the top of my educational endeavors. Examples include my academic advisor’s supportive phone calls and emails, as well as the university’s flexibility, showing a deep understanding that life does have a tendency to provide surprises from time to time.

Click here to read the article: Inside the DBA: An Interview with DBA Learner, David L. Tuyo, II

See also: The Yin and Yang of ‘People Before Profits’ - An article by Dr. David Tuyo, II


Professional Summary

Dr. David Tuyo is a veteran of the financial services industry where he has served financial institutions in various roles, most recently as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Power Financial Credit Union, a thriving community financial institution in Southeast Florida.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Tuyo started his financial services career at Norwest Financial, which later became Wells Fargo Financial. After graduating with honors from the University of Mobile, where he was a two-time Academic All-American, All-American and a collegiate national champion in golf, Dr. Tuyo became a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments. Within 18 months, he became a top producer, managing his branch to record profitability. He was then recruited to become part of a foundational team establishing a financial strategy division at Southeast Corporate Federal Credit Union, supporting credit unions regarding balance sheet management, investment portfolio optimization and strategic planning. At the time Dr. Tuyo departed Southeast Corporate, the division was generating more than 90 percent of the organization’s revenue.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Toyo joined a Florida credit union in Florida as chief financial officer, leading a turnaround that saw income increase nearly 1,800 percent, with record levels of employee and member satisfaction ratings.

Dr. Tuyo has been awarded the National Association of Federal Credit Unions’ Professional-of-the-Year Award, recognized as a Credit Union Times Trailblazer, received the MoPro in Action Innovation Award and has been named to Florida’s Top 40 under 40 and Rising Leader lists.

Dr. Tuyo believes in becoming a student of one’s profession. In addition to his CalSouthern DBA, he has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. He also has earned several designations and certifications including the Certified Investment Management Analyst, Advanced Investment Strategist, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Chief Credit Union Executive, Credit Union Development Educator and the Certified Lending Expert. He is the co-founder of the Advanced Lending Institute and the Certified Lending Expert designation.

Dr. Tuyo is extensively involved in industry initiatives and his local community, serving on more than 20 boards of directors throughout his career. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Senior Executive Orientation Committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the California Southern University School of Business Advisory Committee. He volunteers at Lifenet 4 Families food pantry.

Dr. Tuyo lives in Coral Springs, Florida with his wife Amber and their two children.


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