Dr. Raul Deju came to America as a student from Cuba under the "Peter Pan" program as an early teen and alone without his parents. His inspiration and perspiration were translated into a journey exemplary of the American Dream. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Math and Physics before he was 20, a Ph. D. in Geosciences at 22, and his first of six books was published in London and New York before his 25th birthday. His journey has taken him many places including the top corporate suites of multi-billion dollar companies (International Technology, Rockwell, Waste Management, Headwaters, URS, and EnergySolutions), initial public offerings, financing deals, acquiring and investing in many companies and in fact taking several multi-billion dollar companies into the NYSE and NASDAQ. He has been a prolific writer of six books and a frequent speaker and college teacher.
Most recently, after his retirement as a full-time CEO he has established an Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership at John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay area where he has created a unique teaching and mentoring program to take companies that are stagnant and reshape them for success. He has also taken new companies and provided them the drive, energy and knowhow to wildly succeed. In 4 years he has mentored and taught the CEOs of 82 companies that last year had aggregate sales of over $1.8 Billion. Many of them were just an idea 4 years ago. Dr. Deju has also launched Operation Hand Salute with AT&T to help Service Disabled Veterans who want to establish a company clearly define their ideas, launch, and succeed. Over 50 graduates of this program have now really seen the fruits of their labor. Dr. Deju still also serves as a Board member of several growing companies, as an investor, and as a mentor/advisor through Deju Management Advisors, Inc. Recently Dr. Deju also joined as Senior Partner of Brightstar Capital Partners, a private equity fund.
In his numerous presentations, Dr. Deju aims to provide, through anecdotes, experience, and facts, a picture for listeners as to how to reach their very personal American Dream, dealing with both success and adversity. Dr. Deju speaks to many types of groups including local associations, college commencements, veteran groups, entrepreneurs, industry associations, and corporate sales meetings. His presentations are definitely not canned. They are specifically tailored to each group. Dr. Deju draws from his own experience starting with the humblest of beginnings to show that anyone that puts his mind to it can get to his or her goals.
Dr. Deju and his wife Shari live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their sons and grandkids also live in California. Dr. Deju travels to many engagements. He has been named one of the 25 leading Hispanics of the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015 he received the John F. Kennedy-Charles Smith Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award.