Alan Fine

Alan Fine

Senior Lecturer
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship



Alan Raymond Fine has been a faculty member at the Carlson School since 1995.  He was a founder of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program (submitting a proposal for the program with Alfie Marcus, Priti Shah, Bruce Erickson, and Dick Cardozo [and which was ultimately approved by the curriculum committee in 1998]) and served as its first director.  Fine was also the founder of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club which is now a vibrant component of the undergraduate program at the Carlson School (and to which he advised through 2002).

Fine has taught more than 200 class sections over the past 25 years (both MBA and undergraduate courses) in the areas of entrepreneurship, business strategy, management, accounting and management information systems.  Fine has worked extensively to develop new curriculum in entrepreneurship.  Moreover, he has taught more than 10,000 students during his time at the Carlson School of Management and received several teaching awards.

Four several years, Fine was the lead instructor for the LEAD Program at Carlson (sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation).  Also, he was a founding member, curriculum developer and first instructor for the JEM (Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota) program housed within the Carlson School of Management and sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development at the University of Minnesota and lead that program this past summer as well.

Fine was the first, First Tuesday Keynote Speaker, of the new millennium speaking in January, 2000.  He was also a keynote speaker for the MISRC. 

Fine received his MBA from the Carlson School of Management and his BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota.  In the past, Fine has held an accounting certification as a Certified Public Accountant.  Fine has also held securities certifications that include Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 28 (Operations Principal) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent Laws). 

Outside of the Carlson School of Management, Fine is founder and CEO of Elluette, an organization leading collaborations towards the health, harmony and security of the world.

For decades, Mr. Fine has been transforming minds and organizations for the better.  His work with organizations includes coaching mindfully pragmatic and ethical leadership, assistance with the development of healthy and productive cultures, facilitation of compelling strategic plans, exploring methods to refine internal organization processes, and assistance with financings and mergers to support organizational development and growth.  As a faculty member at the Carlson School of Management for nearly a quarter century, Mr. Fine has taught these principles to thousands of students.  His past positions include management consultant, public accountant, chief financial officer/chief information officer, investment banker and business owner.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Presentations
    First Tuesday, Carlson School of Management, "Ethics, Social Responsibility and Success in the New Millennium," January, 2000
  • Whole Books
    "Empower Your Self; A Framework for personal Success," Sunrise Press, 1999
  • Whole Books
    "Purpose," Prescott Publications, 2018
  • Whole Books
    "A Familiar Place; The Path Forward," Prescott Publications, 2019
  • Other
    Heaven & Earth Piano Suite, Opus 1, Classic Productions, 2018
  • Other
    Heaven & Earth Piano Suite, Opus 2, Classic Productions, 2019
  • Sons of the American Revolution Award, 1980

  • Undergraduate Faculty of the Year, Carlson School of Management, 1998

  • Undergraduate Faculty of the Year, Carlson School of Management, 1999

  • Professor of the Year, University of Minnesota, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, 1999

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