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DBA grad, Dr. Castaneda, empowers organizations, employees and his community.

The passion to empower others has always been woven throughout the career of Dr. Roberto Castaneda. Castaneda, a Doctor in Business Administration graduate from Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus, is a chief financial officer, financial business consultant, an adjunct business professor, and a leader in the Chicago area business and Hispanic communities.

Throughout his career, Castaneda has worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including McDonald's Corporation, PepsiCo Restaurants International, and American Express. He held senior management level positions at each of these companies, and taught courses on financial proposal evaluation and franchise accounting to employees and members of the corporations' executive management teams.

Castaneda believes that education is an ongoing commitment both in business and on a personal level. This is why Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus has played an important role in shaping his career and commitment to reaching out to the community. "I've had a desire to obtain my doctoral degree in business for a long time," explains Castaneda." Argosy University in Schaumburg provided me the opportunity of continuing my educational aspirations while advancing my professional career in the area of accounting and finance and helping others along the way.

"The education I received at Argosy University helped me to continue 'sharpening the saw' in terms of understanding cutting-edge business ideas and keeping current with the fast-changing business environment. "Castaneda also believes that the instructors and administrators at Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus are easily approachable as they apply real-world situations in the classroom.

One of his first professional jobs inspired Castaneda to become involved with the Hispanic community and to help those in need of personal finance assistance. "I've had the opportunity to work with several major companies, the first being the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, now one of the largest Hispanic museums in the country," says Castaneda. "At the museum, I filed the initial IRS 501C3 tax exempt status and secured the procurement of its present-day facility." He subsequently worked as board director and volunteer at organizations focused on the Hispanic community, including tax work for low income families, reading literacy, and social agencies.

Another passion of his today is assisting nonprofit organizations in succeeding in an economically-challenged market with a seminar titled "Financial Literacy for a Better Organization," in which he demonstrates how important it is for a company to empower its employees with the organization's economic climate. He is also a member of several non-profit entities: Illinois Literacy Foundation, Prairie Place Association, the Center for Economic Progress, and Tax Counseling Project, where he continues to assist in tax preparation for low income and non-English speaking taxpayers.

Castaneda also teaches courses in accounting, economics, finance, and management science courses at Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus. Now, he is giving back to the school, sharing with other Doctor in Business Administration students the keys to his successful business career. Castaneda believes that Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus and its professors have inspired his work to help companies, employees, non-profit organizations, and citizens better empower themselves with responsible financial knowledge and advice.

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