I received my Ph.D. in Forest Finance and Economics from University of Georgia and M.S. in Statistics with an emphasis on Data Mining from University of Central Florida. My research about the financial performance of timberland assets and forestry-related assets has been published in the Forest Policy and Economics, Forest Science and Forest Products Journal. My recent ongoing research projects are focused more on applying data-driven methods to solve various business problems with an emphasis on Real Estate and Fin-Tech areas.
Suning Zhu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and Decision Sciences. Suning's major research field is in big data analytics, with the emphasis on building big data analytics capability in supply chain management as well as on how big data analytics value creation for organizations. Suning holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems Management and an M.B.A. from Auburn University and a B.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University in China. During Suning's leisure time, she enjoys jogging outside, hiking, and yoga stretch.
Karl Pichler is the Prassel Professor for Professional Practice in Finance at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is responsible for overseeing the Student Managed Fund and for developing and delivering a practically relevant and academically rigorous curriculum for Trinity’s Finance degree. Previously, Mr. Pichler spent 12 years at Rackspace, Inc. During his tenure, the company grew from less than $100m in Revenues to over $2b, went public in 2008 and was sold to Apollo Global Asset Management in 2016. Mr.
O. Volkan Ozbek, a former officer in the Turkish Navy, earned his PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas—Arlington. His primary research interests are corporate spin-offs including their governance structures (board of directors, compensation, ownership), the upper echelons perspective that includes top management team (TMT) demographics as well as behavioral and cognitive characteristics, strategic decision-making processes, and foreign entry modes. He has gotten published in the Academy of Management Review twice with his co-author Dr. Chad Navis.
Prior to teaching at Trinity University James worked for over 27 years in the convenience store industry. James retired in January 2018 when his company was purchased and when the company was sold he was the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for CST Brands, Inc. During his career James had many areas of responsibility. He began working for the company as a Marketing Analyst and worked in the Marketing department for 10 years before joining the Information Services Department.
My professional career began working as an auditor for CliftonLarsonAllen’s Boston office. After two and a half years in public accounting I entered the PhD program to fulfill my dream of becoming a professor. My research interests include auditor’s judgment and decision making, data analytics and healthcare organizations.
Robert F. Scherer (Ph.D., University Mississippi; MA, University of Redlands; and BA, Miami University) has served as a professor of management and as an academic administrator for over twenty-five years. Bob’s career in higher education has included assignments as business school dean and interim dean in both private liberal arts universities and comprehensive public universities. Prior to his career in higher education he held management positions in the insurance and consumer publishing industries.
Ashley Douglass is an assistant professor of accounting. Prior to obtaining her Ph. D at the University of Arkansas, Ashley worked as an external auditor for Moss Adams, LLP in Albuquerque, NM. Her research interests include accounting pedagogy, audit quality, and financial institutions. Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and son.