Professor Busby has over 30 years of experience in the accounting industry. He was an audit manager for an international CPA firm and served as chapter president of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (3,000 member chapter). He has taught accounting and finance for graduate and undergraduate levels at Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University and University of California, Irvine Extension. Courses taught in Concordia's MBA curriculum have included the core accounting and finance courses and elective courses in financial statement analysis and in business tax strategies.
- CPA and Certified Internal Auditor
- MA Business University of Central Missouri
- BBA Accounting Loyola Marymount University
Stephen has over 30 years experience in southern California having worked at four different universities, three private businesses and five non-profit organizations. His diversified leadership experiences help organizations achieve their growth initiatives, external relations, fund raising and business development goals. He is a higher education veteran who plans and organizes strategic growth initiatives. He specializes in working with CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to start and grow educational initiatives.
He teaches entrepreneurship in the MBA program. Stephen has been both an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who helped launch five enterprises: a business communications company, a private equity investment company, a roundtable program for CEOs at UC Irvine, a non-profit ministry and an entrepreneurship training academy for teenagers. As an entrepreneur catalyst, he is passionate about helping people and organizations achieve their goals. He frequently speaks about entrepreneurship to business, community and church groups and has presented business plan writing and startup workshops including a Biz Launch Weekend Boot Camp (Friday evening and Saturday) and a seven-week business startup program.
Since 2001, Stephen has been serving as Concordia University’s executive vice president for external relations and special assistant to the president. In 2012, he founded Concordia’s Teen Entrepreneur Academy, an innovative one-week residential summer academy that teaches 65 high school students how to start businesses. To download his complete biography, please click here.
- "Recessionary Fund Raising Strategies," Fund Raising Management Magazine, June 1991.
- "Corporate Solicitation Strategies," National Society of Fund Raising Executives Journal, June 1990.
- M.B.A. 665, Entrepreneurship: Principles of Starting a Business
- M.B.A. 679, Integrating Faith and Work: Faith in the Work Place Movement
Dr. Shirley Chuo is a business faculty member at Loyola University, Pepperdine and American Intercontinental University online, where she teaches courses within the Organizational Psychology Discipline both in the Bachelor and Masters Programs in Business Administration. She has also had consulting experiences within the industry and has led training sessions at numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Honeywell, AT&T and Time Warner. Her expertise lies in the domain of employment law, change management and executive coaching, organizational culture and conflict negotiations. She has over 5 years teaching experience and enjoys developing managerial skills in business leaders. At Concordia, Shirley Chuo teaches different electives within the leadership domain such as Different Perspectives of Leadership. Shirley Chuo enjoys several electives in cultural management and team development. She also serves on the advisory board to the business department and has held the title of Assistant Treasury to Sandpipers, a 75 year old non-profit organization helping provide community assistance and scholarships to disadvantages youths. Dr. Chuo has two articles published in the International Business and Economics Research Journal and has won the best paper award in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 consecutively at the Clute International Business and Economics Research Conferences. She also has written several pieces of work within the concepts of Global Leadership and Executive Compensation. Dr. Shirley Chuo belongs to Society of Human Resource Professionals, Los Angeles Organizational Development Network and Academy of Management.
- Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology
- M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
- B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University
Mr. Grandy is a senior founding partner of The Law Offices of Cullins & Grandy LLP who celebrated 21 years of legal service to the community in 2011. The firm consists of four trial attorneys with 96 years combined trial experience. Mr. Grandy has been prosecuting and defending civil cases for 25 years including wrongful death, elder abuse, civil rights, contract actions, catastrophic personal injury, insurance, employment actions, punitive damages claims and bad faith cases. Clients range from individuals, churches, private businesses to multinational corporations and the largest insurance companies in the country. The firm has handled hundreds of jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. For many years Mr. Grandy sat as an arbitrator for the Orange County Superior Court and also donated time helping the courts settle personal injury actions. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates which is a national organization of trial attorneys dedicated to preserving the people's right to trial by jury in civil cases. Mr. Grandy has taught Essential Business Law since 2006 which emphasizes aspects of business liability and avoidance and addresses contracts, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, labor law, insurance, torts, civil rights, defamation, unfair business practices and discrimination. In keeping with his philosophy of serving the community, Mr. Grandy donates his Concordia pay to the Scholarship Fund. He, and his wife Bonnie, have been active members of Mission Viejo Christian Church for over 20 years.
Dr. Hanson comes from a background both as a manager of information technology and an academic. He worked for several years with project management and database optimization in the direct response marketing industry. During this time he headed up a new product development effort and saw it through its successful market introduction. Based on this experience, he returned to school to learn how to better optimize the social and technical systems in organizations, earning his PhD through consulting and organizational redesign projects in a wide variety of firms. He has a continuing interest in action research approaches to education and organization development, particularly focusing on developing learning organizations that jointly optimize technology and social systems. A focal question in his consulting, research and teaching is: how can we assist the development of the true, good and beautiful through our project work?
- Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
- MA in Urban Studies from the University of Akron (Akron, OH)
- Visiting Scholar in Town & Country Planning at Aston University (Birmingham, UK)
- BA in Sociology from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD)
Professor Muller’s 25 year career in the multinational corporate finance world has given her valued experiences in both domestic and international environments. She has worked for high tech corporations in the computing, gaming and medical industries. The last eight years were focused as a supplier to the international banking community, developing a successful international business venture. In addition to the traditional corporate financial functions of planning, analysis and accounting, her experience includes developing business plans and corporate governance processes, managing large capital investment projects and major contract negotiations, integrating financial analysis and discipline into sales processes achieving outstanding results, researching and effectively managing the impact of changing government regulations on revenue generation, and completing a public offering during the market crash of 1987.
Professor Muller teaches the core Finance classes in the undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the year and occasional elective courses in the Finance and Economics disciplines.
- MBA San Diego State University
- BA California State University Long Beach
Roger Philips held senior executive positions including CEO in the software industry for over twenty years. Focusing on global opportunities, he built and managed worldwide sales and support divisions for two publicly traded US software firms, earning the US Dept. of Commerce President's Award for Export Excellence. He is author of the book Guide to Software Export, published by the International Business Press. Philips also worked as a research engineer and software developer in the aerospace industry, and teaches international business at Concordia University, Irvine. When not at Concordia, he teaches sailing in Newport Beach as a US Coast Guard licensed captain.
- MS Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley
- BSE (Honors) Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University
- Certificate in General Management at the Graduate School of Business and Administration, University of Santa Clara
I am the Senior Marketing Director for HealthNet Associates, a company whose primary focus is executive development and training. From 2001 - 2005 I was a Senior Sales & Marketing Executive for Roche Diagnostics with the Diabetes Care Division. Our product line included point-of-care and laboratory blood glucose testing and analysis systems along with data management information systems. In this position I earned the Silver and Platinum President’s Awards for top sales and marketing achievement. Prior to this I was the Senior Sales Director, Western Region for Magnitude Information Systems, an ergonomic software solutions company that helped individuals work safely with computers while preventing carpal tunnel and tendonitis. As a Marketing Manager from 1998 through 2000 for B.Braun Medical, a medical device and pharmaceutical company I was responsible for marketing synthetic plasma/blood products to the healthcare industry. I served a two year term (9/95-9/97) as a Director for IntePlex, a strategic marketing and management operations group and subsidiary within Bergen Brunswig Corporation (BBC), a Fortune 150 corporation. In this capacity I managed sales and marketing activities, new product development, and systems integration projects for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems. My professional area of expertise is in sales & marketing, performance management, organizational development & configuration, and the Managed Care environment within the Healthcare industry. For several years I was involved in an entrepreneurial project whose mission was technological innovation in the automation of routines and infrastructure efficiencies for various sites of care within the continuum of care.
- Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
- MBA from the University of LaVerne (LaVerne, CA)
- MA in Art History (New Mexico State University)
- BFA in photography, and a BSEd in Education (Ohio University)
Dean, School of Business Administration
George W. Wright, CPA, is currently serving as the Dean, School of Business
Administration after serving as the Assistant Dean of the School of
Business and Professional Studies. He supervises all academic
undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Business by leading
the faculty to determine academic policy, to establish requirements for
degrees and programs, to approve the courses of instruction offered by the
departments, and to administer the curriculum of the school. In order to
fulfill this role he is responsible to seek appropriate personnel and
fiscal resources to fulfill the school’s mission including the recruitment,
retention and development of faculty and staff.
In addition he is an active faculty advisor in the MA International Studies
program in the School of Professional Studies assisting students complete
their Master’s Thesis. Professor Wright has won competitions in research
papers for the AICPA Professor/Practitioner Case Development and the
American Accounting Association including presentations at their annual
national conferences. He comes from a 30 year international career in
business where he was regularly required to overcome the obstacles of
language, culture and currency on major business process changes and
projects in information technology & systems, accounting, finance and
strategic planning. He is a certified Zenger-Miller Facilitator/Trainer
focusing on leadership development, change management and team building.
- M.S. in Accountancy from the California State University at Fullerton
- M.B.A. in Finance from the California State University at Fullerton
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics the California State University at Fullerton