Bruce Hanson - MANAGEMENT
(949) 214-3380 | Grim Hall 225
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)
Stephen Tvorik - MARKETING
(949) 214-3382 | Grimm Hall 202E
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)
Thomas D. Busby - ACCOUNTING
(949) 214-3368 | Grimm Hall 201B
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
Janet Muller – FINANCE
(949) 214-3366 | Grimm Hall 206C
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
George W. Wright – ECONOMICS, COMMUNICATION and FINANCE
(949) 214-3379 | Grimm Hall 224
George W. Wright, CPA, has served as an adjunct professor at a number of colleges and universities in southern California and is currently in his fifth year at Concordia University Irvine where he is the Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies as well as a faculty advisor in the MA International Studies program. 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 continues an international career in business where he is regularly required to overcome the obstacles of language, culture and currency on major business process changes and projects. He is a certified Zenger-Miller Facilitator/Trainer focusing on leadership development, change management and team building.
- MS in Accountancy from the California State University at Fullerton
- MBA in Finance from the California State University at Fullerton
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics the California State University at Fullerton
Shirley Chuo – LEADERSHIP
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
Roger Philips – GLOBAL ENTERPRISE
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
James Grandy – ESSENTIAL BUSINESS LAW
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.