Our faculty bring to the classroom:
Professor Burkhart worked in the accounting and financial services portions of the property management and residential home sale industries, which includes the local and national units of EEXCEL Communities, EEXCEL Management and EEXCEL Homes.
Dr. Fawaz is a veteran executive with more than 20 years of experience in global consulting, corporate and business unit strategy, developing market entry strategies, managing organizational structure, cost reduction, process improvement and leadership. An entrepreneur with extensive experience in the Fashion Industry. He joined our faculty in 2007 and in addition to lecturing, Dr. Fawaz is the Director of Internship and Faculty Advisor for SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise). He also acts as an Academic Advisor for our business students. His areas of proficiency include Global Strategy, Marketing, Manufacturing, Leadership, and Organizational Behavior & Change. Dr. Fawaz is a Concordia Alumni who went on to earn his Executive M.B.A. from UCI where he was awarded the "Most Innovative Thinker" for the class of 2005 and then earned his Doctorate from Pepperdine in Organizational Leadership.
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?
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.
Professor Nagel’s corporate experience includes the positions of Marketing Manager-Asia for International Paper Co. and Vice President-Commercial Development for Servrite International. Originally from London, England, he has worked and traveled throughout the world (60+ countries) and negotiated with governments at the ministerial level. He previously taught business in New York before joining the CUI faculty in 2011.
Global Market Entry - Rules of Engagement (2012)
Nagel teaches a range of courses including International Marketing, International Finance, Marketing Research, and the History of Economic Thought.
Professor Shiery has over 30-years of experience in corporate marketing and training. She has worked for and with major Fortune 500 firms and had a consulting firm specializing in market research and training. She has taught marketing courses for over 20 years and has broad knowledge of marketing strategy, international business and communications.
Dr. Williams' corporate experience spans 25 years in employee education/training, recruitment, staffing, internal communications, employee relations, diversity management and community relations. She has served in human resources under Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox Groups, including Fox Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers and a variety of other properties. Dr. Williams has lived and/or worked in over 30 countries covering five continents. In 1997, she launched Communication Works, a corporate training and development consultancy.
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.
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.
Andy Grimalda joins us as a Resident Professor in our Business Department with a wealth of experience as a senior manager and entrepreneur. Andy recently sold his business that he grew to rank among the 100 largest medical billing companies in the country. In this business, he epitomized Friedman's concept of a flat world by integrating technology to maintain seamless operations in both the United States and in India.
As a Chief Financial Officer for 13 years, Andy was responsible for the management of the financial, accounting, human resources, and management information system departments. He has integrated leading edge technology to improve the claims processing operations of large insurance companies facilitating the efficiencies and knowledge base of sales and marketing teams.
Andy was an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy where he taught economics and accounting to senior level cadets for three years.
Andy is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army. As an Airborne-Ranger, Andy commanded a battalion size unit with more than 250 personnel in combat operations during Desert Storm. His more senior military duties included management of all logistical operations for reserve units located in the Northeast U.S., and command responsibility for the professional development/classroom training of officers stationed in the Northeast U.S.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a Masters in Management Sciences from the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T.
Dr. Mangum has over 17 years experience in economic research and analysis. He has also taught courses in economics, statistics, and econometrics at five colleges and universities. He has served as an expert in many litigation matters, focusing on micro-economic analysis involving intellectual property, antitrust, statistical analysis, and damage quantification.
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.
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 (www.cui.edu/tea). To download his complete biography, please click here.
Throughout Kenny's career, he has notably served in the roles of Consultant, Store Manager, Executive Investment Manager, Operations Manager, and Account Manager. His direct experience with ISO 9001, retail procedures, human resource facilities, wealth management, mutual fund price performance analysis, logistics and supply chain management, team leadership, project management, P&L responsibility, and dispute resolution and customer relationship management. Kenny's industry concentration features consumer retail and manufacturing operations in both the retail and financial industry.
Through his experience as a student and as a working professional, Kenny has found that teaching is a passion in his life. He believes that he is truly blessed to have found a career that he can be fulfilled and happy with for the duration of his life. Over the past ten years, Kenny has been an adjunct faculty at some of the top Universities in Southern California.
He has been privileged to have worked with some of the greatest students and faculty at these Universities. Along the way, Kenny has been awarded multiple faculty awards recognizing his dedication to his students and curriculum. He feels it has been an honor teaching thus far, and is his hope that he can continue to serve his society as a professor for years to come.
Professor Harms has over 25 years experience in the field of software development in the public sector and currently manages an IT development department for a Fortune 100 company. He has taught various Information Technology, Business and Accounting courses at Concordia and other universities for the past 10 years.
Professor Larson has over 40 years of business experience and has served in such positions as Vice President, Controller, Treasurer, General Manager, and business owner in organizations generating sales of $1 million to $23 billion annually. For the past 19 years he co-founded and developed a professional accounting and consulting practice with 4 offices offering financial services to governmental and private sector organizations throughout California. He specializes in the areas of accounting, business management, and finance. For the past 30 years he has taught at several educational institutions in the areas of accounting, business management, business systems, and finance.
Professor Miller has more than 25 years of experience across a broad range of industries, focusing primarily on entrepreneurship and new ventures, change management, and organizational design. He is currently President of Persuasive Business Plans, where he has a significant record of accomplishment helping clients tell compelling stories that attract money and people to accelerate business success. Prior to his consulting career, Tom served as an executive with several entrepreneurial firms in California and held several staff positions with a Fortune 500 firm in Illinois, including an engineering effort that resulted in several U.S. Patents. In his spare time, Tom volunteers with the Boy Scouts and is a Licensed Deacon in the Pacific Southwest District – LCMS.
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.
Professor Derek Podobas teaches undergraduate and graduate level business courses at Concordia University. He is CEO of ChicagoAnalyticsTM, a strategy consulting firm. In addition, he is a General Partner in Balboa Bay Capital Group, LLC., a venture capital advisory firm. Both companies are based in Orange County, California. During his professional career he has held VP and Director level positions for Corporate Development, Business Development, and New Product Development with Fortune 500 multinational companies as well as with California based international start-ups.
Professor Randall serves as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Concordia University, Irvine. The mission of CELT is to help students and professors use technology in their professions. He has also served as a technology coordinator and as a corporate computer systems trainer. He currently teaches a variety of courses related to technology including Information Technology and Educational Technology. He is also involved in the development of online education at Concordia.
B.A. USC Liberal Arts
Linda Rudolph is the Director of Human Resources for NDS Americas, the U.S. division of a $200 million + global technology organization, and is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic HR programs. Linda has over 20 years experience as a human resources and employee development professional. Earlier in her career, Linda help several leadership positions in the financial services industry including Assistant Vice President and Training Manager for a commercial bank.
Professor Stick has been an instructor in the undergraduate and the accelerated education programs in the School of Business at CUI for the past 5 years. The courses that he has taught include: Marketing, Advertising and Sales Promotion, Entrepreneurship – New Ventures, Introduction to Business
Professor Tvorik has a background as a business consultant that includes managerial positions within Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. She has managed seven branches within the Republic of the Philippine Islands and the Remote Island of Diego Garcia promoting banking services, while coordinating marketing strategies with headquarters in New York. Included in her background are hiring; the flip side of hiring; sales and corporate training, and management responsibilities. She is a proponent of McGregor’s Theory Y, which affects the development of effective managers through participative problem solving. If treated as valuable staff members, they will in turn contribute more to the organization.
She completed her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in business administration and management while traveling geographically three-quarters the country, earning departmental and summa cum laude honors.
Professor Van Blarcom has been a practicing California lawyer for 22 years. He has served as general counsel to seven different water districts and to two nonprofit organizations. In that role, he has spent significant time advising governing boards and management staff on general legal matters relating to contracts, finances, personnel, policy and corporate organization. He has provided legal counsel on specific matters involving land use and real estate development, environmental and water related issues. He began teaching at Concordia in 1988. He has also taught law classes at Chapman University.