Professor of Business
Dan sees business as an opportunity to invest in others and better the world around him. He began his corporate career with AT&T, and at 23 years of age he was promoted to Branch Systems Manager in which he managed the staff responsible for the deployment of technology and technical training for 300 employees. In 1996, he moved to Orange County to develop sales and strategic alliances for two local technology companies. During this time, he developed integrated solutions with companies like Boeing, Oracle, Ameritrade, Experian, General Dynamics and HP. He won numerous sales awards and was recognized as the top revenue producer for his last company. In 2001, Dan began a real estate investment business ultimately acquiring 130 rental units in Southern California, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Today, he has consolidated his assets into three real estate investment LLC's and manages them part time. He has also conducted over $40,000,000 of transactions as a licensed Real Estate Broker. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA with a minor in business and two Masters degrees with High Honors from Biola University. He loves Jesus Christ, his beautiful wife Amy, their 6 children, and the gift of life. Dan travels often with trips to Ethiopia, the Congo, and Peru to support missions aimed at eradicating disease and poverty. His calling to Concordia stems from his passion to share life and business experiences with students with the goal of seeing them succeed in both.
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.
- B.A. Information Systems, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Adjunct Professor of Business
Before joining Citi Personal Wealth Management, Gil was the Managing Director of Wealth4Purpose and consulted in the areas of Estate Planning and Charitable Planning. Prior to that, Gil was Divisional Director of the Wealth Planning Centers for Citigroup Smith Barney in the Western Division where he and his team met with High Net Worth Clients and their families to discuss all aspects of their financial circumstances while focusing on Federal Estate and Federal Income Tax planning.
Gil has authored several articles and has been published in the Orange County Lawyer Magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Sacramento Business Journal. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Concordia University where he teaches Business Law and Business Ethics.
Gil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University Long Beach, his Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and completed advanced estate planning courses at American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. In addition, Gil currently holds Series 7, 63, 65, and 24 licenses through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He also holds a lifetime teaching credential from the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
In the past, Gil has served on the advisory boards for the Institute for Preparing Heirs, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Olive Crest Treatment Center for abused children and CBMC of Newport Beach, to name a few. Gil and his family make their home in Orange County, CA.
Visiting Professor of Finance and Accounting
Professor Kinnen provides leadership assessment and financial restructuring services to a wide range of companies. As a senior business executive, he held roles ranging from overseeing several hundred million dollars of budgeting for PacifiCare, to investment banking where he led teams valuing over 150 target firms for mergers and acquisitions transactions, and later to being selected to be chief operating officer at an investment firm. Mr. Kinnen started two companies and provided advisory services to hundreds of entrepreneurs during the past 20 years. An expert in leadership development, he is frequently retained to create business cases used to perform assessments of senior executives at Fortune 500 companies. He co-wrote the paper, The Application of a Portfolio to Financial Accounting, which was presented at a referred conference in 2014. Mr. Kinnen teaches at the MBA and undergraduate levels.
- Master of Business Administration, University of California, Irvine
- B.A. – English, Loma Linda University, Riverside
- Corporate Finance
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Investment Management
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Personal Finance
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Financial Modeling & Business Forecasting
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Leadership & Organizational Behavior
- Leadership & Influence
- Corporate Strategy
Professor Lerner has over 30 years experience in business management and marketing. She has worked with small start-ups and large international organizations in the healthcare, technology, and service sectors. She has also successfully owned and operated a printing company with her husband for more than a decade. Her approach to teaching business is from the entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial mindset. She is a Sam Walton Fellow with SIFE/Enactus, and has led CUI students at business ethics competitions.
- MA - Psychology, Pepperdine University
- MBA - Entrepreneurship, Concordia University
- BA - Liberal Arts, Concordia University
- Business Ethics
- New Ventures and Entrepreneurship
- Human Resource Management
- Business Strategies
- Public Speaking
Adjunct Professor of Business
Professor Jeffrey Lu serves entrepreneurs in finance, real estate and tax services while providing transaction advises for more than two decades. His career started at Peat Marwick Mitchell (KPMG). He developed strong negotiation skills while practicing public accounting representing entrepreneurs featured in Inc. and Money magazine for merger and acquisition & financing of venture-backed and knowledge-based businesses in the high-tech, healthcare and real estate industries. 1997 Money magazine recognized him as one of the Personal Financial Specialist by AICPA. He is a broker associates, realtor® with Coldwell Banker Previews International at Newport Beach, CA, He earned the top 5 ranking of 2013 EBT program of Coldwell Banker Commercial.
Professor Lu is Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, Realtor, Broker Associate and Certified Negotiation Expert of Real Estate Negotiating Institute. Mr. Lu lectures "Cross Border Transactions & international taxation at Graduate School of Accounting of Soochow University. He lectured accounting and financial statement analysis at University of Missouri at Columbia Missouri and Coastline Community College in Orange County, California.
Professor Lu is the founder of LU & ASSOCIATES in Irvine, California, serving entrepreneurs with transactional advisory services in finance, real estate and taxes.
Professor Lu is member of venture capital organization in Southern California and Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay, director of Southern California Monte Jade (SCMJ), Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout of America Troop 606, and Vice Chair of GATE committee of Irvine Unified School District. Mr. Lu served as Vice Chairman of the board of director of Southern California Chinese Culture Association (SCCCA)/Irvine Chinese School (ICS) based in Irvine, California.
- Master of Accountancy, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- M.S. – Taxation, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
- B.S. – Accounting, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
- ACT 212 Managerial Accounting
- ACT 313 Cost Accounting
- FIN 335 Real Estate Finance
- MBA 621 and 622 International Finance
- MBA 665 Entrepreneurship Principles and Practices
Adjunct Professor of the School of Business
Robert's career spans over the transportation, finance, and nonprofit sectors where he has held operations management, controller, and CFO positions. He currently serves on the boards of Reef Check and Blue Water Photo.
Robert specializes in asset and equity valuations using hard data to develop and test pricing and forecast models.
- Pepperdine University, MBA
- UC Riverside, Environmental Science, B.S.
Adjunct Professor of The School of Business
Mr. Miller has more than 25 years’ experience across a broad range of industries, focusing primarily on entrepreneurship, new ventures, change management, and organizational design. He is President of Persuasive Business Plans, where he has a significant record of accomplishments helping clients tell compelling stories that attract money and people to accelerate business success.
Tom is also an Adjunct Professor at both Concordia University (Irvine) and California State University (Fullerton) with a focus on entrepreneurial management, new ventures, and business planning.
Prior to consulting, Tom was Vice President of Planning and Development at Select University Technologies (SUTI), a firm focused on the commercialization of university-developed technologies. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Operations at Advanced Electronic Packaging, a manufacturer of custom electronics. He began his career with R. R. Donnelley in Chicago, where he held several staff positions and headed an engineering effort that resulted in several U.S. Patents.
Mr. Miller has an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Chicago, as well as both a BS in Information and Computer Science and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Mr. Miller has been on the organizing committee, a panel moderator, and a panelist at several of the Harvard–Marshall Business Growth Conferences. He has served for many years on the executive committee of Tech Cost Venture Network. Outside of the entrepreneurial community, he volunteers with the Boy Scouts and with his local church, where he is an elder and licensed Deacon.
- M.B.A. Finance - University of Chicago
- B.S. Computer Science - University of California, Irvine
- B.A. Economics- University of California, Irvine
School of Business Administrative
Professor Cynthia Noto is Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years experience in public accounting, as well as private industries, mainly in real estate and property management. Her hands-on real estate accounting experience comprises of 2 years senior accountant experience at CB Richard Ellis, followed by over 15 years in various accounting positions including Manager of SP&A and Senior Manager of Accounting and Reporting at the Irvine Company, before recently transitioned as Senior Director of Accounting at Tricon Capital/American Homes. She has also over 18 years experience in teaching accounting at Coast Community College District.
- MBA, California State University, Fullerton, California
- B.A. – Accounting, California State University, Fullerton, California
- ACT 212 Managerial Accounting
- ACT 332 Financial Statement Analysis (Starting Fall 2017)
- Payroll Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting
- Financial Accounting
- Accounting Information System
Professor of International Business
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 and co-editor of the book Business in Contemporary China, published by Routledge. 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
Fred Rogers is a serial entrepreneur and has had a life-long passion for new technologies and the process of rapid and successful commercialization.
Rogers was founder and president of Rogers & Associates Management Consultants, Ltd., from its inception in 1972, until its acquisition in 1985. He led the firm from being a startup to becoming an enterprise with 7 offices in the United States and 3 in Canada, over 200 employees. After a decade in semi – retirement Rogers founded SUTI Holdings, LP to radically alter the technology commercialization landscape and spent almost 2 decades working with US universities to commercialize their technologies.
In 2014 Mr. Rogers resigned from day to day operations of SUTI to pursue consulting and advisory work and spend more time on issues of interest.
He is currently a consultant to InTrust Global working with the Mexican Government to commercialize their university technology; a consultant to the technology consulting firm Yet2 advising several of their Fortune 100 clients; is a consultant to Paley-Advisors a Wall Street Investment Bank and an advisor to a couple of small technology start ups.
He and his wife Peggy of 43 years reside in Newport Beach California. They have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
- MBA University of Alberta 1972
Adjunct Professor of Business
Linda Rudolph is the Director of Human Resources for NDS Americas, the US division of a 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. Her experience includes organizational and academic facilitation. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business for Concordia University, Irvine and the Human Resources Masters degree program at Chapman University.
For the last 12 years, Linda has worked with global human resources team to implement strategic talent management initiatives to promote organizational learning, positively impact employee retention and align with business goals. Linda has partnered with TMC for several years and has used the COI to support diversity and cultural awareness programs she facilitated in the US, England, France and Israel. As an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management, Linda was recently a speaker at the PIHRA Diversity Summit.
She received her BA in liberal arts from USC and has an MBA from Pepperdine University. Linda is particularly skilled at working with multicultural teams in the areas of communication and leadership development. She has traveled to over dozen countries in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
- B.A. USC Liberal Arts
- M.B.A Pepperdine
Adjunct Professor of 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.
Adjunct Professor, School of Business
MBA Academic Advisor
MBA Assistant Program Director
Dr. Drew Wolf serves CUI School of Business as the MBA Academic Advisor, the Assistant Program Director, and an Adjunct Instructor.
Before joining CUI over five years ago, Dr. Wolf held a variety of staff and teaching positions at a private Christian university and a large community college, both in Ohio. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Wolf worked in management for a large financial institution as well as for a non-profit company. One of his favorite experiences was working ten years for the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Dr. Wolf’s education includes his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management preceded by degrees in Corporate Communication and Higher Education. Dr. Wolf has had papers presented in California, Ohio, New Mexico, and India. His two most recent peer-reviewed publications focus on the incorporation of a theoretical framework using Appreciative Inquiry to develop resiliency in businesses. He has also served as a peer reviewer for a number of publications including the International Journal of Human Resource Management.
- MBA 642 Effective Communication
- MBA 603 Management
- MBA 678 E-commerce
- Intermediate Accounting
- BUS 261 Information Technology