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.
Stephen was appointed Dean on February 1, 2014. He has over 30 years higher education 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 also teaches entrepreneurship in the MBA program. Stephen is 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 and Kid Entrepreneur Academy, innovative one-week summer academies that teaches high school and middle school students how to start businesses. To download his complete biography, please click here.
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.
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.
Andy Grimalda is a 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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Countries and cities visited, worked, and/or lived in include:
George W. Wright, CPA, became the Administrative Dean for the School of Business
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.
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 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.
Laura A. LeDoux, Esq. teaches Business Law, Business Ethics, Business Communication & Writing, Real Estate and Career Development. She has an extensive background in both academia and in the professional environment. Professor LeDoux’s passion for teaching students and helping them to advance their academic careers, as well as to prepare for their professional careers, allows her to engage students and to motivate them to achieve their goals. Professor LeDoux has over a decade of entrepreneurial experience, as well as over a decade practicing law in Chicago and New Orleans. Professor LeDoux concentrated her legal practice on serving other entrepreneurs and helping them achieve success in their business and real estate endeavors.
Professor LeDoux has an extensive list of past clients, including: The City of Chicago, Department of Aviation, and the University of Chicago. Laura practiced law in Louisiana and Illinois and is engaged in professional consulting and higher education in California.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 held 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