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Michael Kinnen

Full-Time Faculty, School of Business


Michael Kinnen is an expert in finance with over 20 years' managerial and executive experience in valuation and management consulting; he has 10 years' experience teaching at the university level. Prior to embarking on a career in teaching, Michael served corporate clients as an authority on valuation issues in engagements related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuation, capital budgeting, solvency, and restructuring. In his various academic appointments, Michael teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in the areas of corporate finance, advanced valuation techniques, real options analysis, investment management, financial statement analysis, and the use of accounting for managerial decision-making. He has also held teaching appointments at La Sierra University, Keller Graduate School of Management, and International American University.

Currently Michael is completing a doctoral degree in accounting in the Doctor of Business Administration program at George Fox University. He holds an MBA from University of California, Irvine, and studied English and accounting at La Sierra University. His research interests include: identity development of partners at elite professional services firms, leadership development practices in accounting firms, valuation of family and closely held businesses, financing entrepreneurial ventures, valuation of control and liquidity in family firms, employee engagement and its effects on financial professionals, succession planning and its impact on wealth creation, and the role of family offices in managing entrepreneurial wealth.

Michael, also an expert in leadership development, is actively involved in instructional design, learning program development, and performing leadership assessments for Fortune 50 companies. His firm, MindStorm Group, provides strategic advisory services to corporate boards. An experienced executive, Michael was chief operating officer at a $50 million investment fund. At PacifiCare of California, he oversaw $400 million in budgeting. His investment banking experience includes working with over 100 corporate boards on business strategy and corporate valuation.


  • 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 of Business

Kit Nagel


Professor Nagel is an expert in global marketing. His specific areas of expertise in consumer packaging, supply-chain, and large scale turnkey project management have led to extensive global assignments. Most recently, Nagel was in Berlin working with the pharmaceutical firm Bayer on helping realign its global supply chain.

Nagel teaches at both the MBA and undergraduate levels and enjoys bringing a real-world, cross-disciplinary perspective to preparing students for their careers. Senior executives today note the shortage of trade-literate, culturally sensitive managers, and Nagel’s former students have gone on to positions with leading multinationals and government agencies.

On the academic side, his students have gone on to graduate programs at Tufts, NYU, and the London School of Economics.

  • Marketing Manager-Asia with Fortune 100 International Paper Co.
  • VP-Commercial Development with Servrite International
  • Born in the UK; worked and traveled in over 50 countries




  • International Business: The Challenge of Globalization (Pearson)
  • "Global Market Entry - Rules of Engagement" (Xlibris)
  • "Quants Gone Wild" (WSJ)
  • "Global Marketing Management" (Pearson)
  • "Luther on Trade and Commerce" (CPH)


  • International Marketing
  • International Finance
  • Marketing Research
  • New Venture/Entrepreneurship
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Global Enterprise

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