Faculty Profile

Kambiz Raffiee, Ph.D., MBA Director

Kambiz RaffieeKambiz Raffiee is associate dean and director of the MBA program. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon. His areas of specialization are on the airline industry and economic impact of transportation systems. He has done extensive work involving cost-benefit analysis of air cargo and passenger systems at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, public opinion survey of Reno/Tahoe International Airport and economic linkages of the air transportation systems in Northern Nevada.

He has published more than 60 papers in nationally and internationally refereed journals that include the top-ranked journals in transportation economics. He received the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor award in May 2001 in recognition of his significant contributions in research, teaching and service. He is also the recipient of the Best Researcher of the Year Award in Business Education in 1992 and 1998 from the Nevada Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest honor society for collegiate schools of business in the United States.

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Rahul Bhargava, Ph.D., CFA

Rahul Bhargava Rahul Bhargava is an associate professor in finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. Bhargava received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He joined the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998.

He has published in a number of journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Research, the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting and the Journal of Business Research.

Bhargava's research interests are in the area of Investments, Portfolio performance and Derivatives.

He teaches BADM749, Seminar in Finance.

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David Croasdell, Ph.D.

David CroasdellDavid T. Croasdell, Ph.D. is the Charles and Ruth Hopping Professor of Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also serves as the University's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and Academic Director for the Mandela Washington Fellows Initiative for Young African Leaders.

Dr. Croasdell is a distinguished international scholar with extensive international experience teaching global entrepreneurship, technology management and cyber security. He is a strong believer in what Thomas Friedman has called a "Flat World." Simply put, technology has shrunk the world. As such, our ability to understand and work with different cultures and economies is more critical now than ever before as citizens in this global community.

Dave teaches BADM 750, Managing Computer Information Resources in the MBA program at the University of Nevada. The courses is delivered from the perspective that it is critical for today's managers to understand technology and how to effectively use information systems to drive decision making through more effective, efficient and productive use of technological solutions. Business leaders looking to develop and grow business across international boundaries must have the skills and knowledge to think an act globally if they are to be successful.

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Joseph Halford, Ph.D.

Joseph HalfordDr. Halford is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to obtaining his PhD from the University of Utah he worked in
investment banking, primarily in the area of mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience working in venture capital. Dr. Halford has published in multiple academic journals such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Corporate Finance. His research has also been presented at major academic conferences and cited in the popular press including The New York Times, Bloomberg, and CNBC.

He teaches BADM 741, Financial Management.

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Chris Howard

Chris Howard Chris Howard is the Director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and is also a faculty member, overseeing Entrepreneurship academic curriculum in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the past 37 years as a corporate principal or venture capital partner, Chris has bought, sold, and/or invested in 28 companies. He is the current CEO and Principal of NorthStar Investors, specializing in the provision of operational guidance and devising technical, financial and economic strategies. In addition to his focus on funding and growing start-up companies, Chris was formerly a CFO/COO of two publicly reporting companies, and a consultant with two national CPA firms. He holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He is a CMA (Certified in Management Accounting) and a CMC (Certified Management Consultant).

He teaches BADM 794, Value Creation and Measurement. The overall emphasis of the course includes the proper use of data, financial and otherwise, to identify and measure value in the corporate environment.  Moreover, considerable attention will be given to the study of strategies useful in the development of enterprise value and the intersections of finance, accounting, operations, marketing, and management in doing so.  Material will consider development of business value from start-up to exit.

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T. Steven Jackson

T. Steven Jackson Mr. Jackson began his career in Finance in 1986 as a Financial Analyst for a regional bank. During his tenure at the bank, he also served as Investments Analyst and Assistant Vice President - Financial Services Manager.  Progressing to a National Brokerage Firm in 1991, he transitioned his career to Financial Advisor to focus on both individual and institutional investors' specific needs by developing strategies that help his clients reach their financial goals.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from California State University, Chico and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Nevada, where he earned a graduate fellowship. His thesis, A Statistical Analysis of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Mortgage Backed Securities Unscheduled Prepayments, was a forecasting model for government backed mortgage securities untimely principal repayments.

Mr. Jackson is active with Reno South Rotary Club, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Frontier Financial Credit Union, is a board member emeritus on the College of Business Administration Alumni Association board of directors, and serves on the Coeur du Lac Homeowners board of directors. He is also a market commentator for local media including KSUE radio.

He teaches BADM740, Financial and Monetary Economics. In this course, analytical and policy perspectives on money and the financial system, financial regulatory and supervision regimes, central bank policy, and international finance are discussed.

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Bret Leary, Ph.D.

Bret Leary Bret Leary is an assistant professor in Marketing at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Bret received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015.  He also holds and B.S. and M.S. in Marketing from Clemson University and worked in the hospitality and tourism industry before pursuing a career in academia.  His work has been published in numerous outlets including the Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Macromarketing.

Dr. Leary's research interests are in marketing ethics and ethical behavior, and marketing management and strategy.

He teaches BADM 769, Strategic Marketing Management.

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Ronald Lembke, Ph.D.

Ronald LembkeRon Lembke has taught supply chain management and operations management at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1995. In addition to operations management, his teaching has focused on courses in quality, inventory management, and production planning. More recently, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainability.

He is the author of Going Backwards: Reverse Logistics Trends and Practices with Dr. Dale Rogers. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at the corporate offices of 3M, where he developed models to optimize supply chain inventories and production capacities. Lembke holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in math with a concentration in computer science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

He teaches BADM 701, Production and Operations Management.

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Chunlin Liu, Ph.D.

Chunlin Liu Chunlin Liu is professor of finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Rhode Island and joined the faculty at UNR in 2004.

His research interests include issues relating to financial institutions, household finance, and market microstructure. He has published in a number of academic journals like the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Financial Services Research, Review of Corporate Finance Studies and Journal of International Money and Finance among others. Prior to his career in academia, he worked in the banking industry as a financial economist. He is also a CFA charterholder. 

He teaches BADM 742, Research Methods in Finance and BADM 745, Commercial Bank Management.

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Igor Makienko, Ph.D.

Igor Makienko Igor Makienko is an associate professor of marketing in the College of Business where he teaches a variety of marketing classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He joined the University of Nevada Reno in 2008.

Professor Makienko received a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Mass Communication from the Louisiana State University. He also holds Masters' degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Moscow Aviation Institute), Journalism (Moscow State University) and International Economics (Russian Academy of Foreign Trade).

He has extensive industry experience in advertising and marketing. He has worked as a media planner, a marketing manager and a brand manager for well-known international companies.

His research focuses on behavioral pricing, advertising, international marketing and marketing education. He has published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Promotion Management, Marketing Education Review and has presented at numerous international conferences.

He Teaches BADM 760, Marketing Management.

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Ryan Moser

Ryan MoserMr. Moser is an attorney with the law firm of Aguirre Riley, P.C., where his practice focuses on: state and federal tax; corporate formations and compliance; and high net worth estate and wealth transfer planning. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Moser also serves as the firm's controller. Prior to the formation of Aguirre Riley, P.C., Mr. Moser worked for the Reno office of Holland and Hart, LLP, the United States District Court in and for the District of Nevada, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and Muckel Anderson CPAs (now Eide Bailly).

Mr. Moser holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a Juris Doctor, with high honors, from the University of Utah. Mr. Moser is actively licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in both Nevada and Idaho, and as a Certified Public Accountant in Nevada and Utah. Mr. Moser has taught financial and managerial accounting courses at the University of Nevada, Reno sporadically since 2011. Mr. Moser also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Children's Cabinet, and as the organization's Treasurer.

He Teaches BADM 711, Seminar in Managerial Accounting.

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Ted Oleson

Ted OlesonTed Oleson has been a lecturer in the Department of Economics for over 30 years. For the MBA program he has taught statistics and a special topics course on Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management. He created the Social Entrepreneurship course after successfully founding and working with numerous nonprofit organizations.

He Teaches BADM 791, Special Topics Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management.

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Dan Oster

Dan Oster Dan Oster is a business owner, commercial real estate broker, and educator.  After spending eight years managing corporate information systems, Dan entered the commercial real estate field in 2004 specializing in industrial properties.  In 2005 he started a successful commercial real estate firm with a group of partners.  For over a decade, he has helped organizations large and small make complex decisions related to facility purchases, leases, investments, and construction.  In addition to his work in brokerage, Dan is a principal in a number of commercial development projects and startup businesses. 

Dan earned both a Bachelor of Science in Management and his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Where he was also elected student body president while an undergraduate. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Nevada teaching an Advanced Seminar on Supply Chain Management.  Every semester since 2008, his class begins with a simple analogy - his class is a 16 week road trip during which he learns as much from his students as they do from him.

Dan is the President of the Northern Nevada Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and is an active member of SIOR, EDAWN and NNDA.
A commitment to helping his clients meet their objectives first and foremost, priority on home and family, love of Nevada (the University and the State), and lifelong intellectual curiosity are Dan's defining qualities.

He teaches BADM 779, Seminar in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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Mark Pingle, Ph.D.

Mark Pingle Mark Pingle is a Professor of Economics and Charles N. Mathewson Professor of Entrepreneurship.  He joined the University of Nevada in 1990.   He received his B.S. degree in economics from Southern Oregon State College in 1983.  He received his M.A. in 1984 and Ph.D. in Economics in 1988, both from the University of Southern California. 

Professor Pingle has published papers, books, and other writings in the areas of macroeconomics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics.   He is book editor for Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Associate Editor for Review of Behavioral Economics.  He is a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics.  He is currently focused on building an entrepreneurship program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a culture of entrepreneurship in Northern Nevada. 

He teaches BADM730, Economics of the Firm.

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Sonja Pippin, Ph.D., CPA

Sonja PippinSonja Pippin is an associate professor in accounting and the director of the Master in Accountancy Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Pippin received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006. She has published in a number of academic and practitioner-oriented journals including Behavioral Research in Accounting, the Journal of the American Taxation Association, the Journal of Legal Tax Research, the Journal of Accountancy, and the CPA Journal.

Pippin’s research interests are in the area of taxes and taxpayer behavior in the context of proposed and actual changes in tax legislation. She has also examined the impact of technology on the accounting profession (especially in the tax context) and compared tax legislation and tax systems in a global context.

She teaches BADM 710, Financial Reporting and Analysis.

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Susanna Powers

Susanna PowersSusanna Powers is an economist at the Governor's Finance Office, Budget Division located in Carson City, NV. She is responsible for developing diverse tax revenue projections. She is skilled in policy analysis, data analysis, statistics, and research. Her experience include economic research, model building, forecasting, fiscal and trend analysis and interpretation, and the development of presentations, reports, and recommendations involving the application of advanced statistical, economic principles, and research design and procedures. She teaches Statistics for Decision Making (BADM 700) for the MBA program. She has taught undergraduate courses in economics and statistics as an adjunct instructor and on part-time basis since she completed her MA in Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008.

She teaches BADM 700, Statistics for Decision Making.

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Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D.

Bret SimmonsBret Simmons is associate professor of management in the College of Business where he teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and personal branding to both undergraduate and MBA students.

Simmons earned a master’s degree in international management from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and a Ph.D. in business administration/management from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Simmons blogs about leadership, followership, and social business and teaches organizational behavior, management and organization science, international management and entrepreneurial psychology at the University.

He teaches BADM 720, Management and Organizational Science and BADM 772, Changing Environments of Business.

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Yvonne Stedham, Ph.D.

Yvonne StedhamYvonne Stedham is professor of management, a 2010 University of Nevada, Reno foundation professor, and co-director of the Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in the College of Business. She received a Ph.D. in business and an MBA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas and undergraduate degrees in economics and business from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University, Bonn, Germany. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international management and human resource management at the University of Nevada, Reno and the School of Management in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Her research focuses on cross-cultural aspects of management and business ethics. Stedham serves on the State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as on the Nevada World Trade Council (NEWTRAC). She provides consulting and training services to many companies, locally, nationally, and internationally.

She teaches BADM 728, Managing Organizations in a Global Economy she also co-teaches BADM 791, special topics on Mindful Leadership with William Kuechler.

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James A. Sundali, Ph.D.

James A. SundaliJames Sundali is professor of strategic management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and his MBA and bachelor’s degree in economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997 and has taught strategic management, corporate finance, game theory, bargaining and negotiation, individual choice behavior, organizations and the natural environment, the psychology of gaming, and managerial and leadership insights from film and literature.

In 2006 he was awarded the B.J. Fuller Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008 the Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. In the last few years he has been involved in teaching abroad with classes in London, New York City, and Bilbao, Spain. His research is focused on experimental economics, behavioral game theory, behavioral finance, and individual choice behavior.

He teaches BADM 729, Seminal in Management Issues on Decision Making and Negotiation as well as BADM781, Strategic Management for Executives.

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Mehmet Tosun, Ph.D.

Mehmet Tosun Dr. Mehmet Tosun teaches BADM 780, Business and Public Policy, in the University's MBA program. He has extensive background in business and public policy including tax policy, regional economics and economic development.

He is the Barbara Smith Campbell Distinguished Professor of Nevada Tax Policy at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a professor of economics at UNR. He is a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), an affiliate research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF), and a fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

He teaches BADM 780, Business Public Policy.

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Serhat Yildiz, Ph.D.

Serhat YildizSerhat Yildiz is assistant professor of finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Mississippi and joined the faculty at UNR in 2017.

His research interests include corporate finance (capital structure), market microstructure, implications of information flow from financial markets to corporations, price discovery, liquidity, and valuation. He has published in a number of academic journals like Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Economics and Finance, Theoretical Economics Letters, and Journal of Insurance Issues.
He won an excellence in teaching award in Spring 2019.
He has taught Financial Management Theory and Practice, Business Finance, and Investments courses.

He teaches BADM 742, Research Methods of Finance.

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