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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Jason Bergner, Ph.D.

Jason Bergner Jason Bergner is an assistant professor in Accounting at the University of Nevada, Reno. Bergner received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013. He has published in a number of academic and practitioner-oriented journals including Behavioral Research in Accounting, the Journal of Knowledge Management, the Journal of Accountancy, and The CPA Journal.

Bergner's research interests are in the area of auditor decision-making and audit firm behavior.

He teaches BADM 711, Seminar in Managerial Accounting.

 
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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 UNR 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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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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William L. Kuechler, Jr., Ph.D.

William L. KuechlerWilliam Kuechler is professor of information systems at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in computer information systems from Georgia State University.

His academic career follows a successful industry career in information systems development and consulting. His work experience brings insight to his teaching of both IS management and technical material and brings a wealth of practical background to his research. Kuechler’s two primary research themes are the cognitive bases of IS use, development and education, and design science research in IS. He is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Information Systems Education and is an associate editor for the Journal of Information Technology Cases.

He teaches BADM 750, Information and Communications Technology in Organizations, he also co-teaches BADM 791, special topics on Mindful Leadership with Yvonne Stedham.

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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 BADM760, Marketing 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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Jill Savery

Jill Savery Jill Savery is a faculty member teaching MBA students about sustainability and how it is being applied to business and government globally.  She founded Bristlecone Strategies, Inc., and provides strategic consulting and advisory services to government, not-for-profit and corporate entities.  She is the co-editor and chapter author of Sustainability and Sport (2011), one of the first books to emerge in the sport and sustainability field.  Her professional experience includes supporting sport organizations such as the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games delivery organizations, the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid team, and several municipalities in the United States to embed sustainability into planning and operations. 

Jill Savery earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996, Jill won an Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming, and was later inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Jill speaks frequently to national and international audiences about sustainability. 

She teaches BADM 729, Corporate Social Responsibility. The purpose of this MBA Seminar course is to acquaint students with a basic understanding of sustainability, and understand how sustainability is being applied to business as a driver for innovation and success.

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Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D.

Bret L. 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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Debra Stiver, MBA

Debra Stiver Debra Stiver is a lecturer for the Department of Economics and the undergraduate adviser to students pursuing a BS degree with a major in economics.  She has held several positions for the Nevada Chapter of the American Statistical Association, where she currently serves as the state president, and has coordinated the business statistics curriculum for the department for many years.  Ms. Stiver has been a statistical consultant for a variety of organizations and agencies including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nevada State Board of Nursing, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Regional Transportation Authority. 

Ms. Stiver interests include economic development and environmental issues.  She is a senior board member for International Development Missions, Inc., a northern Nevada NGO that focuses on education, health care, clean water, environmental and other community projects, primarily in East Africa.  She is a faculty adviser to SAIWI, the Student Association for International Water Issues, where she assists undergraduate and graduate students with fund-raising and the coordination of development projects in Central and South America and Africa.    

Ms. Stiver teaches BADM 700, Statistics for Decision Making.

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Greg Stone, Ph.D., CFA

Greg Stone Greg Stone is an associate professor of Finance and the Director of the Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. Stone received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006. He has published in a number of academic journals including Financial Review, Managerial Finance, The Journal of Behavioral Finance & Economics and Journal of Banking and Finance.

Stone teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests are in the areas of portfolio strategies and investor behavior. Before coming to UNR, Stone was an associate and research analyst at a sell-side investment banking firm. In 2015 and 2016 he won a Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

He teaches BADM 741, Financial Management and BADM 744 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management.

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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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Arun Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Arun Upadhyay Dr. Arun Upadhyay teaches finance courses in the College of Business at University of Nevada Reno. His primary teaching area is corporate finance. Before moving to academic world, Dr. Upadhyay worked for several years with a commercial bank in the area of credit analysis and international banking. He received Ph.D. in finance from Temple University. Prior to moving to University of Reno, he worked at University of Alaska Anchorage where he was awarded College of Business and Public Policy Best Teacher award. Dr. Upadhyay served on the Investment Advisory Commission of Municipality of Anchorage. He has also served as expert witness on issues related to valuation of financial securities, responsibilities of board of directors and corporate governance.

Dr. Upadhyay's research focuses on corporate governance issues. He studies corporate leadership structure, board structure, financial reporting and executive compensation. He has published articles on these topics in highly selective journals such as The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Financial and Quantitative AnalysisFinancial Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His work has been presented at various national and international conferences. He also received Researcher of the Year award twice given by the College of Business. 

He teaches BADM 7 46, Corporate Treasury Management.

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Jeanne Wendel, Ph.D.

Jeanne Wendel Jeanne Wendel is a professor in economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Wendel earned her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1985. She has published articles on health economics in academic and practitioner journals including Health Economics, Health Systems, the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, the Journal of Health Care Finance, the American Journal of Medical Quality, Hospital Topics, and Disease Management.  She has also published economic analysis of regulatory issues in Applied Economics, The Journal of Consumer Affairs, , Public Utilities Fortnightly, the Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Finance, and the Bell Journal of Economics and Management Science.

Dr. Wendel's research interests focus on health economics and the economics of regulatory issues. 

She teaches BADM 780, Business Public Policy.

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