The Daniels College of Business is proud to introduce the following faculty members who are joining our community this fall. They represent great depth and a breadth of experience in both academia and industry. The new faculty join a high-caliber cohort of educators who are passionate about teaching and helping our students achieve their career goals.

“New faculty play an important role in helping the College innovate,” said Paul Olk, senior associate dean for faculty and professor of management. “They bring new teaching and research interests that allow Daniels to offer new courses and that create new knowledge that we can share with our students and the business community. Some of the interests of this year’s new faculty include social media, sales, business analytics and text mining, leadership and the CEO role, and generational communication. We are excited about their joining our faculty.”

 

Yashar Atefi

Yashar Atefi

Atefi joins Daniels as an assistant professor in marketing and director of the Sales Leadership Center. Prior to Daniels, Atefi was the research director of the Professional Sales Institute at Louisiana State University. Before LSU, he was deeply involved with the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston where he also received his PhD.

Atefi has helped several sales organizations on various issues such as sales force training, negotiations, sales leadership and implementing sales strategies. His research on various sales management topics has appeared at top scientific journals such as Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.

He has won several research and teaching awards including the Excellence in Research Award by the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group, and the Young Scholar Award by AMA Organizational Frontlines Research group.

 

Adam Booker

Adam Booker

Booker joins the School of Accountancy as an assistant professor. Booker comes to the University after successfully defending his dissertation, ‘‘Collaborative Speculation and Overvaluation: Evidence from Social Media,’’ this past spring at the University of Arkansas where he was a distinguished doctoral fellow. He earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in 2008, his Master of Information Systems in 2014, and his Master of Accountancy in 2015 from the University of Arkansas.

Booker’s research focuses on financial accounting, social media and information systems. He is interested in how crowdsourced information reflects investor beliefs and influences markets. In addition to teaching and research, he enjoys hiking, traveling, running and spending time with family. Booker plans to hike all of the Colorado fourteeners.

 

Bud Bilanich

Bud Bilanich

Bilanich has been teaching at Daniels for several years, but was recently hired as an assistant teaching professor in management. Bilanich teaches courses in leadership, strategy and organizational behavior.  He is an executive coach, organization effectiveness consultant, motivational speaker, best-selling author and influential blogger.

He is the author of more than 15 books on leadership and career success. His best-known books are “Straight Talk for Success,” “Climbing the Corporate Ladder,” “Your Success GPS,” “42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success,” “4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations,” “Fixing Performance Problems” and the “Success Tweets” series. He has worked with executives and high-potential individuals in some of the world’s largest companies including Pfizer, Merck, Glaxo SmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Abbot Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PepsiCo, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citigroup, General Motors and many more.

Bilanich received a doctor of education from Harvard University, a master’s from the University of Colorado and his bachelor’s from Penn State. He is a cancer survivor, a retired rugby player, a cyclist and a Pittsburgh Steelers football fan.

 

Andre Fall

Andre Fall

Fall is a teaching assistant professor in the School of Accountancy. Fall’s primary focus is teaching Intermediate Accounting and Managerial Accounting. He has more than 25 years of accounting, audit and advisory experience with KPMG and also in the corporate environment.

He has previously taught at the Daniels College of Business where he also earned his Master’s of Business Administration in 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1994, and has active CPA licenses in Indiana and Colorado. Andre is also pursuing his doctoral degree through the Daniels Executive PhD program.

Fall enjoys skiing and was previously a ski instructor and race team member. He has traveled to more than 20 countries for both work and holiday. He enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife and sons.

 

Kerry Mitchell

Kerry Mitchell

Mitchell joins the Department of Management as an assistant teaching professor. As a scholar-practitioner, she researches employee empowerment, generational differences and women’s leadership. Mitchell has spent more than 25 years partnering with nonprofits, government and Fortune 500 organizations to make engaging workplaces. Her leadership roles have included business owner and advisory board member. Her consulting clients include Charles Schwab, AARP and the City and County of Denver, with a focus on employee engagement.

She has been a keynote speaker on generational communication for organizations such as Charles Schwab, City of Grand Junction and AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses). In addition to running her own business, Mitchell has taught communication and leadership for more than 16 years in the classroom, online and hybrid courses.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s from Metropolitan State College of Denver, her Master’s in Special Studies from the University of Denver and a master’s and PhD from Fielding Graduate University. She lives in Colorado with her husband and enjoys traveling, laughing and exploring new ideas and places. She also enjoys working with the community in various volunteer roles.

 

Michael Nalick

Michael Nalick

Nalick is an assistant professor of management, joining the Department of Management at Daniels from the University of Memphis, where he taught strategic management and oversaw PhD students. His research interests are in corporate misconduct, the intersection of politics and business, and CEO activism. He has published in a number of journals in the management field and has presented his research at the top conferences in his area of study.

Prior to his academic career, Nalick worked as the policy director of the Precinct Three Commissioner’s Office in Travis County, Texas. He was also the assistant director of the Jewish Community Center of America.

Nalick received his PhD from Texas A&M University in strategic management, his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Austin.

In addition to teaching and research, he enjoys hiking, traveling, snowboarding and spending time with family.

 

George Ruch

George Ruch       

Ruch joins the School of Accountancy as an assistant professor after serving four years as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Steed School of Accounting. Ruch’s research focuses primarily on financial reporting issues. His most recent papers explore the effects of chief financial officer job duties on financial reporting quality, the effects of research and development activity on sell-side analyst forecast errors, and financial reporting for employee stock options.

He earned his bachelors, master’s and PhD in accounting from the University of Alabama. Ruch has taught financial accounting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to entering academia, Ruch worked as an auditor in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Deloitte.

In his free time, he enjoys early-morning workouts, reading, listening to podcasts such as “The Daily,” “Fresh Air” and “Radiolab,” and spending time with his wife, Morgan, and their three pups.

 

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams

Williams joins the Department of Business Information and Analytics as an assistant professor after completing his PhD in statistics at Southern Methodist University this past May. His current research focuses on blending data sources, especially in the context of big data. He also has worked on text mining applications to British Parliament. Williams spent two years consulting for the Statistics Department at SMU and loves tackling a wide variety of academic and industry problems.

His research interests include statistical sampling, text mining, interdisciplinary statistics, statistical computing and sports statistics.

Outside of work, Williams enjoys spending time with his wife, Alyssa, going for long runs, raising the perfect sourdough starter and cooking through his new favorite cookbooks.