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The holidays are upon us and that means you might be planning stories about holiday travel, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, holiday spending, credit card debt, charitable donations and tax preparations. The University of Denver Daniels College of Business has several experts ready to talk about these issues:

  • Holiday travel – airlines, hotels
    Karen Xie, assistant professor at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, studies the use of technology and data analytics to solve business problems. She specifically looks at airline and hotel websites and consumer review sites like TripAdvisor or Expedia. She can address pricing and consumer reviews.
  • Holiday shopping, Black Friday, credit card debt
    Ali Besharat, assistant professor of marketing, studies consumer behavior. His current projects explore how financial decisions can be translated into sub-optimal choice preference, unhealthy consumption and overspending. He also researches brand alliance, effectiveness of marketing communications and branding within digital environments, competitive advertising and brand phonetics.
    Note: Ali will be traveling Dec. 15-19 and unavailable during this time.
  • Strikes, lay-offs, unions and labor disputes
    Cindi Fukami, professor of management, is an expert in organizational behavior and human resource management. She often comments on unions, strikes and labor disputes.
  • Holiday advertising
    Gregory Wagner, teaching associate professor, is a 30-year veteran of the ad wars, serving as creative director at four D’Arcy and Leo Burnett’s offices in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Denver. Wagner believes that creative advertising sells.
  • Charitable donations, end-of-year giving/planning
    Rick Leaman, professor of accountancy, is a tax expert. He’s also an attorney and served as tax partner and manager for KPMG Peat Marwick.
    Note: Rick will be unavailable on Dec. 5.
  • Holiday travel – airlines
    Lowell Miller, assistant teaching professor, is an expert on airline deregulation and consolidation.
    Note: Lowell will be unavailable Dec.9-18.

To speak to any of these professors, please contact Kristal Griffith, 303.871.3379,