Department of Accounting & MIS
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Speaker

The Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems consistently provides opportunities to interact with local, national, and global leaders through our speaker series. From formal speaking presentations to intimate executive lunches, you can take advantage of the enthusiastic business leaders who visit campus to share their insights and expertise.

MAcc EY Speaker Series

The EY MAcc Speaker Series was created to bring distinguished accounting professionals to Fisher to offer career insight. The presentations help students develop a richer understanding of the complex world they will confront as professionals.

  • 2020-2021

     

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     Guy Rolnik
    Founder of TheMarker
    Clinical Professor for Strategic Management at the University of Chicago Booth school of Business

    For the last 28 years, Guy Rolnik has lived and worked in the intersection of business, finance, regulation, politics, and the media. First, as a financial journalist and editor, later as a business entrepreneur and founder of a media company, and in the last decade as a policy entrepreneur—using media as a tool for driving structural reforms in the economy.

    Rolnik’s work as a founder and chief editor of a leading business newspaper and columnist influenced in a dramatic way the ideas, norms, and values in Israeli political economy and brought about significant changes in regulatory policies and legislation. In this process, he has gained a unique understanding of the interplay of the three worlds: business, regulation, and media. Very few players in the media and the business world have the opportunity to have these three perspectives together and students will gain new and fresh insights from this paradigm.

    In 2014-2015, Rolnik won two grants from the SNI research Institute in the Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion Research University) for conducting research on “Regulatory Capture” and specifically the interaction between media, the business sector, and regulatory policy. SNI is an independent multi-disciplinary national policy research institute.

    The research was done in his fellowship in the Advanced Leadership Initiative in Harvard Business School together with Dr. Roy Shapira from Harvard Law School. The paper was first presented in the main address at the annual conference of the Antitrust Authority in Israel.

    Rolnik earned a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University, a Kellogg-Recanati International MBA from the EMBA program at Northwestern University, Chicago, and Tel Aviv University, and an AMP165 from the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

    Previously, Rolnik has taught courses in two leading MBA and entrepreneurship programs in Israel—the entrepreneurship MBA program at Tel Aviv University and the MBA program at IDC College.


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     Christine Botosan
    Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

    Christine Ann Botosan was appointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on July 1, 2016, later reappointed to a second term that extends to June 30, 2026. Prior to joining the FASB, Ms. Botosan was a professor of accounting at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

    An award-winning professor and researcher, Ms. Botosan has a broad knowledge of accounting issues, with particular expertise in the areas of financial statement analysis and valuation.

    Ms. Botosan served in a variety of roles during her tenure at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah including as a leadership fellow in the office of the vice president, as the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Presidential Chair in Ethical Financial Reporting and as the associate dean of graduate affairs.

    Prior to joining the University of Utah in 1999, Ms. Botosan was an assistant professor of accounting at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, she served as a lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

    Ms. Botosan has served the academic community in numerous ways including as president of the American Accounting Association from 2014–2015.

    A chartered professional accountant of Canada, Ms. Botosan received her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.


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     Keith Faber
     Auditor of the State of Ohio

    As Ohio’s 33rd Auditor of State, Keith Faber is dedicated to ensuring efficient, effective and transparent government for the people of Ohio. From 2001-18, Faber served Ohioans in the state legislature, including time as President of the Ohio Senate. He earned a reputation for restraining state spending, lowering taxes and advocating for more transparent, accountable government. Some notable legislative accomplishments that will translate to his role as Auditor of State include:

    • Asking colleges and universities to reduce the cost of a degree by five percent through the Ohio Senate President’s 5 Percent Challenge. This resulted in statewide average savings of 12 percent for students.

    • Streamlining the public records mediation process by making public records more accessible and affordable to the public through the Court of Claims.

    • Introducing legislation to increase the number of performance audits and allow the legislature to review state agencies.

    Faber will work with state and local governments to assure taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately and, if they are not, that those who lie, cheat and steal are held responsible. Finally, he will help government work better, faster and cheaper while improving customer service for Ohioans. Faber earned his undergraduate degree from Oakland University and his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. After working in the private sector, he opened his own law firm, Faber and Associates LLC.

    He and his wife, Andrea, have two children and live in Celina, Ohio.


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     Francine McKenna
     Journalist and Adjunct Professor at Kogod School of Business

     Independent journalist at The Dig, a newsletter, an educator and a researcher. I was most recently the Transparency Reporter at MarketWatch.com, a Dow Jones/News Corp publication, based in Washington D.C. As a freelance writer I wrote for Forbes, Financial Times, Reuters Breakingviews, Boston Review, American Banker, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Chicago Booth Review, and many others. Quoted in media frequently. My blog, re: The Auditors, covers the accounting industry regulation. "Accounting Watchdog" was a column for Forbes.com and "Accountable" for American Banker.

    Consultant on litigation related to global professional services. Served PwC Internal Audit clients and member of PwC's firm-level internal audit team. Midwest RVP for Experian, formerly Jefferson Wells, Inc., where I led a team of 500 professionals including sales, operations, and client service for 10 offices.

    First female MD in Latin America for BearingPoint, led Industrial, Auto and Trans practice. VP at JPMorgan Latin Am. Led Y2K PMO. Fluent in Spanish. Registered CPA in IL.


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     David Rogier
     Co-founder and CEO of MasterClass

    David Rogier is the co-founder and CEO of MasterClass, where he is leading the company’s re-imagination of online education. Based in San Francisco, MasterClass was founded on the idea that everyone should have “access to genius.” David grew up in Los Angeles where he became known for two things: entrepreneurship (he sold his first company, an Internet search engine, while still in middle school), and asking too many questions in class. David attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he met renowned tech investor Michael Dearing, whom he went to work for after graduation. After a year with Michael, David decided what he really wanted to do was rekindle his two favorite pastimes from his youth: entrepreneurship and question-asking, by starting MasterClass (Michael became his first investor).


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     Rob Jackson
     Professor at NYU and former SEC Commissioner

    Robert J. Jackson, Jr. is Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance, and Director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law. Among other premier publications, his work has been featured in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Harvard Law Review.

    He was nominated and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017 and served in that role until February 2020. Commissioner Jackson was an outspoken advocate for protecting investors, consistently calling for more transparency in capital markets and championing evidence-driven policymaking. Jackson challenged Silicon Valley insiders on dual-class stock that enables intergenerational transfers of control of America’s largest public companies and called competition economics the “forgotten fourth pillar” of the SEC’s mission. Jackson’s Office helped lead the SEC’s unanimous adoption of a pilot to study effects of stock-exchange payments on market dynamics.

    Jackson’s research has consistently produced bipartisan legislation to address the gaps created by application of securities law to modern markets. His paper identifying significant insider trading before the announcement of significant corporate developments led to legislation to outlaw that trading. Another study identifying how SEC systems gave high-speed traders an advantage over ordinary investors led to bipartisan demands for a level playing field. And Jackson’s calls for an insider-trading law for the 21st century produced a bipartisan bill to close gaps in existing law.

    Prior to his nomination to the Commission, Professor Jackson taught at Columbia Law School, where students honored him with the Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Before that, he served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department during the financial crisis and as deputy to Kenneth Feinberg, Treasury’s Special Master on Executive Compensation. Earlier in his career, Professor Jackson practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns. Jackson holds two undergraduate degrees (one in finance, another in philosophy) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a law degree from the Harvard Law School. He was born in the Bronx, is a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, and lives in New York with his wife, Bryana.


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     Justin Birru
     Ohio State University Associate Professor of Finance

    Justin Birru joined Fisher in 2012 as an Assistant Professor after earning a PhD in finance from NYU Stern School of Business. His research interests include behavioral finance and empirical asset pricing. Justin teaches Behavioral Finance in both the undergraduate and MBA programs at Fisher.


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     Brian Bushee
     Vice Dean of Teaching and Learning at Wharton

    Professor Bushee’s research focuses on the impact of information intermediaries—such as institutional investors, sell-side analysts, and the business press—on corporate disclosure decisions and on the stock market pricing of information. His articles have appeared in top-tier academic journals such as Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Accounting Review, as well as in practitioner journals such as Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Investor Relations Quarterly. His dissertation won the American Accounting Association’s Competitive Manuscript Award. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting Review, and Review of Accounting Studies.

    Professor Bushee teaches an MBA elective titled Problems in Financial Reporting and has taught the MBA introductory financial accounting course at Wharton, Harvard, and Chicago. He also teaches in the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists and in a number of Wharton Executive Education Programs. He has won the MBA Excellence in Teaching Award and the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, which is awarded to the one faculty member “who has exemplified outstanding teaching quality during the last year.” He has also won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Before joining Wharton in 2000, Professor Bushee was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. He has also worked as a Senior Credit Analyst for CoreStates Financial Corp. and as a National Office Researcher for Coopers and Lybrand L.L.P. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and A.B. from Duke University.


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     Ari Glogower
     Ohio State Associate Professor of Law

    Professor Ari Glogower researches and writes on tax law and policy. He is a graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law. Professor Glogower’s research focuses on progressive tax design, the taxation of capital gains and business entities, and the role of wealth and inequality in the tax system.

    His works have been published (or are forthcoming) in the Michigan Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Tax Law Review, the National Tax Journal, and Tax Notes. His two current forthcoming works consider the design of a constitutional wealth tax and the structural pressures on the domestic tax base arising from the 2017 tax legislation.

    Prior to his current position at Ohio State, Professor Glogower served as Acting Assistant Professor of Taxation at New York University School of Law, where he taught Tax Policy, Partnership Taxation and Tax Procedure. Before teaching, Professor Glogower worked as a tax associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, where he advised on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, separations, private equity and joint ventures.

  • 2019-2020

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    Keith Faber
    Ohio Auditor of State

    As Ohio’s 33rd Auditor of State, Keith Faber is dedicated to ensuring efficient, effective and transparent government for the people of Ohio. From 2001-18, Faber served Ohioans in the state legislature, including time as President of the Ohio Senate. He earned a reputation for restraining state spending, lowering taxes and advocating for more transparent, accountable government. Some notable legislative accomplishments that will translate to his role as Auditor of State include: 

     - Asking colleges and universities to reduce the cost of a degree by five percent through the Ohio Senate President’s 5 Percent Challenge. This resulted in statewide average savings of 12 percent for students.
    - Streamlining the public records mediation process by making public records more accessible and affordable to the public through the Court of Claims.
    - Introducing legislation to increase the number of performance audits and allow the legislature to review state agencies. 

    Faber earned his undergraduate degree from Oakland University and his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. After working in the private sector, he opened his own law firm, Faber and Associates LLC. He and his wife, Andrea, have two children and live in Celina, Ohio.


    McKenna HeadshotFrancine McKenna
    Transparency Reporter
    Dow Jones MarketWatch

    Francine McKenna is the Transparency reporter at MarketWatch, a leading online financial news outlet published by Dow Jones & Co., where she covers financial regulation and legislation. Her work is featured frequently in The Wall Street Journal; her reporting and commentary have also been featured in the Financial Times, 
    Accountancy Age, Accountancy Magazine, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Chicago Booth Review magazine, and various other financial, media, and technology publications.

    McKenna was a Journalist in Residence at the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in the spring of 2017. She also teaches a course in international business as an adjunct professor for the MBA program at American University’s Kogod School of Business. Her perspective as a financial journalist is informed by more than 25 years of experience in executive roles in professional services, financial services, and manufacturing firms.

    Prior to becoming a journalist, McKenna was a director in PwC’s internal audit and governance advisory services group, where she audited PwC’s post-Sarbanes-Oxley response to heightened compliance and regulatory scrutiny. Before that, she was regional vice president for the Midwest at Jefferson Wells (a subsidiary of Manpower); led the industrial, automotive, and transportation practice as BearingPoint’s (formerly KPMG Consulting) first female managing director in Latin America; and directed the Y2K project management office for JPMorgan Chase’s Latin America operations. Her blog re: The Auditors was created in 2006 to explore the business of the Big Four audit firms in an independent, objective, and often critical way. 


    Ulman headshotDoug Ulman 
    President & CEO
    Pelotonia

    Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, their families and friends, who are affected by cancer. With funding from an Echoing Green Fellowship, Doug served as Executive Director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as Director of Survivorship. He went on to lead LIVESTRONG as President and Chief Executive Officer, establishing the organization as the global leader in cancer survivorship. In November 2014, Doug became President & Chief Executive Officer of Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that has raised more than $130 million for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to the OSUCCC. Doug speaks frequently at some of the nation’s most acclaimed festivals and conferences including the Social Good Summit, the Inc. 500|5000 Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative University, TEDxAustin and SXSW Interactive, and YPO Chapters across the country. Doug has also spoken to, and consulted with numerous Fortune 100 companies and fast growing startups. Doug’s personal story, and his leadership accomplishments, have been featured on most major media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NBC News, ABC News, MSNBC, among many others. Doug has been honored with many accolades including twice being named on the Non-Profit Times Power and Influence Top 50 Non-Profit Executives list bestowed on the top non-profit leaders in the United States.


    Smith headshotWeston Smith
    Fraud Prevention and Ethics Advocate
    Chalkline Solutions

    Weston Smith began his career as a CPA with EY, specializing in audit and healthcare consulting.  He accepted a position in middle management at Healthsouth Corporation during its infancy, and in later years became CFO of the company which had grown to over 2,000 locations in all 50 states and five countries.  However, underneath the persona of success, Mr. Smith became a participant in a financial statement fraud with an accumulated earnings overstatement of over $3 billion.  Eventually, Weston voluntarily exposed the fraud and accepted the consequences of his former actions.  
     
    Today Mr. Smith is a lecturer and trainer with an emphasis on fraud prevention and ethical conduct.  He has been published in Issues in Accounting Education, and has spoken for universities, corporations and groups across the country and internationally. 


     

  • 2018-2019

    McCormick HeadshotMary Beth McCormick
    Senior Lecturer in Finance, Executive Director
    Fisher College of Business, Ohio State Center for Real Estate

    Ms. Mary Beth McCormick has extensive experience in real estate, capital markets, and corporate governance and brings that expertise to her role as the Executive Director of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate. From 2010-2016, Ms. McCormick was a Senior Advisor with Almanac Realty Investors, LLC. She served the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System from 1989 through 2005, where she was most recently responsible for directing the then $64 billion fund's real estate investments.

    Ms. McCormick has held a number of leadership positions for a variety of national and regional real estate associations, including Chair of the Pension Real Estate Association. SHe has also served as a Director on the board of multiple public and private REITs and real estate operating companies.

    In addtion to being the Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate, Ms. McCormick is also a Senior Lecturer at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. Ms. McCormick is a member of the Urban Land Institute, PREA, NACD, past president of the Columbus Commercial Real Estate Women, and has a Bachelor's degree and an MBA from The Ohio State University.


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    Scott Wiley
    President & CEO
    Ohio Society of CPAs

    Scott Wiley provides the executive vision for one of the nation’s top accounting associations. He leads a team of 40+ professionals that create and deliver innovative advocacy, education and business solutions for 85,000 CPAs and accounting professionals working in businesses of every size and sector across Ohio.

    Since 2013, Wiley has repositioned the association to deliver greater member value in a fast-moving business environment. He has refocused staff resources, products and services and in 2016, launched a new mission, vision and brand. It reflects OSCPA’s commitment to advance and diversify the accounting profession and support members as Ohio’s top strategic financial advisors.

    Wiley holds a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Oswego.


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    Jackie Daylor
    National Managing Partner - Audit Quality & Professional Practice
    KPMG

    Jackie Daylor is National Managing Partner - Audit Quality & Professional Practice with nearly three decades of experience serving primarily large global clients in consumer and retail businesses, both public and private. She is responsible for working with the Vice Chair of Audit to lead a team of more than 900 Audit partners and 7,000 Audit professionals. She is responsible for the Audit Quality & Professional Practice organization and the strategic oversight of audit quality control, and works to ensure that the practice embodies the firm’s commitment to professionalism, integrity, ethics and compliance. Jackie is a member of KPMG’s U.S. Board of Directors, where she sits on the Audit, Finance and Operations, and Partnership & Employer of Choice Committees. She is also an SEC Reviewing Partner.


    Francine Mckenna

    Francine McKenna
    Transparency Reporter
    Dow Jones MarketWatch

    Francine McKenna is the Transparency reporter at MarketWatch, a leading online financial news outlet published by Dow Jones & Co., where she covers financial regulation and legislation. Her work is featured frequently in The Wall Street Journal; her reporting and commentary have also been featured in the Financial Times, Accountancy Age, Accountancy Magazine, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Chicago Booth Review magazine, and various other financial, media, and technology publications.

    McKenna was a Journalist in Residence at the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in the spring of 2017. She also teaches a course in international business as an adjunct professor for the MBA program at American University’s Kogod School of Business. Her perspective as a financial journalist is informed by more than 25 years of experience in executive roles in professional services, financial services, and manufacturing firms.

    Prior to becoming a journalist, McKenna was a director in PwC’s internal audit and governance advisory services group, where she audited PwC’s post-Sarbanes-Oxley response to heightened compliance and regulatory scrutiny. Before that, she was regional vice president for the Midwest at Jefferson Wells (a subsidiary of Manpower); led the industrial, automotive, and transportation practice as BearingPoint’s (formerly KPMG Consulting) first female managing director in Latin America; and directed the Y2K project management office for JPMorgan Chase’s Latin America operations. Her blog re: The Auditors was created in 2006 to explore the business of the Big Four audit firms in an independent, objective, and often critical way.


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    Kelly Pope
    Associate Professor of Accounting at Depaul University; Documentarian

    Kelly Richmond Pope is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic accounting practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects.

    Her fraud research has been published in leading academic journals such as Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, and Journal of Business Ethics. She co-authored the The ABCs of Behavioral Forensics: Using Psychology to Prevent, Detect and Deter Fraud published by John Wiley & Sons. Additionally, she is a freelance writer for Forbes.com, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post.

    Kelly is the creator of the award-winning educational white-collar crime documentary Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime. She participated in the inaugural Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship program sponsored by The Academy for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She began filming her upcoming documentary All the Queen's Horses shortly after the 2012 arrest of Rita Crundwell of Dixon, IL. Kelly has appeared on Inside Edition and Discovery ID's docu-drama Forbidden as a subject matter expert discussing the Crundwell case. All the Queen's Horses was a 2014 finalist for a Tribeca Film Institute grant.

    She serves on the board of directors for the Illinois CPA Society, the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Institute of Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University, and on the governing council for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

  • 2017-2018

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    Scott Wiley
    President & CEO
    Ohio Society of CPAs

    Scott Wiley provides the executive vision for one of the nation’s top accounting associations. He leads a team of 40+ professionals that create and deliver innovative advocacy, education and business solutions for 85,000 CPAs and accounting professionals working in businesses of every size and sector across Ohio.

    Since 2013, Wiley has repositioned the association to deliver greater member value in a fast-moving business environment. He has refocused staff resources, products and services and in 2016, launched a new mission, vision and brand. It reflects OSCPA’s commitment to advance and diversify the accounting profession and support members as Ohio’s top strategic financial advisors.

    Wiley holds a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Oswego.


    Ibi

    Ibi Krukrubo
    Managing Partner
    EY

    Ibi Krukrubo serves as Managing Partner for EY’s San Jose Office. In this role, Ibi is responsible for maintaining high-performing client serving teams, developing EY’s people, fostering a strong culture of exceptional client service and furthering strong relationships with community, government and business leaders in the Silicon Valley. Ibi also serves on the Americas Inclusiveness council. From a client serving perspective, Ibi has extensive experience providing assurance services to publicly held, middle market and entrepreneurial companies primarily within the technology industry in Silicon Valley.

    Ibi is involved in several community activities including being on the board of the Oakland Museum of California and is a member of NABA. Ibi was also honored as one of “40 Under 40” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2017. Ibi received a B.S. in Accounting from The Ohio State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.


    John Lowe

    John Lowe
    CEO
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

    John Lowe joined Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2009 as Chief Executive and part-owner after receiving a late-night call from his long-time friends, Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer. The couple knew they had created something amazing, and they knew their friend was just the person to help it skyrocket.

    Since John joined Jeni’s, the Company has grown from 4 shops to 15, and has "gone national" with its pints on the freezer shelves of more than 1,000 of America's finest retailers, causing Time Magazine to feature the Company under the headline, “Can The Best Ice Cream In America Be Its Biggest?”

    John joined Jeni’s from General Electric Company, where he held numerous executive roles, from serving as General Counsel of GE Aviation’s $11B Global Operations, to being an Officer of GE Honda Aero Engines, LLC. Early in his GE career, John was selected to participate in GE’s famed 3- week Manager Development Course. Soon thereafter, during the 2008 financial crisis, John was tapped to lead multiple business critical divestitures. Lucky for him, each deal closed minutes prior to GE's quarterly reporting cut-off.

    In addition to his role with Jeni’s, John is Founder/CEO of Eat Well Distribution, which leverages Jeni’s infrastructure to help artisan food companies get their products on the shelves of great retailers.



MAcc Academic Speaker Series

Professors from the Fisher Accounting & MIS department, as well as other departments and even other universities, discuss some of their research. Such academic presentations help students develop critical and analytical thinking and communication skills.

  • 2019-2020

    De Simone HeadshotLisa De Simone
    Associate Professor of Accounting
    Stanford University

    Lisa De Simone joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business in July 2013. Professor De Simone’s research focuses on multinational corporations and corporate taxation. She earned a BA in Economics and German Studies from Stanford University in 2002, an MS in Accounting from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 2008, and a PhD in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Previous work experience includes economic consulting for Analysis Group in Menlo Park, California and transfer pricing consulting for Ernst & Young’s International Tax Practice in Kansas City, Missouri


    Hoffer HeadshotStephanie Hoffer
    Professor of Law
    Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University 

     

    Professor Stephanie Hoffer is an expert in United States federal income taxation. Her research explores the way in which procedural and substantive aspects of tax law affect the lives of individuals and businesses. She has published extensively and presented her work both at home and abroad. Her research on due process in IRS collections actions, which has been cited by federal courts, won the John Minor Wisdom Award for best lead article in the Tulane Law Review. She is also the coauthor of a treatise on international taxation and has testified before both the IRS and state legislative committees on the role of taxation in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

    Professor Hoffer joined The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law faculty in 2008 after her appointment as a visiting assistant professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. She previously served as a law clerk for Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and following graduation from law school, she worked in the tax department of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. She holds an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law and a J.D. from Case, and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, as well as the chair of its governance committee.

    Professor Hoffer teaches Taxation of Business Entities, International Taxation, Basic Federal Income Tax, Tax Policy, and Contracts.

  • 2018-2019

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    Michael Kimbrough
    Associate Professor, LeRoy J. Herbert Fellow
    University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

    Michael D. Kimbrough joined the Robert H. Smith School at University of Maryland in 2010 after spending eight years at Harvard Business School as a faculty member in the Accounting and Management Unit. Professor Kimbrough earned his B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in Accounting from Indiana University in Bloomington. Prior to returning to graduate school for his doctoral studies, he worked as a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse, where he worked with a variety of manufacturing and high-technology clients.

    Professor Kimbrough's research focuses on corporate financial reporting, with particular emphases on firms' voluntary disclosure practices and on accounting for intangible investment. His research has been published in leading academic journals including: The Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting Research. He is a member of the American Accounting Association and currently serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review.


  • 2017-2018

    Charles Lee

    Charles Lee
    Professor of Management, Professor of Accounting
    Stanford University

    Charles M. C. Lee is the Moghadam Family Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He is also a Senior Academic Fellow of the Asian Bureau of Financial and Economic Research, and Co-Founder of Nipun Capital, a San Francisco based asset management firm focused on Asian equities.

    From 2004 to July 2008, Dr. Lee was Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors (BGI; now Blackrock). As the firm's Global Head of Equity Research and Co-Head of North America Active Equities, he led BGI's world-wide active equity research team and was jointly responsible for its North American active equity business. During his tenure, the firm had over $300 Billion USD in active equity strategies. He joined Stanford as a Visiting Professor in July 2008 while continuing to serve as a Senior Consultant to BGI, and became a full-time faculty member in July 2009.

    Prior to entering academic life, he spent five years in public accounting, the last three in the National Research Department of KPMG, Toronto, Canada. He holds a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Ontario Theological Seminary, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


    K Ramesh

    K. Ramesh
    Professor of Accounting
    Rice University

    K. Ramesh is area coordinator for Accounting, and Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University.

    His academic research focuses on: (1) Capital market information environment; (2) Role of accounting information in contracting and regulation; and (3) Financial information/disclosures and valuation. His recent research examines the extent of voluntary disclosure of corporate accounting information, the information content of financial reports mandated by securities regulators, the role of newswires and data aggregators in disseminating corporate accounting information to different investors, the interplay between mandatory regulation and voluntary disclosures, and the information content of analyst recommendations.

    Ramesh is Past President of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) of the American Accounting Association. He has interacted with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on various issues relating to standard setting and disclosure regulation.


    John Gray

    John Gray
    Associate Professor of Operations
    The Ohio State University

    John Gray is an associate professor of operations at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He joined Fisher after receiving his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked for eight years in operations management at Proctor & Gamble, receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University's evening program during that time. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and its Thayer School of Engineering.


    Dr. Gray teaches the core MBA Data Analysis class and an MBA and undergraduate elective called Strategic Global Sourcing. The students awarded him “Outstanding Full-time MBA Core Faculty” for Data Analysis in 2015 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" for Global Sourcing in 2010. A student project from Global Sourcing led to a co-authored case (Scotts Miracle-Gro: The Spreader Sourcing Decision) that has been widely adopted.

    Dr. Gray’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals and has received several awards. Within Fisher, he received the 2011 Pace Setters award for research and was named to the inaugural class of Dean’s Faculty Fellows in 2014, a distinction held until 2017.


TJ Burns Colloquium Series

The Thomas J. Burns Research Colloquium in Accounting and MIS is named in honor of the former Ph.D. program director and founder and director of the Accounting Honors program. Thomas Burns also acted as department head and national president of Beta Alpha Psi. He was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 1997.

Colloquium meets weekly during the autumn and spring semesters. In addition to our own faculty and doctoral students, the speaker series brings some of the world's leading scholars to discuss their current research. Through this website, we share our colloquium with colleagues around the globe.

The site contains the current schedule as well as archives for recent years. In the schedules, we include links to the speaker's webpage, which usually includes biographical information. Please contact the program assistant for additional information about the speaker series and upcoming presentations.

Program Assistant

Program Assistant-- Brooke Burch

400 Fisher Hall
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210