Raised in mid-Michigan, my Michigan State University bachelor’s degree in finance was paired with an entrepreneurial acumen that compelled a fearlessness to identify and act on niche opportunities.
Following a house fire and a weakened Michigan economy, I moved to California to run a mortgage banking operation. I successfully navigated this small operation through the credit crunch of 2007, and managed an orderly exit in 2008.
My experience in asset based lending encompasses processing, underwriting, originating, credit policy, pricing, sales management, retail and wholesale operations. Complementary experience in real estate sales, asset management, property management, construction, and tax credit redevelopment further enhance a deep understanding of financial services.
Entering graduate school I expanded my scope of study beyond real estate development and finance. Studying at both San Francisco State University and the Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis I completed a dual degree in business administration and international business.
It was during my studies in France that I worked with Dr. Alain Tobelem, a 20-year veteran of the World Bank, who inspired a significant critical revaluation, from linear to holistic thinking models or agency to stakeholder models. As a result, extensive studies of economic history, international finance, and globalization supplemented my business coursework. However, upon completing my two graduate business degrees, I remained unsatisfied with the significant moral questions surrounding sustainability, globalization, and economic justice that a business curriculum encompassed.
Philosophical study emerged as the natural progression to satiate my intellectual curiosity. As a result of focusing on the philosophy of moral psychology and ethical theory, as well as incorporating studies of economic history, a robust understanding of behavioral economics resulted.
Studying philosophy further enhanced a superior critical thinking aptitude and intellectual humility. Applying the wisdom of philosophical inquiry, coupled with my business experience, I embraced the opportunity to teach logic, critical thinking, and philosophy to undergraduate students. My aptitude teaching is evidenced in the levels of student engagement during my lectures and course feedback. I attribute my success, in teaching, to an integrative balance of theory and practice. Additionally, integrating behavioral economics into a critical thinking curriculum enables students to identify and question their own cognitive biases, as well as their own premises of a robust rationality.
This blog is a space to continue to apply critical thinking to areas of management theory, strategic management, marketing, sustainability, business ethics, organizational ethics, and economic theory. Furthermore, the postings here are aimed at developing alternative or higher-level arguments surrounding an issue that might otherwise be lost in the everyday media narrative (for example, CNN’s ‘is it a good thing or a bad thing?’).