Biography: Professor Vickie Bajtelsmit joined the Department of Finance and Real Estate in 1991. She is the Academic Director of the Master of Finance program and previously has served as the Department Chair. Over the years, she has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate finance courses, including financial planning, investments, corporate finance, insurance, risk management, and entrepreneurial finance. She holds a Ph.D. in Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Bajtelsmit is the author of three personal finance textbooks Personal Finance: Skills for Life (2006), Personal Finance: Managing Your Money and Building Wealth (2008), and Personal Finance with WileyPlus Learning Space (2017) and has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related retirement, insurance, investing, and personal financial planning. Her current research-in-progress includes projects related to individual risk management and insurance decision-making, longevity risk management, and retirement wealth drawdown. Previous professional accomplishments include service as the President of the American Risk and Insurance Association (2010), President of the Risk Theory Society (2010), and President of the Academy of Financial Services (2004) as well as other board positions in those organizations. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and Junior Achievement of Northern Colorado and participates actively in several Society of Actuaries research groups.
Biography: Jon Firooz is a Senior Lectuerer with the Department of Marketing teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on business strategy, business processes, sales manaegement, and marketing. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Colorado State University.
Formerly, Jon began as a software and firmware development engineer for Hewlett Packard where he was then promoted to a research and development managerial role. While at Hewlett Packard, Jon had the roles of business development director, mergers and acquisitions integration manager, and strategy and marketing senior director. Jon then became the Vice President of R&D and Marketing for In-Situ.
Biography: Kelly D. Martin is Associate Professor of Marketing and Dean's Distinguished Research Fellow at Colorado State University. She teaches Quantitative Business Analysis across the College of Business MBA Programs. Kelly was awarded the CSU College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award and has been nominated for the CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award.
Kelly’s research interests involve marketing ethics and firm strategy, privacy, and consumer well-being. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science among other academic journals. Kelly was awarded the inaugural AMA Marketing and Society Emerging Scholar Award and the Thomas C. Kinnear/JPPM Award for research contributions. She held a Colorado State University Monfort Professorship (2014-2016) for research promise and was awarded the CSU College of Business Excellence in Research Award. Kelly is an Associate Editor for Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and serves on the editorial board of Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Prior to academia, she worked as a marketing director in the assisted living industry.
Biography: Dr. Rob Schwebach is an Associate Professor of Finance at Colorado State University. He joined Colorado State in 1996. Professor Schwebach obtained a Ph.D. from University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1992, and holds M.A. and B.S. degrees from University of South Dakota. Prior to joining Colorado State he spent four years in the Department of Economics and Finance at University of Wyoming. He has also held industry positions as an actuarial consultant with Towers, Perrin, Forster and Crosby of Chicago, and Hewitt Associates of Lincolnshire, IL.
Professor Schwebach teaches primarily in the areas of corporate finance and investments. In addition to several undergraduate courses he has taught finance and statistics in the College’s MBA and Executive MBA programs and in the Department’s Financial Risk Management masters program. He also teaches online courses offered through the Division of Continuing Education, and in summer 2010 he taught an undergraduate finance course at Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dr. Schwebach has published in several academic journals including Journal of Risk and Insurance, Financial Review, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Financial Research. His current research interests include corporate social responsibility, the impact of investment time horizon on portfolio risk and return, intra-industry supply chain effects of private equity takeovers, and investment flexibility associated with revolving credit.
Biography: Chris Stein is a Faculty Instructor in the Finance and Real Estate Department. His teaching responsibilities include both the Honors and Traditional sections of Principles of Finance, Principles of Investments, Financial Planning courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, Financial Principles in the ECMBA program and co-advises the Summit Fund. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Science in Finance from Colorado State University. He has taught full time at CSU since 2008.
Chris focuses his current research and consulting activities in the financial planning arena, specializing in retirement income/withdrawal planning and Social Security optimization. He is featured regularly on retirement planning radio shows and multiple podcasts.
Chris was nominated for the CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award in 2009 and 2011 and also earned the College of Business Green & Gold Award for outstanding service and teaching for 2009-2010.
Biography: Paul Vanderspek serves as a Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management and teaches introduction to supply chain management, advanced supply management, and managing global supply chains for undergraduate students and service operations & supply chain management for graduate students and has been nominated for the CSU Alumni Best Teacher Award for the past three years. Paul teaches annually in CSU's honors program, and also serves as a section coordinator in our on line professional MBA program.
Paul owns a make-to-order sign company in Denver that is a premier sign supplier to hospitals, universities and major general contractors around the country. Paul serves as the company's VP of SCM.
Additionally, Paul serves as Director of CSU’s Supply Chain Management Forum (through 2015). He has extensive experience managing complex global supply chains in the electronics industry and consults in the areas of strategic sourcing, supply risk management and supplier relationship management. Paul earned an MBA in Operations Management from Purdue University and an MA in Economics from the University of Iowa, along with his CPIM and CSCP professional certifications from APICS.