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Assistant Professor Mike Palazzolo’s research examines how consumers make intertemporal trade-offs. He has two streams of research stemming from this over-arching interest. The first explores consumer search behavior and the trade-off between short-term effort and long-term outcomes. The second explores consumer financial decision making and the trade-off between short-term expenditure and long-term savings.
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Research Expertise: The causes, processes, and consequences of wrongdoing in and by organizations, and the role of power and politics in corporate decision making.
Consulting: Community health needs assessments, group decision-making facilitation.
Visiting Faculty Gregory Perelman has worked in the U.S. banking industry since 1990. For the last 15 years he has been employed by Wells Fargo Bank in various finance and management positions. He is based in San Francisco, where he conducts analysis of small business credit markets in the U.S. and internationally.
Jason Perez began his career in the United States Navy as a military police officer. He served approximately one and a half years in Bahrain and two years in New Jersey leading teams of police officers responding to emergency 911 calls. Perez was also given the opportunity to attend military detainee operations school, where upon completion, he worked for approximately one and a half years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as a prison guard.
Courses Taught: International Marketing
Kay Peters is the founder and CEO of DMC Dialogmarketing Consulting GmbH and previously founded and sold a company. He worked at Accenture as a specialist for marketing strategy in the Telecommunications & eCommerce Sector. He also worked as marketing-controller for BASF AG in Caracas, Venezuela.
Peters received his Ph.D and MBA from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.
Elizabeth Pontikes is Associate Professor of Management at The University of California, Davis, which she joined in 2019. She was formerly on the faculty of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business as Associate Professor, and was a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to academia, Pontikes developed sales strategies and competitive positioning at software start-ups. She is the former Director of Solution Engineering at Coremetrics, Inc., in California (acquired by IBM), and former Program Manager at MicroStrategy, Inc.
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Lecturer Mehul Rangwala has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. An information technology manager at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Rangwala researches, plans and provides insights to the executive management on IT strategy and the latest technology trends while providing leadership in IT investments, cost/benefit analysis, asset management, IT operations and support.
Research Expertise: Competitive strategy, game theory and applied optimal control
Long-time Silicon Valley tech executive and educator Sanjay Saigal is director of analytics strategy for the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. He is concurrently a lecturer in the UC Davis MBA and MSBA programs.
Brett Saraniti received his Ph.D. in managerial economics and decision sciences from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1997. His dissertation chair was Roger Myerson, Nobel Laureate 2007. Saraniti is currently a visiting professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Kellogg and a lecturer at Stanford in the Department of Economics.
A 20-year veteran at Mars, Visiting Professor Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in scientific and regulatory affairs, fundamental research, analytical and applied sciences and corporate functions.
Research Expertise: International financial reporting issues and corporate governance, including the role of internal control and auditing in the development of high quality financial information.
Research Expertise: Economics, strategy, public policy, competitive strategy, energy economics, public policy analysis, anti-trust policy, regulation
Consulting: Public utilities, telecommunications, wine industry, energy, strategy
Mark Smith is a Graduate School of Management alumnus and the owner of Smith Policy Group, a lobbying and consulting firm based in Sacramento, Calif. Smith Policy Group (SPG) provides clients with policy advocacy; connections with federal, state and local elected officials, appointees, and regulatory bodies (including the Department of Interior, California Natural Resources Agencies, Public Utilities Commission, Fish and Wildlife agencies and others); and advises clients on policy and political engagement.
Research Expertise: Financial and tax accounting
Will Snyder is the executive director of the UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy program.
Before joining UC Davis in 2012, Snyder served as a full-time member of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University (SDSU) for the past 24 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct faculty at SDSU as well as a partner with Deloitte Haskins and Sells. He was also a professor at the University of Southern California, his alma mater, from 1992 to 1994.
Research Expertise: Consumer and firm behavior in banking markets, behavioral economics, industrial organization.
Lecturer R. Scott Strait is a senior IT executive with over 25 years of experience leading technology organizations. He is the chief information officer at Renewable Funding, the leader in the administration and financing of clean energy retrofits using property taxes. At Renewable Funding, he oversees technology strategy, development and infrastructure, product management, call center, and lien and lending operations.
Research Expertise: Corporate strategy, technology management, global strategy, budget control models, strategic planning, ethics
Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience as senior executive for international industrial companies. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron and transitioned to CFO of a mid-size company.
She is currently CFO of Kinetics, a global engineering and construction company specializing in high-purity processing facilities for micro-electronics and biopharma companies, and research universities.
Research Expertise: International trade, finance, macroeconomics and economic history
Professor Alan Taylor teaches economics and finance at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He serves as a co-editor at the Journal of International Economics.
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