Faculty Directory - Alpha Order
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 UC Davis Graduate School of Management alum and Director of Public Policy, Western Region for Ducks Unlimited (DU).
Smith’s primary responsibilities included managing federal and state government relations in 9 Western states (HI, AK, WA, OR, CA, AZ, NV, UT, ID).
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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Research Expertise: Regression analysis, model selection, high-dimensional data, time series, biostatistics, application of statistics in business.
Teaching Field: Statistics
Research Expertise: Forensic Accounting
Mike Ueltzen has testified as an expert witness in cases throughout the United States in federal and state courts in matters that involved both civil and criminal claims and in arbitrations. He has also served as a federal special master, court appointed expert, referee, mediator, and an arbitrator.
Research expertise: advertising, brand management, promotions, international marketing and consumer behavior