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Vanessa Errecarte

Lecturer

MBA, Marketing Emphasis, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2014
M.A., Communication, Mass Communication Emphasis, University of the Pacific, 2007
B.A, Communication, University of California, Davis, 2004

Vanessa Errecarte is one of the top marketing consultants in Northern California with two decades of experience helping businesses reach their growth goals. Unique in her commitment and ability to create and customize campaigns for small to medium businesses and non-profits, she enables them to be competitive in a world often dominated by organizations with large marketing staff and

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John Werlhof

Lecturer

Master of Accountancy, Brigham Young University
Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University, summa cum laude

John Werlhof is a Principal in the National Tax Office of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), the eighth largest CPA firm in the country. Werlhof provides tax research and planning services to privately held businesses and their owners and has expertise in business acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and restructurings. He works with clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, manufacturing, technology, and investment funds.

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James Stevens

Lecturer

MBA, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
B.A., American University

James Stevens is a lecturer in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, teaching organizational behavior courses in the MBA program and leadership courses in Executive Education. He brings his more than two decades of leadership and senior management experience into the classroom. That experience includes leading diverse and successful teams, launching new programs and developing compelling curricula.

For 15 years, he served as senior assistant dean of student affairs for the GSM. Over that period, his

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Jane Harrington

Lecturer

Juris Doctorate, U.C. Davis, 2007
M.A. Organization Development, Sonoma State University, 2013
M.A. Educational Technology, 2002

Jane Harrington is a trusted executive coach, organization development practitioner, educator, and attorney. She draws on her diverse experience in tech, law, health, education, media, and government. Her clients include entrepreneurs and organizations, large and small, private and public sector.

As an attorney, she advised on complex matters including employment, civil rights, contracts, public accountability and more. But in that work, she often felt too

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Justin B. Siegel, Ph.D.

Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
Faculty Director, UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health

Justin Siegel is an associate professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the UC Davis Genome Center. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from UC Davis in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Biomolecular Structure and Design from the University of Washington in 2011, after which he returned to UC Davis to begin his research lab.

His scientific focus in the design and discovery of enzymes of interest to modern society. Through strong industrial and

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Gary Lew

Lecturer

Gary Lew is currently lecturing in finance, management and accounting at the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management and Holy Names University and advises and consults in the aviation finance industry.

Previously a Principal and Executive Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets at Vx Capital Partners from 2002 to 2020, Lew was part of the founding team at Vx Capital Partners as its first employee and has over 20 years of experience in asset finance and investment management. He led corporate finance, capital markets and administration and was primarily responsible

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Sophie Linnett

Lecturer

Sophie Linnett received her MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management with a focus in operations and strategy. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Classics, Linnett founded an educational services company that helps students access opportunities in higher education. Students of Linnet's program have earned over three million dollars in scholarship funds. For fun, Sophie enjoys hiking in her hometown of Oakland and playing pub trivia.

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Emma O'Rourke-Powell

Lecturer

Master of Business Administration, UC Davis

Professional Coaching for Life & Work Certificate, UC Davis Extension

Emma O'Rourke-Powell works at a venture capital fund that invests in companies at the intersection of food, health and sustainability. On the side, she works as a leadership coach and is involved in public affairs, as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Davis. Personal interests include thrift-flipping used clothing, playing strategy board games and reading 50 novels each year. 

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William L. Cron

Visiting Faculty

William Cron received a BSBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and an MBA and DBA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Cron has served on four editorial review boards including the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He has published more than 80 refereed marketing and sales management articles in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Classification, Academy of Management Journal, and the Journal of Applied Psychology, and has been

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Heather Whiteman

Lecturer

Ph.D., Human Capital Management, Bellevue University

Heather Whiteman, Ph.D. is an expert in People Analytics, Talent Transformation, and the Future of Work. Heather teaches business and data courses at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as well as People Analytics at UC Berkeley Haas and UC San Diego Rady. She also serves as a Future Workplace Fellow and as a board advisor to organizations focused on using people data for good. She has held executive roles leading People Analytics, Talent Management, Learning & Development, HR Operations and HR Technology at companies like General

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Jay Olenowski

Lecturer

M.S., Applied Statistics, Villanova University

Jay Olenowski previously served as a faculty member for the Statistics Department at California Polytechnic State University for 5 years teaching statistics and data analytics. Olenowski currently works full-time as a data scientist for the online therapy company Betterhelp, where he performs optimization methods and predictive analytics involving machine learning and A/B testing. Professional interests include machine learning, health and nutrition analytics, and programming. Personal interests consist of golf, soccer, poker, traveling, piano

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Justin Virrey

Lecturer

MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Justin Virrey brings over 15 years of Corporate Finance, Strategy, and Project Management experience to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He has previously worked in the Semiconductor Capital industry and has recently transitioned to Enterprise Software and Cloud Computing. Virrey focuses on managing strategic initiatives related to next-gen financial systems as well as the ensuing training initiatives involved to onboard users and to accelerate adoption. He has led various international and cross-functional projects and conducted

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John Carter

Lecturer

Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Connecticut

 

John Carter is an accomplished data and analytics executive and consultant with broad industry experience leveraging data and analytics to drive business impact. His expertise includes enterprise data management, business analytics, predictive modeling, digital transformation and AI/machine learning. He is currently helping companies use data and analytics to strategically transform their organizations and capabilities to accelerate growth.

Previously, he was senior vice president, analytics & business insight at Charles Schwab where he

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Gareth Keeves

Lecturer

Ph.D. Strategic Management, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Gareth Keeves' research interests include impression management and impression formation in the context of corporate leadership. His first stream of research draws from social and psychological theories to examine interpersonal interactions between top managers. The second stream of research examines the linguistics of organizational communications, using computational linguistics to characterize the nature of company filings.

Keeves' research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly and

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John D. Hancock

Lecturer

Lecturer John D. Hancock provides valuation consulting services in civil and business litigation through economic and financial analysis. He also teaches at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as a visiting professor. Hancock's prior positions include office director at Spectrum Economics Inc.; office director at QED Research Inc.; manager of litigation support services at Arthur Young & Co.,; assistant professor of economics at Drake University; and co-founder of Economic & Financial Consultants, a Midwest forensic consulting firm.

Hancock has successfully managed and participated

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Sorin Maruster

Lecturer

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Sorin Maruster is a senior manager in KPMG’s Silicon Valley tax practice, with more than five years of experience in valuation of complex securities, including earnouts, convertible bonds, put/call arrangements and equity-based compensation, under ASC 718, ASC 805 and ASC 820.

Maruster is responsible for a broad range of engagements requiring development and implementation of pricing methods using Monte Carlo simulation, lattice models and closed-form solutions. Within the complex securities practice at KPMG, Maruster developed valuation models for earnouts

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Pantelis Loupos

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Research Expertise: Social Customer Relationship Management, Digital Platforms, Business Analytics 

Pantelis Loupos' research interests focus on understanding consumer behavior in digital platforms and in particular networked services. In particular, services whose value is a function of the number of customers they have and their underlying network topology.

For empirical investigation, Loupos is using data from Venmo, a peer-to-peer mobile payment application, to understand the impact of heterogeneous

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Jim Olson

Lecturer, Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence, 2013

Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.

Most recently, Olson was executive vice president of video compression systems at TANDBERG Television. He became part of the company’s senior

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Mike Ueltzen

Lecturer

MBA and B.S., California State University, Sacramento

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.

Ueltzen is currently semi-retired but continues to work as an independent forensic accounting consultant for the courts, counsel, and business organizations.  Prior to his retirement in 2018, he

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Jörn Boehnke

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research Expertise: Online Market Platforms, Pricing Dynamics, Economics of Digitization, and Dynamics of Customer Behavior

Courses Taught:  Machine Learning, Data Design and Representation

Jörn Boehnke’s research focuses on the dynamics of marketing, pricing and consumer behavior in online platforms. These platforms foster direct interaction between retailers and their customers, reducing search costs and allowing consumers to compare many different items at once. Boehnke employs a variety of modern statistical tools to process and