cropped-screen-shot-2015-10-20-at-4-39-40-pm.pngI am an Assistant Professor of Finance at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX. I teach undergraduate courses on investments, economics, personal financial planning, corporate finance, international finance, and money and banking.

My research interests include investment portfolio construction, modern portfolio theory, market efficiency, and investor rationality. My dissertation, entitled “The Low-Beta Anomaly and Estimation Interval”, concerns the varying spans of time over which beta is estimated and the degree to which this influences the measured relationship between risk and return.

I am a proponent of index investing and keeping investment expenses low. My investment focus is on retirement planning, and I stress to my students the importance of starting early. I also understand the desire to invest in companies who are socially responsible and have objectives that align with ethical and social concerns. Investing can be a socially conscious and ethically-driven activity without derailing individual goals.

My undergraduate degree in finance is from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR. My MBA was earned at Texas A&M University in Texarkana, my home town. My Master of Science in Finance was earned at Texas A&M University in Commerce, and my Ph.D. in Finance at Hampton University.

I have been in the Arkansas Army National Guard since 2009 and am an Infantry officer in the 39th Infantry Brigade. My wife Callie is a stay-at-home mom and cares for our daughter, Brooklyn. Callie works much harder, and her job is more important than mine.