Anthony L. Liuzzo, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Liuzzo serves as professor of business and economics and as Chairperson of the Business Programs of Arizona. He is a licensed attorney and economist specializing in public policy issues. The sole author of Essentials of Business Law, 9th Edition, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill, Dr. Liuzzo is also author of numerous books and articles that have appeared in scholarly and professional journals. He has been cited in many publications, including CNN, Fox News, Forbes, the New York Times, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Detroit News, and the San Francisco Examiner for his views on legal and business issues. Prior to joining Wilkes, Dr. Liuzzo served as editor of a scholarly journal and has been instrumental in creating several successful small businesses. He earned his Ph.D. in business administration, Master of Philosophy in economics, and MBA in management from New York University; his law degree from St. John’s University; and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fordham University.
Jeffrey Alves, Ph.D.
Dr. Alves served as Dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University from 2011 to 2016, following nearly fifteen years as the Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies, and Director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. He has held numerous positions in academia and industry during a distinguished career. He is a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow and advised the nineteen-time Regional Champion Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) Team. He was named to the SIFE Hall of Fame for Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows. Dr. Alves earned his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books and professional articles related to small business failure, entrepreneurship, small business management, and management and entrepreneurship pedagogy. In addition, he is active on several loan committees and boards of directors. He also served as President of the professional organization of USASBE and was elected as Fellow for his commitment to entrepreneurship education.
Baron Bechtold, J.D.
Professor Bechtold is a part-time instructor in Wilkes University’s Mesa Undergraduate Business Programs. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Arizona, and is a founding partner of the law firm Bechtold & Madden Law, PLLC located in Phoenix, Arizona. Professor Bechtold has expertise in, and practices, intellectual property law and business law for small and medium size businesses; and also handles civil litigation and criminal trial work. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology from Arizona State University, and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. Prior to becoming an attorney, Professor Bechtold taught Biology and Microbiology laboratory classes at Arizona State University for several terms.
Claude Bobin, M.B.A.
Professor Bobin has 20 years’ experience in domestic and international growth strategies and demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing marketing and sales programs for both off-line and on-line markets. He worked for the Gerland Group, a subsidiary of British Petroleum, where he progressed from Export Manager to International Marketing Manager, to Executive Vice President/US subsidiary and Vice President of International Business. Professor Bobin also served as Director of Marketing and Strategy for Ricon Corporation, a world leader in mobility equipment, and was Director of sales and marketing in charge of the Corporate Aircraft and General Aviation markets for the Zodiac Aerospace Group for five years. He worked for B/E Aerospace on the Boeing 787 PSU program and Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 Programs, and as Product Director, Aircraft Platforms with StandardAero. He is currently President of T-MedRobotics, a telemedicine company offering a unique robotized tele-echography solution. Professor Bobin graduated from the “Presidential and Key Executives” MBA Program at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management; and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from EDC School of Business and Management, Paris La Defense, France
Mehran C. Ferdowsian, D.M
Dr. Ferdowsian has 30+ years of demonstrated and progressive industry experience. This experience includes: (1) three international business startups in Malaysia, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean; (2) engineering management, (3) factory automation; (4) ethics/corporate responsibility; (5) workforce, organization, and leadership development; and (6) staffing. He is the CEO-Partner of SteadiWare, a startup company that will be helping millions of patients with serious hand tremors using patented and noninvasive eating utensils. He serves Wilkes University as part-time Professor of Business Administration with two areas of concentration: (1) Management/Leadership; and (2) Ethics and Business Excellence. Dr. Ferdowsian has received 19 division/outstanding awards at Intel Corporation and published 64 peer-reviewed technical/non-technical papers. Amongst his publications are “Ethical Solutions—Creating an Ethical And High-Performing Business Community” (2009); and “Total Business Excellence—A New Management Model for Operationalizing Excellence” (2016). He earned a doctoral degree in Management and Organizational Leadership, an M.S. degree in Applied Information Management, and a B.S. degree in Computer Science.
June Hanson, C.P.A., M.B.A.
Professor Hanson serves as instructor of Accounting and Finance. She earned her MBA from the University of Oregon and undergraduate degree in business from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the business education community, she worked at various computer startups including one that went public. She started and sold several small businesses including a franchise. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has spent over ten years in government working as a senior auditor in internal, compliance, federal project finance, and revenue auditing. She is currently in private practice providing consulting services on financial and accounting issues. Her teaching passions include helping students apply finance, technology, and accounting theory to make better business and personal decisions.
Raymond Hopkins, D.B.A.
Dr. Hopkins earned his doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University at Fullerton and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University at Los Angeles. Prior to joining the business education community, he worked as a contract administrator at The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona. He aims to help students develop and sharpen the marketing skills they and their firms need in today’s competitive marketplace. Dr. Hopkins has taught classes in International business, international marketing, and managing cultural awareness. Dr. Hopkins’ research interests include marketing, supply chain management and international business. He has published in various refereed marketing journals.
Paul Leonard, M.B.A.
Professor Leonard has 35 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry as general manager of various business units driving profit and loss performance. His focus has included the development and execution of new product and technology strategies to grow faster than the overall market. The specific disciplines are new product development, business strategic plans, and start-up of new product lines. He has served as Vice President General Manager of the Power Discrete Division at ON Semiconductor. Professor Leonard earned his Master of Business Administration from Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida and his BSEE (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Michigan.
Marianne M. Rexer, Ph.D., C.P.A.
Dr. Rexer currently serves as Interim Executive Director and is the Robert S. Capin Professor of Accounting. She has been a faculty member at Wilkes University since 1990 and the 2015 winner of the Carpenter Outstanding Teaching Award, Wilkes’ highest faculty honor. Prior to Wilkes, Dr. Rexer taught at Johnson and Wales University and practiced public accounting with a national firm. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wilkes College, a Master of Science in Taxation from Bryant University, and a Ph.D., in Accounting from Drexel University. Dr. Rexer has authored articles and books on auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, health care auditing, and online teaching. Her research led to a National Attestation Standard, as she authored a study guide for the CPA and CITP exams, and continuing education courses for CPAs. While Dr. Rexer’s primarily teaches accounting, her consulting practice has afforded her the skills to teach Integrated Management courses. She is also the driving force behind the development of the undergraduate Sports Management major.
Todd Truax, MBA, CMA
Professor Truax received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa after earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. He is a Certified Management Accountant. Professor Truax has many years’ experience teaching and developing accounting and finance courses at accredited institutions. He has held senior level accounting and finance positions for several companies and is a member of the Board of Directors for a national not-for-profit organization conducting medical research. Through his experience and education, he possesses a profound knowledge of accounting, finance, and management principles. In addition, Professor Truax has owned several companies in the manufacturing and investment industries. Currently, he is a professional trader active in the currency, options, and futures markets.
Frank Tuzzolino, Ph.D.
Dr. Tuzzolino, whose professional experience ranges from the boardrooms of Wall Street to the research laboratories of NASA, served for thirty three years as Associate Professor of Finance at Thunderbird School of Global Management. His research has appeared in some of the top academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Proceedings, the Thunderbird International Business Review, and Arizona Business. Additionally, he has presented numerous scholarly papers and is a twelve time winner of the Outstanding Teaching award. Dr. Tuzzolino has taught in South Korea, France, Mexico, Prague, and Geneva, and has served as an operating officer at Citibank. As a research and project engineer in the aerospace sector, he earned top security clearances with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. A native of New York City who is fluent in Italian, Dr. Tuzzolino earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University, his MS from NYU/Polytechnic, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Manhattan College.
Robert Wengrzyn, MBA
Professor Wengrzyn serves as a part-time instructor in the Wilkes Arizona Business Programs primarily teaching, and with expertise in delivering, several online courses. Known for his diverse business background, he has been teaching since 2006. He has served universities and colleges in a number of capacities – from holding the position of department chair, to mentoring and coaching faculty, to designing courses. He is the author of It’s Not Rocket Science: A Down to Earth Guide for a Strategic Sales Plan. He currently holds the position of manager of learning and development for a $500 million dollar organization. He also runs two small businesses focusing on developing sales strategies for small and medium sized businesses, as well as assisting real estate agents in marketing their listings via audio and video. Professor Wengrzyn is currently presenting his research in order to earn his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership, with a focus on employee engagement. He earned his undergraduate degree in marketing and his MBA from Western International University. Professor Wengrzyn also volunteers his time for the Arizona chapter of SCORE and the ASBA.
Spring Williams, M.B.A.
Professor Williams serves Wilkes University as the Assistant to the Chairperson of the Business Programs of Arizona and as instructor of undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Wilkes University, and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the honorary society for business administration graduates. She earned concurrent Bachelor’s degrees in Museum Administration, Art History, and German from Arizona State University. Prior to joining Wilkes, Professor Williams worked for the City of Phoenix Water Services in the operations department and with the Phoenix Art Museum as a security management specialist. Her research interests include museum management, community engagement principles and strategy, and multi-disciplinary collaborations, all of which were encompassed in her MBA advanced project: “An Analysis of Arizona’s Arts and Culture Engagement Issues and Suggested Efforts to Boost the Patronage and Philanthropy of Future Generations.”
Brian B. Young, MS, MA
Professor Young serves as a part-time faculty and academic advisor for the Business Programs of Arizona for Wilkes University. He is also currently teaching at, or has taught at, Glendale Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Benedictine University at Mesa, and the University of New Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Economics from UCLA. His areas of specialization include time series analysis, econometrics, speculative markets, and macroeconomics. Prior to arriving at Wilkes, Professor Young worked as an agricultural statistician and agricultural economist for the U. S. Department of Agriculture, as an independent econometric consultant, and as an econometrician for a small hedge fund. Professor Young has been published in, and has served as a referee for, The Journal of Statistical Computation & Simulation, as well as several conference proceedings.