Jeff Peshut

Jeff Peshut, JD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His expertise includes commercial real estate brokerage, asset management, portfolio management and land use consulting. He currently teaches Real Estate Practice and Law and Intro to Real Estate. Peshut is a principal with RealAsset Solutions, LLC, a Licensed Colorado Independent Real Estate Broker and Licensed Colorado Attorney. He is also the creator of the real estate forecasting website/blog, RealForecasts.com

With more than 35 years of professional experience, Peshut is an active leader of many professional investment and real estate companies, serving as past senior vice president at Clarion Partners as well as vice president and director of marketing and leasing at Lowe real estate company in Colorado.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Peshut taught Real Estate Law in the Leeds School of Business and Real Estate Transactions in the School of Law, both at the University of Colorado Boulder., Additionally, he served as adjunct instructor of Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education with Kaplan Real Estate Education, where he created and taught “Commercial Transactions for Residential Brokers”.

Peshut earned his Juris Doctorate in real estate and corporate planning and a Bachelor of Science in Finance concentration in Investments and Banking both from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

Robert Persichitte

Robert Persichitte, M.A., is an affiliate professor in the Department of Accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has worked in the professional accounting field for over six years and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. At MSU Denver, he teaches Managerial Accounting for HOSP and oversees the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) course, designed to teach students real world accounting skills while proving a free tax-preparation service to the community.

Adam Schor

Adam Schor, M.A., is a lecturer in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition to working at MSU Denver, Schor is the president and chief risk officer of NZS Capital, LLC., which crafts portfolios of companies that create value for customers, employees, society and the environment. He worked for 11 years at Janus Henderson Investors in Denver, where he was the director of global equity strategies. Prior, Schor spent 10 years working as the chief investment officer at the boutique investment firm Bee and Associates. Schor’s area of expertise are in investment, asset management and equity markets.

Schor received his bachelor’s in journalism from Northwest University in 1986 and his master’s in finance from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business in 1993.

Timothy Mayes

Timothy Mayes, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

He has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1992. Mayes is the creator and editor of the Journal of Financial Modeling and Educational Technology. He also created TVMCalcs.com in 2007 to help students around the world use their financial calculators.

Mayes is best known for the book “Financial Analysis with Microsoft Excel,” now in its 7th edition. The widely-adopted textbook is used worldwide and is available in three languages. His research interests include using technology to enhance financial education, corporate financial management and investment performance measurement.

Mayes received his doctorate in finance from University of Central Florida in 1993.

Richard Kessel

Richard Kessel is an emeritus senior lecturer of Communication Studies. He taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver for more than 20 years.

Kessel received his doctorate in human communication studies from the University of Denver, where his dissertation was on physician-patient decision-making. He developed the physician communication skills assessment and feedback program for the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians — where he became the senior communication consultant — which was subsequently licensed to the National Board of Medical Examiners and is now part of the United States Medical Licensing Examination that all medical students must pass before becoming licensed to practice.

Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at MSU Denver, Kessel was an associate clinical professor in the Internal Medicine Department at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine, where he taught clinical interviewing skills. He was instrumental in implementing the School of Medicine’s teaching and assessment programs utilizing simulated patients and was recognized for excellence by the Foundations of Doctoring program. Kessel also previously worked as an enrolled agent at the University of Denver’s Law School, where he helped establish its new student orientation program on financial planning (as it related to budgeting and student loans).

Kessel has spoken at academic and professional development conferences on topics ranging from the effective use of PowerPoint, the science of teaching and learning, clinical communication skills and financial planning.

He has been a nationally-recognized expert in physician assessment, education and behavior modification.

Shellie Kark

Shellie Kark, B.A., is the program manager of the Meeting and Events Incentive Program for the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition, Kark serves on the Culinary Council of Sterling Rice Group where she innovates and creates new product lines for the food and beverage industry. She is also the co-founder of KitchenCUE™, a series of technique-based videos that teach the fundamentals of food preparation and presentation through a simple, step-based approach. The KitchenCUE™ methodology has been utilized as a foundation for the development of an array of culinary programs spanning across diverse populations and has national recognition in a variety of publications, including O Magazine.

Prior to working at MSU Denver, Kark was a culinary professor at Johnson and Wales University Denver Campus and worked to establish the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, where she was the Chef de Cuisine. She has spoken at the American Personal Chef Association annual summit, routinely develops and tests recipes for published cookbooks and consults with health and wellness organizations around nutritious, cooking and eating.

Kark received her bachelor’s in finance and accounting from Simmons University and procured her license as a CPA working for Arthur Andersen & Co. She graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked in a number of renowned restaurants including La Folie in San Francisco, Seattle’s Dahlia Lounge and The Palace Kitchen.

Rey Hernandez-Julian

Rey Hernández-Julián, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include Economics of education (both K-12 and higher education) and public finance policy analysis. He currently teaches Managerial Finance, Introduction to Banking and Personal Money Management.

Hernández-Julián leads and helped establish MSU Denver’s Banking Careers Pathway Program, a workforce-development program in partnership with Mi Casa Resource Center and the Community College of Aurora. The stackable credentials program seeks to give nontraditional students and current entry-level employees the chance to turn their work experience into college credits and professional certificates.

Throughout his entire time at MSU Denver, he has remained academically qualified, publishing peer-reviewed journal articles about the economics of education, religion, demography and health. He has also given over 15 conference presentations.

Rey Hernández-Julián received his doctorate degree in applied economics from Clemson University in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Bob Jones University in 2000.

Keith Fevurly

Keith Fevurly, Ph.D., is a retired senior lecturer in finance. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Colorado and Kansas and previously held Securities and Insurance licenses in the State of Colorado. He has conducted an active and ongoing estate planning practice in Colorado since 1987 and an investment advisory practice since 2003.

He has written several consumer books on personal financial planning and investments, as well as proprietary textbooks for Kaplan University on investments, income tax planning, retirement, and estate planning. Fevurly has held the CFP designation since 1986 and has been involved in financial planning education ever since (he is very well know in the financial planning profession). He teaches not only personal financial planning courses at MSU Denver but also corporate finance, most notably managerial finance for all business students.

His approach to teaching can best be described as iterative, believing strongly in teaching the basic building blocks of the finance discipline and expanding on those basic concepts in applied learning. He also believes strongly in the mission of MSU Denver and, particularly, its commitment to diversity and education of those students of color and different ethnicity.

Alex Fayman

Alex Fayman, Ph.D., is the chair in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include financial markets and institutions, banking, corporate finance and consumer finance. Fayman teaches Financial Markets and Institutions, and Strategic Finance to undergraduate and graduate students.

Before teaching at MSU Denver, he was an assistant professor of finance at the University of Central Arkansas. There, Fayman also served as the chair of the College of Business Research Committee and an advisor to the African Student Business Council; conducted research; developed curricula and assessments; and taught undergraduate and MBA students. He has been awarded research grants from Illinois State University and the University of Central Arkansas, as well as a multiyear competition grant from Target Corp. Fayman serves on MSU Denver’s Faculty Senate.

Fayman’s research has been published in the Journal of Economic and Social Policy, the Journal of Global Business and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His works include “A look at bank lending and performance leading up to the credit crisis,” “Improving recession forecasts with business loan data for commercial banks,” and “Politics in banking: Does political party control impact bank risk and return? Managerial Finance.” Fayman has given presentations on his research for the Global Business Development Institute, the Southern Economic Association and the International Finance and Banking Society, among others. He is working on developing an original scholarship with the purpose of publishing in academic journals.

Fayman received his doctorate in Finance in 2006 and his master’s in Finance in 2002, both from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a bachelor’s in biology from Knox College in 1999.

Gregory Clifton

Gregory Clifton, JD, is the chair of the Department of Accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He earned his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Denver. Clifton is licensed to practice law in Colorado and federal courts of Colorado and Georgia. He has also practiced in the US Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Clifton continues to operate a small private practice advising small businesses and individuals on tax matters.

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