I am a Ph.D. candidate in Accounting at the University of Colorado–Boulder Leeds School of Business and am scheduled to graduate in May of 2018.

My research broadly focuses on the executive labor market, CEO incentives, and non-financial disclosure. Specifically, I have a co-authored paper that has been “In-Principle” accepted at the Journal of Accounting Research that investigates the implications of employment gaps for executives before being appointed as CEOs at public firms. My dissertation examines the implications of how managers disclose information about R&D activities.

Before beginning my Ph.D., I did my undergraduate studies at Colorado Christian University where I received a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. During my three years there I competed on the speech and debate team where I was fortunate to publish a speech with the Interstate Oratorical Society as well as compete in the parliamentary debate finals at the PKD National Debate Tournament. I graduated as the Outstanding Senior in the School of Business and Leadership and was the undergraduate commencement speaker. However, it was my time doing consulting projects and working on research related to intellectual capital reporting that sparked my interest in how firms make decisions and guided me towards pursuing my Ph.D. in accounting.

When I am not working on my research, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and going to the theatre with my wife Sarah.