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

My research interest are broadly focused on voluntary disclosure, CEO incentives, and the executive labor market. Specifically, I have a co-authored paper that has received an “In-Principle” acceptance 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 how CEO overconfidence is associated with the voluntary disclosure of proprietary investment information. I also have other research investigating the implications of changing self-selected peer firms and how voluntary disclosure aids investors in valuing intangible assets.

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. However, it was my time doing consulting projects and working on research related to intellectual capital reporting that sparked my interest in examining how firms make decisions and guided me towards pursuing my Ph.D. in accounting.

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and going to the theatre with my wife Sarah.