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Kogod’s Real-World Practitioners Provide Unique Industry Insight

The Kogod School of Business executive-in-residence program brings business leaders from a wide range of industries into the classroom to teach management theory directly to current business practices.  This fall Kogod welcomes five new executive-in-residences to campus including Lance-Michael Erickson, Octavian Ionici, Pat Rudolph, Nancy Sachs, and Mark Waldman. 

“We believe diverse experience is a critical component to a garnering a well-rounded business education,” said Kathy Getz, senior associate dean for academic affairs.  “Students are able to bridge the gap between theory and practice through the expertise of our executive-in-residences.”

The newly appointed faculty join Kogod’s finance and real estate, management, and marketing departments.  From former talk show host to a political consultant from Hillary Clinton for President campaign, the new executives bring an exciting range of skills and backgrounds to the School.

Rudolph, director of the Master of Science in Real Estate, is the owner of Rudolph Financial Planning, a fee-only financial planning and registered investment advisory firm.  Rudolph served on the board of directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and the editorial board of the Appraisal Journal and the Financial Services Review.  She earned a Ph.D. in Economics from University of North Carolina and a B.A. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Ionici, Financial Services and Information Technology Laboratory director, brings significant work experience to this position, as a former economist, researcher, consultant, and analyst for many DC based organizations including Global Insight and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.  His research on financial modeling, international financial management, real options, and financial education has been published in journals such as Emerging Markets, Review of Business, Journal of Finance, and Banks and Insurance.  He earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania; M.A. in Financial Economics for Public Policy from American University; and an M.S. and B.S from the Academy of Economic Studies, European Union Center of Excellence.

Waldman, a former adjunct professor at Kogod, is partner of Waldman Financial Advisers, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm.  Previously, he was a local talk show host for WWRC Radio and financial columnist for Federal Times Newspaper and Maturity News Service.  He earned a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida and the designation of Certified Financial Planner® for Financial Planning from Denver College.

Sachs joins the management department and is the associate director of the Kogod Center for Business Communications.  She is the School’s first executive-in-residence in business communication.  Sachs has over 30 years of industry experience.  Her previous employers include English Now!, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and WETA-TV.  She earned an M.A. in Social Sciences and Communications from the University of Chicago, an M.A. and B.A. in American Studies and History from Case Western Reserve University, and a certificate to teach English as a foreign language from the LADO Certificate Program in Washington, D.C.

Erickson joins the marketing department from the University of Arizona where he was an assistant professor.  He brings valuable marketing experience to Kogod as a former assistant brand manager with Bristol-Myers Squibb and as account supervisor with Grey Advertising in New York.  Additionally, Erickson has consulting experience with Lexicon Branding, Inc., Hillary Clinton for President, and the Pima County Air and Space Museum.  He earned a Ph.D. and M.B.A. in Marketing from New York University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.