CFSI Instructors

Elizabeth Jones

Associate Director and Visiting Professor

(972) 883–5909
Office – JSOM 2.709

Elizabeth F. Jones is a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) School of Management, where she is the co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Finance Strategy Innovation (CFSI). Elizabeth has developed and teaches finance and enterprise management courses in the MBA and EMBA programs. Through CFSI, she leads business advisory projects in private equity finance, public investment and technology commercialization, plus has studied public pension funds, private equity fund development and structuring infrastructure investments. She co-authored the study report for the 2008 Texas Legislative Study Committee Final Report on Private Participation in Toll Projects and has been a frequent speaker to business and public sector groups. She is a member of the UT Dallas Executive Advisory Council and advisor to the UT Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center.

Elizabeth’s public-sector service includes three terms on the City of Dallas Cityplace TIF Board (Bond issuing Infrastructure TIF) and one term on the Dallas Business Development Corporation Board, plus 12 years as a Dallas County Election Judge, Dallas CERT/FEMA certified volunteer, STARTech Certified Mentor, Leadership Dallas and FBI Citizen’s Academy alumni.

Elizabeth is a senior finance executive whose professional career spans more than 24 years. She was a principal investment banker and corporate financial advisor with tier one and regional investment banks, the International Finance Corporation (private equity arm of The World Bank) and strategic management consultancy McKinsey & Co. Over the course of her career she has structured, managed and raised more than $9 billion of debt and equity capital for corporations and quasi-governmental agencies, including having financed public utilities, housing, roads and airports. Additionally, she has advised governments, Fortune 1000 and emerging technology companies in strategic financial management, product/technology innovation, entrepreneuring, and economic development. She began her career as a budget analyst to the Senate Ways & Means Committee of the Washington State Legislature.

Elizabeth received her BA in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College, an MBA in International Finance and Strategic Management from RSM Erasmus University (Netherlands) including coursework at MIT Sloan School. She has done postgraduate work in corporate finance, corporate governance, fund governance and project management. Elizabeth recently completed a 3- year term on the Global Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum Corporation and was awarded the 2009 MIT Presidential Citation. She is currently a member of the Katherine Dexter McCormick Society and the William Barton Rogers Society at MIT, and is a member of the UC Berkley Haas School of Business Leadership Society.

Gerald A. Turner

Visiting Professor


Gerald Turner is CEO & Managing Partner of EPM International, LLC, a global business advisory & consulting services firm that delivers high-impact, evidence-based corporate performance management solutions to executive leadership teams within Fortune 500 firms and multi-national companies on 5 continents. Mr. Turner has held positions of increasing responsibility including CEO, COO, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President – International Programs, Vice President – Operations and executive management consultant within major global management consulting firms including Cap Gemini Consulting, Ernst & Young Consulting, Accenture and Hitachi Consulting.

As a visiting professor for MBA programs at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Dallas and Texas A&M University, Mr. Turner has provided instruction in corporate and business transformation, performance measurement and management, operations research, operations management, and strategic program-project management.

Mr. Turner is a Certified Management Consultant, Certified Strategic Manager, Certified Professional Consultant to Management and a Certified Program Manager. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems Engineering respectively from Fenn College of Engineering, Cleveland State University and an Executive MBA in Systems Management from Baldwin-Wallace College.

David Epperson

Resident Fellow


David Epperson is president of Briarwood Enterprises LLC where he acts as consultant in the areas of strategy, finance and operational improvement. He has worked both independently and in affiliation with leading global consultancies, including McKinsey & Company, advising large multinational clients in the mining, petroleum, chemical, building materials and technology industries. He has served clients in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and across southern Africa.

In the public arena, Mr. Epperson served as General Counsel to the Texas House Judicial Affairs Committee (now the Judiciary Committee) for the 78th Legislature in 2003. He has also conducted extensive research into transportation finance policy and the role of public-private partnerships, both in the US and overseas, and was a co-author of the 2008 report of the Legislative Study Committee on Private Participation in Toll Projects.

He received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his studies at the London Business School. He earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from Baylor University. He has also served as a construction leader for a Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity affiliate and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science.

Scott Mairs

Resident Fellow


Scott Mairs is a respected leader in the financial services industry including C-level, President, and Managing Director positions. He currently serves as President of plumRHINO Consulting, a leading financial services consulting firm. His experience ranges from private equity and consulting to leadership positions at Citicorp, Sungard and Bank of America. Mr. Mairs has led global technology, performance management and enterprise transformations across 90+ countries and $100+ million dollar strategic programs including Basel II, online banking, general ledger replacements, mergers and acquisitions, and implementation of the European Monetary Unit.

Mr. Mairs currently teaches Enterprise Transformation through Corporate Performance Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a frequent author and speaker on program, portfolio and performance management, including the recent PMI Global Congress publication of the Business Performance Engine(tm) and Strategic Value Continuum(tm) Corporate Performance Management frameworks. He serves on the Leadership Council of the American Lung Association and several boards and leadership advisory groups for high growth and emerging companies.

Mr. Mairs has a BS in Computer Science/Math from University of North Texas, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and an Executive MBA in International Business from Baylor University. He earned PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. He is the former Chair of PMI’s Global Financial Services SIG and President of Citibank’s Project Management Professional Forum.

Harry Gray

Resident Fellow

Harry Gray has been a middle-market President/CEO, COO, CFO and large cap Board-level Advisor for investment firms such as Goldman Sachs Capital, UBS Capital, Arcapita, Hanseatic Capital, MB Financial and TA Associates. He has also been a private equity professional, investment banker and M&A specialist at leading global firms.

Harry is co-founder of Verto Partners, which is a firm of Fortune 500 CEOs, Big Four partners, and McKinsey, Bain, Booz and BCG alumni that provides corporate strategy, operational improvement and management best practices consulting. The team’s clients have included Kleiner Perkins, JP Morgan, CS First Boston, Bass Family, Technology Crossover Ventures, JMI Equity, GE Capital, Hambrecht & Quist and NEA Associates. Harry was also Managing Director at RKG Osnos, the nation’s oldest corporate performance advisory firm.

Harry was a private equity professional and portfolio company strategy leader at Highland Capital, a $35 billion global investment firm. Prior to this, Harry was an investment banker at two leading firms; first at Alex Brown & Sons, the nation’s first investment bank, and then as a Vice President at Wasserstein Perella & Co., a premier mergers and acquisitions firm.

Harry began his career in the military, where he was a Senior Supply Officer and member of the US Navy’s warship construction program at General Dynamics. Harry is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (BS) and Columbia Business School (MBA), where he was a Bibeault Scholar.

George DeCourcy
Senior Lecturer, Finance

(972) 883–5810
Office – JSOM 2.410

Frank W. Anderson
Senior Lecturer, Director, Undergraduate Finance Program

(972) 883–4127
Office – JSOM 3.807