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Finance Business Coaches


Naveen Jindal School of Management

The mission of the Finance Business Coaches program is to ensure that ALL students majoring in finance have the opportunity to build relationships with faculty members within their field of interest. These relationships will help students find their passion within finance and help guide them to become successful in the field of finance and in life. The program is built on the principle that there is more to college than earning a degree. It should be an experience during which students change and develop positively while they attend UT Dallas.

A student can contact a Finance Business Coach via email to schedule a meeting. The student can choose from any of the coaches listed below and is allowed to change coaches at any time. No student is assigned to only one coach because every student will have different interests within the field of finance. This setup allows the student to identify the coach whose background aligns with his or her interest. The program is completely customizable between the Finance Business Coach and the student.

The Finance Business Coaches can share their experiences in all areas of finance and in life. This select group of faculty provides a bridge between the academic world and industry, including financial planning and forecasting, investment banking, private equity, investment analysis, real estate and personal financial planning.

Please contact any of the coaches below with questions.

Frank Anderson

Anderson, Frank

Senior Lecturer
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Senior Lecturer Frank Anderson spent more than two decades as an investment analyst, money manager and financial consultant. He teaches courses in Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance and Investment Management. Anderson earned his MBA from the University of North Texas and holds a graduate studies certificate from SMU as well as numerous securities licenses. He won JSOM’s outstanding undergraduate teaching award in 2011.

David Cordell

Cordell, David, PhD, CFA, CFP, CLU

Clinical Professor
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Prior to joining UT Dallas, Clinical Professor David Cordell was an associate professor at Texas Tech University. He also held faculty positions at the American College, Louisiana State University and the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and was in private practice in financial planning and small-business consulting for six years. He wrote/edited four textbooks, more than 50 articles in academic and professional journals, was former chair of the CFP Board of Examiners, served on the Pass Score and Item Writing committees for the CFP Board and for the CFA Institute.

George DeCourcy

DeCourcy, George

Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of Real Estate
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Senior Lecturer George DeCourcy is a multidisciplined financial executive with 30 years of experience at public and private companies. Starting his career as a CPA with a major accounting firm, he moved into the CFO role for companies in the real estate and technology industries. He has spent most of his career in finance with lead negotiation experience, including corporate debt financing, venture funding, joint ventures, IPOs, private equity, public bond issues, public equity issues and private investment in public enterprise structures.

Amal El-Ashmawi

El-Ashmawi, Amal

Senior Lecturer
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Senior Lecturer Amal El-Ashmawi was educated in Egypt, Switzerland, Kuwait and the United States. Her teaching experience spans more than three decades as adjunct lecturer at several local universities. She also worked in the corporate arena; with her last position as chief financial officer of a mid-size company. She currently is a full-time finance senior lecturer at UT Dallas. El-Ashmawi is an expert in financial modeling, and her areas of interests include managerial finance, financial literacy and education, and emerging markets.

Manzi, Jeffrey, PhD

Manzi, Jeffrey, PhD, CFA

Clinical Professor
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Clinical Professor Jeffrey Manzi joined the Naveen Jindal School of Management in August 2015. He has 30 years of experience teaching finance courses to both college students and finance professionals. Prior to joining UT Dallas, Manzi was vice president of securities and insurance education at Kaplan Financial Education. He holds a BS degree in engineering from Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Akron, and a PhD in finance from Kent State University. Manzi is a CFA Charterholder and has been involved with the development and delivery of CFA education programs for more than 15 years. He has done research in learning science, personal investments and pension fund management.

James Richards

Richards, James, CFA

Senior Lecturer
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Senior Lecturer James Richards’ background is in public accounting and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. He has been elected as a municipal official and worked with middle-market investment banking firms. His teaching experience is in the areas of finance and economics. Richards’ interests include alternative investments, politics, energy policy, financial regulations, fitness and sports. He also has specialty interests in private equity, private offerings, valuations and due diligence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Debra Richardson

Richardson, Debra, MBA, CPCU, CIC, CRM, AINS

Senior Lecturer and Director of Risk Management and Insurance Concentration
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Director of the Risk Management and Insurance Concentration and a senior lecturer, Debra Richardson joined UT Dallas in 2015 with 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. She had most recently served as regional vice president of the Hanover Insurance Group. Prior to her appointment in JSOM, she taught in the Risk Management and Insurance Department at the University of North Texas for six years. She serves as faculty advisor for Gamma Iota Sigma, is on the board of directors for several organizations and is a national faculty member for the Institutes for Insurance Education. Richardson holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager, and Associate in Insurance professional designations. She earned a Bachelor of Business Management degree summa cum laude from Dallas Baptist University and her MBA from the University of North Texas.

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