September 11, 2009


Eight thought leaders with impressive track records join our reputable faculty to push TCU business students to the next level. 

Ray Pfeiffer, Chair of the Accounting Department and Professor of Accounting
Dr. Pfeiffer, the new chair of the Accounting Department, previously was director of the Ph.D. program, FASB Research Fellow, and Professor of Accounting at the Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. His teaching focuses on external financial reporting by businesses, including the study of financial accounting practice, financial reporting policy and regulation, the use of financial accounting information in security valuation, and empirical research on the effects of financial reporting on capital markets. He has been published in the Top Three journals in the field of accounting as well as many other academic journals. He is an active member of the American Accounting Association and an ad hoc reviewer for The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Business Research, Issues in Accounting Education , and Advances in Accounting . He has a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Penn.

Suzanne Carter, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Management
Dr. Carter joins TCU from Notre Dame. She previously was an Internal Auditor for Browning-Ferris Industries and holds an MBA and Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Texas-Austin. Her areas of expertise cover corporate strategy and planning, and managing corporate identity and reputation. She serves on the Editorial Board of Corporate Reputation Review, and is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. She has been published in Journal of Management Studies, Corporate Reputation Review and Journal of Business Ethics , and has been awarded the Emerald Management Review's Citation of Excellence Award and Best Academic Article Award from Corporate Reputation Institute.

Rick Cazier, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Dr. Cazier most recently taught at Grinnell College in Iowa. He earned his Ph. D. in Accounting from Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, concentrating in Financial Reporting and Finance, and holds a M.A. in Professional Accounting and a B.A. in Accounting from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. His areas of expertise include executive compensation, corporate governance, and CEO stock options. He has presented at several conferences and received awards such as the Mary Collins Memorial Doctorial Scholarship, Byron Ross Award for Teaching Excellence, and Presidential Fellow while at the University of Iowa.

Renee Hall Price, Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting
Dr. Price previously was Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma and Assistant Professor and Director of the Accounting Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska. With a Ph.D. and M.S. in Accounting from Texas A&M University, her areas of expertise include U.S. and international capital markets, standard-setting choices and their effectiveness, reporting discretion and voluntary disclosure, and corporate governance. She has been published in prestigious academic journals, including: Financial Accountability and Management, Journal of Government Financial Management, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Today , and The CPA Journal. She is a member of the American Accounting Association.

Antonio Macias, Assistant Professor of Finance
Dr. Macias was a Senior Associate in M&A Strategic Business Development with CEMEX, the largest building-materials firm in the Americas with presence in more than 50 countries across the five continents, based in Monterrey, Mexico. At CEMEX, he analyzed, negotiated and conducted due-diligence and post-merger-integration processes. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University and taught there as Visiting Professor. He holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Economic Systems & Operations Research and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management, both from Stanford University, where he was selected for the Global Leadership Program. His areas of expertise cover domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance, and investment management.

Leonardo Nicolao, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Dr. Nicolao received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Marketing from the University of Texas-Austin in 2009, where he was a teaching assistant and assistant instructor. He has a BBA and M.S. in Marketing from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. His areas of expertise cover consumer behavior and customer insights. He has been published in the Journal of Consumer Researc h and is a member of the Association for Consumer Research, American Marketing Association, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and Society for Consumer Psychology. He has been honored with the AMA Seth Foundation Doctoral Fellow from the University of Missouri.

Raymond M Smilor, Robert and Edith Schumacher Executive Faculty Fellow
Dr. Smilor has authored and edited numerous books on entrepreneurship. He previously was Executive Director of the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management at the University of California. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin, serving as Executive Director of the IC2 Institute, an internationally recognized think-tank for entrepreneurship and economic development.  Earlier he served as Vice President of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Dr. Smilor's expertise covers national and international entrepreneurship; management styles, systems and innovations; management and marketing strategies for technology companies; science and technology transfer and commercialization; and economic development in emerging economies. He has an M.A. in American Civilization and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Texas-Austin.

Travis Tokar, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
Dr. Tokar received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Master of Transportation and Logistics Management from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor of Logistics at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. His areas of expertise cover judgment and decision-making in logistics and supply chain management, replenishment management, business forecasting, and retails stock-outs. He has been published in the International Journal of Logistics Management and Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education . He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.