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October, 2014

Department of Business Launches Business in Residence Program

Bob MooreBob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, presented “Impact Entrepreneurism” Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Moore told the Bob’s Red Mill story, which is based on his philosophy of “people before profit.” This lecture was the inaugural event of the new Business in Residence (BIR) program in the Department of Business. Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications, an integrated marketing communications firm in Portland, is the first business in residence at Linfield. Koopman Ostbo’s clients are impact entrepreneurs in the natural, organic and sustainable consumer products industry. Craig Ostbo, KO’s managing partner, moderated the program. Marketing professor Michelle Nelson, coordinator of this event, lead the development of the Business in Residence concept at Linfield. Her course on impact entrepreneurism (BNSS/IDST 486) will be offered during the spring semester of 2015, and is open upon permission of the instructor to any Linfield student. BNSS/IDST 486 counts as a major elective for management and marketing majors. The October 22 lecture was free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield Department of Business and PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Community Engagement). The first 100 attendees received a free autographed copy of Moore’s biography, “People before Profit,” written by Ken Koopman, co-founder of KO.


September, 2014

Professor Malcolm Greenlees Honored by American Institute of CPAs

Professor Malcolm GreenleesMalcolm Greenlees has received the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This designation is reserved for certified public accountants with extensive experience working in business and government. Greenlees joined the Linfield faculty in 1984 and is the Glenn L. and Helen S. Jackson Professor of Business. He routinely teaches Managerial Accounting (BNAC 261), Auditing (BNAC 469), and Entrepreneurship (BNMG 423).

Business Department Fall Kickoff

On September 4, 2014, current and prospective business majors and minors gathered in TJ Day Hall to learn more about the Department of Business in the 2014 Business Department Fall Kickoff. Topics discussed included choosing a major (accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing) or minor (management, sport management), internship credit, expectations for the professor-student relationship, and how to be a successful business student at Linfield College. Those in attendance were also informed of Linfield’s newest business exchange program with Nurtingen-Geislingen University. A guest speaker from this German university, Erskin Blunck, spoke about the program and the benefits of studying abroad from a business perspective. Faculty representatives from each major and minor in the Business Department were present to answer any further questions about declaring a business major or minor, finding a business advisor, and class requirements for degree completion.

Questions about the business majors or minors? Contact Sharon Wagner, Chair of the Business Department at or Department Secretary Sarah Cade at

August, 2014 

Adjunct Faculty Spotlight: The Department of Business Welcomes New and Returning Adjunct Professors

Dick Cahill Professor Dick Cahill

Richard (Dick) Cahill joined the Linfield Faculty in 2014, where he teaches BNFN 441: Financial Institutions. Cahill was the Vice President, Deputy Head of the Credit Risk Department, Risk Management Function within the Bank Supervision Group of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Prior to joining the New York Fed in April 2008, he spent 16 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Supervision & Regulation Department serving in a number of leadership roles including the Vice President/Division Leader over the Risk Specialists Division, Large Bank Supervision and Regional/Community Banking Supervision groups.  Before joining the Chicago Federal Reserve, he was a Vice President with Barclays Bank, PLC for seven years in credit risk and business development roles.Dick is an active member of Linfield’s Business Advisory Council and a Michelbook Country Club Board Member.

Malek DaaboulProfessor Malek Daaboul

Malek started teaching at Linfield in 1985 and currently teaches BNMK Marketing 321. He has a broad industrial background working in different business areas that include engineering, manufacturing, information technology, healthcare management, business development, marketing and executive management consulting. He held management positions at Owens Illinois, Tektronix, Sequent, Oracle and IBM.

Malek has worked (self-employed) for several years as a senior management consultant helping companies in solving their business related problems and in transforming chaos into order. He has strong planning and management skills complemented with a thorough technical and analytical background.

Professor Peter FisherPeter Fisher

Peter recently joined the Business Department as an adjunct and currently teaches BNFN 447: Investments. He has an 18 year career in the financial services industry originally starting as a trainee in one of Wall Street’s top programs with Merrill Lynch.

Prior to leaving Merrill and founding AndersonFisher, LLC. (dba Human Investing) Peter was one of the youngest Directors in the country and oversaw the #1 branch office in a region ranging from Alaska to Guam. He currently serves as the firms Managing Partner, Chief Compliance Officer, and is a voting member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Peter serves on the board of Mentors 360 and the national board of The Climate Trust where he sits on the executive committee. While not doing board work or spending time at Human Investing, Peter lives on a small farm south of Portland with his wife (Linfield Alum) and four children.   

Russ Paine Professor Russ Paine

Russ Paine joined the Linfield faculty in 2010, where he teaches International Management, Contemporary Business, Management and Sales/Sales Management.

Russ brings 30 years of technology manufacturing experience in all areas of operations and sales to his teaching career. He contributes a strong understanding of international business and management abilities across the value/supply chain. Mr. Paine has contributed to growth in both Fortune 500 as well as smaller organizations.  He has been a management member in six different organizations, which expanded operational systems and grew sales - Robert Bosch Corporation, Floating Point Systems, Precision Castparts Corporation, Maxtek Components Corporation (Tektronix), Wygant and Future Technology Devices International.

Professor Alex Russell
Alex Russell

Alex Russell, CFA, joined the Linfield faculty in 2014, where he teaches BNFN 443: International Finance. Alex is the Head of Research for Bates Group LLC, an independent advisory firm located in Portland, OR. Russell manages the production of research reports involving equity, fixed income, and structured product markets, as well as the general economy.  He frequently contributes his own research in the aforementioned areas, with a particular focus on global economic issues.  He has a decade of experience in the asset management, advisory and management consulting industries. Alex is a member of the CFA Society of Portland, and a regular contributor to various media publications. 

July, 2014 

Faculty Showcase Oregon Wine Business Research, Connect with Linfield's Semester Abroad Program in Germany

In June and July, Sharon Wagner, Chair of the Business Department, and Lisa Weidman, Associate Professor in the Mass Communication Department travelled to Germany to present their research on the Oregon wine industry at the Academy of Wine Business Research Conference in Geisenheim. Their paper, Reputation Management on the Internet:Content and Impact of Oregon Wineries’ Websites and Facebook Pages, was the result of a study sponsored by a Linfield Center for the Northwest CERC Grant that included four student researchers: Kathie Byers, Katelyn Henson, Ashley Streich, and Shelby Vandebergh.
German Vineyard

While in Germany, Sharon and Lisa also visited with faculty, staff, and students at Nürtingen-Geislingen University (NGU), an institution with which Linfield’s Office of International Programs recently established an exchange program. The first exchange students from NGU will arrive at Linfield during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

June, 2014 

Business Faculty Share their Research and Expertise: Spring 2014 

Denise M. Farag presented The Adoption and Use of Clickers in Legal Studies in Business Education: A Status Report, Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., April 24-26, 2014 (co-presenter, Susan Park).  

Tyler Laird-Magee: Connecting two student cultures using a blog to enhance international marketing insights. Peer-reviewed paper presented at: Marketing Management Association National Conference, May 2014, in Chicago, IL.  

Michelle Nelson presented Principles of Marketing Class: Designing a Program that is Effective and Efficient from Exams to Final Presentations at the 2014 Marketing Educators' Conference, April 2014,  in San Jose, CA (co-presenters: Frank R. Veltri, University of Oregon, Catherine T. Atwong, California State University: Fullerton, Gregory S. Black, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Sohyoun Shin, Eastern Washington University).

Sharon Wagner presented Communicating the Good Life: How Oregon Wineries Use Facebook to Connect with Consumers at the International Communication Association Conference, May 24, 2014 in Seattle, WA (co-author, Lisa Weidman).


May, 2014

2014 Student Awards Announced

Eight outstanding students from the Department of Business were selected to receive the 2014 Department of Business Awards. The Academic Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. The Harold C. Elkinton Award commemorates the founder of the Business Department, and is awarded to a graduating senior on the basis of high academic achievement in conjunction with active contributions to the Linfield community. The Business Faculty Award is given to a rare graduating senior who excelled in the classroom and has made an additional, unique contribution to Linfield. Oregon Society of C.P.A.’s Outstanding Accounting Student Award is provided to the outstanding accounting graduate based on scholarship and potential for contribution to the public accounting profession. The Outstanding Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing Student awards recognize an exceptional graduating senior in each of these majors. Here are the awardees:

Academic Achievement Award: Erin Harris
Harold C. Elkinton Award: Natalie Minniti
Business Faculty Award: Kathie Beyers
OSCPA Outstanding Accounting Student Award: Tylor Edison
Outstanding Finance Student Award: Jay Cedargreen
Outstanding International Business Student Award: Katherine Allison
Outstanding Management Student Award: Jessica Calderon-Duyck
Outstanding Marketing Student Award: Whitney Weber

April, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Virlena Crosley

Virlena Crosley has successfully defended her dissertation and on April 30, 2014
was conferred with a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the School of
Business at George Fox University. Her dissertation was titled Empirical Study on
the Relationship between Ethical Leadership and Organizational Climate of Innovation.
Virlena joined Linfield as a visiting assistant professor in 2011. She teaches
management, HR management and strategic management.


March, 2014

College Day at R.V. Kuhns & Assoc.

On March 14th, another group of Finance majors took a trip to R.V. Kuhns & Assoc., an investment advisory firm in Portland. It was a tremendous experience as students learned technical information about mutual fund performance measurement and analytics as well as investment manager research.  The students were additionally challenged with an asset allocation simulation game, which Michael Pellatz won (movie tickets) by designing a portfolio combining domestic and international equities, fixed income, and hedge fund securities to maximize return relative to risk.  A cadre of Linfield finance alumni gave presentations, including Heidi Goertzen, Associate Consultant, 2003; Cole Bixenman, Senior Investment Analyst, 2011; Wil Hiles, Investment Analyst, 2012; and Kasey Kuenzli, Senior Manager Research Analyst, 2008. When asked about the trip to RVK, senior Michael Pellatz responded,
"It was a wonderful trip.  I think it would be a great place to start a career for Linfield Finance grads." Overall, it was a very successful day that left many students feeling optimistic about their future in the industry. 

February, 2014

Finance Majors Visit Portland Investment Firm

At 3:15AM, on February 28, 2014, Linfield’s Finance majors, led by Professor Madeleine Romero, departed campus to partake in an early morning institutional equity research meeting at DA Davidson, a full service investment firm located in Lake Oswego.  The students gained insight into a typical day in institutional research, institutional sales, investment banking, and additionally had the opportunity to experience the excitement of the equity trading floor at DA Davidson.  The day was hosted by Ben Pappas, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Equity Capital Markets, a 2004 Linfield graduate.  Senior and junior executives in the firm shared their valuable knowledge, insights, and experience working in the various sectors of the industry.  Evan Wingren, a Research Associate at Davidson and 2012 Linfield finance alumnus, discussed his research work and gave advice to the students on the opportunities and challenges in the investments industry.

“This was a very memorable experience and it was great to see what it was like to work in the investment banking firm.” Claire Hann, finance major ’14.


Business honors societyAlumni Panel Discussion

On February 25, 2014 Linfield’s Delta Mu Delta (DMD) chapter, a business honors society, hosted a panel of four Linfield alumnae who shared with current Linfield business students their career experiences, insights, and advice.  Katherine Allison, Linfield Chapter DMD President (standing left), introduced each panelist with a ‘fun fact’ as they shared their post Linfield graduation journey…how they discovered their passion and followed it to their current positions.  

Panelists included (seated l to r): Joe Murray ’08, Global Merchandising Manager NFL Apparel, Nike; Samantha Lau ’12, Marketing Coordinator, Rex Hill/A to Z Vineyards; Brenna Patterson ’12, Sales Administrator/Export Sales, Ponzi Vineyards; and Peter Fisher ’95, Partner, Human Investing. Those who attended left with new insights on job search strategies and some great new connections at these companies!

Lunch & Learn Session Explores Social Media in Small Business

On February 19, 2014, Lisa Weidman presented "Using Social Media to Promote Your Business", as part of Linfield's Lunch & Learn series with the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. Lisa outlined a strategic approach to the use of social media. She spoke about the importance of identifying objectives for social media use, developing effective content and posting strategies, and using analytics to assess the impact of social media messages. Lisa is an assistant professor in the Mass Communication Department at Linfield, where she teaches and conducts research in the area of public relations.

Oregon Mutual Insurance Sponsors the Lunch & Learn series for local business professionals. The next presentation will take place on April 19, 2014. Virlena Crosley and John McKeegan will speak about general and legal aspects of HR for small business. All Lunch & Learn sessions are held at Oregon Mutual Insurance in McMinnville. 

January, 2014

Business Faculty Share their Research and Expertise: Summer/Fall 2013

Denise Farag presented: The IRS whistleblowing act: Room for improvement at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) International Conference in Boston, MA.

Mike Jones presented IQEX: International reciprocity in licensing at the Northwest Accounting Research Group (NWARG Conference in Leavenworth, WA.

Tyler Laird-Magee presented Comparing cultural intelligence outcomes with and without travel abroad in an MBA course at the Global Business & International Management Conference in Portland, OR and Overcoming teaching challenges in a 24/7 changing social media world: Enabling students to teach each other using a wiki at the Marketing Management Association National Conference, in New Orleans, LA.

Sharon Wagner presented The leadership development portfolio: A tool for enhanced reflection and assessment at the Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference in Orlando, FL, Regional reputation of Oregon wines: Industry, consumer, and trade perspectives at the International Conference of the Reputation Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and The Oregon wine story: A mixed-method study of regional reputation, at the Academy of Wine Business Research Conference in St. Catherines, Ontario, CA, and published "CEO succession: A help or hindrance to corporate reputation?" in Corporate Reputation Review, 16(3).

December, 2013

Working Paper Series Launched 

The departments of Business and Economics at Linfield have launched a new Working Paper Series aimed at cultivating and communicating ideas. The interdepartmental publication, intended to showcase and stimulate faculty research, is a collection of working papers which may include teaching notes, preliminary research findings or drafts of larger studies. The series will be distributed as a document and posted in Linfield’s Digital Commons. Comments will be invited and encouraged.

Organizers hope the working papers will generate discussion among faculty, according to Malcolm Greenlees, Glenn L. and Helen S. Jackson professor of business.

“Bringing research and ideas together in one collection will keep us informed of the development work of our colleagues,” said Greenlees. 

Eric Schuck, professor of economics, added, “The series will also provide a publication outlet for student-faculty collaborative research efforts.”  

For more information, contact Greenlees at ext. 2403,


Sport Management Minor Is A Popular Choice for Linfield Students

Photo taken by Brad ThompsonA new interdisciplinary Sport Management minor launched just last year is proving to be quite popular with students. Members of the Business, Economics, Philosophy, and Health, Human Performance, and Athletics departments proposed the new minor, which is housed in Business and administered collaboratively among the involved departments. The program was designed to allow students to obtain theoretical knowledge from a variety of fields and apply it to the study of sport management.

Five students have already graduated with the Sport Management minor, and 33 students have declared it as their minor. Over 60 students are signed up to be on the Sport Management group e-mail list so that they can receive information about the minor and sport management related information.

Students interested in the Sport Management minor are encouraged to connect with the faculty coordinator, Denise Farag (Business), or with one of the other faculty advisors--Randy Grant (Economics), Jesus Illundain-Agurruza (Philosophy), and Garry Killgore (HHPA).

   Photo taken by Brad Thompson.

November, 2013

Linfield Business Department Launches Lunch & Learn Series 

Oregon Mutual Insurance, the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Business at Linfield College are partnering to present a series of Lunch & Learn sessions for local business professionals. This series is the brainchild of Oregon Mutual Insurance President and CEO and Linfield Business Advisory Council member Brian Steffel. The first presentation in the series was delivered by accounting professor Malcolm Greenlees on November 20, 2013 on the topic of “Guerilla Accounting”. The next session is scheduled on February 19th featuring Lisa Weidman on Social Media and Business Promotion. All Lunch & Learn sessions are held at Oregon Mutual Insurance in McMinnville.

Panel of Business Professionals Discuss Ethics and Values

The panel discussion, "The Next Steps: How to Get Started in Your Career",  held on November 6 in TJ Day Hall was a resounding success! The panelists consisted of five senior and junior investment and accounting professionals, three of whom were Linfield grads. Fifty-seven Linfield students attended the event. Greg Sherwood, President & Chief Investment Officer of Quest Investment Management, led the panel.  Other panelists include Mark Wickman, a partner in Wickman Paterson Corrigan Advisory, and Linfield Basketball Hall of Famer, with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Linfield; Peter Fisher, a partner in Human Investing, All Conference Linfield football player and Economics graduate; Joe Seifert, tax manager at Delap LLP, defensive tackle for the Linfield 2004 National Championship team, and Accounting graduate; and Kellen Batson, audit associate for KPMG LLP, and Accounting/Finance graduate from University of Portland.

 Students speak with Greg Sherwood, Quest Investments

The panelists speak regularly at colleges and universities in the area as part of Mentors360, an organization dedicated to developing mentoring relationships between students and professionals to facilitate professional growth and value development.  The panelists spoke about their professional lives in a large panel setting, and then led small discussion groups addressing students’ individual questions ranging from career advice to how ethics and values shape critical decisions along the way. The event was coordinated by finance professor Madeleine Romero.

“The career event in TJ tonight was a really cool and helpful opportunity! I really learned a lot from all of the guests - especially the recent graduates and how they managed to land a job after college.”

Jenna Elkjer, junior finance major

“The panel was amazing! It was very reassuring to hear that ultra-successful men in the industry did not know exactly what they wanted to do upon graduation. It was even more heartening to see that they are genuine people who made it to the top by putting people first, and doing the right things.”

Nick Popma, senior finance major

August, 2013

New Faculty Member Joins the Department of BusinessAccounting Professor David Korb

Accounting professor David Korb has joined the faculty of the Department of Business. Previously Professor Korb was a member of the accounting faculty at New Mexico Highlands University for three years and also taught for five years at the College of Santa Fe. Professor Korb has taught a wide variety of accounting courses including financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, tax, and cost accounting. This year, he is teaching Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Cost Accounting, and Contemporary Business.

 Professor Korb brings over a dozen years of varied and extensive accounting experience to the classroom. He is a licensed CPA in the state of New Mexico and is an experienced instructor of CPA review courses. David earned his Bachelor of Accounting and MBA from the College of Santa Fe. He reports that in his spare time he tries to teach accounting to his wife and three cats with very little success!

May, 2013

Professor Mike Jones Honored by Linfield College
Accounting Professor Mike Jones

Harold C. Elkinton Professor of Business Mike Jones was honored by Linfield College as the 2013 recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professor Award. This award recognizes sustained excellence in the classroom, commitment to the intellectual growth and academic success of students, professional contributions outside the College, and creative work to enhance Linfield’s commitment to academic excellence. Professor Jones was noted for his excellence as a teacher, his commitment to students as an advisor and mentor, and the impact he has made on hundreds of students and alumni during his distinguished career at Linfield.

2013 Student Awards Announced

Seven outstanding students from the Department of Business were selected to receive the 2013 Department of Business Awards. The Academic Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. The Harold C. Elkinton Award commemorates the founder of the Business Department, and is awarded to a graduating senior on the basis of high academic achievement in conjunction with active contributions to the Linfield community. Oregon Society of C.P.A.’s Outstanding Accounting Student Award is provided to the outstanding accounting graduate based on scholarship and potential for contribution to the public accounting profession. The Outstanding Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing Student awards recognize an exceptional graduating senior in each of these majors. Here are the awardees:

Academic Achievement Award: Catherine Nakamura

Harold C. Elkinton Award: Julia Prow

OSCPA Outstanding Accounting Student Award: Joshua Mohr

Outstanding Finance Student Award: Karleigh Prestianni

Outstanding International Business Student Award: Jonathan Bosch

Outstanding Management Student Award: Ellyn Edwards

Outstanding Marketing Student Award: Taylor Vandecoevering

April 2013

Business Law Faculty Member Denise Farag Appointed Co-President of PNALSB

Denise Farag
Denise Farag has been elected Co-President of the Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business ("PNALSB"), a professional organization
of business law professors from institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Western Montana, and from the Canadaian provinces of
Alberta and British Columbia. The PNALSB is a regional association of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the premier academic organization for
business law professors.

Denise will serve as the PNALSB representative to the ALSB House of Delegates at the annual ALSB conference in Boston in August, 2013. After she steps down from her position as Co-President in April 2014, Denise will assume the role of treasurer of the PNALSB.