Name: Jeff Jones
Title: Assistant Professor of Finance
Undergraduate: Investments; Portfolio Management; Derivatives and Alternative Investments; Corporate Finance; Financial Markets and Institutions; Bank Management; Personal Financial Management
Graduate: Financial & Statistical Information; Managing Corporate Securities and Investments
Please tell us a brief bio of your career – how long have you taught at Drury, what courses do you typically teach, what are your research interests, what is your educational background, etc.
I received a B.A from Drury in 1997 with majors in Business Administration, Economics, and Accounting, and an MBA from Drury in 2003. I received my PhD in Finance from the University of Arkansas in 2008. I am a licensed CPA in Missouri, a CFA charter holder, and also hold the CMA and CFM designations. I came to Drury as a faculty member in the fall of 2007, but spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas.
Prior to joining Drury, I worked as a Production Supervisor for General Electric and spent five years as a consultant with BKD, LLP.
My recent research, which focuses on the opacity of financial institutions and its impact on the valuation of banks and systemic crises, has been published in the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Economics and Business, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Banking and Finance. In addition, my research has been presented at several national and international conferences over the past few years.
How does the Breech School of Business prepare students for their professional career?
Breech does a nice job of preparing students for careers by requiring an internship and an international study abroad experience for all business students. We also work very closely with our students through the advising process to help them develop the “intangible” skills necessary to acquire and advance within a professional career.
What sets Breech apart from other business schools?
In addition to requiring both an internship and international study abroad experience, Breech is one of only a handful of business schools that holds dual accreditation in both ACBSP and AACSB.
Do you have any favorite memories inside the Breech building?
The never-ending feud between accountants and economists has been highly entertaining.
What advice would you offer to a new student beginning their course of study in the Breech School of Business?
My advice would be to get to know the Breech faculty early in their academic career, so that we can help them begin their career search as early as possible.