Jiří Trešl, MA, PhD., CAIA

Jiri Tresl, PhD, is a researcher at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His research interests includes corporate finance, applied investments, and alternative investments while his teaching includes corporate finance, bank management, investments, and financial statement analysis.  His work has been published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Investing, and Quantitative Finance. He was a CIC Traveling Scholar at Northwestern University and holds the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the College of Business Administration, UNL (2012) and the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Outstanding Educator Award, UNL (2013). He earned his B. A. degree in International Trade from the University of Economics, Prague (2007), an M. A. in Applied Economics from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL), USA (2009) and a Ph. D. degree in Finance, also from UNL (2013). He held a Robitschek Undergraduate Scholarship, UNL (2005), Ogle Fellowship, UNL (2009, 2010–2011) and a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Travel Scholar Scholarship (2012–2013). 

Mark Potts

Mark Potts is a member of the Department of Finance and Law at Central Michigan University. He was formerly the Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Management at Saginaw Valley State University.  Potts’s teaching experience and research interest relate to entrepreneurship, finance, international business, and law.  He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria 2000-2002) and taught for a year as part of a Fulbright Program in Vienna, Austria.  Potts is a licensed attorney and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan as well as a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Potts is professionally fluent in German and Bulgarian.

Prof. RNDr. Jan Hanousek, CSc.

Jan Hanousek, PhD, is a Professor of Economics at Charles University, CERGE, and a Senior Researcher in the Economics Institute (EI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His research interests include applied econometrics, applied finance and corporate finance, while his teaching includes various topics from statistics, econometrics and applied economics. Professor Hanousek has published in the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Review of International EconomicsEuropean Economic Review, Economics of Transition, Journal of Comparative Economics, and other specialized journals. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, was a visiting professor and research fellows at various prestigious universities including Princeton University and University of Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in statistics from Charles University and an undergraduate degree in probability theory from Charles University.  

Jeff Bredthauer, Ph.D.

Jeff Bredthauer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of finance at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, in Omaha, Nebraska.  His research interests include empirical asset pricing, corporate finance, behavioral finance, personal investing and pedagogy, while his teaching interests include corporate finance, investments, financial risk management and financial markets, for both undergraduate and graduate level courses.  His work has been published in the Journal of Sports Economics, the International Journal of Financial Services Management and the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.  He earned his B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1987), an MBA from Creighton University (2007), and a Ph.D. in Business Administration – Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2011).

Barbora Hanousková, MSc.

MSc. Barbora Hanousková, a current master’s student at the University of Economics, Prague. She got her master’s degree in International Business Economics from City University, London (2014). During her studies at the University of Economics, Prague she spent one semester at Stockholm Business School (2013). She got her bachelor degree in International Trade from the University of Economics, Prague (2012). She has received several certificates from different fields including certificates in English (FCE, CAE, IELTS), in finance (on-line Bloomberg acknowledgments, on-line Corporate finance IESE), among others.

Marc LeFebvre

Marc A. LeFebvre, CFA began teaching CFA review courses to the European private banks in 1995. After 20 years of helping candidates achieve their goal of earning the CFA designation, he started LevelUp, LLC. With over two decades teaching CFA curriculum, Marc learned there are no shortcuts to passing the Level III CFA exam. As years of experience accrued, he saw candidates struggle with the complexity of the Level III exam and saw the need for a different approach to preparing the Level III candidate for success.

At the same time Marc was teaching CFA review courses around the globe, Marc spent 15 years in the investment profession working in investment banking, strategic development, pension management and private wealth management. He is a CFA Charterholder since 1994. Marc earned his Master’s of Finance from Boston College and his BA in Economics with honors from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Marc has been teaching university undergraduate and master’s finance courses at Creighton University in Omaha, NE since 2003.

Brian Payne, PhD.

Brian Payne, PhD. is an associate professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado where he has taught finance and investment courses since 2010. He is also an adjunct lecturer in finance in the MBA program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He earned his BS in Operations Research at the US Air Force Academy and a MPP from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. He has won teaching awards and is a member of the Eastern Finance Association, Financial Management Association, Academy of Economics and Finance, and Mensa. He has completed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Exam.

Gregory Simon

Gregory Simon, CFO & Co-Founder, Ribbit.me / RibbitRewards, www.ribbit.me

Greg was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was the Managing Director at Macquarie Securities and Head of International Equity Sales at J.P. Morgan Japan. After his 15 year career in investment banking, primarily based in Asia, Greg traveled the world for one year visiting over forty countries looking for new inspiration. It was then he discovered blockchain technology and how it is going to change everything in our society. Since then there has been no looking back as Greg has over the last two years help found two non-profit Blockchain technology start-ups and numerous for-profit startups as an investor, founder or advisor. Greg is a US CPA and has an MBA from Columbia University. Greg is the Co-Founder and current CFO of Ribbit.me, the worlds first rewards program built on blockchain technology. He is also the president and founding member of the Bitcoin Association and founding member of the Nicaragua Bitcoin Foundation.