Business

Accounting

The Accounting degree seeks to provide students with both a strong technical foundation in the field of accounting, and the biblical framework to live and work in today's world. Our goal is to equip every accounting student to make sound decisions morally, ethically, legally and in accordance with sound business practice. Students learn various accounting systems, auditing, tax law, and other critical applicable skills. Coursework, along with your hands-on experience, will help prepare students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. An ethics emphasis and internship requirement round out this program to equip accounting majors to make difference in our world, whether employed in nonprofit or for-profit organizations.

Career Opportunities

  • CFO
  • Controller
  • Tax Accountant
  • Cost Analyst
  • Income Tax Analyst
  • Finance Business Analyst
  • Accounting Manger
  • Payroll Manager
  • Project Accountant
  • Corporate Tax Manager
  • Forensics Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Loan Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Examiner
  • Revenue Agent
Business Administration

The Business Administration major is designed to provide students with a biblical business framework. This major is designed to prepare students for graduate studies, business ministry opportunities, and careers in business by shaping student knowledge, skills, and development. By emphasizing core business principles along with moral, ethical, and biblical values, our goal is for students to graduate as critical thinkers who are able to identify problems, collect data, weigh alternatives, and implement solutions from within the context of a Christian worldview.

Career Opportunities

  • Account Executive/Representative
  • Activities Director/Manager
  • Business Owner/Manager
  • Purchasing Agent/Manager
  • Department Store Manager
  • Media Relations Manager
  • Market Representative/Manager
  • Marketing/Public Relations Mgr.
  • Program Director (non-profit)
  • Sales Representative / Manager
Ranjan George, Ph.D.

A headshot of business professor Ranjan George

Assistant Professor of Business
Business Department Chair

rgeorge@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4742

Profile:

Ranjan George grew up in Sri Lanka and had his university education in India and Australia. He believes in the philosophy of experiential learning in practical and real settings. He uses case studies and projects to enable students better appreciate the learning process. He has worked in the academia for 24 years in universities and colleges in Sri Lanka, Australia and in Iowa and Texas before coming to California.

His teaching interests include Business Administration and Management related courses while his current research includes a study of generational differences across cultures. He also enjoys teaching online.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Western Sydney
  • M.Com., University of Madras
  • B.Com., University of Madras

Courses Taught:

  • Production & Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Links:

R. Walter Quirk, M.A.

A headshot of business professor Dr. Wally Quirk

Assistant Professor of Business

rquirk@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4503

Profile:

Wally Quirk grew up in Southern California and holds degrees in psychology and management. A basic tenant of his teaching style is to stress the practical application of business theory to the work setting. In order to bring more real-world business practice to the classroom an emphasis is placed on exercises, some of which include field work in the community as well as small-group case analysis and discussion. This style is based on Wally's 26 years of corporate experience prior to the start of his full-time teaching career.

Communication, Outdoor Leadership and Cross Cultural Studies majors take several of the courses taught from Professor Quirk as part of their required studies. Having a diverse number of majors in his classes allows for a variety of workplaces to be described and discussed. Classroom activities and homework assignments allow for the wide variety of settings the students will find in their future courses of business or mission.

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Sonoma State University
  • B.A., University of Southern California

Courses Taught:

  • Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Research
  • Seminar in Policy and Strategy
  • Introduction to Business
  • Finance
  • Money and Banking
  • Microeconomics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Ethics in Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Business as Mission
  • Internship supervision

Links:

Gary Strickler, M.B.A.

A headshot of business instructor Gary Strickler

Instructor of Business

gstrickler@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4953

Profile:

Prior to joining Simpson University's faculty in 2005, Gary Strickler worked for Southern California Edison Co. for 30 years, where he managed various groups and functions associated with the development, maintenance and coordination of short- and long-range budgets and plans. These included the development of cost trends and forecasts of population, customers, capital costs, and long-range goals. He also managed the implementation of corporate plans and programs to ensure beneficial energy utilization and improvement of system-load characteristics.

In addition, Gary taught courses in economics, management, statistics, marketing and business math/finance at the University of Redlands and West Coast University in Southern California.

Gary's main focus in teaching and working in the business field has been to encourage employees and students to give their best when working in business situations.

"I'm very concerned that today's business schools are not teaching ethical and moral issues along with the business principles," he said. "As a Christian, what I do in business should be a reflection of my life. Unfortunately, too many people, including Christians, separate their personal life from their professional life. In class, we will stress the importance of setting a good example in every business situation we may find ourselves. This will include large decisions as well as the smallest decision."

Gary and his wife have been active in churches throughout their married life. Along with raising their family, they have worked with youth groups and taught Sunday School. They attend Grace Baptist Church in Redding.

The Stricklers moved to Palo Cedro, Calif., in 1999. They have three married daughters who live in Colorado, Idaho and California. They have also raised six foster children.

Educational Background:

  • M.B.A., University of Southern California
  • B.S., California State University at Los Angeles
  • 28 units of study from Talbot Theological Seminary (Biola University)

Courses Taught:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Management
  • Marketing

Links:

Margaret Giovannetti, J.D.

Adjunct Professor - Business

mg@maxgrace.com

Profile:

After earning an undergraduate degree in speech communications and marketing, Margaret Giovannetti went on to obtain her Juris Doctor degree. She has been a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois since 1991, working as an associate attorney at the ninth largest law firm in the state. She has conducted jury trials, presented oral arguments before the Appellate Court in Illinois, and practiced in state and federal court. Her experience mentoring junior associates helped her discover a love for teaching.

Prior to attending law school, Margaret was employed by a major bond and mutual fund company where she held her securities license. She has also been licensed and employed in the insurance market, dealing with multi-million-dollar healthcare companies. For a time, she was partner at her own law firm, specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and real estate law.

Margaret and her husband, Bill, came to Redding in 2002 when Bill accepted the position of senior pastor at Neighborhood Church of Redding. Margaret spent several years at home, rearing their two children, before she sensed that the Lord was opening a door for her to share her knowledge, experiences and insights with students in the business major and those seeking to attend law school.

"As an attorney who has practiced in the very stressful area of litigation and as a pastor's wife, I see how vital it is to integrate spirituality and a true commitment to biblical principles in the competitive world of business and especially law," Margaret said. "I believe very strongly in high academic standards without sacrificing the importance of biblical integration in the curriculum. My overall goal is to help students realize that to succeed in this world they will need a firm spiritual foundation, exceptional academics and a commitment to doing their very best in any task. As Christians in the work force, we represent ourselves, our university, and our Lord. We should represent them all well."

Educational Background:

  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.S., Cedarville University

Courses Taught:

  • Business Law
  • Business Ethics

Links:

Paule Pobloske, M.B.A

Adjunct Professor - Accounting

ppobloske@simpsonu.edu

Profile:

Paule Pobloske has more than 16 years of audit experience (financial, operational and IT). She spent more than 10 years at a major CPA firm working with multinational companies with revenue sales of over $1 billion. From 2002-2007, she was a project manager consultant for several major companies. She enrolled in the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in fall 2008.

Paule's areas of expertise include project management; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; financial, operational and compliance audits; financial statement risk assessment; implementing accounting systems; process mapping control assessment (ERP); and financial statement analysis. She has worked in food processing, gas brokering, manufacturing, retail, steel production, transportation, wholesale distribution, and wireless communication industries. She speaks French, Dutch, Spanish, and of course, English.

Educational Background:

  • M.B.A., University of Chicago
  • B.S., University Of Louvain La Neuve

Courses Taught:

  • Auditing

Links:

For accounting:

Students will be able to …

  • Analyze Ethical Issues
  • Perform Entry-level Accounting Operations
  • Use a range of techniques (manual and automated) to perform analysis, synthesize information and draw conclusions.

For business:

  • Contextualization Skills: The ability to transfer, and apply the concepts, theories, principles, practices and structures of today's business enterprises to the context of their chosen area of emphasis (e.g., Accounting, Business Administration).
  • Context Specific Expertise: The ability to demonstrate significant mastery of the concepts, theories, principles, practices, and structures in at least one area of emphasis (e.g., Accounting, Business Administration).

"I enjoyed Simpson because of the well-rounded education and atmosphere for spiritual and academic growth. One-on-one time with my professors was invaluable because I learned about real experiences on a personal and applicable level."
Alex K.

"I chose Simpson because I wanted to not only play basketball, but also to better my relationship with God."
Mark K.

"As a Christian, integrating my faith with my education is important, and Simpson has allowed me to do just that. As a Business Major, I feel comfortable taking what I've learned in the classroom, and translating it into the business world. Simpson University is a place where individuals gather together to serve God. The phrase "Community - Our Responsibility" is clearly demonstrated."
Jessica L.

"The class sizes allow for more connection to the faculty. Professors make themselves available to students on a personal level because they prefer to work at Simpson, and in the small Christian college environment."
Scott G.

"Simpson offers an incredibly quality Accounting program full of professors with solid knowledge and experience in the accounting and general business realm. I have enjoyed taking advantage of the smaller classrooms by getting answers to businesses and career questions. I came to Simpson originally because my parents agreed to pay for the first year if I went to a Christian college - this is why I stayed."
Arin G.

"Over the summer I had an internship at Enterprise Rent a Car. For the month of August, I was ranked #2 in sales for our branch and the Visalia section. This is proof that I learned a lot in my businesses classes, from aspects of marketing, to management, and business strategy. My professors have prepared me for what the real world holds."
Humberto S.