Business

The Business Department seeks to develop students into critical thinkers who are able to identify problems, collect data, weigh alternatives, and identify solutions to common career-related issues within the context of a Christian worldview by emphasizing core business principles along with moral, ethical, and biblical values.

Students will gain the ability to interact via oral, written, and electronic communication regarding business issues, problems, alternatives, and solutions; the ability to perceive and accommodate culturally diverse perspectives; and 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.

Business Department Mission

To enable men and women to fulfill their God-given calling with Christ-like character and professional competence.

Opportunities to connect and get involved

  • Join the SUB Club (Simpson University Business Club)
  • Learn about our involvement in student government

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

R. Walter Quirk, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Business

Business Department Chair


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

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D. Gary Schmidt, M.B.A, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Business and MIS


gschmidt@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4742

Profile:

Before coming to Simpson, Gary Schmidt spent more than 13 years traveling and working in about 16 countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas. His teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to the university graduate level. Gary spent two years in relief and development work in West Africa, three years as a 'tentmaker' in Venezuela, five years as a bi-vocational pastor in Miami's inner city, and about a year serving with his wife as surrogate parents in a home for single pregnant girls contemplating adoption.

Predominantly, his work experience lies in the development and use of information systems (IS). He has done a variety of things in management information systems (MIS), from small personal projects to team participation on a multi-million-dollar development project.

Gary believes passionately in the need for integration of faith in Simpson University's programs, classes, and ultimately, within each of our lives. His overall goal is to challenge students to begin to realize and fulfill God's call in their lives, regardless of the career (or careers) for which God is preparing them.

Gary says this about teaching classes at Simpson: "If it involves business and computers I teach it. If it involves international, crosscultural or missional business I probably teach it. If it involves finance or economics, I might teach it. If it involves the human factors in business, I would like to teach it."

Gary serves on the Shasta College Joint Advisory Committee for Business, Agriculture, Industry & Technology. He is also an active member of Neighborhood Church of Redding.

Gary and his wife, Lori, have four teenage daughters, and his leisure time is spent fixing things around home. He loves doing most things that involve being outdoors and in nature. His favorite part of his job is mentoring students.

Educational Background:

  • M.S., University of British Columbia
  • M.B.A., University of Calgary
  • B.S., University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Courses Taught:

  • Computer-related courses in business, accounting, communications
  • Business as Mission
  • First-Year Experience

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Gary Strickler, M.B.A.

Part-time Instructor - 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

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Marsha Lauck, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Accounting


mlauck@simpsonu.edu
530.226.4196

Profile:

Marsha has a CPA certificate from the state of Illinois. She has over 25 years of experience in various finance and accounting roles at large, publicly traded companies. She was director of internal audit for Outboard Marine Corporation in Waukegan, IL and Dean Foods in Franklin Park, IL. She was vice president of finance for Dean Food’s Specialty Business Unit in Rosemont, IL. Most recently she served as vice president of internal audit for the ServiceMaster Company.

She enjoys managing large projects and problem solving. She was the project manager responsible for compliance with Sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

In 2009, she moved to Redding to attend the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. She loves the beauty and wide-open spaces of Northern California.

Educational Background:

  • M.B.A., University of Chicago
  • B.A., Findlay University

Courses Taught:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost and Managerial Accounting
  • Taxes

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Business Adjunct Professors

 

Gerald Stayton, M.B.A.

 

Advisor and Lead Instructor for Accounting Majors


gstayton@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4963

Profile:

Gerald (Jerry) Stayton has an extensive background in industrial accounting, holding positions that ranged from staff accountant to vice president and chief financial officer. He spend two years in Burkina Faso, West Africa, as a business agent. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked with pastors and churches in the Central Pacific District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is married, with two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Educational Background:

  • M.B.A., Golden Gate University
  • B.S., Ohio State

Courses Taught:


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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

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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

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Curt Dodds, M.S.

Adjunct Professor - Business / MIS


cdodds@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4148

Profile:

Curt Dodds is the director of Information Technology at Simpson University.

Curt brings more than 23 years of experience in computer technology to his position. He previously worked as a software consultant and was a founding partner of Op-Test, based in Redding. He has experience as a technology consultant in such varied fields as semiconductor manufacturing, computer gaming, travel operations, telecommunications, hospitality, wholesale grocery and postal services. Curt has real-world experience developing computer systems that run on Linux, UNIX and Windows platforms using a variety of network, database and programming architectures.

Curt and his wife, Lori, have lived in Redding since 1989. Their son is a graduate of Simpson University, and they have two daughters who graduated from Biola University.

Curt is a licensed private pilot and an amateur astronomer. He is a volunteer at the Schreder Planetarium in Redding.

Educational Background:

  • M.S., Information Systems - CSU Fullerton

Courses Taught:

  • Computer Programming

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  • 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).