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Faculty Spotlight on Finance’s Gary Smith

Title: Senior Lecturer

Education: B.S., Florida State University, mathematics major and statistics minor; Master of Business Administration (MBA), FSU, concentration in quantitative methods; completed Ph.D. coursework, FSU, finance with economics support area

Honors/special recognitions: College of Business Core Values Award (2010 and 2017), College of Business Undergraduate Specialized Teaching Faculty Award (2016); College of Business We Choose Excellence Award (2008); FSU Provost’s 90% Club – ranked as an “excellent” or “very good” instructor by 90 percent of students (spring 2005); FSU Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004)

Service/leadership: As the director of the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, I have the opportunity to assist some of our outstanding graduate students in advancing their education in pursuit of a rewarding professional career in finance.

As a Garnet and Gold Scholar Society overall program adviser, I interact with highly motivated undergraduate students who wish to expand their education by engaging in activities beyond the boundaries of the classroom.  In order to achieve recognition as a Garnet and Gold Scholar, these students must complete designated criteria in at least three of five engagement areas:  International, Internship, Leadership, Research and Service.

Areas of expertise:  Quantitative Methods and Investments

Currently Teaching: Financial Modeling and Forecasting (FIN 4453)

This course is especially relevant today because:  Financial modeling and forecasting are conducted in Excel software, which is used extensively in the business community. The course gives students an opportunity to develop analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Why specialized faculty members are valuable resources for students:  Our specialized faculty often bring experience in either a business or government environment to share with students.

Name one major asset of the MSF program: Our $3.8 million Student Investment Fund (SIF), under the direction of Dr. Steve Perfect, gives students real-world investment experience. That is a remarkable benefit that our college offers.

Why students should consider the field of finance: Finance is an essential component of any business, and the high demand for finance graduates creates a vast array of professional opportunities. Areas of future employment may include, but are not limited to, corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate and personal financial planning.

I appreciate alumni involvement because:  Alumni involvement provides wonderful opportunities for them and our students. Alumni who network with current students will discover outstanding future employees, while our students will receive invaluable advice and guidance from alumni. Alumni inspire students because their paths to success began where students are today – in classrooms at the FSU College of Business.

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