• Associate Dean David Eccles School of Business

Teaching Philosophy

I have been fortunate to be mentored by many great economic thinkers and public policy makers. Early in my career, I worked closely with R. Thayne Robson, a legend in Utah economic circles. I have also had the pleasure of working with economists at the Utah State Tax Commission, Utah Department of Workforce Services, and the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah (now the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute). During this time, I served under three Utah governors. Later in my career I worked as a political appointee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2005 to 2014, I directed the public policy work of the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest business association.Because of this rich state and federal government and business community experience, I teach from a deeply applied perspective. My goal is to teach students how to be successful as an economist or policy analyst in a real-life setting.