Huntsman School of Business Award Recipients 2014

Jeffery Doyle

Researcher of the Year

Jeffery Doyle

Jeffrey T. Doyle is currently the George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research in the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. He has previously taught at the University of Utah and Stanford University and served as the Research Fellow for the Financial Accounting Standards Board in 2012-2013. He has taught advanced financial accounting and financial statement analysis in undergraduate, MBA, and professional MBA programs. His research is focused on the use of accounting information by capital market participants and has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, and the Review of Accounting Studies. His research has also been quoted in several leading business publications including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and Fortune. Professor Doyle received his Ph.D. in business from the University of Michigan in 2003, his M.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia in 1996, and his B.A. in economics from Utah State University in 1994. Previously, he worked for Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young as a Certified Public Accountant, performing tax consulting and compliance and assurance services.

Cliff Skousen

Graduate Mentor of the Year

Cliff Skousen

In 1970, Dr. Clifford Skousen earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He then went on to receive a MBA from Pepperdine University in 1974, and a Ph.D. in business administration from Golden Gate University in 1979.

Dr. Skousen joined the Utah State University faculty in 1978. From 1990 to 2002 he served as head of the School of Accountancy and was appointed Senior Associate Dean of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2002. Dr. Skousen is Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting at Utah State University.
Previously he taught on the faculties of Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus and California State University, Hayward. He also held a visiting position at the University of Warwick, England, in 1988, and for three years he was a staff auditor and tax specialist with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Dr. Skousen served as a member of the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee and has served on several AACSB peer review teams for Business Schools and Accounting Programs accreditation. Recently, his professional service includes membership of the Utah Association of CPAs Education Foundation Committee, chair of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy Accreditation Assistance Committee, Vice President for Accreditation for the Accounting Programs Leadership Group, and Vice President for the Accounting Programs Leadership Group Western Region of the American Accounting Association. In addition, Dr. Skousen served as National President of Beta Alpha Psi.

Dr. Skousen has received awards for his research from the Managerial Auditing Journal, the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, the National Decision Science Institute, and the Western Region of the Decision Science Institute.

Bridger WilliamsGraduate Student Researcher of the Year

Bridger Williams

Bridger Rex Williams was born and raised in Salt Lake County, Utah. After graduating from Bingham High School, he served an LDS mission to Thailand. He received an Associate of Science degree from Snow College, and later graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications while working in sales for a small medical device company in West Jordan, Utah. After graduation, Bridger continued his career in sales, marketing, and management with Paychex Inc., Pinnacle Security, and Black Tree Services before deciding to return back to school full time to pursue his Master’s degrees in Human Resources and Business Administration.

Since returning to school full time, Bridger has been involved in various research projects and student leadership positions. He has worked primarily with Dr. Davis in his research on trust, and successful entrepreneurial practices among family-owned businesses. Bridger has also been actively involved in the Masters of Science in Human Resources Student Association serving as the Learning and Development Committee Chair. He is also currently serving as the VP of Graduate Students for the Huntsman School Business Council. Upon graduation from the MBA program in June of 2014, Bridger will work for Honeywell Inc. pursuing a career in Human Resources and Leadership Development.

Bridger and his wife Megan have 3 daughters ages 6, 3, and 5 months. His interests and hobbies include reading, outdoor activities, sports, and other activities with his family.

Sterling BoneUndergrad Research  mentor of the year

Sterling Bone

Sterling A. Bone, Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Management Department at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is inspired by the passions of his undergraduate students. As a proud two-time alumnus of USU, Dr. Bone was the beneficiary of life-altering mentors while he was a student. Paying it forward to his Aggie students, Dr. Bone is engaged in mentoring undergraduates in research focused on the well-being of vulnerable consumer populations.

Dr. Bone embraces students’ interests in marketplace inclusion and diversity and has multiple undergraduate projects that investigate the unintended consequences of marketing the American dream among Latino immigrants, and the experience of restricted access to services for ethnoracial minorities.

In 2013, with his undergraduate and faculty coauthors, Dr. Bone investigated the effect of marketing “princesses” on mother-daughter collective self-esteem and self-identity. Already garnering media attention, this research will be presented by his undergraduate coauthor at a premiere conference in New York in April 2014 and then will be submitted to an elite marketing journal.

Dr. Bone’s mentoring extends beyond research, as he has helped many students realize their goals of pursuing graduate degrees, launching new ventures, or finding careers in marketing and sales. In 2012, Dr. Bone’s LinkedIn profile was among the top 5% viewed, which is a tribute to his loyal student alumni and corporate partners. Prior coming to USU, Dr. Bone was at Brigham Young University and received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

Lindsey McBrideUndergrad researcher of the year

Lindsey McBride

As the sixth of seven children, I learned from an early age to fight for what I want. This survival mentality has followed me throughout my academic and professional careers. I have pushed myself to be involved in the Huntsman Scholar program while participating in two different studies abroad and two internships in Washington, DC. My perfectionism in school, however, has not kept me from enjoying my work, and my travels to Europe, Asia, and the East Coast have infected me with a desire to see the world. I am a very passionate person, and love language, travel, and above all things, cupcakes. I am constantly making allusions to various books, movies, and political events, and I have had cupcakes from four different countries (a number I plan on increasing). I am a sarcastic individual that never passes up the opportunity to laugh, but I have no problem putting the sarcasm aside and taking on a leadership position. I thoroughly enjoy school and can’t wait to pursue further education and enter the workforce where, I am sure, my survival mentality will continue to thrive.

Randy SimmonsTeacher of the year

Randy Simmons

Randy T. Simmons received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1980. He is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Institute of Political Economy in the department of economics and finance at Utah State University. Previously he was head of the department of political science at Utah State University. Simmons offers a unique view of political economy having been trained in public choice and having spent ten years in city government, four of them as mayor.

His primary role in as a teacher has been to help students develop a sense of wonder and discover their own talents at understanding the business of life. He encourages that wonder through social media, movies, novels, Shakespeare plays, and the Hebrew Bible as well as discipline-specific articles, books, podcasts, and news.

Simmons is a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center as well as the Independent Institute. His book, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure (2nd edition, 2012) is a primer on public choice theory and practice. His 2012 co-authored book Green vs. Green examines how local green activists use green ordinances to stop green energy development—a kind of green government failure. His co-edited book Aquanomics: Water Markets and the Environment (2011) shows how water markets are far superior to government water regulations and controls. His forthcoming book is Political Ecology, an analysis of the politics of ecology and the ecology of politics.

Steve HanksFaculty Advisor of the year

Steve Hanks

Steven Hanks is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Resources Program. As MHR Program Director, Dr. Hanks works closely with students to for emerging professional opportunities in the HR field. Dr. Hanks has been a member of the Huntsman School Faculty for 25 years. His areas of specialty include leadership, strategy and organization effectiveness. In addition to his Huntsman School role, Dr. Hanks serves as Associate Editor or People & Strategy Journal.

Kimberly LarsonOutstanding Employee of the Year

Kimberly Larson

Kim Larson is an Aggie! She fell in love with the campus at Utah State as a teenager spending summers at various leadership camps. As a student, she embraced her college experience and has recruited many friends and family members to Aggie Nation.

Over the last 14 years, Kim has had a diverse career at Utah State University. She spent several years involved in marketing and promotions for the Athletics Department, she later moved to the Alumni Relations Department working with alumni chapters, major events, membership and marketing. In October 2011, she was hired as the Executive Assistant to Dean Anderson in the Huntsman School of Business. She enjoys working with the entire Aggie community of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Kim graduated from USU with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2000 and went on to receiver her MBA in 2002. Her husband Cory is also a Utah State graduate and their three children are future Aggies.

Teri RoutledgeOutstanding employee of the year

Teri Routledge

Teri Routledge is the Assistant to the Department Head in the Department of Economics and Finance. She has been employed at the Huntsman School of Business since 2008. Teri has over 25 years of experience in office administration and management and earned her Professional Secretary Certificate in 1993. She has participated in the Asia Summer Study Abroad program for the past four years traveling to Vietnam, China and South Korea. She has helped coordinate the Koch Scholars program and the Vernon Buehler Leadership Scholars. She comes to the Huntsman School of Business after working for The City of Logan as the payroll coordinator in the finance department.

Jim AllredScholar of the Year

Jim Allred

Jim Allred is a senior pursuing a triple major in International Business, Finance, and Economics and will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May of 2014. Throughout his time at the Huntsman School of Business, Jim has participated in various clubs and organizations, including a Go Global Study abroad to South America, Koch Scholars, the Finance and Economics Club, the Entrepreneurship Club, the Student Alumni Association, and as a Global Mentor. Additionally, he has participated in the Huntsman Scholar Program, the honors global leadership program within the Jon M. Huntsman School of for four years, having served as the organizations’ co-president for a time.

Jim has also developed professionally through intensive internships with prominent companies. Following his junior year, Jim interned at Goldman Sachs on their Fixed Income Product Management team within the Asset Management Division in Salt Lake City. Following his internship as Goldman Sachs, he interned at the Central Valley Fund, a California based private equity fund. As an intern, he served as the lead analyst on over $13 million in capital transactions across the west coast. Upon graduation, Jim will return to Central Valley Fund for full-time employment.

Jim grew up in Bountiful, Utah and graduated from Bountiful High. He enjoys all types of sports and outdoors activities, music, and traveling.

Legacy Student of the Year

Angie Thompson

Angie Thompson

Avid health enthusiast, musician and business owner, Angela Thompson is travel wannabe, single mother of three active children and a dedicated volunteer for various local non-profit organizations. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Angela was one of eleven children. At a young age, she learned the value of hard work by contributing to the family-owned bee business. Gifted with musical skills, she played the piano for the concert and chamber choirs at Salt Lake Community College where, in 2004, she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Music. She is now a member of the American Festival Chorus directed by Craig Jessop, former Mormon Tabernacle Choir Director.

After SLCC, Angela made a bold change and began studying accounting at USU where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.94 GPA and will graduate with her Masters of Accounting degree in 2014. Angela has worked for the State Auditor’s Office and with Tanner, a local CPA firm. She is an active officer of the student organization, the Financial Planning Association at USU, and has won national awards in competition with other schools. Angela’s abilities are not limited to her impressive skills in accounting; she was 4th grade spelling bee champion at the age of 9. She was also honored to publicly speak alongside the Governor of Utah and hopes to someday become a motivational speaker. She believes that it is not your challenges that define you, it is your response to them that make you who you are; so dream big.

Chad WilliamsUndergraduate Teaching Fellow of the Year

Chad Williams

Chad Williams graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in January 2014 and has begun graduate school majoring in Management Information Systems at the Huntsman School of Business. Chad is involved with many university organizations including being the treasurer for the Association of Information Systems and a project manager for the Business Intelligence Group. This year he received 3rd place for the Partners in Business Student Showcase. His project was for an online Park City based retail company to create a predictive model for identification of potential repeat customers. Chad is a finalist in the Association of Information Systems National Competition for a team project in the category of IT video. Chad attributes much of his academic success to passionate Huntsman School of Business professors and the strong support and encouragement from his wife.

Brooke SilerValedictorian

Brooke Siler

Brooke Siler graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Biochemistry in December 2013. She has served as the president of the Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership as well as the Chemistry Club and is a member of the Huntsman Scholars Program. Brooke participated in the Go Global study abroad program to Asia as well as a study abroad to Europe. Brooke has conducted research in the biochemistry department under the supervision of Dr. Joanie Hevel and has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for her efforts. Additionally, Brooke has also participated in the Koch Scholars program. Brooke grew up in North Logan, Utah, and graduated from Sky View High School in 2009. Brooke enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, and traveling. Her future plans include pursuing a career in the finance industry.