Hong Kong Faculty
Kristina Zvinakis is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at the McCombs School of Business. Zvinakis earned her B.S. in Accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her PhD in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research projects include topics like the assessment of late-filing firms when it comes to accelerated 10-K filing deadlines, and the role of taxes in corporate restructurings. Zvinakis won the Outstanding Accounting Faculty Award from the Master in Professional Accounting Council in 2009. She has participated in the international programs for the last five summers and enjoyed them immensely. The opportunity to live and learn in another country is one that she highly recommends all students to experience.
Brian Lendecky, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting. He joined the department in 2006, and teaches Financial Accounting, Cost and Managerial Accounting, and the Tax Practicum course. The Tax Practicum course won a 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Award and a 2011 Tower Award. Brian also teaches Financial and Managerial Accounting courses in the McCombs Executive Education program, the Mexico City and Dallas / Ft. Worth MBA programs, the ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris, the VSE School of Economics in Prague, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Brian started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has managed accounting departments in the food manufacturing, energy, and medical supplies manufacturing industries.
Brian has received numerous teaching awards including the 2010 CBA Foundation Advisory Council Award for Teaching Innovation and the MPA Council’s 2011 Outstanding Accounting Faculty Award. He was nominated by the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Senate of College Councils and the Undergraduate Business Council for the Professor of the Year Award for 2009. Brian is also the McCombs Faculty Advisor for the PriceWaterhouseCoopers xACT and xTAX case competitions and our McCombs team has been a national finalist in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.
Brian is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas and is a proud alumnus of the McCombs School’s MPA program. Brian and his wife Stephanie stay busy chasing around the four boys in their house. In his spare time Brian is an avid sports fan and poker player. He has played in the World Series of Poker three times and has made a World Poker Tour final table.