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  • BFP students with Kristie Loescher


Professor Regina Wilson Hughes, Director

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance; Director, Business Foundations Program

  • MS, University of North Texas, 1982 
  • BA, Tarleton State University, 1975

Regina Hughes is currently the director of the Business Foundations Program, a certificate program for non-business majors, and the director of the new Halliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute. Since coming to UT in 1993, Ms. Hughes has taught a variety of finance and economics classes. During the academic year, she teaches the capstone finance class to undergraduate seniors. She is also an instructor in the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program offered through McCombs and IC2. She continues to be a valued member of the UT faculty winning teaching awards and receives high marks in teaching evaluations.

Ms. Hughes has taught classes in Money, Banking & Economic Conditions, Integrative Finance, Foundations of Finance, and Risk Management & Insurance here at UT. Outside the classroom, Ms. Hughes consults with private companies in the areas of economics and insurance, and she's provided consultation with various attorneys on areas of contract and insurance law. Prior to UT, Ms. Hughes taught micro and macro economics at other universities and colleges in Texas.

Ms. Hughes holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Economics from the University of North Texas. She has worked in various financial fields, held insurance licenses and served on professional review boards. She has served as a consultant to the US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas Department of Insurance and other private contractors. Her previous experience includes providing consulting services to non-standard insurance providers and adjusters across the State of Texas.

Ms. Hughes has participated in numerous professional development classes in case method teaching, teaching effectiveness and classroom management and ethical business practices. She participated in the Dean’s Spanish Language Program and teaches classes for UT in Monterrey, Mexico each fall. She has been an invited speaker to many school sponsored events and other civic groups. Regina Hughes is an experienced public speaker, instructor, and consultant.  

Dr. John A. Daly

Liddell Professor in the College of Communication; Texas Commerce Bancshares Professors in the McCombs School of Business; Professor of Pharmacy; University Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

  • PHD, Purdue University, 1977
  • MA, West Virginia University, 1974
  • BA, University of Maryland (honors), 1973

Dr. John Daly is the Liddell Professor in the College of Communication, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Texas Commerce Bancshares Professor of Management and a professor of pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics like interpersonal communication, organizational behavior, advocacy and persuasion. He's won 11 different teaching awards while at the University of Texas. He also instructs programs on advocacy, customer service, communication, teamwork, sales management, and leadership for the University's Executive Education and Executive MBA programs of the McCombs School of Business. He has published more than one hundred scholarly articles, and completed six academic books. He has served as president of the National Communication Association and on the board of directors of the International Communication Association and the International Customer Service Association. He is one of fewer than 50 scholars in the world who is a fellow of the International Communication Association. Fellows are recognized for their major scholarly contributions.

Dr. Daley has worked with over 300 public agencies and private organizations in consulting, training, and speaking roles. He's traveled to nations like the U.K., Germany, Austria, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Finland, Singapore, Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela. He's worked on customer service-related topics with Apple, Newell-Rubbermaid, ISS, Zachry, Marriott, Consolidated Edison, State Farm, Trammell Crow, 3M, Halliburton, La Quinta, Alcon, Dun and Bradstreet, The Boston Financial Group, and Continental Airlines, among others.

In the governmental arena, Dr. Daly has worked with the White House (Executive Office of the President) designing and implementing a major customer service initiative as well as with numerous federal, state, and local government units throughout the United States.

Dr. Linda V. Gerber

Associate Director Center for Customer Insight; Sr. Lecturer, Department of Marketing

  • PHD, University of Texas at Austin, 1983 
  • BBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1973 

A proud Longhorn, Dr. Linda Gerber received her B.B.A. and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served on the marketing faculty at the University of Missouri and American University in Washington, D.C. From 1985 through 1989 she was director of the graduate business programs for Boston University’s Overseas Programs, based in Germany. She returned to the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the faculty in 1990, where, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as director of academic programs for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) from 1990 through 1999. With CIBER she created programs to enhance the global business education. She developed language programs for business students, supervised all international exchange and scholarship programs in the College of Business, and initiated curricular programs related to international business. Her international teaching experience includes temporary positions with ESC, Paris, ESADE in Barcelona, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Steinbeis Institute in Stuttgart and Berlin. She has conducted grant review work for the U.S. Department of Education and numerous colleges and university grant programs and has authored and co-authored publications and book chapters on international business education.

Currently, Dr. Gerber teaches courses in marketing and in international business here at the McCombs School of Business. Dr. Gerber regularly teaches a course on international trade and investment. The course introduces students to the workings of the global economy. She also teaches advanced marketing management in the College of Engineering’s Master of Engineering Management program. She's taught courses in International Business Operations, Marketing Research, Promotional Policies, Sales Management, Consumer Behavior and Marketing Management. Dr. Gerber also serves as director of the International Business program in the McCombs School of Business.

Dr. Kristie Loescher

Sr. Lecturer, Department of Management

  • DBA, Nova Southeastern University, 2004 
  • MS, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1986 
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1983 

Dr. Loescher is a senior lecturer in the Management Department of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches management, leadership, human resources, and business communications. She received her doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in human resources management. Prior to her career in academia, she earned an MPH from the University of Michigan and worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research. Her academic publications focus on ethical education, organizational ethics, change management, and diversity management. Dr. Loescher is also a co-author of the book, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed, published by Kendall Hunt in 2007 with a second edition published in 2010.

Dr. JJ Riekenberg

Lecturer, Department of Management

  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • BS - RTF, The University of Texas at Austin, 1974

Dr. Riekenberg is a lecturer in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. During the long semesters, she teaches BA 324 – Business Communications – to BBA students. She also serves as the faculty advisor the Texas Business Foundations program. For TBFSI, she teaches management and professional development.

A communications undergraduate major, Dr. Riekenberg worked in public television for 10 years. Then, along with her spouse, she owned and managed a film and video production company for 14 years. She and three other UT Austin “biz-com” instructors are the editors of the second edition of their textbook, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed. She holds a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education/Higher Education Track and completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Learning, Cognition, Motivation, & Instruction). Her interests include teachers and teaching effectiveness in higher education, and working with students to develop their communication skills.  Her students selected her for the Fall 2009 McCombs Faculty Honor Roll, the Spring 2010 semester Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for teaching, and the Spring 2013 McCombs Faculty Honor Roll.

Professor David Verduzco

Lecturer, Department of Accounting

  • MPA, University of Texas at Austin, 1993 
  • BBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1992

David Verduzco is a lecturer in the accounting department at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches financial and managerial accounting courses. He is also actively engaged in several student organizations and activities. While at UT, David was awarded the Texas Excellence Teaching Award for the McCombs School of Business. Prior to joining the faculty at UT, David worked at in various capacities for Dell Computer Corporation including positions in tax, marketing, internal audit and finance. He also worked at the Xerox Corporation and held positions in sales operations and pricing.

Dr. Stephen M. Walls

Sr. Lecturer, Department of Marketing

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • MBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1996 
  • BBA, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1992 

Stephen Walls is a senior lecturer in the marketing department at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses on Marketing Principles, Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Customer Insights & Experiences within the Undergraduate, MBA, and Evening MBA business programs. He also co-teaches the Advanced Marketing Management course with Prof. Linda Gerber in the Engineering Management Masters Program at UT.

He's received several teaching awards since joining the McCombs faculty in 2002, and continues to consult with businesses in a variety of industries. He brings together practical, corporate lessons with established and emerging marketing strategy concepts and theories. Stephen’s diverse industry experience includes marketing, human resources, and technology management positions at Dell, Vignette,, American Airlines, and Wal-Mart.

Stephen completed the University of Texas’ Educational Psychology Ph.D. program in 2009, and specialized in the Learning, Cognition, & Motivation area. His research interests have included faculty development, cooperative learning effects, student motivation, inter-professional education, and various aspects of education public policy.

Stephen serves as the co-director of the McCombs Future Executive Academy, which offers high school students from around Texas the opportunity to experience UT’s business curriculum and campus life. He also serves as the advisor for the GBSA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, & Ally Business Student Association).

Professor William J. Way

Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Finance

  • MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989 
  • BA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980

William Way is a lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the department of finance at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches Corporate Finance. Prior to joining UT faculty in 2004, he held teaching positions at Austin Community College, Southwestern University, and St. Edward’s University. In additional to his academic background, he has over 30 years of experience in the corporate sector, and currently serves as the chairman and CFO of Vista-Scape, Inc., a landscape contracting and service company.

Professor Way is licensed as a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner. He holds the designations of accredited asset management specialist, chartered retirement planning counselor, and chartered mutual fund counselor.

Professor Way was the Finance Department nominee for the Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2009. He was recognized as a member of the McCombs School Faculty Honor Roll in 2006 & 2007 and received the Outstanding Adjunct Award from St. Edwards University Graduate Programs in 2000.

Professor Way was voted the Favorite Faculty Member of the McCombs School of Business Class of 2009. In 2011, he was recognized by Delta Sigma Pi, an academic fraternity, for his outstanding service and contribution to The University of Texas.

Professor Mary Lou Polosky

Lecturer, Department of Finance

  • MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1988 
  • BA, Texas A&M University, 1983

Mary Lou Poloskey is a lecturer in the Finance department at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches the introductory corporate finance course as well as a senior elective in financial analysis. She began teaching at UT in 1990, and has taught in both the Accounting and Finance departments. Prior to teaching, she worked for Arthur Anderson, Trammell Crow Company, and Hewlett Packard in accounting and financial positions. She is a certified public accountant.

Professor Poloskey has worked with many student organizations, including serving as judge for University Securities Investment Team Stock Pitch Competition and as part of the Women in Business Professional Panel. She has received teaching accolades including Sigma Delta Tau Outstanding Professor Recognition, Teaching Excellence Award by the Hispanic Business Student Association, and a Teacher Appreciation Award from the Orange Jackets. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Poloskey has reviewed and created supplementary materials to accompany Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Parrino and Kidwell, 2nd edition.