Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Senior Lecturer of Finance

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70 C Wohlers Hall

1206 S Sixth St

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-2882

smithmk@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • MBA, Entrepreneurship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
  • Ph.D., Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Positions Held

  • Senior Lecturer, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022 to present
  • Limited Partner, Serra Ventures, 2017 to present
  • Private Equity Investor, 2017 to present
  • Lecturer, Global Education & Training, University of Illinois, 2016-2018
  • Lecturer, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2022
  • Consultant, Build Equinox, 2013 to present
  • Administrative Director, Illinois Intel Parallelism Center, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2011-2013
  • Executive Director, Universal Parallel Computing Research Center, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2008-2011
  • Managing Director, Gelato Federation, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2002-2008
  • Director of Product Marketing and Sales, SourceGear Corporation, 1998-2001
  • Director of Operations and Non-technical Founder, Geomagic, Inc., 1996-1998

Honors and Awards

  • FIN380/580 Entrepreneurship through Acquisition: Teachers Ranked As Excellent, Department of Finance, 2023-2023
  • FIN581 MSF Professional Development: Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Department of Finance, 2022-2022, 2023-2023
  • FIN321 Advanced Corporate Finance: Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Department of Finance, 2022-2022
  • FIN490/580 Entrepreneurship through Acquisition: Teachers Ranked As Excellent, Department of Finance, 2019-2019, 2020-2020, 2021-2021, 2022-2022
  • FIN300 Financial Markets: Teachers Ranked As Excellent, Department of Finance, 2020-2020, 2021-2021

Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Small Business Acquisition

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Acquisition

Current Courses

  • Tech Entrpshp Cape Town (BUS 199)

  • Tech Entrpshp Abroad (BUS 199)

  • Financial Markets (FIN 300) Theory and applications associated with the functioning of financial markets to include the conceptual foundations of portfolio theory, risk management, and asset valuation. The stock, money, bond, mortgage, and futures and options markets are examined.

  • Advanced Corporate Finance (FIN 321) Theories of firms' investment and financing decisions are covered. Topics include dividend policy, capital budgeting, capital structure, bankruptcy, long- term debt and leasing decisions.

  • Entrepreneurship Thru Acquistn (FIN 380) Focuses on the process involved in Entrepreneurship through Acquisition, i.e., acquiring and growing an existing small business. The course will be combination of lectures and presentations by invited speakers, including research professionals, bankers, accountants, and attorneys specializing in small company deals, business brokers, PE and VC professionals, and entrepreneurs who have bought a small business or are in the process of buying a small business.

  • Entrepreneurship Thru Acquistn (FIN 490) Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites.

  • Corporate Finance (FIN 580) Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites.

  • Entrepreneurship Thru Acquistn (FIN 580) Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites.

  • Professional Development (FIN 581) Effective communication skills are one of the most sought-after traits of business leaders across industries and throughout the world. Understanding the world around you, as well as communicating clearly and persuasively is critical to your success as a student, as an employee and as a leader in the business world. These skills will help establish your own credibility and lead you to become an effective leader among your peers and colleagues. This course will introduce successful strategies for structuring both written and verbal communication in the business world, with an eye toward the specific outcomes listed below.

Contact

70 C Wohlers Hall

1206 S Sixth St

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-2882

smithmk@illinois.edu

Website

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