Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Lecturer of Finance

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70 C Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

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

  • Limited Partner, Serra Ventures, 2017 to present
  • Private Equity Investor, 2017 to present
  • Lecturer, Global Education & Training, University of Illinois, 2016 to present
  • Consultant, Build Equinox, 2013 to present
  • Lecturer, Department of Finance, University of Illinois, 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

  • Sam Walton Fellow, Enactus USA, 2016 to present

Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Small Business Acquisition

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Acquisition

Current Courses

  • BUS New Zealand: GAV (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.

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

  • Financial Management (FIN 520) Introduction to financial management and decision making. Course topics: financial statement analysis, time value of money, project analysis and investment criteria, discounted cash-flow analysis for investment decisions, capital budgeting and planning (short-term and long-term), working capital management, and risk management. The course target audience is assumed to be mid-level managers. Other corporate finance topics appropriate for the C-suite will be covered as time allows.

  • 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

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-2882

smithmk@illinois.edu

Website

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