May 2014 Speakers

MBA and MS Ceremonies Speaker: Dean Alex Triantis

Alex Triantis

Alex Triantis is dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Triantis joined the Smith School in 1995, first as a visiting associate professor, then an associate professor of finance, professor of finance, chair of the finance department and co-founder of the Center for Financial Policy, and now as the eighth dean of the Smith School of Business. Smith is a highly ranked business school with multiple undergraduate, MBA and EMBA rankings in the top 25 of various publications. Smith faculty are consistently ranked in the top 15 by both the Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek, and the University of Texas-Dallas ranking of research productivity.

As a highly regarded expert in the area of financial strategy and corporate finance and valuation, Triantis has published numerous articles in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Management Science, and the Review of Financial Studies, and in practitioner journals such as RISK, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. His research has been featured in Businessweek, CFO magazine, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other periodicals. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and as a Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management. He has also served as editor of Financial Management (1999-2005) and associate editor of Management Science.
Triantis has consulted and provided executive training in the areas of corporate finance and valuation, including issues related to capital investment decision making, financing strategies, risk management, real options analysis, derivatives pricing, and project finance. Clients have included multinational corporations and organizations such as Airbus Industrie, BHP Billiton, CSX, DuPont, Ernst & Young, Hyatt, Jefferies and Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Morgan Stanley, Northrop Grumman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and the World Bank. He is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences and executive forums. He has received numerous awards and citations for teaching excellence, including being a two-time recipient of Smith School’s top award (Krowe Award), and being named by Bloomberg Businessweek as an Outstanding Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland.

Triantis received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1988. Prior to joining University of Maryland’s faculty in 1996, he was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an assistant and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin. He served as chair of the Smith School’s finance department from 2006 to 2011.

Undergraduate and PhD Ceremonies Speaker: Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards is the CEO & Co-Managing Partner of Marathon Asset Management, and is responsible for general oversight of Marathon's capital across its funds and managed accounts. Mr. Richards leads the Executive Committee, and he is also a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Richards' day-to-day presence is critical in maximizing Marathon's synergies and leveraging the intellectual capital throughout Marathon. Prior to founding Marathon, Mr. Richards worked on Wall Street for 15 years, including 10 years as a Managing Director in the fixed income divisions of Smith Barney and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he was head of a trading desk responsible for principal investments and market making. Mr. Richards also worked at Shearson Lehman Hutton ('Lehman Brothers') as a trader in their Fixed Income Division, after starting his career with Paine Webber. Mr.Richards received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Tulane University (1982) and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.