Brian Blank PhD

 Brian Blank PhD

Title:

  • Assistant Professor of Finance

Contacts:

dblank@business.msstate.edu
Office: (662) 325-5910
312F

Overview

Summary:

Dr. Blank is an assistant professor of finance. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, where he developed expertise researching corporate finance and governance. His dissertation focused on corporate political contributions. He has received invitations to present his research at conferences such as the Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, Southern Finance Association, European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, and the American Real Estate Society Annual Meetings. Dr. Blank also received the 2016 American Accounting Association Ohio Region Meeting Andrews Best Paper Award. Dr. Blank received his undergraduate education at the University of Alabama, where he also received Masters of Science degrees in Finance and Applied Statistics. Afterwards, which he began his career as a Consultant with Accounting, Economics & Appraisal Group, where he provided assistance to companies facing critical challenges including fraud, bankruptcy and litigation. His projects included advising a financial institution victim to a $500 million ponzi scheme; consulting for one of the ten largest United States-based financial institutions; performing due diligence for an international healthcare acquisition; and valuing a business interrupted by the costliest disaster in the history of the United States.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Finance, University of Tennessee, 2016
  • B.S.B.A., Mathematics & Finance, University of Alabama, 2010
  • M.S., Applied Statistics, University of Alabama, 2010
  • M.S., Finance, University of Alabama, 2010

Research interests:

Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Executive Incentives, Chief Executive Officers, Firm Political Engagement

Biography

Dr. Blank is an assistant professor of finance. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, where he developed expertise researching corporate finance and governance. His dissertation focused on corporate political contributions. He has received invitations to present his research at conferences such as the Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, Southern Finance Association, European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, and the American Real Estate Society Annual Meetings. Dr. Blank also received the 2016 American Accounting Association Ohio Region Meeting Andrews Best Paper Award. Dr. Blank received his undergraduate education at the University of Alabama, where he also received Masters of Science degrees in Finance and Applied Statistics. Afterwards, which he began his career as a Consultant with Accounting, Economics & Appraisal Group, where he provided assistance to companies facing critical challenges including fraud, bankruptcy and litigation. His projects included advising a financial institution victim to a $500 million ponzi scheme; consulting for one of the ten largest United States-based financial institutions; performing due diligence for an international healthcare acquisition; and valuing a business interrupted by the costliest disaster in the history of the United States.

Presentations

Oral Presentation

  • "Horse Race or Heir Apparent: The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation." Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Financial Management Association, Las Vegas, NV. 2016
  • "Insider Herding." Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Financial Management Association, Las Vegas, NV. 2016
  • "Operating Leverage and Credit Ratings." American Accounting Association Ohio Region Meeting, American Accounting Association , Cleveland, OH. 2016
  • "Horse Race or Heir Apparent: The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation." Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Eastern Finance Association, Baltimore, MD. 2016
  • "Operating Leverage and Credit Ratings." Warren Neal Corporate Governance Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 2016
  • "Insider Herding." Washington State University Seminar Series, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 2016
  • "Horse Race or Heir Apparent: The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation." University of Tennessee Seminar Series, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 2015
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns." Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Financial Management Association, Orlando, FL. 2015
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns." Mississippi State University Seminar Series, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. 2015
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns." University of Kentucky & University of Tennessee Jim and Jack Finance Conference, University of Tennessee and University of Kentucky, Knoxville, TN. 2015
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns." Warren Neal Corporate Governance Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 2015
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Firm Strategy." Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Financial Management Association, Nashville, TN. 2014
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Firm Strategy." Warren Neal Corporate Governance Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 2014

Paper

  • "Implications of Changing U.S. Mortgage Market and Agency Securitization: Evidence from GNMA Lending." American Real Estate Society Annual Meeting, American Real Estate Society, Scottsdale, Arizona. 2019
  • "Insider Trading Regulation and Innovation." Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Southern Finance Association, Asheville, NC. 2018
  • "Operating Leverage, Credit Ratings and the Cost of Debt." Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Southern Finance Association, Asheville, NC. 2018
  • "Worth the Fight? The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation." Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Southern Finance Association, Asheville, NC. 2018
  • "Worth the Fight? The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation." European Conference, Financial Management Association , Kristiansand, Norway. 2018
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Corporate Policies and Performance." European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, European Financial Management Association, Milan, Italy. 2018
  • "Worth the Fight? The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation." European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, European Financial Management Association, Milan, Italy. 2018
  • "Structural Changes in the U.S. Mortgage Market." American Real Estate Society Annual Meeting, American Real Estate Society, Bonita Springs, FL. 2018
  • "Operating Leverage, Credit Ratings and the Cost of Debt." MMM Finance Conference, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS. 2018
  • "Operating Leverage, Credit Ratings and the Cost of Debt." Miami University Seminar Series, Miami University, Oxford, OH. 2017
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Corporate Policies and Performance." Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Southern Finance Association, Key West, FL. 2017
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Financial Management Association, Boston, MA. 2017
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." Cleveland State University Seminar Series, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH. 2016
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." Miami Univeristy Seminar Series, Miami Univeristy, Oxford, OH. 2016
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." Mississippi State University Seminar Series, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. 2016
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." Financial Management Association Consortium, Financial Management Association, Las Vegas, NV. 2016
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." Samford University Seminar Series, Samford University, Birmingham, AL. 2015
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms." University of Alabama Seminar Series, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. 2015

MSU Synergy Areas

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