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Faculty & Staff

 D. Brian Blank, Ph.D.

Education

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

BIO

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.

Recent Presentations

2018
  • "Worth the Fight? The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation", European Conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 2018.
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Corporate Policies and Performance", European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy, 2018.
  • "Worth the Fight? The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation", European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy, 2018.
  • "Structural Changes in the U.S. Mortgage Market", American Real Estate Society Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL, 2018.
  • "Operating Leverage, Credit Ratings and the Cost of Debt", MMM Finance Conference, Oxford, MS, 2018.
2017
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Corporate Policies and Performance", 2017 Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Key West, FL, 2017.
  • "Operating Leverage, Credit Ratings and the Cost of Debt", Miami University Seminar Series, Oxford, OH, 2017.
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", 2017 Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2017.
2016
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", Cleveland State University Seminar Series, Cleveland, OH, 2016.
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", Miami Univeristy Seminar Series, Oxford, OH, 2016.
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", Mississippi State University Seminar Series, Starkville, MS, 2016.
  • "Horse Race or Heir Apparent: The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation", Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
  • "Insider Herding", Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", Financial Management Association Consortium, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
  • "Operating Leverage and Credit Ratings", American Accounting Association Ohio Region Meeting, Cleveland, OH, 2016.
  • "Horse Race or Heir Apparent: The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation", Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2016.
  • "Operating Leverage and Credit Ratings", Warren Neal Corporate Governance Center, Knoxville, TN, 2016.
  • "Insider Herding", Washington State University Seminar Series, Pullman, WA, 2016.
2015
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", Samford University Seminar Series, Birmingham, AL, 2015.
  • "Horse Race or Heir Apparent: The Role of Internal Competition on New CEOs’ Compensation", University of Tennessee Seminar Series, Knoxville, TN, 2015.
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns", Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2015.
  • "Do Political Contributions Impact Shareholder Wealth? Evidence from State Campaign Finance Reforms", University of Alabama Seminar Series, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2015.
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns", Mississippi State University Seminar Series, Starkville, MS, 2015.
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns", University of Kentucky & University of Tennessee Jim and Jack Finance Conference, Knoxville, TN, 2015.
  • "Exempt Solicitation Campaigns", Warren Neal Corporate Governance Center, Knoxville, TN, 2015.
2014
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Firm Strategy", Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2014.
  • "When CEOs Adapt: How Managerial Recession Experience Impacts Firm Strategy", Warren Neal Corporate Governance Center, Knoxville, TN, 2014.