To ensure each student can personally develop each semester, Marshall faculty attend every weekly meeting to provide comments on student's presentations and provide guidance on a student's progress. Additionally, each faculty member is assigned to a competing team to advise them before and during the competition.
Julia Plotts specializes in financial analysis and valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Professor Plotts has been teaching corporate finance and financial analysis and valuation in the EMBA, GEMBA, MBA.PM, IBEAR, and undergraduate programs since 2002. She has received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence eight times and the Evan C. Thompson Teaching & Learning Innovation Award for Teaching (2011) and Mentoring (2012) and the Dean’s Award for Community (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Plotts worked within the investment-banking group of Banc of America Securities LLC, where she was involved in the execution of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyout/recapitalization and capital raising via private/public offerings of equity and debt. She has consulted on shareholder value and corporate strategy for a variety of firms.
Michael Coombs specializes in strategic management, individual and organizational development, globalization, and negotiation. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of America and of the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including ARCO Transportation Company and The Aerospace Corporation.
Clark Hansen, M.A., has been teaching Business Communications at Marshall since 2008. An award-winning marketing communications professional, Professor Hansen's previous writing, editing, and business experience includes ten years as Art Director for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel quarterly publication Verdict, and 14 years as Director of Communications at Pasadena Polytechnic School. He holds an M.A. in comparative literature from New York University and is the translator of The Empire's Old Clothes (Pantheon) by Ariel Dorfman of Chile and Cuzcatlan, Where the Southern Sea Beats (Aventura/Vintage) by Manlio Argueta of El Salvador.
Maria Colman is the owner and founder of handmadeMaria®. The original business plan was part of her MBA at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Maria has over 30 years of experience in retail marketing, accounting management, direct sales, and education. Before joining USC, Maria taught at California State University, Los Angeles; Moorpark College; and Antelope Valley College. She brings her diverse business background, enthusiasm, and tangible experience to her classes. Her up-cycled products and handmade art pieces are sold at brick and mortar and online stores.