Larry Gorman, Ph.D.

Eclectic background: I'm the son of professional gamblers, commercial fishermen, entrepreneurs, engineers, and teachers - and the associated environment in which 'risk' was promoted, not avoided. Given that, it's not a big surprise that I'm fascinated by finance and its focus on risk.

Beginning at age 16 I spent 9 seasons commercial fishing in Alaska's Bering Sea. I love the blue collar life, but currently I spend most of my professional time teaching finance worldwide - at universities, and for corporations.

I've taught Corporate Finance at Kellogg (where I earned my PhD), and International Finance at Wharton. I've taught MBAs and global executives at the Sasin School in Thailand for 15 summers, in Paris at the International School of Management, and in China at Northeastern University. I've been teaching at Cal Poly since 1997 and have been voted Teacher of the Year in the finance department for 12 consecutive years. I also oversee and conduct all finance training worldwide for Apple, and do in-house training for other Silicon Valley firms such as Cisco Systems.

I've published 15 academic articles across a variety of financial subjects, but my focus is typically on international investments, and measuring risk.

I also work in investment consulting; Since 2007 I've been part of a small team that guides the investment of Cal Poly's $200 million endowment.

I'm currently writing a book on Finance, due out in late 2015 - look for it on Amazon.

On the personal side, I compete in triathlons, love anything nautical (SCUBA, kayaking, fishing), and enjoy world-travel, touring by bicycle, cooking, live music, woodworking, and photography. This summer, I'll attempt to summit Mt. Rainier - generally considered the toughest climb in the continental US. I have two wonderful daughters, Anna and Mackenzie, both in college, and the world's greatest girlfriend, Collette.