Dr. Brian 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 published his research in journals like the Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Financial Research, in addition to receiving invitations to present his research at conferences such as annual meetings of the Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, Southern Finance Association, European Financial Management Association, and the American Real Estate Society. His research has been covered by several media outlets, including Reuters, Forbes, the New York Times, US News Money, and the American Institute for Economic Research, among others. 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 Master of Science degrees in Finance and Applied Statistics. Afterwards, which he began his career as a Consultant with Accounting, Economics & Appraisal Group, where he aided 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.
The authors' findings affirm prior work illustrating the importance of profitability, size, liquidity, momentum and market returns, although we observe minimal evidence of the importance of investment in capital expenditures.