Prior to joining Saddleback College, Professor Wilson had taught over 100 courses at other universities for over 16 years as an adjunct professor. At University of Phoenix, he was awarded 2012 Faculty of the Year and the 2016 Best in Accounting for the School of Business -- out of several hundred prospective faculty members. Philosophically, he believes that what you learn each week should be useful and practically applied – and, he strongly believes in having a little fun while learning! He holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Southern California in both Marketing and Accounting as well as a Masters of Business Administration, with a Finance emphasis, also from the University of Southern California. Professionally, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a major international food manufacturer where he directed all aspects of Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Treasury, Payroll, MIS and Legal. During that time, his staff ranged from 20 to 45 people, and he held the position of Secretary on the company’s Board of Directors.
During his career, he has been exposed to a variety of financial and I.T. issues which include: cash management, capacity planning, capital budgeting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial analysis, lease/buy decisions, risk management, and strategic planning/budgeting. Among his accomplishments were providing the key financial information necessary for building a $1.2 billion all new automotive assembly plant in Normal, Illinois as a joint venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motors – Diamond-Star Motors. As part of Chrysler’s Mergers and Acquisitions team, he played a key role in purchasing Electrospace Systems, Inc., a defense contractor, for $372 million. He evaluated, managed and developed new business programs including a $1.2 billion small corporate jet and a $5 billion DC-9 re-engining joint venture with Rolls-Royce, Airborne Express and Cammacorp. He personally interfaced with the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee who later became the Secretary of Defense. He has also performed international financial projects in Mexico, the U.K., France and Japan, prepared numerous internal business publications, and has been published in the Transportation Journal and The Journal of Finance. Canvas is used for all of Professor Wilson’s classes, and lecture agendas, helpful supplementary handouts, and some assignments will be posted there. Additionally, McGraw-Hill's Connect is also used submitting homework and for other student learning options.