A. Kim Smith is the managing director of the Peery Institute of Financial Services and an associate teaching professor in the finance department. He came to the Marriott School in July 2007 after twenty-eight years with Goldman Sachs in New York City and Tokyo. Smith spent the bulk of his career at Goldman in fixed-income derivatives sales. He also headed campus recruiting for the fixed income, currency and commodities division from 1995 to 2000. In his last assignment, he headed firm-wide financial markets and products training for all Goldman’s professionals and key clients within Goldman Sachs University.
In 2008 Smith was awarded the prestigious Finance Society Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. He received his BA in economics and his MBA from BYU. Smith is married to the former Julie Elaine Brown, and they are parents of three daughters and one son. They currently reside in Provo, Utah.
Steven Thorley is the faculty director of the Peery Institute at the Marriott School and a professor of finance. He received his PhD in financial economics from the University of Washington and holds numerous awards for academic excellence, including the Marriott School Outstanding Faculty Award. Thorley publishes on financial market topics in various academic and practitioner journals. His academic research topics include delayed reaction to news, speculative bubbles, and investor overconfidence. His applied research focuses on portfolio constraints, performance attribution, and risk-based portfolio construction. Thorley’s research has been presented at academic and professional seminars around the world and cited in the Wall Street Journal and other financial periodicals.
Thorley is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and serves on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal. He teaches investments in the MBA program at the Marriott School and acts in a consulting capacity for Analytic Investors. He is a member of the investment committees for Intermountain Healthcare, Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators, and Brigham Young University.