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Amb. Prof. Dr. Geoffrey VanderPal

Finance Professor



VanderPal has over 20 years of financial industry experience helping people make more money and save more money through proper wealth management. Since 2002, VanderPal has been a successful entrepreneur in finance and fashion, including appointed as an Ambassador at Large and Economist for the Republic of Guinea. During the last 2 decades, VanderPal has served as a Securities Arbitrator with FINRA. VanderPal later sold his financial advisory firm after 10 years and later co-founded a fashion brand, Alexia Kay ®. He has been university faculty teaching finance and business courses worldwide since 2003, on Four continents and online.


  • Post-Doctorate of Management, Concentration: Global Leadership | Colorado Technical University | 2014
  • Doctorate of Business Administration in Finance (Honors) | Nova Southeastern University | 2006
  • Master of Business Administration | Webster University | 1997
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration | Columbia College
  • Finance, Marketing and Management
  • Certified Financial Planner® (CFP since 2001 )
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU since 2002)
  • Certified Treasury Professional (CTP since 2005)
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Level II Candidate

Areas of Expertise

  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Entrpereneurship
  • Global Leadership
  • Financial literacy
  • Portfolio Management
  • Accounting
  • International Business

Research & Publications

  • VanderPal, G., Spanner, M. (2018). Exploratory study of 3 Cases of Corporate Crisis and Stock Market Reaction. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. 15(3).
  • VanderPal, G. (2019). Exploring the Nexus Between Research and Development Expenditures and Corporate Financial Performance: A Sectoral Analysis. American Journal of Management19(4).
  • VanderPal, G. (2019). Understanding the Nexus of R&D Expenditures and Intangible Assets in Different Asset Types: A Quantile Regression Approach. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability14(6).
  • VanderPal, G. (2019). Nonlinear Effect of R&D Expenditures and Intangible Assets on Financial Performance: A Panel Threshold Analysis. Journal of Applied Business and Economics21(9).
  • VanderPal, G. (2019). How Intangible Assets Affect the Corporate Financial Performances and How It Varies from Sector – to – Sector?. Journal of Accounting and Finance19(8).

Global Engagements

  • 2017 – Present Ambassador at Large and Economist for the Republic of Guinea
  • 2006-2009 – Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic.
  • University engagements in Thailand, EU, Africa, and the US
  • Business engagements in Thailand, African and the US

Honors and Awards:

  • Teacher of the Year at Kaplan University in 2018.
  • FINRA Securities Arbitrator | 1998 – Present
  • Past President | Southern Nevada Financial Planning Association | 2004 & 2005
  • Treasurer & Elected Director | Amber Ridge HOA for 241 homes | 2006 – 2008
  • Diplomatic Appointment as Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic | 2006 – 2009
  • Paired Reviewer (2004) and Content Specialist (2008) | CFP Board of Standards
  • Village Trustee (elected) | Village of Cary, Cary, IL | 1995 – 1997: One of the youngest elected officials in Illinois history.