Meet Finance Professor David Offenberg
David Offenberg is a finance professor at LMU’s College of Business Administration who specializes in corporate finance. He joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses, including “Fundamentals of Finance” and “Entertainment Finance.”
According to David, it’s the students that make working at LMU so great. “They’re really nice and laugh generously at my really bad jokes,” he says. All kidding aside, David is committed to helping students get involved in all the resources and activities that are available to them, such as the Finance Society.
As part of this effort, David recently spearheaded the launch of the LMU Accounting & Finance Exchange (AFX) as a way to expose students to the breadth of career paths and job opportunities. He’s already lined up several guest speakers and events, created a freshman mentoring program, and will launch a larger mentoring program soon. There are also plans for a new podcast about financial innovation, aimed at finance students of any age.
“I wanted to do a better job of coordinating efforts between students, alumni, faculty and employers,” said David. “So far, employers are thrilled, students are seeing more opportunities, and alumni are enthusiastic about getting more involved in helping our students.”
Originally from Phoenix, David earned his Ph.D. in finance and B.S. in industrial management from Purdue University. His best-known research explains how acquirers choose between mergers and tender offers. He founded the annual California Corporate Finance Conference (hosted by LMU), which brings together untenured finance faculty from across Southern California. Prior to joining LMU, David was a 401(k) research analyst for Watson Wyatt and Co.
When away from work, David enjoys spending time with his pregnant wife and 17-month-old daughter, Leila. He surfs three days a week and hikes as much as possible in order to sustain his love of chocolate.
Looking back on his career thus far, David is most proud of where his students have ended up in their lives and careers.
“It’s rewarding to know that many of my former students have gone on to make great choices and have positive impacts on society.”