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Executive Director

Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship

John Paglia

About John K. Paglia, PhD, CPA, CFA

As Executive Director of the Dan and Coco Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Paglia leads entrepreneurial education, business incubation, and venture funding initiatives to help student entrepreneurs launch and accelerate their business ventures. He is also a Professor of Finance at the Graziadio School, having taught MBA-level finance courses for over 15 years.

Research Initiatives

Dr. Paglia founded and directed the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, which endeavors to assess the true cost of private capital for small to middle market businesses. For his groundbreaking research and authorship in this area, he has been recognized and awarded by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Alliance for Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors and Grant Thornton and the Association for Corporate Growth. His other research addresses private company discounts for lack of marketability, the private cost of capital model, effects of private equity and venture capital on sales and employment growth, and financing choices for privately-held companies.

Dr. Paglia's research has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, USA Today, Businessweek, TIME, Bloomberg, Reuters, Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, MSNBC, ABC News, Huffington Post, Crain's New York, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Thought Leadership and Other Contributions

Dr. Paglia has performed business valuations for privately-held companies, advised on M&A transactions, and testified on economic damage and valuation matters. He is also an independent outside director and audit committee chair for Simulations Plus (NASDAQ: SLP) and advisor to several startup companies. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of small business financing, business valuation, and financing and deal trends, and designed/led the Pepperdine Graziadio Executive Education Certificate in Private Capital Markets. His work has been published in a number of journals.

For more information on John Paglia, including his education and his published works, see Dr. Paglia's faculty profile.