Suzanne Gradisher, J.D.

Suzanne Gradisher, J.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Department of Finance
Office: CBA 227
Phone: (330) 972-6330
Email: smg16@uakron.edu

Education

  • Juris Doctor, School of Law, University of Akron, (May, 2004)
  • Master of Tax, University of Akron, May 2004 (Beta Gamma Sigma)
  • MBA (Concentration-Finance), Kent State University, (1990)
  • BS, Business Administration - Accounting, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Cum Laude, (1989)
  • Certified Public Accountant - passed all four parts of exam in one sitting (licensed/not practicing)

Professional & Academic Experience

Teaching Experience

  • University of Akron, Department of Finance, Akron, OH
    Assistant Professor of Business Law (1/10 - Present)
    • Undergraduate: Legal Environment, Business Law II, Taxation for Financial Planners, Personal Finance
    • Graduate: Government and Business
    • Director of Certified Financial Planning Program (6/2011 – present)
    • Financial Planning Association, Student Chapter, Advisor (6/2011 – present)
    • Responsible for all insurance pre-licensing administration (6/2011 – 8/2014

  • University of Akron, School of Accountancy, Akron, OH
    FT Instructor / GA, Department of Accounting (8/02–12/09)
    • Undergraduate: Financial and Managerial Accounting, Tax I and II, Tax for FP
    • Graduate: Tax I and II, Survey of Taxation
    • Tutor students in Accounting (Financial, Managerial, Cost and Tax)
    • Organize annual Tax Conference and Symposium on Information Systems Risk, Security & Assurance

Professional Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Amer Cunningham Co., LPA, Akron, OH (11/04 – present)
    • Currently responsible for Guardianships, Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning and Taxation matters; Ohio sales tax audits and Ohio unclaimed fund audits
  • Director of Inventory Accounting, USA Discounters, Virginia Beach, VA (7/00 - 11/00)
    • Managed all inventory accounting and loss control efforts for four stores and two warehouses and developed managerial reports to help management in decision making.
    • Negotiated contract with third-party provider of fulfillment
    • Worked closely with sales and account management team to resolve potential partner concerns
    • Developed success measures for marketing, fulfillment, customer service, inventory control, and merchandising
  • Director, Supply Chain Management, eOutlets.com, Baltimore, MD (2/00-4/00)
    • Negotiated contract with third-party provider of fulfillment
    • Worked closely with sales and account management team to resolve potential partner concerns
    • Developed success measures for marketing, fulfillment, customer service, inventory control, and merchandising
  • Director, Inventory Control, Kmart Corporation, Troy, MI (9/99 - 2/00)
    • Responsible for all aspects of inventory control/shrinkage for 2,159 stores and 18 distribution centers including analyzing, reconciling and reporting inventory activity
    • Identification and communication of major WMS system, financial and operational control weaknesses
  • Borders Group Inc., Ann Arbor, MI (BGI) (5/95 - 9/99)
    Associate Director, Inventory Control Stores and Receipt of Goods (BGI 12/97 - 9/99)
    • Responsible for all aspects of inventory control for 900 mall based stores and 750 seasonal kiosks locations including analyzing, reconciling and reporting all inventory activity
    • Identified, communicated and implemented control improvements that contributed to reduction of store shrinkage percentage by 35 basis points
    • Assisted in acquisition of toy-based retail kiosk operation
    • Enhanced controls and implemented procedures to recover freight shortages, carrier damages and insurance claims
    • Developed and implemented a Receipt of Goods department for Border stores
    • Hired, trained and developed staff
  • Manager, Inventory Control-Distribution Centers (BGI 11/95 - 12/97)
    • Developed and implemented new returns process by utilizing third party warehouse, resulting in elimination of loss exposure, expanded management reporting, decreased in-transit and increased cash flow
    • Hired, trained and developed staff
    • Responsible for all aspects of Inventory control for six distribution/returns processing facilities
    • Participated in creating and implementing new fulfillment center for e-commerce division
    • Created field reporting for field management to enabled better retail training and supervision
    • Developed a strong partnership across all Home Office, Warehouse Management and Field divisions
    • Implemented conversion of new warehouse management system and training of operations personnel resulting in significant fill rate improvement
  • Senior Inventory Control Analyst (BGI 5/95 - 11/95)
    • Coordinated move of Waldenbooks Inventory control function from CT to MI
  • Manager, Inventory Control-Sally Beauty Company, Denton, TX (9/93 - 1/95
    • Responsible for all aspects of inventory control for 1,300 retail units and five distribution centers including all physical inventory scheduling, reconciliation, planning and reporting
    • Educated field and corporate personnel on inventory management
    • Coordinated all communication between inventory service and field personnel
    • Worked with Loss Prevention, Internal Audit and Store Operations on store programs to assist in the reduction of store and distribution financial shrinkage
  • Revco D.S., Twinsburg, OH (1/91 – 9/94)
    • Loss Prevention Controller - (8/93 - 9/94)
      • Responsible for all loss prevention for 40 retail units
      • Investigated and resolved large inventory or monetary losses
      • Trained employees and field personnel in inventory shrinkage control
    • Internal Auditor (Associate through Senior), (1/91 - 8/93)
      • Audited all operational functions involving the movement of inventory and monetary funds
      • Analyzed corporate and store inventory reconciliation and inventory procedures
      • Developed and implemented a Store Manager training program
      • Provided guidance and training of Associate Auditors

Service

  • Assisted in implementing the Financial Planning Association Student Chapter as well as serve as faculty advisor/mentor since 2011 to present.
  • Coordinator/Advisor of the Financial Planning Challenge Team Competition.
    • 2014 FPA Challenge: The University of Akron Team placed: First – overall; first in phase one – written; first in phase two – case presentation; second in phase three – how do you know knowledge competition.
    • 2015 FPA Challenge: The University of Akron Team placed: second – overall; first in phase one – written; second in phase two – case presentation; first in phase three – how do you know knowledge competition.
  • Coordinator of the following student trips:
    • Schwab Impact, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • FPA National Conference, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • TD Ameritrade Conference, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • Dayton RISE Student Investment Conference, 2013
  • Coordinator of Annual “Financial Planning Day: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Serve as the Certified Financial Planning Program Director: 2011 – present.
  • Served as the Ohio Insurance Administrator: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Teaching Interests

  • Tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Accounting

Research Interests

  • Tax
  • Estate Planning

Research

Publications

  • Finefrock, C., Gradisher, S., Nitz, C. “Long-Term Care Insurance: Comparisons for Determining the Best Options for Clients.” Journal of Financial Planning, February 2015.
  • Balasubramnian, B., Brisker, E., Gradisher S. “Financial Advisor Background Checks.”, Financial Services Review 23 (2014) 305-324.
  • Gradisher, S and Mullaney, S. “Plaintiff’s Claim Against a Probate Estate – Potential Pitfalls.”, Probate Law Journal of Ohio. March/April 2014. Vol. 24, Issue 4.
  • Finefrock, C., Doll, A., Gradisher, S. “Deferred Income Annuities: Reducing Longevity Risk in Retirement Planning.”, Journal of Financial Services Professional. July 2013.
  • Gradisher, S., Kennedy, D. and Redle, D. “Divorce and life Insurance Proceeds: Be Aware of the Law.”, Journal of Financial Planning. December 2012.
  • Apple, J., Calderon, T and Gradisher, S. “Enhancing Functional and Other Competencies through Role-playing in an Entity Tax Course.”, Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Inovations, Volume 13, 237-275.
  • Frank, G., Ofobike, E. and Gradisher, S. “Teaching Business Ethics: A Quandary for Accounting Professors.”, Journal of Education for Business, 85: 132-138, 2010.
  • Gradisher, S. and Kormanic, S. R. Esq. “Other Next of Kin” and “Interested Parties” in Wrongful Death Settlements, Probate Law Journal of Ohio. July/August 2010. Vol. 20, No. 6.

Refereed Presentations

  • Gradisher, S., Matejkovic, J. “Ohio Probate Records: Public or Private.” Presented at the Tri- State (ALSB) Annual Conference 2014.
  • Balasubramnian, B., Brisker, E., Gradisher, S, “Financial Advisors and Financial Capability” Presented October 2013, FMA, Chicago, IL.
  • Gradisher, S and Mullaney, S. “Plaintiff’s Claim Against a Probate Estate – Potential Pitfalls.” Presented at the Tri-State (ALSB) Annual Conference 2013.
  • Gradisher, S., Kennedy, D. and Redle, D. “Divorce and life Insurance Proceeds: Be Aware of the Law. Presented at the Tri-State (ALSB) Annual Conference 2012.
  • Redle, D., Matejkovic J. and Gradisher, S. “Analyzing the Ramifications of the Ohio Supreme Court Case of Comer v. Risko. ALSB Annual Conference 2011.
  • Frank, G., Ofobike, E. and Gradisher, S. “Teaching Business Ethics: A Quandary for Accounting Professors.” Ohio AAA Meeting, Columbus, OH, May 10 to 12, 2008.

Pedagogical Material Developed

  • Reviewed Brian Spilker etc., 2011 Taxation of Individuals and Business Entities, McGraw-Hill.
  • Reviewed Brian Spilker etc., 2011 Taxation of Individuals and Business Entities, McGraw-Hill.
  • Developed PowerPoint Slides for Hilton, R. Managerial Accounting 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2009.
  • Reviewed and correct Homework Manager content for Managerial Accounting 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2009.
  • Reviewed and Submitted Comments / Completed Survey for a New Managerial Accounting Textbook Authored By Sawyers/Jackson/Jenkins, South-Western College Publishing, 2009.

Conferences and Workshops

  • McGraw-Hill Business Law Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2014.
  • President – Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2011-2012
  • Program Chair/ VP of the Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, elected 2010
  • McGraw-Hill 2011 Taxation of Individuals and Business Entities Focus Group, Chicago, Illinois, February 2011
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business – National Conference, August 2010
  • McGraw-Hill Business Law Symposium 2010, Amelia Island, Florida May 2010
  • McHill Managerial Accounting Symposium 2009, Amelia Island, Florida, April 2 – 5, 2009.