Although this book is single-authored, there are a lot of people who contributed to the effort that went into its creation. I'll start by thanking the University of Arizona for the tremendous graduate school experience I was afforded. The proficiency and enthusiasm of my professors, many of whom are still lifetime friends, was matched only by their patience and grace. The education I received has guided my professional efforts through the decades. I saw “education done right” at the U of A, and it's something that has remained with me for life.
This book would never have been written without the generous support of Washburn University. I've been provided with all the resources and creative freedom anyone could ask for to forge a successful career. The powers-that-be have allowed me to assign way too much work, demand perfection, and provide students with a signature college experience that shapes their careers, much as I was shaped at the U of A. We can be proud of our Applied Portfolio Management program—it's a team effort supported by dozens of behind-the-scenes contributors.
I have to thank my students, especially the Applied Portfolio Management graduates—what a wonderful group of young people. I'm always amused when they tell me how I inspire them because I don't think they see the extent to which their hopes and dreams are my inspiration. Without their intellectual curiosity and phenomenal work ethic, in addition to their repeated insistence that I should ...