This book is an amalgamation of all aspects of my education and career. I wish to thank my many professors at Washington University and The University of Chicago—you have greatly influenced this work. To Professor Jaffe from the Wharton School of Business, I’ll never forget the CIMA final exam, and I hope you see how often your textbook is cited in the endnotes, for those who want additional detail on corporate finance.
My coworkers from my time in investment banking in wealth management inspire me; I have learned from each of you.
Carl Klaus defined the value of debt as the unique idea to develop into this book. His advice and guidance have been invaluable. Molly Chehak taught me about the process of creating a book and the publishing industry.
Phil Burrelle, I appreciate your modeling assistance. John Osako and team at Informatics, thank you for your amazing technical support.
Rafe Sagalyn, you are an outstanding agent, and I sincerely appreciate your guidance. David Zylstra and Denny Redmond, I value your advice and counsel.
Jordan S. Gruber turned my initial ideas and writing forays into an actual publishable manuscript, and I can’t thank him enough for his incredible efforts. He is an artist and helped me express complicated ideas in an easy to understand language. RJ, I am so grateful that you introduced us.
I would like to thank the following readers for their thoughtful and insightful advice: Greg Boester, Alex Dunlap, Jim Harris, Dr. Curt Hass, Kate Hladky, ...