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Joseph Holt, Brian Levey and Ken Milani , Mendoza College of Business Faculty Members

September 18, 2013

Joseph Holt, Brian Levey and Ken Milani
Joe Holt, Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Management

Joe Holt is an Associate Professional Specialist in the Management Department in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Holt joined the Mendoza College in 2004, serving as Concurrent Assistant Professor for Notre Dame Executive Education. He received his B.A. from Boston College and spent 12 years as a Jesuit completing graduate studies in Philosophy (Fordham University), Theology (Weston School of Theology), and Biblical Theology (Gregorian University in Rome). Holt taught Philosophy with a specialization in Business Ethics at Canisius College, Boston College, and Loyola University Chicago’s Rome Center. After leaving the Jesuits, he reflected on faith, values and ethics in the workplace from the perspective of one in the business trenches; he spent a brief stint as a stockbroker and then graduated from Harvard Law School and worked for more than five years as a corporate attorney in major Chicago law firms. Holt also taught Business Ethics and Spirituality of Work on an adjunct basis in Loyola University Chicago’s MBA program during this time. For two years prior to joining Notre Dame full-time, he was a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the Clinic on Entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Law School (the Clinic provides free legal assistance to inner-city, low-income entrepreneurs seeking financial self-sufficiency). At the law school, he taught Entrepreneurship and the Law, Negotiation and Mediation, and a seminar designed and offered for the first time by Holt on The Ethical Dimensions of Lawyering. Holt currently teaches Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct in the Notre Dame EMBA and MSB programs. He also teaches Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct, Ethics in the Emerging Markets, The Sustainability of Business, Negotiations, and Spirituality and Religion in the Workplace in the Notre Dame MBA program. Holt designs and offers programs to the Stayer Center for Executive Education’s custom and open programs in the fields of ethics, leadership, spirituality and negotiations.

Brian Levey, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Accountancy

Brian Levey joined the Mendoza faculty in 2007 after a twenty year legal career, most recently focused on building corporate ethics and compliance programs. He currently teaches the introductory undergraduate business law course, as well as several ethics classes in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. Levey is a recipient of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Prior to joining the college of business, Levey was Fannie Mae's Vice President for Ethics. Before that, he was the Director of Compliance and Business Ethics with Smiths Group plc, an international engineering company based in the United Kingdom. Previously, Levey was a deputy ethics officer and associate counsel with MCI (formerly WorldCom and now Verizon Business). He has also been in private practice and served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University, George Washington University, and Northern Virginia Community College.

Ken Milani, Professor, Department of Accountancy

Accountancy Professor Ken Milani’s most recent research and writing have focused on foreign partners and the operating activities of partnerships. Recent articles co-authored by Milani have explored the income tax implications of U.S. real property interests owned by non-resident alien partners, alternative ways of placing property into a partnership, and the advantages of altering a partner’s adjusted basis as an income tax planning tool.

Milani teaches required and elective federal income tax courses in the Accountancy undergraduate and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) programs. He also teaches a managerial accounting course in the South Bend Executive MBA Program. Other teaching responsibilities include classes for the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program, and the Ernst & Young Dedicated Master’s in Accountancy Program. Milani, a graduate of Bradley University (B.S. and M.B.A.) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.) serves as Technical Coordinator of the Tax Assistance Program—a community service effort that provides free income tax preparation service to Michiana residents. He is also a co-contributor to a weekly South Bend Tribune column, Tax Talk, which appears in the newspaper from mid-January to mid-April.

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