Damon Fleming (Dean | Professor of Accounting @University of Memphis, College of Business & Economics)
Dean Fleming, Professor of Accounting, joined the faculty of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics on 1 July 2019. Previously, he spent nearly 13 years on the faculty of the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University where we was a Professor of Accounting and Ernst & Young Faculty Fellow, including serving as the the William E. Cole Director of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy from 2016-2019. Dean Fleming’s research interest is primarily in psychology-based analysis of decision making in the areas of auditing, ethics, financial reporting, and taxation. Dean Fleming received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and his B.S. and M.S. degrees in accounting from San Diego State University. He is also a CFA® charterholder and Certified Management Accountant.
Kent Ritchey, a franchised automobile dealer for 50 years, is the Founder and President of Ritchey Management, LLC. and Landers Auto Group. New car franchises include Audi, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Nissan, Ram, Volkswagen and Cadillac brands. He operates dealerships in Collierville, Memphis, Southaven and Jackson, MS.
Kent grew up in an automobile environment and learned the business from his father Bruce Ritchey, a long time automobile dealer in Eastern Arkansas. He spent several years as an executive with Homer Skelton, a pioneer Memphis mega dealer and Roger Penske, head of Penske Auto Group and one of the largest automobile dealers in the world.
Kent and Janice, his wife of 49 years, began buying dealerships during the 2007 financial depression and built Landers Auto Group into the largest, by revenue, privately held dealership group in the Mid-South. They sell 12,500 new and used automobiles annually. Their business model includes Partner/GM’s with equity positions in the dealerships; thus building financial equity and succession management.
The dealerships operating principals are: People, Product, Promotion, Profit.Learn More
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