Dr. Bala Maniam is presently working as Professor of Finance and in the Department of General Business and Finance, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Mississippi, both his M.B.A. and B.S. in Computer Science from Arkansas State University in USA. He worked in Standard Chartered Bank. Dr. Maniam joined Sam Houston State University (SHSU), USA in 1997 and also served as the Department Chair during 2008-2011. Dr. Maniam is very passionate about his teaching and research. He has received numerous teaching award, including the Excellence in Teaching award at SHSU in 2008, Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Business Administration, 2004, and Distinguished Teacher Award for Innovative and Creative Teaching by the Academy of Educational Leadership, 2001. Most recently he was awarded Piper Professor in 2012 from the Minnie Stevens Foundation. Dr. Maniam has published over 145 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 250 papers in conference and some of them resulted in "best paper" awards. Dr. Maniam is also active in professional organizations.