The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado’s staff is committed to creating a successful and enjoyable experience. A small staff, they work hard as a team to provide high-quality customer service and to improve the program each year.
Dr. Koch is Professor of Finance at the University of South Carolina and President of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. He taught at Baylor University from 1977-1979, Texas Tech University from 1979-1987 and has taught at the University of South Carolina (USC) since 1987. From 1987-2006, he held the South Carolina Bankers Association Chair of Banking. Tim is the academic coordinator of the Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management held annually at USC.
Dr. Koch’s research and writing focuses on bank-performance analysis, risk management, the pricing of fixed-income securities, equities and financial futures and public finance. He is co-author of Bank Management a leading college textbook in its seventh edition, and Community Banking: From Crisis to Prosperity, released in 2014. He has published in a wide range of academic and practitioner journals and is a frequent speaker to banking audiences around the country. Tim recently completed a two-year term on the FDIC’s Advisory Committee on Community Banking.
Amy has worked in various areas of banking and joined the GSBC team in 2006. She started her banking career in 1991 and has worked in human resources, financial reporting and income accounting. Amy was excited to bring her banking experience into the education sector, and serves as the Director of Administration for the school.
Amy graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Business-Marketing and a minor in Psychology. A native of Chicago, she moved to Colorado in 2001 and enjoys the beautiful mountain scenery and the great outdoors. In her spare time, Amy enjoys travel, photography and most of all, spending time with her family.
Josie joined the GSBC team in May 2012 upon completing her M.A. in Organizational Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to moving to Colorado, Josie graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in Public Relations and a Minor in Communication Studies. Josie's work experience in public relations and marketing is complimented by her experience working for community banks in Iowa and Kansas. A Midwest native, Josie grew up in Southeast Iowa, and enjoys returning to visit family and friends. In her spare time, Josie enjoys riding and showing American Quarter Horses, hiking and skiing.
As a Colorado native, Leilani cherishes the beauty of the Front Range. Leilani first moved to Boulder when she began her undergrad at the University of Colorado Boulder. After a quick three and a half years she graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the Leeds School of Business. Once Leilani completed an internship in Hawaii for wedding and event planning, she returned to join the team at GSBC as the Marketing Coordinator. Her background in marketing and event production has provided her with a unique view on the banking industry and she looks forward to applying her creative spin on things. When she is not hard at work, Leilani enjoys new adventures of any type, capturing photos on her Polaroid camera, sitting on the beach in Kailua and creating memories with friends.
Jesse joined the GSBC team in the beginning of 2017. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.A. in Communication. Prior to GSBC, Jesse worked in conference and event management services, as well as student affair related positions at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is excited to combine these skills and put them towards supporting the students of the Graduate School of Banking. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys outdoor photography, visiting his niece and nephews, and the occasional Netflix binge.