Riley T. Krotz is a fifth-year Marketing Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Tennessee, and Riley’s research explores retail, service, and frontline marketing strategy. Riley’s research has been invited for revision at the Journal of Marketing Research and has been published in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and others. Additionally, his retail strategy research has been published through the American Antitrust Institute and has led to two book publications. Riley has received numerous awards and grants for both his research and teaching including the University of Tennessee’s most prestigious award: the Yates Dissertation Fellowship. Other awards include the Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise, the Haslam College of Business Outstanding Doctoral Student Researcher Award, being named the first AMA DocSIG’s Outstanding Marketing Doctoral Student, the Haslam College of Business Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise, the Haslam College of Business Excellence in Research Award (Marketing), the William H. Thomlinson Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award, the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellowship, the Coggin College of Business Coggin Fellowship, the AACSRE Emerging Research Fellowship, the PowerUp JAX Innovation Grant, and the Innovation in Education Award.
Tyler Milfeld is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee. His research focuses on the intersection of brand communication and social messages. Tyler’s research has been published in the Journal of Advertising (ranked No. 1 in communications with an impact factor of 6.302), Journal of Product & Brand Management and Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising. Tyler has also presented his research at multiple conferences, including the 2019 AMA Summer Academic Conference and the 2020 American Academy of Advertising Conference. For his contributions to the Journal of Advertising, he earned the 2020 Best Student Reviewer Award. Tyler has also been invited to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Product & Brand Management, Journal of International Marketing and International Journal of Advertising. Tyler has developed and taught courses in Brand Management, Digital and Social Media Marketing and Marketing Principles at three different universities. He received the 2021 Haslam College of Business Outstanding Doctoral Student Teacher Award and is a finalist for the national 2021 Marketing Management Association (MMA) Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Student Award. Before joining the program, Tyler’s marketing and sales career spanned four leading consumer goods companies – The Hershey Company, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson. His marketing experience includes brand management, shopper activation, global innovation, global brand equity and customer partnerships. Tyler earned a dual MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a BA from Northwestern University with a double major in psychology and political science. An avid runner, Tyler has completed 79 half-marathons in 39 states. He enjoys reading, watching college basketball games and exploring the great outdoors with his wife, two children, and their beloved beagle.
Mohammad "Mike" Saljoughian
Mohammad “Mike” Saljoughian is a Marketing Ph.D. candidate whose research interest include consumer behavior (social psychology and psychology), modelling (gamification, online consumption patterns), neuroscience and genetics. He has published in the International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, and Journal of Modelling in Management among others.
Leah Smith is a doctoral student in the Department of Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to joining the Ph.D. Program in 2015, Leah worked for seven years in marketing research departments at Altria and Electrolux. Leah holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana University.
Leah’s research interests are in consumer behavior, emotional communication and mediated relationships.
Can Trinh is a doctoral student in the Department of Marketing at the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, Can spent seven years working in the field of marketing for multinational firms with experience in both brand management and advertising. He earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance and a BBA in Economics. He has received many prestigious academic awards, including the ADB (Asian Development Bank) Scholarship. Inspired by the pragmatic challanges that marketing managers have to face in designing effective communication strategies, Can is interested in conducting research that can help guide strategic marketing decisions while enhancing customers experience.
Roman Welden is a Marketing Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. In 2015, he received his B.B.A. in Economics with an emphasis in evolutionary biology from East Tennessee State University. He earned his MBA from the same school with a focus on non-profit strategy formulation. Roman’s research interests are in consumer behavior, particularly gaming (of all sorts), competition, and habit formation.