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Paul W. Thurman, DBA

Paul W. Thurman

Hometown: Barling, AR

Current City: New York, NY

BS, Mathematics; Stanford University
MBA, Management; Columbia University
DBA, Ecole des Ponts Business School (Paris, France)

Languages spoken: English

Using SAS since 1989    Teaching SAS since 2011

Professional experience:
Investment banking, management consulting, and executive leadership experience with a variety of leading global financial services, healthcare, retail, luxury goods, consumer electronics, and pharmaceutical firms. Emphasis on data-driven strategic planning including customer segmentation and profitability, in-market testing, and program/process evaluation.

Courses I teach include

Strategic Planning and Decision-Making: Powered by SAS
Propensity Score Matching, Adjustment, and Randomized Experiments

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Authored/coauthored works:

Propensity Scoring and Adjustment for Causal Inference
MBA Fundamentals Statistics
Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Father-Daughter Succession in Family Businesses
Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Notable achievements:

Multiple teaching awards from Executive and Full-Time MBA Programs (Columbia, London, and UCBerkeley Business Schools)
Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum (Columbia Mailman School of Public Health)
Graduation Speaker (School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia).
Valedictorian of MBA Class (Columbia University)

Invited speaker at conferences

Multiple invited talks, papers, and presentations on a variety of business and public policy topics

What students are saying:

One of the best instructors I've had. Did an excellent job of understanding our background and providing examples from our own business.
Paul is excellent, clear, focused, and the class was presented in a good order. He was very helpful in answering questions.

What is the best part about teaching?
The energy, engagement, enthusiasm, and focus on practical applications--particularly from the BKS course participants--is truly exceptional. It is an honor to work with such motivated and caring students who really want to apply what they learn today to problems they face at work tomorrow.

Do you have any hobbies, favorite activities, or hidden talents?
Scuba diving and flying small planes (I'm a private pilot)...and trying to convince my two young daughters to join me!

What is your most memorable moment of teaching a SAS (or JMP) class?
Every time I see a participant's face go from confusion to understanding--that aha moment--is very rewarding. It is an honor to work with students who are trying to apply tools and techniques in the real world, and when I see it click for them, it is truly inspirational.

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