My name is Richard Gritta and I am a Professor of Finance within the Pamplin School of Business. I have always been fascinated with the field of finance, dating back to my college days. I did all my degrees with a strong major in financial management, investments and real estate and teach those courses at UP. Finance is a very useful discipline for preparing for “the real world.” The failure to understand valuation theory and practice, the behavior of world capital markets, risk and return in the markets, etc., leaves the average person very vulnerable to the dangers of failing to plan for life and retirement.
My research interests include air carrier bankruptcy forecasting and risk/return in air transportation. I have been published in over 90 refereed articles in journals such as the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Transportation Journal, Logistics and Transportation Review, Financial Management, Handbook of Transport Strategy, Policy and Institutions, Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, and others.
I am currently Associate Editor-Air Transportation for the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum and act as its advisor to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D.-Oregon: U.S. Senate Aviation Subcommittee) on airline matters. I have appeared on national TV on the CBS Evening News, ABC Nightly News, ABC Nightline, CNN Headlines News, FOX News, and I am also a semi-regular speaker on NPR.
I have been involved with several different organizations in finance and in transportation research. I have been a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society and have passed the CFA Level I exam. Each year, I take students to the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Federation and introduce them to key analysts from Portland. This is a key organization nationally, and it is very prestigious to be accepted as a member of the CFA Society. It is the ticket to many high level investment jobs.
I am past president  of the Transportation Research Forum, a national group of academics from schools like MIT, Indiana, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Columbia and others. I am also a member of the Air Transport Research Society [an international group which meets in cities around the world] and the Brazilian Air Transportation Economics Society.
I have led a total of eight London Business Programs since 2002 for our six-week program in London, England. We visited financial institutions such as the Bank of England, London Metals Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. We also visited the cities of Bath, Dover, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge.
I have also been a three time Fulbright Fellow to Poland , France  and Lithuania . I taught transportation finance and investments at the Warsaw School of Economics and at the Groupe ESC [Toulouse School of Business] which has an MBA Program in Financial Management of Air Transportation. I am now the Fulbright Advisor for UP.
Not everything about me is academic though. I have run three marathons and now am an avid road cyclist. My favorite activity is to cycle with my wife and my now 21-year-old daughter [when she is home from college].
I played in a rock group at Notre Dame and still play guitar. I love music. It is one of my passions. God has given me three things in life to keep me going when bad “stuff” happens. They are my faith, my true friends and music.
The most important advice I can give is to find the field and you are interested in and then study everything that you can to make yourself an “educated man or woman.” Read in your field but also read history, science, religion, politics, etc. You need to have a world view and appreciate all disciplines.