|Dr. Jack Simms|
As a native Houstonian, Dr. Simms has seen the city of Houston evolve into the huge economic powerhouse it is today. His parents came from a middle class background, and his father, Harry W. Simms, took a job as a bank teller in the early 1950s. Over the next forty years, he moved up to the position of Executive Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank, a Houston institution. His mother was a nurse, but chose to stay home to care for their five children.
Academia is Dr. Simms’ third career. He began as a nurseryman and landscaper in the early 1980s. While working at Teas’ Nursery, he earned his credentials as a Texas Certified Nurseryman and Rosarian in 1983. As much as he enjoyed the work, it was very difficult to make significant financial headway. At the age of twenty-five, after serious deliberation, he decided to change professions.
He had always been fascinated by the technical aspects of the television industry. He took an internship at KVUE in Austin and later accepted a job offer from KVEO in Brownsville. He trained as a technical director, but realized that he needed a theoretical foundation to support his work. In looking at various universities around the country, he discovered that one of the best communication schools in the country was at the University of Houston. While at UH, he also took courses in accounting.
He took a job with Thunderdome Enterprises, a production and entertainment firm specializing in large-scale corporate events, acting as writer, director, producer, etc. His work philosophy was characterized on the shirts he bought for all the employees. In bold letters was the statement “THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM.” This practical attitude has also manifested itself in his teaching, research, and service throughout his professional career. After a number of years, he accepted a job offer from one of their clients, the Chrysler Corporation. As the founding technical director of the Chrysler Satellite Network, he participated in the design, construction, and operations of what was to become the largest private satellite network in the world. During this period, he developed a methodology for small business application of quantitative decision making technologies. Although his work was lucrative and professionally satisfying, the hours were extreme and unpredictable.
With young children at home, he needed to develop a more family friendly lifestyle. He returned to UH to complete his B.A. in Communication. He subsequently earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Accounting with a supporting field in Finance. He joined the faculty at UST in 2006, where his teaching focuses primarily on managerial accounting, international accounting and accounting ethics. Although he has numerous publications in quantitative methodologies, his current line of research is directed toward the ethical challenges of operating in culturally diverse environments.