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Brian Thompson

Academic Degrees

DBA, DePaul University, 2019
MBA, Business Strategy & Decision Making, DePaul University, 2013
MS, Finance, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2000
BA, Governors State University, 1998


Brian A. Thompson has taught courses in economics and finance for over 10 years. He has been nominated for the Driehaus College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award and received an honorary induction into the Delta Mu Delta Honors Society. While at DePaul, he developed the graduate course in Business Models and Innovation Strategy and has played  an integral role in the department's Business Strategy & Decision-Making concentration growth and continued development.

Thompson founded Black & Essington Solutions, an investment advisory firm where he manages client portfolios and provides financial advisory services. His previous experience spans across working in capital markets and entrepreneurial ventures. Thompson was previously a securities trader and analyst for several proprietary trading firms in Chicago. Additionally, he founded a multi-location martial arts instruction and promotions company and managed a family real estate business. 

Thompson uses his industry experience and professional pursuits to compliment his classroom teaching in an engaging and productive way. He is often invited to speak at conferences and to conduct workshops for various companies and organizations. His areas of research and interest include: Emotions and judgement in risk-based decision-making and influence driven cognitive biases. Thompson received his Doctorate from DePaul University, where he studied the effects of reference point adaptation and commitment escalation on financial decision-making.

Courses & Syllabi

Winter 2021

ECO 526 - Winter 2021
GSB 599 - Winter 2021

Spring ​2020

ECO 105 - Spring 2020
ECO 531 - Spring 2020