Since joining DePaul University more than 30 years ago, Accountancy
Professor Mark L. Frigo has taught thousands of students how to create value.
Students who take his courses gain a deep understanding of strategy, risk
management, accounting and financial analysis, as well as how successful
companies achieve sustainable high performance.
“Understanding the pattern of strategic activities of high-performance
companies helps our students create value as business professionals,
entrepreneurial managers and in managing their careers,” he says. Given his
significant contributions to DePaul and its graduates, it’s fitting that the
Chicago native has been named the Ezerski Endowed Chair in the School
of Accountancy and Management Information Systems. Established by a 2010
gift from Ronald Ezerski (BUS ’68), former vice president of finance at
Patterson Co., the endowed professorship recognizes accountancy faculty
“Being named the Ezerski Chair is a great honor,” Frigo says. “Reflecting on
memorable accomplishments at DePaul, there are so many I can recall and most
importantly there are many more yet to create in the future.”
Prior to joining DePaul, Frigo led a successful career in corporate
financial analysis and management consulting at KPMG. He is the author of seven
books and more than 100 articles that have been published in leading journals,
including the Harvard Business Review. His research on high-performance
companies is featured in “Driven: Business Strategy, Human Actions, and the
Creation of Wealth,” a book he co-authored with Joel Litman (BUS ’93) to help
leaders better analyze and prioritize value-creating strategies. It is the
basis of courses he teaches as a professor and director of DePaul’s Center for
Strategy, Execution and Valuation.
Frigo has won numerous teaching awards at DePaul and also was named an
Outstanding Educator by the Illinois CPA Society. A fourth-degree black belt in
Shotokan karate, Frigo has been practicing and teaching martial arts for five
decades and incorporates elements of it into his classroom and executive
“I try to instill the wisdom, energy and philosophy from martial arts in my
courses to reinforce a learning and creative mindset,” says Frigo. This
includes creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust between teacher and
student in the classroom, he says.
“DePaul is a great university with very motivated and driven students, a
talented faculty and very successful and loyal alumni,” he says.
My ‘why’ is to help our students to achieve greater success professionally
and personally by changing the way they think in a positive and powerful
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