The Trojan Consulting Group is proud to present its Board of Directors. In an effort to further bolster TCG's commitment to strong mentorship, we have partnered with some of the top professors and professionals at USC and across industries. 


Professor Plotts specializes in financial analysis and valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. She has been teaching in the EMBA, GEMBA, MBA.PM, IBEAR, and undergraduate programs since 2002. She has received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence seven times and the Evan C. Thompson Teaching & Learning Innovation Award for Teaching (2011) and Mentoring (2012) and the Dean’s Award for Community (2010). Professor Plotts previously worked within the investment-banking group of Banc of America Securities LLC. She has consulted on shareholder value and corporate strategy for a variety of firms.



Ira S. Kalb is a professor, consultant, writer, and speaker who authored 10 books and over 173 published articles – contributing frequently to Business Insider. He has over 42 years of marketing and management experience as President and VP of marketing of COMPAL Computer Systems and a senior management consultant for Accenture. He was elected president of the Southern California American Marketing Association in 1995, and received the Golden Apple Award for teaching in 2009 and 2011. Students and clients are employing his marketing inventions with great success in the marketplace. He is frequently interviewed for his expertise in the media.


James J. Owens is an expert in professional management communication. He has published 100+ articles in national and international publications. He has appeared on CNN and has interviewed numerous Fortune 500 CEOs. He has worked in the UK, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Africa for companies including Bain Consulting, Agfa-Gavaert, Coca-Cola, and Louis Vuitton, and consults with corporations on topics ranging from communication to leadership. He is Founder and CEO of The World is Just a Book Away, a non-profit literacy organization. Since 2008, WIJABA has launched programs for 25,000+ children with 40,000+ books through libraries and mobile libraries.


David Kass is a TCG alumnus from the Class of 2008. After interning with Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division in Los Angeles during his junior summer, David continued on as an Associate for 2 years. He served as a Vice President at San Francisco private equity firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, and he currently works at Leonard Green. He was featured as a Marshall Spotlight student here.