Professional Bio

Education
  • D.M., Doctor of Management, Colorado Technical University
  • Graduate Certificate, Software Engineering, Harvard University Extension
  • M.B.A. Accounting, Emory University
  • B.A. History, University of Rochester
Certifications and Memberships
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Institute of Management Accountants, Global Board Member
  • XBRL U.S.
  • XBRL International
  • Colorado Society of CPAs, Educational Foundation Trustee
  • American Accounting Association, International Accounting, IS, and Management Accounting Sections
  • ISO 295 Audit Data Collection Project, Member of US Delegation of Technical Advisory Group
  • ISACA
  • International Association of Accounting Education and Research
Academic Experience
  • Regis University, Associate Professor, CBE, Accounting and Accounting Systems
  • Harvard University Extension, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Software Engineering
  • Northeastern University, Instructor, Accounting
Professional Experience
  • Allergan Inc., Director of Financial Systems
  • Oracle Corporation, Senior Software Engineer
  • BSDI, Controller
  • Best Software, Software Designer
  • The Nelms Group, Financial Systems Consultant
  • PrintaColor, Controller
  • Honeywell, Inc. International Financial Internal Auditor, Cost Accountant

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Brands, K, & Holtzblatt, M. (2015). Business analytics: Transforming the role of management accountants. Management Accounting Quarterly, 16(3), 1-12.

Brands, K., & Elam, D. (2015). Identifying quality enablers for online graduate accounting courses using an appreciative inquiry case study. International Journal Of Human Resources Development & Management, 15(2/3/4), 128-141. doi:10.1504/IJHRDM.2015.071164

Elam, D., & Brands, K. (2014). Using force field analysis to help a South African entrepreneur empower employees. International Journal Of Human Resources Development & Management, 13(4), 274-288. doi:10.1504/IJHRDM.2013.064076

Brands, K., & Elam, D. (2013). Addressing fundraising challenges of a non-profit organization caused by financial uncertainty using an appreciative inquiry approach. South Asian Journal Of Business & Management Cases, 2(2), 163-176. doi:10.1177/2277977913509166

Elam, D. A., & Brands, K. (2013). Planned change in a Chinese company: A participatory action research approach. Journal of Management Policy & Practice, 14(5), 101-112. ISSN 1913-8067

Chinta, R., Brands, K., Beattie, M., Faustino-Pulliam, V., Kelleher, B., & Wheeler, S. (2012). Lessons from the field: Teaching a completely online "Global Business" course to African refugees in Northern Kenya and Malawi. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 1(1), 144-147. Retrieved from http://jesuithighereducation.org/index.php/jhe/article/view/17/pdf

Proceedings

Brands, K. & Elam, D. (2015). A case study to identify teaching best practices for accounting courses. In G. Sardana & T. Thatchenkery (Eds). Managing Complex Organization Change: Action-Oriented Approaches for Sustaining Positive Interventions. Paper presented at International Case Management Conference 2015, Greater Noida (54-68). New Delhi: Bloomsbury.

Brands, K. & Elam, D. (2015). Appreciative inquiry in the virtual world: Lessons learned. In G. Sardana & T. Thatchenkery (Eds). Managing Complex Organization Change: Action-Oriented Approaches for Sustaining Positive Interventions. Paper presented at International Case Management Conference 2015, Greater Noida (17-27). New Delhi: Bloomsbury.

Brands, K. & Elam, D. (2015). An appreciative inquiry case study to identify teaching quality enablers. In G. Sardana & T. Thatchenkery (Eds). Leveraging Human Factors for Strategic Change: An Organizational Culture Perspective. Paper presented at International Case Management Conference 2014, Greater Noida (38-51). New Delhi: Bloomsbury.

Elam, D. & Brands, K. (2014). Process consulting using force field analysis: South African case study. In G. Sardana & T. Thatchenkery (Eds). Organizational Transformation: Change Management Perspectives. Paper presented at International Case Management Conference 2013, Greater Noida (26-39). New Delhi: Bloomsbury.

Brands, K. & Elam, D. (2013). An appreciative inquiry study: Sustaining fundraising enablers. In G. Sardana & T. Thatchenkery (Eds). Reframing Human Capital for Organizational Excellence. Paper presented at International Case Management Conference 2012, Greater Noida (21-33). New Delhi: Bloomsbury.

Elam, D. & Brands, K. (2013). Planned change in a Chinese company: A participatory action research approach. Proceedings of the Southwest Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013, (305 – 317). Dallas: Southwest Academy of Management.

Selected Columns

Brands, K. & Smith, P. (2015). Raise your technical intelligence. Strategic Finance, 97(11), 70-71.

Brands, K. (2014). Data visualization and discovery. Strategic Finance, 97(6), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2014, April 28). What CFOs need to know about Gen X and Gen Y. AccountingWeb. Retrieved from http://www.accountingweb.com/article/what-cfos-need-know-about-gen-x-and-gen-y/22329410

Brands, K. (2014, April 14). Corporate performance isn’t all about financial results. CFO.com. Retrieved from http://ww2.cfo.com/accounting-tax/2014/04/corporate-performance-isntfinancial-results

Brands, K. (2014). Big data and business intelligence for management accountants. Strategic Finance, 96(6), 64-65.

Brands, K. (2013). XBRL and the audit data standards. Strategic Finance, 95(12), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013). Record-to-Report and disclosure management. Strategic Finance, 95(11),56-57.

Brands, K. (2013). XBRL SEC filings are hampered by errors. Strategic Finance, 95(9), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013, December 13). Five ways CFOs can survive the fiscal cliff. CFO.com. Retrieved from http://ww2.cfo.com/management-accounting/2012/12/five-ways-cfos-cansurvive-the-fiscal-cliff

Brands, K. (2013). XBRL and big data. Strategic Finance, 95(8), 64-65.

Brands, K. (2013). An IMA member shares his XBRL filing experience. Strategic Finance, 95(7), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013). Does the SEC XBRL mandate meet Investor expectations? Strategic Finance, 95(4), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013). SEC and FASB filing updates regarding XBRL. Strategic Finance, 95(3), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013, August 23). Why conflict minerals disclosure is serious business. CFO.com. Retrieved from http://ww2.cfo.com/supply-chain/2013/08/why-conflict-minerals-disclosure-is-serious-business

Brands, K. (2013). XBRL and auditing. Strategic Finance, 95(2), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013). Happy birthday, XBRL! Strategic Finance, 95(1), 56-57.

Brands, K. (2013, July 1). XBRL is not just another compliance burden. CFO.com. Retrieved from http://ww2.cfo.com/gaap-ifrs/2013/07/xbrl-is-not-just-another-compliance-burden

Brands, K. (2013, April 16). Growing companies need internal-controls help. CFO.com. Retrieved from http://ww2.cfo.com/gaap-ifrs/2013/04/growing-companies-need-internal-controls-help

Brands, K. (2013). Globetrotting with IMA. Strategic Finance, 95(8), 72.

Brands, K. (2012). The SEC and interactive data. Strategic Finance, 94(6), 56-57.

Selected Interviews

Tornero, C. (Interviewer) & Brands, K., Laux, R., & Colgren, D. (Interviewees). (2015, June 21). [Transcript]. Framework wars. The Accountant. Retrieved from http://www.theaccountant-online.com/features/sustainability-framework-wars-4617422

Ristow, T. (Interviewer) & Brands, K. (Interviewee). (2015, February 26). Regis professor says business must be sustainable. The Steamboat Pilot. Retrieved from: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2015/feb/28/sustainability-necessary-future-businesssuccess-s

Brands, K. Financial leadership: Improve the bottom line through sustainability. [Transcript]. The Controllership Report, (15)2, 7-9.

Brands, K. (2014, April). SEC financial disclosure management platforms. Dimensions: The Compliance Authority, 10. [Transcript]. Retrieved from http://images.e.merrillcorp.com/Web/MerrillCorporation/%7B5a1f757c-8466-4d28-b64e-4c9a7a635ef1%7D_Merrill_Disclosure_Solutions-V14-April_2014.pdf?elqCampaignId=

Brands, K. (2013, December). Game changer: Congress challenges the SEC over XBRL quality [Transcript]. Dimensions: The Compliance Authority, 5. Retrieved from http://images.e.merrillcorp.com/Web/MerrillCorporation/%7B1deeda7e-05aa-4318-9adad4fb9fce63fd%7D_Merrill_Disclosure_Solutions-Dimensions_V12_Dec2013.pdf

Brands, K. (2013, August 13). The gender gap in accounting salaries. Accounting Today, 8. [Transcript]. Retrieved from http://www.accountingtoday.com/gallery/Gender-Gap-Accounting-Salaries-67640-1.html

Brands, K. (2013, March 31). Profile Regis University’s College for Professional Studies: Connecting evolving business demands with effective leadership. [Transcript]. Colorado Springs Gazette.

Awards & Recognition

Awards and Recognition

  • Regis University, 15-Year Length of Service Award, 2014
  • Graduate Scholarship Grant, Colorado Technical University, 2011-2014
  • Graduate Scholarship Grant, Regis University, 2009-2010
  • American Accounting Association Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching
  • Award Finalist: XBRL and Interactive Data
  • Annual Doctoral/New Faculty Consortium for the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association Scholarship, 2008, 2010
  • Regis University, College for Professional Studies, Graduate Programs, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005
  • School of Management, College for Professional Studies, Professional Development Grants, 2003-2005

Community Involvement & Service

Institutional Service, Regis University

  • Chair, PCAOB 2015 Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Chair, IMA CMA 2015 Scholarship Selection Committee
  • International Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Chair of IACBE Accounting Accreditation Committee
  • College for Professional Studies, School of Management Business Accreditation Committee
  • College for Professional Studies, Institutional Review Board Committee
  • Regis University Board of Trustees Standing Committee on Finance 2012 - 2014 and Business Affairs
  • Jesuit Commons Higher Education on the Margins Online Instructor

Community Service

  • Care and Share Food Bank Colorado Springs, Harvest Society Member
  • Junior Achievement Volunteer Business Instructor
  • Pikes Peak Community College, Accounting Academic Advisory Committee and Student Mentor
  • Pikes Peak United Way, Leader in Giving, Women’s Leadership Council Founder and Past Chair