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About the Authors

Joe Ben Hoyle, University of Richmond

Joe Hoyle is an associate professor of accounting at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. In 2006, he was named by BusinessWeek as one of twenty-six favorite undergraduate business professors in the United States. In 2007, he was named Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2009, he was selected as one of the one hundred most influential members of the accounting profession by Accounting Today.

Joe has two market-leading textbooks published with McGraw-Hill—Advanced Accounting (10th edition, 2010) and Essentials of Advanced Accounting (4th edition, 2010), both coauthored with Tom Schaefer of the University of Notre Dame and Tim Doupnik of the University of South Carolina.

At the Robins School of Business, Joe teaches Fundamentals of Financial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting I, Intermediate Financial Accounting II, and Advanced Financial Accounting. He earned his BA degree in accounting from Duke University and his MA degree in business and economics, with a minor in education, from Appalachian State University. He has written numerous articles and made many presentations around the country on teaching excellence.

Joe also has three decades of experience operating his own CPA review programs. In 2008, he created CPA Review for Free (, which provides thousands of free questions to help accountants around the world prepare for the CPA Exam.

Joe and his wife, Sarah, have four children and four grandchildren.

C. J. Skender, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

C. J. Skender has received multiple teaching awards at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (ten), at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (five), and at North Carolina State University (five). He has been included among the outstanding Fuqua faculty in four editions of the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools. C. J. also received the James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award at the University of North Carolina in 2005. His classes were featured on and in 2006.

C. J. has served as a training consultant on three continents for Glaxo Wellcome, IBM, Nortel Networks, Paragon Trade Brands, Siemens, Starwood, and Wells Fargo. He has developed and delivered various executive education seminars as well as CPA, CMA, and CIA review courses. For six years, he lectured simultaneously in the State, Carolina, and Duke CPA preparatory classes. For seven years, C. J. taught Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting on cable television in the Research Triangle area. His scholarly work has been published in TAXES and Journal of Accounting Education.

C. J. was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1954. He captained three sports at Susquehanna Township High School. C.J. holds academic degrees from Lehigh University and Duke University. He attended Lehigh on a basketball scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. C. J. worked as an auditor for Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Philadelphia. He has attained eleven professional designations in accounting, financial planning, insurance, and management: CPA (certified public accountant), CMA (certified management accountant), CCA (certified cost analyst), CIA (certified internal auditor), ChFC (chartered financial consultant), CLU (chartered life underwriter), CFP (certified financial planner), AIAF (associate in insurance accounting and finance), CFE (certified fraud examiner), CFM (certified in financial management), and CBM (certified business manager).

C. J. and his wife, Mary Anne, are the parents of two sons and one daughter: Charles (1979), Timothy (1983), and Corey (1987). They reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.