Charles R. Thomas, Jr. (Chuck) is associate professor at Tarleton State University (Texas).
A fifth-generation Texan, Chuck Thomas was recruited by the world’s oldest and most prestigious hospitality school, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, to lead its Executive MBA Program and serve as Department of Accounting Chair. He taught accounting, finance, and project management in the Executive MBA and Bachelors of Science programs while in Switzerland.
A veteran accountant, coach, and teacher, Chuck has written articles and delivered speeches about a wide range of accounting and management topics, including, accounting fraud, strategic sourcing and supply chain management, activity-based costing, capacity cost management, performance measurement, and the application of swarm intelligence to business practices.
Appointed to a task force by the Institute of Management Accountants, Chuck co-authored the Institute’s Conceptual Framework for Managerial Costing which serves as the worldwide guide to managerial costing principles and practices.
Before joining Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Chuck led Southwest Airlines’ Operations Modeling & Research Team. This Team supported all areas of Southwest’s operations by providing independent research and guidance. His Team led the design and development of a “brain” for Southwest’s “Nervous System” which serves to provide planning capabilities along with advance and realtime decision-making support for Southwest’s operations.
Chuck became a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1983, a certified management accountant (CMA) in 2011 and is a past president of the Mid-Cities Association of CPAs. In 1996, The University of Texas at Arlington conferred a PhD upon Chuck following his study of accounting, finance, and research.
A veteran professor, Chuck has taught managerial accounting in Baylor University’s Executive MBA Program (Hankamer School of Business). For Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Chuck has taught Masters’ level managerial accounting and corporate finance courses. Additionally, Chuck has served as an advisor to the Hankamer School of Business Accounting & Business Law department (Baylor University) and to the Accounting & Information Management Department at the Jindal School of Management (The University of Texas at Dallas). Currently he serves on the Business Advisory Council of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas.