Dr. Pearson worked in investments for many years before pursuing an academic career. He continues to serve as president and chief investment officer of Value View Financial Corp., an equity-focused money management firm he founded in Orlando in 1999. Dr. Pearson has taught business, finance, and economics courses at many institutions, including the University of South Florida and Washington College. From 2009 to 2017, Dr. Pearson served in academic leadership at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina, first as director of the MBA program, and then as department chair, during which time the school developed new emphases in entrepreneurship and human resource management. His consulting and scholarly interests include microfinance, crowd-funding, and investment markets in the developing world. His dissertation focused on microfinance and the impact of reputation and relations on the repayment behavior of borrowers. He has also written about ethics in financial markets. He is a member of the American Finance Association, the Association of Private Enterprise Education, the Association of Christian Economists, and the Christian Business Faculty Association. He is an honoree of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Pi Gamma Mu national social science honorary society, and Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society. He lives with his wife Christy, twin toddlers Zach and Kate, and a cat named Linus.