Who We Are
The Beyster Institute at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership as an effective and responsible business model.
We focus on education, research, and consulting to promote employee ownership and the creation of effective ownership cultures.
We serve companies interested in the employee ownership business strategy, business owners looking to transition out of their companies, and professional advisers who want to better serve their clients by gaining employee ownership knowledge.
Photo credit: Eric Millette
The Beyster Institute
9500 Gilman Drive
Otterson Hall South, Fourth Floor
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Kim has over 30 years of experience in his areas of expertise ESOPs and equity compensation plans. He uses his income tax and accounting background to help companies determine the feasibility of an ESOP, forecast repurchase obligations, and craft ESOP transactions designed to address each client’s unique needs and objectives. Prior to joining the Beyster Institute, he was a vice president of ESOP consulting at Principal Financial Group. Kim also led the ESOP practice at Mercer Company and has worked at RSM US LLP, and KPMG. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Denver. He passed the CPA exam in 1985.
Weiyang (Tina) Xu
Employee Ownership Consultant
Tina started as a Graduate Student Associate at the Beyster Institute in 2017. Prior to joining the Beyster Institute, she worked in a Hong Kong investment bank in different roles providing services including operation, trading, financial analysis and planning, valuation, and investment advisory. Tina has a strong background in financial analysis, valuation, and accounting. She received her B.B.A in Finance from Lingnan University, M.Sc. in Financial Services from City University of Hong Kong, and M.B.A from University of California San Diego.
Employee Ownership Consultant
Mauro joined the Beyster Institute in 2017 as a Graduate Student Associate. Prior to joining the Beyster Institute, he worked in the controlling area of an investment bank, and in operations for offshore funds. He has substantial experience in financial modeling in the areas of controlling, accounting, financial forecast, valuation, and financial reporting. Mauro received his B.A. in Economics and Finance from the Faculdades Ibmec in Rio de Janeiro and his MBA from the University of California San Diego.
Office Administrator and Program Manager
Courtney handles all administrative duties for the institute, including managing our academic programming, marketing, and communications efforts. She brings a background in cultural studies and a passion for economic equity and diversity to the Beyster Institute team. She has a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and is currently working on her MBA at Rady School of Management. Her goal is to bring an intersectional approach to improving employee culture.
Beyster Institute Internships
The Beyster Institute also provides opportunities for high-achieving Rady graduate students to participate in an educational practicum - attending management seminars, working with senior consultants and communications and marketing professionals, and assisting in the development of financial forecast models.