Shawn Mobbs

I have always enjoyed understanding how things work. It is how I am wired. Early in life I did not have a clear direction for a career path, but pursued engineering because it seemed to fit me. I learned a lot about how the world is designed and how it works. Once I started making my own money, I became interested in Finance and really wanted to understand financial incentives and investing. The more I pursued these interests, the more I became aware of and intrigued by the role of human incentives in financial decision making. I found this intriguing because what the world saw as a dilemma of how to create contracts or incentives to get people to act in the right way, was completely consistent with the world view I had been taught since I was young. In addition to understanding the physical world around me, I have always wanted to understand what else there is, the Spiritual component of life. I grew up in a home that taught me about God and about the Fall of Man and about Jesus. When I was seven, a godly family friend, explained to me that God created me and loved me, but because I had made mistakes and He was perfect, I could not be in His presence and that the price of my mistakes was separation from God – spiritual death. Fortunately, because of God’s love for me, He sent His Son to pay the price for my mistakes so that through faith, I could accept His gift of grace and have His Son’s death pay the price for my mistakes. A few days later I decided to accept this gift from God and to put my faith in what Jesus did for me. Later in life, I began to think more about this commitment I had made and I began to think about other alternative explanations for what I was seeing and learning about the world around me and about myself. The more I thought on why things were the way they were, the more I realized that the best explanation for what I saw in people and in the world around me, and in myself, was that expressed in the Bible. As I continue to experience life, relationships and observe the world around me and my own actions and thoughts, I am continually convinced that the Bible offers the best explanation and understanding for what I see in the world around me and in myself.

My Life

Favorite Quote

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” -G.K. Chesterton

Friends describe me

as being "even keel"

My hobbies

Being outdoors with my family. Hiking, backpacking or working in the yard. Swimming and running.

Fantasy dinner guests

C. S. Lewis and Toby Mac

Best advice I ever received

Don't be afraid to try something new and be willing to take risks

My undergrad alma mater

Georgia Tech

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

Pontiac Grand Prix

If I weren't a professor, I would

be a farmer.

Favorite books

Mere Christianity; The Problem of Pain; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lord of the Rings; The Circle Series

Favorite movies

Star Wars; Rocky IV; The Lord of the Rings

Favorite city

Lake Tahoe, California

Favorite coffee


Nobody knows I

I have flown in an F-15E and broken the sound barrier.

My latest accomplishment

Running a half-marathon with my daughter and climbing Mount Elbert in Colorado with my son.

Current Research

Corporate Governance; Executive and Director Incentives