Executive in Residence


Involvement with the business community is a key factor in the success of the College. Our Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program was created in 2006 to provide students and faculty the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of business executives, to strengthen the relationship between the College and the business community, and to help transition students into the business world.

Responsibilities and Activities:

Executives in Residence undertake a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching: Attend, observe, and speak to graduate and undergraduate classes. The EIRs may teach entire courses or short courses on topics within their area of expertise.
  • Curriculum Enhancement: Assist with the identification of the needs and expectation of the business community, and advise on how the College's academic programs might respond. The EIRs are ideally positioned to advise academic staff in developing their teaching, learning, and research activities.
  • Academic Research: Provide advice to faculty on their research. The EIRs provide perspective on faculty research by attending seminars. The EIRs are encouraged to pursue joint research of interest to the academic and business communities.
  • Alumni & Student Relations: The EIRs interact with our alumni and current student cohorts. Such interactions may involve a meeting with various groups.
  • EIR Dinner Lecture: A dinner lecture brings together business leaders, faculty, and students for a stimulating presentation and/or panel discussion relating to the changing business environment and key issues affecting the Oregon business community.

Current Executives in Residence:

Larry Brown

Brown joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1975 where he served numerous publicly and privately held clients. He was the partner-in-charge of the Middle-market advisory practice in the Portland office of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1983 to his retirement in 2005. In addition to joining the College of Business Accounting faculty subsequent to his retirement, Brown also provides accounting, finance and operational consulting services to several companies.

He is affiliated with many organizations including the American Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the State of Oregon Board of Accountancy.

His service to OSU includes involvement in the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Dean's Circle of Excellence, and College of Business Accounting Circle. He has been an active supporter of the accounting program, making numerous presentations at Beta Alpha Psi meetings and recruiting OSU graduates for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has been recognized as the Outstanding Accounting Alumni award in 2004, the College of Business Distinguished Business Professional award in 2005 and was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 2010.

Brown received his BS in Business Administration in 1975 and CPA in 1978.


Robert M. Mayes is the CEO and founder of The Madison Companies and Madison Mayes, Inc., a sales and marketing company specializing in conceptual selling within complex niches. Prior to his most recent focus, Mayes built his own company selling and marketing high-end master planned communities. His teams have sold over $10 billion in home sites, homes, condos and memberships.
From 2001-2007 Mayes also served as CEO and Partner of DMB Realty, LLC, where he directed the company’s day-to-day operations and long range planning, growing annual sales from $30 million to over $750 million in 5 years. Prior to his real estate experience, Mayes was the President and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Thousand Trails, Inc., a Seattle, Wash., based network of private resorts serving more than 100,000 families with annual membership sales of over $128 million. 
From 1972 to 1979 Mayes served as Vice President and subsequently President of GranTree Corporation, a public company based out of Portland, Oregon.  During his seven-year tenure, revenues grew from $6 million to $92 million dollars.