CENTER FOR BUSINESS & ECONOMIC RESEARCH
S.C. Manley, M.B.A. -
Scott Manley, CBER's director, also serves as a lecturer in the department of management and international business at Langdale College. He previously served for 12 years as the assistant director of VSU's Small Business Development Center, providing counseling, technical assistance, and training to thousands of entrepreneurs throughout the southeastern United States. Scott has been recognized nationally for distinguished volunteer service to victims of Hurricane Katrina, by the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC); additionally, he received ASBDC's 2009 "State Star" award. In 2008, he was recognized by the Georgia SBDC Network as Georgia's consultant of the year, and in 2010 for the state's best continuing education program.
Before joining Valdosta State University in 1998, Scott worked extensively in the private sector. A former small business owner, he has experience in retail management, manufacturing, logistics, and consumer finance. Scott holds a BBA and MBA in Management, both from Valdosta State University, and is presently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration at Kennesaw State University. His primary research interests are the traits, personality characteristics, and motivations of individual entrepreneurs, critical success factors for entrepreneurs, and the emerging phenomenon of social entrepreneurship.
Scott also serves on the Business Advisory Board of Valdosta State University’s Chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, and has twice led a group of SIFE students on an international consulting project to El Remate, Guatemala. In his spare time, Scott enjoys saltwater fishing, deer hunting, RV camping, and spending time with his family. He serves as a deacon and sings in the chancel choir at First Baptist Church of Valdosta, but his true passion lies in the mission field, particularly in assisting “El Hogar de Muchos Manos” in Bejuma, Venezuela.
Cynthia Royal Tori, Ph.D.
Dr. Cynthia Royal Tori, professor of economics, is the author of CBER's South Georgia Business Outlook. Dr. Tori's primary research interests center on financial services, central banking, international trade, and returns to education. Her research has been published in several journals including the Journal of Macroeconomics, the Atlantic Economic Journal, and the International Journal of Economics and Finance. Additionally, Dr. Tori regularly completes privately-commissioned impact studies for CBER, and works closely with the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce on projects such as their IMPACT 2012 project.
Dr. Tori received her BS in finance from the University of Florida. After four years of working in the banking industry, she entered graduate school at University Kentucky where she received her Ph.D. in economics. Her greatest professional joy is working with and preparing her students for their chosen careers and expanding their understanding of the macro-economy and policy decisions. Dr. Tori is married with three children, and her hobbies include boating, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.
Zulal Denaux, Ph.D.
Dr. Zulal Sogutlu Denaux, professor of economics, is the author of CBER's quarterly Cost of Living Index. Dr. Denaux received her Ph.D. in economics, with a minor in statistics, from North Carolina State University before joining the Langdale College faculty in 2002. She received her BA in economics from the Political Science Faculty, Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey. In 1994, she came to the USA to pursue her graduate studies, receiving an MBA from New Hampshire College, as well as a Master's in Economics and Ph.D. from NC State. After graduating, she worked briefly at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina where she was recognized as 2001-2002 MBA professor of the year. Her research and teaching interests are macroeconomics, economic growth and development, econometrics, and international trade.
Attila Cseh, Ph.D.
Dr. Attila Cseh is the department head of Langdale College's department of marketing and economics, and also serves as associate professor of economics. Before coming to the United States to pursue his graduate studies, Dr. Cseh worked for the Hungarian Debt Management Agency. He has a B.A. from Budapest University of Economic Sciences, an M.A. from Central Missouri State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Cseh regularly completes privately-commissioned applied research projects for CBER, and formerly served as editor of the quarterly Cost of Living Index. In addition to his duties as department head, Dr. Cseh teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Health Economics, and International Economics courses. His research focuses on the labor market consequences of mental health and on public policy aimed at mental health.