College of Business

Dr. Tony Pizelo

Associate Professor
Business

  • Ph.D. Seattle Pacific University, 2018
  • M.A. Seattle Pacific University, 2015
  • M.A. Washington State University, 1993
  • B.A. Gonzaga University, 1990

Background

Tony has been an executive in the financial industry for over 25 years. He is currently an associate professor in the College of Business at Northwest University. He earned his PhD in industrial organizational psychology at Seattle Pacific University. For fourteen years, Tony served as the CEO and chairman of Pacific West Financial Group and its subsidiary companies. Pacific West was a Top 50 Independent Financial Firm in the U.S. with 65 home office staff, 345 independent brokers, and over 200 branch offices. Sales topped $1.2 billion. During this time, Tony earned over 10 financial licenses. In 2012, Pacific West went through a successful merger with Cetera (a nationally-based financial firm). Just prior to joining Pacific West, Tony worked for Great Northern Financial Services helping them become an NASD and SEC broker-dealer. Tony served as the treasurer of the board of directors of Northwest University for three years and was on the board for six years. 

Tony has spent many years teaching various college-level business courses, including recent MBA classes in finance and economics.

Tony holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in economics with honors from Gonzaga University, a Masters of Arts (MA) degree in economics from Washington State University, and a MA and PhD in industrial organizational psychology from Seattle Pacific University. 

Tony holds the Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional designation (SHRM-SCP), is a certified director through UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and a former Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA) through the University of Pittsburg.

When not at work or school, Tony enjoys spending time with his family including his wife Bonnie, and their six children: Hannah, Samuel, Giovanna (and husband Chase), Stephanas, Allen, and Esther. Tony is an active member of Seattle Revival Center and New Covenant Fellowship and enjoys being a small group leader.

Publications

Pizelo, T., & Stull, A. (1998) “Surfing for Success in Finance.” NY, NY: Prentice Hall.

Internet writer for Prentice Hall (PHLIP) (1996-1998). Developed, researched, and authored financial articles for professors and students.

Presentations

Pizelo, T., Collins, J. A. & Jourdan, J. (2017) “An Examination of the Impact of Age and Experience Differences in Predicting Leadership Styles and Qualities among Sales Professionals” Society of Consulting Psychologist, Seattle, WA

Collins, J. A., Pizelo, T., Jourdan, J., Munsterteiger, A., & Cospito, J., (2016) "Theory Building Toward a Videoconference Coaching Competency Model" Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare. Harvard Medical School Coaching Conference. Boston, MA.

Pizelo, T. & Cooper, D. (1993) “Investing In Quality High Yield Portfolios for Abnormal Returns.” Presentation at the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting

Recommended Reading

  • Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
  • Hearing God's Voice Today: Practical Help for Listening to Him and Recognizing His Voice by James W. Goll and Kris Vallotton