Dr. Tony Pizelo

Associate Professor
College of Business


PhD, Seattle Pacific University, 2018
MA, Seattle Pacific University, 2015
MA, Washington State University, 1993
BA, Gonzaga University, 1990


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, Stephanas, Allen (and wife Ariel), and Esther. Tony is an active member of New Covenant Fellowship and enjoys being a hobby farmer.


Seahawks and Mariners fan. Hobby farmer.


Reading about and praying for revival.


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.


Pizelo, T. (2020, October). Developing Business Leaders for a Better Tomorrow: Presenting a New Leadership Development Model​. Presentation. ACBSP Region 7 Conference.

Pizelo, T. (2019, June). Developing entrepreneurial leaders: Examining theory of mind, time management skills, and planning skills as predictors of transformational leadership. Presentation. ACBSP Annual Conference, Houston, Texas.

Pizelo, T. (2018, October). Developing Entrepreneurial Leaders: Exploring the Relationship between Transformational Leadership and Theory of Mind​. Presentation. ACBSP Region 7 Conference, West Oahu, Hawaii.

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, 2014 by Adam Grant.

Hearing God’s Voice Today: Practical Help for Listening to Him and Recognizing His Voice, 2016 by James W. Goll and Kris Vallotton.

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