Andy Call: Personable and practical

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“When I was in elementary school, I thought I wanted to grow up and be an elementary school teacher. Then when I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a high school teacher. And then I went to college…,” Andy Call laughs. “I guess I’ve always wanted to work in education.”

“In college, I was driven toward business; those were the classes I enjoyed most. My older brother was studying accounting, so I took a closer look at it. The accounting discipline was big at the university where I got my undergrad. But it turns out I really liked it,” Andy says.

Andy’s current research centers on various financial reporting topics, including the role of analysts in the stock market.

“We were interviewing an investor relations officer at a large publicly traded company for a different project. We were sitting around chatting when he began to vent about how frustrated he was when analysts go out of their way to make it hard for a company to beat earnings,” says Andy. He was fascinated and began gathering data to document the phenomena and its consequences.

“What we’re finding is that when analysts have a negative view of the company, meaning they’ve issued a recommendation to sell or hold the stock, they sometimes issue a forecast of earnings that is higher than expected. This moves the average forecast up and makes it hard for a company to meet those expectations,” Andy explains. Missing earning expectations can negatively impact a firm.

“Research is very entrepreneurial,” says Andy. “You’re birthing and developing and growing this idea, and bringing it to fruition.” Andy was able to take an idea that came from a random conversation and use his passion for knowledge to study it further.

“When you think you have a good idea, you’ve got to take a risk and go for it. When you have a good outcome along the way, there’s a lot of excitement in that,” he says.

Prior to joining the Sun Devil family, Andy taught at the University of Georgia.

“My wife and I wanted to move further west. W. P. Carey had a lot of the things I was looking for in a business school. I could tell this was a university that cared about research, without disregarding our mission to teach,” he says.

Andy joined the W. P. Carey School of Business in 2013 as a professor of accountancy, and currently serves as the Director of the School of Accountancy.

One of the thing Andy appreciates most about working at W. P. Carey is the genuine people and the close-knit culture.

“’Personal’ is an accurate description,” he says. “There is a general vibe at W. P. Carey that this is a place where we take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” he says. “We spend so much time at work. You want to work in an environment where you feel comfortable and you can be yourself.”

When Andy is not busy teaching, overseeing faculty, or building partnerships with stakeholders, he enjoys playing golf and escaping to the beach for some rest and relaxation.

Professional

What have you learned on another job that you’ve applied at W. P. Carey School?
Don’t cut corners in the classroom. Don’t dumb it down too much. Take the time to explain it. Students will rise to the occasion.

What’s your favorite W. P. Carey School event?
I really like graduation. I like that we do it in a light-hearted way. It’s fun to see students you had a year or two ago and go up and shake their hands and congratulate them on a job well done.

Have you ever received especially good advice?
Some of the most important things on your plate are the least urgent. You can’t constantly run around putting out the day-to-day fires all the time, otherwise you’ll never focus on what’s impactful. You could spend your whole day responding to emails but never actually getting done what you really want to accomplish. They may seem urgent at the time, but you also have to make time for big picture ideas, as well.

Where is your “never fail” lunch spot on or near campus?
Chipotle. I’m there multiple times a week.

What was your first job and what did it teach you?
I was a sandwich artist at Subway. It taught me how to work under pressure. Sandwich artistry is stressful. It’s hard to make a perfect sandwich with all those eyes on you.

Personal

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Once in college, I ate 12 Krispy Kreme donuts in 12 minutes on a dare from some friends. I actually still like donuts, but just not a dozen at a time.

If you could be in any other career, what would it be?
I’d be in public accounting or some kind of accounting role. I’m fairly practical. I like accounting and I can’t envision myself doing anything too terribly different.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
South Africa; my wife is from there.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Teleportation. I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be somewhere in an instant. I could totally cut down my commute, too.

What TV show can you watch over and over?
I have always been a fan of Survivor.

What’s your hidden talent?
I do magic tricks for my kids.

Preferences

Salty or sweet? Both
Coffee or tea? Neither
Soda or energy drink? Diet soda
Cat or dog? Dog
Truck or car? Truck
Board games or video games? Board games
Fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction
Facebook or face-to-face? Face-to-face
Breakfast or lunch? Lunch
Morning person or night owl? Night owl