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Taxation M.S. Faculty

Master of Science in Taxation Faculty

Robert E. Wnek, J.D., LL.M., CPA
Chair of the Department of Accounting
Professor of Taxation and Business Law

Phone: 203.932.7111
Office: M228 A

Prof. Wnek's primary areas of teaching include individual, estate and gift taxation, and estate planning.

He was educated at Villanova University (B.S.B.A.), Delaware Law School of Widener University (J.D.), and the Boston University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation). He was admitted to practice as an attorney and certified public accountant in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Prof. Wnek has over 25 years of experience in taxation, law and accounting. He served in a management capacity for a large International Accounting firm where his duties included tax research, planning and representation for multi-national and publicly traded companies. He has been a speaker or presenter at numerous Connecticut Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs sponsored seminars. He has received "Distinguished Discussion Leader Recognition" from the Connecticut Society of CPAs.

He has served on numerous professional committees including the Executive Committee for Continuing Professional Education, the State Board of Accountancy subcommittee on Education and the State Board of Accountancy—150-hour CPA Regulations Committee. He was also appointed to the State Tax Commissioner's Committee on Tax Law Clarification.

Prof. Wnek is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Society of CPAs. He has co-authored articles published in the Professional Journals on topics such as Income Taxation, Professional Corporations and Estate and Gift Tax.

Martin A. Goldberg, J.D., LL.M.
Assistant Professor of Taxation and Business Law

Phone: 203.932.7110
Office: M226 E

Prof. Goldberg teaches tax research and writing, business entity taxation, qualified plans, and estate and gift taxation.

He received his law degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a graduate law degree, the LL.M. in Taxation, from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York, and has over 25 years' experience in the practice of law. He has written numerous articles on taxation and business law and has spoken to attorney groups, accounting groups, and other professional groups. Prof. Goldberg is on the advisory board of The Connecticut Forum.

Michael Davis, M.B.A.
Executive in Residence

Michael Davis is Director of Taxes, Nestlé Holdings, Inc., where he has been employed for the past 17 years. Nestlé is the world's largest food company with market capitalization of $100+ billion.

He has 20 years of experience in the areas of taxes, software, and the development and implementation of value-added tax practices. His current Nestlé USA responsibilities include managing over 20 direct reports at four locations as well as all federal, state, property, and sales and use tax compliance; tax MIS management; and tax administration. Over 50 of the Fortune 500 companies have visited Mr. Davis to understand and implement his best practices and processes.

He received a B.S. in finance from the University of Bridgeport, and an M.B.A. in accounting and his Senior Professional Certificate in Taxation—Taxation of Corporations from the Graduate School of the University of New Haven in 1986.

Mr. Davis is a past and current chairman and member of various tax/accounting and software steering committees. He has authored several articles, which have been published in tax, accounting, and technical publications. Mr. Davis has also been a featured speaker at many tax/accounting and software industry conferences and seminars.

Michael Puglia, M.S., CPA

Michael Puglia has been affiliated with the University of New Haven for the past ten years as an adjunct instructor, and most recently as Practitioner-in-Residence in Accounting. His courses at the University have included graduate and undergraduate courses with an emphasis on financial accounting and international taxation. He received his M.S. in accounting from the University of New Haven in 1987.

Mr. Puglia is a large-case manager for the Internal Revenue Service, and a former international examiner. He has participated in the formulation of bilateral transfer pricing methodologies in conjunction with U.S. corporations under the auspices of Chief Counsel International in Washington, D.C. He has lectured extensively in the district as well as for the Continuing Professional Education of the North Atlantic Region of the IRS, on topics such as Technical Aspects of U.S. Taxation of Effectively Connected Insurance Income, International Mergers and Acquisitions, and Foreign Source of Income: Income from Single Source and Income of Compound Source.

Recently, Mr. Puglia was selected and trained as a financial products specialist in an effort to apply proper tax treatment to financial instruments relating to international transactions. Because many of the legal, accounting, and tax guidelines for financial products were formulated before the market for these instruments became popular, this area promises to offer new and interesting challenges.

Gene Gavin, M.B.A., J.D., LL.M., CPA
Tax Executive-in-Residence

Gene Gavin has over 25 years of experience in taxation, as an accountant and attorney, including eight years as Connecticut's Commissioner of Revenue Services. He is internationally recognized for his managerial skills and innovations in tax collection.

Mr. Gavin has taught graduate tax courses at the University of New Haven since 1997. Prior to serving as tax commissioner, Mr. Gavin was director of state and local taxes at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and served as state representative. He also was tax manager at J.C. Penney, Inc., and tax attorney for Kennecott Corporation.

He received his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Rutgers University in 1978, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1984.

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