Dr. Rauch grew up in St. Paul, MN and received his B.A. from St. Cloud State University in economics, graduating with honors. He received his M.A. in monetary economics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University, writing his dissertation on bank consolidation. While at Colorado State University he played on the school hockey team. He worked as a Credit Analyst for Green Tree Financial Corporation in St. Paul, and was an assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota where he taught finance. Dr. Rauch has a wife, two daughters, and a son. Dr. Rauch’s research interests are in small business bank lending and casino financial management, and he is published in each topic. He is co-advisor for the Students in Free Enterprise club on campus, and actively consults for Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce in Ada on topics such as regression analysis, financial analysis, and economic analysis. In 2002, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam. While there, he wrote a paper on developing small business bank lending in Vietnam.