David Baines
St. Louis, MO
(508) 801-7134
dbaines at wustl dot edu

Research Interests: Empirical Finance, Financial Econometrics, Applied Macroeconomics



Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO
DBA, Finance. 2024
Relevant Coursework: International Finance, Research Methods for Finance, Data Analysis for Investments, Microeconomics (1st year PhD course)
Boston University Boston, MA
MBA, Finance. High Honors. 2019
Relevant Coursework: Financial Management, Financial Reporting and Control, Economics and Management Decisions, Investments, Fixed Income Markets, Corporate Financial Management, Financial Statement Analysis,
Quantitative Methods for Finance
Suffolk University Boston, MA
BSBA, Management. Information Systems Minor. Honors. Griffin Honors Society. 2011
Relevant Coursework: Calculus, Applied Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Data Analysis, Money & Capital Markets, Honors Business Finance, Principles of Investments, Honors Accounting

Professional Experience

Verizon St. Louis, MO
Senior Data Scientist 2019 - Present
  • Designs explanatory and predictive models for the Network Capital Management group
  • Manipulates highly-dimensional data for empirical testing of such models
  • Automates data engineering tasks through programmatic means in both local and virtualized environments
  • Creates reports and slideware for executives to summarize findings
Verizon Waltham, MA
Leader, Researcher, and Technical Presenter 2017 - 2019
  • Led a team of presenters and researchers
  • Read academic literature relating to network and compute research to provide empirical evaluation of R&D projects
  • Gave daily lectures on specific research areas to large business, government, and education audiences
  • Researched justification for nascent technologies (i.e. 5G) and documented findings
  • Collaborated with developers, engineers, and architects to understand complex technology
  • Managed 50+ technologies in a research facility designed for presenting R&D projects
Verizon Waltham, MA
Product Marketing Manager 2016 - 2017
  • Analyzed specific markets to determine product fit for strategic gain
  • Evaluated technologies for alignment within specific strategic frameworks
  • Compiled attribute data on disparate products to form an effective product portfolio
  • Wrote documentation for technical or strategic communications for Verizon executives
  • Developed technical demonstrations to communicate functional validity of prototypes
MakerBot Brooklyn, NY
Project Manager 2014 - 2016
  • Investigated opportunities to expand market reach for core product line in a startup environment
  • Interviewed market participants to determine viability of a specific R&D project
  • Designed, marketed, sold, and deployed a novel managed solution for 3D printing to four US universities (see Projects section below)
  • Lectured on the evolution of 3D printing at universities, conferences, and trade shows
Apple Dedham, MA
Business Specialist 2010 - 2014
  • Established an inside SMB sales channel throughout retail locations to grow YoY revenue without hiring additional staff or increasing retail footprint
  • Developed outbound strategy based on empirical measures of customer engagement
  • Developed inbound strategy to identify SMB customers from consumer retail interactions
  • Facilitated events to educate customers and peers on Apple’s SMB strategy and solutions

Projects, Awards, and Certificates

Certificate in Statistics. Duke University. (Sample project) 2017
Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt. Boston University. 2017
MBA Case Competition Finalist. Boston University. 2017
MakerBot Innovation Center. Northern Arizona University. (Press Release) 2016
MakerBot Innovation Center. East Carolina University. (Press Release) 2015
MakerBot Innovation Center. Montclair State University. (Press Release) 2015
MakerBot Innovation Center. UMass Amherst. (Press Release) 2014
Founded three startup projects in the enterprise SaaS space revolving around data transformation services. 2011, 2015, 2016

Skills and Interests

  • Formal education and professional experience with frequentist statistics, Bayesian statistics, econometrics, data visualization techniques, data mining and codification, schema design, modeling and forecasting, and diagnostic and specification testing.
  • Formal education and professional experience in the effective presentation, facilitation, documentation, and collaboration of ideas and concepts.
  • Extensive experience with R, HTML/CSS/JS, Unix, PHP, C++ and C#, database languages (SQL and noSQL, ie. map-reduce), and compute or machine learning architectures (RESTful APIs or generative adversarial networks, for example). Experience with MATLAB and EViews.
  • Passionate hockey player and golfer. Avid reader of military history, business history, and biographies. Lifelong musician and player of the guitar, piano, and drums.


Determining Explanatory Power of Charateristics in Modern Asset Pricing Models Research assistantship, 2019

    Working for David Rapach and Ilias Filippou in the Finance Department in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis by creating dynamic ETL programs in R to collect, clean, structure, and analyze numerous firm characteristics over the univerise of stocks in the US - about 29,000 firms.

Dissecting the Specification Effectiveness of Ramsey's RESET Test Research assistantship, 2019

    Working for Robert Parks in the Economics Department of Washington University in St. Louis by creating programs in R and EViews that test published results and suggest improved variants of the RESET test.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond: A Valuation Analysis Summer research paper, 2019

    Abstract: Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Inc. (“BBBY”) is an omnichannel home décor retailer with 1,552 stores in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Over the last five years, they have been unsuccessful in growing top line revenue (5-year CAGR of 1.8%) while costs have continued to rise (five-year CAGR of 3.3%). While management has adroitly run the operating side of the business as evidenced by healthy financial ratios including higher than industry average ROE (27%), a low debt-equity-ratio (0.4x), and high EBIT interest coverage (18x), BBBY is projected to run out of debt-free cash flows in 2021 due to their evaporating net income. With this information, BBBY is evaluated at a SELL recommendation as its equity is valued at $429M on a DCF basis and $528M on a multiples basis; these are well below the $2.2B the company currently holds in market capitalization.

“Does Financial Statement Analysis help pick winners from an OTC equity market?” Summer research paper, 2019

    A research paper conceived and written in a seven-week period during the last semester of my MBA under advisor Francois Brochet, Associate Professor of Accounting at Boston University.