Business Faculty Member Leads Finance Discussion at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

News Story: April 15, 2015

On Thursday, March 26, Sacred Heart University’s Anthony Macari, executive director of graduate programs for Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business (WCOB), led a discussion titled “How Wall Street Values Companies” at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford.

Co-led by Andrew Caso, Sikorsky’s vice president of Financial Planning & Analysis, the event was attended by approximately 70 financial managers and analysts at the company. The discussion was sponsored by Sikorsky’s Finance Women’s Forum, but was open to all finance employees.

Several graduates of the business school work in Sikorsky’s finance department, including Jessa Francis ’14 MBA, co-chair of the Women’s Forum. “This was an event that had been planned for some time, but with the recent announcement that UTC will review a possible spin-off of Sikorsky, the timing couldn’t have been better,” she says. “Rather than a formal lecture, the session started with a discussion of the market for both private and public companies, then got more into the specifics on how the market views UTC and Sikorsky. The audience was involved from start to finish with questions and comments throughout the program.”

Macari says the idea for working with the WCOB came when Francis reached out to Professor Steve Brown. “The MBA students feel that they get to know the faculty very well here, so she was comfortable approaching us with an opportunity to collaborate on an educational level with a major corporation based near our campus,” he says. “I think it shows that we develop a pretty close relationship with our students, both during and after their studies in terms of being a resource throughout their careers.”

Macari notes that SHU and Sikorsky have an extensive, long-term relationship—many graduates have found careers at the company, and many established employees have come to campus to continue their education.

The WCOB will be represented again at Sikorsky in October with a discussion about work-life balance and coping skills.

“I really enjoyed working with the finance employees at Sikorsky,” Macari says. “I thought it was fun and valuable for both sides. I hope this is something we can continue to do with Sikorsky in the foreseeable future.”