New finance faculty encourage students to think beyond the classroom

New finance faculty encourage students to think beyond the classroom

February 13, 2020 //
From left to right: Tom Intoccia, Ming Fang, Tom Kenny

 

The business industry is an ever-evolving field with new concepts and technology constantly being implemented for the common good. Having an understanding of how corporations manage company conflict is essential for a successful career in business. The Department of Finance at the Fox School of Business is pleased to welcome three new professors—Thomas Kenny, Ming Fang and Thomas Intoccia. These professionals combine their tremendous amount of industry experience to effectively teach students tangible skills and theoretical approaches to the business industry. 

Thomas Kenny joins Temple as an assistant professor, after having served as an adjunct professor during the Spring 2019 semester. Previous teaching positions at Rowan University and Rutgers University. Kenny worked as a managing director at Murray Devine & Co for 27 years and three years at Stout Risius Ross. With this level of experience, Kenny effectively combines his knowledge as a practitioner with textbook situations, giving Fox students a well-rounded, and oftentimes experiential, learning experience. 

“During the last thirty years, I have worked in consulting, providing valuation and financial opinion services primarily to private equity funds for their transactions and their underlying portfolio companies,” says Kenny. “I will take situations that I have been involved in and apply the concepts to show students how I used these concepts in developing analyses and reports for clients.” 

 Ming Fang is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Finance.

Fang is an accomplished investment executive with decades of experience at firms, including AIG, Intelligence Analytics Consulting, Zacks Investment Management, Salomon Smith Barney, and Brevan Howard. 

Although Fang’s background is focused extensively on management roles within the industry, he still views teaching as his favorite job. Fang’s philosophy is rooted in students’ applying the information learned, not memorizing it. 

“I believe learning is a lifetime process, especially in today’s world,” says Fang. “In business, there are concepts that are constantly being developed such as financial technology, which requires you to keep your mind open and learn how to study for it and apply the information learned. So I generally recommend and encourage students to ask questions and think theoretically to gain a deeper understanding.” 

Thomas Intoccia joins Fox as an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Finance. Intoccia has extensive experience in the financial services industry, including 13 years in various executive positions with Charles Schwab Advisor Services.

“I decided to give back by teaching the next generation of planners and advisors. Being a Fox alumnus, I had the opportunity to not only give back to my industry but my alma mater, too,” says Intoccia. “I began by guest lecturing for Cindy Axelrod in her Introduction to Financial Planning Class, which led to my first role as an adjunct instructor and now as a full-time faculty member.” 

Intoccia also likes to combine his experience with classroom concepts to offer experiential learning to students. “In my view, it is also important to teach students how to think and act as financial planning professionals,” says Intoccia. “By utilizing case studies and allowing for active discussion, I try to give students get a real-world simulation that can be applied right away.”

Combining a substantial amount of industry experience with a passion for teaching the next generation of business professionals, Kenny, Fang and Intoccia establish themselves as professors who encourage students to think big and never to stop learning.

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