Finance and Real Estate Faculty Mentors

General Career Advice

Shelly Howton, PhD

shelly.howton@villanova.edu
(610) 519-6111
Room 3012


Shelly Howton got her PhD in Finance from Florida State University and came to Villanova in 1997. She taught classes in a number of different areas including Equity Markets, Fixed Income, Investment Banking, Financial Institutions, Portfolio Management, and Financial Modeling and Valuation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also served as a faculty advisor for VSB’s Financial Management Association and Business Honor Society. She welcomes students looking for general finance career information or those trying to find an area in finance in which to focus, such as Consulting/Valuation, to come in and speak with her.

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Grad School/Academia  

Michael Pagano, PhD

michael.pagano@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4389
Room 2041


Prof. Pagano holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and has over 10 years of experience both in commercial lending / private banking activities at Citibank and in investment valuation analysis at a financial consulting firm, International Capital Markets Corp.  He has also served as an analytics specialist and general manager at Reuters America.  In addition, Prof. Pagano is involved with various professional organizations such as FINRA’s Market Regulation committee, Citadel FCU’s board of directors, and Alpha Architect’s ETF board of trustees.  Beyond the CFA designation, he holds a Ph.D. in Finance, MBA, and BS in Finance / Business Economics.

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Caitlin Dannhauser, PhD

caitlin.dannhauser@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4348
Room 2005


Dr. Caitlin Dannhauser is an assistant professor in the finance department at VSB. Caitlin teaches Equity Markets and Valuation and conducts research on investments, which has been published in top finance journals. She received her Ph.D. in 2015 from Boston College and her B.S. from Villanova Business School in 2005. As a VSB undergrad, Caitlin was a presidential scholar and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in finance and international business. Following college, Caitlin work in the equity division of Credit Suisse as an equity sales trader, multi-asset specialist, and Canadian sector strategist. While at Credit Suisse, she also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Beyond her career and education, Caitlin and her husband, Jim, have two daughters, Cassidy (2013) and Margaret (2017).

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Consulting/Valuation Services

Benjamin Scheick, PhD

benjamin.scheick@villanova.edu
(610) 519-7794
Room 2040

Dr. Benjamin Scheick is the Kenneth ’84 and Pamela Roessler Assistant Professor of Finance at VSB. Professor Scheick is an alumnus of Villanova University, having graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration (Finance), a BS in Economics, and a Minor in Mathematics. Upon graduation, Ben accepted a position to work within the Financial Services Division of Navigant Consulting. During his time at Navigant, Ben worked on projects involving the private wealth management division of a prominent investment bank, a pre-audit of the investment divisions within a major insurance company, and the acquisition of a small hedge fund administrator by a large investment management firm. After spending several years in consulting, Ben went on to earn his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Florida. Prior to his time at VSB, Dr. Scheick was an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the University of Georgia. While at VSB, Professor Scheick has taught Fixed Income Markets at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as an upper-level undergraduate course in Real Estate Capital Markets. Dr. Scheick’s academic research focuses on equity REITs, private commercial real estate, capital markets, and investor sentiment. His research has been featured in leading academic journals including Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking

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Shelly Howton, PhD

shelly.howton@villanova.edu
(610) 519-6111
Room 3012


Shelly Howton got her PhD in Finance from Florida State University and came to Villanova in 1997. She taught classes in a number of different areas including Equity Markets, Fixed Income, Investment Banking, Financial Institutions, Portfolio Management, and Financial Modeling and Valuation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also served as a faculty advisor for VSB’s Financial Management Association and Business Honor Society. She welcomes students looking for general finance career information or those trying to find an area in finance in which to focus, such as Consulting/Valuation, to come in and speak with her.

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Corporate Finance

Mi (Meg) Luo, PhD

mi.luo@villanova.edu
(610) 519-7469
Room 2007


Dr. Luo got her PhD degree in Finance from University of Utah. Her research interests are in corporate finance and corporate restructuring. She has published in top-tier finance journals such as Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Corporate Finance. She is a regular contributor to USNews’ “The Smarter Investor” column. Dr. Luo has taught corporate finance and corporate restructuring both at the undergraduate and MBA level. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor for Merger& Acquisition Society.  

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Tina Yang, PhD

tianxia.yang@villanova.edu
(610) 519-5460
Room 2008


Tina Yang is an Associate Professor of Finance at the School of Business of Villanova University. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Georgia, an MBA and an MS in International Business from the University of Miami, and a B.S. from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Villanova University, Clemson University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Georgia. Her research interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance, environmental, social and governance (ESG), and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. She has published in academic journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, American Business Law Journal, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking and Finance. She was the recipient of various awards including Financial Services Exchange Research Award, Oxford-Yale Research Grant, and China National Natural Science Foundation research grant. Tina is the invited expert of the Shanghai M&A Financial Research Institute.

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Equity Research

Paul Suckow

paul.suckow@villanova.edu
(610) 519-5949
Room 2057

Mr. Suckow received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Bradley University in 1969 and earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Western Illinois University in 1973. He began his career in finance in 1973 with American National Insurance Company as a securities analyst. In 1975, he became a trust investment officer with First Hutchings-Sealy National Bank. From 1978 to 1981, he was Vice President, Investments, for Sun Insurance Services and from 1981 to 1985, Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Delaware Investment Advisers. From 1985 to 1992, Mr. Suckow was Executive Vice President and Director of Fixed Income Securities for Oppenheimer Management Corporation, and from 1993 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer-Fixed Income for Delaware Investment Advisers, Inc. In 1999, he retired from the investment management industry and began a teaching career as a business fellow and adjunct professor of finance and economics at Villanova University. Since 1978, he has been a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CF A Institute.

Mr. Suckow's individual qualifications include his financial literacy evidenced by his position as an adjunct professor of finance and economics and his many years of service in the financial and insurance services industries. In addition, Mr. Suckow has served on the advisory boards of many corporations and is an "audit committee financial expert" within the meaning of SEC rules.

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Rabih Moussawi, PhD

rabih.moussawi@villanova.edu
(610) 519-8544
Room 1003

Rabih Moussawi: I am an Assistant Professor of Finance at Villanova University. My research interests are institutional investors, ETFs, hedge funds, and corporate governance. I have worked extensively on hedge funds and ETFs and my research has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and featured in mainstream publications such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. I received my PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and my MBA and BA in Economics, with distinction, from the American University of Beirut. At Villanova, I teach FIN 2323 Equity Markets and Valuation core finance class for junior students, the financial sentiment analysis module in the MSA 8310 Advanced Business Applications class, and a segment in FIN 2121 Finance Research Associate class. I also coordinate the finance seminar series for research papers presented at our department. Before Villanova, I was a research director at Wharton Research Data Services of the Wharton School, and before that, I was a quantitative researcher at the hedge fund unit of Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock). In my experience at Wharton and Blackrock, I worked actively in the field institutional research and quantitative trading strategies, and I would be happy to share my experience with our students who are interested in a buy side career or in equity research.

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Financial Institutions

Michael Pagano, PhD

michael.pagano@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4389
Room 2041


Prof. Pagano holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and has over 10 years of experience both in commercial lending / private banking activities at Citibank and in investment valuation analysis at a financial consulting firm, International Capital Markets Corp.  He has also served as an analytics specialist and general manager at Reuters America.  In addition, Prof. Pagano is involved with various professional organizations such as FINRA’s Market Regulation committee, Citadel FCU’s board of directors, and Alpha Architect’s ETF board of trustees.  Beyond the CFA designation, he holds a Ph.D. in Finance, MBA, and BS in Finance / Business Economics.

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Rabih Moussawi, PhD

rabih.moussawi@villanova.edu
(610) 519-8544
Room 1003

Rabih Moussawi: I am an Assistant Professor of Finance at Villanova University. My research interests are institutional investors, ETFs, hedge funds, and corporate governance. I have worked extensively on hedge funds and ETFs and my research has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and featured in mainstream publications such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. I received my PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and my MBA and BA in Economics, with distinction, from the American University of Beirut. At Villanova, I teach FIN 2323 Equity Markets and Valuation core finance class for junior students, the financial sentiment analysis module in the MSA 8310 Advanced Business Applications class, and a segment in FIN 2121 Finance Research Associate class. I also coordinate the finance seminar series for research papers presented at our department. Before Villanova, I was a research director at Wharton Research Data Services of the Wharton School, and before that, I was a quantitative researcher at the hedge fund unit of Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock). In my experience at Wharton and Blackrock, I worked actively in the field institutional research and quantitative trading strategies, and I would be happy to share my experience with our students who are interested in a buy side career or in equity research.

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John Sedunov, PhD

john.sedunov@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4374
Room 2042

My experience with financial institutions is that I conduct a research program centered around banking and financial crises. This work focuses on understanding how banks work, how to effectively manage banks, and how regulation is interlinked with banks. Through my research, I have had substantial interaction with people who work at the Federal Reserve and FDIC. Moreover, I teach courses on the Risk Management of Financial Institutions and on Alternative Investments, both topics are linked to the financial system and the management of financial institutions.

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Fixed Income

Stephen Padovano

stephen.padovano@villanova.edu
(610) 519-3924
 

Mr. Padovano is an Executive in Residence and Director of Applied Quantitative Finance at Villanova School of Business.  A 1989 graduate of Villanova University with a B.S. in Finance, he spent 22 years on Wall Street before retiring in 2011.  Most recently, he was a Managing Director and head of Structured Credit Proprietary Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a group which was an internal quantitatively driven hedge fund that invested in and traded credit derivatives, structured credit, subprime debt, mortgages, collateralized debt obligations and index arbitrage.  He was employed by Merrill Lynch since 1990 and prior to starting the  proprietary trading effort in 2003, Mr. Padovano held various senior management roles including Global Head of Structured Credit (structured debt, CDOs and CLOs), Global Head of High Grade Credit Trading (credit default swaps, index swaps, corporate bonds, preferred stock, money markets, commercial paper and structured securities) and Global Head of Credit Derivatives (credit default swaps, CDOs, CLOs and structured debt).  As one of the pioneers in the credit derivative business, Mr. Padovano helped merge cash credit trading with credit derivative trading as well as being one of the original members of the team that created the standardized credit default swap contract for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.  Prior to his senior management roles, Mr. Padovano traded asset swaps, repackaged credit products, credit default swaps and was an analyst on the interest rate derivative desk.

Benjamin Scheick, PhD

benjamin.scheick@villanova.edu
(610) 519-7794
Room 2040

Dr. Benjamin Scheick is the Kenneth ’84 and Pamela Roessler Assistant Professor of Finance at VSB. Professor Scheick is an alumnus of Villanova University, having graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration (Finance), a BS in Economics, and a Minor in Mathematics. Upon graduation, Ben accepted a position to work within the Financial Services Division of Navigant Consulting. During his time at Navigant, Ben worked on projects involving the private wealth management division of a prominent investment bank, a pre-audit of the investment divisions within a major insurance company, and the acquisition of a small hedge fund administrator by a large investment management firm. After spending several years in consulting, Ben went on to earn his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Florida. Prior to his time at VSB, Dr. Scheick was an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the University of Georgia. While at VSB, Professor Scheick has taught Fixed Income Markets at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as an upper-level undergraduate course in Real Estate Capital Markets. Dr. Scheick’s academic research focuses on equity REITs, private commercial real estate, capital markets, and investor sentiment. His research has been featured in leading academic journals including Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking

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Investment Banking

Mi (Meg) Luo, PhD

mi.luo@villanova.edu
(610) 519-7469
Room 2007


Dr. Luo got her PhD degree in Finance from University of Utah. Her research interests are in corporate finance and corporate restructuring. She has published in top-tier finance journals such as Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Corporate Finance. She is a regular contributor to USNews’ “The Smarter Investor” column. Dr. Luo has taught corporate finance and corporate restructuring both at the undergraduate and MBA level. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor for Merger& Acquisition Society.  

Full Bio

Shelly Howton, PhD

shelly.howton@villanova.edu
(610) 519-6111
Room 3012


Shelly Howton got her PhD in Finance from Florida State University and came to Villanova in 1997. She taught classes in a number of different areas including Equity Markets, Fixed Income, Investment Banking, Financial Institutions, Portfolio Management, and Financial Modeling and Valuation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also served as a faculty advisor for VSB’s Financial Management Association and Business Honor Society. She welcomes students looking for general finance career information or those trying to find an area in finance in which to focus, such as Consulting/Valuation, to come in and speak with her.

Full Bio

 

Quantitative Finance

Stephen Padovano

stephen.padovano@villanova.edu
(610) 519-3924
 

Mr. Padovano is an Executive in Residence and Director of Applied Quantitative Finance at Villanova School of Business.  A 1989 graduate of Villanova University with a B.S. in Finance, he spent 22 years on Wall Street before retiring in 2011.  Most recently, he was a Managing Director and head of Structured Credit Proprietary Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a group which was an internal quantitatively driven hedge fund that invested in and traded credit derivatives, structured credit, subprime debt, mortgages, collateralized debt obligations and index arbitrage.  He was employed by Merrill Lynch since 1990 and prior to starting the  proprietary trading effort in 2003, Mr. Padovano held various senior management roles including Global Head of Structured Credit (structured debt, CDOs and CLOs), Global Head of High Grade Credit Trading (credit default swaps, index swaps, corporate bonds, preferred stock, money markets, commercial paper and structured securities) and Global Head of Credit Derivatives (credit default swaps, CDOs, CLOs and structured debt).  As one of the pioneers in the credit derivative business, Mr. Padovano helped merge cash credit trading with credit derivative trading as well as being one of the original members of the team that created the standardized credit default swap contract for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.  Prior to his senior management roles, Mr. Padovano traded asset swaps, repackaged credit products, credit default swaps and was an analyst on the interest rate derivative desk.

Real Estate

charles.davidson@villanova.edu
(610) 519-5911
Room 3004


Charles Davidson comes to Villanova with a diverse commercial real estate background:  27 years as a real estate professional in investment management, consulting and brokerage, 14 years in public service serving on the Lower Merion Township planning commission and zoning hearing board and 7 years teaching commercial real estate investment courses at Villanova University. He is especially interested in working with his students to help them clarify their career objectives as they consider a path in commercial real estate. 
 

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Shawn Howton

shawn.howton@villanova.edu
(610) 519-5638
Room 3011


Dr. Howton received his BS and MBA at Southern Illinois University and his PhD at Florida State University. His dissertation was on how and why firms use derivate securities. He began his career at Drexel University in 1997 and moved to Villanova School of Business in the fall of 1999. Dr. Howton has taught and designed courses at the undergraduate, MBA and MSF level. Courses designed include fixed income markets, derivatives, structured products, and real estate investment, development, and capital markets. His research interests include financing decisions of Real Estate Investment Trusts, corporate governance, derivative securities, and structured products. Dr. Howton has published 28 articles in refereed journals including Real Estate Economics, Journal of Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Financial Management, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, Journal of Derivatives, Real Estate Portfolio Management, and Briefings in Real Estate Finance. Dr. Howton serves as an ad hoc reviewer for more than a dozen journals including the Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance and the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management

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Wealth Management

David Nawrocki, PhD

david.nawrocki@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4323
Room 2020


Dr. David Nawrocki is currently a Faculty Advisor to Villanova Equity Society and the Global Investment Society, as well as a University Fiduciary for the seven student managed investment funds. He worked in the investment research department at Girard Trust Bank, in the international money management group at J.P. Morgan, as a consultant to the State of Idaho retirement fund and director of research for The QInight Group. Dr. Nawrocki has been a member of University Endowment Committee for 10 years. In addition, he is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Financial Planning, and a Registered Investment Advisor in PA and CA. In VSB, he teaches the Fixed Income Markets class, the Portfolio Management class and the Critical Thinking and Value Investing university honors course. David has published 40 refereed academic journal articles in the area of financial market theory and modern portfolio theory.

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David Shaffer, PhD

david.shaffer@villanova.edu
(610) 519-5637
Room 2017


David Shaffer: David Shaffer is an associate professor of finance at the Villanova School of Business and the Chair of the Department of Finance. He teaches in the undergraduate MBA, MSF, and EMBA programs as well as the Executive Education programs. He regularly teaches courses in Corporate Finance, Derivatives, and International Finance. David is the Director of the Villanova Rome Program. His published research is in the area of Derivatives and risk management, especially with respect to the use of futures contract hedging strategies to mitigate financial risk.

David received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the Ohio State University and his PhD in Finance from the University of Kansas. Prior to getting his PhD, he worked on Wall Street for Prudential Securities and in the Property Casualty Insurance industry with Chubb.

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Michael Pagano, PhD

michael.pagano@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4389
Room 2041


Prof. Pagano holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and has over 10 years of experience both in commercial lending / private banking activities at Citibank and in investment valuation analysis at a financial consulting firm, International Capital Markets Corp.  He has also served as an analytics specialist and general manager at Reuters America.  In addition, Prof. Pagano is involved with various professional organizations such as FINRA’s Market Regulation committee, Citadel FCU’s board of directors, and Alpha Architect’s ETF board of trustees.  Beyond the CFA designation, he holds a Ph.D. in Finance, MBA, and BS in Finance / Business Economics.

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