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Chuck Whinney

'05 MBA

Financial Strategy Director - Healthcare, Infor

Favorite class at VSB and why?

I particularly remember enjoying a Managerial Accounting course taught by an adjunct professor who was the CFO of a local construction firm. The real-world scenarios he leveraged as learning tools were very engaging and, in retrospect, were definitely the first step into what has now become my career. From a theory point of view, I really enjoyed Dave Shaffer’s Financial Derivatives course, as well as the research I took part in under Sohail Chaudhry regarding the use of genetic algorithms in enhancing the efficiency of complex systems.

Most important thing you learned?

The most important thing I learned was the general concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Interestingly, the concept didn’t really start to hit home until a couple of years after graduation from VSB. I now attempt to consider both my own and others’ potential emotional responses to professional and personal situations within life. Everyone falls down, but I believe it has helped me fall less often and less hard, while generally improving life for those around me.

Favorite Villanova memory?

My favorite memory is storming the court in 2005 when a then-unranked Villanova team beat the number two ranked Kansas while over a foot of snow fell outside the Wachovia Center. It was a long drive home, but well worth it.

What are you currently reading?

With a toddler at home, I’ve been playing defense attempting to generally keep up with BBC News and The Economist. That said, I’m looking forward to diving into The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.

Chuck Whinney