I am thrilled to be a practitioner-educator in finance with the Foisie Business School at WPI. I enjoy working with and learning from my WPI students and sharing what I have learned with them from more than 25 years of professional experience in finance, business, and law. My work at WPI covers corporate and personal finance, financial technology (FinTech), stakeholder value and governance, financial institutions, regional economic development, and financial intelligence for strategic decision-making. I am involved in various project-based learning and other initiatives at WPI, including the FinTech Collaborative, the Wall Street/FinTech Project Center, and the Pioneer Valley Project Center. In addition to my work at WPI, I am a member of the Boards of Directors of Western New England Bancorp (NASDAQ: WNEB) and its subsidiary Westfield Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank with operations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. I chair the WNEB/Westfield Bank Board's Finance and Risk Management Committee, and I also serve on its Compensation Committee. I previously served as the CEO of DevelopSpringfield -- a non-profit community economic development firm, and I worked for nearly two decades as a practitioner and senior executive in finance, corporate development, international management, and law with the Fortune 100 global financial services firm MassMutual Financial Group. As a result of my work at WPI, I have been fortunate to experience first-hand how the motivated and talented members of our student body and faculty community creatively address critical challenges in the financial sector, in business, and most importantly in our communities through hands-on, project-based education with impact. I am proud to be a member of the WPI community.
Professional Highlights & Honors
IEEE’s membership publication interviewed Kevin Sweeney, a professor of finance with the Foisie Business School, about the growing popularity of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. Sweeney discusses the pros and cons of the system, which is now being accepted by major retailers such as Expedia and Overstock.