Stephen Wilson holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Southern California in both Marketing and Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration with a Finance emphasis from the University of Southern California. For over 10 years, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a major international food manufacturer where he directed all aspects of Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Treasury, Payroll, MIS and Legal.  During that time, his staff ranged from 20 to 45 people, and he held the position of Secretary on the company’s Board of Directors.

During his career, Stephen has been exposed to a variety of accounting and financial issues which include cash management, capacity planning, capital budgeting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial analysis, lease/buy decisions, risk management, and strategic planning/budgeting.  Among his accomplishments were providing the key financial information necessary for building a $1.2 billion all new automotive assembly plant in Normal, Illinois as a joint venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motors – Diamond-Star Motors. As part of Chrysler’s Mergers and Acquisitions team, he played a key role in purchasing Electrospace Systems, Inc., a defense contractor, for $372 million.  He evaluated, managed and developed new business programs including a $1.2 billion small corporate jet and a $5 billion DC-9 re-engining joint venture with Rolls-Royce, Airborne Express and Cammacorp.  He personally interfaced with Les Aspin, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who later became the Secretary of Defense.  He has also performed international financial projects in Mexico, the U.K., France and Japan, prepared numerous internal business publications, and has been published in the Transportation Journal and The Journal of Finance.

He is a very strong believer in having some fun while learning!  Please do not hesitate to let him know if you have any questions or concerns. He is there to facilitate the learning experience as well as to help students succeed in learning the course material – especially that course material that is relevant to the business world and students’ success in it!  Stephen is very much looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing the semester together.