Chad Zipfel

Senior Lecturer of Finance



Chad Zipfel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in August 2018, Chad was an adjunct professor.

He joined Fisher with more than a decade of progressive finance leadership experience in the Corporate space. Most recently as Senior Director, he led the turnaround of The Oneida Group out of bankruptcy: rebuilding a new Finance organization, reducing inventory, enacting price increases, and refinancing the Company’s capital structure. Prior to that, Chad worked at L Brands and Procter & Gamble for close to 10 years, in various capacities and locations: ranging from Corporate Finance to M&A to Sales to Innovation to Plant Controller.

Outside of the classroom, Chad is actively engaged with Fisher’s Executive Education, Honors Finance program, and is a STEP Faculty Mentor.

In addition to Ohio State, Chad stays engaged in the business world through a variety of means. He is the active founder of F.A.S.T. Consulting LLC: specializing in Finance and Strategy transformations focused on small businesses and CPG companies. He currently sits on the Board of a VC-backed start-up and continues to be active in the non-profit space with numerous Board positions.

Chad received his BSBA in Finance with Honors, graduating summa cum laude from Fisher. He resides in Sunbury, OH with his wife and two boys.


  • BUSFIN 4211 - Corporate Finance

    Analysis of advanced capital budgeting problems through understanding the theories and applications of capital structure, leasing and real options. Theories and applications in corporate control, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Prereq: 3220, AcctMIS 2200, 2300, BusOBA 2320, 2321, and BusMHR 2291 or 2292. Not open to students with credit for 4210 or 4212.

  • BUSFIN 4255 - International Finance

    The goal is to provide a framework for making financial decisions in an international context. The course is divided into three sections: 1) the international financial environment, 2) international investment analysis, and 3) international corporate finance. Students will be exposed to a broad range of topics, including some of the latest developments in global financial markets. Prereq: 4250. Prereq or concur: 4211 and 4221.

  • BUSFIN 4250 - Global Finance

    Implications for financial managers of global economic policy. Prereq: 3220 (620), AcctMIS 2200 (211), 2300 (212), BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331), and BusMHR 2291 or 2292 (BusAdm 499.01). Not open to students with credit for Econ 520.

  • BUSFIN 4630H - Finance Honors Seminar-Capstone

    This course is a current event and capstone project with leadership service experience. The Capstone project will introduce you to the world of non-profit organizations. The non-profit sector serves a vital role in our society and covers range of institutions and organizations. Prereq: Admission to the Finance Honors Program.

  • BUSFIN 7213 - Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy

    Advanced corporate finance theories and applications in the areas of spinoffs, restructuring, and bankruptcy. Prereq: MBA 6223, and BusFin 7210, concur: 7220 or 7230; or enrollment in SMB-Finance program.

  • BUSFIN 7800 - Advanced Topics in Finance for EMBA

    Advanced topics in finance for students in the Executive MBA Program. Prereq: Enrollment in EMBA program. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs or 10 completions. This course is progress graded.

  • BUSFIN 1300 - Project Thrive Fin Gigs

    In this course, you will examine the role of finance and accounting in organizations and society, learn accounting/finance fundamentals, explore accounting/finance career choices, and study the hard and soft skills required to be successful in business. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

  • BUSADM 3890H - Honors Seminar

    Seminar on current business topics for students enrolled in the Business Administration Honors Programs. Topics may vary. Prereq: Admission to a Business Administration Honors Program. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs of 4 completions.