Chad Zipfel

Senior Lecturer of Finance



 Chad Zipfel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance. He joined Fisher in 2018 with more than a decade of progressive finance leadership experience in the Corporate space. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, Chad 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 delivered top-rated results at L Brands and Procter & Gamble in diverse capacities and locations: ranging from FP&A, Corporate Finance, M&A, Innovation, Sales, and Supply Chain.

At OSU, Chad is a STEP Faculty Mentor and is actively engaged with Fisher’s Executive Education as an Academic Director. Chad also serves on various committees and is faculty sponsor for various Student Orgs.

Outside of OSU, Chad stays engaged in the business world through a variety of means. Since 2018, he is the active owner of F.A.S.T. Consulting LLC: specializing in Finance and Strategy transformations as a fractional CFO for small/mid-cap companies. He sits on the Board of a VC-backed start-up while continuing 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 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 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.
BUSFIN 4213 - Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Corporate finance theories as they relate to spinoffs, restructuring, and bankruptcy. Prereq: 4211, 4221, 4219, and BusMHR 2292. Not open to students with credit for 721.
MBA 6223 - Finance
A market-oriented framework for analyzing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. The course covers the following topics: present value techniques, capital budgeting, asset valuation, portfolio theory, asset pricing, market efficiency, options, capital structure, financial distress, financial modeling, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and ethics. Prereq: Enrollment in the MBA or WPMBA program. Not open to students with credit for 6221, 6222, or BusFin 810 or 811.