Live APRIL 5th at 7pm: FINANCE 101 - S1E1

Financial literacy is more than just being able to balance a checkbook, manage a credit card or get a loan. It also includes the knowledge and discipline to use those skills every day to plan for a better future.  On this show, we offer viewers the chance to ask a wide range of questions (that they may have always been afraid to ask!)

  • Creating a budget
  • Using technology to help with finances
  • Banking options:  Different types of accounts and different types of interests
  • What to know / implications of changing jobs
  • What do I pay off first?
  • Building a solid financial foundation for individuals and their family
  • Becoming a financial role model for children
  • When / How to start talking to kids about finances



Host Bio:
Anthony (Tony) Sindone

Anthony (Tony) Sindone is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance and Economic Development at Purdue University Northwest, additionally, he is the Director of the Professional MBA Program and the Director of the Center for Economic Development and Research.

He holds an MA degree in economics from Notre Dame with concentrations in labor economics and public policy. He has completed all the necessary course work for the Ph.D. Prior to Purdue, he served on the faculties of Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame.



Guest Bio:
Stephanie Madison

Stephanie Madison is the Community Market Director at First Merchants Corporation. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry within Northwest Indiana. As the Community Market Director, Stephanie grows new business in the consumer and commercial sectors. Stephanie is also responsible for representing the bank through board participation and event attendance, she also supports and facilitates financial literacy efforts within the region.

Stephanie holds an associate degree in women’s studies from Purdue Northwest, along with a B.A. in Organizational Management from St. Joseph’s of Calumet College. Stephanie is currently working toward her MBA at Lamar University. Stephanie resides in Whiting with her daughters and husband. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Lakeshore Professional Women’s Conference.



Guest Bio:
Gary Housman

Gary Housman is an independent investment and market analyst. He spent 25 years on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange managing institutional derivatives brokerage…..and was a full partner at Cantor Fitzgerald , the largest fixed income dealer. Later was a Senior Trader at two hedge funds utilizing futures ,treasury securities and ETF’s.

More recently, Housman has been helping individuals with financial planning and investment perspective, and doing financial literacy volunteer work for Junior Achievement and local Chamber of Commerce events.



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