The School of Business at Ithaca College recognized Louis DiCesare with a Market Maker Business Award.
The annual awards honor high school teachers and advisers who are committed to mentoring high school students in the areas of economics or finance.
DeCesare teaches college accounting, sports marketing and personal investing, among other courses, at Irondequoit High School in Rochester. He also serves as the school’s adviser for co-curricular business organizations DECA and the Future Business Leaders of America and is director of the Monroe County chapter of DECA. DiCesare has been recognized as a Gold Star teacher for each of the past 10 years by WISE, an organization that honors excellence in teaching financial literacy. The business department at Irondequoit High School has been named Business Department of the Year four times by the New York State Education Department and was named a WISE National Top 100 School for teaching personal finance. Prior to teaching, DiCesare was an advertising executive for eight years.
DiCesare was invited to an award dinner and reception at the college Nov. 12. While on campus, he met with the Core Trading Consultants, a student-run organization which manages over $50,000 in investments. DiCesare also heard from student members of the Equity Portfolio Management II course, which is responsible for managing over $600,000 in equity investments. Combined with the student managed fixed income portfolio, students manage over $800,000 in market exposure in the School of Business.
DiCesare also toured the business school’s Trading Room, which has a multitude of investment platforms including Bloomberg, Capital IQ and Reuters.
“Each of our awardees have made significant contributions and personal sacrifices in order to mentor and support their high school students in the area of finance or economics,” said Jay Muenzen, director of the asset management program in the School of Business. “These award recipients are really stand out performers in the teaching profession helping shape, guide and develop the next generation of leaders in the investment industry.”
Since 2005, the Ithaca College School of Business has been accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Considered the hallmark of excellence in business education, AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.
The school offers bachelor of science degrees in accounting and business administration, with concentrations in corporate accounting, finance, international business, management, sport management and marketing. At the graduate level, it offers a Master of Business Administration in business administration and a Master of Science in accounting.