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Duquesne Business Professor Cited as One of Most 25 Influential in Cash Management Trends

A Duquesne University business professor was the only academic named as one of the 25 most influential people setting global trends in cash management by the Institute of Financial Operations.


Thomas J. Nist, director of graduate studies and Donahue Chair in Investment Management in Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, brings extensive engagement with the finance community and real-world experience to undergraduate and graduate students.

At Duquesne, Nist has developed a course that examines responsible financial management topics in the Donahue Graduate School’s MBA Sustainability program. He works with finance students and the CFA Institute of Southwestern Pennsylvania to provide financial literacy programs to high school students and launched an investment fund with student-portfolio managers, among other initiatives. An often-quoted expert for issues involving investment and personal finance, Nist teaches courses in corporate finance and commercial banking, and serves on several advisory boards.

Previously, he served as senior vice president and small business segment manager in PNC Bank’s Business Banking Division and was responsible for managing a team of 300 relationship bankers in the small business market, serving the needs of over 200,000 clients. A Certified Treasury Professional, earlier in his career, he was the manager of Business Banking Product Management and Marketing Groups and the national sales Manager of PNC’s Treasury Management Business.

The first-time list recognizes those whose contributions have furthered the profession, and includes other professionals from CEOs, CFOs, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payments, document automation and procure-to-pay experts as well as governmental leaders.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.