Associate Professor of Finance
Interest and areas of expertise
Mr. Safer joined the faculty of Messiah College following a career spanning nearly 17 years as an Executive in the fields of Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Strategy. Most recently, up until January 2016, he was an SVP of Corporate Strategy & Development for Citizens Financial Group, the 13th largest bank in the country with $155 Billion of assets. At Citizens, he played a key role in all of the Bank’s strategic transactions including a $3.5 Billion IPO spin-off. Prior to that Mr. Safer spent 10 years as a Director of Investment Banking in New York City where he worked for Stifel Financial and also served as an advisor to various U.S. government agencies during the recent financial crisis. He began his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New Jersey.
He lives with his wife and three children in Mechanicsburg, PA. He is also on the Board of Stewards Ministries, where he serves as a member of the Investment Committee.
B.S. International Business (Economics minor), Taylor University
M.B.A. Finance, Rutgers University
CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Philadelphia
CAIA charterholder (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst)
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
Classes I teach
- Financial Management
- Money & Financial Markets
- Corporate Finance
- Security Analysis & Valuation
- Financial Institution Management
- Advanced Corporate Finance