Whitman Celebrates 6th Anniversary of School Naming, April 7

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will celebrate its sixth annual “Whitman Day” on April 7, 2009. The day will be full of activities to celebrate Martin J. Whitman for his continuous support of the school that bears his name and to acknowledge his numerous contributions to the investment community.

Whitman Day will kick off at 11 a.m. with a keynote address by Daniel D’Aniello ’68 BS, founding partner and managing director of The Carlyle Group, who will speak on “The New World Order and Its Implications for Private Equity” in the Lender Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available at the University Avenue Garage.

Immediately following the lecture, Martin J. Whitman, founder and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue, and Fernando Diz, the Whitman Associate Professor of Finance, will sign copies of their new book, Distress Investing. This groundbreaking book analyzes distress situations such as pricing issues, arbitrage opportunities, tax disadvantages, and the reorganization of funding plans, using case studies of some of the biggest situation. Published by Wiley, Distress Investing will be sold at book stores and on Amazon.com.

Mr. D’Aniello will also be recognized as the recipient of the 2009 Martin J. Whitman Distinguished Service Award during an invitation-only lunch. The award honors alumni and friends of Whitman who have made significant contributions to the school. The presentation of the Martin J. Whitman Distinguished Service Award will be followed by the recognition of Whitman Student Scholars and Whitman Faculty Fellows.

“Every year, Whitman Day serves as a wonderful reminder to our students, faculty, and staff of the spirit Marty Whitman embodies—dedication to community service, a passion of business, and a never-ending quest for knowledge,” says Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School. “We are honored to celebrate him and to celebrate our school with an exceptional lecture by such an accomplished and distinguished alumnus—Daniel D’Aniello. We are grateful to them for demonstrating their commitment to our students with their time and insights during Whitman Day.”

For more information, contact Amy Schmitz, director of communications for the Whitman School, at (315) 443-3834 or aemehrin@syr.edu.