As the chief financial officer for the United States Tennis Association, Ed Neppl (BBA ’90) has handled duties and projects ranging from the ordinary (financial management functions) to the not-so-ordinary (leading a $700 million renovation project for Arthur Ashe Stadium, home of the U.S. Open).
Then again, his career has been anything but ordinary, with a résumé that includes stints at Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, and NBC Sports and Olympics—just to name a few.
“I’m really lucky to have had some amazing opportunities with my career and I’m fortunate to be in a position to give back,” he says.
A native of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Ed came to UW–Madison and pursued an industrial engineering major before pivoting to finance and accounting. His classes at WSB, along with working as a house fellow in the residence halls, prepared him for the managerial roles he’d take on throughout his career and helped build the empathetic leadership skills that still come in handy today.
When he’s not crunching numbers and leading teams, Ed enjoys helping WSB students who reach out to him for advice, as well as talking to student groups when he comes back to Madison.
“It’s an honor to feel like I could be a resource to them,” he says.