The Center for Financial Literacy and Research was founded in 2013 on the principle that the world should be informed of the tenets of finance from the basics of money management to the complex realm of derivatives trading and everything in between.  The mission of the Center is to provide practitioners, academics, and consumers with resources to understand and apply financial concepts and theory in order to improve qualities of life.

The Center exists to educate the world on financial topics. The plethora of knowledge evident in the information age can often times be difficult to navigate and understand. The Center seeks to bridge the gaps in understanding between consumers, the financial services sector, aspiring and current finance professionals, and entrepreneurs.

In light of corporate scandals, the Center advocates for finance professionals to demonstrate the utmost honesty and ethical behavior in decision making. The Center aims to provide resources that promote moral behavior in the financial sector.

Innovative Thinking
The Center not only provides resources to aid in understanding the world of finance, but also proposes innovative solutions to make the financial sector more efficient and safer for consumers. Through careful analysis, the Center will explore the choice points available to companies, individuals, and agencies facing financial decisions always bearing in mind the safety and soundness of the entire financial system.

Leadership Team


Joe Viviano

Joe Viviano is the Founder and President of the Center for Financial Literacy and Research. He has completed coursework for undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance at the University of Kansas. His professional experiences include internships at an investment bank, a tech start-up company, a study abroad program, and a nonprofit foundation. In the fall of 2013, he will begin graduate coursework in finance at American University in Washington D.C.

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Phillip Bastow

Phillip Bastow is the Vice President of the Center for Financial Literacy and Research. He received a BS in Accounting from the University of Kansas in 2012. His recent professional experience includes a financial management internship at a national Farm Credit bank and multiple internships at a large public accounting firm. Phillip will begin graduate studies in Fall 2013 at the University of Texas.


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Noah Quinn

Noah Quinn is an undergraduate student majoring in finance at the University of Kansas. He has worked as a peer educator for KU Student Money Management Services, where he counseled students on all aspects of personal finance and money management. He has also served as the vice president for Student Advocates for Financial Education. Noah has worked at a venture capital firm in the Kansas City area and will intern at an investment bank after graduating in May 2013. He is passionate about personal finance and helping people make the most of their money.


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