The Voice of Experience
Stephanie Sisak came to Xavier nine years ago as an adjunct professor in the Williams College of Business. She has been a full-time visiting professor for the past two years. An avid world traveler, golfer, real-estate investor and Musketeer basketball fan, the Hazlet, N.J., native teaches corporate finance on the undergraduate and MBA levels. Three years ago, Sisak left a corporate career with Great American Insurance to start her own company, KEA Enterprises. Last year, by pure chance, she also became a center court announcer for the annual ATP tournament at Kings Island.
“I have a business partner in New Mexico, and we have a contract with the Department of Urban Development to perform property inspections on homes that have gone through foreclosures. Our region is the entire state of New Mexico and all of Northern Texas.”
“I run the business virtually. I look at a list of several hundred properties on the first business day of the month and assign them electronically to inspectors. They go to the houses, take pictures and load them on a web site I created. Then I have people who enter the reports. We have 10 working days to get all the inspections. So we work a week, we’re off three weeks. It’s a very good deal.”
“My sister loves men’s tennis, and every year we go to the ATP. I had a dinner party, and I started talking tennis with one of the guests because he’s been volunteering at the tournament for 30 years. He told me I should become a volunteer. He said ‘You could make sure the journalists have all the information they need about the matches, or you can be the center court announcer.’ I said ‘Sign me up. I’m there. Why not?’ ”
“I went up for the women’s tournament and wound up doing all of the center court matches. They said ‘Hey, would you like to come back and try a couple days on the men’s tournament?’ I got to do two days during the men’s tournament, one of which was the quarterfinals.”
“I hadn’t done anything like this before. It’s exciting. The announcer sits on the court right behind where the players sit. To be that close to them, you really get to hear all of the interactions you normally don’t get to hear on TV. It’s like being an insider at a party you’ve been watching over the fence for a long time. Last year was the first year I did it. I’m going to be doing it again this summer, and as long as they’ll have me, I’ll continue to do it.”