FIRE Club Leadership

President: Matt Kauffmann

Matt Kauffmann is concentrating in Corporate Finance and Investments with an emphasis on Real Estate. He is also the Chief Diversity Officer for the Notre Dame MBA Association. Prior to coming to Mendoza, Matt worked for four years in California and North Carolina at non-profit organizations focused on ending homelessness. He is an alum of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA. Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in philosophy.

Staff Advisor : Richard Bellis

Senior Director of Treasury Services

Richard Bellis is the Senior Director of Treasury Services for the University of Notre Dame.  He came to Notre Dame initially in 2001, having nearly 25 years of experience in assisting non-profits successfully implement banking and financing solutions that addressed both capital and operating cash needs.

After earning degrees in Computer Science and Economics from East Stroudsburg University, Mr. Bellis began his career performing econometric modeling with both Chase Manhattan Bank and then with The First National Bank of Chicago.   In 1989 he joined First Chicago Capital Markets where his focus was directed to the financing needs of not-for-profit institutions, including universities, museums, private secondary schools and service organizations.  In 1996, Mr. Bellis was named Managing Director of Education Securities, Inc., the investment banking arm of Sallie Mae.  He left Sallie Mae to form his own financial advisory firm focused on the needs of the non-profit industry.  After 4 years in this endeavor, he joined the University in the newly created position of Director of Capital Planning.  In 2004, Mr. Bellis was recruited by Goldman Sachs to establish the firm’s mid-west presence in the Chicago office for education and non-profit finance.

In June 2008, he returned to Notre Dame as Senior Director of Treasury Services.  Treasury Services is responsible for capital planning, long-term debt management (including derivatives) and day-to-day cash forecasting and management. 

In 2011, Mr. Bellis was given the added responsibility to direct the University’s strategic and operational Real Estate functions for locations external to the core campus.  In this role, he has been responsible for the acquisition and disposition of properties near campus in South Bend, management of over 100 rental houses and apartments, off-campus academic and support facilities (Turbomachinery research, warehouse, cultural center, Psychology Labs, etc.), privatized graduate student housing, and the acquisition and disposition of international academic facilities.