Maurizio Balistreri Named CFO at Planetary Science Institute

Maurizio Balistreri, appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Planetary Science Institute

Press release from: Planetary Science Institute
Published: Monday, January 3, 2022

The Tucson-based Institute of Planetary Sciences promoted Maurizio “Maui” Balistreri to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Balistreri was originally hired in 2012 as PSI’s Controller and later became Director of Operations as the company continued to grow and evolve. PSI’s annual revenue has more than doubled in the last 10 years to more than $ 15 million. Approximately 95% of PSI funding is derived from research grants and Solar System mission contracts originating from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Balistreri, a CPA and native of Tucson, received his BA in Accounting from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Balistreri began his professional career as an auditor at a local public accounting firm, where PSI was one of his clients. Balistreri later became the corporate controller for one of Arizona’s largest home health care providers, until he unexpectedly crossed paths with PSI years later.

“I got a phone call from PSI’s CFO one night, who I hadn’t spoken to in several years. We met for dinner the following week to discuss a career opportunity that paved the way for the current transition, “said Balistreri. PSI was expanding its infrastructure and finance staff to accommodate the relentless growth they were experiencing. Having unique insight into PSI’s business operations as a former external auditor, Balistreri recalled that PSI has a remarkable track record in maintaining a strong financial operation. “Having a solid foundation to adapt to business growth is critical to sustainability,” said Balistreri. “The idea of ​​being part of a growing company has always excited me, but knowing that PSI was also well positioned to handle growth was just as important. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve as the CFO of such an amazing organization. “

“PSI operates not only at the forefront of Solar System exploration, but also as a business innovator,” said Mark Sykes, PSI Director and CEO. “Maui has played a critical leadership role in our continued development as a business, improving our efficiency and developing tools for our scientists and educators to better manage our wide variety of projects, while maintaining strict regulatory compliance. As CFO, Maui will be an essential partner in PSI’s continued success. “

The Institute for Planetary Sciences will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. It is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to the exploration of the Solar System.

PSI scientists are involved in numerous international and NASA missions, the study of Mars and other planets, the Moon, asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, impact physics, the origin of the Solar System, extrasolar planet formation, dynamics, the emergence of life and other areas of research. They carry out field work on all the continents of the world. They are also actively involved in science education and public outreach through school programs, children’s books, popular science books, and art.

PSI scientists are based in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and work from various locations around the world.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alan fischer

Public information officer

520-382-0411

fischer@psi.edu

PSI INFORMATION

Mark V. Sykes

director

520-622-6300

sykes@psi.edu

PSI HOME PAGE

http://www.psi.edu

PSI PRESS RELEASES

http://www.psi.edu/news/press-releases

THE INSTITUTE OF PLANETARY SCIENCES:

The Planetary Science Institute is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to the exploration of the Solar System. It is based in Tucson, Arizona, where it was founded in 1972.

PSI scientists are involved in numerous international and NASA missions, the study of Mars and other planets, the Moon, asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, impact physics, the origin of the Solar System, extrasolar planet formation, dynamics, the emergence of life and other areas of research. They carry out field work on all the continents of the world. They are also actively involved in science education and public outreach through school programs, children’s books, popular science books, and art.

PSI scientists are based in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and work from various locations around the world.

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