Prem Aithal Associate

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Prem Aithal has over 22 years of business experience and spent 17 years with a Fortune 50 healthcare company, where he most recently served as a Senior Financial and Planning Director in the Financial Strategy area of the Commercial Business Division, managing 14 states in the Individual segment.  He is known as a high-energy and passionate collaborator, an adept forecaster, and the one to call when one needs assistance in solving a problem.  He has vast experience in accounting, auditing, market analysis, competitive intelligence, finance, and most importantly, strategic planning.  Prem has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science in Accounting at Babson College and the University of Connecticut, respectively, along with a CPA.

In recent years, Prem has become heavily involved in his community, namely local government and education.  Prem served on his town’s Economic Development Commission for 5 years, most recently as Vice Chair where he worked to help create and volunteer at a vibrant Farmer’s Market that operates weekly for the vast majority of the summer.  He was elected to the Regional School District #17 Board of Education in July 2020 and, within a couple of months, the Board relied on his strategic planning & business experience and appointed him chair of the new Strategic Planning Subcommittee.  Prem led efforts to create the Vision of the Graduate (approved March 2021) and the District’s first strategic plan, which was Board-approved in May 2022.  The high energy Prem got from facilitating this process helped him determine that he was ready for a career change, and he decided to become an HYA associate to apply his talent in a more meaningful and exciting area, education.  Prem really enjoys engaging with stakeholders through interviews and focus groups, analyzing large volumes of data and synthesizing into key areas of focus, and collaborating with school districts, which all have unique challenges, on the formulation of goals and objectives for the future.

Personally, Prem is married to a kindergarten teacher, Becky, and has a daughter, Asha, entering 5th grade.  Prem enjoys golf, traveling, UConn Huskies men’s and women’s basketball, and cooking (and eating).