Finance Professional Speaker Series

Supported by:

The James G. Richardson Endowment
The William R. Hough Program in Finance

This series brings Finance professionals to the Warrington College of Business Administration to discuss their area of expertise. Speakers demonstrate how professionals approach specific problems, give insight into particular industries, and discuss major trends in the various markets and industries in which they operate. The speakers always take time in their presentation to talk about career strategies.

Students have the additional opportunity to broaden their professional exposure by joining the speaker's small lunch groups prior to the talk. On these Fridays, students have available one-on-one career and industry consultation and additional lecture lunches with Bruce Foerster, a leading practitioner with considerable investment banking experience. The Finance Professional Speaker Series is widely attended by undergraduates and MBA students. Dress is business casual.

Spring 2015 Schedule

All presentations are held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in Hough 150, unless otherwise noted.

Speaker Dates

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Archived Speakers

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  • Alex Abreu
    Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, Banc of America Securities
  • Lydia Brown-Kiser
    Vice President, Douglas Sealy, Managing Director, Prager McCarthy and Sealy LLC
  • Brian Beach
    Principal, SI Ventures
  • Thomas J Carlson
    Financial Analyst, William R. Hough and Co.
  • Matt Clink
    Investment Consultant, Hewitt Investment Group
  • Craig Cohen
    Managing Partner, Proprietary Capital LLC
  • Russ Fogler
    Principal, Fogler Research and Management
  • W. Robb Hough
    Chairman and President, William R. Hough & Co
  • Mike Smith
    Director of Investment Research, Hewitt Investment Group
  • Henry Mehlman
    Vice President and Portfolio Manager, John Hancock Funds
  • Tony Kao
    Managing Director, General Motors Investment Management
  • Joseph Williams
    Managing Partner, Professor’s Capital
  • Jeff Kane
    Managing Director and Head of Global High Grade Syndicate, Banc of America Securities L.L.C.
  • Alan Norton
    Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Team Leader, John Hancock Funds
  • Earl Powell
    Chairman and CEO, Trivest Inc.
  • Charles E. Ryan
    CFA and First Vice President, William R. Hough and Co.
  • Van Sayler
    Senior Vice President, Fixed Income, Raymond James and Associates
  • Kevin SigRist
    Chief of the Office of Defined Contribution Programs, Florida State Board of Administration
  • David Smith
    Managing Director and Head of Consumer Group, Raymond James and Associates
  • Frank Trainer
    Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income, Sanford Bernstien
  • Mark McDonnell
    Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, Banc of America Securities
  • Subu Venkataraman
    Vice President, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter


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