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Center for Financial Excellence Hosts Advisory Board Meeting and Student Boot Camp
January 17, 2011
Fuqua's Center for Financial Excellence (CFE) had a packed event schedule at the end of 2010, hosting both the center's Advisory Board meeting and a finance boot camp for students in partnership with Credit Suisse.
On November 18, 2010, the CFE held its fall Advisory Board meeting at Fuqua. Executive Director Seth Gardner led the board through a rich and engaging discussion about the center's progress and growth since its founding in 2009. Board members reviewed detailed materials at the meeting, including the center's five-year Business plan, analysis and feedback regarding the center's finance boot camps and other sponsored events and activities, plans for building a state-of-the-art capital markets room at Fuqua, and the center's fundraising initiatives. Board members provided invaluable advice about finance curriculum development at Fuqua during a session led by Professor David Robinson. Board members also met with a panel of second-year Daytime MBA students, who provided thoughtful and incisive input about advancing finance education at Fuqua.
Second-Year Daytime MBA students (from left) Boris Moyston, David Wishen, and Shaden Marzouk addressed the Center for Financial Excellence Board, including Steven Pierson '95 and Ric Abel '89 (right).
The center's Advisory Board is comprised of twelve senior finance practitioners from a broad cross-section of industry specializations, including investment banking, corporate finance, asset management, and private equity. The center's ongoing outreach and engagement with finance practitioners, including its board members, has been instrumental in the center's success and development.
On December 8, 2010, CFE held a rigorous six-hour finance boot camp at Fuqua, focusing on valuation methodologies and analyses. The boot camp was administered by a team of investment bankers from Credit Suisse, including Fuqua alumnus Bill Raincsuk (Daytime MBA '93). A mix of 50 first-year and second-year Daytime MBA students participated in the event.
Credit Suisse's professionals introduced relative and intrinsic valuation techniques and best practices, and offered experiential insights that framed the valuation concepts in real-world contexts. During the boot camp, Fuqua students also worked in teams in separate breakout rooms on actual valuation assignments. The students' analyses were then reviewed and critiqued by the Credit Suisse professionals.
From left: Bill Raincsuk '93, Managing Director, Credit Suisse, and Vish Viswanathan, F.M. Kirby Professor of Investment Banking
The Center is planning to hold at least two boot camps in the spring. Through its boot camps and other initiatives, the Center aims to enhance students' comprehension of core financial concepts, bridge classroom theories with industry practices, and advance students' appreciation of finance profession roles and responsibilities.