Building off of a successful trip in 2010, the MBA Student Association (MBASA) organized a two day residency for MBA/MSA students to visit companies in New York City including, Novus Partners, Grant Thornton LLP, Emergis Capital, Credit Suisse, and the New York Stock Exchange.
The trip kicked off with a meeting with Basil Qunibi, Chairman and CEO of Novus Partners. Qunibi spoke with students on the importance of research in financial decision making. In previous years, the hedge fund industry had not been well regulated and there was little information available for research regarding funds. Novus Partners was created to focus on analysis and research data for hedge and private equity funds and developed easy to use software to present the research analysis and findings to their clients.
Students also met with Mike Creasy, a George Mason alumnus and Audit Practice Partner, at the midtown Grant Thornton LLP office. Creasy explained Grant Thornton’s niche market in the auditing field and the steps he took towards success since graduating from Mason. Students also had the opportunity to network with Creasy later that evening. Following the visit to Grant Thornton, William “Bill” Flynn met with student and described his elaborate career and new hybrid investment banking firm, Emergis Capital. He spoke of the importance of hiring a capable and intelligent team in his new endeavor.
Cesar Vallejos, George Mason alumnus and Director of IT Services for Credit Suisse, greeted students on the second day of their residency. Vallejos spoke of the challenges and successes he has faced throughout his career. In addition, he shared tips to help avoid pitfalls and help seize opportunities in their careers.
A trip to the New York Stock Exchange, which included a trip through the trading floor to speak to one of the dedicated market makers (DMM), concluded the eventful two day residency. The DMM explained the processes involved in modern trading and selling of stocks and the algorithms that go into making decisions.
Thanks to a significant contribution from George Mason’s School of Management, students were able to enrich their MBA experience and focus on specific finance-focused career objectives. Plans are in the works to ensure that the New York residency will be an annual opportunity for Mason MBA students.