The 2017 EoWS Class visited NYC from Monday, May 8 through Saturday, May 13. Visits included UBS, Willis Towers Watson, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NYSE, Bloomberg, Blackstone, Zurich, and JP Morgan and Chase Co. It was a great week of learning, networking, socializing, enjoying new experiences, and having fun.
After great pizza at Lombardi’s Pizzeria on our first night in New York, we took in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple at sunset from high above — at Top of the Rock. From the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors, the views are spectacular and include the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Central Park, the Freedom Tower, as well as Brooklyn, the Bronx, New York Harbor, and New Jersey. What a great way to start the week!
A very busy week in NYC kicked-off with a visit to financial technology firm, Bloomberg. Following a presentation on career success by Senior Economist Rich Yamarone, we received a tour of the Bloomberg building and several opportunities to raid the much talked about Bloomberg pantries.
Courtesy of Mr. John Cho, Managing Director of Corporate Client Banking, we were treated to an all-star panel of analysts and associates from a variety of areas within the financial conglomerate including Chase Retail, Corporate Client Banking, Private Banking, and Global Treasury Management as well as a member of their Corporate Client Banking Development program comprised the panel. Each member shared insights from their personal histories on how they first came to work for JP Morgan Chase & Co. They also discussed the challenges they faced and of what a typical day might encompass which also varied a great deal depending upon the nature of the job and/or department. Many thank to Mr. Wayne Taylor, CFO Lendmark Financial, for helping arrange this visit!
Our second day of firm visits started with Willis Towers Watson, a leading insurance brokerage firm. Executive Vice President and Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Mr. Jack Jennings and colleagues talked about the basics of insurance brokerage, its role in the financial system, and for business at-large as well as FINEX insurance products like D&O and E&O Insurance—critical components of any firm’s risk management protocol.
Alumni Mr. Andrew Doggendorf (MKT, 2004) and Mr. Rod Eichler (IND MGNT, 1989) made the UBS visit on Wednesday, May 10, truly memorable and informational for this year’s EoWS students. Andrew and Rod discussed their time at Georgia Southern as well as their roles in equities and fixed income, respectively. In addition to lunch, they invited a number of other UBS representatives from different areas of the bank in to speak with the students including: recruitment and development programs as well as the Head of North American Fixed Income and Currencies and Head of Latin American Economics and Strategy. The students were able to interact and ask questions of some of the best and brightest in the industry! Thank you Andrew and Rod!
After an action packed day, Dean Amason treated everyone to a fantastic dinner at The Bailey Pub and Brasserie to wrap up Wednesday. Additionally, Mr. Jack Jennings, Dean’s Advisory Board Member, stopped by briefly and alumni Andrew and Rod of UBS were able to join us for dinner which permitted more informal and casual discussions about their careers and lives in NYC as well as their time at Georgia Southern. There were many laughs and good times had by all.
After an interesting visit to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was lunch at The Palm. Georgia Southern alumnus Blake McCollister (FINC, 2013) talked about his role in financial institution insurance underwriting over a fantastic meal on Thursday.
A trip to Wall Street is not complete without a stop at the infamous Wall Street Bull.
For the first time, Eagles on Wall Street visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the most well-known and important stock exchange in the world! On Thursday, May 11, the students were able to watch KBR ring the Closing Bell on the day they IPO’d. A very special visit!!! (Many thanks go to Mr. John Ramos of Société Générale for helping to facilitate this visit.)
An annual inclusion in, and one of the social highlights of the week, is the Harbor Cruise. For two hours, the we sail around New York Harbor and enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan itself. As the sun sets, the city comes to life and looks all-together different in her evening finery. It was a bit chilly this year, but it was still a fabulous evening for everyone to socialize with one another and have a bit of downtime during the busy week. Such a great way to wrap up Thursday!
As our week together came to a conclusion on Friday, May 12th, the students visited Blackstone, a leading investment firm. Four of their private equity professionals shared their backgrounds and their career paths leading up to Blackstone. Additionally, they talked about the types of activities they are engaged in on a daily basis, including evaluating new deals, monitoring existing projects, and serving as mentors to new hires. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Wayne Taylor, CFO Lendmark Financial, for helping arrange this visit!
For the second year in a row, we visited Yankee Stadium! Again, a bit cool weather-wise for us South Georgia folks, but a fun night out in The Big Apple nonetheless!
Out-and-about in NYC!