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Investment Club Tours NYC’s Financial District

March 16, 2017

While some students spent spring break kicking back and relaxing, a small group of students from the St. John Fisher College School of Business spent their week touring financial institutions in New York City.

School of Business students visit UBS in New York City.

The 12 students, joined by Dr. Merouane Lakehal-Ayat from the School of Business, had the chance to tour the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and meet with a variety of financial executives. They also took a walking tour of the financial district and visited the Museum of American Finance, which is housed in a historic bank on Wall Street.

Managing Director of Cantor Commercial Real Estate and Fisher graduate Martin L. Keating ’75 hosted the group at his office, introducing them to two successful employees that were comparative in age to the students.

“It was an amazing opportunity to meet with Fisher graduates and learn about their successes,” said corporate finance major Alex Martell ’17. “To meet someone from my school who has made an admirable living for themselves in New York City was beneficial for my education and confidence as I approach employment after graduation.”

Students also had the opportunity to meet with Fisher graduate Michael Duda ’93, who is the managing partner at Bullish Inc. An accelerator agency, Bullish is one part strategic creative agency and one part consumer investment firm and deploys capabilities from both worlds to help brands speed the transformation of opportunities into outcomes.

“Throughout the trip we were continuously engaging with influential executives in the financial industry,” said John Capozzola ’18, the Investment Club’s chief operating officer. “We walked away knowing that we have the intrinsic drive to push ourselves to our best; both for ourselves and for our future alma mater.”

Other visits included UBS, accompanied by Lee Samson, senior vice president in wealth management, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, both the debt and equity trading floors at the NYSE, and the opportunity to experience the closing bell at NASDAQ.

“The trip with Investment Club has been one of my most memorable experiences here at Fisher,” said first year member and marketing major Nathan Fuller ’20. “I gained a tremendous amount of insight from our company visits throughout the course of the week, and it opened my eyes to potential careers of interest. I cannot wait to attend the trip again.”

Last year, the club traveled to Iceland and London for an international finance experience and plans to continue their yearly trips to financial staples across the world.

The trip to New York City was sponsored by Michael Brown, who has provided a four-year commitment in support of student travel for the club.