Hot Topics in Finance

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2010 Spring Series

Jim Cooper (MBA '84)
Managing Partner, Thompson Street Capital
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Frans De Young
(MBA '78)
President, Sri Trang USA
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Louis Elson
(MBA '90)
Co-founder/Managing Partner, Palamon Capital Partners, LLP
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Andrew Grapkowski (MBA '99)
Senior VP, Principle Investments, Lehman Brothers
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Bruce McDonald (MBA '97)
Managing Director, Houlihan, Lokey, Howard
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Marie Quintero (MBA '92)
Assistant VP and Director, Coca-Cola Company
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Dan Smythe (MBA '84)
Partner, MatlinPatterson Global Advisors
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David Wicks (MBA '84)
Partner, The Alwyn Group, LLC
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Thom Young (MBA '83)
Managing Partner, Optcapital
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2009 Spring Series

Phil Clough                                                      
Managing Director, ABA Capital Partners
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Ira Green
Managing Director, Simmons & Company International
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W. Barnes Hauptfuhrer
Chapter IV Investors, LLC
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Rick Pfeiffer
CEO, American International Group
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T. Bahnson Stanley
Partner, Ellis, McQuary & Stanley
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Bruce Thompson
Managing Director, Banc of America Securities
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2008 Spring Series

Jerry Connolly (MBA '88)
Director, High Yield Sales, BNP Paribas

Bob Smith (MBA '87)
Portfolio Manager, International Stock Fund, Rowe Price

John Fowler (MBA '84)
Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank

Shannon Smith (MBA '90)
Managing Director, Blue Point Capital

Peter Grant (MBA '86)
Partner, Stone Arch Capital

Tad Smith (MBA '87)
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Michael Kender (MBA '87)
MD, Loan Analysis & Strategy, Citigroup,

Ben Sullivan (MBA '82)
Managing Director, Lazard LLC

Mark Lamarre (MBA '90)
Managing Partner, Wachovia Securities

Chris Turner (MBA '91)
Managing Director, Barclays Capital

Brendon Miles (MBA '88)
Principal, Octagon Credit Investors

Ned Valentine (MBA '93)
Managing Director, Harris Williams
Jeanne Mockard (MBA '90)
Senior VP, Putnam Investments 

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