Hot Topics in Finance

The Hot Topics in Finance course provides students the opportunity to hear alumni, who are financial market experts, discuss the most current financial issues. Students engage with alumni in intelligent debates and apply the theoretical and practical concepts accumulated from the Darden curriculum. The course serves as a capstone for students interested in finance careers. Student learn from the alumni how to express themselves in the language of practitioners. The topics will range from all segments of finance, such as banking sector crises, capital market innovations, capital investment trends, CFO challenges, corporate scandals and ethics,M&A news and trends, risk capital and capital formation, and risk management.  

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2014 Spring Series

Helen Boudreau (MBA '93)
Chief Financial Officer, Novartis Corporation 

Arnold Evans (MBA/JD '97)
President and CEO of the Jacksonville/North Florida region for SunTrust Bank

Scott Hetzer (MBA '84)
Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Dominion

David Kostel (MBA/JD '97)
Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Department and Head of Healthcare Mergers &Acquisitions

Richard Maclean (MBA '95)
Founding Partner, Frontier Capital

Bruce McDonald (MBA '97)
Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey’s Transportation & Logistics Group

Jeanne Mockard (MBA '90)
JLM Capital and Consulting

Dave Ogens (MBA '79)
President, Med Inc. 

Troy Paredes
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Ken Peterson
Board of Supervisors, Goochland County, Virginia

Hunter Reichert (MBA '94)
Managing Director, Mangrove Equity Partners 

Frank Sands, Jr. (MBA '94)
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Sands Capital Management

Ben Sullivan (MBA '82)
Managing Director, Lazard

Kurt Wolfgruber (MBA '74)
Formerly President and Chief Investment Officer, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

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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