SFA Travels to NYC, Wall Street on Annual Trip

sfa group photo

​The SFA stops for a group picture during its annual
trip to New York City and Wall Street.

November 2, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Members of the LSU Student Finance Association visited New York City to meet with E. J. Ourso College of Business alumni and gain exposure to the daily activity in the financial district and surrounding area. The trip is an annual tradition, with SFA members traveling to the “Big Apple” during fall break.

Students had the chance to meet with representatives from several areas of finance, ranging from investment banking, consulting, asset management, and commercial banking. The trip was not all business, however, as the students were also given free time to explore the city.

The following is an account of the trip submitted by Austin Walker, president of SFA.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
On Wednesday morning, we traveled from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the Newark Liberty Airport. After becoming familiar with several methods of city transportation, including the train and subway, we finally arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn in Times Square. Following a full day of travel, everyone parked their luggage and went straight to dinner with Kevin Miller, a financial advisor at Cantor Fitzgerald. He expressed his love for those LSU Tigers of Death Valley and treated us to delicious Italian food in the heart of Little Italy.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Thursday morning we started off the day in Midtown by visiting Cantor Fitzgerald. Miller set up a meeting where we were able to talk to bankers from both the buy- and sell-side of the firm. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed speaking to Erin Andrews, the floor trader from New York University, who listed specific ways to make it in investment banking and be the best at what you do. Afterward, we toured Bloomberg, where we were blown away by the culture and work environment they are well known for.

That afternoon, we visited LSU Finance alum Philip Capone, a sector analyst for Convector Capital Management. He told us his very humbling story of how he got to New York and how he is still trying to make his mark on Wall Street. The last meeting of the day was with two other LSU alumni, Fernando Guerrero and Michael Linn of Varadero Capital. Both shared their inspirational journeys to becoming hedge fund managers and lifelong friends.

Thursday night was spent at the normal spot – upstairs at the Pig N’ Whistle. A few alumni joined us as we got to know more about each other’s career goals and began creating lifelong friendships and memories.

Friday, October 30, 2015

We started the day nice and early downtown at the biggest and most well-known investment bank in the world, Goldman Sachs. We talked to three LSU alumni who work in several sectors of the banking industry, including investment banking, investment management, and internal audit. We later visited with Jeff Gross, senior vice president at Wunderlich Securities. He walked us through a real-life, fixed-income trade, followed by a tailored presentation on the United States debt ceiling.

At noon, we made our way back to midtown for our annual meeting at Allen & Company with LSU Business alumni Colin Toney, vice president at the company, and Kristi O’Brien, associate at Allen & Company. Little did we know former Senator and Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerry would be joining us. We ended our meetings with the incredible Jordan Low, managing partner at Wave Hill Capital Management. As always, he had interesting insight to share about the market and why it operates the way it does.

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1, 2015
After two days of extremely beneficial meetings, we had little more than a day to explore the wonderful city that never sleeps before flying to New Orleans. Students broke up into groups and experienced every aspect of New York City, such as “Phantom of the Opera,” the delicious street vendors located all over the city, and the brilliant lights of Times Square. The final two days of the trip really allowed us to get to know each other even better and solidified friendships that could possibly last forever.

This experience would not have been possible without the efforts of Walter Morales, club advisor and instructor in the Department of Finance. The SFA would also like to thank the companies that hosted us for providing us with extremely beneficial and unforgettable opportunities.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business