SFA Makes its Annual Trip to NYC, Wall Street

​SFA students in New York City at the Charging Bull statue.

​SFA students in New York City at the Charging Bull statue.

October 17, 2016

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 Calli Ferrell, SFA NYC trip chair and junior finance major from Gretna, La.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Early Wednesday morning, our 15 selected students congregated at the airport eager to start the journey. After arriving at JFK Airport, navigating the city with luggage during rush hour was a challenge and a bonding experience. Once everyone settled into the Hilton Garden Inn Midtown, we ventured off for a "family" dinner in Little Italy. Most of the students were not familiar with one another before the trip. This dinner was the foundation of the friendships and networking that grew during the trip.

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

We hit the streets early Thursday morning for a meeting with Allen & Company in the Coca-Cola Building. LSU alum, Colin Toney, hosted us. We spent our time learning about his career path, as well as the historical journey that turned Allen & Company from a venture capital firm to a media and technology advisory-specific boutique investment bank. Next, we visited Cantor Fitzgerald. Kevin Miller and two other members of the firm were kind enough to share what their jobs entailed and the unique paths they took to get there. Following that was a visit to Guggenheim Partners, where we were hosted by another LSU alum, Jing Liu. We discussed the firm, as well as the major roles once can play in finance.

Finally, we wrapped up the day at Varadero Capital. LSU alums Fernando Guerrero, managing partner and chief investment officer, and Michael Linn, chief operating officer and chief compliance officer, hosted us. Jonah Lansky – co-founder of the company, member of the investment committee and responsible for portfolio management – gave an excellent presentation on investment banking internships and the interview process. Guerrero and Linn shared their wisdom and passion for LSU during that night’s dinner.

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Still buzzing from the day before, we began with an early breakfast meeting at Goldman Sachs. We were greeted by an informal panel with several LSU alums. Among these individuals were Melissa Landry, Rocio Pineda, Peter Hoang, Venkatesh Krishnan, Benjamin Gonzalez, and Laust Helmig. They shared the different roles they play in internal auditing, investment banking and wealth management. We then ventured to the One World Trade Center to have a moment of reflection and the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street for pictures. We finished the day in a meeting with Jordan Low, who shared his unique perspective on the market as a quantitative analyst.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

With all of the educational and networking appointments completed, we were able to explore New York City. We started together at brunch and then split up to enjoy different activities of shopping, perusing Central Park, visiting the top of the Rockefeller Center, and attending the Broadway show, “Chicago.” We later reconvened for dinner and a night on the town. Many smiles were shared that day.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

We flew out of LaGuardia Airport back into New Orleans safely and without delay, ready to attack midterms.

A huge thank you to our SFA advisor and Department of Finance Instructor Walter Morales, all of the companies that hosted us and everyone that helped to make our trip run smoothly.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business