SMIF Students Meet with Two Top Business Corporations

Posted: Thursday, February 21st 2013 at 2:37 PM

Finance professors David Allen and Matt Haertzen took five students to Newport Beach, California on February 7-8, 2013 to meet with Pathway Capital Management, a private equity fund-of-funds manager, and the Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), one of the world’s most famous bond managers.

Ryan Gravett, Arthur Burkham, Alyssa Mitchell, Eli Kearney, and Matt Wittpenn were chosen from the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) class to go on the trip. The first stop was to visit Pathway Capital on Thursday, February 7th.

NAU alumn Jason Jenkins (‘01), a senior vice president at Pathway’s California office, talked to the students about careers at the company as well as how Pathway manages their private equity fund-of-funds.

At PIMCO, the visit began with employees giving the students an overview of the firm and then they were introduced to PIMCO’s various product lines. They took a tour of the trading floor afterwards and then several employees talked to them about their career paths.

"We sat down with about 8 employees of different areas within PIMCO to talk about their history and job details," said Kearney. "They mentioned a great opportunity for anyone interested in the business and that was a summer internship through PIMCO, that I would recommended to anyone interested in investing in bonds as well."

“They provided a lot of insightful information on the company and it seemed like a great place to work,” Mitchell said.

The trip was a wonderful opportunity for the students to network with top business professionals and see how large investment firms are managed, and what it takes to work at such an organization.  Both firms stressed the importance of the CFA program, and encouraged the students to work toward the designation as they look to move into the investment world.

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