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FMA Bolsters Membership, Professional Development Opportunities

Cal Poly finance students tour investment banks in Los AngelesThe Financial Management Association (FMA) club is making major strides in becoming Cal Poly’s leading student-run organization for finance. The club has seen tremendous growth over the past year, adding more than 50 students for a total of 113 members. Club President Jackson Kuhn also notes the increased membership has allowed the club to raise five times more funds than it ever has before. The financial resources have allowed FMA to expand programs, sponsor teams competing in case competitions, and host more social and philanthropic events.

In October, club hosted its first ever Futures in Finance Career Fair, bringing together more than 300 students with 22 top employers such as Wells Fargo, Adobe, Yahoo, Cisco and the Big Four accounting firms. The day culminated with a candid keynote address from former Apple CFO and Cal Poly Foundation Board Vice Chairman Peter Oppenheimer. Students asked Oppenheimer about the industry, leading companies through uncertain times, and the value of graduate degrees.

Peter Oppenheimer speaks at Futures in Finance Day“It’s always a lot of fun to come back to campus and interact with the students,” said Oppenheimer, a Cal Poly agribusiness alumnus, after the event. “They are all so energetic and are really smart. They keep you on your toes.”

With help from Dean’s Excellence Fund, FMA is also able to strengthen its industry connections through quarterly industry tours of major financial firms. Kicking off in November, students explored the roles of finance professionals from Los Angeles firms One Capital, PIMCO, HFF and Capital Group, discussing industry trends and insights for future success. The group also toured Bay Area investment banking and venture capital firms during winter quarter, including Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Greenhill & Co. and Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

FMA continues its growth into winter quarter with even more professional development tools and events. The club hosted its first Money Talks Finance Forum in February, featuring three keynote speakers and five breakout sessions on investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, institutional real estate, and management consulting. The speakers included a full slate of Cal Poly alumni coming back to campus to share their expertise with students and faculty.

To stay up to date with FMA and learn more about the club, visit their website at fmacalpoly.com.

Posted Feb 22, 2016

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