Finance Alumni Make Headlines

Orfalea College of Business alumni are showing that Learn by Doing pays off in the business world, even after graduation. From starting new companies, to taking on new leadership roles, the Mustang community is as strong as ever, in San Luis Obispo and beyond.

Alumna Saira Malik appears on the January cover of Kiplinger

Saira Malik (Economics- Finance ’92) is also catching the eye of news headlines. She was recently featured on the cover of Kiplinger magazine. As the head of global stock portfolio management at TIAA-CREF, Malik is responsible for the firm’s diversified equity investment strategy. She shared her projections for the upcoming year with Kiplinger, highlighting cheap, promising European equities amid a weak currency and recovering economy.

Finance alumnus Kevin MacKenzie (Business Administration ‘99) was recently appointed as co-head the West Coast region for HFF, one of the largest commercial real estate capital intermediaries in the United States. MacKenzie will work alongside Michael Legget to oversee the firm’s five West Coast offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Portland, Ore. “[We hope to] build upon the strong base we have established on the West Coast and continue to grow our market share across platforms and product types in each market, taking further advantage of the strong synergy between our business lines,” said MacKenzie. Read the full article about HFF’s announcement here.

Andrew FlachnerAndrew Flachner (Business Administration- Real Estate Finance ‘10) was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for his accomplishments as CEO and cofounder of RealScout, a collaborative home search platform for real estate agents. At only 27, he is a seasoned entrepreneur who has helped start four different companies and held a number of advisory roles in the industry. Flachner is consistently featured as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by Inman News and was recently honored as Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”.

In addition to individual achievements, Cal Poly students past and present are making waves in the investment banking industry. A number of alumni are stepping into leadership roles at some of the nation’s top firms, such as Tammy Kiley (Business Administration- Accounting ’93) of Goldman Sachs, Ryan Martinez (Business Administration- Accounting ’93) of Bernstein, and Brett Johnson (Business Administration- Finance ’03), Trevor Ashley (Business Administration- Finance ’03), and Daniel Wilson (Business Administration- Finance ’03) all of J.P. Morgan. The success of these alumni has paved the way for current students to earn internship and full time positions in investment banking, a field that is widely known for its competitive landscape and high barriers to entry.

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