Class of 2014

 

Nedal Alqam, Chief Investment Officer

Nedal Alqam is a servicing specialist at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), focusing on institutional client servicing. He is also a member of PIMCO's Total Return Strategy product management team. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2008, he spent one year at KPMG as an international tax associate, preparing inpatriate and expatriate returns for high wealth executives. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance from California State University, Fullerton. He is currently pursuing an MBA at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and is a CFA Level III candidate.

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Reza Banki, Buffet Visit Coordinator

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M. Reza Banki is a full-time student at UCLA Anderson and focusing on the finance track. Reza spent several years at McKinsey & Company in New York as a senior associate in management consulting working in private equity and M&A projects mostly in the pharmaceutical and medical device space. He graduated from the PhD program in chemical engineering from Princeton University with a thesis in biotechnology in 2005. He also received a BS in chemical engineering and a BA in mathematics from University of California at Berkeley.

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Matt Corbitt, Co-Guest Speaker Coordinator

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Matt is a Vice President at Wells Fargo Securities in the Fixed Income Sales & Trading division.  In his role, Matt provides fixed income investment advisory and brokerage services to buy-side institutional clients including public and private corporations, universities, municipalities and asset managers.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo Securities, Matt was a Principal at a large independent broker-dealer where he supervised the sales and trading of equities, fixed income, and derivatives.  Matt began his career at Wells Fargo Investments as a Private Wealth Advisor to high net worth individuals.  He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California and is currently enrolled in the Fully Employed MBA program at UCLA Anderson pursuing a degree focused on finance and real estate.  Matt is a FINRA licensed General Securities Principal and a member of Mensa.

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Joseph Duronio, President

Joseph Duronio is a practicing securities lawyer and serves as Counsel at AIG Life and Retirement, where he specializes in investment company law, federal securities law and insurance product regulation. Previously, Joe worked as Counsel at SunAmerica Asset Management Company, AIG's investment adviser with over $54.8 billion in assets. Joe graduated from New York University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in both mathematics and philosophy. In 2008, he received his Juris Doctorate with a concentration in intellectual property law from Seton Hall University School of Law and is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar. Joe is currently a student in the UCLA Anderson FEMBA program and is pursuing a concentration in finance.

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Nail Edikhanov, Firm Visit Coordinator

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Nail Edikhanov is a full-time student in the UCLA Anderson School of Management program focusing on finance. Previously he worked in Russian investment management companies and managed more than $45 mil portfolio of Russian stock and bonds. Nail is a CFA charterholder. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2006 with  a Master in Economics degree.

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Jacob Gore , Co-Risk Manager

Jacob graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering.  Prior to Anderson, he worked for The Boeing Company as an industrial engineer, improving the efficiency of production and supply chains for aircraft interiors.  During his time at Boeing, Jacob completed a rigorous Computational Finance Certificate program at the University of Washington that focused on the use of R programming for financial modeling.  He is currently a full-time MBA student and enjoys hiking and home beer brewing.

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Thomas Gotsch, Vice President

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Tom graduated with distinction from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering.  After graduating, Tom immediately joined Raytheon where he held a variety of roles, ultimately attaining the role of Program Manager where he led multiple multi-million dollar thermal-imaging programs. Tom recently completed an associate level internship at Cappello Capital, one of the largest boutique investment banks in Southern California.  During his time at UCLA Anderson, Tom has worked to leverage his strong quantitative background and focus on developing a career in finance. Tom has a passion for financial markets and a strong interest in value investing.

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Alex Jorion, Co-Risk Manager

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Alex graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, where he also earned a Certificate in Finance with a concentration in Investment Management and Analysis.  Alex currently works as an analyst at Angeles Investment Advisors, an institutional investment consulting company with $40 billion of assets under advisement.  In his role, he is responsible for portfolio analysis and client servicing for over $7 billion in assets from multiple endowments, foundations, and pension plans.  Prior to working at Angeles, Alex worked for Southern California Edison as a nuclear power plant engineer, where he was a first-line responder to emergency operational events.  While at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Alex is focused on leveraging his quantitative skills to advance his career in investment management.  Alex is a CFA Level II Candidate.

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James Lee, Internal Representative

James Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a BA in Economics. He is currently managing his family's wholesale clothing business which is based in Los Angeles. Prior to this, he had worked as an Equity Research Associate at Dahlman Rose & Company LLC in New York covering the agricultural chemicals and chemicals industries and had worked as an Equity Research Associate at Banc of America Securities LLC covering the shipping and coal-mining industries. Prior to his four-year tenure on Wall Street, James had worked at Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd as a global management trainee where he had the opportunity to work in various overseas locations such as Hamburg, London and Seoul. James is currently an MBA student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a specialization in Finance and Entrepreneurship.  

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Vinod Radhakrishnan, VP of Marketing

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Vinod currently works at Directv in the Business analytics group focused primarily on building advanced predictive models to optimize marketing strategy and to increase revenue and profitability. He joined the firm in 2008 as an information technology analyst and was instrumental in building the customer risk models for the company. He graduated from UT Dallas with a master's in electrical engineering. Vinod is currently pursuing his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is working on advancing his career in investment managment. He is a CFA level III candidate. 

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Alex Revy,  External Representative

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Alex is an operations specialist at DoubleLine Capital LP, where he specializes in daily pricing of structured fixed income instruments such as MBS, ABS, CMBS, CLOs, and CDOs as well as corporate, government, and emerging markets debt for the firm's mutual funds.  Prior to working at DoubleLine, Alex worked at SSI Investment Management in Beverly Hills, an investment management firm with long-short equity and convertible strategies, supporting the convertible trading desk.  Alex's other duties at SSI included researching corporate actions, on-boarding new clients, updating the security master files, monitoring account restrictions, and pricing the convertible portfolios.  Alex graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2006 with a BA in Religious Studies and minor in Sports Management.  He earned his CFA charter in 2012.  As the strategy lead for the Tactical Asset Allocation team, Alex is pursuing his interest in utilizing ETFs to construct diversified portfolios that provide competitive risk-adjusted returns while minimizing costs.  

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Debika Seth 

Debika graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics.  Soon after, she joined RNC Genter Capital management where she was an Assistant Portfolio Manager in the municipal fixed income department.  Currently she is an Investment Manager at Wells Fargo where she manages various trust, private foundation, and individual accounts across multiple asset classes.  In addition to being the Investment Finance Association FEMBA 2015 Director, she is also involved in the local CFA Society where she has been coordinator for various courses and continues to maintain the chapter's social media.  Ms. Seth holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 

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Jason Stokes, Co-Guest Speaker Coordinator

For the past three years, Jason Stokes has worked at Wells Fargo as a Risk Consultant on the Fraud/Risk Analytics team. As a Risk Consultant, he developed and optimized fraud/risk strategies that have saved the bank approximately $4.1 million in avoidance dollars and approximately $750,000 in charge-off losses. Prior to Wells Fargo, he worked as a MIS Business Analyst at JPMorgan on the corporate reporting team and prior to JPMorgan, he worked at Washington Mutual as a Business Analyst on the eCommerce Analytics team. At UCLA Anderson, Jason is currently pursuing his MBA and plans to focus on finance with an interest in asset portfolio management and asset securitization. He passed the CFA Level I in 2009 and plans to be a CFA Level II candidate in the near future. At the 2013 National Investment Banking Conference, NIBC, in Vancouver, Canada, he assisted his research team to win the MDA sales and trading simulation out of five teams. He received his B.Mus. from the University of Toronto and completed course work in economics, political science and marketing at McGill University. At the University of Toronto, he competed in debating competitions as a member of the Hart House Debating team. At UCLA, he is a member of the Anderson Tennis Club and the Investment Finance Association. He was a semi-finalist in the Men's 3.5 Singles tournament at the San Francisco Tennis Club in 2011, and won the Green Valley USTA NTRP Men's singles 3.0 tournament in 2006.  In his spare time, he likes to play tennis, downhill ski and play chess.

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Tommy Taw

Tommy Taw currently serves as a finance manager at Bank of America Home Loans.  He has over 7 years experience in financial modeling and analysis.  At Bank of America, Tommy is responsible for managing a team to develop financial models used to forecasts the bank's credit exposure to possible economic conditions.  Prior to joining Bank of America, he served as a consultant at Countrywide Financial and managed a team responsible for combining Bank of America and Countrywide's offshore operations in India and Costa Rica.

Tommy graduated from UC Irvine in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Economics and currently pursuing his CFA designation.  Tommy is a member of the FEMBA class of 2014 and is focusing his studies in finance to transition to the asset management or investment banking industry.   

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Kevin Zhang, VP of Recruiting

Kevin Zhang is a Research Analyst intern at Toma Capital Management, a Private Equity group, where he works on deal sourcing, industry/company research, and broker relationship management. Previously, Kevin worked as a manager at Walgreen's Co. focusing on store operations. Kevin graduated from U.C. Riverside in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and general management. Kevin is currently a student in the UCLA Anderson FEMBA program and is pursuing a concentration in finance.