After a rigorous selection process, we are pleased to announce this year's Fellows. All are first-year MBAs, members of the Class of 2013.
John Hertzer is pursuing his MBA in finance at UCLA. At Anderson, John is a first-year director of the Investment Association, a CFA Level III candidate and a member of the Outdoor Adventure Club. This past summer, Hertzer completed the Death Ride, a 130-mile, one-day bicycle ride in the California Sierras. Hertzer graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in economics and was Academic All-Ivy in 2004. At Dartmouth, he was captain of the Varsity Lightweight Rowing Team and won the 2004 World Indoor Rowing Championship. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco to work for Fisher Investments in the Research group, where he worked for the past seven years. During his time there, Hertzer worked as a fundamental and quantitative research analyst, risk manager, project manager and helped the CEO research his 2006 bestseller, "The Only Three Questions That Count." Hertzer is doing a summer internship at Dimensional Fund Advisors.
Shiv Verma is a member of the class of 2013 at UCLA Anderson. Prior to UCLA Anderson, Verma worked in investment management at Symphony Asset Management in San Francisco, where he was an investment analyst focused on high-yield and leveraged credit and structured products. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banking analyst for J.P. Morgan in New York. At UCLA Verma is actively involved in the Anderson Investment Association, the Sports Business Association and the Riordan Scholars program. Verma holds a degree in economics from Stanford University. Verma will be doing credit research for the high-yield team at Franklin Templeton this summer.
Arun Rao is pursuing his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is studying investments and is a first-year director in the Anderson Investment Association and a board fellow in the Venice Community Housing Corporation. Before business school, Rao worked in the investment management industry doing equity and macro research at Sterling Stamos Capital Management, a $7 billion hedge fund and private equity subsidiary of Merrill Lynch. He also worked in business development and strategy at Hall Capital Partners, a $22 billion endowment investing firm, while completing all three levels of the CFA exam. Prior to that, Rao was a journalist intern writing for the finance and investing section for the Economist Magazine in London and a Teach for America teacher. Rao is a dual-degree graduate with a BSE in finance from Wharton and a BA in classics from the College at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Scholar and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He is an avid reader, runner and hiker. Rao will be a portfolio management intern this summer at Pimco.