After a rigorous selection process, we are pleased to announce this year's Fellows. All are first-year MBAs, members of the Class of 2015.
Buzz Black is pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in finance at UCLA Anderson. Prior to arriving at Anderson, Buzz was a Senior Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch's Private Banking and Investment Group in Los Angeles. At Merrill Lynch, Buzz worked on an advisory team that managed $3 billion in high-net worth client assets. Buzz graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Finance. At BYU, Buzz was a Spanish language instructor and an active member of the BYU Finance Society. At UCLA Anderson, Buzz is Captain of the Anderson Flag Football Team and a First Year Director in the Investment Finance Association. Buzz Black accepted a summer internship position with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Palo Alto and will be returning there full time to work in their Technology Group.
Brian Innes is pursuing his MBA at UCLA Anderson. Previously, Brian worked in the capital markets industry in New York for five years, most recently as an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse, covering the hardline retail sector. Prior, he was an equity analyst at Telsey Advisory Group, a leading consumer-focused equity research and consulting firm, where he focused on discount, food, and hardline retail. Brian began his career as an institutional equity sales associate at Telsey Capital Group, the firm's broker-dealer subsidiary, covering institutional clients in the US, Canada, and Europe. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics, and holds the FINRA Series 7, 66, 86, and 87 licenses. At UCLA Anderson, Brian is a First Year Director of Investment Banking for the Investment Finance Association, a Director of Finance for the Retail Management Association, and President of the Anderson Ski & Snowboard Club. Brian Innes accepted a summer internship position with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York and will be returning there full time to work in their Global Industrials Group.
Sean Simons is pursuing an MBA in finance at UCLA Anderson. Prior to Anderson, Sean spent six years in Chicago working in both real estate and corporate finance. Most recently, Sean was an Assistant Vice President at Wintrust Financial Corporation, a bank holding company, where he focused on financing M&A transactions for bank clients and the management of an institutional leveraged loan portfolio. Before joining Wintrust, Sean was a Senior Analyst at Cohen Financial, a real estate capital services firm, where he underwrote debt and equity investments. At Anderson, Sean is a first-year director in the Investment Finance Association and a member of the Anderson Golf Club. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with majors in Finance and Real Estate. Sean Simons accepted a summer internship position with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York and will be returning there full time to work in their Leveraged Finance Group.