Three Lamar University MBA students placed first in graduate level value funds at the Global Asset Management Education (GAME) conference, officials announced.
Ashley Angelle of Bridge City, Elly Garner of Orange, and Billy Pattorozzi of Beaumont, placed first at the conference hosted by Quinnipiac University April 3-6, in New York City.
The three students and members of the Lamar University Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) were lead by Lamar finance professor Thomas Thompson. Thompson, who holds a Ph.D. from UT-Arlington, was a 2010 LU Merit Scholar and received the Financial Management International Award as the FMA Superior Faculty Advisor in 2009.
Garner earned her BBA in general business from Lamar in 2012, and works part time as an accounting assistant at LD Services, LLC. Pattarozzi is a 1983 graduate of Lamar with a bachelor’s degree in information technology and works for MeadWestvaco. He sees the MBA as a valuable complement to his business and technical skills. A 2012 graduate of Lamar with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, Angelle is a secretary at Germer Gertz, LLP and plans a career in the finance industry.
The four-day conference included panel discussions by several leading Wall Street professionals including Wall Street notables Abby Joseph Cohen and Guy Adami, who touched on topics such as the economy, alternative assets, stock markets and corporate governance. The participants also attended breakout sessions on topics such as forensic accounting, option volatility, socially innovative investing, equity portfolio management, the new psychology of risk and uncertainty, and many others.
The students presented the Lamar SMIF to fellow conference participants. Based on approximately 11 percent performance for 2012 and for the third consecutive year, the Lamar SMIF placed first for graduate level value funds. Other graduate level fund winners were Fordham University for growth funds and Rice University for core funds.