For the eighth time since the club’s inception, the Finance Society received a superior merit award from Financial Management Association (FMA) International, which has chapters on three continents. It is the highest honor a chapter can receive and is awarded to the top 5 percent of FMA clubs.
The Finance Society organized tours of financial corporations, hosted a simulated stock market competition and encouraged members to attend networking events with CFA Society of Orange County, a group of professional investment managers. The club also brought 12 speakers – a mixture of alumni and recruiters – who offered job search tips and insight into different finance careers.
“I came here as a transfer student and I thought it would be beneficial to join the club so I could meet some of my classmates,” says Jonathan Silva, who will serve as Finance Society president this year. “What I didn’t expect was the networking. I’ve collected so many business cards and established good relationships with employers.”
The group is planning more learn-by-doing activities, including vying for the opportunity to run CFA Society of Orange County’s student-managed fund and participating in the investment research challenge sponsored by the CFA Institute.
“The FRL department is very proud of the accomplishments of the executive board members of the Finance Society and its members,” says Finance Professor Majed Muhtaseb who also serves as one of the club’s advisors. “I congratulate them for setting the bar so high and a job very well done.”
(Photo: Finance Society)