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Graduate - Adam Schwab

Adam Schwab
Adam Schwab
CFA, CPA, Portfolio Manager
Elgethun Capital Management, Sioux Falls, SD

Hometown: Mantorville, MN
Graduation: 2005
Degree/Major:  Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Finance

Professional Profile:

I spent six years as a Large Cap Global Equity Portfolio Manager for the SDIC. I hold the CFA Charter and CPA license. I have been managing a Small & Mid-Cap Equity Portfolio for the past two years. I am currently an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

How Did Beacom Prepare Me For Success?

Beacom provided exposure to many different areas in finance: derivatives, commercial banking, investment management, corporate finance, etc. Faculty were open to helping students who wanted to further explore subjects. There were opportunities to visit financial firms in New York and meet with Warren Buffett. Beacom and Dr. Angeline Lavin successfully sponsored my CFA Level I exam, which was an incredible advantage when applying for jobs after graduation. 


Interned at the South Dakota Investment Council the summer before graduation. Internships are a critical step to gain entry into your desired field.  

Other Thoughts?

I was involved in two student investment clubs. It was great to gain practical experience researching and defending your ideas. I could stand out by putting my own effort and energy into actual investment decisions.

Advice to Prospective Students Considering Beacom? 

If you find a niche or subject in a business field that interests you, don't be satisfied just to do well in your classes. Reach out to faculty to express interest in research projects or other learning opportunities. Don't worry about trying to do a hundred different things to fill out your resume. Find one area and become so good that you become an expert in that area. That effort will get you noticed. The Beacom faculty value students who want to go beyond classroom learning. Taking these opportunities will put you at the front after graduation.  

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