“My internship turned into a full time position after graduation.”
Tyler Stewart – Sioux City, IA
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance (B.B.A.), Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
B.B.A. 2011, M.B.A. 2013
Currently, I am a portfolio manager with Home Federal Bank in Sioux Falls. I have also joined the Young Professionals Network.
In addition to my studies at USD, I was able to join the student investment group, Coyote Capital Management (CCM), which allowed me to be involved in finance and portfolio management before moving into the work force. This initial training provided me a basis to be successful in my career.
I also had the opportunity to do an internship at Home Federal Bank which turned into a full time position after graduation. I was able to learn the fundamentals of portfolio management with their investment committee while interning at the bank. This included asset allocation, economics and proper due diligence requirements. This mentoring allowed me to hit the ground running when the internship turned into a full time career.
Beacom also provided me extensive classroom training in the world of finance and how it is applied outside of college. I also had the opportunity to take trips to meet Warren Buffett and attend conferences in Dayton and New York City. All of these experiences were critical in developing my understanding of business and finance as a career.
If you are planning on studying at the Beacom School of Business my advice to you is to get involved. Take every opportunity to join campus groups, go on school trips, and apply for any internship that can add value to your schooling and career. These connections will have the biggest impact on your success as a student and employee.
“The quality of the education you get at Beacom is world class, but the price is very affordable.”
David Janssen – Pierre, SD
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Finance and Economics
I am currently a portfolio analyst with the Global Rates and Currency Team at Columbia Management. I work closely with the portfolio managers, sovereign analysts, and traders on our Global Aggregate, International, Emerging Market, and Currency Alpha Fixed Income Strategies. I have also passed the first two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.
In addition to my studies at USD, I was very involved with the student organization Coyote Capital Management (CCM). In CCM my fellow students and I were entrusted to manage over $1,000,000 in the stock market for the USD Foundation and the Beacom School of Business. Some schools with investment groups do not let you join until you are a senior. CCM encourages students to get involved right away as freshmen. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to develop my investment, technical and leadership skills. I do not think I would be where I am at in my career without being a member of CCM. The opportunity also allowed me to get more out of my upper level finance classes because I could quickly think of ways to apply new concepts to situations that I had encountered before.
I also had the opportunity to do an internship as an investment analyst at Security National Bank in Sioux City, IA.
If you are planning on studying at the Beacom School of Business my advice to you is to get involved with different student organizations your first week on campus. You don't need to know exactly what you want to do, but if you get involved early on you can try things out until you find what interests you. When you look back on your time at USD, you will not only be thankful for the education you received, but also for the experiences you had outside of the classroom.
“There were opportunities to visit financial firms in New York and meet with Warren Buffett.”
Adam Schwab – Mantorville, MN
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Finance
After receiving my B.B.A. from USD, I joined the South Dakota Investment Council. I managed a Large Cap Global Equity Portfolio Manager for the SDIC for 6 years and managed a Small & Mid-Cap Equity Portfolio for 3 years. I hold the CFA Charter, CPA license, & completed my M.B.A. from another university. I recently joined Elgethun Capital Management and we manage $215 million for individuals and institutions.
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 Angeline Lavin, Ph.D. successfully sponsored my CFA Level I exam, which was an incredible advantage when applying for jobs after graduation.
In addition to my studies at USD, 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.
I also had the opportunity to do an internship at the South Dakota Investment Council the summer before graduation. Internships are a critical step to gain entry into your desired field.
If you are planning on studying at the Beacom School of Business my advice to you is 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.