Dowd, a graduate of the United States Military Academy with an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, assists and advises Volcker with all aspects of his duties running the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Most recently, he has served as managing partner at Charter Oak International Partners, a specialized private equity firm, and as director at Charter Oak Partners, a Connecticut based hedge fund. Additionally, Dowd has served on 18 corporate boards – both private and public; and he has extensive experience on compensation committees, executive or nominating committees, and audit committees.

As CEO of the management company at Charter Oak Industries, he integrated the insurance, employee benefits, legal and audit functions of the entire group consisting of more than 5,000 employees at 45 locations in five countries. From 2003 to 2009, he served as a general partner in a hedge fund group, and he previously served in the U.S. Army from 1981-86 and received several awards for meritorious service.  Additionally, he has lectured on financial regulatory reform at the Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University.

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Made possible by the Volk Symposium Fund and the Beacom Opportunity Fund, “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century” is free and open to the public. This event is also sponsored by The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business and USD's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honors fraternity for financial information professionals. The Volk Symposium honors the legacy of Arthur A. Volk, who joined the USD faculty in 1948. During his 36-year tenure at The U, he taught every accounting course offered by the school as well as other business courses. The Symposium was established as a fund to bring together students, academicians and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest. For more information, go to The lecture is free and open to the public.

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