The Inaugural Global Finance Summit

by Annie Burnham

Panelists respond to questions at the inaugural Global Finance Summit.

Panelists respond to questions at the inaugural Global Finance Summit.

Last Friday, the Department of Finance and Real Estate held its inaugural Global Finance Summit. The event drew 180 people to Colorado State University’s Center for the Arts for an impressive lineup of 10 speakers. Student moderators asked panels of speakers questions in three sessions. Each session had a specific topic: the global economy, moderated by Zachary Lund and Eric Ziola; alternative investment strategies, moderated by David Ferguson and Jason Page; and corporate finance challenges, moderated by Amy Sunderman and Jessica Blakeman.

The keynote speaker was Alice Schroeder. Schroeder spoke about the various interactions she had with Warren Buffett in writing her book, The Snowball. She recounted the life experiences and life-wisdom of Warren Buffett and talked about his business acumen (strong negotiation tactics), family relationships, and personal traits.

The event was great and very educational. Although many topics were covered, the opinions shared were very enlightening and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. After each of the three sessions, participants gathered for networking and snacks in the lobby outside the theater.

As a member of the audience, I felt that the event achieved all the Department of Finance and Real Estate had hoped. For those six students who participated as moderators, this was a wonderful opportunity to engage with some brilliant minds in finance and economics. The moderators all agreed that the first ever Global Finance Summit was a success.

Student moderators asked expert panelists questions.

Student moderators asked expert panelists questions.

Zachary Lund, senior business administration major and a member of the Colorado CFA Society Global Research Challenge team that placed first in Denver last month, was one of the first moderators. He and his co-moderator, Eric Ziola, asked questions pertaining to the global economy. Lund mentioned that he and Ziola “prepared by organizing questions, coordinating with the speakers via conference calls, doing research on the subject matter, and practicing discussions about the subject matter.”

Eric Ziola, a senior studying finance and real estate, said, “It was an unbelievable opportunity, and I know that some students were approached by employers in the industry.”

Events such as this one tend to invite employers to meet prospective employees among the CSU business students. Ziola offered advice to younger CSU business students: “Take part in every opportunity and event related to your field while you are in school, because the chance to talk to industry professionals will disappear once you enter the ‘real world.’ There are barriers preventing access to these wonderful industry professionals that the college breaks down for you.”

“Students should understand that opportunities like the GFS are extremely valuable and present the opportunity to get real world insight in order to bridge the academic value of the college experience with its actual application in the business world,” Lund echoed. “These opportunities do not happen all that often and should be capitalized on by students.”

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Looking Forward to the Spring Semester

by Tim Pate

A new semester has begun at Colorado State University, and that means plenty to anticipate for CSU students. As the warm weather rolls around, students will get back in the rhythm of being a Ram full-time.

For freshman, this time of year means transitioning from apprehension at the prospect of new environments and challenges to excitement at embracing the next steps in a college career. At the other end of the spectrum, senior students realize that this is their last semester at CSU, which means charging into new territory come May. There are decisions to be made and opportunities to be had.

Spring semester at CSU is always a great time of year. The blossoming trees of the Oval never fail to provide a spectacle, and warmer days mean later nights spent on the intramural fields. It is also now that students begin thinking of their summer plans – be they visiting family, traveling or studying abroad, or staying in Fort Collins to work and take classes. Springtime shows students the multitude of possibilities ahead of them.

The College of Business too is alive with exciting prospects for students, faculty, and friends of the College. Events for students of all interests are on the horizon, as are career fairs and expos to get students connected with the business world. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to engage with the College of Business – the programs and events available are continuing to improve with each new semester.

This semester, you can look forward to these events and more:

Global Finance Summit

Friday, March 1, 2013
7:00 am – 1:45 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Colorado State University
1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO

Th­e Global Finance Summit will feature expert commentary and debate from financial professionals, economists, and academics on topics relating to the overall state of the global and domestic economy, fiscal and monetary policy, investment strategies, and business challenges.

Career Management Center Job and Internship Expo

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Rockwell Hall West, Atrium
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

This event is an exclusive opportunity for employers to engage with College of Business student and alumni (closed event for Business Majors) in Rockwell West, the College’s state-of-the-art facility.  The event is smaller and more intimate, allowing recruiters more time to have meaningful interactions with our students.

Everitt Real Estate Center presents Mark Fleming: “Once a Hare, Now a Tortoise”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4 – 6:30 p.m.
Fort Collins Hilton
425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO

Mark Fleming will talk about what is in store as we head into the traditional buying season in the housing market in 2013, how the economy will fare given the political and fiscal situations, and whether housing will be as strong in 2013 as it was in 2012.

Make sure to check the College of Business website and to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around the College – there are sure to be plenty.

Red, white, and blue balloon to make its second landing at CSU

For the second year in a row, Dave and Gail Liniger will make an appearance at Colorado State University to talk with and inspire students. Their area of expertise: real estate. The Linigers are the co-founders of the world’s top-producing real-estate network, RE/MAX, and they will be sharing their story with interested CSU students on November 29 at 10 a.m. in the Bohemian Auditorium.

Dave Liniger

Dave Liniger, co-founder of RE/MAX, speaking at CSU last year.

RE/MAX, which now boasts a network of more than 100,000 agents in 82 countries, was not always the successful company for which it is renowned today. You can expect Dave and Gail to share stories of their own failures and what they learned from their experiences. For example, Dave failed out of college – a result, he says, of having no goals. However, Dave would later go on to be named one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate” in 2010.

Gail Liniger

Gail Liniger, co-founder of RE/MAX, speaking at CSU last year

Gail too faced difficulties through the growing process of RE/MAX. While Dave was in charge of recruiting agents to get the company running, Gail maintained the duty of keeping their creditors at bay until they had the funds to pay their dues. But In 1989, Gail was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for the real estate and construction category in Colorado in 1989 by the international accounting firm Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine. Hard work and perseverance always delivered for the Linigers in the end.

Tales of their struggles, triumphs, and more can be expected during their presentation. As a Denver-based company, RE/MAX has shown a tremendous amount of support in helping CSU to cultivate a culture conducive to the success of business and real estate students. Attending the event is free and open to students, and the College of Business highly encourages interested students to take advantage of this opportunity.