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With its combination of world-class instruction, industry outreach and networking, the GW Investment Institute is a global leader in applied research and investment education.

The institute provides students with critical real-world investment experience and invaluable professional networking opportunities. The foundation of the institute is GW’s Student Investment Funds, which provide students the opportunity to manage real capital, interact with industry practitioners in the classroom, and connect with investment leaders.

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The 2019 GW Investment Institute Annual Conference

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Friday, September 20, 2019
The GW School of Business
Duquès Hall
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

2:00 p.m. | Welcome remarks by Rodney Lake, Director, GW Investment Institute
2:10 p.m. | Remarks by Anuj Mehrotra, Dean, The GW School of Business
2:20 p.m. | Remarks by Russ Ramsey, GW Board of Trustees, Chairman Emeritus
2:30 p.m. | Stock Pitch by Giulia Genovese, GW Ramsey Scholar
2:35 p.m. | Stock Pitch by Stephen McAuley, GW Ramsey Scholar
2:40 p.m. | Fireside chat with Aron Kershner (BBA ‘05) , Senior Portfolio Manager, Quantitative Investment Strategies at Goldman Sachs
3:40 p.m. | Closing remarks by Rodney Lake, Director, GW Investment Institute
4:00 p.m. | Reception

 


Spring 2018 Investment Institute Report

Our program has grown dramatically. We have big plans for the near future as we seek to transform the institute into the largest investment education program of its kind.

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Applied Portfolio Management - GW Ramsey Student Investment Fund and Applied Financial Security Analysis - GW Phillips Student Investment Fund

Applied Financial Security Analysis: Real Estate - GW Real Estate Student Investment Fund

Investment Analysis: Venture Capital - GW Venture Capital Student Investment Fund

Applied Financial Security Analysis: Fixed Income - GW Fixed Income Student Investment Fund

 


Student Investment Fund Pitch Day

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The 2019 GW Stock Pitch Days were held on April 26 and 27, and featured students bringing their A-game to pitch investment ideas to GW board members and local investors. Highlights coming soon!

View highlights from our inaugural 2018 Stock Pitch Day.

 


Student Investment Funds

 

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Learn more about the 2019 Ramsey Scholars Program and the students who were part of that experience.

GW Ramsey Student Investment Fund

  • RSIF was Established in 2005 with a $1 Million Gift from W. Russell & Norma Ramsey
  • MBA Students: 15 to 20 Each Semester; +300 to Date
  • Portfolio Monitored & Managed by Students Through Sector Teams & Stock Pitch Sessions
  • Value Investing Philosophy & Approach: Graham-Buffett-Munger
  • Fundamental Security Analysis Techniques Taught & Employed
  • Guest Lecturers from the Investment Industry for Learning & Networking
  • Assets Under Management: Over $2 Million
  • Instructor: Rodney Lake

 

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GW Phillips Student Investment Fund

  • Established in 2008 with Capital Provided by a Diverse Group of Donors
  • Named in Honor of Former GWSB Dean Susan Phillips
  • Undergraduate Students: 30 Each Semester; +400 to Date
  • Portfolio Monitored & Managed by Students
  • Value Investing Philosophy & Approach: Graham-Buffett-Munger
  • Fundamental Security Analysis Techniques Taught & Employed
  • Guest Lecturers from the Investment Industry for Learning & Networking
  • Assets Under Management: Over $1 Million
  • Instructors: Rodney Lake, Matt Miller, Arun Muralidhar

 

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GW Venture Capital Student Investment Fund

  • Applied Investment Analysis: Venture Capital (Launched Spring 2017)
  • MBA & Undergraduate Students: 15 to 20 Each Semester
  • Examine & Participate in Venture Capital Business Cycle: Raising Capital, Generating Deal-Flow, Evaluating Business, Exit Strategies
  • Fundamentals of Evaluating Business & Markets
  • Partner with GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship & New Venture Competition

 

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GW Real Estate Student Investment Fund

  • Applied Security Analysis: Real Estate (Launched Spring 2018)
  • MBA & Undergraduate Students: 15 to 20 Each Semester
  • Value Investing Philosophy & Approach: Graham-Buffett-Munger
  • Fundamental Security Analysis

 

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GW Fixed Income Student Investment Fund

  • Applied Security Analysis: Fixed Income (Target Launch: Fall 2018)
  • MBA & Undergraduate Students: 15 to 20 Each Semester
  • Conservative & Defensive Approach
  • Fundamental Security Analysis

 


Meet Our Team

Management

photo - Rodney LakeRodney Lake


Mr. Lake is a Teaching Instructor of Finance, the Deputy Chair of the Department of Finance, the Director of the GW Investment Institute, and a GW Faculty Member in Residence at the George Washington University School of Business.

Mr. Lake teaches graduate and undergraduate investment courses, where students manage real capital. To date, the Assets Under Management (AUM) across the GW Investment Institute’s student funds are approximately $5.2 million.

As the deputy chair of the Department of Finance, Mr. Lake assist the chair of the Department of Finance with administrative tasks on classes and ways to enhance the student experience.

Additionally, Mr. Lake is the director of the GW Investment Institute, where he raises capital for the GW student investment funds portfolio and manages employees of the institute on a daily basis.

Mr. Lake has also served as a mentor-in-residence supported by the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Instructor Lake provides guidance, coaching, support and connections to students with a goal to enhance entrepreneurship at GW.

Prior to Mr. Lake’s current appointment in the GWSB Department of Finance and the GW Investment Institute, Mr. Lake worked as a senior investment officer in the George Washington University Investment Office. The GW Investment Office was responsible for managing the university’s then $1.5 billion endowment fund.

Prior to that, Mr. Lake was a senior financial analyst in the Executive Vice President and Treasurer’s Office at GW, where he served as an internal consultant for projects ranging from financial and optimization modeling to developing spin-out strategies and valuations for internal businesses. Prior to joining GW, he was a financial analyst in portfolio management at a mortgage banking subsidiary of California Federal Bank (now part of Citi).

Mr. Lake graduated cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. He received his MBA from the George Washington University.

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Matthew MillerMatthew Miller


Matt is a Senior Financial Associate with RBC Wealth Management and joined the Ross Group in 2015. He serves as a member of the portfolio team working on client portfolio construction, management, and allocation. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, he worked at FBR Capital Markets in its Institutional Equity Sales & Trading group and then at Fannie Mae as part of its Fixed Income Securities Marketing group. Matt holds his Series 7 and 66 security licenses.

Born and raised in the D.C. area, Matt is from Laytonsville, MD, and graduated from Good Counsel High School.  He attended Cornell University where he graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in communication, concentrating in applied economics and management. While attending Cornell, Matt was a four year member of the Varsity Baseball team, and served as captain of the team his senior year. 

Matt earned his MBA in finance and investments from The George Washington University in 2012 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Finance at GW.  He teaches a Phillips Student Investment Fund class, which allows students to analyze companies and manage a real-money equity investment portfolio.

Governing Board

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W. Russell (Russ) Ramsey is the chair of the GW Investment Institute Governing Board, the chairman emeritus of the George Washington University Board of Trustees, and the CEO of Ramsey Asset Management.

In 2005, the Ramsey family donated $1 million to the George Washington University (GW) to create the GW Ramsey Student Investment Fund (GW RSIF), an investment portfolio run by GW MBA students, providing real world finance and investment experience. Since its inception, the GW RSIF has served as a foundation for the establishment and growth of the GW Investment Institute. Now, both GW MBA and undergraduate students manage more than $5 million of endowment capital across five student investment funds and multiple asset classes. Mr. Ramsey currently serves as chair of the GW Investment Institute Governing Board.

Mr. Ramsey is also the founder, chairman, and CEO of Ramsey Asset Management (RAM), an alternative asset management firm with aggregate assets in excess of $500 million. Founded in 2001, RAM is an institutional firm which has a range of directional equity-hedging products which leverage a common research platform, fundamental analysis, and a proprietary approach to identifying investment opportunities. Key to the firm's approach is identifying those companies that exhibit either improving or declining business prospects for which the firm believes its view is sufficiently divergent from that of Wall Street.

Russ is also known for his role as co-founder, president, and co-CEO of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group (NYSE: FBR) and its sister company, FBR Capital Markets (NASDAQ: FBCM). After co-founding FBR in 1989, Russ helped the firm capitalize on the broad institutionalization of the capital markets, particularly during the downturn of the late 1980's and early 1990's by correctly analyzing the troubles and solutions faced by both the financial services and real estate industries at that time. Russ co-founded FBR's investment banking division, helping the firm become one of the nation's premier underwriters, and co-founded FBR's first venture capital fund focused on the Internet, e-commerce, and software, and simultaneously launching FBR's Technology Investment Banking and Research practices. Under his leadership, FBR completed tens of billions of initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions.

Newsweek magazine has recognized Russ for his successes by naming him one of the four "people to see" in the Washington financial community. Russ sits on the National Geographic Society's Council of Advisors. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the Governor's Commission on Information Technology. He was a Trustee for the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and is a founding member of One Virginia. Mr. Ramsey is a native Washingtonian and has been an active philanthropist through the Ramsey Foundation, which has funded many causes including Knock Out Abuse Against Women, the innovative Venture Philanthropy Partners, four-year scholarships for the D.C. Capital Area's Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Potomac School, Fight Night, Fight for Children, and the Inova Fairfax Hospital System.

Russ received a B.S. in Business Administration from the George Washington University and was named to the GW All-Century Baseball Team and Athletic Hall of Fame.

Advisory Council

Mark Anfang


Mark Anfang is a portfolio manager at Scopus Asset Management. Prior joining Scopus Asset Management, Mark co-founded Tide Point in 2012 and built the firm into a hedge fund focused on global cyclical equities for institutional investors.

Mark has over 15 years of industry experience and has spent most of his career as a sector specialist analyzing and investing in global chemical, material, and industrial companies. 
Prior to founding Tide Point, Mark was a Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Harbor Watch Capital Management, a $2billion hedge fund, and was responsible for chemicals, metals & mining, automotive, commodities and agricultural companies.

From 2005 to 2008, Mark was a senior analyst at Amaranth Advisors and Diamondback Capital. Mark started his career at SAC Capital where he was a trading assistant working directly with portfolio managers and sector investment teams. Throughout his career, Mark has maintained strong industry relationships with over 200 global companies and management teams, and has developed proprietary financial models that help analyze and identify differentiated, non-consensus investment opportunities.

Mark graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 2002. He currently lives in Scarsdale New York with his wife Jessica and two children Taylor and Jay.

David AsperDavid Asper


David Asper, through Asper Group, works with venture founders/teams in investing, fund raising, advisory, and governance activities.

Asper Group investment thesis focuses on seed /early-stage venture developments addressing e-commerce and marketplace platforms, mobile, and technology-enabled content businesses. Interesting sectors are consumer, retail, financial services, telecom, high-tech, and life sciences/wellness-health... in the U.S. and in transatlantic/pacific developments.

David, now a Senior Partner Emeritus, is in the process of withdrawing from A.T. Kearney after 30+ years as an equity partner. As a client partner, his focus areas included large-scale restructuring actions, organization and operating model transformation, performance turnaround/improvement initiatives, M&A/PMI, and growth strategies. David served multinational clients extensively throughout Americas, Europe/Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. Client service focused on telecom, high-tech, financial services, PE, and automotive sectors.

Throughout his partner years, David served A.T. Kearney in numerous Firm leadership and Board roles, including: lead partner for the global Financial Services practice and for the Economics Consulting group; NA practice head for the High-tech practice; Finance Committee Chair and Partner Chair of the Firm’s Board of Directors; and as a co-head of the Firm’s Ventures fund.

David received his M.S. in Business from the George Washington University and B.S. degrees in both Engineering and Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. David was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

James Carruthers Jr.


Mr. Carruthers served as Portfolio Manager of Third Point LLC from 2005 to 2013. At Third Point, Mr. Carruthers specialized in shorting small-company stocks. Prior to this, he was a Founding Partner and Analyst at Eastbourne Capital Management, L.L.C. Mr. Carruthers joined Eastbourne Capital in April 1999.

Prior to that, he was an Analyst at RSIM from September 1996 to March 1999, where he was a Principal. For the five years prior to joining RSIM, Mr. Carruthers was an independent Securities Analyst providing security specific research to the investment community and other related professionals, including RSIM.

From 1988 to 1990, he was an Analyst and Portfolio Adviser with the Feshbach Brothers in Dallas, Texas. Prior to his work in the investment industry, Mr. Carruthers was employed in various senior management roles in the information systems business including positions with Martin Marietta Data Systems and American Management Systems. He serves as a Director of Advanced BioNutrition Corp.

Mr. Carruthers received his M.B.A. from the George Washington University and B.S. degree in Business from the University of Maryland.

photo - Samuel EisnerSamuel Eisner


Samuel Eisner is a vice president in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) at Goldman Sachs, where he is responsible for managing client relationships in the Industrial sector.

Prior to transitioning to IBD, Samuel was a member of Global Investment Research (GIR) where he lead coverage of the Americas Building Products and Small and Mid-Capitalization Industrial sectors. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2013, Samuel was a research analyst at William Blair and began his career at Sterne, Agee, & Leach, Inc.

Samuel graduated from the George Washington University School of Business with a BBA and dual concentrations in Finance and International Business.

Jared GolubJared Golub


Jared Golub is a founding member and Partner with Marblegate Asset Management where he is responsible for generating, evaluating, executing and managing investments in a portfolio of distressed and special situation assets across a variety of industry sectors.

Mr. Golub has sat on a variety of official and ad-hoc creditor committees, and has been deeply involved in a number of corporate restructurings in both the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining Marblegate, Mr. Golub was a Director and Partner at Miller Buckfire & Co., where he was responsible for advising and executing restructuring, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic advisory transactions. Throughout the course of his career at Miller Buckfire, Mr. Golub raised approximately $3 billion in capital and restructured approximately $15 billion worth of liabilities. In addition, he coordinated the firm’s analyst and associate recruiting program. Mr. Golub was a founding member of Miller Buckfire in 2002 and previously was part of the financial restructuring group at Wasserstein Perella & Co., which he joined in 2000.

Mr. Golub has a B.B.A. in finance, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University and was a member of the varsity crew team. He has over fifteen years of distressed experience and lives in Rye, NY, with his wife and two children.

Mark LevineMark Levine


Mark Levine joined Core Capital in 2000 from GCI Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture capital fund that he founded and that was an early investor in webMethods, one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history.

Prior to Core, Mark served as an officer, responsible for corporate development and strategy, of GEO-CENTERS, a technology firm with more than $200 million in revenue when it was acquired by SAIC. Previously, Mark was Subcommittee Staff Director for the Small Business Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), the Board of Advisors of both the George Washington University School of Business and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, and the Advisory Board of Marshfield Associates.

Mark received his MBA from the George Washington University.

Marcus KristinKristin Marcus


Kristin Marcus is a managing director at Highfields Capital Management LP, a Boston based value-oriented investment management firm managing over $12 billion in assets for endowments, foundations, pension funds and other institutional and private investors. She has been with the firm since its founding in 1998 and in her current role since 2007.

Prior to joining Highfields Capital, Ms. Marcus was employed at Evare L.L.C. as a project manager and at Harvard Management Company where she worked as a senior trading analyst and as a foreign operations supervisor. Ms. Marcus received a B.B.A. from GW in 1990 and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University.

Rhoda PeritzRhoda Peritz


Prior to joining Fiduciary Trust International, Ms. Peritz served as chief operating officer of Amherst Pierpont Securities as well as managing director and chief operating officer for BlackRock’s America’s Fixed Income investment business.

From 1991-2014, Rhoda was with Barclays and its predecessor, Lehman Brothers, where she served in a variety of senior management roles. At Barclays she was the global chief operating officer for Distribution and Head of Client Strategy across the Fixed Income, Equity and Prime Services businesses for all regions.

While at Lehman, Rhoda was head of Fixed Income Institutional Middle Market and Corporate Cash sales. For many years, Rhoda was also the global chief operating officer and head of Client Strategy for Fixed Income. Earlier on, she was an institutional product marketer for preferred stock and investment grade corporate bonds.

Throughout her career, Rhoda has also led a number of global firm-wide initiatives. She began her career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture predecessor) in the financial markets practice.

Rhoda received her B.B.A. from the George Washington University and her M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Steven RossSteven S. Ross


Steve is a senior vice president at RBC Wealth Management. He began his career with Ferris, Baker, Watts (FBW), acquired by RBC Wealth Management in 2008, as a $3.65 an hour intern on September 19, 1979 and is proud to say he has never moved desks.

Over his 36-year career, Steve has managed portfolios for a wide range of individuals and institutions striving to meet their investment and financial goals.

Steve graduated with honors from George Washington University in 1981 and he holds the Series 7, 63, and 66 securities licenses as well as the Certified Financial Planner designation.

Steve was elected to the George Washington University’s board of trustees in 2006 and also served as a Board Member for the Kennedy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Prior to FBW’s merger with RBC Wealth Management, Steve served on FBW’s Board of Directors and Chaired its Retail Advisory Board.  Currently, Steve is a member of RBC Wealth Management’s Chairman’s Council, which recognizes the firm’s top 120 financial advisors, and serves on RBC Wealth Management’s Equity Leader Advisory Council.

Alumni Advisors

Francisco CastilloFrancisco Castillo


Mr. Castillo has extensive experience performing fundamental analysis, investment research, and communicating financial information in both, private and public international sectors. He currently works for the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to the IDB, Mr. Castillo was a financial credit analyst at Afirme Financial Group, Mexico.

Mr. Castillo holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the UANL and earned his MBA from the George Washington University. He is an alumnus of the GW Ramsey Student Investment Fund.

Johnathan FluittJohnathan Fluitt


Johnathan is a manager in PwC's Deals practice, where he provides strategic and operational guidance to senior leaders in Fortune 500 companies. His specific focus is pre-deal evaluations, integration and separation planning, and integration and separation execution. Johnathan typically partners with technology, media and telecommunications clients; however, he also has experience in financial services, industrial products, federal government agencies, and nonprofits. Johnathan has been with PwC for four years and previously spent two years with Booz Allen Hamilton's Civil Commercial practice. He holds an MBA from the George Washington University as well as a BA and an MA from Purdue University.

Francisco CastilloMorgan Fourdrigniez


Morgan Fourdrigniez is the China area manager for Bpifrance and is responsible for regional sourcing and due diligence of financing and investing opportunities, as well as supporting Bpifrance’s portfolio companies on operational projects and business development. Prior to joining Bpifrance in September 2017, Mr. Fourdrigniez was an associate at LR Global, an emerging and frontier market specialist investment fund. Prior to joining LR GLobal, Mr. Fourdrigniez was an investment fellow at Brightmore Capital, a private equity fund focused on francophone West Africa.

Mr. Fourdrigniez began his career as an equity analyst in Bloomberg’s London office. He is an ongoing advisor to the George Washington University Investment Institute. Mr. Fourdrigniez received a B.A with a concentration in Finance from the George Washington University.

Steven KeatingSteven Keating


Steven Keating is the director of investments at St. John's University in New York City. Steve manages the university's endowment under the direction of a Committee of the Board of Trustees. He is also on the investment committees of the university's defined contribution retirement plan and student managed investment funds. Prior to joining St. John's University, Steve was an investment officer at the George Washington University. Steve holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University.

Steve’s involvement with the Ramsey Student Investment Fund (RSIF) spans more than a decade. Steve is a proud RSIF alumnus and, before becoming an advisor, Steve was a co-instructor.

Steve McAuleySteve McAuley


Steve is a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting in Rosslyn, VA. His primary professional focus and passion is digital finance, but he is gaining experience in financial modeling and financial information systems. He is particularly passionate about mentorship, especially for GW students.

Steve recently graduated from the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) with a degree in Finance and Economics and is a 2019 GW Ramsey Scholar.

Evan VandeveerEvan Vanderveer


Vanshap Capital is a deep value, globally oriented investment management firm, minority owned by Markel Corporation. Vanshap employs a research-intensive process to identify businesses run by disciplined management teams trading at low multiples of tangible book value or cash earnings. Prior to launching Vanshap, Mr. Vanderveer was an analyst at deep value manager, Aegis Financial Corporation. Mr. Vanderveer is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance.

Teaching Assistants

photo - David ChoukrounDavid Choukroun


David Choukroun is graduating in 2020 with a BBA, majoring in Real Estate.

This past summer, David worked as an analyst at Encore Realty where he was responsible for the financial modeling, feasibility analysis and pre-underwriting of income producing assets, and ground-up developments.

Mr. Choukroun was trained as a real estate investment analyst at Flagler Investment Holdings - the US healthcare property platform of the Chinese private conglomerate FOSUN.

Upon graduating, David plans to remain in Washington, D.C., where he will continue to pursue his interest in RE Development at an institutional level.

photo - Giulia GenoveseGiulia Genovese


Giulia Genovese is currently a senior at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and at the GW School of Business, double majoring in Economics and Finance. She has been nominated as one of the 2019 GW Ramsey Scholars.

Giulia has had a variety of internships in the economic and finance fields during her undergraduate career. She interned for the International Monetary Fund, for Julius Baer in the Private Wealth sector, and for Goldman Sachs in the Securities division. Two of her favorite activities are to work out and to travel the world with her friends and family.

She is currently looking for opportunities after college to gain experience in finance and economics. She is also seeking to continue her studies at the graduate level in one of the two major fields.

photo - John SimmonsJohn Simmons


John Simmons is a manager and senior research analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. He has held many analytic and management positions over the past 25 years in government service. Additionally, John is a Teaching Assistant for the George Washington Ramsey Student Investment Fund and has been a member of the Investment Institute since August 2019.   

John graduated from American Military University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intelligence Studies and an MBA from the George Washington University. During his studies at GW, John was recognized for his outstanding work and selected for membership in the school’s chapter of the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society.

 


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