Stonehill Finance Students Win International Competition
Four members of the Stonehill College Skyhawk Investment Group come home from Montreal with first place in a collegiate stock analysis event.
A team of four finance majors from Skyhawk Investment Group (SIG) recently bested eight other college teams at the Concordia University's Van Berkom John Molson School of Business Small-Cap Case Competition in Montreal, Canada.
Stonehill seniors Gavin Euksuzian, Brandon Kramer, Daniel Sammarco and Devon Walsh represented SIG and competed against experienced MBAs and senior undergraduates from leading business schools in Canada.
“Working with talented and intelligent classmates to make advanced assessments about the economy, the financial markets and individual companies, while also taking into consideration the school’s values, has really helped me grow professionally and personally,” said Kramer, who has already accepted a position at Fidelity Investments and will start there after graduation.
Out of nearly 40 applications from leading colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, the SIG team’s preliminary submission was selected as one of the top nine, and the team was invited to join the eight other schools' teams in a rigorous two-day stock analysis competition.
After a slower-than-expected start on Day One, the team rallied on Day Two to present its analysis and evaluation of Sleep Country Inc., a publicly traded Canadian company. SIG's work and presentation earned the highest mark, 30 points, an achievement not seen in at the competition in more than six years. The turnaround performance earned SIG a Most Improved Team award. The team’s performance on Day Two lifted it into first place.
“Students often ask, ‘What makes the Meehan School’s finance program the right place for me?’” said Professor Michael Mullen, director of the Stonehill College Inspire Finance Initiatives. “The simple answer is opportunity and excellence. We proved that again this past weekend, at Concordia.”