|Hometown:||Cedar Park, TX|
|Employer:||Sather Financial Group|
Certified Financial Planner
Finance & Marketing, BBA
What did you like best about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
I am a relatively competitive person. But in college, rarely did I participate in directly in competitive organizations or events. My favourite part about Bulldog Investment Co. was finally presenting a company after weeks of research, assembling slides, practicing with the team, and then being declared the “winning” team by the Board of Directors.
In addition, I was pleased to see some of my initiatives positively impacted the group as a whole. For example, I started integrating all presentation materials into the slideshow (such as Conscious Investor screenshots, formatted Excel tables) which helped improve the flow, instead of having to click on multiple files during the presentations. As a result, the other teams began integrating all of their content into the slides, and the overall quality of the presentations improved significantly.
What did you like least about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
Anyone that joins Bulldog Investment Co. needs to acknowledge that there is a steep learning curve. But for me, there were some frustrating classes where we would jump right into current events; which is fine for the sake of trying to stay informed and up to date, but as a student prospective, more focus on investment principles early in the class would be helpful, especially if they were a primer to those current events to be discussed.
Often times, we would listen to interviews, which is a great way to receive insight from some brilliant minds. But when we turn the lights off and the interviews are 10 plus minutes in length I don’t care how much caffeine you’ve had- on a Friday afternoon, most college students will start to check out or even doze off. I would recommend leaving the lights on, and or making the interviews more interactive, and pause multiple times, quizzing the interns to make sure everyone is paying attention, instead of a cumulative recap at the end.
Why should current students participate in Bulldog Investment Company?
Bulldog Investment Co. not only hones in on analytical skills and critical thinking, but the program also serves as a bridge of theoretical knowledge gained from classroom exposure to practical knowledge that can be used in the real world. Anyone that wants to invest in their future (pun intended) should participate in Bulldog Investment Company to supplement their college career, regardless of their major.
What aspects of Bulldog Investment Company prepared you for the “real world?”
Well I am now in a job where I am doing many similar research techniques as I was in Bulldog Investment Co., so my “real world” preparation is obvious. Many interns will not work in the financial services industry, but they will still carry over with them the level of critical thinking when scrutinizing the media or financial reports of the companies they work for.
How did Bulldog Investment Company help you obtain a job?
I am now a Financial Analyst for Sather Financial Group, Bulldog Investment Co.'s sponsor. So in my case, I didn’t really need a resume- my performance, discipline, organization, and leadership in Bulldog Investment Co. had about as direct an impact as one could have.
If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company—what would it be?
I would add Bulldog Investment Co. to the TLU course curriculum, and meet like a normal class period. That would likely require more staff though, unless Dave likes putting even more miles on his car!