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The Foster MBA Finance Society is a club for students interested in the world of finance and pursuing a career in the field. We add value to our members through networking opportunities, student and alumni panels, corporate and academic guest speakers, West Coast company visits, recruiter information sessions, and interview preparation.

 
Leadership
BRANDON O’LEARY  PRESIDENT    Prior to joining Foster, Brandon worked as a Senior Equity Trader at Unicom Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund. He joined Unicom in 2007 and initially served as a Junior Trader on the equity trading desk. During his tenure at Unicom, Brandon managed and executed long/short domestic mid-large cap equity trades for portfolio managers. He aided research analysts with building valuation and risk models and was responsible for monitoring relative price action in various asset classes. Brandon also ran a value based long/short portfolio at Unicom. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member at the University of Colorado Burridge Center for Finance. After his first year at Foster, Brandon interned at Russell Investments on the Institutional Portfolio Allocation team.  Brandon holds a B.S. with Honors in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He enjoys humbling himself on the golf course and is an avid non-fiction reader.

BRANDON O’LEARY
PRESIDENT

Prior to joining Foster, Brandon worked as a Senior Equity Trader at Unicom Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund. He joined Unicom in 2007 and initially served as a Junior Trader on the equity trading desk. During his tenure at Unicom, Brandon managed and executed long/short domestic mid-large cap equity trades for portfolio managers. He aided research analysts with building valuation and risk models and was responsible for monitoring relative price action in various asset classes. Brandon also ran a value based long/short portfolio at Unicom. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member at the University of Colorado Burridge Center for Finance. After his first year at Foster, Brandon interned at Russell Investments on the Institutional Portfolio Allocation team.

Brandon holds a B.S. with Honors in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He enjoys humbling himself on the golf course and is an avid non-fiction reader.

LEVI STEWART ZURBRUGG  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Prior to Foster Levi worked as a Sector Analyst – Consumer Staples at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. In this role he was responsible for working with investors, companies, and sustainability experts to develop sustainability accounting standards that are cost-effective and decision-useful in investment analysis. After completing his MBA, Levi plans to continue working at the intersection of finance and sustainability.

LEVI STEWART ZURBRUGG
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to Foster Levi worked as a Sector Analyst – Consumer Staples at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. In this role he was responsible for working with investors, companies, and sustainability experts to develop sustainability accounting standards that are cost-effective and decision-useful in investment analysis. After completing his MBA, Levi plans to continue working at the intersection of finance and sustainability.

BRANDON ABANG  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Prior to attending the Evening MBA Program at Foster, Brandon spent 10 years at Russell Investments, an asset manager focusing on multi-asset solutions with over $290 billion of assets under management. Brandon spent his entire career at Russell on the trading desk working in various capacities and most recently as an Equity Derivatives Trader primarily trading equity index futures and options in all regions across the globe. Brandon came to Foster to broaden his finance acumen and experience other areas of business.  Brandon holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The University of Washington, Tacoma.

BRANDON ABANG
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to attending the Evening MBA Program at Foster, Brandon spent 10 years at Russell Investments, an asset manager focusing on multi-asset solutions with over $290 billion of assets under management. Brandon spent his entire career at Russell on the trading desk working in various capacities and most recently as an Equity Derivatives Trader primarily trading equity index futures and options in all regions across the globe. Brandon came to Foster to broaden his finance acumen and experience other areas of business.

Brandon holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The University of Washington, Tacoma.

 
YASAR AMMAR  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Yasar is a telecommunication engineer by training. He switched careers from engineering to public policy and was working as a diplomat in the United Nations headquarters in New York prior to joining Foster. He served as a member of United Nation’s administrative and budgetary committee – the Fifth Committee under the General Assembly where he participated in the UN’s budget making process and worked on human resource management reform of the organization. Yasar is passionate about providing technology-based solutions for business development and that led him to pursue an MBA. He is also serving on the board of Diversity in Business. For this coming summer, he will be interning at T-Mobile’s Technology, Economics and Strategy department.  Yasar holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in telecommunication & electronics from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan) and a graduate certificate in Comparative and Regional Studies from American University in Washington D.C.

YASAR AMMAR
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Yasar is a telecommunication engineer by training. He switched careers from engineering to public policy and was working as a diplomat in the United Nations headquarters in New York prior to joining Foster. He served as a member of United Nation’s administrative and budgetary committee – the Fifth Committee under the General Assembly where he participated in the UN’s budget making process and worked on human resource management reform of the organization. Yasar is passionate about providing technology-based solutions for business development and that led him to pursue an MBA. He is also serving on the board of Diversity in Business. For this coming summer, he will be interning at T-Mobile’s Technology, Economics and Strategy department.

Yasar holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in telecommunication & electronics from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan) and a graduate certificate in Comparative and Regional Studies from American University in Washington D.C.

PHIL BOZARTH-DREHER  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Phil practiced as an architect before business school and developed an interest in finance through working with real estate developers. Phil is focusing on finance at Foster, while pursuing a career in management consulting.  Phil holds his B.A. in Architecture from the University of Oregon.

PHIL BOZARTH-DREHER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Phil practiced as an architect before business school and developed an interest in finance through working with real estate developers. Phil is focusing on finance at Foster, while pursuing a career in management consulting.

Phil holds his B.A. in Architecture from the University of Oregon.

BEN FRISBEE, CFA  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Ben has 7 years of experience in finance across a variety of roles—as a risk management analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, a business valuation associate at Columbia Financial Advisors, and a financial analyst at Symmetrical Networks, a startup providing fiberoptic network financing and operations solutions. For his summer internship Ben is working in sales forecasting at Icertis.  Ben holds a B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Mathematical Economics from Haverford College, and is a CFA charterholder. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is a proud Pacific Northwesterner. He enjoys playing tennis, basketball and golf, and going on camping adventures with his wife Elyss.

BEN FRISBEE, CFA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Ben has 7 years of experience in finance across a variety of roles—as a risk management analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, a business valuation associate at Columbia Financial Advisors, and a financial analyst at Symmetrical Networks, a startup providing fiberoptic network financing and operations solutions. For his summer internship Ben is working in sales forecasting at Icertis.

Ben holds a B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Mathematical Economics from Haverford College, and is a CFA charterholder. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is a proud Pacific Northwesterner. He enjoys playing tennis, basketball and golf, and going on camping adventures with his wife Elyss.

REED FROEHLICH  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Reed has over 9 years of operations experience, including several different leadership positions while working at Boeing. Currently, as an Industrial Engineering team lead in airplane systems test operations, Reed is responsible for developing manufacturing schedules and budgets for airplane systems testing. Early in his career at Boeing, Reed oversaw capacity analysis, developed long-range business plans, and measured production health for multiple assembly lines. While attending the Foster Evening MBA program, Reed is focusing his studies around finance and entrepreneurship to gain business knowledge on M&A, business valuation, and financial modeling.  Reed holds a B.A. in Management and minor in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. In his spare time, he enjoys running, exploring local microbreweries, and traveling with wife Alyssa.

REED FROEHLICH
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Reed has over 9 years of operations experience, including several different leadership positions while working at Boeing. Currently, as an Industrial Engineering team lead in airplane systems test operations, Reed is responsible for developing manufacturing schedules and budgets for airplane systems testing. Early in his career at Boeing, Reed oversaw capacity analysis, developed long-range business plans, and measured production health for multiple assembly lines. While attending the Foster Evening MBA program, Reed is focusing his studies around finance and entrepreneurship to gain business knowledge on M&A, business valuation, and financial modeling.

Reed holds a B.A. in Management and minor in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. In his spare time, he enjoys running, exploring local microbreweries, and traveling with wife Alyssa.

PETER GILROY  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Prior to attending Foster, Peter Gilroy served in the US Army on active duty for ten years as an Armor Officer. During his service, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and completed a two-year assignment as a Ranger Instructor. Upon his departure from active duty, Peter decided to pursue his MBA at the Foster School, focusing on finance. He’s currently completing an internship in Investment Banking with the Wells Fargo Securities Technology Industry group in San Francisco, CA.  Peter holds a B.B.A. from Gonzaga University with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Outside of Foster, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He participates in organized sports and enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

PETER GILROY
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to attending Foster, Peter Gilroy served in the US Army on active duty for ten years as an Armor Officer. During his service, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and completed a two-year assignment as a Ranger Instructor. Upon his departure from active duty, Peter decided to pursue his MBA at the Foster School, focusing on finance. He’s currently completing an internship in Investment Banking with the Wells Fargo Securities Technology Industry group in San Francisco, CA.

Peter holds a B.B.A. from Gonzaga University with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Outside of Foster, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He participates in organized sports and enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

BETSY ISACKES  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Betsy is pursuing a joint JD/MBA degree. Prior to joining Foster, she spent three years working at a Denver-based hedge fund, Unicom Capital. Betsy provided research support to the trading desk and helped run daily office operations. Betsy spent her first summer as a finance intern at Intellectual Ventures where she conducted feasibility studies to evaluate IV’s spin-out pipeline of over 40 inventions. During her second summer and over the course of her third year of study, Betsy worked as a legal intern on the Allen Institute’s in-house legal team. This summer, Betsy will be a summer associate in Cooley LLP’s corporate group in Seattle. She will be focusing on capital markets and emerging company transactions.  Betsy holds her B.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt.

BETSY ISACKES
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Betsy is pursuing a joint JD/MBA degree. Prior to joining Foster, she spent three years working at a Denver-based hedge fund, Unicom Capital. Betsy provided research support to the trading desk and helped run daily office operations. Betsy spent her first summer as a finance intern at Intellectual Ventures where she conducted feasibility studies to evaluate IV’s spin-out pipeline of over 40 inventions. During her second summer and over the course of her third year of study, Betsy worked as a legal intern on the Allen Institute’s in-house legal team. This summer, Betsy will be a summer associate in Cooley LLP’s corporate group in Seattle. She will be focusing on capital markets and emerging company transactions.

Betsy holds her B.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt.

PRANEETH MADHUNANTHU  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Prior to attending Foster, Praneeth has worked in multiple roles such as management consulting, business development, and software engineering. From identifying critical product issues and analyzing opportunities for growth to developing cost-cutting strategies for the client, Praneeth has a very diverse set of professional experiences. He is a number-cruncher and would like to have a career in corporate finance post MBA. Praneeth was a Finance Intern at Pulse Secure.  Praneeth holds a B.E (Honors) in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS – Pilani) in India. His curiosity about the financial markets led him towards the CFA program and he is currently a CFA Level III candidate.

PRANEETH MADHUNANTHU
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to attending Foster, Praneeth has worked in multiple roles such as management consulting, business development, and software engineering. From identifying critical product issues and analyzing opportunities for growth to developing cost-cutting strategies for the client, Praneeth has a very diverse set of professional experiences. He is a number-cruncher and would like to have a career in corporate finance post MBA. Praneeth was a Finance Intern at Pulse Secure.

Praneeth holds a B.E (Honors) in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS – Pilani) in India. His curiosity about the financial markets led him towards the CFA program and he is currently a CFA Level III candidate.

ALEX WANDS  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Before Foster, Alex lived in Philadelphia, PA and worked on the fixed income desk at Susquehanna International Group, a privately held trading firm. In addition to the fixed income desk, he spent time at multiple other desks at SIG, including equity options, index options, stockloan, energy and commodities. His responsibilities ranged from working with distressed municipal bonds to modeling and participating in alternative investments. Alex spent his summer interning in the sales finance department at Snap, Inc.  Alex holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Drexel University. He is originally from the Adirondack Mountains, in Upstate New York, and in his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing, boating and spending time with his dog, Buddy.

ALEX WANDS
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Before Foster, Alex lived in Philadelphia, PA and worked on the fixed income desk at Susquehanna International Group, a privately held trading firm. In addition to the fixed income desk, he spent time at multiple other desks at SIG, including equity options, index options, stockloan, energy and commodities. His responsibilities ranged from working with distressed municipal bonds to modeling and participating in alternative investments. Alex spent his summer interning in the sales finance department at Snap, Inc.

Alex holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Drexel University. He is originally from the Adirondack Mountains, in Upstate New York, and in his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing, boating and spending time with his dog, Buddy.

 
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

1/20/2019
Finance Happy Hour: Warren Buffett’s 2011 Shareholder Letter
Enjoy refreshments at Schultzy’s on the Ave and discuss Warren’s view on Gold as an investment.

2/5/2019: 7:30 AM – 8:20 AM
Boardroom Speaker Series
: Charlotte Guyman—Berkshire Hathaway Director, Brooks Running Director, former Microsoft Director.

2/12/2019: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dissecting an Earnings Call (Amazon) with professors Sarah McVay and Ed deHaan
Quarterly earnings releases—what firms say, how they say it, and sometimes even what they don’t say—can be an invaluable source of information about a company. Understanding how to think critically about earnings releases is important for internal and external stakeholders, and they can be great resources to prepare for interviews across many functions.

2/19/2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Speaker Series:
Women in Finance Speaker Panel with Jennifer Koski and Sophie Gilbert
The event will feature a panel, including Foster Finance Professor Jennifer Koski and Head of Business Solutions at Russell Investments Sophie Gilbert. Panelists will discuss topics ranging from research on gender in finance, challenges faced improving gender representation in finance professions, and the panelists’ experiences facing gender issues in their field. Drinks and light appetizers will be served following the panel.   

3/11/2019 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Speaker Series: Machine Learning and Investing: Kevin Zatloukal
--UW CS Lecturer, former Google and Microsoft programmer with a PhD from MIT.
Kevin will be discussing value traps, canonical correlation among investment factors, and the application of ML methods such as ensemble decision stumps and random forests to investing.

5/3 – 5/5
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska
This May, The Finance Society will be organizing a group of students to attend the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting – also known as “Woodstock for Capitalists”— in Omaha, Nebraska.

5/15/2019 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speaker Series: MIT’s Andrew Lo
Professor Lo will be going over his ground breaking research and newest financial theory – The Adaptive Market Hypothesis. The Adaptive Market Hypothesis is an attempt to reconcile economic theories based on the efficient market hypothesis (which implies that markets are efficient) with behavioral economics, by applying the principles of evolution to financial interactions: competition, adaptation and natural selection.

Past Events

2018-2019 Events:

10/9/18
Amazon FLDP Preperation
Heard from two Amazon FLDP employees--Priyanka Balasubramanian & Mackenzie O'Berry--to help prep current Foster students for FLDP interviews.

10/17/18
Speaker Series: Fireside Chat with Tren Griffin
Tren Griffin, Senior Director at Microsoft, Author of popular finance blog 25iq, expert on value investing, and author of Charlie Munger: The Complete InvestorA Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs, and The Global Negotiator sits down for a discussion on business and investing.

10/25/18
Annual Stock Pitch Competition at the historic Canlis Restaurant
The competition will give students the chance to select, analyze, and pitch a stock to financial professionals from the Seattle area. Judges currently include professionals from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Kosmos Management, Russell Investments, Windrose Partners, Fulcrum Capital, US Trust, Morgan Creek Capital Management, and the UW Endowment.

11/17 &11/18
Training The Street 2 Day Workshop
TTS is the world’s leading financial learning services company, offering state-of-the-art, instructor-led courses in financial modeling and corporate valuation to corporate and educational clients. Founded in 1999, TTS’s clients include the world’s leading universities, investment banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies.

11/28/2018
Speaker Series: ESG Investing Panel
The Foster Finance Society and Net Impact Club welcome:

  • Martha Strebinger, CFA - Investment Strategist at Parametric Portfolio Associates

  • Emily Steinbarth - Quantitative Research Analyst at Russell Investments

  • Alex Bernhardt - Head of Responsible Investment, US at Mercer Investments

12/8/2018
Speaker Series: Investing Legends – Fireside Chat with Howard Marks
Mr. Marks is known for his incredible track record in the world of distressed debt investing and his insightful investment memos about which Warren Buffett states, “When I see memos from Howard Marks in my mail, they're the first thing I open and read. I always learn something, and that goes double for his book.”
Mr. Marks will be discussing, among many topics, his investment career, risk and uncertainty, his investment philosophy, and his new book Mastering the Market Cycle.

1/10/2019
Finance Breakfast: Warren Buffett’s 2008 Annual Shareholder Letter
Breakfast at Costas on Ave and deep discussion revolving around Warren Buffett’s iconic 2008 shareholder letter.

2017-2018 events:

The Foster Finance Society is excited to host a full slate of events this year to enable students to explore finance careers, network with industry professionals and alums, and prepare for landing a job in finance. Keep an eye out for additional events, as we’re constantly identifying new opportunities for our members.

Autumn:

  • Apptio’s IPO with Co-Founder and CFO Kurt Shintaffer, October 4th, 12:30-1:20pm

  • Preview into the World of Finance, ft. John Connors & Thomas Gilbert, October 17th, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Full-time interview prep sessions, October

  • M&A Investment Banking with Shaun Westfall, October 27th, 12:30-1:20pm

  • CAIA and Alternative Investments with Geir A. Watland, CFA, CAIA, November 1st, 5:30-6:30pm

  • CFA Society Information Session, November 7th, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Combined Finance/Tech Trek to the Bay Area, November 9th-10th

  • Corporate Finance Career Pathing and Alumni Networking event, November

Winter:

  • Internship interview prep sessions, January – February

  • Finance Electives panel, January

  • Earnings Calls Drinks and Discussion, January

  • Career Paths Lunch & Learn, February

  • Finance Movie night for C4C, February

  • Boardroom Speaker Series, February – March

  • Local company visits, February – March

Spring:

  • Career Paths Lunch & Learn, April

  • Boardroom Speaker Series, April – May

  • Local company visits, April – May

  • Things I Wish I Would Have Known (for my internship), May

  • Spring Alumni Social, May

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