Students had an opportunity to interface with investment professionals at the fall 2004 Tanner Fundworkshop. Seasoned executives offered critiques and feedback of the students’ research and fund management activities, in which they have been involved throughout the semester.

Students in the advanced finance course manage the $250,000 Tanner Fund using the Reliant Energy Securities & Commodities Trading Center. Dr. Tim Dye, director of the center, believes the experience of managing the fund, coupled with the interaction with investment executives, provides the students a great learning opportunity.

“The Tanner Fund gives students a unique opportunity to apply what they’ve learned by making real investment decisions with real consequences,” says Dye, who advises and instructs the Tanner Fund. “One of the strengths of our guest panel is the diversity in perspective that they bring to our campus.”

The workshop’s executive panelists included: Wayne Green, vice president of investments, Smith Barney/Citigroup; Dr. Theresa Green, registered associate, Smith Barney/Citigroup; David Jennings, equity trader, Bridgeway Capital Management; Stephen Brewer, president and CEO, Brewer Capital Group, LLC; Christopher Graeter, Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC; Jacob Stroud, associate, FTI Consulting; and Nathan Hall, analyst, Wells Fargo.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tanner ’53, who provided the gift to establish the Tanner Fund, also attended the workshop.