“You will need more than a degree to be financially free.” That’s the motto of the Aggie Investment Club (AIC), and the reason for this year’s Dallas Billionaire Trip—to learn the trade of the investments business.

In April, AIC members met some of the top investment heroes, such as Lee Bass, #287 on the Forbes 400 List, and David Norcom ’73 from Norcom Capital, whose $250,000 gift of support will contribute to the educational and professional development of Mays faculty. AIC’s Travel Series Director Brett Muller, a junior accounting major, enjoyed dinner with investment managers at Highland Capital Management. “It was especially interesting because we got to talk to them about their daily tasks and projects,” he says.

AIC was formed in 2000, and offers a speaker series in which students choose business topics and invite business executives to Mays. Students get hands-on experience from AIC workshops in real estate, stock analysis, entrepreneurship and corporate valuation.

The final sector of AIC is its travel series, which led members to Dallas this spring. In the past, AIC members have traveled to meet legendary Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren E. Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, and real estate pioneer Sam Zell, who owns and manages some of the most land and property in the nation.

AIC consists of more than 85 Texas A&M students from all majors and grade levels. But only 12 were given the opportunity to attend the Dallas trip. Club members had to prepare a resume to be chosen for the trip, and those who have been the most involved with AIC events and helpful to the AIC officers were most likely to be chosen.

Muller is thankful for his mentor Willie Langston ’81, co-founder and partner of Avalon Advisors LP, a wealth management firm in Houston. Muller explains, “My mentor has been extremely helpful, especially in helping me meet people in the Houston network.” Langston recently dedicated a seminar room in the Cox Graduate Business Center in honor of former longtime professor Charlie Plum.

One of AIC’s main goals is to ensure that students leave Aggieland with more than a degree but with the opportunity to meet chief investors like Langston who give the inside track on what to really expect in the investment world. To learn more about their next excursions, visit http://AIC.tamu.edu.

— Lindsay Newcomer