GGF Students behind CNBC deskUAB finance students took the Big Apple by storm recently, presenting the school’s student investment fund’s strategy at a collegiate investment conference, networking with executives from the world’s top financial firms and walking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

“It was an incredible experience,” said senior finance major Dan Pointer. “It really left me revitalized about finance.”

A dozen students involved with the UAB Green and Gold Fund, a student-directed investment fund with assets of more than $550,000, traveled to New York to attend the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. Forum. During the four-day conference, UAB was one of only eight universities selected to present a session on its award-winning student investment fund. More than 300 universities attended the conference.

GGF Tour New York Stock Exchange“I was sweating bullets, but it was a lot of fun,” said Pointer, the fund’s alternatives sector portfolio managers and one of the presenters. Other presenters included GGF portfolio managers Chase Woodruff, Jacob Irvin, Isaiah Chenoweth, and the fund’s chief investment officer, Jared Walker.

Pointer said he was especially impressed by the opportunities he had to listen to, meet and talk with some big names in the world of finance, including the senior investment strategist for Goldman Sachs, the global chief economist for Vanguard and the chief market strategist and senior portfolio manager for Voya Investment Management.

Finance professor Ryan Davis, who advises the GGF, arranged for the students to walk the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during some down time, courtesy of UBS and Tony Smith, who sponsored the visit. It was the highlight of the trip, many students said. The stockbroker who showed them around has worked on the floor for 30 years and explained the history of the NYSE and its evolution in recent decades.

GGF Students pose at NYSE signStudents also enjoyed their evenings in New York, taking in Broadway shows and professional hockey games. Walker also was able to attend the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony.

“My biggest takeaway is that the most important skill in the workplace is building and fostering relationships,” Pointer said. “That’s how business gets done.”