On April 23 Legg Mason was a gracious host to nine Bolte School students and Professors Rob Nickey and Don Butt. The trip was arranged through the efforts of long time MSMU and Bolte School supporter Mr. Kimball Byron and Legg Mason’s Ms. Jennifer Byers - Assistant Vice President of Corporate Citizenship. The purpose of the trip was to provide Bolte School students the opportunity to meet and engage with senior level management and financial analysts from Legg Mason and to learn about the global investment management process and profession.
The morning session started with a tour of the firm’s international headquarters in Baltimore, MD hosted by Tim Addicks - General Services Manager and was followed with an informative discussion on market development initiatives with Auburn Bell - Vice President and Senior Manager of Market Research. The morning concluded with an interactive panel discussion hosted by Mr. Joe LaRocque Managing Director - Affiliate Strategic Initiatives, Mr. Brian Eakes - Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer and Controller, Ms. Samantha McLemore - Portfolio Manager – Legg Mason Capital Management, and Mr. David Khan Investment Analyst – Legg Mason Global Asset Management.
The working lunch was hosted by Ms. Sara Kouneski – Human Resource Assistant and focused on how students can strengthen their skills and likelihood of success during the internship and job search processes.
The day concluded with an in depth presentation related to portfolio design and investment analysis presented by Gibboney Huske Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Legg Mason Capital Management and Farhan Mustafa Portfolio Analyst for Legg Mason Capital Management.
Several important themes emerged from the day’s activities and in particular the following:
In addition to obtaining the necessary technical skills related to success in an individual’s chosen profession it is important to understand that professional success is driven by much more than technical skill. Understanding people and cultures, effective communication in all forms, and a passion for learning in general will enhance opportunities for a successful career.
The students and faculty of the Bolte School certainly appreciate the opportunity to share in such a beneficial experience.