Monday, November 29, 2010

Peter Gunder and Neil Zamansky of American Family Insurance Visited Dr. Krause's Classes on Monday, November 29th

Peter Gunder, CFA, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer at American Family Insurance (Madison, WI), and Neil Zamansky, Fixed Income Analyst, visited Dr. Krause's Fixed Income class and the AIM program on Monday, November 29.

Peter Gunder
Dr. David Krause, AIM program director said, "Peter Gunder is responsible for the Equity, Fixed Income, Alternatives and Risk Management teams at American Family. In the Fixed Income class Peter talked about  American Family's approach to fixed income portfolio management. He and Neil brought into the discussion their experiences with MBS and ABS - the content the class is currently covering. Neil also provided a perspective on the structured products area of the fixed income market."

Dr. Krause said, "I believe the students found it useful to learn how American Family goes about its internal and external fixed income management process. Mike Muratore had an internship with them last summer and I know he had a valuable experience at American Family. It is good to get Peter and Neil to campus to see the finance students and the AIM program. I look forward to their return to campus in the future."

Prior to Peter Gunder joining American Family, he was a Managing Director and Founding Partner of Cardinal Investment Advisors. He was responsible for client service and research. Previous to this he worked with Summit Strategies where he advised insurance clients. Before beginning his consulting career in 1997, Peter worked eleven years at MMI Companies, a NYSE holding company for property, casualty, and life insurance companies - where he was the Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer. Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Neil Zamansky is a Fixed Income Analyst of Structured Products at American Family. Prior to joining American Family, Neil was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at Silver Spring Investment Advisors. His background includes Commercial Real Estate Analyst at Silver Spring Investment Advisors. He was also an Assistant Operations Manager at Fremont Investment and Loan, a Senior Underwriter at Option One Mortgage, and a CMBS Analyst at RBS Greenwich Capital. Neil graduated from Bentley University.

Dr. Krause stated, "It was a pleasure having both Peter and Neil on campus. The ability for our students to hear directly from practitioners helps them comprehend difficult and challenging material - such as RMBS and CMBS. I am thankful that they were able to take the time and visit campus today."

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