Saturday, April 30, 2016

Over 40 Marquette FMA Students Visited William Blair & Company and Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting

Marquette students at Aon Hewitt

On Friday, April 29, 2016, the annual FMA/AIM field trip to Chicago occurred. Dr. David Krause, Bill Walker and Jeff Germanotta accompanied over 40 Marquette finance majors to William Blair & Company and Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting.

Dr. Krause and Martha Wong work out the details of the FMA visit
William Blair & Company is a global investment banking and asset management firm.  

An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with offices in 19 cities across five continents. The firm was founded in 1935 by William McCormick Blair and currently includes more than 1,350 employees. 

They manage nearly $80 billion in client assets as of March 31, 2016. Blair’s investment banking transactions have covered more than 30 countries, 625 companies, and $216 billion in value since January 2012. Their investment research coverage comprises over 630 companies and they are market makers for more than 1,200 listed stocks and 500 preferred stocks.

FMA/AIM students at William Blair & Company
Dr. David Krause, AIM program director stated, “The visit to Blair was impressive. The students had the opportunity hear from professionals in the investment banking, sales & trading, wealth management, investment management and research functions. All of the speakers were excellent and the students asked good questions. I know they came away impressed with the organization and people that work at William Blair & Company. It was a full morning and we appreciate the opportunity to visit and learn about the functioning of a major investment bank.”

Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting
The students had the opportunity to spend their lunch hour in the Loop and then make their way to the Aon Building for the afternoon session. They visited Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting (AHIC), which is division of Aon (NYSE:AON). 

AHIC is an SEC-registered investment adviser that provides independent investment solutions to their nearly 500 clients in North America with total client assets of approximately $2 trillion. The investment consulting group consists of over 300 professionals who advises institutional investors such as corporations, public organizations, union associations, health systems, endowments, and foundations with investments ranging from $1 million to $310 billion.
Bill Walker and Jeff Germanotta in Chicago with students

Dr. Krause added, “We have had a good number of our AIM and Marquette finance students begin their investment careers with Aon Hewitt in Chicago. Our relationship will become stronger as a result of this visit. They organized an excellent session for our students that included a panel of recent college graduates. I know that this was important for our students – as they asked many good questions about what it was like to begin their careers with Aon Hewitt. The opportunity to hear directly from recent graduates was important and I believe Aon provides an excellent opportunity for our students.”