GVSU's Investment Portfolio Organization
IPO is Grand Valley State University's student-run investment organization, which manages a real $60,000 portfolio. Members of the club participate in market research, investment selection, and host professional speakers throughout the year. We have several annual trips (Engage in Chicago, and Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting) and also many social events that provide unparalleled investing insight and exclusive networking opportunities! Meetings are every Thursday at 6pm in room DEV 138E on the downtown Pew Campus. Start the process to become an official IPO member, register on our OrgSync page!
THIS WEEK: Thursday, March 17th
This week at IPO will be an exciting one as we have two of the original founders of IPO coming to speak to us. Scott Setlock is the Senior VP of Mortgage and Consumer Loans at Mercantile Bank, and he also teaches a bank management course here at GV. Our other speaker, Boomer Hoppough is the VP of Community Banking at Independent Bank. Courtesy of Scott and Boomer, we will have pizza and pop at the meeting, so bring your appetite! Also, Mercantile offers many credit analyst internships throughout the year, so if you are interested in getting an internship in this area, Scott will be a great connection to have and you should come ready to introduce yourself!
Engage Investment Symposium in Chicago is coming up soon and it is time to determine who will be attending the event! After meeting with both funding boards, we have been able to reduce the cost of attendance to $50 per person. Keep in mind the total cost per student is around $220 including registration, hotel, ect, so this really is a great deal! We will be leaving for the event on April 13th and returning on the 14th. If you want to attend, please email Jenna Pizarek at email@example.com BEFORE Thursday's meeting. We have 15 spots available, and attendance will be based on a first come first serve basis, so email Jenna ASAP if you want to attend.
Check out our 2016 IPO t-shirt design contest! Are you creative and interested in showing off your skills? Even if you are not a "boss" artist, creating a design through customink.com is super easy. Send your design to the GVSU email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting will be taking place on Thursday, March 24th and a winner will be selected. You could be seeing your design all around campus! Let's see what you got! Good luck!
IPO is SO very honored and proud of Tyler Woodard (2nd from the right) for being apart of the GVSU winning team for the 2016 West Michigan CFA Research Challenge. This annual event was held on Friday, February 12th. This competition showcased analysis conducted by students from West Michigan business schools in the form of a stock pitch to a panel of three local investment professionals. Tyler has been an active of member of IPO and currently serves on the Executive Board as the PM of Healthcare. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment, Tyler!!