Brian Fennessey, Fixed Income Fund
Brian is a 12-year military veteran, including 11 years as an active duty Navy officer and is currently a Lieutenant Commander serving in the Naval Reserve. He received a BS from the United States Naval Academy in General Engineering. Brian has experience working as a Naval Flight Officer, and as a Supply Corps Officer, including significant time living overseas. He is currently seeking long-term opportunities within corporate finance.
Carl Fraley, Growth Fund
Carl is a class of 2016 MBA candidate with an emphasis in finance. He holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from St. Olaf College. Prior attending Carlson, Carl worked at Target Corp for 5 years. While there, he spent time as a business analyst in the portable electronics industry and as a manager with the stationery and seasonal divisions. Upon graduation, Carl plans to pursue a career in corporate finance or corporate development.
Eric Gill, Growth Fund
Eric is a class of 2016 MBA candidate with a focus in finance. He graduated from St. John’s University with majors in accounting with a finance concentration and management. Prior to returning to school to pursue an MBA, Eric worked for UnitedHealth Group as a Senior Analyst on its venture team and as an Analyst on its corporate development team. After graduation, Eric is looking to pursue a career in private equity, investment banking, or corporate development.
Woojin Kam, Growth Fund
Woojin is a class of 2016 full time MBA candidate with a concentration in finance. He graduated from Purdue University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Prior to attending the Carlson School, Woojin worked in accounting at Thomson Reuters in South Korea. Woojin is pursuing a career in corporate finance.
Kainan Ma, Fixed Income Fund
Kainan is a class of 2016 full time MBA candidate with an emphasis in strategy and finance. He graduated in 2005 from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with a degree in information engineering. Prior to beginning the MBA program, Kainan worked in a managerial role at the Beijing Capital International Airport, in charge of internal IT consulting, strategy and customer service. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in consulting, corporate IT and strategy.
Kari O'Brien, Growth Fund
Kari is a 2016 MBA candidate and full scholarship Forte Fellow specializing in finance. She received her Bachelor's degree in international business from American University, with minors in chemistry and Mandarin. Prior to business school, she managed a marketing department in Washington, DC, and has four years of digital strategy experience in consumer, life science and technology. In addition to her MBA leadership activities, she writes for StartupGrind.com and is interning with Greene, Holcomb and Fisher, LLC. Kari intends to work in investment banking post-MBA.
Punit Pallav, Fixed Income Fund
Punit is a class of 2016 MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management with an emphasis on finance and strategy. He has a B.Tech degree in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India. Prior to Carlson Punit spent seven years working in various software engineering and tech consulting roles for companies such as Blackrock and Deutsche Bank. After his MBA Punit is looking to seek a career in corporate finance or consulting.
Natalie Peikrishvili, Fixed Income Fund
Natalie is a class of 2016 MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management focusing on finance. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Boise State University, with a major in general business and minors in finance and international business. Prior to attending the Carlson School, Natalie was a member of an investment team at D.B. Fitzpatrick & Co., an investment management firm in Boise where she researched and traded domestic and international equities. She also interned at Clearwater Analytics where she helped provide investment portfolio reporting and analytics to institutional investors. Upon graduation, Natalie plans to pursue a career in investment banking or investment management.
Shkamb Qavdarbasha, Growth Fund
Shkamb is a class of 2016 MBA candidate with a focus on finance and supply chain management. His background is in policy, more specifically media and energy sector policy analysis. Prior to the MBA, Shkamb worked as a Business Development Specialist in an industrial engineering firm, working in new product development and product management. Shkamb plans to work in investment banking with a focus in emerging markets after graduation.
Tyler Scheidt, Growth Fund
Tyler is a class of 2016 MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management with an emphasis on finance and strategy. He is a 2006 honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in civil engineering. Prior to starting business school, Tyler served over seven years in the United States Army with experience leading cross-functional teams and managing a construction company with a multi-million dollar budget. He has deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon graduation, Tyler intends to pursue a career in corporate finance.
Dan Shofner, Growth Fund
Dan is a class of 2016 full-time MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management with an emphasis in finance. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. Prior to attending business school, Dan was in the Navy’s nuclear submarine program for six years. Upon graduation, Dan will pursue a career in corporate finance.
Joseph Smaby, Growth Fund
Joe is a class of 2016 MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management with an emphasis in finance. He has a BA in finance from the University of Washington in Seattle. Before attending business school, Joe worked as an Associate Advisor at Paracle, a boutique wealth management firm in the Seattle area. After graduation, Joe is looking to pursue a career in investment banking.
John Thompson, Fixed Income Fund
John is a former U.S. Air Force pilot pursuing an MBA focusing on finance with the class of 2016. Prior to becoming an Air Force officer, he grew up in Cold Spring, MN, and received his undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy. John is also a volunteer consulting Team Leader working on communication strategy for a Minneapolis based non-profit.
Chenzhong (Frank) Wu, Fixed Income Fund
Chenzhong (Frank) is a class of 2016 MBA candidate with an emphases in finance and accounting. He has a Master of Finance from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and BA in English from Sichuan International Studies University in China. Prior to the Carlson School, Frank worked as an equity salesman at Ping An Securities and UBS Securities. Upon graduation, Frank intends to pursue a career within M&A and equity Research.
Chia-Hao Yeh, Fixed Income Fund
Chia-Hao is a class of 2016 MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management with an emphasis in finance. He has a Bachelor's degree in information and financial management from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Prior to attending the Carlson School, he was a junior trader at an investment startup and a treasury operation analyst at CTBC bank in Taiwan. After graduation, Chia-Hao is interested in pursuing a career in financial service industry.