William E. Brewer, Jr. (BA, 1973) received the lifetime achievement award from the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in November 2014. Attorney Brewer, who also received his law degree from UNC, told us that his Carolina education has greatly enhanced his ability to represent debtors in bankruptcy.
Mike Hermanson (BA, 2014) is an options trader with PEAK6 Investments and currently lives in Chicago, IL. Mike wrote to let us know that he is using the skills he learned in his economics courses at Carolina to trade volatility arbitrage in the index and equity options markets. “Prof. Aguilar’s Financial Markets and Econometrics courses are relevant and very applicable to my day to day activity.”
Bob Sheppard (BA, 1969) has been teaching a course on international project finance in the International MBA program at the University of South Carolina since 2008. As a result of the restructuring of the USC program, he has had an opportunity to teach a first-year finance course for MBA students at UNC Charlotte and a bank management course this past spring. In 2009-2010, he traveled to Jordan frequently as a consultant for the US government on a wastewater treatment project. In 2011-2013, he went to Africa 4-5 times per year, working for the UN and the African Development Bank. He returned to USC for the Fall 2015 semester. Bob currently lives in Charlotte, NC.
Jennifer Stark (BA, 2002) is Director of Development at Advocates for Youth. Jen is beginning her third year leading and diversifying the fundraising operation at a 30+ year old NGO that is transforming the training, advocacy and services that help young people lead healthy lives. Every day she calls upon the critical thinking, quantitative research and historical knowledge she studied as an Econ/Poli Sci Double Major undergrad. She says, “A special thank you to Boone Turchi and Jim Stimson who may not have known the path I would set upon (neither did I!) but the multiple classes I took with each of them gave me the confidence and skill-set that would be invaluable.” Jennifer is living in Washington, D.C.
SeungKeun Na (M.S., 2002) is Head of the Debt Securities Team at the Bank of Korea in Seoul, Korea.
The Economics Department welcomes news from its graduates. Please use the form at http://www. unc.edu/depts/econ/alumni/feedback.htm to drop us a line and let us know how you are doing. If you prefer, you may fax the information to 919-966-4986. Please include in the fax, your name, address, year graduated, and degree, along with employment, family, and other interesting information to pass on to classmates in the next newsletter.