Published 04/20/15

Real-world experience of Archway Investment Fund opens doors, young alumni say

Discussing their career paths during a Financial Services Pathways session at the 10th annual Financial Services Forum, younger alumni highlighted the role the Archway Investment Fund program played in their development and success.

  • Brian Basiliere ’07, CFA, CAIA, senior investment analyst with Prime, Buchholz & Associates. He served as the event's moderator: “The connections you make at Bryant are very important to your growth personally and professionally. ... The fact that we’re all still connected is a testament to the program. We are all very proud to be part of this network.”
  • Margaret Dickinson ’10, now a member of the prime brokerage sales team at Fidelity Capital Markets: “It saved me years in the field second-guessing myself. Being a member of the Archway Investment Fund was instrumental in getting my foot in the door at Fidelity.”
  • Brett Lousararian ’07, a director in Babson’ Capital’s Global Business Development Group: "The single most impactful experience I had while at Bryant. It was a huge differentiator when interviewing. Small and large companies were wowed – well-known schools couldn’t even compete.”
  • Kendal Cehanowicz ’11, an associate in BlackRock’s Global Portfolio Compliance Group: "It's important to throw caution to the wind, face fears, and live outside your comfort zone. It’s hard to do, but it builds confidence.”
  • Matthew Zewinski ’07, vice president and portfolio manager at Hartford Investment Management Company: “We graduated during the worst time in the financial markets industry, and it would have been easy to pursue a different career path. It turns out, though, that it was an excellent time to gain experience and learn…a lot. Bring the passion that this class engenders for investing to your interviews and to your careers, and you will find much success.”

Held in conjunction with Alumni Engagement Day on March 27, the Financial Services Forum also featured current Archway Investment Fund students presenting the results of their hands-on learning experiences to alumni and other distinguished professionals in the banking, finance, and financial services fields. The student-managed fund reached the $1million mark in mid-February.