2013 Claremont Finance Conference

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Hampton Room, Malott Commons Scripps College


The fifth annual Claremont Finance Conference, set for February 23, is expected to attract hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni from across the business sector. The event has been organized in collaboration by the Student Investment Funds at Claremont McKenna, Scripps and Pomona College. Advanced registration is required for all events.

The Conference will begin with a welcome lunch and keynote address at the Hampton Room, located above Malott Commons (Scripps Dining Hall), next to the student union. The lunch will start at 11:30am and the keynote will be delivered by Peter Sasaki (Pomona ‘91), Shareholder, Centara Capital and Managing Member, CGS Associates. Peter will relate his experience as co-founder and investment manager at a variety of hedge funds to his talk on the hedge fund industry in the post-financial crisis world and financial product innovation.

The Finance Conference will then proceed to Pomona College, where the afternoon panels will be hosted at Rose Hills Theatre (Room 015), located in the lower level of the Smith Campus Center.
The Investing Panel will begin at 1:15pm and be moderated by Sean Flynn, Professor of Economics & Finance at Scripps College. Panel participants include David Brown (CMC), co-founder at hedge fund Hawkridge Capital;  David Lahar (Scripps), Managing Partner at Auriga Partners; Leslie Lassiter (Scripps), Managing Director at JP Morgan; Chuck Mounts (CMC), Managing Director at Knight Capital; and Raymond Webb (Pomona), Vice President at PICO Holdings.

There will then be a Networking and Refreshment break at Rose Hills Theatre from 2:30-3:00pm.

The final afternoon panel will be on Corporate Strategy & Entrepreneurship. It will begin at 3:00pm and be moderated by Janet Smith, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna.  Panel Participants include Jonathan Flesher (Pomona), Executive Vice President at casino-style gaming start-up Betable; Bill Coughlin (CMC), Partner at multi-billion dollar private equity firm Aurora Capital; Kip Hallman (CMC), Owner/CEO/Board member at several successful healthcare & tech start-ups; Andy Horowitz (CMC), successful telecommunications entrepreneur and angel investor; and Brian Smith (CMC), Founding Partner at the leading merchant bank Partnership Capital Growth.

Conference participants will then be invited to a Networking and Cocktail reception from 4:30pm-5:30pm at the Athenaeum on Claremont McKenna’s campus.

The Conference finale event will be a concluding dinner and keynote address at the Athenaeum. The dinner will start at 5:30pm and the keynote will be delivered by Doug Peterson (CMC ’80), President at Standard & Poor’s.  Doug will relate his executive experience at leading financial institutions to his talk on risk, regulation & return – the new state of the financial services industry.

The 2013 Claremont Finance Conference is co-sponsored by the Robert Day School and Financial Economics Institute at Claremont McKenna, as well as the Economics Department at Pomona College.