After graduation this May, Brittany Dehond ’15, James Smith ’15 and Ali Bell ’15 will join the ranks of the publicly-traded Rochester investment firm, Manning & Napier, Inc.
Founded in 1970, Manning & Napier manages $47.8 billion for individuals, corporate benefit plans, union pension and annuity funds, endowments, foundations, 401(k) plans, and more. Dehond, Smith and Bell join a team of leaders in the financial world dedicated to investor protection.
Bringing backgrounds in economics along with professional development through the HWS alum network and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Dehond and Smith cut their teeth in finance as interns with Manning & Napier, which generates revenue that stands alongside top Wall Street firms.
Dehond first connected with Manning & Napier as a first-year student through Julie Bazan ’93, assistant vice president of operations at the firm, during an alum event in Rochester. During her junior year, Dehond reached out to Bazan to learn more about the world of finance, which led to an internship in the firm’s trade processing department during winter break of that year. Dehond returned in the summer and during the 2014-15 winter break.
“What excites me about finance and financial services is that there is always something new to learn,” says Dehond, an economics major and public policy studies minor who won first place at the University of Rochester Simon Business School’s Early Leader Case Competition in 2014. “The steep learning curve provides a challenge. I find it interesting how so many different variables within the economy can effect what people do with their money.”
Smith’s financial path began his junior year at Mapstone Veritas Financial Group, where he shadowed Craig Mapstone ’91, a partner at the group, who recommended Smith connect with Bazan. Smith, an economics major with minors in mathematics and international trade, joined Manning & Napier during summer 2014 as a trade-processing intern.
A self-described “nerd,” Smith says he loves “to play with numbers and figure out new ways to solve ongoing problems. Finance allows me to learn new things daily. I like to think finance adds value to society and improves the financial health of others.”
Bell, an economics major and American studies minor, also connected with Manning & Napier through the Salisbury Center and the HWS alum network, and brings a strong sense of social cognizance to her interest in finance.
Her passion arises from finding “ways to use my economics and finance background to help understand such large differences in economic success among different races, classes and genders of people. It is historically imperative to understand these as well. I hope to use the interdisciplinary education I received from Hobart and William Smith to apply areas such as history and religion to help understand finance more thoroughly and develop solutions to help people in all areas of life.”
“We are grateful for the strong relationship with Manning & Napier and for Julie’s continued support of students,” says Brandi Ferrara, director of the Salisbury Center. “We at the Colleges are always excited to work with local and regional employers, who, in addition to our partners on the national and global levels, offer students unique and invaluable opportunities to grow and succeed.”
In the photo above, Brittany Dehond ’15, James Smith ’15 and Ali Bell ’15 gather in the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education with the center’s director, Brandi Ferrara.