This summer, Marco Ronning ’15 and Sean Bright ’16 will join the international financial services holding company Credit Suisse; Ronning in a full-time position following graduation in May, and Bright as an intern.
During his sophomore year Ronning met Craig Stine ’81, HWS Trustee and Vice Chair of the Global Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse, through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional, and Experiential Education. Ronning later interned with the leading financial services company, which advises a global portfolio of clients in all aspects of finance.
“I love the competitive aspect of it. Finance, and perhaps investment banking in particular, allows for me to really challenge myself,” explains Ronning, an economic major and international relations minor. “I also really like investment banking because as an analyst, you get a lot of exposure to a lot of different deals. It is a great way to start a career.”
Ronning recalls the annual New York City Finance Experience as a pivotal learning opportunity. Held each year during winter break, the Finance Experience provides HWS students an inside look at top firms and exclusive networking opportunities with HWS alums and parents.
“Since we visited different financial sectors it gave me the opportunity to compare and contrast these different sectors,” Ronning says. “Investment banking was definitely the sector I liked the best.”
Stine regularly participates in the Finance Experience, and in 2010, he endowed a scholarship for economics students in their junior year who have displayed academic excellence. “My participation in these events is a general acknowledgement that alums can be helpful in sharing opportunities and insights with students,” Stine says. “I think it’s an obligation. It’s interesting to reconnect with students, seeing them thrive. It’s nice to be able to help folks who need that insight to get over the goal line.”
Bright, an economics major and mathematics minor, hopes that the summer internship with Credit Suisse will help him “manage the steep learning curve that awaits me” in the financial industry. At this point, the day-to-day analytical work that a full-time analyst performs is almost entirely foreign to me, so the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry is exciting.”
A member of the Hobart football team and research assistant at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Bright completed freelance work last summer for Union Street Financial, an independent wealth management firm.
Having connected with Stine through the Salisbury Center, Bright notes: “When I met with Mr. Stine what really stood out to me was how he genuinely cared about helping me. It was insightful to hear why he chose to go into investment banking as well as how he broke in from HWS, traditionally a non-target school.”