Six newly minted Hobart and William Smith graduates recently began working at Markit, a leading global financial information services company. Joining the ranks of nearly a dozen alums currently employed at the firm are: Michael Lucas ’15, Andrew Monte ’15 and Robert Sovik ’15 in full-time positions; and Kirsten Anderson ’15, Marnie Merrill ’15 and Subin Nepal ’15 in summer internships.
Markit provides independent data, valuations and trade processing across all asset classes in order to enhance transparency, reduce risk and improve operational efficiency. It serves clients representing some of the financial industry’s most significant institutions and employs over 3,700 people worldwide, with offices in 21 cities including London, Singapore, New Delhi and New York. HWS Trustee Calvin “Chip” R. Carver Jr. ’81 and HWS alum Adam Kansler ’90 jointly run the Information Division of Markit.
“Chip is a fantastic resource, visiting campus several times a year to meet with students and allowing over 20 students on the finance winter break program for a behind the scenes visit,” says Jackie Doyle P’14, P’19, associate director of employer development at the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. “Adam, is also engaged with helping the HWS population to grow at Markit as they continue to hire current students for opportunities within their financial information services organization.”
At Markit, Lucas is working as a sales associate for the information group, Monte has joined the marketing team and Sovik will be a part of the business strategy team for the managed services division. The three recent graduates have held past internships with the company. Monte also worked part-time with Markit during his senior year. After completing internships, the students say they are ready and excited to take on the challenges that arrive with maintaining a full-time position at the fast-paced company.
Sovik says Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Bob Murphy and Stephanie Annear, former assistant director at the Salisbury Center, were both incredibly helpful in facilitating the connection with Markit and throughout the hiring process. Lucas, who interned with a product team, is confident that the HWS liberal arts education he received as an economics and public policy studies double major has prepared him for his role at Markit.
“The biggest thing that HWS helped me with was giving me the skills to be able to write and think critically,” Lucas says. “When I was interning, a lot of the other interns that did not attend HWS had taken many finance classes, but in reality this is not what prepares you for a finance internship.”
As part of being a finance intern at Markit, every student is required to participate in a group project, which presents them with a real business challenge that they must research and then deliver a presentation of their findings to the CEO and senior management team. As interns, Lucas and Monte won the intern project, a victory Lucas attributes to the interdisciplinary skills they garnered through the liberal arts curriculum. Being able to “analytically and critically” solve a problem and then present it in a professional manner, Lucas says, are what set him and Monte apart from the other interns.
Nepal says his time as an HWS student was instrumental in preparing him for his internship working in the product side of MarkitClear, the most widely used loan settlement platform in the country.
“HWS taught me self-discipline more than anything,” says Nepal, who was an international relations and political science double major. “Learning is a process that is made easier by a disciplined attitude. I’m currently testing a field completely out of what my degree was in, and yet I am not worried about being able to catch up. I have the drive and discipline HWS gave me and I am confident it will work to my benefit.”
Markit has had at least 16 graduates of HWS as full-time employees and many more who have held various internships. Alums currently working at Markit include: Todd Burrows ’94, Anna Darmiento ’09, Jen Crupnick ’10, Stephen King ’11, Derek Akner ’12, Marc Bertucci ’12, Meghan Malia ’12, Shaun Viguerie ’12, Amira Abdulkadir ’14, Joe Howe ’14 and Kathryn Middleton ’14. Amanda Geuss ’16 is also interning with the sales team at Markit this summer.
A loyal alumnus, Carver frequently visits campus to lead discussions with students. As a member of the HWS Board of Trustees, he has served on the Financial Affairs Committee, as well as the Audit and Investment Committees. In honor of his father, Carver and his wife Anne DeLaney established the HWS Calvin R. Carver Sr. Lecture and Student Support Endowment.
The photos above were taken during the recent NYC Experience trip sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Educ ation.