Mr. Jim Patton will be speaking to the Finance Society on April 18 (Tuesday) from 6:15pm-7:15pm in Gatton room 311. Mr. Patton is the founder/owner of KPAC Solutions, an international private equity firm that specializes in turnarounds for distressed manufacturing companies. Over 95% of the acquisitions and/or divestitures they have executed involve publicly traded companies on the NYSE or NASDAQ. They have never had to close or bankrupt an acquisition. Mr. Patton’s career path is an unorthodox one.


Professor Kristine Hankins’ paper, “Risk Management with Supply Contracts”, coauthored with Heitor Almeida (Illinois, NBER) and Ryan Williams (Arizona), has been accepted for publication at the Review of Financial Studies.


Daniel B. Wrenne, CLU, ChFC, CFP®, is the founder of Wrenne Financial Planning, a Lexington KY-based fee-only firm that helps young physicians navigate their journey toward financial independence. Mr. Wrenne is hiring an intern (financial planning assist) (position posted on Wildcat CareerLink). He will be visiting the Finance Society on March 21 (Tuesday) 6pm-7pm in Gatton room 311 to share industry insight, the firm, and position.


Mr. Don Fishback will be giving a lecture on correlation and volatility in financial markets to the Finance Society on Feb. 21 (Tuesday) 6:15pm-7:15pm in room 311. Mr. Fishback is a 32-year veteran of the financial services industry, specializing in options. He was Director of Research for the nation’s largest options research firm before opening his own firm in 1993. Mr.


Mark Liu co-authored an article, "State of the Field: M&As and IPOs," for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The article reviews recent academic research on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As) and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). The other two coauthors are Debarshi Nandy of Brandeis University and Jay Ritter of the University of Florida. The article can be seen here: http://www.kauffman.org/microsites/state-of-the-field/topics/firm-and-industry-dynamics/ma-and-ipos


Professor Hankins presented her paper, "Understanding Precautionary Cash," co-authored with Mike Faulkender and Mitchell Petersen, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Thursday, February 2.


Gatton College is proud to recognize seniors Eric Johnson, Ross Hildabrand, Rex Bray, and Drew Brueggeman, who represented UK in the annual University of Georgia Equity Valuation and Presentation competition in January 2017. The UK team was selected from dozens of participating universities to advance to the final round where they placed 3rd out of 12, besting competitors including the University of Georgia, Emory University, and the University of Alabama.


Mr. David Flanery, 1979 graduate of the Gatton College of Business and Economics (B.S. in Accounting) will be visiting FIN 300 (Corporation Finance) on Thursday, February 9.  Additionally he will be meeting later that day (5:00-6:15) in room 265 with finance students.  Mr. Flanery is currently a restaurant industry consultant and former CFO of Papa John's and Benihana. 


If you have a passion for the business world, in particular a desire to work in the finance industry, yet wonder how you can obtain and develop the skills needed for such a career, the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics has some very good news for you.


Kristine Hankins had two papers on the program of the American Finance Association (AFA) Annual Meeting. Both "Understanding Precautionary Cash," co-authored with Mike Faulkender and Mitchell Petersen, and “Risk Management with Supply Contracts”, co-authored with Heitor Almeida and Ryan Williams, were presented on January 8.