The finance faculty hosted the second annual PNC Finance Conference at Gatton College April 28-29, 2017. Twelve papers were presented, selected from 320 submissions. Participants came from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Lisbon, Stockholm, and Vancouver. Lauren Cohen, the L.E. Simmons Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, gave the keynote address. More information is available at http://www.uky.edu/financeconference/.


Kenny Domilise, a senior analyst at Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS), visited FIN 485 on April 24 and will speak to the Finance Society on April 25. TRS-KY is part of the state pension system, with approximately $18 billion in assets. Kenny’s responsibilities at TRS-KY include portfolio management and credit analysis. He was a Co-founder and Director of Research of Water Tower Investments, LLC.


t's clear that UK football wide receiver Charles Walker is guided by an unbridled work ethic. After beginning his college career as a walk-on, the Louisville native earned a scholarship last fall. 

"I felt like I had the chip on my shoulder to come in and work a little bit harder than the next person," Walker said. 

But that work ethic doesn’t end on the football field. Walker is currently working towards a double major in finance and marketing in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, earning multiple spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll along the way.


Nate Morris will speak to FIN 300 (Corporation Finance) students on Thursday, April 20. Morris is the Founder of Morris Industries and Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Rubicon Global, the worldwide leader in cloud-based, sustainable waste and recycling services. Under his leadership, Rubicon has expanded to all 50 states and across 16 countries on 4 continents, and was recently named the Next Billion-Dollar Startup by Forbes Magazine.


Professor Hankins presented her paper, "Understanding Precautionary Cash," co-authored with Mike Faulkender and Mitchell Petersen, at Louisiana State University on Friday, March 31.


Cam Adams, an equity research analyst at Community Trust and Investment Company, Lexington, will visit the Finance Society on April 11 (Tuesday). Cam graduated from UK in May 2015 with dual degree in finance and economics. Shortly after graduation, he joined Community Trust and Investment Company’s Wealth and Trust Management team as an Equity Analyst. Cam's primary responsibility is researching and recommending individual equity securities to invest in. Cam’s tertiary responsibilities include, trade execution, account compliance, client meetings, and developing marketing materials.


The CFO of Fazoli’s and an accomplished Gatton alum, Mr. David Hasler, will be giving a lecture to Gatton students 6pm-7:15pm on April 4 (Tuesday) in Gatton room 311. The Finance Society is hosting the event. Other student organizations are invited.


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.