University of Southern California

AFA Student Executive Dinner Marks 50th Anniversary
Gathering Brings Business Leaders and MBAs Together for Sharing of Ideas
June 19, 2014 • by News at Marshall

On April 3, USC celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the AFA Student Executive Dinner, an event that brought together leading executives and 175 Marshall and Leventhal MBAs for a night of in-depth education and networking at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. The spring dinner is an annual event sponsored by the USC chapter of the American Finance Association, the business school's largest student organization.

To mark the evening's "Golden Anniversary," Duke Bristow, associate professor of clinical finance and business economics, who has organized the event for the past five years, raised funds to endow the event in memory of founding organizer, Professor Jim McNeill Stancill.

The dinner featured panel discussions moderated by Bristow and Marshall faculty, including Ken Merchant, Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy and professor, as well as longtime supporter Maureen Costello, president, United Pacific Pet, LLC., who holds an MBA from USC, on topics ranging from investment banking to entrepreneurship. Robert L. Rodriquez, B.S.'74, MBA'75, Managing Partner and CEO or First Pacific Advisors, who served as USC's AFA president in 1970-71, reflected on the AFA and the influence of Stancill during his speech, “Synergy: AFA, Stancill and Me."

John Erickson, vice chairman, Union Bank, who holds an MBA from USC, and Terry Greene, managing general partner, GTL Properties, LLC, MBA '76, were among the high-profile executives taking part in roundtable discussions.

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