SMIFC 2022 Conference Speakers

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The 9th Annual Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium (SMIFC) Conference will take place in Chicago at the Palmer House Hotel on Thursday/Friday, October 6/7, 2022

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Keynote Speakers

John W. Rogers, Jr.

Chairman & Co-CEO, Ariel Investments

John W. Rogers, Jr.John’s passion for investing began at age 12 when his father began buying him stocks as Christmas and birthday gifts. His interest in equities grew at Princeton University, where he majored in economics, and over the two-plus years he worked as a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. In 1983, John founded Ariel to focus on patient, value investing within small- and medium-sized companies. While our research capabilities have expanded across the globe, patience is still the disciplined approach that drives the firm today.

Early in his career, John’s investment acumen brought him to the forefront of media attention and culminated in him being selected as Co-Mutual Fund Manager of the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Furthermore, John has been highlighted alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Ben Graham in the distinguished book:The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. His professional accomplishments extend to the boardroom where he is a member of the board of directors of McDonald’s, NIKE, The New York Times Company and Ryan Specialty Group Holdings.

John also serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago. In 2008, John was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus or alumna whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.

Andrew Opdyke, CFA

Senior Economist, First Trust

Andrew OpdykeAndrew is a Senior Economist and a member of the First Trust Economics Team that Bloomberg has ranked as one of the top forecasters of the U.S. economy over the past several years.

At First Trust, Andrew is responsible for analyzing economic indicators, writing economic commentaries and producing articles on the First Trust Economics Blog. Andrew regularly presents economic commentary to financial professionals, CFA Societies, and Financial Planning Association (FPA) chapters across the United States. Andrew also provides research and analysis to Chief Economist Brian Wesbury, Chief Market Strategist Bob Carey, and First Trust CEO Jim Bowen. Cogent’s 2017 Survey of Advisors rated First Trust’s thought leadership material as number one for most read and most shared by financial professionals with colleagues or clients.*

Andrew received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA in Business and Economics from Hope College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

*Cogent Reports conducted an online survey of a representative cross section of 1,078 financial professionals in April through June 2017. Survey participants were required to have an active book of business of at least $5 million and offer investment advice or planning services to individual investors on a fee or transactional basis.

Matt Moran

Head of Index Insights, Cboe Options Institute

Matt MoranMatt is focused on the exchange's educational efforts for pension funds, Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), mutual funds, and other institutional investors. He has traveled to more than 100 cities worldwide to educate investors and deliver financial presentations. Prior to joining Cboe, Matt served as Trust Counsel at Harris Bank and Vice President at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He is an associate editor of The Journal of Index Investing and has written articles for several financial publications, including The Journal of Trading and The Journal of Alternative Investments. Matt holds MBA and JD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Kristan Rowland CFA

Portfolio Manager, UBS Global

Kristan RowlandKristan Rowland, CFA, is a portfolio manager at UBS Wealth Management. Previously she was a member of the Global Equity investment team at William Blair covering the Financials sector. Prior to joining William Blair, she was a buy-side research analyst at Mesirow Financial where she had primary coverage of the Financials sector and supported three institutional value equity strategies. Earlier, she was a generalist equity analyst at Morningstar and published research reports on companies in a variety of industries. Rowland earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame in economics and French and an MBA from the University of Chicago in finance, accounting and economics. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Chicago. Kristan is Immediate Past Chair of CFA Society Chicago, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2018.

Brian R. Bruce

Chair of the Board of Directors, The Center for Investment Research

Brian BruceBrian is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Center for Investment Research. The Center is a 501(c3) founded in 1993 to support academic research in investing. The Center has funded research projects at a number of universities and currently is supporting efforts to promote student managed investment funds.

Previously, Brian was CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Hillcrest Asset Management. Under Brian, Hillcrest won numerous awards for outstanding investment performance. Before founding Hillcrest, Brian was Chief Investment Officer at PanAgora Asset Management, a subsidiary of Putnam Investments. Previously, Brian held senior investment roles at State Street Global Advisors and the Northern Trust Co.

Brian received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, M.S. from DePaul University, and B.S. from Illinois State University. He is a member of the Illinois State University College of Business Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business CEO Award, and was awarded the SMU Cox School of Business Media Expert of the Year Award.

Brian has published numerous scholarly articles and books including Analysts, Lies, and Statistics which he co-authored with former Harvard Business School Professor Mark Bradshaw. He co-authored the only textbook for student managed portfolios, Student-Managed Investment Funds. He is the Editor of Journal of Investing, the Journal of Index Investing, the Journal of Impact & ESG Investing and the Journal of Behavioral Finance.

Brian has been an adjunct professor at Baylor University and was Director of the Finance Institute and Founding Director of the Alternative Asset Management Center at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.


Dr. Anne Drougas

Professor of Finance/Quantitative Methods & Department Chair of Accounting, Finance, and Entrepreneurship, Dominican University

Anne DrougasDr. Anne Drougas is a professor of finance/quantitative methods and the Department Chair of Accounting, Finance, and Entrepreneurship at Dominican University of Illinois. Since joining the faculty of Dominican’s AACSB-accredited Brennan School of Business, she has received four institutional teaching awards, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has served on many university and business committees, including service as a University Senator, chairing committees on High Impact Practices and Faculty Development. In 2021, she and her department collaboratively launched the first Brennan Business School of Business Investment Challenge, where student investment portfolios were judged by an alumni panel of experts from financial corporations and investment banks.

Her research focuses primarily on issues of teaching pedagogy and case studies that can be used in the classroom as well as topics encompassing financial education, data analytics, assessment, sustainable finance, and entrepreneurial finance. She is a coauthor of the text Business Statistics and Analytics in Practice (9th edition, 2019, McGraw Hill: New York).

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. Drougas served on the Board of Directors for the Financial Education Association from 2001-2007 and is member of many organizations, including the Academy of International Business and the Decision Science Institute. As a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission for the past ten years, Dr. Drougas has also developed a passion for uniting innovative course curricula with assessment to ensure a quality education for all her students.


Ph.D., M.A., Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Mahmoud Haddad

Professor of Finance, College of Business and Public Affairs, University of Tennessee at Martin

Mahmoud HaddadMahmoud Haddad, PhD. is a professor of Finance at the college of Business and Public Affairs, University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Haddad has published numerous financial economic refereed journal articles. Dr. Haddad is certified in e-teaching and learning, he has broad experience in Distant and Online teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Haddad was the Financial and Accounting Manager at the American Family Insurance Co., the Executive Director of Research at the Palestinian Monetary Authority, the Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs and Dean of College of Business and Financial Sciences at Arab American University and Member of the Board of Trustee and research fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF). Dr. Haddad Is Managing Director of the UT-Martin TVA Investment Challenge Program and the University of Tennessee Alumni Distinguished Service Professor.

Dr. Terry Daugherty

Dean, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University

Terry DaughertyDaugherty earned his B.A. at Western Kentucky University, his M.A. at the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. at Michigan State University.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. After that, he went to the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising. He started at the University of Akron in 2009 where he served on the faculty and in various administrative capacities, including department chair and assistant dean.

Daugherty’s scholarship is focused on examining consumer psychology and persuasion within digital marketing and advertising. He theorizes and empirically tests how individual characteristics and media properties influence cognitive processing and consumer behavior.

Dr. Jin Park

Chairperson - Accounting, Finance, and Insurance and Risk Management (AFIRM), Scott College of Business, Indiana State University

Jin Park

Dr. Jin Park joined the Scott College of Business in fall 2009 and has been the chair of Accounting, Finance, Insurance and Risk Management Department since March 2019. He teaches classes relating to risk management, property and liability insurance, and employee benefits. His research areas of interest include asset-liability management, performance, and organizational efficiency. He has awarded Best in Track Award three years in a row (2007 – 2009) at Academy of Finance. He earned his Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 2003, and was an assistant professor (2003-2009) at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.


Dr. Tarek Zaher

Professor of Finance, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University

Tarek ZaherTarek Zaher has held a number of professional positions with the industry and provided consulting services to a number of international institutions including the World Bank, the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, and the Academy for Educational Development in the United States and the Ministry of Work in Dubai. He has also offered a number of seminars in investment and international financial management at a number of institutions around the world.

Dr. Zaher is SMIFC Managing Director and Co-founder and Co-Advisor of the Investment Club at Indiana State University. He also manages and supervises other international portfolios for individuals and institutions. Dr. Zaher’s research has been published in numerous prestigious professional and scholarly journals, including the Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Banking and Finance. Dr. Zaher received three research awards from professional conferences and one research certificate of excellence. He was also recognized by the Scott College of Business as the winner of the faculty research award in 2002 and the winner of the exemplary service award in 2004.

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