New York Society of Security Analysts' (NYSSA) prestigious Fourth Annual Investment Research Challenge.
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Stillman Wins NYSSA Research Challenge
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On Thursday, April 20, the Stillman School of Business

FrontRow, From Left: Tony Loviscek, chair, Finance and Legal Studies; Michael Maffattone, chief information officer, Caxton Associates

Second Row, From Left: Andrew Yi, assistant professor of finance; MarkStodden, IRC team leader; Laura Helbing, student guest; Yvonne Huang, IRC team member; Bradford Muller, IRC team member; Matthew Walters, IRC team member; David Meisner, IRC team member; Eleanor Xu, IRC team faculty advisor, associate professor of finance; Yeomin Yoon, professor of finance; Leigh Onimus, assistant dean, Stillman School of Business; Kelli Gonzalez, University Advancement 

bested business students from New York University, Columbia, Yale, Rutgers, Baruch, Fordham, Pace and St. John's to win the New York Society of Security Analysts' (NYSSA) prestigious Fourth Annual Investment Research Challenge.

Yihong (Yvonne) Huang, David Meisner, Bradford Muller, Mark Stodden,and Matthew Walters represented the Stillman School. Unlike all the other schools which tapped MBA candidates only, Stillman's team included three undergraduate business students.

The team's winning presentation convinced the judges of the merits oftheir investment recommendations on Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR), the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water utility. A powerful 10 minute presentation was the culmination of eight months of extensive research and detailed, written reporting. In fact, the very same afternoon ast he competition, the Stillman team gathered in the school's Trading Room to view a Webcast of Aqua America Analyst Day, an annual conference call led by Aqua America's CEO and CFO. Later that evening, the Stillman team was the only one to include up-to-the minute information on the company from the Web cast in its presentation.

Martin S. Fridson, CFA, President of Fridson Vision LLC and publisher of Leverage World, chaired the panel of expert judges. The other panelists were John J. Apruzzese, CFA, director of equity management at U.S.Trust; Stephen J. Buell, Ph.D., director of global equity research at Prudential Equity Group LLC; Stephen E. Canter, chairman and CEO of The Dreyfus Corporation and vice chairman of Mellon Financial Corporation; Timothy Craighead, vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and JackRivkin, executive vice president and member of the Executive Management Committee of Neuberger Berman LLC.

Mark Stodden, Stillman MBA candidate and team captain, admits, "It wasa little intimidating at first, to present before such an accomplished group of panelists, but our team was very well-prepared and it turned into a very fun experience." "In 10 years working for AT&T, I've never experienced anything like this."

Eleanor Xu, associate professor of finance, advised the winning Stillman team. "This achievement demonstrates the quality of our finance program, and is one that the entire Stillman school can be very proud of," says Xu. "It was truly a great team effort."

Gold Sponsors of this year's Challenge were Bloomberg LP, CFA Institute, and The Dreyfus Corporation.

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