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When Tracy Richard was asked about Harbert College of Business senior Zach Spencer, she quickly pointed out the finance student’s initiative.
“He personifies excellence, hard work, heart and determination,” said Richard, an instructor within Harbert College’s Finance Department and faculty advisor of Auburn’s Financial Management Association (FMA) student honor society. “Never have I seen a student combine all of these qualities so masterfully.”
Not only was Spencer instrumental in transitioning the Auburn Student Investment Fund from virtual to real money, but he served on the SGA Academic Grievance Committee, interned at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and later served as a White House intern within the Office of American Innovation.
It's no wonder that Spencer, who will soon become an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, was selected as this spring’s Harbert College graduation marshal.
Spencer offered much credit to his involvement in the FMA. “I was the only freshman in the inaugural class and wasn't sure what area of finance I wanted to pursue or how to begin preparing for my future,” he said. “FMA was instrumental in all aspects of my growth, from creating an impactful cover letter to preparing for investment banking interviews. Membership also provided talented peer mentors and opportunities to compete in case competitions.
“FMA was instrumental in every aspect of my career preparation. We have 100% offer rate for FMA graduating seniors and 100% internship placement rate for FMA juniors at many of the top firms in finance. I can confidently state that I and everyone in FMA attributes their success to this organization.”
FMA focuses on preparing top students to pursue elite finance careers by providing ancillary training, networking opportunities, and exposure to executives in the field through speakers and corporate visits. “Zach is a driving force for the Harbert College of Business’ Financial Management Association. He was the only freshman selected to this prestigious group in its inaugural year, and he continues to inspire and prepare students pursuing careers in finance,” said Richard.