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The TIPS conference, now in its 10th year, is a forum for students and faculty from Texas and Southwestern universities with investment management curriculum.

TIPS 2013 provides the more than 200 participants with a wonderful opportunity to learn from and interact with senior investment industry professionals through keynote presentations, panel discussions, and networking events.

TIPS 2013 is also home to three competitions:
  • CFA Institute Research Challenge - Southwestern US in which four finalist schools, based on a research report, presented their stock research to a panel of judges. 
  • CFA Institute Research Challenge – Central America and Caribbean in which four finalist schools, based on a research report, presented their stock research to a panel of judges.
  • Portfolio Manager's Finalist Competition in which teams 'pitched' their investment process to a panel of judges.


Keynote Speakers

Lee Partridge, CFA (bio)
Chief Investment Officer

Allison Thacker (bio)
Chief Investment Officer, Rice University
President, Rice Management Company  


Latin American Financial Markets (bios)

Marcelo Suárez Castillo, CFA (Moderator)
Director, Wealth Management and Investments
Scotiabank El Salvador

Fernando Barrero
Visiting Professor
BARNA Business School, Dominican Republic

Helmuth Chávez
Professor and Dean of the School of Business
Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala

Reynaldo Rodríguez
General Manager, Valores Davivienda
Adjunct Faculty, ESEN El Salvador

CFA Institute Research Challenge

CFA Institute Research Challenge –
Southwest U.S. Finals (bios)

Competition Host

Leah Bennett, CFA, CIC
Chief Investment Officer
King Investment Advisors


Rodric Cummins, CFA
Sr. Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

Marla Harkness, CFA, CEBS
Chairman of the PCRs, Senior Portfolio Manager

Brian McManus, CFA
Chief Investment Officer Emeritus
Westwood Management

Dan Meader, CFA, CPA
Founder and Managing Partner, Trinity Private Equity Group
Past Chair, CFA Institute Board of Governors

Tom Stringfellow, CFA, CPA, CFP
Frost Investment Advisors

University Finalists
Nicholls State University
Rice University
Texas A&M University
Texas State University
West Texas A&M University

CFA Institute Research Challenge –
Central America and Caribbean Finals (bios)

Competition Host

Sharon Criswell, CFA
Chief Operating Officer
ALM First Financial Advisors


Robert Bambace, CFA, CPA
Senior Portfolio Manager
Frost Investment Advisors

John Gualy, CFA
Eagle Global Advisors

Donald Hultgren, CFA
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
SWS Group, Inc.

Lee Partridge, CFA
Chief Investment Officer

Holland Timmins, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Texas Permanent School Fund

University Finalists
Barna Business School
Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios
Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Congratulations to the CFA Institute Research Challenge winners. Texas State won the Southwest US Finals and BARNA Business School, Dominican Republic took home the top spot in the Central America and Caribbean Finals. We would like to recognize the Rice University team as they also represented he Southwest US region in Toronto for the Americas Competition.

IRC Winners

Portfolio Managers Competition

Judges (bios)

Alan Brochstein, CFA
AB Analytical Services

Jeffrey Curtiss, CFA, CPA, JD
President, CFA Society of Houston
Board of Directors, KBR

Michael Hanna
Vice President – Equity Investments
Vaughan Nelson Investment Management

Richard Morales, CFA
Executive Vice President
Woodway Financial Advisors

Robert Shoss, JD
Founding Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager
Twinhawk Capital

University Finalists
Baylor University
Rice University
Southern Methodist University
University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma

Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma for winning the Portfolio Manager’s Competition

OU PM Winner

TIPS Honoree

Gene VaughanThe professional life of Gene Vaughan has been interwoven with the growth in professionalism of the research and investment management profession. While at the Harvard Business School he was the first summer intern of Putnam Management Company and joined them full-time after graduation. Inspired by Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, he moved to Houston in 1964 and created the first regional institutional research group outside the east at Underwood Neuhaus (NYSE). He was elected president of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts in 1967-68. He earned his CFA designation in 1969, among the earliest to pass all three examinations.

In 1970 he formed Vaughan Nelson Investment Management. He was elected to the Board of the Financial Analyst Federation (FAF) and became Chairman in 1973-74. As Chairman in 1974, he successfully led the profession-wide fight against “State Regulation” and helped introduce “Self-Regulation” which continues to this day. He was the tenth person to receive the Distinguished Service Award in the history of the professional organization.

In 1986 Gene was asked to join the Governing Board of the CFA. Over the next three years he was a visionary leading force in bringing about the successful merger of the FAF and ICFA. Upon the merger he became Founding Chairman of the AIMR (now CFA Institute) in 1990-91. In the aftermath of the dissension and strife, as a “healing” chairman Gene led the profession to harmony, setting conditions for the immense growth of our profession over the next two decades. He is described in CFA publications as “the father of CFA Institute” (AIMR).

Among other professional highlights: he was the first to be named “Most Inspirational” by the CFA Magazine. In 2010 at the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of CFA Institute, at which the past and current Boards gathered at the NY Yacht Club to celebrate the enormous success of the CFA Institute, Gene was asked to give the Keynote Address. He has been asked since the start to serve as a judge in the highly successful Texas CFA Challenges.

He is featured prominently in The Gold Standard: The 50 Year History of the CFA.

Vaughan Nelson prospered and after 35 years as CEO he retired in 2005 to concentrate on a variety of community interests. He was elected to the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in 1972 and served continuously and passionately until named Trustee Emeritus in 2010. Among his civic endeavors he served on the Greater Houston Partnership and Executive Committee for 15 years. In 2000 he created and was Founding Chairman of Center for Houston’s Future, a highly respected organization focused on strategic planning for the future of the Houston Region and training civic leaders. There are now 750 graduates of its Leadership Forum.

Other involvements have been serving on Boards of: Houston Grand Opera; St. John’s School; Presbyterian Board of Pension (USA) (Chairman of Investment Committee); Dreyfus Founders Mutual Fund Complex; Trustee, Goodwill Industry. Devoted to education, he was the Founding Chairman of Presbyterian School, an “early” early-childhood school at First Presbyterian Church of Houston. His most recent passion has been serving as Chairman of the Development Board of The University of Texas Health Science Center.

Gene and Susan have a daughter and son (who holds a CFA charter) and four grandchildren.

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