SMIF/Finance Club City Trek Blog by John Upshaw

December 2, 2013 | By Shantanu Agrawal

Who wants to be in investment management? I do. After spending, a cold Friday in Chicago with some of the best finance has to offer that thought is continuing to materialize. The Finance Club and SMIF Chicago City Trek included 16 students and the director of the KPDC, Randall Lewis.

The day started at 7:15 am Eastern Time. We loaded two vans and made our chilly trek, although the van was warm, on the way to the Windy City, Chicago. We had 8 in one van and 7 in another. We met Randall at the UBS building. Greeted by the friendly Hines property management staff we headed for the elevator to the 30th floor for a talk with fellow Boilermakers about UBS, and what the firm has to offer. After receiving the annual report the size of an ECON 514 textbook, we proceed to flip through some key pages and interact with the presenters. The topic of the day, interest rates, careers, and advice.

After leaving UBS, we headed to lunch with the President of the Chicago Purdue Alumni Club and another Purdue alum in a separate glass incased room at the South Branch Tavern & Grille. We had a waiting staff that embodied hospitality and fine city dining.

After finishing lunch, exchanging business cards, and watching ESPN on a 50-inch flat screen TV, we headed for our next destination, the Bank of America building to talk with two Bank of America Vice Presidents. Straight to the 42nd floor, were we entered the boardroom and a refrigerator full of whatever we wanted. The talk was light, full of energy and current market movements.

Shortly after exchanging business cards, we were off to our third location, Morgan Stanly and Geneva Investment Management. We were engaged with various levels of professionals who took our questions and showed their expertise. When the talk was over, we had come away with several lessons, motivation to become greater than we are today, blessings to lead the future, and instructions to enter into investment management!

It was a very busy day, what better way than to finish up with a happy hour at Cordozo’s, where we enjoyed cuisine from one of Chicago’s downtown restaurants. Now, it is back to Purdue to turn our dreams into reality and prepare to enter into the financial world. Boiler Up!

John C. Upshaw.

Shantanu Agrawal
Shantanu Agrawal
MBA 2014 Finance, Analytics


Architect by education, Trader by previous profession. Hoping to make a career in Corporate Finance. Love everything that has anything to do with numbers. Cricket and Tennis enthusiast & Soccer Fan.