Chico Economics Graduate Careers - Finance
Nick Billeci graduated with honors in Spring 2013 with with a BA in International Economics and a BS in Business Administration with an option in Finance. After graduation he accepted a job as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. They invited Nick to participate in their Financial Advisor Career Development program, which is designed to prepare recent college graduates for careers as financial advisors. After accepting this offer Nick studied for three months for the Series 7 and Series 66 exams and after completing these exams he moved to Arizona for seven months for the training program. Upon completion, he assumed responsibility for his own branch of Edward Jones Investments located in San Ramon, California. In a recent email, Nick stated that "I was fortunate enough to be able to apply the skills I learned studying international markets, statistics, and economics while at CSU Chico to build my own business in the area I was born and raised in."
Michael Ciocca graduated in 2013. He is an operations specialist for Financial Telesis Inc. (Benjamin W. Wong and Associates). He is learning more about the securities industry, working with his firm's Investment Service Team to assist clients with any questions they may have as well as providing them with financial advice. He is currently working toward acquiring his Series 7 Licensing in order to advance his career in financial planning.
"I use economic thought and problem solving regularly in my position. I am constantly using techniques that I learned in economics to perform everyday tasks. I look at pricing statistics, financial growth models and many other things that all relate to what we are taught as economics majors."
"I would say the most important thing that I learned in Economics came from Michael Perelman and Anita Chaundry who taught us how to think on our own. They always taught us that the most important way to learn is to question everything. Do not settle for what someone tells you even if it is someone who you believe is smarter than you. Do your research and produce your own answer. For the 2014 grads I want to let you know that if you work hard and stay open minded you will find a job. I remember being very afraid coming out of school last year as a fresh grad. But if you follow your intuition and face your fears you will guide yourself to a career that you will enjoy. Give yourself a pat on the back this is a great time in your life, enjoy it!"
Thomas Logan graduated in 2012 with majors in economics (honors) and finance and minors in mathematics and accounting. Since February 2013 he has been working in San Francisco, California, as an analyst on the institutional sales team that supports J.P. Morgan’s business development and capital raising efforts. His team works with clients, corporations, unions, and state and local governments, to raise capital for a variety public and private investments across equity, fixed income, and real estate markets around the world. More specifically, he is responsible for answering client inquiries and developing customized presentations based on client concerns, investment outlook and financial market conditions. Client responses and presentations cover a range of portfolio management topics, but broadly focus on asset allocation, investment strategies, macroeconomics and financial economics.
Sean Wever graduated in 2006 with Honors in economics and moved on to the University of Wyoming to study for dual masters in Economics and Finance. After finishing he moved to the Virgin Islands where he tended bar for one year before beginning his career in finance. In 2011 he began working for a proprietary trading firm that specializes in high frequency algorithmic trading. In February of 2013 he was offered a job as Director of Sales for Green Key Markets (GKM). He accepted the offer and currently splits his time between offices in Chicago and Puerto Rico where he works as the Principal for GKM, an Introducing Broker (IB) of cleared swaps and blocks in the over-the-counter (OTC) commodities space. GKM is involved in the biofuels space with the primary focus being the Chicago (Platts settled) ethanol contract. Sean also writes a weekly ethanol newsletter for his customers.