The Atlanta Chapter has nearly 400 Chicago Booth alumni in the greater Atlanta area. We strive to provide educational events and networking opportunities. The Chapter has three to four major events each year.
Our annual Fall Party, generally held the first week of November, attracts upwards of 70 alumni (you can view photos of the 2007 party on our Photos page). We host the evening event at one of our alum's homes and invite a professor or administrator from Chicago Booth to speak to the group. In 2007, Professor Pradeep Chintagunta discussed with us the strengths and developments of Chicago Booth Marketing department. Previous guests have included Professor Luigi Zingales, who presented his new book, Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists,and Dean Edward Snyder, who discussed his vision for Chicago Booth and plans for the new Chicago Booth facility, the Charles M. Harper Center.
The Pro-Am Investment Challenge has been an annual event for sixteen years in Atlanta. We invite three investment advisers or financial analysts to provide their forecast of the upcoming year on Wall Street. The challenge comes in the form of picking a portfolio of stocks to compete against fellow alumni and against the three presenting Pros. This year's Pro-Am Investment Challenge is scheduled for January 24, 2008, (visit our "Events" page for more information).
The other events we have vary by year to address emerging business topics. Recent events have featured the burst technology bubble, networking and career direction setting, and casual social events to welcome new alumni to the area. Recent admits to Chicago Booth are welcome to all of our events.
The Atlanta Chapter re-joined the Atlanta Business School Alliance (ABSA) in 2003. The ABSA is an association of the top business school's alumni clubs in Atlanta. All ABSA events are open to Chicago Booth alumni.
The Atlanta Club also participates in Chicago Society events. To learn more about Chicago Society and their upcoming events visit here.
Adam Afshar, '01
Adam Afshar is Hyde Park Global’s President. Hyde Park Global Investments is a 100% machine based investment and trading firm. The firm has developed an Artificial Intelligence(AI) system built primarily on Support Vector Machines (SVMs) as well as Genetic Algorithms(GA) and other Evolutionary models. The models identify mispricings, arbitrage and patterns for many electronic financial markets. The firm also has developed Natural Language Processing and sentiment analytics for 100% Robotic trading of equities commodities including currencies based on machine readable news. Adam is currently member of the Board of Directors of Ariana Pharma in Paris, France. Ariana is a leading Artificial Intelligence company, focused on transforming data into information to accelerate the discovery, development process and safety of pharmaceutical drugs. Adam Afshar has a BA in Economics from Wofford College and MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Jason Marshall, '06
Jason Marshall is an Associate Director with the Private Client Services Division of Bear, Stearns & Co. and has been with the firm since February 2002. Jason specializes in corporate and executive services, primarily in the area of stock option financing and asset allocation. He received his BBA in Accounting from Stetson University and an MBA in Finance and Economics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition, he is a licensed C.P.A from the State of Florida.
Jeff Koebler, '03
Jeff joined Merrill Lynch's Private Banking & Investment Group in 2004 with more than 10 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in finance, strategy, and marketing. He received a BBA in Accounting and Economics with honors from LaGrange College and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Strategy. Jeff serves his community as an active member of several professional, civic, and charitable organizations.
Rachel Leonard, '06
Rachel Leonard is a 2006 graduate of the full-time Chicago Booth program, and currently a consultant at Bain & Co. in their general strategy practice. Rachel is originally from Alaska, and has an undergraduate degree in International Business Administration, with a minor in Russian, from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a Masters of Business Administration, with concentrations in economics, finance, and international business, from the University of Chicago.
Billy Levine, '98
Billy Levine is a Vice President in the Atlanta office of JPMorgan Private Bank working with wealthy families and affluent individuals throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining JPMorgan, he worked for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey as an investment banker, where he was most recently a Director in the Business and Technology Services industry practice group. In addition, Billy served as a Summer Associate in the Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, and as a Corporate Finance Analyst for SunTrust Corporate Finance in Atlanta. A native of Atlanta, Billy graduated from Boston University in 1992 and earned M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1998.
Jeffrey J. Plank, '93
Jeff Plank is the Manager of Consulting Services at HLB Gross Collins, PC, a full service Accounting and Consulting company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff manages specialized services including business advisory services, business valuations, strategic planning, corporate financial planning and analysis, and business process reengineering. Jeff has an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mike Funsch, '97
Ted Wright, '00