D'Amore-McKim School of Business students will host the fifth annual Alternative Investment Summit this weekend, a two-day conference featuring speakers and alumni examining alternative investments such as hedge funds, real assets and private equity.

Among the summit speakers will be Richard D'Amore, BA'76, and Alan McKim, MBA'88, who's combined gift to the university in 2012 named the business school.

“It is imperative that we continue to help educate the next generation of young, aspiring investment professionals and provide them with the necessary tools to navigate through today's financial markets,” said summit co-president Cole Weppner, DMSB'17. “We believe exposure to alternative investment professionals, their expertise, and their experiences is an extraordinary way to inform students of the opportunities available to them in a style that may not be possible in the classroom.”

The conference is split into two days, the first part with a panel-style Q&A featuring four D'Amore-McKim alumni, as well as a fireside chat between D'Amore and Fran Janis, the founding partner of Pomona Capital. The chat will be held on Friday from 6-9 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Saturday will be comprised of a series of lectures and panel discussions featuring different speakers from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in 20 West Village F.

“I think my involvement with the summit was a fantastic opportunity to bring together my experience in private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds before the end of my time at Northeastern,” Wepner explained. “It has solidified my desire to work in an alternative investments field and I am very much looking forward to the beginning of my career at GMO.”

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