Newswise — The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will host its first graduate student stock pitch competition on Thursday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in Lender Auditorium. Organized by the Whitman finance department, the event features three graduate student teams pitching three different stocks.

The student teams are being advised by Joel Redmond, vice president at Key Private Bank (also a Whitman adjunct professor). The pitches will be judged by a panel of two faculty members: David Weinbaum, associate professor of finance and Harris Fellow, and Craig Dudczak, Ayesha Sheth, MBA student, and an investment professional, Matt Ramsey of Pico Wealth Management. The best judged team wins a prize of up to $500, funded by D’Aniello Fund.

Stock pitch challenges or competitions are popular within business schools because they provide a forum for students to showcase their stock-picking skills and learn from top professionals in the field. Typically, the students prepare and present buy/hold/sell recommendations and defend them in front of a panel of judges.

“Stock pitch competitions replicate the intense competition and fast-pace of sellside and buyside analysts and asset managers,” said Ravi Shukla, associate professor finance and chair of the Whitman finance department. “It’s a way for our students to prepare themselves for what they will face as professional financial analysts.”

The event is free and open to all Syracuse University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the general public.

Whitman plans two more stock pitch competitions this semester on Mar. 26 and Apr. 23.

About the Whitman SchoolThe Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University was established as the College of Business Administration in 1919. In 1920, it was only the 16th collegiate business school in the nation to be accredited by the AACSB. Today, the Whitman School of Management includes programs in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, real estate, retail management and supply chain management. In any given year, the Whitman School is home to nearly 2,000 doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students.