University Outreach Program

CURRENT PROGRAMS:

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University of Illinois
University of Illinois
University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
Northwestern University
Northwestern University
Columbia University
Columbia University
UCLA
UCLA
Carthage College
Carthage College
UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley
   

A focus on university outreach has increasingly become a cornerstone of the Wedbush Securities and Lime Brokerage community relations initiatives due to its intrinsic value to both students and the firm alike. We are deeply vested in the development and growth of the next generation of financial leaders in this country and abroad. As such, we actively participate in and sponsor programs and activities for students to expand their knowledge base with practical experience focused on achieving qualitative results in the financial sector.

Joe Signorelli, Managing Director and Head of Wedbush Futures, who serves as a Managing Director of Wedbush Securities and Lime Brokerage, and Rich Jablonski, Executive Vice President of Wedbush Securities and CEO of Lime Brokerage, have pioneered the firm’s efforts to establish strong and substantive relationships with universities beyond the typical career fairs and job boards regularly seen in recruiting practices. With an emphasis on working closely with students, professors and university administrators, Wedbush and Lime have the unique opportunity to impact academic growth throughout the varying levels of the university experience.

Having worked with leading universities in the past, Joe firmly believed that establishing a program at Wedbush would mutually benefit the firm and any affiliated partner schools. “The relationships we create with universities helps to spread and elevate the Wedbush brand, aids in our recruiting efforts, and establishes contacts with experts studying the financial industry, thereby allowing us to shape its evolution,” states Signorelli. “The relationships we’ve established thus far, have allowed us to work with graduates and undergraduates, both of whom benefit from these programs in distinguished and substantive ways.”

Initial relationships with UCLA, the University of Illinois, and the University of Notre Dame were established in 2014. Due to the monumental success of these programs, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, and Columbia University were later added on to our collaborative academic program. Through Northwestern, we also established a relationship with a leading researcher at the University of Basel in Switzerland, which helps to further expand our international endeavors. Overseen in large part by David Don, Managing Director at Wedbush Securities, Wedbush and Lime colleagues have given guest lectures, acted as project advisors, and supported original research as our education initiatives have grown.

Tony Huck, President and Chief Operating Officer of Lime Brokerage, feels the practical and qualitative topics addressed in these relationships are especially beneficial to the students. “We as a firm have an abundant opportunity in being able to educate students by introducing them to our proprietary software, not only for projects, but also as a potential research tool within their graduate finance programs,” explains Tony. “We can attract students not only from business disciplines, but also computer science, engineering, and mathematics to these projects because we’re not just asking students to run through case studies. We’re helping them get access to real market data and use advanced tools to study it.” Additionally, Lime’s technology-oriented background also attracts a more diverse set of students to these academic programs.

Joe is optimistic about the growth of Wedbush’s outreach efforts. “Our present goal is to get the entire firm more involved with our current projects; different groups within the firm can offer more diverse insights into the financial industry for the students.” Kicking off our efforts in 2016, will be our partnership at Carthage College in Wisconsin concentrated on two financial classes dealing in quantitative modeling.