Bryant Stibel Internship Program
In 2018, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School launched two, seven-week classes preparing a select group of students for an internship opportunity with Bryant Stibel, a private equity and alternative investment firm. The program was created to provide an experiential learning environment that is real, preparing the students to work on actual deals. The classes are open to MS in Applied Finance, MS in Business Analytics, and Full-Time MBA students and enrollment to the classes is competitive.
Each year we have students participate in this initiative and present investment ideas
to Bryant Stibel’s team.
James Heyworth is a Master`s of Applied Finance candidate at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. In 2022, he graduated from Westcliff University with a degree in Business Administration while bringing his lifelong baseball career to a close. James has an affinity for problem solving and holds a passion for finance that he plans to continue cultivating after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, surfing, and playing tennis. James is currently representing Pepperdine University in the Global CFA Institute Investment Research Challenge alongside a small team of hand-selected students tasked with in-depth financial analysis and quantitative forecasting. Following his graduation from the Graziadio Business School, James plans on taking the CFA level one exam and pursuing a career in finance and investments.
Ivy Cheng is a Master of Science in Business (MSB) student at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. She was born in Beijing, China, but grew up in New York City. Before attending Pepperdine, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design. Her interests include digital marketing, quantitative research and analysis, and public speaking. She has extensive experience in a wide range of industries over the last few years, including fitness, retail, real estate, and financial publishing. She is currently aiming to use the knowledge and skills she gained from the MSB program to transition into a career in business strategy consulting. In her spare time, she enjoys boxing and listening to entrepreneurship podcasts.
Kalena Teufel is currently attending Pepperdine University working towards getting her Master of Applied Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Kalena received a BBA in Finance and Economics from the University of San Francisco on a full sports/ academic scholarship while being a four-year starter on the Women’s soccer team. She was on the West Coast Conference All-Academic team for two years. Kalena also coached and mentored young female soccer players during her time in San Francisco. After college, she worked at Cubex, an inventory management software company. Kalena now works as a Sales Associate at Gorjana during her Master’s Program. During her free time, Kalena enjoys being active, cooking, spending time with family, and surfing.
Abdul Badawiya is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School; he is expected to graduate in August 2023. He is a member of the Finance club and a CFA competition team member for the University. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from University of California Riverside. He has experience as a financial analyst at Ennkar, where he has been responsible for analyzing companies' accounting, supervising the processing department, and restructuring the company blueprint to optimize revenue. He also has experience as a mortgage consultant at Option One Mortgage Lending, where he was responsible for developing new clients, analyzing assets and liabilities, and leading a team of 4 members. In his free time, Abdul enjoys working out in the gym and playing all types of sports.
Yiting Yan is a Full-time MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Before exploring the business world, she practiced law for years dealing with financial and commercial cases. She holds a master’s degree in law concentrating in International Commercial Arbitration from Pepperdine Law School and has a New York attorney license. With a law background, she is looking to expand her career in business finance. Additionally, she is interested in providing professional strategies and consulting to facilitate and support building more orderly and harmonious communities. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and tasting tea.
Dennis is currently pursuing his M.S. in Applied Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and is set to graduate in August 2023. He received his A.B. in Economics and minor in Neuroscience from Harvard College in May 2021, where he also studied abroad at DIS Copenhagen, specializing in Global Economics. Dennis has a wealth of experience in sales and consulting, having worked at several tech startups and Simon Kucher Partners. He aims to sharpen his due diligence and evaluation skills through his graduate studies and pursue a career in the investment space. Dennis is a 2-time All-American athlete earning recognition under both the Harvard and Pepperdine’s water polo teams and has represented the USA Youth National Team in international tournaments. In his free time, Dennis enjoys surfing, being outdoors, music, self-improvement, traveling, and personal finance.
Xiyan is an MS Applied Finance student at Pepperdine University. Before coming to
Pepperdine, she had five years of PE fund experience based in Beijing provided her
with great exposure to valuation, market
Interpretation, and ESG, TMT, and Healthcare industry deep dive. After graduation, she plans to continue her career in finance, especially in Private Equity or Investment Banking. In her free time, she enjoys painting.
Christian Deindoerfer is a driven and dedicated professional currently pursuing a Master's degree in Real Estate at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and participating in the Bryant Stibel program. In addition to his studies, Christian has recently spearheaded the team that won the 2022 Colvin Case Study Challenge, a national competition held yearly at the Maryland School of Architectural design. This demonstrates his passion and commitment to the real estate industry and highlights his skills and expertise. Christian is also an accomplished individual outside of his professional life. He enjoys playing piano, exploring the great outdoors, traveling to new places to experience different cultures, and trying fresh foods. His diverse interests and skills give him a well-rounded perspective, which he brings to his future endeavors.
Charles Cooper is part of the Fully Employed MBA program at Pepperdine University’s
Business School. Charles was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Business Management Economics.
After college, Charles worked in a banking institute for a couple of years before transitioning to the aerospace and defense industry in various financial positions where he has worked for 15 years.
Charles currently works as a corporate real estate analyst leading strategic initiatives in synergy and efficiency. Charles also has his California real estate broker’s license and has been practicing real estate for over a decade. Charles’ hobbies include playing sports especially soccer and traveling the world. After graduating from Pepperdine, Charles hopes to pursue a career in strategic management with intent in a venture capital firm.
Meet Michael, a highly motivated individual with a passion for finance and economics. Born and raised in Indonesia, Michael has a diverse cultural background that has shaped his unique perspective on life. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from California State University, Northridge where he worked as a student portfolio manager for the university’s endowment fund. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Michael worked in the supply chain department at Emtek Products, where he managed inventory, procured raw materials, and controlled a procurement budget. In his role, he learned about financial and supply chain management, which led him to pursue a master’s in applied finance at Pepperdine. Upon graduation, Michael plans to pursue a career in corporate finance or management consulting. Michael is an enthusiast of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and enjoys watching movies and playing the guitar in his free time.
Benjamin Castillo is a Full-time MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio. He grew up in Los Angeles, CA and received his BBA from Emory in Atlanta. Afterwards, Ben worked in financial services in roles ranging from analysis to business development. Ben’s hobbies and interests include cooking, military history, film, and fitness. After graduation, Ben is planning to continue pursuing a career in financial services.
Caden Van Dahm
Caden Van Dahm is part of the 5-year BS/MBA program at Graziadio, set to graduate in April with an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in international business. Over the course of his education, he has worked for the Arizona State Treasury as an Investment Intern, as well as Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative. These experiences, along with his coursework, have fostered a passion for finance and the study of financial health. To move this interest forward, Caden plans to start his career as a financial analyst, and progress toward being a consultant.
Chase Wonders is a first year in the Full-Time MBA Program. His work experience in finance is on the brokerage side and he is looking to make the transition to the investment side. He is passionate about risk management and is firmly dedicated to expanding his knowledge of derivatives both educationally and experientially. In addition, he plans to pursue a CAIA certification. In his spare time, he enjoys reading philosophy and his favorite recreational activities include skiing, tennis and squash.
Brianna Piacitelli is currently pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate with a concentration in Investments and Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. She has over six years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Before coming to Pepperdine, Brianna worked as a commercial real estate broker at Newmark, advising property owners on the redevelopment and leasing strategies of office and laboratory properties in Greater Boston. Before becoming a broker, she worked as a leasing analyst at JLL, developing discounted cash flow models to support lease negotiations and informed decision-making. Following graduation, she plans to work in real estate acquisitions or development.
I came to the United States from China to pursue my undergraduate degree in accounting in 2011 and have claimed here as my second home since then. A very unique opportunity to join the US Army showed up after college so I spent four years in Fort Hood, TX. Upon completion of the service, I chose Pepperdine MSRE to further educate myself in the business and finance setting. It has been an amazing experience to get back to school and learn things that I am passionate about. I have conducted 1031 exchange and started to build my portfolio of residential rental investments here in LA and Ventura. I would like to start my career in financial analysis/credit underwriting in real estate with my accounting background. I like exploring the underwater world. I have been a scuba diver for 5 years and have been to Florida and Tulum Mexico because of their magnificent underwater cave systems. It is very interesting to learn about the history of the earth by looking at fossils and lime stones that take millions of years to form.
Leonard Long III
Leonard Long III is a full-time International MBA student born and raised in Washington, D.C. that values learning and personal development. He has 5+ years of professional experience across various industries such as education, real estate, and politics. A former basketball coach, Leonard always looks for opportunities to lead and make his teammates better. After graduation he is looking to represent entertainers and athletes as a Wealth Manager.
Aaron Kash is currently a first year MBA Candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio Business
School who seeks to pursue a career in the Financial Services Industry. After interning
as a Private Equity Associate for Kiva Capital Partners last Fall, he has shifted
his educational focus to financial analysis and solving real world business problems.
Aaron's professional experience working with larger institutions including Bank of
America, Wells Fargo, and Raymond James has provided him with excellent business skills
to excel in a collaborative environment. A world-class education at both UCLA and
Business School has equipped him with the necessary expertise to secure a career in the
Ashton Tate is a Part-time MBA student at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Ashton grew up in Maitland, Florida, and he received his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Florida, majoring in Finance & Economics. After college, Ashton worked in the Oil & Gas business as a market analyst and now works in the REIT industry. He is a firm believer in the speaking organization Toastmasters, and credits it as one of his best educational experiences. Ashton is fascinated by geopolitical events and their effects on the financial markets, and his hobbies include weightlifting, reading, and playing guitar & piano.
Xingcen is a Master of Applied Finance student at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. She grew up in the mountains of northern China and has loved nature. Before Pepperdine, she completed a pre-veterinary program at North Carolina State University and was on track to become a veterinarian. She has five years of experience in veterinary medicine and has worked for Banfield Pet Hospitals, the largest veterinary hospital chain in the US; Vetted Petcare, a YCombinator pet startup; and Love at First Mutt, an LA-based animal nonprofit. She discovered her passion for entrepreneurship after witnessing many unique challenges in the veterinary business. She wishes to bring positive changes to the traditional veterinary business using modern business and financial skills. After graduation, she plans to work as a management consultant specializing in the veterinary industry, and eventually, she wishes to launch her own veterinary business. During her free time, Xingcen enjoys volunteer and outdoor activities. During COVID, she started a disaster relief nonprofit and is a current financial literacy teacher at Operation Hope.
Joseph Waugh is a second-year full time MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio concentrating in finance and entrepreneurship. Joseph graduated with a bachelors of business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to joining Pepperdine Joseph worked as an account executive for a SaaS start-up in Los Angeles where discovered an interest in how great products can make incredible businesses with large amounts of scalability. Outside of undergrad Joseph continued to learn about finance, alternative investments, and how markets work by reading various books on these subjects and being a market participant. This interest in finance led him towards getting his MBA at Pepperdine, where he intends to leverage his knowledge & experience into successfully building and scaling a business. In his free time, Joseph has an affinity for music, movies, and hiking.
Kevin Mirand is a second-year, fulltime MBA candidate with a finance concentration at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. In 2020, he graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration and an Applied Math Minor at Pepperdine University, Seaver College. Kevin has had past experience as a licensed loan officer at Total Quality Lending and as a Wealth Management Intern at UBS Financial Services. Currently he has accepted an analyst internship with Probity International, a luxury real estate developer in Beverly Hills, and will pursue a future role in alternative investments with a focus in real estate. Outside of the day-to-day routine, Kevin enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, scuba diving, and surfing, as well as other extracurricular activities such as student-pilot training for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Stefani is a second year MBA candidate studying finance at Pepperdine University under a scholarship from Graziadio Business School and Seaver College's Music Department. She is also VP of Events of Graziadio's Finance Club. Following graduation, Stefani hopes to pursue a career in investment management. With over 15 years of experience in the Classical Music Industry as a performer, educator and strategic administrative member, Stefani has worked with different ensembles around the world, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Moscow Symphony Orchestra. After receiving a B.M. from USC Thornton School of Music, she culminated her music performance studies with a Fulbright Scholarship in Oslo, Norway. Stefani mentors for the Fulbright Lotus Program, a diversity initiative to support Asian Fulbrighters around the world.
Shubham is a 2nd year MBA Finance Candidate at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. He graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s, Seaver College. His experience includes roles centered around corporate finance and supply chain management. Shubham has had real-world experience with Mergers & Acquisitions through participating in negotiations and due-diligence proceedings. Likewise, his interactions with Private Equity firms have grown his passion for the private capital markets. Upon graduation, Shubham plans to pivot into a career in wealth management services and alternative investments. In his past time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis and traveling with friends and family.
My name is Alexandros Giannakitsidis and I am originally from South Africa. I am in the MSBA program at Pepperdine University. I previously graduated from Siena College with a bachelors in Finance. I previously interned at Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management and have worked at Amerisave Mortgage Corporation as a Jr. Underwriter which had handled $1B in mortgages during the first three months of 2021. Using the skills from my undergraduate degree and with my education at Pepperdine I wish to pursue a career with equity analysis at a hedge fund or pursue a role at a Fintech firm. I currently live in West LA and am a former division one tennis player. My other hobbies include e-sports, exploring, and eating.
Karri is a first-year MBA student with a concentration in Finance. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, she spent her professional career working in the accounting department for various consumer goods firms. With 8+ years of experience, Karri has an established track record managing teams and delivering monthly financial reporting. Upon graduating, she hopes to expand her Finance career, with a specific interest in ESG investing.
Oliver is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, expected
to graduate in April 2023 with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Oliver
grew up in Los Angeles before attending Indiana University where he majored in Sport
Marketing and Management. After college, he moved to New York City where he worked
in the entertainment industry - first, as an assistant at a leading talent agency
and then as chief of staff to the chairman of a prolific independent film studio.
Oliver then was promoted internally and served as Director of Development, Production,
and Acquisitions for the studio wherein he shepherded internal projects and sought
out films to acquire for theatrical distribution. After some extended time traveling
was cut short by the pandemic, he decided the next step in his career would be to
continue his education. Upon completing his MBA, Oliver plans to utilize his past
experience and newly bolstered toolkit to transition into a strategic role in the
Simin is an MS Business Analytics student at Pepperdine University. Before coming to Pepperdine, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Economics and Accounting. She previously worked as a tax accountant at a CPA firm. She is passionate about developing financial acumen and interested in Fintech. She is looking for opportunities to help businesses articulate problems and maximize potential growth in the financial industry.
Dillon Springer is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio business school concentrating in finance. Dillon was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After college, he spent ten years working in retail purchasing, product development, and sales. Upon completing his MBA, Dillon hopes to transition to a role within private equity. Dillon enjoys the outdoors and is an avid skier and mountain biker.
Ivan is pursuing his master’s in applied finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s in political economy. Ivan has previously worked in accounting at United Talent Agency, where he became interested in understanding more about venture capitalism and alternative investments. After graduation, Ivan plans to continue into the financial sector, specifically investment banking.
Shant Ganoumian is part of the 5-year BS/MBA program at Graziadio, concentrating in finance. He will graduate in April with an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s in business administration. His coursework at Graziadio has allowed him to develop his passion at the intersection between traditional finance and the ever-growing world of digital assets and cryptocurrencies. As the son of a small business owner, Shant has grown up with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to make a difference in his social environment. He has internship experience at Tesla as an onboarding partner and in data analytics. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Lakers and doing cryptocurrency research. Upon graduation, Shant aims to pursue a career in investment management with a focus on digital assets.
Leonardo is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Applied Finance at Pepperdine
Graziadio Business School. He graduated from CSU Fresno in 2020, earning a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business.
After graduating from Fresno State, Leonardo worked for one year at State Farm as an
Account Associate. Leo also worked as a Research Analyst Intern at 118 West Capital in
Long Beach. After graduation, he plans to continue his finance career, specifically in
Corporate Finance or Investment Banking.
My name is Mao. Dou. I am originally from Jiangsu, China. I am in the MSBA program at Pepperdine University. I previously graduated from University of California Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. I previously interned at Shang Private Equity as an industry analyst, focusing on technology that includes new energy, semi-conductor, and data storage etc. I generated weekly report that helped the portfolio manager invested 20,000,000 Yuan in secondary market. I wish to use my skills and passion to pursue a career in equity companies as stock analyst. My hobbies are basketball, Rubik’s cubes, e-sports and exploring foods.
Tony M. June is an entrepreneur and aspiring portfolio manager, in the process of building a business & real estate brokerage firm. The corporation, Life Connoisseurs Management & Enterprise, will be comprised of three main business drivers. Life Connoisseurs (main business) will buy, build, and sell companies for profit. Connoisseurs Property Development will focus on investment and development of middle-market housing and mixed-use destinations in international markets until we grow a portfolio large enough to convert to a REIT. Wealth Connoisseurs, our private equity firm will be an alternative investment vehicle that invests in the prop-tech space and blockchain technology projects to help advance smart city building. All will work together to drive returns and contribute to an ecosystem for millennial spirited individuals who care to LEARN. EARN. ADVENTURE. Tony is currently pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate (MSRE) with a concentration in Investment and Finance. He is transitioning from 10-years of active service for the US Navy, where he served as an operations and maintenance supervisor in the Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Ilya Khramtsov is a Fully Employed MBA student who is innately curious about exploring economics and finance while building upon his analytical background in mathematics from the University of Illinois. Ilya is making a career pivot following half a decade of service in health care in Southern and Northern California while working at Cedars-Siani and Kaiser Permanente – that is currently sponsoring his studies through the corporate relation program. Ilya enjoys hiking national parks in his free time, exploring local cuisine, and recently started sailing in New Port Beach. He would like to leverage his expert generalist background to join a consulting practice, alternatively, explore options within financial services.
Louis (Yucheng) Lu
Louis is currently pursuing his master’s degree of Business Analytics at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He also holds a master’s degree of Finance from University of California, Riverside. Louis worked as an Analyst at JPMorgan Chase in Shanghai. After graduation, he plans to embark on a career in Fin-Tech, with a special focus on Blockchain technology.
Stephanie is a second year full time MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School studying a concentration in finance. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance as well as the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Health Science and a minor in Business with Magna Cum Laude. Her most recent internship was with EKK investments, a government contracting company based in Los Angeles. Her responsibilities included future contract due diligence and financial modeling for current operations. She took the Bryant Stibel course because of her interest in venture capital and looking to pursue VC after graduation. She is currently working with the Los Angeles Rams Organization as a cheerleader.
Baltazar Moreno Fuentes
Baltazar is a first-year MBA student at Graziadio Business School. He is a Civil Industrial Engineer who graduated from University Adolfo Ibanez in Chile in 2018. Prior to joining Pepperdine, he worked in Inversiones BanChile, a leading financial institution in Chile. He also worked in his family's real estate business. Since March 2020, he has been responsible for managing a significant portion of his family’s hedge fund. Baltazar decided to pursue his MBA to upgrade his financial skills and become a better investor and manager. Following graduation, he plans to work as an investment manager for both his capital and third parties. In his spare time, he likes to practice different sports such as kitesurfing, surfing, tennis, and snowboarding.
Shawn is a first-year full-time MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and graduated from The University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He previously served as the Senior Associate for Member Services at The Heritage Foundation. He was part of the foundation's membership team, responsible for keeping in touch with its 500,000+ members. Bhatia previously worked in various roles at Stand Together, a philanthropic community led by Charles Koch, and is an alumnus of the Koch Associate Program, Koch Fellow Program, and Koch Internship Program. Additionally, he completed internships at The Leadership Institute, Congressman Ted Poe's office, and the Sikh American Legal Defense Education Fund. Shawn enjoys biking, traveling, listening to podcasts, and exploring restaurants in the Los Angeles area in his free time.
Bilal is a first-year fully-employed MBA candidate with a concentration in finance. He graduated from Chapman University in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Currently, Bilal is a member of the Advisory Services Group at AdvicePeriod, a tech-forward wealth management firm whose mission is to reinvent wealth management. Upon graduation from the program, Bilal plans to continue his career in investment management, looking to pursue a leadership role in the space or delve into the FinTech industry.
Ian (Yiheng) Zhang
Ian is currently pursuing his master’s degree of Applied Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He also holds a bachelor’s degree of Economics from George Mason University. Ian also worked as a Quantitative Research Intern at Rebellion Research in New York. Ian has a keen interest in market research, data visualization and financial analysis. In addition to his academic experience in finance, he has worked as a Data Analyst and Business Analyst Intern at top rated investment companies in China and participated in several IPO projects and PPP projects. After graduation, he plans to embark his career in the financial area, especially in investment banking division.
Francisco Arias is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Francisco grew up in Panama City, Panama, and he received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Business and Entrepreneurship. After graduating from Penn State, Francisco worked for two years in Private Banking as a portfolio and market analyst. After graduation, he plans to continue his finance career, specifically in Private Equity or Investment Banking.
Yankee (Yangyi) Guo
Yankee is a second-year MBA candidate graduating in April 2021. He was born and raised in Beijing, China, and has extensive brand marketing experience before coming to Pepperdine. He’s been working with BMW China’s central marketing department for three years and another two and half years with Bayer China event management department. He sparked a strong interest in Finance at Pepperdine and is pursuing a concentration in this field. While managing a stock portfolio, he’s also developing his understanding and trading capabilities in the area of commodity futures. After graduation, Yankee plans to work for a private equity firm. He believes he could bring more value to the workplace with his diversified background, global perspective, and determination to succeed. He played collegiate basketball in China, and he also enjoys workout, surfing, hiking, and mostly any sport.
Aliyah Galindo is a first-year MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio. Her passion for learning and data-driven mindset has led her to strive for a career in the Financial field. With an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Oregon, she is now working as a business analyst for a Fortune 500 insurance company. Her data analytics skills and problem-solving approach have been instrumental in delivering high impact results on vital projects. This includes acquiring some of the most profitable accounts while heading the diversity and inclusion initiative for the West Coast division. The financial background she brings, coupled with her eagerness to face any challenge head-on, will be a great asset both in the course and in a professional setting. A double major in Finance and Digital Innovation and Informational Systems will also provide a fresh perspective leading to inventive strategies.
Joseph is a first year MBA Candidate furthering his development as a future business leader. Following five years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy, Joseph graduated Summa Cum Laude from his undergraduate studies at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. He chose Finance as his MBA concentration after discovering a passion for the subject during his undergraduate studies. Joseph is also a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honors Society and has filled a variety of leadership roles, including managing projects around the globe. Joseph aims to strike a balance between the importance of teamwork, while maintaining an independent entrepreneurial spirit. During downtime from studying, you can find him volunteering, tutoring fellow classmates, picking up his guitar, or exploring Southern California's beaches and mountains. Following graduation, he intends to work as an investment manager, with particular interests in sustainable investing and space exploration.
Gabriella Dominic is an MBA student who is passionate about growing businesses, products, and ideas. She has seven years of pre-MBA experience building and growing private elementary schools and destination development for a cathedral. Her experiences in MarCom allowed her to understand branding, search engines, and the democratization of various content creation tools. She believes that the creator economy and emerging technologies are causing multiple industries to rethink their strategy. She has a budding interest in finance and private equity as she discovered their roles in the creative tools she's been using all along. Gabriella holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from Boston College and is a Golden Key International Honour Society member. After graduating from Pepperdine, she hopes to pursue a career in management consulting.
Luke is part of the 5-year BS/MBA program at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. He will graduate in April with an MBA in finance and bachelor’s in business administration. He is fascinated by financial derivatives and has competed in portfolio management competitions for the CME group and tastytrade. His internship experience includes data analytics and equity research. Upon graduation Luke will take the CFA level I exam and pursue a career in investment management. Growing up in Seattle, he is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan and coffee aficionado.
Caleb Arndt is a first-year MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio concentrating in finance. He began his career working for the City of Malibu Planning Department but decided to switch to the private sector after a couple of years. In working for his family wealth management firm, he learned the fundamentals of portfolio construction, as well as how to suss out potential market opportunities. This interest in the financial industry pushed him towards getting his MBA at Pepperdine, where he hopes to leverage his knowledge, experience, and connections into a career in money management within the entertainment industry.
Matthew is currently pursuing his MBA degree with a concentration in Finance at Graziadio Business School. He obtained his MSRE degree from Graziadio in August 2020 and also holds a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Energy and Climate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to business school, Matthew worked at a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency engineering, building sustainability, and renewable energy projects. As a Sustainability Consultant, he managed several energy audits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's green financing programs, as well as green building certifications for California's low-income housing tax credit programs. Matthew also has professional experience working in acquisitions and asset management for various real estate development and investment companies in Los Angeles. An LA native, Mathew enjoys cheering on his beloved Lakers and is an avid beach volleyball player and skier.
Formerly served as GM for a Prime Defense contractor from 2013-2019. The business specialized in procurement within the surveillance and reconnaissance focus area, and the company notably manufactured numerous patented night vision devices. In 2015, Chris and his family business successfully and proudly handed off the IP and product lines to one of the industry leaders (Fortune 50) through a M&A. Prior to attending Pepperdine for the MBA program, he obtained a BS in International Business and Management from the University of Tampa- which included a semester overseas at Oxford University. Following the MBA program, Chris seeks to continue his entrepreneurial path by joining a Private Equity / Venture Capital group, and eventually launching his own organization.
Gokul has a background in computer science and has years of experience in the technology industry in software engineering and project management roles in big silicon valley companies and fin-tech startups. Gokul has been working recently at Google in critical projects delivering data-driven solutions using AI, machine learning and big data. He also worked for over 5 years at First Quadrant, an alternative investments and asset management firm in LA in the investment technology team working on cross-functional team projects to create value for clients’ portfolios. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Pepperdine University to transition into a career in financial services.
Will is a first year MBA candidate who is concentrating in finance. Upon graduating from Chapman University in 2015, Will spent three years working in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas, including two years as a Concierge at the Luxor Resort and Casino. Will decided to come to Pepperdine to pursue an interest in finance and data analytics, and hopes to work in corporate finance or equity research upon graduation. Aside from school, Will is an avid sports fan, and also volunteers as a youth mentor with the Jewish Big Brothers of Los Angeles.
Khanh is a graduate student at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, Master’s in Applied Finance program. Prior to Pepperdine, she graduated from University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting.
She started her career as a Financial Advisory Associate at Ernst and Young, Ho Chi Minh City office, where she advised Vietnam’s top public companies and state-owned enterprises on financial performance and implementation. Khanh is passionate in learning about markets, companies and M&A. After graduation, she plans to continue her career in finance, specifically investment banking and private equity.
An is currently enrolled in the applied finance program at Pepperdine Graziadio. Before coming to Pepperdine, he received a B.A. degree in Economics from UCLA and worked one-year full time as an account manager in a merchant processing services company. An also received his MBA degree from Cal Lutheran. An is currently a CFA level 2 candidate and had traded in the U.S. equity and options market for several years. He had also previously interned at various companies and organizations including the Risk Management Department at Bank of China, Singapore.
Mei is a graduate student of MS in Applied Finance program. Prior to attending Pepperdine Graziadio, she has worked as a data analyst in retail industries in both the US and China. She also has worked as an assistant at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Founder Securities. Mei has passed FRM Level II and registered as a candidate for CFA Level I in June 2020. With a huge interest in Leverage Buyout, Mei plans to pursue a career in Private Equity industry upon graduation.
Ben Peters is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio business school. Ben grew up in San Diego, California, and attended Duke University, where he graduated in 2016. After college, Ben worked in contract manufacturing, where he helped to make efficiency improvements in plants across the United States, and prepare these plants for their sale to strategic and financial buyers. After completing his MBA, he hopes to work at an investment firm where he can use his knowledge of manufacturing to make informed financial decisions. His interests include surfing, fishing, and volunteering for environmentally focused non-profits.
Mia (Yamiao) Chen
Mia is a follower of Christ and majors in Applied Finance at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School with a concentration in investment management. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Business and Management & Economics. She has an interest in portfolio management and investments, especially in commodities investing. She has solid understanding and knowledge in the skincare market and mother & baby market, which helps her to view portfolios with a unique perspective when she is making investment decisions.
Drew is in his last semester pursuing an MBA in finance at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. He is part of the 5-year BS/MBA program where he studied business administration during undergrad and is set to receive both degrees in April. Additionally, he competed on the Pepperdine Men’s Golf Team for 2 years, where he was recognized as a Scholar Athlete and was selected to the WCC Commissioner’s
Honor Roll. Along with his coursework, Drew has held numerous internships in both the sports and finance industries, including one of the largest golf club manufacturers, a securities broker-dealer, and a startup investment firm. Upon graduating, Drew hopes to pursue a career helping companies realize their potential through private equity.
Ivy (Yuan) Zhuang
Ivy is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Applied Finance Program in Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Before that, Ivy received her bachelor's degree in business management economics from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also a member of the Career Advisory Board and a CFA Level 1 candidate. Ivy is interested in investment management, and she is looking forward to working in investment or consulting.
Prior working towards an M.B.A at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Faisal was a team leader at the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia. He with his team established a new Market Analysis function within the Surveillance department. Faisal did his undergraduate degree at California State University – Chico were he completed a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance. Faisal also previously worked as a Senior Analyst at KPMG Saudi Arabia on the Deal Advisory Team. After graduation, Faisal plans to pursue a career in Private Equity or Venture Capital.”
Che Lun Wang (Leo)
Leo is a Master of Applied Finance student at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School with a concentration in investment management. He has a previous internship in insurance company and also partnership experience with a gaming company in Taiwan. Leo has several finance licenses acquired in Taiwan including areas from securities to consulting. His interest currently lies in portfolio management, financial analysis, and investment banking.
Amanda is a native Texan and studied drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating with honors, she quickly transitioned into arts administration post-graduation. She worked her way up from intern to Administrative Director of Young Actor’s at Strasberg (youth division) at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City over five years. In 2013 she transitioned to The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: Home of the Meinser Technique where she served as Director of Admissions, Financial Aid, & International Student Affairs. Amanda is presently pursuing her MBA full-time at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Entertainment, Media, & Sports.
Prior to attending Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, Jason had been working in the music industry for the past ten years. After assisting with opening a music PR company in Los Angeles, Jason began working in artist management managing various major label artists. Creating budgets for worldwide tours and dealing daily with a variety of musicians’ business managers sparked an interest in finance, which led Jason to Pepperdine. After graduation, Jason plans to continue working in the entertainment industry with a financial role in mind.
Arrio D. Granum
Arrio D. Granum is a first-year MBA candidate at Pepperdine and has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is currently a Captain on active duty service in the U.S. Army and will return to service upon completion of his MBA. After a career in the Army, Arrio plans to enter into venture capital and private equity investments. He is married to his wife, Kelsey and has two children, Arrena (6), and Kyson (3).