Exchange Regimes, Rules and Reactions
Jerome S. Reinert '56 Visiting Executive Series
Vollmer Fries Speaker Series
Government roles in developing and interacting with exchange rate regimes impacts every facet of world economies and is constantly a source of great controversy among policy makers, academics and business leaders. In addition to obvious economic implications, developing and managing exchange rate regimes raises important moral, business, political, ethical and even religious dilemmas. Join us for a panel discussion that brings together for our audience three exceptional speakers with diverse backgrounds and unique expertise and perspectives on this fascinating topic.
- Simon Benninga, Professor of Finance and Director, Sofaer International MBA Program, Tel Aviv University
- Mark Rzepczynski, CEO of Funds Group, FourWinds Capital Management (US) Inc.
- Paolo Savona, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, Luiss Business School, Guido Carli University
- John Teall, Jackson Tai '72 Visiting Professor of Finance, The Lally School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Kose John, Charles William Gerstenberg Professor of Banking and Finance, Stern School of Business, NYU
About the Participants
Simon Benninga is a world renowned professor of corporate finance whose best-selling books have been translated into numerous languages. He is currently Professor of Finance and Director, Sofaer International MBA Program at Tel Aviv University; Formerly Dean, Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv University; Visiting Professor Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Board member Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Mark Rzepczynski migrated from a successful academic career to industry where he has actively traded and supervised the trading of a variety of exchange-related products. He is currently CEO of Funds Group, FourWinds Capital Management (US) Inc.; Associate Editor, Journal of Alternative Investments; and was formerly Owner at Lakewood Partners LLC (merged into Four Winds); Board member of Futures Industry Association (FIA); President, Chief Investment Officer of John W. Henry & Co; Head, Credit and Quantitative Research, Taxable Fixed Income Fidelity Management & Research.
Paolo Savona is a world renowned researcher and professor in the areas of international banking, exchange and monetary policy and financial institutions. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Luiss Business School, Guido Carli University; Chair Banca di Roma; Chair Impreglio; Vice Chair of Unicredito; President Interbank Deposit Fund; Editor of "Italian Economy," "Review of Economic History," and "Review of Economic Conditions in Italy;" and is formerly Research Director of the Bank of Italy, University of Perugia and University of Rome - Tor Vergata. He has collaborated with the Lally School at RPI organizing numerous projects, workshops, journals and conferences.
Kose John is the Charles William Gerstenberg Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences PO). He has won several awards including the Batterymarch Fellowship in 1983 and the 2000 Jensen Prize for the Best Paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics. He is the author of two books (on futures markets and dividend policy) and the editor of 17 books and special issues of finance journals. He has published over sixty-five research articles in corporate finance and banking appearing in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He has been a mentor and advisor to a large number (75) of doctoral students who are finance professors and finance practitioners all over the world.
John Teall is Jackson Tai ’72 Clinical Professor of Finance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has previously served on the faculties of New York University, Pace University, Fordham University, Dublin City University as well as other institutions in the United States, Europe and Australia. Dr. Teall teaches courses and conducts research in corporate finance, investments, entrepreneurial finance, financial trading and microeconomics. He is the author of two books, Governance and the Market for Corporate Control published by Routledge Press and Financial Market Analytics published by the Quorum Press. He is also the coauthor of Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investments published by Blackwell Publishing. Dr. Teall is a former member of the American Stock Exchange where he traded stock options as a market maker and has consulted with numerous financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, National Westminster Bank and Citicorp.
Sponsored by the International Center for Financial Research
The Jerome S. Reinert '56 Visiting Executive Series
This lecture series is underwritten by donations from Rensselaer alumnus Jerome "Jerry" Reinert '56. Mr. Reinert received his bachelor's degree in management from Rensselaer in 1956 and later earned an MBA from New York University in 1958. He is president of the Class of 1956 and has been an active volunteer over many years. Mr. Reinert has been honored for his Rensselaer service with the Distinguished Service Award, the Demers Medal, and the Alumni Fellows Award.
In addition to the Jerome S. Reinert '56 Visiting Executive Series, Mr. Reinert has also helped to fund the Reinert-Radar Fellowship in Financial Technology which supports two Rensselaer MBA students and a Patroon Scholar through the Rensselaer Annual Fund.
The Lally School greatly appreciates Mr. Reinert's generosity and continued involvement.
The Vollmer Fries Lectureship Series
Vollmer Fries graduated from Rensselaer in 1924 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was the Vice President of White Motor Company, which eventually merged with Studebaker, and subsequently became part of GM. In 1955 he became CEO of the White Sewing Machine Company, at the time a small company, but one that grew under leadership to incorporate other companies such as Blaw-Knox, Bullard, Kelvinator, Gibson Appliances, Franklin Appliances, and the Davidson Company to ultimately become a $2 billion dollar enterprise. During WWII, Mr. Fries served as the Deputy Chief of the War Production Board in Washington, and later served as a member of President Roosevelt's Harriman Mission at the U.S. Embassy in London. He served as the Director of the Defense Orientation Conference Association and was a member of the Hoover Committee for reorganization of the executive branch of the U.S. Government. In 1950, he became a member of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees.
In order to bring eminent authorities to the Rensselaer campus, he established the Vollmer Fries Lectureship Series in which eminent scholars come to campus to meet with members of the faculty and students and to deliver significant lectures.
Sponsored by Rensselaer’s Office of the Provost