GTE Guest Speaker: Dave Edwards

On February 15th, GTE hosted Dave Edwards via videocall for an enlightening discussion about his background, the asset management industry, and current market conditions. Dave is currently an Equity Analyst for a Dallas-based Investment Management firm. He is a graduate of world-renowned Yale University. After graduation, he launched a tech startup focused on finance-related data analytics. After about a year, he left that role and went to work for Highmark Health in their Corporate Development and Strategic Investments department. In this role, Dave helped identify many high-growth companies, including the very successful health technology firm Axial Healthcare. He stayed with Highmark for four years, before he decided to go to business school at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was classmates with our very own OIR Phil Hahn. Because he was interested in investing from a very young age, Dave transitioned to the asset management industry post-graduation, where he is currently employed.

Dave provided our intern class with plenty of priceless first-hand knowledge. In addition to sharing general career advice, he explained in detail the different paths young people can take to get a position like his. Dave also had a thought-provoking discussion with our interns about current market trends, stocks he likes, and how to get started with personal investing. He mentioned that in many cases, young people have an advantage over older “experts” in the investing world, because they’re the first to identify emerging trends. He advised that some of the best investments people make are often products or services they come across in their day-to-day lives.

We thank Dave for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak with us, and look forward to speaking with him in person the next time he is in the Pittsburgh area.

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