Southern Methodist University and NYSE Euronext have quite a few things in common: longevity, excellence in rankings, and a fervent passion for investing in the future.
It’s no surprise then that on April 20th, the SMU Cox School of Business served as the venue to kick-off NYSE Insights: an executive speakers series featuring NYX’s senior management members at various college campuses and local business organizations.
The day started with a visit by NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer and Invesco (NYSE: IVZ) President & CEO Marty Flanagan to a Portfolio Practicum class. It was an interactive discussion that really set the tone for the rest of the day, aligning with what NYSE Insights is all about: putting students in direct contact with the minds behind today’s business movers and game-changers for a dynamic learning exchange.
A luncheon with a handful of CEOs and senior executives from Texas-based listed companies followed immediately after. The Dean’s Parlor soon transformed into a gathering of some of the finest in Texas – Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL), Whitestone REIT (NYSE Amex: WSR), Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: CMO) – just to name a few.
Up next came a panel discussion entitled “Investing in the Future: How Capital Markets Improve Competitiveness and Create Jobs.” Niederauer and Flanagan served as panelists, joined by: Kevin Thompson, President & CEO of SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI); David Seaton, CEO of Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR); and Mike Ullman, Chairman & CEO of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP). Moderated by Harvey Rosenblum, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the panel was streamed live on the web, and we even took our first stab at live tweeting via our Twitter handle @nyseinsights! Check out the highlights at twitter.com/nyseinsights.
Common sentiments from the panel included: focusing on company culture, using crisis and adversity to bring employees together and forge a new mission, realizing that the benefits of being a public company greatly outweigh the costs and obligations, and encouraging companies to raise capital to fuel job creation.
And what better way to close up the day than by ringing the NYSE Closing Bell remotely from Dallas? 300 SMU Cox students, red cowbells in hand, stood in front of the Fincher Building to close Wednesday’s market. It was a strong finish to a great day both at SMU Cox as well as on the market!
Our friends in Dallas and SMU Cox sure know how to go bigger (everything’s bigger in Texas, right?) or go home. They were great hosts and we will be proud to look back and say that NYSE Insights kicked off at SMU Cox.
Until next time… see you out there (and in this case, by “there,” we mean your backyard). So tell us where we should make our next stop – we want to hear from you!