Judges

Judges for the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge come from the top echelon of the investment industry. We are grateful to them for bringing their expertise and donating their time for this event.

Miles Lewis

Portfolio Manager, American Century

Miles Lewis is a Portfolio Manager on the Small Cap Value fund at American Century Investments, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, MO. He has been a member of the team since joining American Century Investments in 2010. Previously, Miles was assistant vice president at MBIA Insurance Company in New York, where he worked on structured finance transactions and municipal debt restructurings. Prior to that, he was an analyst at Chanin Capital Partners in New York, where he advised investors in bankrupt and distressed companies.

Miles holds a bachelor of business administration degree from The College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in business administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.

Tom Sprague

Retired Portfolio Manager and Investor

Thomas Sprague has been involved with the stock market for over 25 years. As an analyst at Fidelity, he was responsible for stock picks in a wide variety of industries, from technology to leisure to steel. As a portfolio manager there he managed up to $12 billion in several retail mutual funds and institutional retirement portfolios, emphasizing a growth style of investing. Although no longer at Fidelity, he remains an active private investor, and assists several not-for-profit organizations with their investment and financial decisions.

Sprague's work experience includes sixteen years at Fidelity Investments, where he served, successively, as equity analyst, equity portfolio manager, and group leader; and eight years as an industrial engineer at Eastman Kodak. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Covenant Trust Company in Chicago, IL and sits on the Finance Committee at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. Tom also sits on the Board of Directors for an Riverside, CA based startup company TruTouch Technologies. 

Sprague earned his BS in operations research and industrial engineering at Cornell University in 1979, and his MBA in finance at the Wharton School in 1989.

Omar K. Sanders, CFA

Taxable Credit Research, Vanguard Fixed Income Group

Omar Sanders is Head of US Investment Grade Corporate Research and a Senior Credit Analyst in the Taxable Credit Research group. Mr. Sanders covers the electric utility sector and serves as co-head of the Investment Grade Utility Team. He has almost twenty five years of experience in financial services, including almost twenty years in buy-side research and five years on the sell-side.

Before joining Vanguard in April 2007, Mr. Sanders was a fixed income credit analyst with the University of California Regents and MetLife Investments, and an equity research analyst with Daruma Asset Management LLC. Additionally, Mr. Sanders served as an analyst in Equity Capital Markets with Merrill Lynch and as an analyst in Investment Banking with Prudential Securities. Mr. Sanders is a CFA charter holder and holds an AB in Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Michelle Borré

Portfolio Manager, Oppenheimer Funds

Michelle Borré serves as the sole Portfolio Manager of Oppenheimer Fundamental Alternatives Fund (QVOPX) and the lead Portfolio Manager of Oppenheimer Capital Income Fund (OPPEX). Previously, she served as a Senior Research Analyst covering special situations for the firm’s Value investment team.

Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in 2003, Michelle held various positions at J&W Seligman, including Managing Director and Partner.

Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors. She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School with membership in Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. At Columbia Business School, she served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics for a decade; and served on the Executive Advisory Board at The Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing at Columbia Business School from 2004-2005. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Boris Shepov

Research Analyst, Fidelity Investments

Boris Shepov is a research analyst at Fidelity Management & Research Company (FMRCo), the investment advisor for Fidelity’s family of mutual funds. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In this role, Boris is responsible for researching companies in the machinery sector, and for presenting ideas to portfolio managers. In this capacity, he also manages Select Industrial Equipment Fund.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2008, Boris worked as a summer associate at Barclays Capital in 2007, an associate at Withum Smith & Brown, PC in 2006, and as an analyst at Ingis & Company, PA from 2004 to 2006. He has been in the investments industry since 2008.

Boris earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in finance from Kiev University of Trade and Economics, and his master of business administration degree in finance from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Observers:

Joe Hintz

Investment Analyst, American Century Investments

Joe Hintz is an investment analyst for American Century Investments, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joe provides fundamental research and analysis for the U.S. Small Cap Value Strategy. He has been a member of the team since joining American Century Investments in 2015. Previously Joe was a concert violinist and performed with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, as well as several orchestra ensembles in San Diego, California.

Joe holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a master's degree in music from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Tony Kuehne

MBA Development Program, Vanguard

Tony Kuehne recently joined Vanguard as a member of the MBA Development Program on the Investment Management (IM) track after graduating with his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar and received the Robert J. Schweich Prize in recognition of outstanding work in the field of Security Analysis. Prior to Wharton, Tony was a Vice President in the Analytics group at ITG where he spent six years advising Asset Managers on pre and post-trade Transaction Cost Analysis. Tony received a BS with Distinction from the University of Michigan in Applied Mathematics (Financial Math) and Economics.

Micah James

Senior Research Associate, Vanguard

Micah is a Senior Research Associate in Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group where he is responsible for emerging markets strategy and sovereign debt research for the Americas. Micah joined Vanguard in 2013 as part of the MBA Development Program on the investment management track after graduating with an MBA from the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Business. As part of the MBA Development Program at Vanguard he rotated through the product management, fixed income trading, and credit research functions.