Judges for the Undergraduate 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.

2017 Judge

Steph Jackson, Director of Research, T. Rowe Price

Steph Jackson is a director of research, North America, in the Equity Division of T. Rowe Price. Mr. Jackson is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. He is a member of the Equity Research Advisory Committee, Equity Steering Committee and Risk Management Oversight Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Jackson is the chair of MOSAIC which identifies issues and opportunities relevant to talent, business practices, and culture in support of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
Mr. Jackson has 29 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he was a senior portfolio manager and a managing director with Brown Capital Management, where he managed mid-cap and large-cap growth portfolios. Mr. Jackson also was employed by NCM Capital Management as a growth portfolio manager and director of equity research.

Mr. Jackson was a Morehead Scholar and earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Jackson also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the France-Merrick Foundation, an executive Board member of the Baltimore Community Foundation, and a member of the Abell Foundation Board. He was previously the chairman of the Investment Committee of the Gilman School and member of the advisory board of Bridges.


Thomas Spratt, CFA, Vice President, T. Rowe Price
Tom Spratt is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and manager of the equity associate analyst and research associate teams. He joined the firm in 1997 as a portfolio assistant in the U.S. Equity Division. In 2000, Tom moved to the position of research specialist providing fundamental research support to a number of investment professionals. In 2004 he added some managerial responsibilities and then in 2007 took over as manager of the associate analyst team. Tom earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.