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.


2020 Judges

Joe Hintz, CFA

Investment Associate, American Century Investments

Joe Hintz, CFA, is an investment analyst for American Century Investments, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He is based in the company’s Kansas City, Missouri office.

Joe provides fundamental research and analysis for the U.S. Small Cap Value and U.S. Small Cap Value Income strategies. 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. He is a CFA® charterholder and member of the CFA Institute.

Mark Krutty

Investment Analyst, American Century

Mark Krutty is an investment analyst for American Century Investments, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is based in the company’s Kansas City, Missouri office.

Mark provides fundamental research and equity analysis for the U.S. Opportunistic Mid Cap Growth strategy.  Prior to joining American Century Investments in 2019, he was a telecommunications engineer at Burns & McDonnell and a petroleum engineer at Devon Energy.

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.

Boris Shepov

Research Analyst/Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments

Boris Shepov is a research analyst and portfolio manager in the Equity division at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to institutions, financial intermediaries, and individuals.

In this role, Mr. Shepov is responsible for managing Fidelity Retailing Portfolio, researching companies in the retail industry, and for presenting ideas to portfolio managers.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Shepov was responsible for researching companies in the machinery sector. He also managed Select Industrial Equipment Fund.

Before joining Fidelity in 2008, Mr. Shepov worked as a summer associate at Barclays Capital and as an associate at Withum Smith & Brown, PC. Previously, he was an analyst at Ingis & Company, PA. He has been in the financial industry since 2008.
Mr. Shepov 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).

Jenna Elson

Research Analyst, Neuberger Berman

Jenna joined the firm in 2008 and is a Research Analyst on Team Kaminsky. Jenna holds a BBA from The George Washington University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Rachel Young

Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

Rachel Young, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2016. Rachel is the Co-Director of Non-Investment Grade Credit Research and a Senior Research Analyst with a specific focus on the financials and retail
sectors. In addition, she is a member of the Credit
Committee for Non-Investment Grade Credit. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Senior Analyst and Team Leader in financials at Janus Capital. In addition to her analyst responsibilities, she also served on the Janus Operating Committee. Rachel earned a BA and MBA from the University of Denver.

Thomas Watson, CFA

Vice President, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Thomas Watson is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. He is a director of Equity Research, North America; co-chair of the Equity Research Advisory Committee; and a member of the Equity Steering Committee. In addition, Tom is co-portfolio manager of the US Structured Research Equity Strategy and is a member of the portfolio oversight team. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committees of the Global Technology, New American Growth, and Science & Technology Funds. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price in 2007, he was
employed as a strategy analyst for Forrester Research. Tom earned a B.A. in economics and English literature from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


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