I’m a little late in posting, as PMAR Day 2 was last Friday, but I’ve been recovering from a busy and exciting event. I think there was little doubt that this year’s program was the best, yet! It makes it difficult to continue our goal of always getting better, but we’ll try.
This year’s conference was held on a Thursday and Friday; in the past, it’s been on a Wednesday and Thursday. The shift was done for me, as I “walked” at the Pace graduate-level degree class commencement at Radio City Music Hall (in NYC) Wednesday evening. While I haven’t yet earned my doctorate, I was permitted to “walk,” given that I anticipate defending my dissertation shortly and earning the degree in August. I had never participated in a college commencement before, even though I have three degrees (a bachelor’s and two master’s), so wanted to participate in the experience. Next year’s PMAR will again be on a Wednesday and Thursday.
Now, back to PMAR. I will briefly comment on just a few of Friday’s great speakers and topics.
Friday began with two professors from Rutgers University (New Jersey’s state university): John Longo, PhD, CFA and Ben Sopranzetti, PhD. This was John’s fourth appearance and Ben’s second; both did an exceptional job.
Jose Menchero, PhD, CFA of Barra also joined us once again, to deliver a great talk dealing with risk and return attribution.
We announced the theme for 2014:
It will be labeled as “Casino Royale,” and thus have a “James Bond” feel to it (black tie optional).
The feedback has been tremendous and we are very pleased with how everything turned out. Now, we are doing the final prep work for PMAR in London! Please join us if you can!