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Rawls Business Valuation Club Networks with Finance Professionals

Trevor Bell

March 30, 2015

Eight students in the Rawls College's Business Valuation Club traveled to Dallas in early February to a local ASA chapter meeting. The students - Joey Farquhar, Trevor Rathburn, Shane Collier, Kojo Prah, Abigail Jenkins, Collin Tabbert, Joseph Miller, and Justin Myers - met with over 30 professionals in the valuation industry. There are approximately 350 members in the Dallas chapter, and these professionals represent small, one-man operations, mid-market firms, and global companies.

"The professionals at the meeting were very enthusiastic about our interest in the valuation field and were more than willing to lend a helping hand to us. This is especially true after learning that we will have students sit for the BV201 Exam in April and May," Justin Myers, a senior Finance major and current secretary for the Business Valuation Club, said. "The cost of the test, along with training and other transportation expenditures could cost employers several thousand dollars per person."

Since the meeting, the Business Valuation Club has networked extensively with these professionals and generated excitement for and recognition of the club, leading to increased recruiting of Rawls students.

Additionally, three students who visited the ASA chapter meeting - Joseph Miller, Kojo Prah and Abigail Jenkins - attended this semester's Financial Management Association trip and arranged a site visit of Whitley Penn, a mid-market CPA firm in Dallas.

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(L to R) Joseph Miller, Kojo Prah and Abigail Jenkins

The Business Valuation Club, advised by Finance Associate Professor Dr. Mark Moore, is an organization within the Rawls College dedicated to students who are interested in pursuing careers in the valuation field. The club currently has 20 members, and its objective is to prepare these students for the American Society of Appraisers' (ASA) first and second exam, the BV201 and the BV202, respectively. For those who are looking to get involved in the Business Valuation Club, contact Kojo Prah at Kojo.Prah@ttu.edu or Joseph Miller at Joseph.Miller@ttu.edu.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.