Ralph Acampora

Instructor, New York Institute of Finance

One of Wall Street's most respected technical analysts, Ralph has been consistently ranked by Institutional Investor for more than 10 years. With 47 years of experience, he is a pioneer in the development of market analytics and has a global reputation as a technical analyst and market historian.

Ralph is a Senior Managing Director at Altaira Ltd., which offers wealth management services to family offices and high net worth individuals. He is regularly consulted for his market opinion by CNBC, Fox Business, Barron’s, and others. Ralph is a trustee on the board of the Security Industry Institute and is involved in the establishment of the Securities Traders Association University. He is also the founder of the Chartered Market Technicians Association, which today has more than 80 chapters and 5,000 members globally. He also founded and was the first chairman of the International Federation of Technical Analysts.

A former director of technical research at Knight Equity Markets, Ralph worked for 15 years at Prudential Equity Groups as director of technical analysis. He worked at several of the financial industry's top firms, including Kidder Peabody & Co. and Smith Barney

He is the Co-author of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination and author of The Fourth Mega-Market, Now Through 2011: How Three Earlier Bull Markets Explain the Present and Predict the Future.

New York Institute of Finance

Andrew Duff

Chairman and Former CEO, Piper Sandler Companies

Andrew S. Duff has served as the chairman of Piper Sandler Companies since 2003 and was previously the firm's chief executive officer from 2000 through 2017.

Duff joined Piper Sandler in 1980 in the institutional fixed income sales group. He was later promoted to manager of institutional sales and trading in 1994, and then served as president of the individual investor services and capital markets areas until 1996. During the time period that Piper Sandler was owned by U.S. Bancorp (1996 through 2003), Duff served as president of Piper Sandler and vice-chair of U.S. Bancorp for the wealth management group.

Duff currently serves on the board of directors of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the University of St. Thomas board of trustees and the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business strategic board of governors. He is a longstanding member of the Walker Art Center board of trustees, and an advisor to the board of directors of Great Clips, Inc. He is a former board member of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

Chairman and Former CEO
Piper Sandler Companies

John Taft

Vice Chairman, Baird

John Taft is Vice Chairman of Baird and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Prior to joining Baird, he served as CEO of RBC Wealth Management, a full-service brokerage firm with nearly 2,000 financial advisors and over $280 billion in assets, for more than 10 years (2005-2016). He is a past chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), where he advocated for responsible financial reform.

John's other past roles include president and CEO of Voyageur Asset Management; president and CEO of Dougherty Summit Securities; a member of the board of directors of Segall Bryant & Hamill, The Clifton Group and Columbia Threadneedle Funds; and a managing director at Piper, Sandler & Hopwood. Investment Advisor magazine named him to its 2013 IA 25 list of the most influential people in the financial industry and he made the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business list by Trust Across America in 2014 and 2015.

John is a frequent public speaker and media contributor, and has authored two books, ``Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street`` and ``A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism.``

Deeply committed to community involvement, inclusion and diversity, and many other important issues, John credits his family, including his great grandfather, 27th U.S. President William Howard Taft, for instilling strong core values that shape his definition of business success and belief in the importance of treating all people with dignity.

Vice Chairman

Our Corporate Partners

We’re grateful to have top financial institutions supporting our growth. The top executives at these firms coach our team, they send their CEOs and other top executives to our events, are our go-to recruiting partners, and support us with generous financial support.

U.S. Bank, the fifth largest bank in the United States, is our Founding Partner. U.S. Bank was also named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® for the past four years by the Ethisphere® Institute. The company’s former CEO and Chairman, Richard Davis, was one of the first executives to strongly encourage us to bring Scholars of Finance to more students, in more cities and in more ways. U.S. Bank’s current President and CEO, Andy Cecere, was a panelist at our inaugural symposium and 3rd symposium. Executives across the bank, from the Corporate Social Responsibility, Recruiting and Ethics teams are helping support our organization.

Piper Sandler is a leading publicly traded middle-market investment bank that was named one of Forbes’ 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in 2015 and 2017. While one of the co-founders was working at Piper Sandler, Andrew Duff, former CEO and current Chairman, became the first executive to support Scholars of Finance. The firm’s executives have provided guidance to our team for years as we informally put on leadership symposia and they were our first corporate financial supporters.

If you’re interested in joining our Advisory Board or becoming a Corporate Partner, we’d love to hear from you and about why you’re passionate about our mission

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