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Thanks for ASH learning experience in the big city

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the six Aspen High School IB business students and AHS business teacher Amanda Zachow, who traveled to New York City for the second annual Reese Henry Co. study tour of NYC business, I would like to thank Peter Van Domelen, Hana Lewicke, and Reese Henry and Co. for their generosity in making that collection of informational interviews in NYC happen.

We had a very full itinerary, including the normal Broadway show, tourist attractions, and a game at Madison Square Garden. But of note, we were able to spend significant time with several successful business people who took the time to field questions from the AHS students. We were able to spend the morning with David X. Martin, of AllianceBernstein, who literally has written the definitive book on investment-risk management. Elissa Coughlin of Media Link spent almost two hours talking of her company’s place in emerging social media and search engine marketing. AHS graduate Colter Van Domelen of Tiger Global, a securities hedge fund, spent over two hours with us, during which he talked about a client in England, ASOS.com, which was featured in a case study we completed for our course.

We spent an entire day doing a tight, but thorough, walking tour of the finance industry called the “Wall Street Experience” led by a former Lehman Brothers employee. The highlight of the week had to be the almost four hours we spent at Goldman Sachs new headquarters.

We were fortunate to have both Abigail Meyer and Taylor MacKenzie of the Human Capital Management division talk to us about career opportunities, then we spent the bulk of the day in one on one sessions with members of the Global Securities Division, hosted by director Terry Travis and managing director John Levene. Others from that division who took time out of their normal work day include Fabio Mariani, Amy Featherstone, Carlee Lararis and Amy Tarlow, who is the vice president for the Securities Clearing Services division. We concluded our day at GS with a short, but emotional, visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial located just below GS, next to the water.

Longtime Aspenite and former AHS student Emily Sarpa met us for dinner to spend time talking about her new gig with Gersh Agency. One of the most interesting tours, though, was a more light-hearted look at the take-away-food business, called Food on Foot tours, which enabled us to experience at least six different (and all very small) establishments, mostly located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

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Finally, we were able to spend a long morning with Mike’s Fashion Industry tour which included the history and an inside look at the garment industry of NYC. We are grateful for the support from Reese Henry Co. which enabled this memorable opportunity. Thanks, Pete! And thanks, Michael Woodrow, for your assistance in setting up the personal interviews.

Dave Conarroe

AHS IB Business and Management teacher

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