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Finance and management major Luiz Spim from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been named by Financial Executives International of Northeastern Wisconsin (FEI) as one of five area academic achievement award winners.

Financial Executives International (FEI) is the premier association exclusively for financial professionals, with a mission to advance the success of senior-level financial executives, their organizations and the profession. There are 68 chapters nationwide; the northeastern Wisconsin chapter is one of the largest with approximately 215 members.

Spim came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student from São Paulo, Brazil. As a college student, Spim has been on a journey of self-discovery and development holding senior status with a double major in finance and management with an emphasis in international business management and a minor in Spanish.

“I had several dreams and expectations for what my college career would look like, but the opportunities I had at UW Oshkosh to develop as a student–professionally and personally definitely exceeded any expectations or plans. I am also extremely thankful for all the support I received throughout this journey.” Spim said.

While on campus Spim gained valuable investment experience through his participation in the Student-Managed Endowment Fund (SMEF) program. This is his second year with the program and first year serving as a portfolio manager. Outside of the classroom, Spim is president of the International Business Club and treasurer of the Finance Club. Luiz also has been elected chairman for the Student Allocations Committee and has held several other student government positions.

SMEF program director Stephen Huffman said Spim is an outstanding student with a bright future ahead in the investment profession.

“In addition to his high level of understanding of security analysis and portfolio management, Luiz has a pleasant, optimistic demeanor, which will serve him well in the investment profession,” Huffman said.

During summer 2019, Spim will leverage his finance knowledge as a junior equity analyst for Tocqueville Asset Management LP in New York City. Spim will graduate in May 2020 and plans to pursue a career in corporate finance or investment banking while working to earn Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Spim will be given special recognition at FEI’s Northeast Wisconsin’s April Chapter Meeting on April 16 at Bridgewood Hotel and Conference Center in Neenah. In addition to the $1,000 award, Spim will receive a digital subscription to FEI Daily, a certificate of academic excellence from FEI National President and CEO Andrej Suskavcevic, and a standing invitation to attend any/all 2018-2019 FEI of Northeastern Wisconsin chapter meetings and events.

“It is a great honor for me to receive the FEI Academic Achievement Award. I have worked really hard throughout my years at UWO to ensure that I would have a very holistic educational experience and took every opportunity to develop professional and leadership skills. Working among some of the best professionals in investments in NYC is truly a dream come true for me. I am looking forward to a summer full of learning experiences as well as opportunities to expand my network and hopefully begin my career in the field.” Spim said.

In addition to the FEI Scholarship, Spim also will be awarded the Brinkman Scholarship, Lothar I. Iverson Scholarship, 4imprint Business Scholarship and the Ross McKenzie Lang Memorial Scholarship at the College of Business Undergraduate Honors and Award banquet on April 23.