Ursinus Hosts Annual Business and Economics Conference

The Ursinus College Business and Economics Department Undergraduate Research Conference is Friday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Olin Hall. Ursinus students and students from area colleges and universities present their honors and independent research papers. Luncheon speaker is 1999 alumnus Daniel Gedrich.

Gedrich currently manages a multi-billion dollar credit line increase program at Barclaycard US.  The knowledge that he acquired from Ursinus College as a Business and Economics graduate in 1999 has played a pivotal role in his success.

He began his 13-year career working in the public sector for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. By applying his newly acquired knowledge of SAS software and economics, he was able to assist senior staff economists with monetary policy initiatives, long term analyses of the economy in the Philadelphia region, and safeguarded regulatory banking statistics to ensure the accurate reflection on the money supply.

New opportunities led Dan to choose to work within the financial services sector in 2002 where he discovered the payments cards. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies — including Wachovia and JP Morgan Chase Card Services. While at Wachovia and Chase, Dan built his expertise in payments cards, which span products such as credit, debit, and prepaid cards as well as emerging technologies such as mobile and decoupled debit.

Dan recently joined Barclaycard US in May of 2011 to lead the development of its consumer credit line increase program. His efforts are focused on satisfying his customers’ demand for credit while maintaining a strict balance between profitability and risk.

In his spare time, Dan is a dedicated ice fisherman and enjoys travelling with his wife Samantha to Formula One Racing events throughout North America and Europe.

At the conference, Ursinus students presenting papers are:

  • Thad Gregory, China’s Economic Future
  • Elizabeth Mahoney, Does Race Influence Executive Compensation in Chinese Firms?
  • Greg Martell, Keystone Opportunity Zones and Theories Explaining Underutilization
  • Mike Rissmiller, An Investigation of Technical Analysis and Its Functionality in
    Predicting Stock Market Returns
  • Kiley Stauffer, What Effect Do Corporate Governance Characteristics Have on CEO Compensation in Small Cap Firms?
  • Danielle Tersaga, Were Agency Bonds Substitutes During the Subprime Mortgage Crisis?
  • Kristen Wampole, The Look of the Line: An Empirical Investigation of the Impact of Facial Symmetry on Salary Levels of Offensive Lineman in the NFL

Ursinus students discussing papers are:

Ben Abitz, Hillary Anderson, Jake Frey, Caitlin Higgins, Kim Keenan, Sean Kelley, David Konstanzer, Taylor Manferdini, Kristen Mareno, Janel Melnick, Nick Rall, Mike Rissmiller, Tony Rosa, Erica Schnebel, Kiley Stauffer, Sam Stortz, Danielle Tersaga, and Kristen Wampole.

Other students will be joining the conference from The College of New Jersey, Lafayette, West Chester University, Villanova University and Muhlenberg College.

One thought on “Ursinus Hosts Annual Business and Economics Conference

  1. The fact that Gedrich runs the credit line increase program at Barclaycard is quite an accomplishment and something he should really be proud of. Such an achievement should be inspiring to the students at Ursinus as well as prospective students. Its forward-thinking, driven leaders like Gedrich that inspire the next generation to do great things as well.

    All the best,

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