2018 Fall Investment Conference

Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2018
October 4 - 6th, 2018

Join Us! The Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2018 will take place on Friday, October 5th, at Monona Terrace.

We hope that you will join us for another great year in Madison!

• Hear nationally renowned speakers address critical investment topics.
• Get an update on the current state of ASAP and the Hawk Center and participate in a discussion of our vision for the future.
• Reunite with other ASAP alumni.
• Tailgate with fellow alumni before the Badgers take on Nebraska.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference & Reunion 2018
October 4th - 6th, 2018

View the full conference schedule as a PDF Here. 

Thursday, October 4th – Wisconsin School of Business

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception                          
Learning Commons

Please join us for an evening reception at the Wisconsin School 
of Business in our new Learning Commons. Attendees will have a 
chance to see the new space, including the state of the art Finance 
and Analytics Lab.

Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

Friday, October 5th – Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

8:15 – 9:00 am
Check-in / Breakfast
Madison Ballroom C                                                                                                                                                           

9:00 – 9:05 am
Opening Message
Madison Ballroom C
Mark Ready, Academic Director, Hawk Center                                          

9:05 – 10:00 am
Midterm Election Projections & Policy Implications
David Wasserman
House Editor, The Cook Political Report
Madison Ballroom                                                        

10:00 – 10:45 am
Trends Shaping the Asset Management Industry
Ben Johnson
Director of Global ETF Research, Morningstar                                                                 
Madison Ballroom C                   

10:45 – 11:00 am
Networking & Refreshment Break

11:00 – 11:45 pm
Finnovation: Present & Future
Joseph Foresi
Managing Director - Equity Analyst, Cantor Fitzgerald
Madison Ballroom C                                               

11:45 – 12:45 pm
A Look Ahead: What the Twenties Will Bring
Michael Rodgers
Futurist Keynote Speaker
Community Terrace

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Startup Asset Management Panel                                                              
Matt Stouffer, Steel Creek Investment Management
Matthew Smith, Deep Basin Capital LP
Greg Baker, Bascom Ventures
Frank Gambino, Isthmus Partners 
Madison Ballroom C

1:45 – 2:30 pm
The Intersection of Big Data and Healthcare
David Page, Ph.D., Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping at UW-Madison
Advances in Biomedical Imaging
Jan Huisken, Ph.D., Morgridge Medical Engineering and Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Madison Ballroom C                                               

2:30 – 2:45 pm
Networking & Refreshment Break

2:45 – 3:30 pm
Single Best Investment Ideas                                                
Jeff Peskind, Phoenix Investment Adviser
Damien Conover, Morningstar
Sam Pickett, ASAP Class of 2019
Madison Ballroom C


Hawk Center Investment Conference Ends at 3:30 pm

Hawk Center Alumni Reunion
(Open to Alumni, Board Members & ASAP Students)

3:45 – 4:00 pm
Campus & Wisconsin School of Business Update
Mark Covaleski                                      
Madison Ballroom C               

4:00 – 4:45 pm
Hawk Center Update     
Center & Academic Director
Madison Ballroom C

4:45 – 5:00 pm
Networking & Refreshment Break                                           
Madison Ballroom C                                                                                                                                                                    

5:00 – 5:45 pm
Badger Hockey Update                                                             
Tony Granato, Head Coach – Badger Hockey
Madison Ballroom C

6:00 – 6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception                                                                    
  Community Terrace                                                                                                                                                                     

6:30 – 7:45 pm
Dinner & Award Presentations
Community Terrace                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

8:00 – 11:30 pm
Hawk Center Alumni Social Reception                                         
222 West Gorham St.
(Corner of State St & W Gorham)                                                                                                                                            

Saturday October 6th

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hawk Center Alumni Tailgate Party                                        
Varsity Hall, Union South

Kickoff 6:30 p.m.
Badgers vs. Nebraska                                                              
Camp Randall Stadium


The conference is also open to non-ASAP alumni who are in the investment community from 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5th. Please view an agenda for the conference here.

Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2018

We have a great lineup of speakers planned for the Conference. Please click the below link to view the full speaker list with bios.

Speaker List with Bios

Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2018

Football Game & Tailgate Party
Cheer on the Badgers as they take on Nebraska! We have booked Varsity Hall at Union South for a pregame tailgate party starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th.  Food and beverages will be included in the cost of your tailgate ticket. You will have the option to add on the tailgate during your conference registration. 

We have also secured a block of football tickets for the game in general seating this year (Section YZ). For those alumni interested in attending the football game, you will have an option to purchase football tickets during registration. Please note that tickets are $100 each.


We have once again reserved limited blocks of rooms for our attendees at local hotels. Please be aware that this is a busy time for the city for conferences and events. Therefore, we encourage our attendees to book at soon as possible to ensure a hotel room in the downtown area.  

We will be running bus service between the Fluno Center (to serve those staying at hotels in that area) and Monona Terrace on Friday.

PLEASE NOTE: Some hotels below are almost booked and/or have early cutoff dates. Please be sure to book your room now.

The DoubleTree by Hilton
525 W. Johnson St.
Room Release Date: 9/7/18
Call to Reserve: 608-251-5511
Group Code: HWK
Room Rate: $179 Thursday, $349 Friday & Saturday

Hyatt Place 
333 W Washington Ave
Room Release Date: 9/4/18
Call to Reserve: 608-257-2700
Room Rate: $255


AC Hotel Madison Downtown 
One North Webster Street
Room Release Date: 8/4/18
Call to Reserve: 608-286-1337
Room Rate: $329

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 East Wilson Street
Room Release Date: 8/4/18
Call to Reserve: 608-255-5100
Room Rate: $279


*Note that the Hampton Inn is booked for Friday night. They do have availability for Thursday and Saturday.

Hampton Inn & Suites
440 West Johnson Street
Room Release Date: 8/3/18
Call to Reserve: 608-255-0360
Reserve Online:
Group Name to Reference: Hawk Center Investment Conference 2018
Group Code: HWK
Room Rate: $249


Fluno Center
601 University Avenue
Room Release Date: 9/4/18
Call to Reserve: 608-441-7117
Room Rate: $149 Thursday, $299 Friday & Saturday (2 night minimum)



 Please visit this link if you are an alumnus and would like to register for the conference.