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Alexander J.

Szikla
Education

235 Alpine Drive, Paramus, NJ | alexander.szikla@mail.mcgill.ca | 1-514-224-8521

McGill University - Desautels School of Management | Bachelor of Commerce Majors: Finance & International Management; Minor: Jewish Studies Desautels Hot Cities of the World Tour Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies

Montreal, QC | Class of 2014 CGPA: 3.19/4.0 | Major GPA: 3.57/4.0 Moscow, Russia | February 2013 Jerusalem, Israel | January 2013

Professional Experience
GoldenTree Asset Management - Summer Analyst New York City, NY | June 2013 to August 2013 Monitored and reviewed investments and daily P&L statements across all funds valued at over $18 billion Developed and improved Excel models to reconcile collateral accounts, calculate interest accruals and prepare financial statements Created and modified various real estate asset and structured debt pricing models to be used in investment analysis PennantPark Investment Corporation - Summer Analyst New York City, NY | June 2012 to August 2012 Generated daily reports on various mezzanine debt securities held by the firms portfolios valued at over $3 billion Utilized Excel to build financial statements and conducted inter-temporal analysis for use in a presentation to Standard & Poors Transferred equity and fixed income trade data, via cross referencing various sources and using basic forensic accounting Jobbook.com - New Business Development Intern Montreal, QC | March 2012 to June 2012 Created and analyzed performance and growth reports prior to and after the redevelopment of proprietary website features Implemented link-building and other basic SEO strategies effectively raising traffic, unique visitors and members by over 15% Developed and successfully implemented corporate sales, social media and marketing strategies alongside the Head of Sales & COO Novo Law Firm - Summer Intern New York City, NY | June 2011 to August 2011 Discovered and recovered over $200,000 in unclaimed settlements from various insurance providers and law firms Prepared clients for Independent Medical Examinations and ensured that said examinations were conducted lawfully Examined evidence, researched relevant case law and supported senior attorneys in preparation for and during trial litigation

Leadership and Extracurricular


Management Undergraduate Society - Head Environmental Consultant Montreal, QC | April 2012 to March 2013 Led a team of six junior consultants in developing and implementing initiatives and solutions intended to make all Desautels events and competitions more sustainable, effectively reducing waste by over 20% in comparison to prior years Management Undergraduate Society - Junior Environmental Consultant Montreal, QC | April 2011 to March 2012 Conducted various waste and energy usage audits of the entire business school aimed at identifying exact sources of waste; resulting in a reduction of the schools overall ecological footprint Streamlined MUS operations to become more environmentally and financially sustainable, saving students thousands of dollars Spearheaded the production of a promotional video and hosted case competitions aimed at raising awareness for sustainability Personal Portfolio Management - Active Investor 2007 to Present Attained knowledge and developed skills pertaining to portfolio allocation, risk management, fundamental and technical analysis Year-to-Date Performance: 62.32%+ | Alpha: 38.97% | Beta: 1.635 | Sharpe Ratio: 0.572 McGill Model United Nations - Assistant Crisis Director Chabad of McGill University - Vice President Finance McGill Trading Simulation - Market Maker Montreal, QC | January 2013 Montreal, QC | September 2011 to Present Montreal, QC | March 2012 & March 2013

Achievements and Awards


Huffington Post and the Prince Arthur Herald - Contributing Author Desautels Case Competition - 1st Place Winner & Best Speaker Desautels U2 Case Competition - 2nd Place Winner Investment Management Class Portfolio Competition - 1st Place Winner Jewish Learning Institute - Sinai Scholar Israeli Overseas Cultural Program (CVK) & Gadna Military Training Program New Jersey Boys State - Assembly Majority Leader Montreal, QC | Present Montreal, QC | Fall 2013 Montreal, QC | Winter 2012 Montreal, QC | Fall 2012 Alexandria, VA | August 2011, 2012 & 2013 Israel | Summer 2009 Lawrenceville, NJ | Summer 2009

Skills and Interests


Languages: English, Hebrew (Fluent), Spanish (Basic) Software: Bloomberg, DART, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Saga, SunGard VPM, Wall Street Office Interests: Close-up magic & mentalism, international travel and stand-up comedy