About The Phil Dorr Fund
The Philip M. Dorr Alumni and Friends Endowed Investment Fund was established in 2000 with an initial endowment of $250,000 from Philip Dorr of Chicago. With additional contributions raised by Dean Terry Maness from alumni and friends, the Fund opened with a total of $400,000. Special mention should be made of a generous gift from Don and Ruth Buchholz of Dallas, which was matched by a contribution from the endowment fund of the University.
The Fund has since grown through contributions and investment gains to approximately $13.2 million (as of January 2023).
Students in the Practicum Portfolio Management course manage the Fund under the guidance of two faculty members: Mr. Brandon Troegle, CFA, CAIA, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President with Northern Trust, and Mr. Taylor Finch, CFA, the Founder and Portfolio Manager at Finch Capital Management. Together, they teach students how to make well-informed equity investment decisions through fundamental analysis.
The student analysts learn through first-hand experience the amount of research and analysis that goes into stock selection. They use a combination of Value Line, First Call, Bloomberg, FactSet and financial websites to research earnings surprises, forward growth drivers and other pertinent information.
Student Managers - Large Cap Portfolio, Fall 2022
|Communication Services||Ryan Shula and Jack Marlin|
|Consumer Discretionary||Benj Nopper and Tate Matthews|
|Consumer Staples||Andrea Angulo and Sambhay Jain|
|Energy and Utilities||Joshua Mercurio and Parker Cannon|
|Financials and Real Estate||Samantha Boyce and Jack Cook|
|Health Care||Aaron Brown and Abhinav Mehta|
|Industrial and Materials||Clayton Deimund and Olivia Schmidt|
|IT - Software and Services||Avery Elam and Alex Etzel|
|IT - Hardware||Elijah Gibson and Francisco Escobar Iniguez|
Large Cap Portfolio Holdings as of January 1, 2023
|GOOG||Alphabet Inc. Class C|
|DIS||Walt Disney Company|
|LULU||Lululemon Athletica, Inc.|
|COST||Costco Wholesale Corporation|
|XOM||Exxon Mobil Corporation|
|BRK,B||Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Class B|
|MRK||Merck & Co., Inc.|
|UNH||UnitedHealth Group Inc.|
|CP||Canadian Pacific Railway|
|TDG||TransDigm Group Inc.|
|V||Visa Inc. Class A|
|NRG||NRG Energy, Inc.|