Published on July 14, 2015 by Kara Kennedy  
FMA student chapter

Samford University’s Brock School of Business Financial Management Association (FMA) student chapter has been named a 2015 Superior Chapter.  This designation is the highest honor an FMA chapter can receive, and the Samford FMA chapter is one of 22 to receive the award in 2015. FMA has more than 200 student chapters and fewer than 10 percent receive the Superior Chapter designation. 

“We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of years to build up the programs offered by FMA and the students have responded,” said Rusty Yerkes, FMA faculty advisor. “We are very focused on providing valuable professional development activities for the students and our goal is 100% participation among finance majors.” 

The Samford FMA chapter received the Superior Chapter award for membership growth and conducting an active series of events, including a financial services career night, attending the FMA Finance Leaders Conference in New York City, participating in a “meet the firms” road show in Birmingham and hosting numerous professional development speakers on campus. 

“This designation shows how dedicated our students are to upholding the best standards of financial management and practice,” said Howard Finch, Brock School of Business dean. “I am very proud and excited that our students and our FMA chapter have received this designation.” 

The Samford FMA chapter also recognized Samford alumnus Zach Turnage of Harbert Management Corp. as the 2015 FMA Outstanding Financial Executive for his service to the Brock School of Business. Turnage, a 1998 graduate, is director of investments for Harbert.

Established in 1970, the Financial Management Association International (FMA) is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. FMA's mission is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students, promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices, and to enhance the quality of education in finance.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.