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ETA SURVEY Eta Chapter Of Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity | The University Of Illinois | Fall 2014 | P.O. Box 80828 | Atlanta, Georgia 30366 A Letter from the Scott Burns ’98 Alumni President Alumni Spotlight: his summer I had the Editor’s Note: For this edition of the newsletter we’re Topportunity to attend shining the Spotlight on Scott Burns ’98. From the Kappa Delta Rho’s 102nd hometown of Midlothian, IL, Scott came to Illinois in national convention in pursuit of his bachelor’s degree in Finance and served Phoenix, Arizona as an as Eta’s Social Chairman, Advisory Board Chairman, alumni delegate. To be and Pontifex. Scott continued his education at the honest, I was not sure what University of Chicago Booth School of Business and to expect since this was the earned his MBA in Business Administration. Before frst convention I had attended since 2002, joining Morningstar in 2004, he spent a year teaching when I was an undergraduate. I will admit that I corporate fnance and cash-fow modeling for Bank was glad I went, as this worthwhile experience One. Prior to that, Burns spent four years as an analyst reconnected me with our broader organization. and later as an associate with the Bank of America When working solely with the Eta Chapter, it Securities Leveraged Finance group. Today, he travels is easy to develop a narrow focus and forget around the world as the Global Director of Manager we are part of a larger organization. Research at Morningstar, Inc. With over 15 years of Our national fraternity’s undergraduate experience in securities analysis, Scott’s hard work has membership doubled over the past 7 years, and earned him a spot in the 2009 ETF Database’s ETF KDR remains well positioned for growth. Up Hall of Fame. Outside of work, Scott enjoys grilling until now the focus has been on re-chartering/ out, cross-ft, and spending time with his wife Christina growing core chapters rather than opening new and their children Ava, age fve and Finley, age four. ones. Now with our strong position, we can begin adding chapters. Much of our growth Back in school, why did you select What did you enjoy most about living nationally will be focused in the southern and KDR as your fraternity? in the house? western regions of the country, since these are the areas where college enrollment is increasing. As a freshman in the dorms, my resident I liked so much of the whole experience that it One consistent theme at the convention, advisor was Mike Mueller. I didn’t know would be diffcult for me to pick just one thing. from the opening key note speaker to the anything about fraternities when I came to I guess overall it was the community living business meeting and through the breakout school besides what I might have picked up experience of the house. Whether it was sharing sessions, was the changing demographics of from the movies (Animal House, Revenge of the good times or helping brothers through the college students in areas like ethnicity, values the Nerds, etc.). Mike brought my roommate tough times there was always this massive and beliefs, how they obtain their education, and I around the house—which was still in sense of brotherhood and accomplishment that living arrangements, among others. It is good the process of re-chartering—and I just really just bubbled up from the place and I really to see the national organization discussing got what the guys and the mission were all thrived on that. these issues, as we need to remain relevant in about. Plus, it was great having such a great How do you stay in touch with the President (Continued on Page 3) community to instantly plug into. guys today? Well, I used to live with a bunch of them, so that helped. Now we almost all have families and have scattered around the Chicago area so we keep in touch over email and through events like weddings, fantasy football drafts and our he Eta delegation annual camping trip. For guys out-of-state, it’s T at the Williams a bit harder, but a phone call here or there is Leadership Academy and always a welcome reminder. National Convention at the Biltmore Resort, Phoenix After graduation, how did you make Arizona in August. Pictured from left to the move from Analyst to Associate in right: Rick Adams ’17; four years? Dennis Kostidis ’17; That is a pretty typical track in Investment Patrick Daley ’15; Mike Kolberg ’03; Zach Banking, though not very many make it Gooding ’09; Bill Paris through that gate. I had an aptitude for what I ’87; Yasir Siddiqi ’16. was doing. I had some great mentors to work Not pictured, Michael for and I worked really hard. Mueller ’95. Burns (Continued on Page 4)
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