Published 10/09/14

Matthew Clayton Brown ’14: Digging deeper to succeed

Major: Finance
Minor: Communication
Hometown: Colchester, CT
Path: Investment/portfolio management

“There is no better feeling than being able to manage and make transactions with real money and to see those investments increase in value,” says Matthew Clayton Brown ’14 who was selected to participate in Bryant University’s signature Archway Investment Fund course.

The two-semester AIF program affords select students the opportunity manage a real portfolio of more than $730,000, a real-world experience that sets Bryant graduates apart.

“Each day in that class I was surrounded by discussions of current events in the business world and I found myself wanting to work harder in order to make the portfolio a success,” Brown says.

An outstanding student, earning Dean’s List designation for seven semesters and President’s List in fall 2013, Brown says his Bryant education would not have been possible without the Rodney R. Baillargeon ’76 scholarship. “With this scholarship and additional grants from Bryant, attending this university became a reality and I am grateful every day that I have been a part of it.”

In addition to the real-world experience he gained in the classroom, Brown twice interned for Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC, helping the company conduct competitive analysis in order to improve the marketing materials for potential investors.

Among the most important learning experiences at Bryant is the ability to work effectively in a group, Brown adds. “I was able to figure out what role works best for me in a group as well as how to successfully communicate with my peers in order to accomplish an overall goal.”

After graduation, Brown plans to work as an analyst or portfolio manager for an investment advisory firm.