AIM program expanding

New track will focus on private equity and banking

Marquette Business is expanding its nationally acclaimed Applied Investment Management program, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration Dr. Mark Eppli announced. AIM will now comprise two tracks: Investments and the newly developed Private Equity and Banking. The Investments track focuses on asset management, while the Private Equity and Banking track concentrates on private and transactional finance.

As part of the expansion, the college has named Mark Zellmer as the new co-director of AIM. A Marquette undergraduate and MBA alumnus, Zellmer has been a popular adjunct instructor since 1995.

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First story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 7, 2014
Second story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 10, 2014

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Story appeared on, May 25, 2014

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