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Spotlighted Student: Bard Ricciardi '10

Haverford College Senior, Bard Ricciardi, comes from a lineage of family members who graduated from the college.  Bard’s grandfather attended Haverford and he fondly recalls his grandmother sharing this story on a traditional basis.

When the time came to tour colleges there was no doubt in Bard’s mind that Haverford would be top on his list.  As he put it, “everything fell into place, and I’ve been thrilled with Haverford”.  The small size of the college coupled with the opportunity to develop close relationships with faculty has been paramount in his devotion to Haverford.

Conversations with his freshman advisor Linda Bell, Professor of Economics and provost, led him to Economics.  He’d been exposed to Economics classes in high school, had enjoyed them and always did well in the classes, but pre-med was his preliminary course of study.  However, he came to accept that Biology and Chemistry lab-work did not interest him so he changed his major to Economics with a concentration in Mathematical Economics where he has been passionate about his course of study.

Courses he has found particularly enjoyable include Introduction to Econometrics and Intermediate Macroeconomics with Anne Preston, Professor of Economics and current chair of the department.  Assistant Professor of Economics, Indradeep Ghosh’s Computational Methods in Economics and Finance was also an inspiring class for Bard.  Last year Haverford linked up with University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business where Bard took a Corporate Finance course that he found particularly interesting.

After working closely with Linda Bell as a research assistant he has chosen to pursue exploring the gender compensation gap that exists in the financial sector.  His work with Professor Bell involved focusing on Fortune 500 companies; however, Bard’s full year thesis will concentrate on the financial industry, such as banking, brokering, and insurance.  Curiously the technology sector approaches compensation much more equally than the financial industry and he aims to explore this discrepancy.

Bard comes from Bernardsville, NJ where he entered child acting at the age of 5, with a career that lasted until he was twelve.  He was in twelve TV commercials and was an extra on the soap opera One Life to Live.  Commercials he landed include Cool Tools, Cheerios, Ivory Soap, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

As he entered his teenage years his passion for ice hockey and hanging out with his friends took priority so he retired from the acting business.  He played ice hockey for 10 years, ending up on his High School Varsity team as the goalie.  Other activities have included Haverford’s Club Crew team, which he participated in freshman through junior years.  He also enjoys being a teaching assistant and a tutor since it reinforces what he learns.

Through the Whitehead Internship Program this past summer Bard was employed by Logan Capital Management, Inc. in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  The company is a wealth management firm where he worked for two managing directors in charge of value and international investment portfolios.  He was exposed to different investment strategies and the empirical research that supports them.  Back-testing investment strategies to see how they would hold up over periods of 15-20 years also proved to be a compelling learning experience.

A chief priority for Bard is to update and sharpen his resume so he can aggressively apply for jobs in the finance/banking or consulting industries.  Then, with two years of job experience under his belt, he will apply to graduate programs in pursuit of an MBA or an advanced degree in Economics.

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