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Steven Groover

Steven Groover

Vanderbilt MS Finance 2013

Derivatives Sales and Trading Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities

Talking about Business

MSF gives Groover means to pursue his passion

Some families talk about school activities or the weather. In suburban Chicago at the Groover home, business was always the dinnertime conversation.

Gradually, Steven Groover realized that it was his passion. “I loved reading about different companies and events in the world economy,” he recalls.

When he came to Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, Steven knew he wanted to continue to graduate school. “I felt like I needed more specific, finance-related knowledge to excel in my first full-time job,” he says. The MSF program stood out to him because he believed “this degree would give me a unique selling point and I knew I would not have to place a hold on my career to return to school later.”

Besides, says Steven, a “huge” fan of Chicago sports teams and such an avid water sportsman that he boasts of once being able to water ski on a canoe paddle, “I enjoyed my undergraduate experience in Nashville so much that I really didn’t want to leave. And I know that Vanderbilt’s great reputation will be helpful for the rest of my career. Sometimes just the Vanderbilt name can get you the interviews you couldn’t get otherwise.”

Eventually, says Steven, he hopes to become a portfolio manager or a principal at a hedge fund. After landing a position in Charlotte, NC, monitoring interest rate risk with Wells Fargo Securities, he appears well on his way.