Business Students Named Semi-Finalists in National Competition

Jake McCollum (left) and Justin Watson

Senior business administration students Justin Watson and Jake McCollum have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2024 National Financial Plan Competition sponsored by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC). Of the eight remaining teams, Watson and McCollum are competing for three slots and the chance to present at the IARFC’s 40th Celebration and Conference in Ashville, North Carolina, at the Biltmore Estate.

The IARFC National Financial Plan Competition is open only to undergraduate university students who are enrolled in a curriculum of personal financial planning or financial services at a university or college in the U.S. and international chapters. Professors register their students to compete in the NFPC to enhance and gain the real-world experiences needed in developing a financial plan. The competition progresses through three stages, ending in three teams of students presenting their plan in person to a “real client” at the IARFC Annual Meeting in front of an audience.

Watson and McCollum were registered for the competition by Yung-Hawl Park, chair and associate professor of business administration.
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