Full-time MBA

Graduate Financial Management Association (GFMA)


To provide opportunities for all Tippie MBA students to enrich their graduate studies and professional development as it relates to financial management


The GFMA strives to be known as the student organization that serves as the connection between academia and the finance profession. We seek to accomplish this by exposing Tippie MBA Students to finance professionals and career paths by organizing networking and educational events on and away from campus.

Goals/Strategic Plan

The Tippie School of Management GFMA seeks to achieve its mission by providing members with opportunities for professional development and community engagement, while acting as an advocate for students.

The organization hosts two trips a year; these trips are an opportunity to visit companies and network with alumni.


Ben Martin - President

Academy/track: Finance / Investment Management
Undergraduate institution: New Mexico State University - Finance
Prior employers: John Moore & Associates
Why this student org and position?   The strong finance program at Tippie is what led me to The University of Iowa. I took a role in leadership to maximize the value of my time here and to give back to the program.
Interests: Investing, cycling, working out, traveling

Josh Vander Plaats - Vice President

Academy/track: Finance / Investment Management
Undergraduate institution: Northwestern College - Economics/Finance
Prior employers: Mercer H & B
Why this student org and position?   I want to continue the tradition of excellence in the Tippie Finance program. The GFMA provides great opportunities to our students to explore the career options available to them in fnance.
Interests: Basketball, golf, investing and Hawkeye sports

Thomas Peacock - Vice President of Treasury

Academy/track: Finance / Corporate Finance
Undergraduate institution: University of Iowa - Political Science
Prior employers: Army National Guard, Walmart Logistics
Why this student org and position?   I want to maintain Tippie's strong finance reputation, by providing opportunities for financial learning and engagement with the student body and community. In addition to this I want to expand GFMA's ties to alumni and further our reputation among employers.
Interests: I enjoy reading, working out, video games and outdoor activities

Annual Fall & Spring Trips

In recent years, GFMA has visited companies in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Some of the most recent companies we have visited include: United Airlines, ADM Investor Services, US Bank, Best Buy, Wells Fargo, Monsanto, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Harley Davidson, SWIB, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Rawlings, and Capital Innovators.


Guest Speakers

The finance academy has brought in speakers this past semester from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Sprint, Concordant Partners, and U of Iowa Foundation, among others. Students have many opportunities to network with these individuals, as well as other finance professionals.


Other Activities

This spring we will bring back the stock competition! We will incorporate this with our involvement with KIVA, an online lending platform.