January 30, 2012

KeyBank partners with Fisher in Financial Services Cluster

KeyBank logoExecutives for KeyBank, the Financial Services Industry Cluster partner for Winter Quarter, not only want Fisher students to learn about their company. They are expected to be equally versed about KeyBank’s competitors.

Students delivered presentations assessing the competitive advantage of other banking institutions to KeyBank executives Kate Terrell, chief financial officer for community banking, and Codi Keenan, assistant vice president.

Launched Autumn Quarter 2010, Industry Clusters is an innovative program designed to advance students’ career prospects. The Financial Services Cluster, added Fall Quarter 2011, is the third in the program, joining Health-care and Energy and Sustainability. A fourth cluster, Consumer Packaged Goods, will be added in September.

The program provides students with industry specific hands-on learning experiences and close interaction with top executives from partner companies. Students participating in the program have received internship and job offers from partner companies.

Morgan Stanley, UBS and Nationwide Insurance are sponsor companies in the Financial Services Cluster along with KeyBank.

“Fisher has been one of our core schools,” Keenan said. “We were thrilled to participate in the cluster program because we thought it was an excellent way to strengthen our partnership with Ohio State.”

Bob Lane, faculty coordinator for the Financial Services Cluster, said the program was designed to be very interactive, including case studies, presentation and team projects.  Students will also have the opportunity to work with investment simulation software, Lane said.

“I believe we have to do more than just give our students classroom experiences,” Lane said.

Keenan, who is a manager for KeyBank’s management training program, said the program’s design fit very well with the company’s business objectives.

“We didn’t want to just show up and be a bunch of talking heads lecturing on banking,” Keenan said. “This has also been an opportunity for us to tap into the minds of future bankers, investors and consumers. We wanted this partnership to be a very interactive, open and engaging experience for our company as well as for the students.”