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Meet Brian Wynn, '14, Graduate Finance Alum
Meet Brian Wynn, '14, Graduate Finance Alum

Current City

Seattle, Washington

Current Position

Real Time Trader, The Energy Authority

What excites you about finance right now?

What excites me about working in finance - specifically Energy Trading, or more broadly Portfolio Management - is being able to make a real and measurable difference in my company’s bottom line.

Can you tell me a bit about your experience with the graduate finance program at PSU?

The program did a great job of accommodating students with a mix of backgrounds. The first term I could tell I was a little behind some other students that had more finance experience, but by the second or third term, I felt like I was at the same level of understanding.

How did you decide to pursue this program?

I looked at all of the schools in the area offering Masters in Finance or MBA. I really liked that the faculty was a mix of academic and industry professionals. I also thought the PSU curriculum matched my interests investment management.

What do you think made you successful in this program?

What made me successful was asking a lot of questions, talking to teachers, and getting help from the career counselor.

How has your career evolved since you graduated?

My career essentially started with the program. When I started, I knew I wanted to work in corporate finance or investment management. While in the program I spent a lot of time researching careers in these fields. When I found energy trading I began making contacts with people in that field, and tried to pick classes and projects that would prepare me. My career path has moved quite quickly and has exceeded the expectations I had when starting the program. There is no way I would be where I am today without having been in this program.

If you have any typical days in your current role, what do they look like?

As a Real Time Trader, I work days, nights, and weekends because the power market runs 24/7. I can work as much as 72 hour in a week, but also get about 14 weeks off a year. I work on a three person team, and each hour we forecast both power supply and demand for 9 different utilities. After we get our net position we go out to the market and buy or sell as needed. I have been able to use a lot of the skills I learned in the program to analyze performance and trends in the power market. This position is very fast paced, and at times stressful, but it is also very rewarding.