Michigan Ross alum John R. Tozzi pledges $1.5 million to support the school’s state-of-the-art electronic business and finance center

Since its inception in 2002, the Tozzi Center has provided valuable resources for students and faculty and is home to one of the largest academic marketplaces in the United States. The center is equipped with the most advanced financial research tools, including Bloomberg and FactSet, allowing users to observe and analyze real-time financial market data, research companies and follow industry news.

The Tozzi Center is used as a classroom for courses on subjects such as financial analysis, valuation and portfolio management while providing a platform for action-based learning at Michigan Ross. To enhance their coursework, students can test trading strategies in bogus cases using trading simulation software. In addition, the center hosts meetings and events for student investment clubs and the Maize and Blue Fund, an investment fund managed by BBA and MBA students.

“While our educational resources are essential for students pursuing a career in financial services, the Tozzi Center is also a community for those who want to learn about the business beyond a textbook,” said Kai Petainen, manager of the center, the John Tozzi recently bestowed honors. “This is a meeting place where students and academics discuss and discuss the latest developments related to markets, sectors, stocks, commodities and the world of business. Our technology drives this action-based learning environment.”

A differentiator for Michigan Ross

The creation of a state-of-the-art financial and educational center was the motivation behind Tozzi’s original donation to open the center. At the time, in 2002, there were few other similar labs in the country, and the goal was for the center to be a differentiator for Michigan Ross from other top business schools.

“Now there are over 200 of these labs across the country, and the Tozzi Center has inspired many of them,” Petainen said. “It really shows how John Tozzi’s influence has reached far beyond our halls.”

From initially supporting just one class and a $95,000 student-run fund, the center has grown significantly in size and scope.

“From that one class and one fund, the Tozzi Center has grown to serve students from Michigan Ross and the entire University of Michigan with multiple classes and multiple clubs,” said Petainen. “Now more than seven investment clubs regularly meet at the center, and the Maize and Blue Fund has grown to $600,000. And not to mention all the venture capital and real estate funds coming through the center, all of which are really showing their value to students.”

About John R Tozzi

John R Tozzi, MBA ’67

Most recently, earlier this year, Tozzi received the David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose achievements in their professional field have distinguished themselves, brought honor to the school, and benefited their fellow citizens. After receiving his MBA from Michigan Ross, Tozzi became a Rodney Fellow and led the business school’s finance and investment associations and currently serves on the Ross School’s Advisory Board.

Tozzi’s most notable accomplishments include founding Cambridge Investments LLC and founding and serving as President, CEO and Chief Investment Officer for Cambridge Investments Limited from 1982 to 2010. He is also President of Pine Canyon Real Estate Development LLC and is a director of Snow King Mountain LLC. Most recently, he was elected to the boards of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation and Certis Oncology Solutions.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Tozzi is a former associate professor of economics and finance at the New York Institute of Finance and a former pro bono associate professor of economics and finance at the Branson School. Since founding Cambridge Investments LLC in 1981, Tozzi has also been a featured speaker at various investor conferences and has been featured in many top media outlets including CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community founded on the tenet that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The mission of the Ross School of Business is to build a better world through business. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Michigan Ross is consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world. Academic courses include Bachelor of Business Administration, Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA (online and weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Business Analytics, Master of Management, Master of Supply Chain Management , and PhD. In addition, the school offers open enrollment and custom executive development programs aimed at general management, leadership development, and strategic people management. Visit MichiganRoss.umich.edu for more information.

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