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Letter from the President

August 2017

Dear WAMM Community:

As the incoming President of The Washington Association of Money Managers (WAMM) for 2017-2018, first I want to thank my predecessor Michael Olsen and the Board for their blood, sweat and tears. It was a successful year of engaging speakers and genuine camaraderie and the bar has been set high for the coming year!

When I moved to DC from NYC, I was uncertain of the depth of the investment management community here. I had heard about WAMM through a friend in DC, attended my first event in 2012 and quickly realized the caliber and quality of the organization. I was thrilled to have found a group of investment management professionals and practitioners. I discovered that, true to its mission, WAMM’s events succeeded in providing its members with timely and insightful market opinions, and real camaraderie and community.

WAMM was formed in 1980 by thirteen investment professionals for the purpose of education and the exchange of ideas for the investment management community in the DC area. It has become a premier, public organization and as President, I plan to continue WAMM’s great tradition of inviting outstanding speakers. Also, I am working on collaborative efforts with other local investment groups to enhance membership benefits. I am hopeful that the year ahead will be a great one, but key to its success will be your engagement and participation. Without your support, WAMM would not have become the premier organization it is today. Thus, I invite you join WAMM, attend an event and connect (or reconnect) with this premier investment community in DC.

Starting from September through June, we hold monthly speaker events at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Each event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a networking reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and the event typically runs until 8:00 p.m.

I am excited to announce our kick-off event on Thursday, September, 21st, featuring Dr. Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) in Washington, D.C. Prior to the PPI, he was Chief Economist at BusinessWeek, where he was recognized as one of the top 100 business journalists of the 20th century for his writings on innovation and growth. He is the author of four books, including The High Risk Society and Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth and Why the Future Is Better Than You Think. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and taught at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

As President, I envision a wonderful year ahead and on behalf of myself and the WAMM Board, we look forward to meeting you at one of our events and welcoming you to our investment community.

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Warm regards,

Christine Song, CFA
President

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