Club Officers

President - Alex Candee

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Following undergrad, Alex worked on the Chief of Staff for World Fuel Services and later transitioned onto the M&A team. After spearheading the firm's expansion into natural gas and power, Alex moved to technology startups and corporate development consulting. The most recent startup focused on a fintech network visualization platform using Augmented / Virtual Reality. He holds an M.S. from Southern Methodist University and a B.B.A. from the University of Miami, where he sits on the Young Alumni Leadership Council. In 2019, Alex co-led the Notre Dame team to win the national Shell Net-Impact Future of Energy Challenge with a structured finance solution for electric vehicle infrastructure. Alex plans to spend the summer in investment banking with Lazard in Minneapolis. 

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Vice President, Investment Banking - Tim Speake

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Originally from Minneapolis, Tim is an active CPA license holder who started his career as an auditor at PwC before moving to MUFG Investor Services, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. At MUFG, he provided private equity clients with valuation, accounting, and operational services. His coverage industries included small balance commercial and industrial loan portfolios, distressed real estate, land banking, and consumer finance. Tim received his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in business administration, graduating cum laude. At Notre Dame, Tim is concentrating in Corporate Finance & Investments. He plans to spend his summer working for UBS Investment Bank in New York. 

In his free time, he enjoys biking, attempting yoga, and audiobooks. 

Tim can be contacted at


Vice President, Corporate Finance - Mitchell Ernst 

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Originally from Pennsylvania, Mitchell started his career as a civil engineer at Pennoni Associates, an engineering consulting firm. At Pennoni Associates, he worked primarily on large infrastructure projects where he specialized in hydraulic modeling and environmental permitting. Previously, he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. At Notre Dame, he is studying Corporate Finance and Business Analytics. During the summer, Mitchell will be interning with Air Products and Chemicals in their Corporate Treasury department. 

Mitchell can be contacted at



Vice President, Portfolio Manager - Tom Novak   

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Prior to Notre Dame, Tom earned a his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Tom began his career as an analyst with Robert W Baird in Milwaukee, then moved to J.P. Morgan in Dallas. Most recently, he worked in venture capital and private equity with NCK Capital in Dallas. Tom plans to spend the summer with Citadel serving as a front office associate with the firm’s hedge fund arm.

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Vice President, Development - Erin Bierbusse

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Prior to attending Notre Dame, Erin worked for Ernst & Young's Financial Services Advisory practice. Based in Charlotte, NC, she worked with a variety of cross-functional teams for multiple global financial institutions, primary in risk and regulatory compliance with involvement in business development for the Southeastern region. Originally from Atlanta, Erin attended the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Finance. At Notre Dame, she is studying Corporate Finance & Investments. During the summer, Erin will be interning with Ernst & Young in their Transaction Advisory Services group, in New York. 

In her free time, Erin enjoys working out, traveling and is an aspiring chef.

Erin can be contacted at


Vice President, Treasurer - Kevin Zhou


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Kevin started his career in consulting prior to moving into financial services. Ahead of his MBA, Kevin worked as a senior associate for L.J. Capital in private equity and for Stone Tan Finance in private debt investments focusing on TMT sectors. Originally from China, Kevin holds a B.S. from the Tianjin University and an M.S. from the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Additionally, Kevin is a CFA Level II candidate. At Notre Dame, Kevin is studying Corporate Finance & Consulting with his dual degree as Master of Science in Business Analytics. Kevin plans to spend his summer in the finance practice of Weaver Consultants Group in Chicago. 

Kevin can be contacted at


Vice President, Marketing - Kelli Griffin 

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Kelli graduated from Louisiana State University, where she double majored in Accounting and Public Relations. Prior to attending Notre Dame she worked first as a tax accountant for Ernst & Young, then as a financial accountant for Louisiana State University. Kelli is concentrating in Corporate Finance and Business Analytics, and in addition to her Finance & Investments Club role, is the Chief Communication Officer for the MBAA. Kelli plans to spend the summer with IBM within their Corporate Finance division. 

Outside of school, Kelli loves to read, play video games and daydream about her next trip to Disney World. 

Kelli can be contacted at