HERMES potential members 2015


Potential HERMES members will be voted in the annual meeting that will take place in Bratislava on June 5th 2015:


– University of Limerick
– Texas A&M University


Kemmy Business School (KBS) in Limerick, Ireland, is the business school of the University of Limerick (UL) and as such is one of the colleges of the university. The four academic departments of the school are Accounting & Finance, Economics, Management & Marketing, and Personnel & Employment Relations. The schools courses include accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and risk management among other courses. The Kemmy Business School is the first European university to have a custom designed campus trading floor, which uses the trading software Bloomberg Professional. Through the Kemmy school students have the option of completing the Bloomberg certification. Named after the former mayor of Limerick, Jim Kemmy, the business school has both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer.


UL/KBS will be introduced by Dr Fergal O´Brien
Dr O´Brien is the Director of Postgraduate programmes at KBS and Lecturer in Finance. His teaching interests are finance theory, derivative instruments, corporate finance and asset pricing models. His research interests are index option returns, option trading strategies, horse racing returns, empirical tests of asset pricing models and sentiment analysis.


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Texas A&M University (TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.
Mays Business School is the business school at Texas A&M University. The school educates over 5,600 students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs and consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the US.
Mays Business School was one of the first five schools in the United States to offer a trading center, the Reliant Energy Securities & Commodities Trading Center, which provides students with hands-on training to the tools used by commodities and currency traders. Students also use the center to manage the Tanner Fund, a $250,000 portfolio created using donated funds. Additionally, the School houses the nation’s largest publicly funded real estate research organization, the Real Estate Center, and the Center for Retailing Studies, which was the first retailing center partnered with a business school.


TAMU will be introduced by Dr Julian Gaspar
Dr Julian Gaspar is the Executive Director of the Center for International Business Studies at Mays Business School, where he is responsible for internationalizing the business school’s curriculum, students and faculty. He is the director of Texas A&M University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He is also a Clinical Professor of Finance and teaches international finance.


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