Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in California. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in California, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

Paul MacIntosh

Chair, California Alumni Ambassador Council
Partner, EY

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Commerce 1997

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Michael Firmin

Founder and Managing Director, Record Point   

UQ qualifications    
Bachelor of Commerce 1991

Professional memberships
Fellow, Associate, Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)
Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Australian Investment Council (AIC)
Australian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)

Michael is the Managing Director of Record Point, an independent corporate advisory firm specialising in mid-market advisory services for public and private companies, which he founded in 2010. 

With offices in Sydney and San Francisco Michael has successfully led and executed in excess of $30 billion in transactions. 

He has extensive M&A and capital markets experience in Australia and Europe acting for clients such as GenesisCare, Wesfarmers, Oaktree, KKR, Carlyle, Quadrant Private Equity, CPE Capital, Spectrum Equity, TPG Telecom, Sumitomo, Hitachi, Viterra, Industrea, Macmahon, Soul Pattinson,  Tribe Breweries, WhistleOut, RCR Tomlinson, Iron Mountain, New Hope, Alpha Natural Resources, Laing O’Rourke and Manassen Foods.

Prior to establishing Record Point, Michael was Executive Director, Head of Emerging Companies and Financial Sponsors (Private Equity) at UBS Investment Bank based in Sydney. 

Previously, Michael was also Executive Director at Pitt Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of Mergers and Acquisitions and Equity Capital Markets transactions on behalf of Soul Pattinson related companies and external clients.

Career highlights include; being named 2016 Best Independent Investment banker and Best Independent M&A/DCM Banker by East Coles.

Michael specialises in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets & strategic advice.
 
His advice to new graduates is, "Follow your dreams, trust your instincts, put in the hard work and do not hesitate to ask the “dumb questions” as long as you have considered the question and don’t have the answer."
 
In his free time, Michael enjoys offshore yacht racing and has completed over 20,000 offshore racing miles.

 

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Eliza Kruger

Associate Director, Global Health Economics, Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Arts 2008, Master of Health Economics 2011

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Dr Terry Marsh

CEO, Quantal International Inc.
Emeritus Professor, U.C. Berkeley

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 1974

Terry Marsh is CEO of Quantal International and an Emeritus Professor of Finance at UC Berkeley.

He received his MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago and a BCom (Hon) and University Medal from the University of Queensland (Australia).

Terry served on the finance faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business until 2005, and is a former chairman of the Finance Group there. Before joining Berkeley, Terry was an Associate Professor of Finance at MIT. He received a Batterymarch Fellowship in 1984 and was a National Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.

He has consulted for the New York Stock Exchange, the Options Clearing Corporation, and the Industrial Bank of Japan, and was a member of the US Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms that investigated the October 1987 stock market crash.

Terry was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo in 1993. He is a Member of the Rosebrook Capital Advisory Board, Rubicon Markets Inc, and Manifold Partners’ Scientific Advisory Board, a Member of the Advisory Board for Studies in Economics and Finance, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Japan Society of Northern California.

Outside of work, Terry enjoys spending time with friends, food, space exploration and flight.

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Andi Matsumoto

IT Audit Consultant, RGP

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 1994, Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting 1996, Master of Commerce (Information Systems) 1999

Professional memberships
CPA Australia
The Institute of Internal Auditors
ISACA

Andi is an IT Audit Consultant for RGP, a global consulting firm, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii. She joined RGP after spending time at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Systems and Process Assurance practice. Prior to that, Andi was a Senior Systems Auditor for Hawaii Medical Service Association where she performed audits of business processes and information systems.

Andi began her career in government accounting in Australia working in the finance department at The University of Queensland. A year later, she moved to the Queensland Audit Office as an external financial auditor and earned her CPA qualification.  

Andi’s areas of speciality include IT audit, SOX, internal audit and online teaching.

Her advice to new graduates is, “Travel and get some international work experience – it will change your outlook on life. Find a mentor who can help guide you down the right path.”

One of Andi’s career highlights to date was time spent in Bermuda where she carried out audits of reinsurance companies.

Her favourite memory of her time at UQ is Saturday night movies at the Schonell Theatre.

In her free time, Andi enjoys photography and outdoor activities including hiking, camping and fishing.

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