St. Mary’s University, USA

Left to right: Tina Valdez, Nathan Bonsignore, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson (coach), Samuel Santos, Hannah Petersen

About the Team

Tina Valdez.  Tina is a junior (third-year student) pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration. Her areas of study include Finance and Risk Management, and Marketing. Tina currently serves as a marketing/branding intern for Our Community Inc. Group, a consulting firm that focuses on helping social-purpose businesses. She also dedicates considerable time as a volunteer for faith-based and leadership development non-profit organizations.

Nathan Bonsignore.  Born in San Antonio, Nate is a senior (fourth-year student) studying Finance and Risk Management. He is also vice-president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at St. Mary’s, and serves as Chief Investment Officer of the university’s Investment Club. In the past two years, he has interned with Bloomberg in New Jersey and BlackRock in New York. After graduation, Nate will take a position in Institutional Sales with Bloomberg in New York.

Jeffrey Johnson (Coach).  A Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for Global Business Studies, Dr. Johnson teaches International Business courses to undergraduate and MBA students in the Greehey School of Business. He enjoys leading students on study abroad programs, coaching NIBS teams, and traveling the world.

Samuel Santos.  Samuel is a junior studying Finance and Risk Management with a minor in visual communication design. He is a member of the Greehey business scholars program and leads a volunteer group that works with local parks and recreation departments. Samuel has competed in multiple collegiate competitions, including the National Collegiate Leadership Conference case competition in Arizona where his team placed first. This summer he will intern at The Hartford in the underwriting department. Post-graduation, he plans to pursue a risk management career in the insurance industry.

Hannah Petersen.  Born in Houston, Hannah is a junior studying Finance and Risk Management. She is a member of the St. Mary’s women’s varsity tennis team, an Honors Scholar, a Trustee Scholar, and recipient of the Greehey Scholars Program’s full academic scholarship. Following her freshman year, Hannah interned with Frito-Lay in New York City. In 2017, she participated in a study abroad program in Schmalkalden, Germany. She also spent five weeks volunteering in Vietnam, where she recruited for St. Mary’s and taught tennis, English, and life skills with Coach for College to 8th and 9th graders. This summer, Hannah plans to intern with HSBC’s Global Private Banking unit in New York.

Morgan Grace (Coach, not shown).  Morgan is a professor of Business Communications. She has a background in speech and debate, and holds degrees in Communication Studies with concentrations in organizational communication management and quantitative statistical data analysis. Morgan has spent the last decade working and teaching at various universities in the U.S. and Australia, including Texas Tech, the University of New South Wales, Rice University, and now St. Mary’s.