Emmanuel Fernando Martes’ was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States when he was 17 years old in order to pursue his dream to study at USF. He has interned with nonprofits and for-profit companies, excelled in his classwork, and is on track to graduate in just three years with a GPA of 3.87. He was elected as one of the seats for the USF legislative branch in student government where he writes resolutions and allocates funds to enhance the USF experience for all students.
Emmanuel graduates in May 2019 with a degree in finance. He has participated in in the Student Managed Investment Fund at USFSP in which he developed a stock report and pitched it to various professionals. He is also a part of the board members for the Financial Planning Association and is a member of the Student Investment Club, the Corporate Mentor Program and others, including the Phi Eta Sigma and the Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
He also served as a mentor for the Academic, Cultural and Engagement Program at USF, where he guided more than 100 students transitioning into the college experience.
He currently is a financial planning trainee/intern at AXA Financial Advisors in Tampa where he analyzes and creates financial plan reports and analyzes risks in portfolios. In the past, he completed an internship with the Corporation to Develop Communities in Tampa, an organization that oversees real estate projects for low-income residents in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
But it was his experience at AXA Financial Advisors that sparked his interest to pursue a career in financial planning after graduation.