Michael Kender



Professor of Practice

Department of Finance
Pamplin College of Business
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office: Pamplin 3068
Phone: 540-231-6357

E-mail: mkender@vt.edu


Spring 2015 Teaching Schedule:

13530 FIN 4224 Fixed Income Securities T R 2:00p 3:15p PAM 2028
13532 FIN 4234 Venture Cap & Inv Banking T R 11:00a 12:15p PAM 1008
13533 FIN 4234 Venture Cap & Inv Banking T R 9:30a 10:45a PAM 3010
19775 FIN 4984 SS:Fin Mrkts&Job Srch Strtgies W 4:00p 4:50p PAM 32

Spring 2015 Office Hours:

    T 5:00 - 7:00, W 1:30 - 4:00

Education and Certification:

M.B.A., University of Virginia, 1987
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 1983

Business Experience:

Michael Kender retired as a Managing Director from Citigroup, where he spent 16 years as a debt analyst, covering high yield bonds and leveraged loans in the automotive, building, and industrial sectors.  In addition to his role as an analyst, Mr. Kender also headed the firm’s High Yield Debt Research department between 2001 and 2005.  From 2005 through his retirement in 2008, Mr. Kender headed Citigroup’s Loan Analysis and Strategy group, which provided analytical support for the firm’s loan sales and trading business and its clients. 

Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Kender worked as an investment banker for Thomson McKinnon and TM Capital (a firm formed by Thomson McKinnon investment bankers), where he worked on a variety of corporate financings, mergers, and acquisitions. 

He began his career as a financial analyst and process engineer at Allied-Signal (now Honeywell) in Morristown, New Jersey and Richmond, Virginia.

Professional Achievements:

Mr. Kender was named to Institutional Investor magazine’s annual Fixed Income Research All-America Research team every year between 1995 and 2004, winning recognition in multiple categories during most of those years.  In addition, Mr. Kender’s team at Citigroup was twice rated #1 among sell-side firms for loan trade ideas in Credit Investment News’ annual loan market poll.

Service-Related Contributions:

As a faculty member and alumnus, Mr. Kender has served Virginia Tech in a number of ways.  He is currently serving as a faculty advisor to SEED, a student-run investment group that manages nearly $5 million of the university’s endowment funds.  He is also very actively involved in expanding the university’s presence and alumni network in New York City, including helping to organize and grow the annual “Hokies on Wall Street” alumni event.  Away from finance, Mr. Kender is the chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department’s Advisory Board, and is also a member of the university’s Ut Prosim Society and the College of Engineering’s Committee of 100.  He previously served on the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and the university’s Capital Campaign Committees for the College of Engineering and the New York City region.