St. Croix, USVI – Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP Co-Founder David A. Johnson on Friday, April 1, participated in the University of West Georgia’s SAS Analytics Summit, where students present their year-end projects related to data analytics.
Johnson, an alumnus of the school, participates in the summit every year to meet and discuss the SAS certification program at UWG’s Richards College of Business. In 2011, Johnson provided a significant donation to establish the David A. Johnson Applied Econometrics and Analytics Fund to support a dedicated professorship within the program.
SAS is software that offers applications in data entry, forecasting, financial modeling and time series analysis. It is used by business, financial and economic institutions as well as academia.
“The University of West Georgia made such a significant impact on my life and success, and I want to ensure other young people have the same opportunity to succeed in this field and learn these skills,” Johnson said. “I am so proud of these students, who daily demonstrate that UWG produces top quality students that any employer would be lucky to hire.”
During this year’s SAS Analytics Summit, Johnson talked about credit card debt, credit scores and how their data is evaluated. During the SAS summit, students present the culmination of their research projects that solve real life problems using the SAS software.
The program has benefited a number of people by allowing them to enter into the competitive field of data analytics. Graduate Brittany Benefield, for example, is now a cost and energy analysis intern at the Southern Company. She enrolled in the program because of her strong interest in statistics and thought the certificate would set her apart.
“I would thank David Johnson for providing us with the ability to utilize a program not readily available at all colleges,” Benefield said. “This program makes our university more desirable for students who would like to pursue a career in statistics, and it provides students already in the Richards College of Business an opportunity to gain a unique skill set that is valuable to future employers. I personally appreciate the program because I know I would not have gained my current internship without the training provided in this program. The professors who are a part of this program are very involved and interested in the students’ success, and I’m appreciative of the donor for making the program possible as well as the professors for being so supportive and encouraging throughout my time in the program. Mr. Johnson’s investment at our university has allowed the students around me and myself to become competitive potential employees and graduate school applicants in a field where statistical experience and data management knowledge is highly valued.”
For more information on the SAS certification program, visit www.westga.edu/business.
In addition to Johnson’s support for his alma mater West Georgia University, Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, and its co-founders Johnson and Kirk Chewning, also partner with the local University of the Virgin Islands to offer the Enhanced Business Computational Science and Modeling program on St. Croix. In addition to supporting the program, Cane Bay Partners has hired several graduates of the program.
“Demand around the world is high for these types of skills, right here on St. Croix we have a demand, so it is critical as a good corporate citizen that we support the programs through donations as well as providing these graduates with opportunities to apply their skills,” Chewning said.
About Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP: Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP was formed in June 2009 and founded by internationally experienced business executives with many years of experience in the financial services industry. Focusing our efforts primarily in the financial services industry, our management consulting practice specializes in providing services to clients in need of sophisticated risk management models, debt collections organizations which require liquidation models and analytics, and portfolio management companies desiring a variety of services. More specifically, our practice has elected to specialize in three areas where we believe our core competencies reside: (1) management consulting (2) risk management/scorecard development and (3) service provider analysis.
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