How does the world of finance connect to our faith?
Adam Berry is a Vice President on the Bank Loan Trading Desk at a leading global investment bank in New York. He graduated from Princeton University in 2009, cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and minors in Political Economy and African-American Studies. While on campus, Adam was a member of the Princeton Varsity Football Team and elected Tri-Captain his senior year. Currently, he is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Adam sits on the New York Associate Board of the nonprofit organization Common Threads. He currently attends Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills, New York where he serves as a participant in the Young Adult Ministry and Scholarship Ministry. He is also part of a small fellowship of Christian Union alumni in NYC.
A native of Bel Air, Maryland, Adam currently resides in Manhattan with his wife Amber.
April Tam received her Bachelor’s in Engineering at MIT in 2005 and her MBA at Columbia Business School EMBA program in 2009. She has been at Morgan Stanley for the last 10 years and is currently an Executive Director on their equity derivatives team. Her “other life” outside of Wall Street consists of being part of the vibrant community at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, leading & hosting various community groups and living life in a generous and adventurous way. Over the past few years, she has served at orphanages in South Africa and Haiti, often bringing friends from work or church to experience the beauty of the Haitian community she came across in the Northwest region. These experiences from overseas have planted a deep seed in her to be a voice for the poor and fight for justice while leveraging her Wall Street life where resources to make a difference are found abundantly. Her goal is to connect her two worlds and use these assets (physical and social) to organically create a ripple effect allowing more people to be involved in creating jobs for the poor. She strongly believes in giving a “hand up” in addition to hand outs which is one of the main goals that led her to her recent venture of Fresh Soul Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, a social enterprise that will be using 100% of its net profit to fund justice work they do through non profit foundation arm of the social business.
Erik has worked in the banking sector for 25 years and currently runs the New York based energy project finance team for Japan's largest bank, MUFG. His career experience includes raising over $35 billion for clients in the oil & gas, power, mining, and infrastructure sectors, acting as advisor or arranger for over 100 transactions spanning debt and equity capital markets, syndicated loans, and agency financing. Prior to joining MUFG in 2011, Erik worked for Citigroup, JPMorgan, and UBS primarily focused on energy and infrastructure assets, as well as acting as a senior advisor to the US Department of Energy.
Erik holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from Duke University. Prior to entering banking he served as a shipboard officer in the United Sates Navy. More importantly, Erik met Trasey at Cornell and they've been married for 27 years! Their daughter Victoria, 23, recently graduated and left the nest for Nashville TV; they miss her but are also super-excited to be moving into Manhattan later this month.