The students who make up the CMG each year are selected by the finance faculty. A number of factors are considered in the selection process including (but not limited to):
- Overall academic performance
- Academic performance in finance courses
- Performance in FIN 460
- Level of class participation
- Ability to work with others
- Level of interest and excitement about investing
Generally, ten students are chosen to be on the CMG team. Nine of the students are each assigned to one of the economic sectors associated with the S&P 500 Index (with energy and utilities combined into one sector). The tenth student is the international analyst and is responsible for managing the Charger Fund.
The CMG is organized as simply as possible to accomplish its objective. It is composed of an Oversight Board, an Advisory Board, a Faculty Advisor, and the Student Analysts.
The CMG Oversight Board
The Oversight Board oversees the activities of the CMG. They may be called upon to help create an effective organizational structure, oversee the implementation of the portfolio agreement with adequate controls, and assist in providing educational opportunities for the students. They are invited to participate in the annual CMG presentation. The current members of the Oversight Board are:
- Mr. W.F. Sanders, Vice-President - Smith Barney
- Mrs. Mary Lou Durkee, Private Investor
- Mr. Robert Mayes, President and CEO - Blue Creek Investment Partners
- Dr. Caron St. John, Dean of the College of Business Administration - UAHuntsville
- Dr. Dorla Evans, Chair, Dept. of Accounting and Finance - UAHuntsville
- Dr. John Burnett (ex officio), CMG Faculty Advisor, Associate Professor of the College of Business- UAHuntsville
The Faculty Advisor
The Faculty Advisor organizes the course, acts as a liaison to the Oversight and Advisory Boards, acts as the liason to the TVA, executes transactions, and monitors compliance with the TVA and Charger Fund investment agreements.
The Student Analysts
The Student Analysts gather and analyze company and industry-wide data about common stocks, and make oral and written recommendations for appropriate investment actions.