New Exhibition at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

An MBA graduate of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Thomas Finke has served as the chairman and CEO of Barings, LLC, since 2008. Thomas (Tom) Finke is a member of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is home to a collection of more than 1,400 artworks by influential artists of the 20th century, including Picasso, Giacometti, Nicholson, Warhol, and Le Corbusier. On April 5, 2019, the Bechtler opened its doors for the public viewing of an exhibition called Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era, which features more than 40 tapestries by artists who specialized in architecture, painting, and sculpture.

Open until December 1, the exhibition shows how the centuries-old medium of tapestry art was adapted and reinvented in the 20th century. The tapestries include popular works by Marc Chagall and Frank Stella along with eight pieces of Le Corbusier’s work from 1948 to 1965.

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Pinehurst Resort and Country Club Unveils No. 4 Course

Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
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Senior financial executive Thomas Finke serves as the chairman and CEO of Barings, LLC, an investment management firm with a global presence in 16 countries and over $300 billion in assets under management. Outside of work, Thomas “Tom” Finke spends his free time with his family, fishing, reading, and playing golf.

North Carolina is home to some of the most popular and lavish golf destinations in the United States, including the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. In fact, despite the damages brought about by Hurricane Florence in September 2018, Pinehurst did not disappoint when it unveiled its new No. 4 course designed by the renowned golf course architect, Gil Hanse.

Named by GOLF Magazine as the “Best New Course You Can Play” in 2018, the Pinehurst No. 4 is an 18-hole course that features expansive green landscape melding with exposed sands that fit perfectly into the natural rolling topography of the area. The redesign of No. 4 is part of a series of bold changes to the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club after the restoration of No. 2, the development of nine-hole short course named “The Cradle,” expansion of the putting course called “Thistle Dhu,” and renovations to No. 3.

The United States Golf Association has selected both Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 as co-hosts for the upcoming 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Jeff Shaara, Popular Author of Historical Wartime Novels

Jeff Shaara
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Financial executive Thomas Finke has served as the chairman and CEO of Barings, an investment management firm, for 10 years. Away from work, Thomas (Tom) Finke enjoys reading novels by one of his favorite writers, Jeff Shaara.

A popular author of wartime novels, Jeff Shaara had a nontraditional start to his writing career. His father Michael Shaara was the successful writer of The Killer Angels, on which the 1993 motion picture Gettysburg was based. Due to the success of the film, a publishing company recruited Jeff Shaara, who was not a writer at the time, to pen a sequel to his late father’s book.

As a result, Jeff Shaara’s first novel, Gods and Generals, was published by Ballantine Books in 1996. The book quickly ascended the New York Times Best Seller list and won the American Library Association’s prestigious Boyd Award. Since then, Jeff Shaara has written books on the American Revolution, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War.

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SFIG Partners with WiS to Inspire Women Leaders

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WiS Week 2018
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A successful corporate executive, Thomas “Tom” Finke serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Barings, a global financial services firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thomas Finke is a member of the board of directors at Structured Finance Industry Group.

Based in Washington, DC, the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG) is a membership organization that focuses on the importance of securitization to thrive in the real economy. In August 2018, SFIG featured an event called WiS Week 2018 hosted by the Women in Securitization (WiS) Initiative, a program that aims to encourage women’s advancement through industry engagement, peer mentoring and sponsorship, education initiatives, and events.

The WiS Week 2018 invited author and leadership expert Betsy Myers to deliver a keynote to more than 300 attendees on the topic of “The Leader in You – How to Be Your Authentic Self While Also Being Strategic to Get Results.” Betsey Myers talked about achieving true leadership by embracing one’s personal story and understanding his or her role in society. Betsy Myers also shared best practices on what authentic leaders do to establish meaningful relationships and succeed in their chosen careers.