Following a successful career as an equity options specialist/market maker, in 2010, Taylor Lukof ’03 launched the parent company of what would eventually become ABR Dynamic Funds LLC, an international global-investment firm. A management major, he is a member of the advisory board for the Student Managed Investment Fund and the Bertrand Society. He was a member of the New York/Connecticut cabinet for WE DO, the Campaign for Bucknell University.
1. How did Bucknell shape your career?
I shaped my education, both at Bucknell and in my study abroad in Vienna, in a way that prepared me for a dynamic career. When I started out as an options trader on the floor of the American Stock Exchange, little did I know that one day I would be conducting international business on a daily basis.
2. What class opened your eyes the most?
Management 101 with John Miller. The difference between a “shareholder” and a “stakeholder” was completely new to me at the time, and now stakeholders factor into every decision we make as a firm.
3. If you could go back to college, what would you do differently?
Not a single thing. One wastes too much time worrying about what one could have done differently rather than learning from what actually happened.
4. What fun moment at Bucknell is the most memorable for you?
Freshman-year orientation and fraternity rush/bid night. Making new friends and seeing a few old faces, while entering into unfamiliar social situations, was simultaneously exciting and anxiety-filled.
5. What lesson did you learn at Bucknell that you still carry with you?
No matter how many unique and stressful situations you find yourself in, you will be fine if you work hard, stay focused on the long run and show up on time.