Sixth Annual UT “Smokey” Mountain Finance Conference*

May 4-6, 2023

Lodging accommodations are at the Dancing Bear Lodge. Meals and sessions are held at the resort event center and “The Landing”.

* “Smokey” is the mascot for the University of Tennessee. The conference is named after a combination of the Smoky Mountains and “Smokey” the dog. 

Thursday, May 04

6 p.m.-12 a.m.

Cocktail Reception

6:45 p.m.-12 a.m.

Welcome Dinner

8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Networking Event

Friday, May 05

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast for conference participants and their guests

8:30-11:30 a.m.


Depending on weather, we may shift hiking to Friday afternoon and hold Sessions 1 and 2 in the morning

12:15-1:15 p.m.


1:30-3:15 p.m.

Session 1

3:30-5:15 p.m.

Session 2

Rabih Moussawi, Villanova University | The Role of Taxes in the Rise of ETFs

Kumar Venkataraman, Southern Methodist University | Asymmetric Information and Receiving Investor Outcomes in the Block Market for Corporate Bonds

6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.


7:30 p.m.-12 a.m.

Networking Activity

Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, May 06

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast for participants and their guests

8:30-10:15 a.m.

Session 3

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Mid-Morning Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Session 4

12:15 p.m.-12 a.m.


Will be boxed in case some need to head out to catch flights