Our Benefactors

The Masters Investment Learning Center was funded entirely through the generosity of private donations. It occupies a very visible, high-profile space in the Haslam College of Business and provides the college with a facility offering real-world market investment experiences.


  • Michael and Suzanne Masters
  • Jim and Natalie Haslam
  • Christopher and Quinita LaPorte
  • G. Adam and Tabatha F. McClain
  • Larry and Vivian Carroll
  • Regions Foundation

Michael W. Masters

The Masters Investment Learning Center is named for Michael W. Masters (HCB ’89), who gave a substantial donation to the Haslam College of Business in gratitude for the education he received at UT and in the hope of helping the next generation of finance professionals develop a deeper understanding of capital and commodity markets and their effects on broader society.

Masters founded Masters Capital Management, an investment management firm, in 1995. He has become a passionate advocate of financial reform in the public interest, testifying numerous times in front of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, as well as various U.S. regulatory agencies. A recipient of the 2004 Open Your Heart award from Hedge Funds Care, Masters serves on the boards of several charitable and private organizations.

Become a Benefactor

Financial support helps the Masters ILC purchase new Bloomberg terminals, pay for our software licenses, provide more programs for students and fund scholarships and fellowships for our Bloomberg Financial Analysts. If you would like to support the Masters ILC, there are many ways to give.

Please contact one of our development staff members to discuss how to make the most of your gift or donate today online.