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Monday, March 17, 2014

Today marks our last day in Italy. It has been a great trip and these were experiences of a lifetime. Not only did I learn so much from every business we visited, but we became closer as a group and a team. We started the day going into the city to visit Sergio Tacchini. This is a designer with a very well known image in the tennis world as they represent one of the best, Novak Djokovic. It was interesting to hear how they market their brand to different countries and demographics with the designs of their clothing, like using a more logo oriented style in their French line.

After grabbing lunch (pizza, of course,) we made our way to Advanced Capital. This place ended up being one of my favorites of the trip because Robert Tomei is a true entrepreneur and was happy to share his story with us. Advanced Capital ranked number two in the world for investment management firms in the world, and the only Italian company in the top ten. His success stories were both remarkable and inspiring.

In the evening, we sat down for one last Italian dinner and stopped by a gelato stand before saying our good byes to Italy. The trip was incredible and I could not be more thankful and appreciative to be a part of it.