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Alumni Spark Q&A: Aubrey Hodges '99, Entrepreneur
Alumni Spark Q&A: Aubrey Hodges '99, Entrepreneur
We recently asked questions of former Alumni Council member Aubrey Hodges '99, who left Wall Street behind for the world of fashion. Here's what he had to say:

What is your passion or "spark of genius"?
Problem-solving and entrepreneurship.
How did a Dwight teacher, coach, or mentor inspire you or help to ignite your spark of genius?
Mr. Samuels challenged me academically (and influenced my decision to study economics in college). Mr. Kovacevic — Radomir — mentally prepared me through arduous physical training. Ms. Feierstein uplifted and nurtured me in math class. Mr. Spahn inspired me in so many ways.
What did you do after Dwight?
I attended Connecticut College before beginning a career on Wall Street (my mother planted that seed when I was 11 and we visited Wall Street together). For a few years, I worked on some of the largest buy-out, IPO, and security transactions alongside firms such as Goldman Sachs, De Shaw, Citadel, and Glenview. I then became Managing Partner at Maverick Research Management, leading the institutional sales desk covering hedge funds in both New York and London.
After 11 years, I decided to leave the world of finance to pursue my entrepreneurial "spark." I had discovered that men on Wall Street, often recognized for dressing in a particular — similar — way, don't have the time to find their own style and often pick clothes "off the rack." I had tried to differentiate myself through my own wardrobe and saw an opportunity to offer that service to others seeking to always look their best.
I began a line of custom-made sport coats and shirts called Aubrey Odell-New York to help men feel confident, express themselves, stand out, and "problem-solve" their wardrobe selections. I'm pleased that we now have clients here in New York, across the country, and in Europe; 30% of whom are women who buy for the men in their lives.