Our History

COINS was formed in the Fall of 2012 after Virginia Tech alumnus Bruce Holland and his wife, Debbie, reached out to the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics to create an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about commodity markets. The Hollands made a substantial donation and formed a partnership with both the department and the Virginia Tech Foundation to establish the COINS program. Initially the group had just four students and two faculty advisors, investing in four commodities: corn, soybeans, wheat, and livestock. Since our start, the group has seen much success, growing in membership size, increasing its diversity on campus, and expanding its portfolio. Today, COINS has 30+ students, 3 faculty advisors, 15+ commodities, and a portfolio with more than $1 million AUM.

Our commitment to diversity also sets us apart from other organizations; we value different perspectives and voices, and are intentionally open to all majors, with more than 12 represented within our team currently. In COINS, all members are encouraged to bring their own experiences and perspectives to the table.