Meet The Rochester Simon MBA Class Of 2018


Treadwell Singfield II

Simon Business School, University of Rochester

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am a warm-hearted family man, passionate lifetime student, and tech-enthusiast.

Hometown: Uniondale, New York

Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m the Ronnie Lott of flag football.

Undergraduate School and Major: Georgia State University, B.S. in Physics

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Operations Analyst, Ally Commerce

Operations Manager, Ally Commerce

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I entered the world of business operations with an undergraduate degree in physics having no formal education in business. When I started as an operations analyst at Ally Commerce, my main goals were to build relationships and positively impact the business. I was able to do both. However, despite the exceptional projects and people that I have had the opportunity to work with, my biggest accomplishment has been designing a shipping software for Ally Commerce. The software changed the way the company captures, interacts, and makes decisions with data.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? I think each business school student could write a book on what to and not to do while navigating the business school process. I have three key pieces of advice.

First, every student should draw out his or her career timeline before they begin applying to business school programs. If you have an idea of where you would like to end up in the long-term, then it will be easier to craft out your short-term path to connect the dots. Also, the essay and interviews become simple when you have this level of direction. Second, you should have some type of high-level project experience before entering business school. I do not think that you necessarily need to be leading the project, but a major contribution is crucial. This exposure goes a long way when you work on teams in business school, and this goes a long way for your interviews. If you do well in those projects, it can also go a long way in your letters of recommendation! Finally, you should start early! Spend time with programs, get to know the students and staff, and find programs that click with the person you are! Schools should be excited when you apply. The worst thing is for them to have no idea who you are. Enjoy the process – you will meet so many exceptional individuals.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? I chose Simon Business School because it’s warm, supportive, and collaborative environment. The staff, faculty, alumni, and students all were extremely helpful before I even entered the full-time MBA program. The people here felt like the kind of people I wanted to develop and work with.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? At this point in my life, development and impact are most important to me. I want to be in a strategy role that will enable me to make high-level business decisions centered around incubating new products, services, and revenue streams within a technology firm. Additionally, it is important to work for a company that cares about its people, both within and outside of the firm. They also shouldn’t be intimidated by the large problems that the world faces, while also focusing on enjoying the work that they do.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? After I graduate from my MBA program, I would like for my business school peers to say that they learned something from me that positively impacted both their professional and personal lives.

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