“What I lack in wit I make up for with dad jokes and hard work.”
Hometown: Linwood, New Jersey
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a twin brother.
Undergraduate School and Major: Villanova University – Finance & Economics
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: UBS – Associate Director: FX and Rates Distribution
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the school’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Stern’s strong finance reputation as well as its unique location in the heart of the world’s financial center gave me confidence that I would learn a great deal in the classroom while having direct access to most of the industry’s top firms.
What makes you most excited about getting your MBA at NYU Stern? What makes you most nervous? I am most excited to work with and learn from my classmates and professors. The Stern community is filled with exceptionally bright individuals. I am looking forward to building my network and leveraging my previous work and life experiences to positively contribute to my classmates’ MBA journey. I am most nervous about the actual monetary investment in an MBA program.
What club or activity excites you most at this school? It would be the Graduate Finance Association because it will provide me with valuable interview preparation in addition to its mentorship, speaker, and networking opportunities.
What word best describes the NYU Stern classmates you’ve met so far? Why? Helpful. Every student I have spoken to thus far, both in the class of 2021 as well as my own truly wants me to succeed. The mentality is, “How can I help you?”, not “How can I help myself?”
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Most salespeople in an investment bank learn or work with one product. I was provided the opportunity to learn multiple products in my first two years at the firm and leveraged this to cover and work with some of the region’s largest hedge fund accounts very early on. This enabled me to work in both New York and London and build a reputation as a competent and driven salesperson both internally and externally.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? Sales and trading has changed dramatically even in the five years I worked in the business. When I first started, the role was much more entrepreneurial and I felt like I was learning so much every day. A year ago, I hit an inflection point where my learning plateaued and I began to explore other career paths. I also realized I missed the classroom. An MBA was the perfect pursuit to allow me to get back in the learning mode, focus on myself and my goals, and make a career pivot. Additionally, from a timing perspective, I now feel confident that my work experience and maturity level will allow me to maximize the value I can get from an MBA program as well as maximize the value I can contribute towards my classmates’ experiences.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? HBS (Harvard); Wharton (Penn)
What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process?
“Tell me about yourself – something that I don’t see on your resume.”
This is always a tricky one because there are so many paths you can go down. I just stayed humble and honest so that the interviewer knew exactly who Stern would be getting if the admissions team accepted me into the program.
How did you determine your fit at various schools? I first knew that I wanted to go to school in the Northeast. To find information on MBA programs, I used websites like Poets&Quants as well as an extensive MBA school guide from Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep company, that went into detail about each of the top MBA programs’ strengths, weaknesses, top career paths, professors, etc. I wanted a school with a strong finance program in addition to innovation and leadership development.
What have you been doing to prepare yourself for business school? I have been reaching out to current MBA2s to get information on classes, clubs, and internship interview timelines so that I feel well-prepared come September. Mostly, I have been trying to relax and enjoy time with family and close friends. My travel plans for the summer were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID outbreak, but it allowed me the opportunity to spend much needed time at my childhood home with my parents and friends I rarely get to see anymore.
What was your defining moment and how did it prepare you for business school? My defining moment at UBS was when I was asked to work in London for the spring of 2019. This move was the culmination of several years of working with our Europe teams to build out our hybrid Foreign Exchange (FX) and Rates sales model as well as grow cross-regional accounts and share best practices across centers. This experience enabled me to work with multiple high-level managers and a highly diverse team to significantly increase revenue with several of our larger global accounts, which are skills I know will serve me well when pursuing my MBA.
What is your favorite company and what could business students learn from them? Huckberry, a San Francisco-based clothing store. Through this company I’ve learned that an audience of one is the building block for any great company. Make the products for yourself first, not for a large group of people. When you make a product that solves the needs of one person, chances are it actually is a solution for many others as well.
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