What is your current title and position? What does your current job entail?
I am an Associate at Western Reserve Partners, the Cleveland investment bank. We provide highly customized investment banking solutions to leading middle market companies primarily throughout the Midwest. Our primary focus is sell-side M&A advisory, but we also have strong real estate, bankruptcy/restructuring and capital raising practices. Like all of our team members, my job entails providing superior service to our clients, most of whom are successful entrepreneurs looking to gain liquidity after years of hard work.
What brought you to Weatherhead? (e.g. faculty expertise, reputation, location, etc.)
Weatherhead provided me with the opportunity to get plugged back into my hometown of Cleveland after splitting the previous ten years between Chicago and Boston. Weatherhead also had the independent, progressive and familial atmosphere that I prefer.
Why do you choose to donate to Weatherhead?
As an alumnus, I donate my time and money to Weatherhead because I believe in the school’s role as a progressive international think-tank as well as a key partner for the City of Cleveland to attract and retain the region’s best talent. I want Weatherhead to be soon recognized as the best small school in the country and at the top of all emerging Cleveland business leaders’ prospective MBA school lists.
What is your favorite Weatherhead memory?
International Institutes, Wine Society and Darden Softball, hands down. Traveling with fellow classmates to South Africa, China and Budapest/Prague was tremendous fun and highly educational. A friend of mine ran the Wine Society and it’s hard to go wrong there. Likewise, road-tripping to Virginia was a blast.
Do you have any advice for Weatherhead students currently in the same program you were in?
Take as many risks as possible because there is only upside to ‘failure’ in business school. Break the rules, create programs, change old ones—do whatever you can to improve yourself and the school; that kind of leadership is what employers notice…not GPAs.
What do you like to do in your spare time? (i.e. hobbies, interests, etc)
My wife and I frequent the Cedar Lee theatre and attend shows at the Beachland Ballroom. I also devote time to running a non-profit organization called Preemie Purple Hearts, which supports families of premature children.
If you could invite any person (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be and why?
I’ve always admired diplomats, directors and patrons, so it’s a tie between Benjamin Franklin, Michel Gondry and Lorenzo de’Medici. Regardless, I’ll go out drinking afterwards with Jackson Pollack.