When did you start working at Mesirow?
What drew you to Mesirow?
I had a great internship experience here at Mesirow. From the start, I knew it would be a cultural fit for me. I knew the firm had a strong brand, and it was only cemented through my hands-on experience. This made me confident in my decision to join the team.
Tell us about the evolution of your career here at Mesirow:
I started out in our Consulting group and was on the team for seven years. Having completed my MBA during this time, I was looking to make a career move within Mesirow. Brian Price, president and COO, Investment Banking (IB), presented me with the opportunity to join the IB group.
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in Investment Banking?
During my undergraduate studies, I found the cache of banking attractive. But, the banks weren't recruiting at UW-Madison, so I never pursued that interest. Instead, I worked at a hedge fund of funds and then I joined the Peace Corps. As one might imagine, not many Peace Corps volunteers are targeting IB! My career path has been somewhat unconventional.
Tell us about your role:
As a vice president, my primary focus is executing transactions. While my role differs from deal to deal, I am typically quarterbacking the various work streams required to get a deal done.
What inspires you to come to work each day?
Providing for my family, supporting my colleagues, serving my clients and developing as a banker.
What excites you about the Investment Banking space?
When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. While I never had the risk profile to launch a startup, I find this profession very entrepreneurial. Our clients are typically founders. Our managing directors are each ambitious and driven in their business and development efforts. I will eventually, hopefully soon, focus on developing my own practice, which is akin in a sense to launching a startup.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in this area?
Find a good internship at a bank where you align with your colleagues, as you spend a lot of time together as an analyst. You need to be in a good, supportive culture where you fit in for that to be a positive experience.
What skills are important for someone in your role within Investment Banking?
Communication in all facets- email, phone and in person. Focus on your business writing and your time management. However, one of the things I love about this job is that it touches on all the major business disciplines, so a well-rounded business acumen is key.
Tell us about a success story:
With every deal closed, you feel immense satisfaction. I know this may read like a cop-out answer, but it's true! Deals typically take five or six months from start to finish, with ups and downs along the way, so there's a major sense of accomplishment each time we get to the finish line.
Tell us about something that is unique to Mesirow:
No jerks allowed! It's a rule. As a small, tight-knit group, there is no room for that.
What would you tell a new hire?
This is a place where you can build your career - it's not a typical two-year analyst role and then you're forced to look elsewhere.
Tell us a bit about yourself outside of work:
I live in the city with my wife, three-year-old boy, 16-month-old girl and our dog. Not that I'm complaining but working and raising young children leaves limited time for pursuing personal interests these days!
What is your mantra?
Nothing fancy... I live by the intent of staying calm and collected (or, at least, maintaining that appearance).