Meet Eric, Vice President, Investment Banking

"One of the things I love is that this job touches on all major business disciplines, so a well-rounded business acumen is key."

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In the beginning...

When did you start working at Mesirow?

November 2006.

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.

How he spends his time...

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.

Let's talk finance...

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.

What's uniquely Mesirow...

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.

Eric after five o'clock...

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).

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