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Golder Center Alumni


Nate Barajas

Investment Banking Analyst, William Blair and Co. - Golder Center Student Director

"I first heard about the Center my junior year and knew next to nothing about Private Equity. I began to participate in the case competitions and learned a lot of valuable information very quickly. My Golder Center involvement led me to a career in Private Equity, more specifically the world of Leveraged Buyouts. I hope to remain active in the Golder Center upon graduation."

Advice to Underclassmen: "Network Early, and Network Often. Academics can only take you so far in life. Private Equity is one of the most competitive industries in business, and any private equity professional will tell you that relationships matter."

Alex Florea

Investment Banking Analyst, Citigroup - Golder Center Fellow

"The Golder Center shaped my experience by giving me very direct exposure to Private Equity and, by extension, Investment Banking, it helped me understand the business environment and gave me a very good feel for valuation and deal structure; this proved invaluable during interviews."

Advice to Underclassmen: "Accumulate as many diverse experiences as possible; if you're curious about something try it because even if it doesn't pan out the breadth of experience it will give you a wider and more effective perspective on whatever you do eventually focus on."

Phil Nguyen

Investment Banking Analyst, Lazard Freres & Co. - Golder Center Fellow

"The Golder Center has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences during college. The case competitions always challenged me to learn more about the industry and back-up my assumptions with the tough judges."

Advice to Underclassmen: "Get involved in a lot of things and not only participate, but become a leader. Try and leave the organization better than when you entered and make a difference."


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