I spent the first six years of my career in M&A transaction related roles, the first four in investment banking and the last two in private equity. Working at my current firm, Rockbridge Growth Equity, I have come to appreciate that private equity investing goes far beyond the initial transaction - the business, industry, customer, and financial diligence. An enormous part of the job is rolling up your sleeves and working hand-in-hand with your management teams on company strategy and operations. I decided to pursue an MBA, and more specifically a Ross MBA, to compliment my transaction skill set with more of the business operating expertise that is so pervasive through the curriculum in the weekend program. Progressing through a rigorous hands-on curriculum in lock-step with a class of 95 of my peers over the next two years will provide me with the skills and the network to progress further in my career. I am thrilled to be a part of the Ross community and am happy to speak with any prospective student to discuss the benefits of pursuing a Ross MBA.