Blackstone has shaped and developed me to be not just a critical and creative thinker, but also an effective leader. Everyone I’ve collaborated with here has worked hard to make me better at what I do.
What drew you to joining Blackstone?
The brand and industry position are unique and outstanding. That got me to the first interview. But it was meeting the people that made me certain this is where I wanted to make my career.
What’s your typical day like?
Every day offers variety, unpredictability and the need to think creatively. My focus ranges from deal sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities to transaction negotiation and structuring, and helping portfolio companies with their operating and financial issues.
What advice would you give potential candidates?
We’re looking for business judgment, interpersonal effectiveness, intellectual horsepower and most importantly, strong commitment. Don’t take yourself out of the running if you have a non-traditional background.
Associate, Consultant and Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group
Harvard Business School
Summer Associate in Blackstone Private Equity
Joined Blackstone Private Equity full-time, promoted to Managing
Director in 2010
For an institution with such global scale and resources, it feels like a (relatively) small firm. And colleagues are uniformly capable and motivated – it’s hard to find a weak link.
What surprised you the most about Blackstone/your group when you first joined?
How much responsibility I was given, and this coming from a summer associate who knew what to expect. Within 2 days of joining the firm full time, I was thrust into a complex multi-party workout with just a Partner, MD and an analyst on the team. This was a thoroughly enriching and demanding experience all at once.
What assignments/deals have been most rewarding?
Generally speaking, assignments where I’ve been operating at a level beyond my title, and thinking creatively with counterparts to solve problems in fluid situations, have been the most rewarding.
How has Blackstone helped your career aspirations?
Having switched groups within the firm, I can personally attest to Blackstone’s efforts to advance peoples’ careers. I believe the firm understands that its people are its most important asset, and so invests accordingly.
Graduated from Amherst College
Graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, joined full-time as an Associate
Promoted to Vice President in Restructuring
Transferred to the Private Equity / Capital Markets Group as Principal