Trevor Blake ('2012) | Business Management
Home State: Lafayette, IN
Current Residence: Upper West Side, NY
Current Employer: Analyst, Private Equity Investors, LLC (“PEI Funds”)
What is your current position and employer? Analyst, Private Equity Investors, LLC ("PEI Funds")
Brief description of your responsibilities: As an analyst, my job at PEI is to gather and process information regarding private equity assets and develop a rationale for the current value and future prospects of those assets. It is a bit esoteric, but the simple explanation is that it is my job to figure out how much my firm should pay for interests in private equity funds and individual companies.
Relevant past employer/position: While at King's, I interned in the retail brokerage division at Oppenheimer & Company.
Brief description of your responsibilities: At Oppenheimer I worked as a personal assistant to a stock broker. I was doing everything from making coffee and copies to reading economic reports and summarizing the day's market news for my broker before he started the day's phone calls to his clients.
How did King's education help and prepare you to succeed? The aptitude that was most improved and developed during my education at King's was the willingness to keep my mind open to all sorts of problems and challenges, realizing that almost anything can be learned if the proper effort is applied. I am still climbing a steep learning curve at my current job, but the appetite for understanding and critical thinking that King's helped to develop in me keeps me working, trying to improve.
What recommendations do you have for current King's students? It is too easy in the "workaholic" culture of New York to lose perspective. Make sure you are working hard for the right reasons (Colossians 3:23).
Favorite Books: The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Favorite Music: Folk, Indie Rock, Bluegrass / Country
Surprising fact: The South American sea lion is also known as lobo marino or "sea wolf."
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