From developing innovative marketing strategies to creating a plan to finance a development project, Andrew Garibaldi has increased his financial acumen while pursuing his MBA at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
After graduating from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and biology in 2012, Garibaldi worked for an IT services firm for two years. During that time, he was a team leader for a project that designed an accounting system for a multinational corporation. He also developed a user guide for a credit approval system that the firm designed for a financial company. Working closely with representatives from financial firms drove Garibaldi to pursue an MBA at the Whitman School with a concentration in finance.
“The Whitman School provided me with the perfect mix of classroom learning and professional experience,” said Garibaldi. “Both were valuable to me because I had not yet taken business classes of this caliber and was eager for hands-on learning. The Whitman School also gave me an opportunity to build a professional network of both students and professors, which I have been able to rely on outside of the classroom.”
During his first year in the MBA program, Garibaldi worked with Side Hill Farmers, a local cooperative specializing in fresh meat products. Through research, Garibaldi provided the executive team with advertising strategies, as well as ways to implement a gift card and rewards program. Side Hill Farmers saw an increased customer base and more visits per customer over the subsequent year.
While at the Whitman School, Garibaldi also worked with a team to design a plan to finance a development project on a partially vacant building in downtown Syracuse. Working with listing agents, a real estate lawyer, engineering firm and consultant, Garibaldi planned out all aspects of the deal. He then put together a plan to finance the project using the sale of investment tax credits that would be gained through building renovations. He presented the plan to banks in hopes of getting approval for a loan and is negotiating with bankers at present.
Since graduating, Garibaldi is actively seeking a position in an asset management capacity within the financial services industry.