Bob Long

'17 MBA

Associate Relationship Manager, PNC

Favorite class at VSB and why?

The Global Strategic Practicum was a class that linked the various skills we learned over a series of different classes, and did so in a case-based, team-oriented classroom environment. This was a great capstone-style class to close out our MBA experience and to prepare us for decision-making in our future business endeavors.

Most important thing you learned?

When this question is asked, I rarely come up with a good answer. Was the fine-tuning of my financial modeling skills more important than the analytical design and framework skills that I developed? Will the Corporate Restructuring class help me with a client or prospect issue in the future? It is difficult to pinpoint one technical skill that I developed over the course of the program that was most valuable.

I would argue that the most important thing I learned at Villanova is that so much can be learned by simply listening to others that have different perspectives. A great aspect of this program is that it pulled some very bright minds from different backgrounds and career paths. For three hours, twice per week, these minds converged in a classroom that promoted dialogue, discussion and learning in a way that was very unique. I was able to garner additional perspective from these class sessions that I can take with me and leverage in my career moving forward.

Favorite Villanova memory?

My trip to Houston, TX in early April of 2016, and the opportunity to watch Villanova win the National Championship on a buzzer-beating three point basket from Kris Jenkins was one of the great memories of my young life.

In the school context specifically, the international business trip our class took to Vietnam and Singapore gave me incredible perspective on the world economy and the drivers that shape it. It truly was a comprehensive experience that added color and depth to the many lessons we learned in class over our two years in the program.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis. It is a book exploring the inefficiencies of various elements of markets and individual thought processes by examining the relationship of two Israeli psychologists.

Where to find Bob