Co-founder, Sequoia Waste Solutions
Favorite class at VSB and why?
I had the privilege of taking a lot of key Management Information Systems classes at key times in Sequoia’s development. For instance, an introduction to Salesforce CRM with Professor Wagner started 4 to 6 weeks after I had begun our own Salesforce implementation. That crossover between real-world application of the material and the academic foundation from VSB was great. As for my favorite class, it would have to be the collaborative VSB & Engineering course where we had to launch a working demo for a mobile app in one semester, along with a business plan. We ended up placing in a competition sponsored by VSB, and actually won some prize money. Our demo was an iOS app I hacked together along with a back-end infrastructure built by a computer engineer. The intended audience was, of course, college students at a bar.
Most important thing you learned?
The most important two things I learned are the time value of money from Professor Olson’s Financial Management and Reporting class and to encapsulate my group-work experiences. “If you aren’t going to do it right the first time, don’t do it at all.”
Favorite Villanova memory?
Generally, my favorite memories are just living in the community with the access and free time to enjoy hanging out with friends. Living on South Campus freshman year and then the Quad sophomore year was a really fun time in life.
What are you currently reading?
Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down by Vineet Nayar.