Co-founder & General Partner, NewSpring Capital
Favorite class at VSB and why?
This is likely not a common answer, but my favorite class was Intermediate Accounting with Dr. Tim Monahan. Dr. Monahan was both a teacher and a business person. This combination is rare. He not only ensured we understood the fundamentals and concepts (which, as one could guess, can be dry at times), but he brought the material to life with real world examples. In addition, his style was to engage students in conversations about the material. Looking back, he made me a better student and ultimately a better professional.
Most important thing you learned?
Villanova taught we to think critically – to move beyond finding the correct answer to why that answer is correct. Or, in some cases, there is not just one correct answer. The world is filled with “gray areas” and critical thinking, and judgment is the key to success in the business world.
Favorite Villanova memory?
I have so many good memories of my time at Villanova it would be impossible to pick just one. As I think back, I think of the great times I had with my friends – many of whom are still close friends more than 20 years later.
While not a memory of my time as a student, I am sure I will treasure the memories of two weeks ago for a lifetime. My daughters (9 and 12) are big Villanova basketball fans. We stayed up late to watch the big game and my daughters and I will never forget Kris Jenkins’ shoot at the buzzer to win the 2016 NCAA Championship. My girls celebrated all week including going to campus the following day to welcome the team home and then heading into Philadelphia for the victory parade. Priceless memories.
What are you currently reading?
King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone by David Carey and John E. Morris.