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Michael Ottaunick

'14 VSB

Business Development Associate, GLG

Favorite class at VSB and why?

Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean because it helped me to understand the global business market in an area of the world that I would not otherwise have studied. It also taught me the importance of good economic decision making by government officials, and the consequences that arise when decisions are not made in the long-term best interests of the people.

Most important thing you learned?

Villanova taught me how to become a part of a community. Getting involved in the workplace is so important early on in your career because it helps you make connections and learn about areas of your company that you would not otherwise have access to. Spending four years at Villanova and increasingly taking on leadership roles helped me to learn just how meaningful it is to develop positive working relationships.

Favorite Villanova memory?

Villanova basketball, specifically becoming a founding member of the Villanova Basketball Fan Club and working tirelessly to design the t-shirt and plan the White Out for the Villanova vs. Syracuse basketball game in 2013. For those who remember, this game ended with the student-body storming the WFC court; definitely an appropriate ending for an event that took a lot of planning and hard work.

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently re-reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis. There are hundreds of business lessons that can be learned from this book about the changing baseball industry, not the least of which are looking for value in places where others cannot see it, and never accepting that a problem has already been solved in the best way possible.

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