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Meet Robert Maley

Job Title & Employer
Vice President & Specialist, SAR Investigations, BNY Mellon
Major
MBA
Graduation
August 2019
Hometown
Elizabeth, Pa.
High School
Elizabeth Forward High School
Now Living In
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Beechview neighborhood)
Hobbies & Interests

Politics and public policy, philosophy, history, culture, music, travel, playing guitar, going to concerts, watching C-SPAN, and supporting the Penguins and Steelers

"Robert (Bob) Maley has been an integral part of the suspicious activity response team at a major global financial institution. As his supervisor, what I value most are Bob’s tremendously dynamic interpersonal skills. His ability to communicate expertly on a broad array of complex financial topics and concepts, both in person and in writing, is a testament in part to the stellar MBA program at Point Park."

Rob MacDonald, director and managing counsel, BNY Mellon

"I love that the liberal arts style of many of my classes allowed me to take some of the more political or philosophical concepts I’m interested in and apply them to questions of business. For example, I was able to write a paper that applied classical theories of property rights to potential space-based macroprojects and another that considered the underlying human rights implications within international trade policy."

Robert Maley

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA degree?

I studied politics when I attended Saint Vincent College for my undergraduate degree. I went down that path not necessarily because the job prospects were great, but because I’m genuinely fascinated by the subject.

After learning that my employer had a tuition assistance program, I decided that studying business and earning an MBA degree concentrated in international business would be a practical compliment to my political science degree.

What made you choose Point Park University? 

Location was the primary factor — I was able to walk to my classes from work. Point Park’s affordability was also attractive to me.

How have your MBA classes helped you in the work you do?

After finishing undergrad, I began my career in the financial industry as a bank teller. From there, I held two positions in regulatory compliance before being hired for my current job in the legal department of a major financial institution, where I conduct investigations that help protect both the Bank and the American financial system from money laundering and fraud.

This trajectory has allowed me to pick up an in-depth understanding of the inner-workings of the banking industry. Several of my classes at Point Park have significantly broadened my understanding of the broader financial system and how my company fits into it. My finance classes with Dr. Haley and my economics class with Dr. Kraniou come to mind in particular.

What is your favorite grad school memory?

I took classes on and off for about five years, so finishing my last class was quite a relief.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

As I mentioned earlier and despite my career choice, I’m not a business-oriented thinker. I love that the liberal arts style of many of my classes allowed me to take some of the more political or philosophical concepts I’m interested in and apply them to questions of business. For example, I was able to write a paper that applied classical theories of property rights to potential space-based macroprojects and another that considered the underlying human rights implications within international trade policy.


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