M.B.A. Alumnus Named a "40 Under 40" Winner for Helping to Shape Pittsburgh Region Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Job title: Relationship Manager and Assistant Vice President, Private Client Group
Employer: PNC Bank
Degrees earned: M.B.A. with a concentration in management, Point Park University; B.A. in liberal arts with concentrations in economics and political science, Whittier College
Graduation years: 2013 and 2000
Hometowns: Sewickley, Pa. and Carlsbad, Calif.
High Schools: Central Catholic High School and Carlsbad High School
Now living in: Shadyside section of Pittsburgh with my partner, Tim McVay, and our cats Sparkles and Sprinkles
Professional memberships/honors: Board of Trustees member for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Chatham Baroque; honored by Whirl Magazine in 2011 for "Couples Who Make a Difference"
Hobbies/interests: Reading, travel and golf
Point Park University M.B.A. alumnus David Bush was named a 2014 "40 Under 40" honoree by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project. Individuals under the age of 40 receive this award for their commitment to shaping the Pittsburgh region and "making it a better place for everyone to live, work and play."
What was your reaction to being named a 40 Under 40 winner?
My reaction was one of surprise! Knowing what a great pool of candidates are nominated every year makes it a wonderful honor and I'm very grateful to the selection committee. Jokingly, most of my friends thought I was too old to be an honoree. With friends like mine, who needs …
Why did you decide to pursue an M.B.A. degree?
Education has always been important to my family and me. Point Park was a wonderful fit for my situation. It dovetailed beautifully with my work schedule and home life. I'm grateful to work for a company that values education and helped me achieve this goal. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank my partner, Tim McVay, for his support. I'm lucky to have him in my life.
Discuss the reasons you chose Point Park for graduate school.
Point Park offered what I was looking for in an M.B.A. program including small class sizes, professors with industry knowledge and a working student body who can address what's going on in today's workforce and economy.
In what ways has the M.B.A. program helped you in your position at PNC?
An M.B.A. degree is a building block in the foundation of the banking industry. As a lifelong learner, constantly exploring new ideas and looking at different perspectives is crucial in an ever-changing global economy. As an aside, it was fun talking with my clients about what my class was discussing at the time. Clients would often ask me how classes were going. Their support was very encouraging.
What are your career goals?
Hopefully, to continue helping my clients achieve their financial goals and assist them through their various life events. It would be great to continue my education and eventually teach business classes.
What advice do you have for working professionals considering an M.B.A. degree?
Do it! An M.B.A. is great way to sharpen your skill sets and learn about economic trends.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you for this opportunity to talk about my M.B.A. experience. Go Pioneers!