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Matthew Peckham

Full-Time MBA, Class of 2014

Manager, Corporate Development
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After receiving his bachelor’s degree in applied economics from Ithaca College, Matthew Peckham moved to Boston where he worked in commercial banking with RBS Citizens, N.A. An exemplary student at Ithaca, Matt moved adeptly into the credit analyst and portfolio manager positions he held at the bank.

However, knowing career advancement in the world of finance typically requires an MBA, Matt began his search for a business school that felt like the right fit. “I knew if I wanted to be in the finance world, there would be a ceiling if I didn’t have my MBA,” he says. “I started looking at business schools about a year before I applied. I knew I wanted to stay in the northeast and study finance—and I knew I really liked the smaller class size. That’s when I found out about Simon and saw some of their rankings. It was obvious Simon was the place to be.”

But even with a worldwide reputation for finance, it was Simon’s personal approach that really stood out for Matt. “The Admissions staff is a huge reason why I ended up coming here,” he says. “They were great from beginning to end, from speaking on the phone to coming up for my interview. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and interested in my life and helping further my career.”

Building his skill set is important to Matt, so he is looking forward to the integrated approach at Simon. “I’m going to concentrate in Finance and Strategy,” he says. “I have a strong quantitative background, but I want to learn the day-to-day details of how businesses work. I haven’t had a lot of exposure to that yet.”

Matt says he is looking forward to the challenges of a Simon MBA, and as a longtime soccer player, he enjoys the environment he has seen so far. “It seems very team-oriented here. Everyone seems to like each other and everyone seems open to working together. It’s competitive here, but in a healthy way."

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“I started looking at business schools about a year before I applied. I knew I wanted to stay in the northeast and study finance—and I knew I really liked the smaller class size. That’s when I found out about Simon and saw some of their rankings. It was obvious Simon was the place to be.”

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