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Mark Wallach won of three Distinguished Leadership Awards presented by the Rutgers Business School.

2015 Distinguished Leadership Award Winner: Mark Wallach, Rutgers Business School – Newark Undergraduate Program

The dean’s Distinguished Leadership Award was created in 2011 to recognize student leaders from Rutgers Business School's graduate program and its undergraduate programs in Newark and New Brunswick. The award is given to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, service to RBS and leadership potential. The name of each recipient is also engraved on the Rutgers Business School bell.

On Sunday, May 17, the three Distinguished Leadership Award recipients for 2015 will carry the Rutgers Business School bell as the graduating class files into High Point Solutions Stadium during the Rutgers University Commencement. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.

Mark Wallach, who majored in finance and in accounting, was chosen to receive this year’s award from the undergraduate program in Newark. Wallach completed his classes last semester and officially graduated in January.  He currently works full-time doing equity research at Credit Suisse.

Why did you decide to study business?

"When I first began college, I decided to study business–first finance and thenaccounting as well–because I thought it was challenging, rewarding, and fun. I knew that working in finance was very demanding, but I was willing to work hard and to do whatever was necessary as long as I had a goal to reach. So I asked myself who I wanted to be in 10 years, and it was clear that this was the path that would lead me there."

In which clubs/activities were you involved at Rutgers Business School?

"The student organization that I was most involved with was the Rutgers Finance Society (RFS), which is the finance club on the Newark campus. I served as club president for three semesters. I was also involved with Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers (LIBOR), the finance club on the New Brunswick campus, both as a student and in co-promoting events between the two campuses. Another extremely rewarding experience was serving as an informal student ambassador for Junior Achievement of New York (JANY), which gave me the opportunity to coordinate and participate in multiple volunteer events with representatives from JANY, Goldman Sachs and other financial services firms."
Which RBS class was your favorite and why?

"My favorite RBS class was Dr. John Longo's course on hedge funds. It was practical and realistic, and it covered a topic that I was deeply interested in. There was a small history portion to it as well, studying businesses people that I deeply admired, which made it that much more interesting and exciting to me. On top of that, it was taught by a well-renown and successful practitioner who brought invaluable, up-to-the-minute advice to augment the class material. I am certain that the material I learned and the people I met in that class will serve me well in the future."

What do you think the program has done to prepare you for your future?

"The Rutgers Business School program has without a doubt played an instrumental role in preparing me for the real-world and my future in finance. Aside from all the technical knowledge I acquired in class, the challenging environment and access to professionals was extremely conducive to learning. Being around great people and friends every day pushed me to constantly challenge myself to stay ahead. Rutgers taught me that there is no limit to what one can accomplish."

What was your favorite "RBS Moment?"

"My favorite RBS moment was during the Rutgers Office of Student Life & Leadership Awards Ceremony when I accepted a Legacy Award on behalf of the Rutgers Finance Society. To me that was a way of conveying that I had accomplished my goal and created something that would give back for years to come and would contribute to the success of future leaders coming out of RBS."

-Sean Ireland


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