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Matt Bauer

Matt Bauer

MVision Private Equity Advisors

Associate

Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and MBA at London Business School

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Years at College Works: 2004

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: MVision Private Equity Advisors

Title: Associate

Industry: Finance

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

At MVision, I am responsible with the coordination, distribution and execution of multi-million dollar fundraises aimed at institutional investors. I also take great pride in improving back office operations.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Leaving the Army (my comfort zone), moving across the ocean and starting graduate school in finance and accounting. It was a triple whammy and very difficult yet (so far!) it seems I've come out on top.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP taught me how to cold call and sell - a skill that few have!

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP gave me the opportunity to lead teams. I put those experiences immediately to work once in the Army. I also learned how to manage a diverse group of stakeholders and that skill is valuable today.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

"I remember several specific clients. I think my most memorable is a lady who painted her old Victorian home hot pink and purple. In general, my clients knew they were taking a bit of a gamble on me and paying a premium, but they did so for a good product and to shape my future."

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Build a good team and they will take care of you.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

I've done a pretty poor job at staying in touch although I do try to follow people on social media.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

"CWP - painting homes and shaping leaders This is pretty bad. I need a bit more time to think of a good one!"

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Don't be satisfied with your current sales and production numbers. You should set unrealistic but physically attainable targets and go for them.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

An internship with CWP provides interns with leadership experience and real world project management experience. These skills are directly transferable to their target industry.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

"I came to business school with a mechanical engineering degree and work experience from the Army. I switched function, industry and geography (said by many to be extremely difficult) while here --- twice! My advice would be that if you want something then go for it whole heartedly and don't get down. It takes time and effort. Also, realize that you need a certain benchmark to get past the HR folk to real decision makers."

Last words of wisdom

Set you sights high. Talk to people that have walked the walk and go for it!