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MT Bulletin May 2011

MT Bulletin May 2011

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Published by: Jaime Davis At UPenn on May 12, 2011
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In November, Siddharth Chandrasekhar (M&T ‘11) made anappearance on College Jeopardy!, putting together a run to thesemifinals on national TV. Sid wrote the following articleabout his experience on “America’s Favorite Quiz Show.”
I have been a big fan of Jeopardy! for as long as I canremember. Every night around dinner time, my entirefamily including my mom, dad, and two brothers gettogether to watch the day's episode. Before this year, Ihad only taken the online test once, and I didn't evenknow the date of this year's test. In fact, I only found outabout it a couple of hours before the test when my friendtold me that he was planning on taking it. I then quicklyfound a computer in the building we were in and signedup to be able to take the test. After taking it, I felt prettygood but I had blanked on at least a couple of thequestions. I wasn't sure when I would hear back so I hadforgotten all about it when a couple of weeks later, I gotan email saying that Ihad gotten the callback.There were five audition cities around the US and one ofthem was Philadelphia, so I selected that since I wasgoing to be working in the area over the summer. I wasthen told that my scheduled try-out time was on June21st at 9:00 AM at the Sheraton Society Hill down onDock Street. So on that day, I went down there for thetryout and was in a group with around 25 otherstudents. Then, we had to take a 50 question written testwith around eight seconds to answer each question.After that, the Jeopardy Contestant Department selectedthree of us at a time so that we could play a mock gameto get a feel for how gameplay would work. Finally, theyinterviewed everyone to see how clearly everyone wasspeaking and how personable they were. At the end ofthe audition, they let us know that only 15 people totalwould make it from around the country.I had pretty much written off my chances of gettingselected to be on the show and was focusing instead onthe beginning of senior year and the job hunt. Then, aftera few weeks of class, I was in my room in the afternoonwhen I got a call from an unknown 310 area codenumber. When I found out that it was Jeopardy! callingand that I had made it onto the show, I was shocked anddidn't know how to respond. After the end of the call, Iwas still in disbelief and then walked to the commonroom where the rest of my house mates were sittingwatching TV to tell them the good news. After theycongratulated me, I called my parents, and theyimmediately started making plans to come down for thetaping with my brother.In the month that I have had to prepare for being on theshow, I had pretty much just been watching the dailyepisodes, keeping my mind alert, going to bar quizzoand practicing my reflexes for the buzzer.On the day of the taping, we had to meet up in the lobbyat 7:30 in the morning, and I was really excited to finallymeet all of the other contestants. When I got down, mostof the other contestants were there with their parents,and we all introduced ourselves and found out wherewe all went to school. The entire one hour ride to thestudio went by very quickly as Maggie was explainingall of the rules and what to expect when we reached thestudio.After getting some makeup and tapinginterviews/promos, we were finally able to stand behindthe actual Jeopardy! podiums on the actual Jeopardy!stage to play a mock game. Getting a feel for the buzzerand how to time it was very tricky for everyone but wewere able to play a couple rounds while having fun andcheering each other on. During any free time, all of uswere getting to know each other and what I found outwas that this was an awesome group of people whowere very easy to talk to and had very interestingstories. There was absolutely no tension between anyoneand we all started talking about our favorite movies andTV shows.The entire experience was unbelievably fun, and I got tomeet some amazing people. It is definitely somethingthat I will never forget and always be able to tell storiesabout for years to come.
 Newsletter of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology
Edited by Eve Lee (M&T ’12) and Matt Vogel (M&T ’12)
 M&T: A True Daily Double
May 2011
 Alumni Updates
Nicolas Valls (M&T ‘04)
recently took a position asAssociate Director at The PrinceRidge Group LLC, anew investment bank in NYC, after spending fouryears at RBS in the Leveraged Finance Group inNew York. He is excited to be part of a growing firmthat has aspirations to have a meaningful presence ininvestment banking. Nicolas can be reached atnvalls@alumni.upenn.edu.
Greg Sugar (M&T '95)
relocated back to San Fran-cisco in 2010 after a 4-year stint in New York to joinsocial gaming juggernaut, Zynga. At Zynga, Greg isDirector of Revenue Operations and focuses ondeveloping advertising opportunities for majorbrands that want to reach Zynga's audience of over200MM monthly active users. Zynga is in constanthiring mode -- the 3 year old company currently has1,300 employees and is always looking for newrockstars. Greg can be contacted atgsugar@gmail.com.
Scott D. Rownin (M&T '97)
was recently promotedto Associate Vice President - Investments, upon hismove to Wells Fargo Advisors in Westport, CT.Scott, having been a partner on two of the top familyoffice teams at Citi, has moved to Wells to form hisown team serving a select group of clients fromaround the country. Scott lives in Westport with hiswife Lauren, their son Max, and their daughterCharlotte. He can be reached atscott.rownin@wellsfargoadvisors.com.
Aaron Cowen (M&T '94)
has joined Soros FundManagement as Portfolio Manager for long/shortequities. Aaron was previously Chief InvestmentOfficer for SAC Capital, where he co-managed thecentral account at SAC with founder Steve Cohen.Aaron can be contacted at alc2525@yahoo.com.
 Alumni Updates
Nimita Shah (M&T ’02)
moved to the DC/VA areaafter living in New York City for the past 8 years.She left the job which she held with Toll Brothers forthe past four and half years to work in the publicsector again. As a Project Manager with the Districtof Columbia's Office of the Deputy Mayor for Plan-ning and Economic Development, she oversees realestate projects on the District's behalf. Much to thedismay of her DC residing co-workers, Nimita haschosen to live in Old Town Alexandria (Virginia) tobe near her boyfriend. She misses all of her friendsand family in New York, but loves exploring a newcity and learning a new real estate market. Nimitacan be contacted at nimita.shah@gmail.com.
Brad Roberts (M&T '89)
joined a Palo Alto start upcalled Inflection. Inflection owns the brandsArchives.com (value leader in genealogy online) andPeoplesmart.com (highly flexible people and recordsinformation search). Brad leads the Product Opera-tions group responsible for business analytics andgrowth programs. Any M&T'er who is near Univer-sity Avenue in the heart of Silicon Valley should givehim a ring to learn more about the company (they'rehiring!). Brad can be contacted atrobertsb3@gmail.com.
Kathy Wu Brady (M&T '01)
joined Patch.com, anAOL business, in early January as the Senior Direc-tor of Business Operations. Patch is a hyper-localnews and information site that provides content andservices to over 700 towns across the US and isbased in NYC. Kathy will be responsible for helpingto optimize operations across the 1000+ person team,working with leaders across the company. She's veryexcited about the opportunity to work in a start upenvironment again and looking forward to gettingback to her M&T roots. Kathy can be reached atkwubrady@gmail.com.

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