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Alex Aceves
(MBA 2014)

FinOps Manager
Google
accedes@tepper.cmu.edu
San Francisco, California

 

 

 

 

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Drums ... rock and roll, baby!

Favorite room in my home:

Balcony ... I have a great view of the city

The view that inspires me:

Any view that includes the sun and the ocean

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Tons, but traveling across the globe with tons of great friends tops the list

Dining gem:

Shady Grove salads were my fave in Pittsburgh

My art collection would include:

The original Don Quixote sketch by Pablo Picasso

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

Bridges in general

Wardrobe standout:

Dodgers Jersey

The most recent advice I received:

“If you’re not first, you’re last.” — Ricky Bobby

The most recent advice I gave:

You don’t give up at halftime.

My business icon is:

The Energizer Bunny

Must-have app:

gBoard

The business trip that never gets old:

Home

The last deal I closed:

Finding a home in SF is hard, but when your BATNA  is spending a few weeks on Tepper buddies’ couches, the search becomes much more enjoyable.

The last book that impressed me:

The Jungle Book

Leadership defined as:

Providing others a platform to accomplish more than they thought possible

What’s in your briefcase:

My headphones, a granola bar, laptop, portable charger and my passport


Andrew Achilleos
(MBA 2015)

Graduate student in Integrated Systems Engineering and Management
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
andrew.achilleos@gmail.com
New York City, New York

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

The viola

Favorite room in my home:

Whatever room the dining table is in

The view that inspires me:

The view from the top of Lycabettus Hill in Athens, Greece. It was a short walk from the first apartment I ever rented on my own and you can see pretty much all of Athens from up there.

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Convincing classmates to attend events that didn’t offer free food

Dining gem:

There are too many to list all my favorites, but my personal pick of restaurants in NYC is Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

My art collection would include:

A variety of glass art pieces made by my sister (the actual talent of the family)

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

Petra in Jordan — without a doubt the most impressive thing I have ever seen

Wardrobe standout:

The Three-Piece Suit

The most recent advice I received:

Think less, do more

The most recent advice I gave:

Stop comparing yourself with others and trying to live life their way. Be your own person and just stay true to yourself.

My business icon is:

Elon Musk

Must-have app:

Priceline

The business trip that never gets old:

Anything that gets me back to Europe for a few days is a win, though my favorite would definitely be Prague.

The last deal I closed:

I managed to get transfer credits from my Tepper MBA put toward my new degree, in turn helping me shave a whole semester off my course.

The next conference I’m attending:

11th Annual Human Capital Analytics Conference in NYC

The last book that impressed me:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

Leadership defined as:

Knowing when to lead from the front, when to lead from the back, and when to just listen and follow

WHAT’s in your briefcase? 

Earphones, music, some kind of snack, spare earphones and a textbook I’ve promised myself I will read, but of course I won’t


Daniel Dallala
(MBA 2014)

Program Manager
Microsoft
ddallala@tepper.cmu.edu
Seattle, Washington

The instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

The electric guitar — I can’t lie; I’ve always imagined myself shredding a killer solo.

Favorite room in my home:

Living room — feet up, it’s where I relax, read and unwind while watching political satire.

The view that inspires me:

Seeing Mount Rainier rise above Lake Washington as I cross the bridge on my way to work on those rare sunny Seattle mornings

B-school memory that makes me smile:

Road trips to Boston and Philly for volleyball tournaments (sure, we didn’t win a game, but those were some good times.)

Dining gem:

La Banquise in Montreal — all types of poutines for all types of tastes

My art collection would include:

Paintings that capture the essence of the cities I’ve lived in. I already have one from da ’Burgh.

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

The Pyramids — how did they build those? Seriously.

WARDROBE STANDOUT:

The Tassel Loafers that I bought while in Barcelona — very European, some would say.

The most recent advice I received:

If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.

The most recent advice I gave:

Money spent on experiences is money never wasted.

Most embarrassing class you signed up for on ClassPass:

Animal Flow — it described itself as a quadrupedal and ground-based movement workout to strengthen your core and improve your mobility. I spent one hour pretending I was a crab, a scorpion and a gorilla.

My business icon is:

Bill Gates — his resolve to cure diseases, promote education and combat poverty is inspirational.

Must-have app:

DuoLingo! CMU represent!

The business trip that never gets old:

Zurich in late summer — Europe in August in phenomenal (not much work though)

The last deal I closed: 

I don’t close deals. I create software that helps other people close deals. (Mic drop!)

The next conference I'm attending:

CRMUG

The last book that impressed me:

Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh. It may not be the last book that impressed me, but by far one of my favorites. Good storytelling about mathematics — who knew!

Leadership defined as:

Helping others around you be better

What's in your briefcase?

Laptop (!) and a wireless mouse with a backup AAA battery — I’m not a fan of trackpads.

How did you get to where you are? 

A mix of preparation and luck — by working hard and continuously improving my skills, I only increased the chances of success. Never was it guaranteed. But I’ve been fortunate to have people give me opportunities to prove myself. And that I always remember.


Matt Gleason
(MBA 2012)

Manager
Gleason & Associates
mgleason@tepper.cmu.edu
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The view that inspires me:

Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington, especially after running up there

B-school memory that makes me smile:

The entire Germany capstone

Dining gem:

Dish Osteria and Bar

My art collection would include:

Baron Batch

The architectural wonder that I love to study:

“Study” is a stretch, but I love the Alhambra.

Wardrobe standout:

Henleys for days

The most recent advice I received:

“Be where your feet are. Enjoy the moment.” — not directed at me but received nonetheless

The most recent advice I gave:

To James Solier [MBA ’12]: “You should come back for Reunion Weekend.”

My business icon is:

Chinmay Parikh — the man’s love of all things business is unrivaled

Must-have app:

My battery usage says Twitter, but probably Uber

The last deal I closed:

Convincing my dad to hire me

The next conference I'm attending:

Moving the Market: The SASB 2016 Symposium (possibly)

The last book that impressed me:

The Nature of Investing by Katherine Collins

What’s in your briefcase:

“Crackers”


Victoria Guscoff
(MBA 2009)

RAN Professional Engineer
AT&T Mobility
vguscoff@tepper.cmu.edu
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

THE instrument I imagine myself playing on stage:

Piano

THE VIEW THAT INSPIRES ME:

From Mt. Washington overlooking Pittsburgh

Dining gem:

Nakama

THE architectural wonder that I love to study:

Colosseum

THE most recent advice I received:

How you close a relationship is as important as how you open one.

THE MOST RECENT ADVICE I gave:

Your adaptability will determine your success.

What community civic organizations do you volunteer for?

I serve as the president of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, a women’s volunteer service organization.

THE business trip that never gets old:

Chicago

THE next conference I’m attending:

AJLI Fall Leadership Conference

THE last book that impressed me:

The Nightingale

Leadership defined as:

Someone who leads by example