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2007 - Nicholas Padgalskas

From his entrance into the US military just months before the September 11 attacks, to his transition into investment banking in the midst of the recent financial crisis, Nicholas has enjoyed his fast paced and challenging roles, and has focused to make the most of his opportunities. 

Nicholas graduated from West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He served in Oklahoma, Germany, Kosovo and post-9/11 Iraq, reaching the rank of Captain in the Field Artillery branch of the US Army. 

Armed with an MBA and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT Sloan, Nicholas joined Citigroup as an Investment Banking Associate in the Natural Resources group in the summer of 2007.  Drawn to an interest in finance and a demanding work environment, he noticed many parallels between the military and financial services, such as the need for attention to detail, building strong inter-personal relationships, and coordinating efforts to ensure deadlines are met.  He has worked on corporate mergers, restructurings, and capital raising efforts for companies across the globe.

Looking forward, Nicholas sees himself working internationally and potentially in a public sector role such as with the World Bank.  He would like to put to use his military and financial experience in helping others.