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Jamie Buck

Jamie Buck

Full-Time MBA, Cass of 2003

Competitive and Organizational Strategy and Electronic Commerce
Strategic Account Director,
IHS

Leading others, says James M. (Jamie) Buck, is exciting work, especially if it involves breaking down complex issues and working with people to craft effective solutions. Understanding which aspects of business he enjoys most is something Jamie has come to realize as a result of his life experiences, but he can trace the root of his understanding to high school.

A guidance counselor suggested that Jamie, attend a presentation by INROADS, an international organization that develops and places talented minority youth in business and industry to prepare them for the corporate world. He was intrigued by the presentation, joined the mentoring program, and spent two summers as an intern in a lab at a major chemical company and another summer in the marketing department at Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup in his hometown of Norwalk, CT.

Those early job experiences sent Jamie in search of a marketing degree, which he earned from Providence College, and then to IBM Corporation, where he worked for more than four years before enrolling at Simon. The role he enjoyed most at the company was serving as an internal consultant leading a team implementing software to streamline how the company manages some of its inventory. No two days were the same. Communication skills were critical, the issues involved complex problem solving, and Jamie enjoyed being in a constant state of learning. He left there knowing exactly what he wanted to do—augment his skill set by gaining economics-based analytical problem-solving capabilities. Coming to Simon, he says, not only made him a stronger leader, but a more confident one.

“The fact that as a first-year Simon student you cannot pick your team members for the core classes is an effective tool to mirror situations that we will all face in our careers. As a summer intern at Goldman Sachs after my first year at Simon, 50 percent of my summer project was based on the output of a team of fellow MBA interns. Having the amount of exposure I had at Simon working in a team-based environment made the transition to working with my summer team a very smooth one. Since I had also acquired a solid quantitative and economics-based means to approach problem solving, I was able to adapt quickly in the fast-paced environment of Wall Street.”

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"Having the amount of exposure I had at Simon working in a team-based environment made the transition to working with my summer team a very smooth one. Since I had also acquired a solid quantitative and economics-based means to approach problem solving, I was able to adapt quickly in the fast-paced environment of Wall Street.”

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