Background Information About Me

Hello, I am Lanny Berlingieri and have been born and raised in Northeast Ohio in the Akron area. I attended The University of Akron for undergrad, earning my Bachelor's of Science in Accounting (Fall 2006-Fall 2009). 2010 was then approaching quickly and I had to decide on what I was planning to do in the middle of my last semester. I have a full-time offer with Crowe Horwath starting September 2011, which gave me around 21 months in b/w graduating and starting. I therefore took the GMAT and began taking graduate courses this semester (January 2010) towards an MBA in Finance.

Friday, August 27, 2010

End of Week 1 of Fall 2010

Well - Week One is Over.  Now starts the extremely fast paced and intense semester of graduate courses.  I am going to run down through each class and activity that this semester is bringing me thus far, specifically University of Akron related.

To kick things off for the semester, the Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Association officers had a meeting from 3:45 - 5:00 on Tuesday.  We talked about the semester, what firms are coming, how our meetings are going to be set up for the students, planning out our first meeting next Tuesday and other reaching out activities that were apart of RooFest on Sunday.  I emailed all of the potential members that we met this past Sunday at the RooFest to let them know about our upcoming first meeting - Meet and Greet Intro, Fashion Show, and also Pizza and Pop for all in attendance.  We settled on doing a Fashion Show for students to display what TO wear and what NOT TO wear.  I will be WHAT NOT TO WEAR.  Hopefully a picture will be taken that I can Post

Also - I booked a room for our Student Toastmasters group which will now be on Wednesdays from 4 - 5 PM.  This is our public speaking group, it is currently a very lax atmosphere, with pizza and pop of course.

First Class: 5:20 - 7:50 - Strategic Financial Decision Making with Dr. Lahey - This class seems very intense with many things going on at once - Group Projects, Individual Case Memos, Exams, Homework Assignments - you know the deal.  What was nice though is that since I have a very nice finance background because of my prior courses and ability to do more on my own learning - I was able to answer many questions and shoot many other answers that the other students seemed "dumb-founded" to say the least, but I will not say anymore.  I chose my firm that I will do research on - Pfizer, happy especially because I own stock in them as well : )    We also formed our group and all we need to do now is establish which semester long case we will be working on.  I will keep updating when new facts arrive.

Second: 8:10 - 10:40 - Financial Markets and Institutions with Professor Terrance aka the CFO of FirstMerit Bank.  How awesome is that?  We have the CFO of a large regional bank (one that I have done business with over the last 8+ years!) lecturing/teaching this course.  The first class was very basic with going through notes etc., but he has the most real first hand experience with the most recent and on going financial crisis which especially hit hard with the financial institutions.  I am definitely eager and excited to hear what he has to say.  I did three quizzes that were assigned for the first 3 chapters 2 days ago, just to stay on top of things.

Third: 8:10 - 10:40 - Corporate Taxation with Dr. Mosebach.  She seemed so awesome and passionate about Tax and has already spread wisdom and expanded my knowledge base on corporate taxation.  Funny thing is - I am the ONLY non-MTax/MSA/JD student.  This was the course that I had to talk to a few of the "big dogs" to be placed in this course.  All MBA-Finance students probably think I am crazy for taking this course in place of a much easier one, well I want to Learn and I am paying for it.  I am EXTREMELY intrigued by this course especially - since it will help determine which type of company I want to start of my own - whether that be C Corp, S Corp, LLC, Lp, LLP etc to name a few.  Very intense course based on reading and keeping up to to date with tax law and code.

Weekend - I have a lot of reading and small assignments to do along with finishing my graduation application for next May 2011.  I will be reading about Pfizer - going through their SEC filings to learn more about them, reading more and practicing Corporate tax, and also reading up on Financial Markets and Institutions.  Hopefully I am disciplined enough to stay on top of the readings for the duration of the semester.

How are all your courses going thus far for the semester?  I feel as though this will breeze by and that next thing I know it - snow will be on the ground and Christmas Lights outside.  Talk to everyone soon and good luck!

-Lanny B.

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