Veteran Spotlight: Douglas Roberts Evening MBA, Class of 2022, U.S. Coast Guard

Douglas Roberts

Douglas Roberts 22EvMBA

Background: I’m from Plant City, FL and joined the Coast Guard after high school. I was wanting to serve my county and do something different from the traditional path, and the Coast Guard provided that opportunity. I was fortunate to serve on a polar icebreaker responsible for breaking a channel to resupply the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica. The experience was amazing, but I decided to get out to attend the University of Georgia. After my undergrad, I worked in legislative affairs before making the jump to commercial banking where my exposure to the investment bank inspired to pursue that path.

Why GoizuetaI explored many options including full time, evening, and weekend, and as I explored these different programs it became clearer and clearer that Goizueta was the obvious choice. I wanted to attend a top-tier business school with a collaborative student body and exceptional professors. Goizueta offers all this, plus it being in Atlanta allowed me to continue working in my current role while earning my MBA. Goizueta had it all and has provided me a full-time experience as an evening student.

Career Goals: My concentration is in Finance, and I’ll be recruiting investment banking in the fall. I’m excited by complex transactions requiring quantitative and qualitative analysis. I’ve worked with investment bankers and seen what they do. The work is challenging, but that attracts me to the industry as it creates a great learning environment and opportunity to be a real asset to my team. I also have a sincere interest in the actual work and enjoy modeling and view valuation as an intricate puzzle. I look forward to working on complex deals by applying strategic assumptions to solve such puzzles.

Hobbies/Other Interests: At Goizueta, I serve as the Treasurer for the GBS Veteran’s Association. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other Emory Vets through this role. Outside of Goizueta, I travel when I can and play a lot of golf and tennis. More recently, I’ve really gotten into alpine skiing as my winter activity. Hopefully I have a little time left as in investment banker to still enjoy some of these hobbies.

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