Dedication Drives Finance Alumnus Alex Rich
Alex Rich,’06, strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte, has always been driven. As an undergraduate, he completed his UTSA degree in finance in less than three years. Now, as a professional in oil and gas consulting in Houston, his dedication, passion and focus has led to a successful consulting career.
Briefly describe your career experiences since graduating from UTSA.
I began my career in an oil and gas rotational program at BP. There I gained exposure to several commercial functions of their upstream business unit. When an opportunity arose to help Deloitte build their oil and gas practice, I jumped on it. I have spent the last few years focused on tailoring professional service offerings to the needs of the ever-shifting energy industry. My new role as of this summer is focused on delivering strategy and finance solutions directly to clients.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Consulting is an extremely dynamic environment. I love seeing new business problems and developing solutions, adapting to new environments and working with intelligent people.
What is the toughest part of your job?
Managing multiple stakeholders, ensuring focus on client service, industry issues and overall market trends.
Favorite business class
The capstone simulation was a great finale. I gained a lot of confidence related to working with and leading diverse teams (e.g. highlighting strengths, coaching weaknesses, understanding roles/expectations).
Favorite business professor
Lalatendu Misra and Palani-Rajan Kadapakkam
How did UTSA help prepare you for your career?
What I found most valuable, apart from the curriculum and faculty, was the culture of UTSA’s College of Business. Being surrounded by mature students and professors already working in the business world motivated me every day and kept me focused on my career aspirations. This gave me multiple sounding boards to vet my plans as I built my network, and it also helped me realize life doesn’t stop when you “get the job.” You should always be learning and developing yourself and others.
What UTSA connections do you have today?
Not enough–please reach out and connect with me on LinkedIn!
Visiting new places and experiencing different cultures through my interests in art, music, food and fitness.
What are people surprised to learn about you?
That I was a drummer in a metal band!
Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate. Adventurous. Driven.
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