Here are the official biographies for the team representing the Wake Forest University Schools of Business at this year's Marketing Summit.
Matt Starker received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Communications from Villanova University. After graduation, Matt worked at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management as a Trading Analyst on the Domestic Equities Desk. He played Major League Lacrosse for the Chicago Machine during the team’s 2008 season. Matt is a second-year MBA student at the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business where he is concentrating in Finance. He is the vice president and treasurer of the business school’s finance club and a member of the school’s Venture Capital Investment Competition Team. He spent last summer interning at Agilis Equity Partners, a Winston-Salem based middle-market private equity firm.
Ian Jankelowitz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Art History from theUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduation, he was a Hillel director in New South Wales inAustralia. Returning to American in 2006, Ian worked at the CineVegas Film Festival rising to the position of managing director. He is a second-year MBA student at Wake Forest Graduate School of Business where he is concentrating in Marketing. He is the co-social chair of the Student Government at the business school and an avid runner, having completed his first-ever half iron man in May 2009. Ian spent this past summer working in Digital Strategy at Mullen Advertising in Winston-Salem.
Vaishali Shah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation, she worked for five years as a second-grade teacher and taught the gifted and talented. She has completed coursework and passed the board test to earn the Certified Financial Planner® designation. She is a second-year MBA student at the Wake Forest University Graduate Schools of Business where she is concentrating in Marketing and Finance. She is a co-chair of the Wake Graduate Women in Business Mentorship Program. She spent last summer interning at EMM Financial Services and Total Pension Administrators, a financial planning firm and retirement plan administrator.
Joe Parry received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government with a minor in Mathematics from Georgetown University. Joe worked for Tim Russert at Meet the Press and the SEC. After graduation, he joined Teach For America and spent two years teaching middle school Social Studies in eastern North Carolina. Upon completion of the program, he spent the summer of 2004 at the Teach For America Houston training institute working with in-coming members. Following Teach For America, Joe spent four years working for a commercial real estate start-up in Charlotte. He is a second-year MBA student at the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business where he is concentrating in Finance and Marketing. He is president of the Student Government Association and serves on the board for Community Charter School in Charlotte. He spent last summer interning at Frito-Lay North America in supply chain finance and is currently pursuing a full-time position in the consumer packaged goods industry.
Katy McClure graduated from Duke University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Political Science. After college, she went to work for a Charlotte-based non-profit designing services and products and leading research and development initiatives to fight obesity in North Carolina.
Katy spends her time working with community based non-profit agencies to advance the livelihood of the non-profit sector and ensure agencies have the abilities to measure and respond to changing community needs. She is a first-year MBA student at the Wake Forest Graduate Schools of Business and lives in Charlotte with her fiancé and two dogs.
Andy Rinehart graduated from Wake Forest University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served as an Armor officer with the First Infantry Division. Stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., Andy deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2007 to April 2008. He completed his initial active duty obligation in May 2009 as a Captain and is serving in the North Carolina Army National Guard. He is a first-year MBA student at the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business, and he hopes to go into consulting after graduation.