Rob Weiler (’91) is associate dean of Anderson's MBA program — in addition to his prized role as husband and father.
Q: What’s your background? Where did you grow up, and what led you to business school in the first place?
I was born in Brooklyn, and grew up in New Jersey. I always wanted to be a doctor, for a love of science. I was pre-med for three years. Then, during a lot of hospital volunteer work, I came to the realization that I cared too much, was too nurturing, and couldn’t stand those harsh medical realities on a daily basis.
My first job was in a management training program at Carnation Company. I liked selling, but realized that to work with the people there in that capacity, I needed to learn finance and accounting.
Q: When you were at Anderson, what was different? What’s the same?
Ha. Well, I was in another building and the tuition was lower, around $1,500 per year. I actually made enough money on the game show Scrabble to pay for a quarter. The services, aside from the classroom experience, weren’t there. The career office then? Non-existent. It was just the classroom and the beer busts. Oh, and field studies and C4C were going then, too. But there was no email, of course. They printed flyers, put them in people’s mailboxes and that’s how they communicated. The professional staff and other stuff has just exploded.
But what hasn’t changed is the student culture. Like our current students, they were people who had interesting, eclectic backgrounds and they worked hard and played hard. Anderson was so cost-effective, that it drew a great selection of competent people.
Q: You started at Goldman Sachs in 1991 after graduation from Anderson. If you could go back and do it again, would you follow the same path?
I thought for a time, what if I had gone into consulting? But going into brokerage played into my pre-business school strength of relationship-building and my newfound strength in finance. Right now, here at Anderson — this is where I should be, doing what I’m doing, so my path validates that. I wouldn’t change it.