Name: Grady Miller
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
College/Major: Stanford University, International Relations
Pre-Business School: Associate, Shamrock Capital Advisors
Summer Internship: Vance Street Capital, Industrials focused PE fund
Childhood dream job and why: When I was younger, I wanted to be a lawyer. My father is a lawyer and the most incredible person I know. I always wanted to be just like him.
Why business school? My major in college definitely developed my soft skills. Business school was the perfect way to supplement the analytical skills I needed to succeed in my work in private equity.
Why Anderson? Anderson's location and alumni network played a large part in my decision. I knew I wanted to stay in LA and, that being able to constantly network with local firms would be integral to finding a job post graduation.
Anderson Activities & Leadership:
Fink Private Equity Fellow
Private Equity Director, Investment Finance Association
Favorite class and why? I loved strategy with Professor Santikian. This class focused on comparing companies and industries and was very relevant to private equity.
What is your Applied Management Research (AMR) Project? My team worked with Big Daddy's Antiques to optimize their pricing model and staff scheduling system in order to increase profitability, particularly to appeal to the wedding venue market.
Favorite Anderson event/trip: Ski Trip! It was an incredible time. I made so many friends during this trip and have amazing memories (and photos) on and off the mountain.
What did you do the summer before business school to prep for fall recruiting? I worked on my resume and put together a lengthy list of contacts for networking. Sourcing a job in private equity requires lots of legwork and coffee chats!
What helped you the most in your interview prep/career search? Working with Parker on solidifying my "story" has been the most helpful in my preparation. Through small group workshops and advising appointments, I've learned how to expertly articulate my experience and strengths while networking and interviewing.
How did you utilize Parker in your job search? I used Parker to strengthen my interview skills. I am not always the best at giving concise answers and I was able to hone this skill though practice.
How many informational interviews did you conduct? 30+
Hardest interview question? "You have 48 hours to evaluate this company? Would you invest in it? Where in the capital structure would you invest? Please provide corresponding model and rationale."
How did you land your internship? The Price Center set up an informational with Vance Street, which turned into an interview.
Describe your internship. I interned at Vance Street Capital, a firm that specializes in industrial private equity. I worked on the acquisition of a portfolio company. There was no ERP system and analyzing business trends was very difficult! I spent lots of time in Excel.
What will you be doing post-Anderson? I will be returning as a Senior Associate at Vance Street Capital full-time!