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School of Business Alumni Success Stories

Name: Matthew Kiss

Degree: B.A., Business Administration, 2012

Current Job Title: Stock Analyst  

Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan

How did you decide on your undergraduate major?

During high school I developed a strong interest in business and investing. I found that a degree from St. Thomas University in business administration would provide me with the fundamentals needed to enter the business world. 

What was your experience like at St. Thomas University?
My undergraduate experience at St. Thomas University was extraordinary. Studying in Miami provided me with incredible academic, cultural, and social experiences. In addition, the faculty, administrators, and the athletic staff eased the transition from home to campus. Individuals such as Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Maxwell, Professor Klein, Laura Courtley-Todd, Jeff Norman, and Sam Jacobson were invested in my success and welcomed me as part of the STU family.

In many of my business classes, the faculty – including Dr. Gringarten, Dr. Peart, and Dr. Rocha – made sure to expose the students to a number of collaborative experiences. When working as teams, we were asked to analyze various managerial, business, and strategic issues faced by organizations today.  These team-activities allowed me to develop my inter-personal, analytical, presentational, and speaking skills. 

In 2012, I also was involved with the St. Thomas University Port-de-Paix, Haiti Global Solidarity Partnership (“STU GPS”) through the business school. Our team sold hand-made Haitian artisan crafts as part of the STU GPS project. We were quite pleased with the outcome as we raised record proceeds in support of this organization.  In fact, the net proceeds generated from this activity exceeded the success of all previous student-group partnerships by approximately 25%.

While at St. Thomas I was also honored to represent the University as an inter-scholastic athlete. As a member of the Cross Country team, I was awarded the team’s MVP and received Academic Cross Country All Conference Awards from the Sun Conference. 

Attending St. Thomas University expanded my cultural awareness resulting in priceless interactions, friendships, and experiences. After graduating, I served as the University’s assistant coach for the cross country team, training athletes from all over the world. Furthermore, a former Asian roommate has invited me to China for an upcoming 3-week adventure. I also met many friends from South America who introduced me to their food and culture.

Did you participate in any internships? Briefly describe how you obtained your current job and what you do there.
While an undergraduate, I gained valuable real-world experience interning as a stock analyst and student-teacher, in addition to serving the university as an assistant coach.

As a stock analyst intern, I initially transcribed financial data to be used by the analyst. Eventually, my responsibilities increased, leading to my current position. I am currently employed by a local investment research firm in Miami where I follow the movement of publicly traded technology stocks. My primary responsibility is the preparation of reports discussing potential investment opportunities. In preparing a report, data is gathered from investor conferences, management-analyst earnings calls, SEC filings, and personal interviews with company officers, employees, and customers. 

What are your future goals?
I am currently enrolled in the MBA program at St. Thomas University. After graduation I intend to take the ‘Series 7’ securities exam and continue working as a stock analyst.