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James' Story
"The Merage School's engagement with the dynamic Southern California business community, along with the strength and scope of its global Alumni Network, has been instrumental in helping me establish powerful business contacts."
Vital Statistics

Full Name: James Marcin
Graduating Year: 2011
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Undergraduate and Previous Work Experience: Bachelor of Science and Master in Engineering, University of Michigan; Accenture and Blizzard Entertainment
MBA Focus: Finance
Internship while in the Program: Finance and Asset Management, PIMCO
Position upon Graduation: Manager of Strategic Finance and Operations, QSC Audio
Extracurricular Activities: President – Financial Management Association; VP of Finance – Challenge for Charity
Just for Fun: Riding motorcycles; watching movies; working out; enjoying food; going out; traveling
OC Favorite Places: Fukada Japanese restaurant; Mutt Lynchs in Newport Beach; Corona del Mar; Irvine Spectrum; Balboa Island; Taco Tuesday at El Ranchito

  Achieving the Right Balance

At the Merage School, you benefit from the smaller program through a lot of leadership development opportunities and by making an impact on the future of the program.  There are countless ways for students to get involved in extracurricular activities, socialize through student clubs and associations, take on leadership roles, and connect with innovators in the local business community.
Breaking into my Desired Industry

I don't come from a finance background; so breaking into the industry was priority number one. I knew I wanted to work for PIMCO, and I took every step possible to reach my goal. I landed an internship with PIMCO, and now I work in a group called Business Development Support. It's the information hub for all things PIMCO, from delivering the language that embodies PIMCO's investment strategies to examining many different facets of the company. The experience has allowed me to learn the ins and outs of the company, the industry and the overall trends of asset management. PIMCO is the perfect springboard for my future in asset management. The experience has been invaluable.


PIMCO is the perfect springboard for my future in asset management. The experience has been invaluable."


  Opening Doors through Student Clubs

As president of the Financial Management Association I have had the opportunity to work closely with an impressive group of financial firms, as well as an energetic group of alumni, for campus events. There are many career-oriented clubs at the Merage School, and they all share the goal of advancing students' careers by increasing their knowledge, improving leadership skills, managing groups and teams, and introducing students to top industry professionals.

The Merage School environment puts you in the epicenter of Orange County's networking channels. Through these clubs and organizations, students have access to well-connected alumni, industry leaders and organizations on a local, national and international level.
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