Motivated by the events of 9/11, Andrew left a promising career on Wall Street for the Marine Corps in response to what he views as an action that was undeserved and violated all laws of war. While he has no regrets over his decision, he didn’t fully anticipate the impact on his family. He was single when he enlisted, but now has a wife and children, as well as a mother who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But Andrew also was inspired by his desire to help others, particularly those in need of financial guidance.
After eight years of active duty service and two deployments as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Andrew looks forward to tending to the needs of his family, but also using his background and training to help veterans advance their financial and career objectives.
Upon completing his studies at MIT, he plans to return to investment banking and hopes to one day sit on the board of directors for veteran-owned and operated investment bank Drexel Hamilton. Some of Drexel Hamilton’s profits fund a nonprofit called The Wall Street Warfighter’s Foundation, which recruits and pays veterans while they obtain the financial education and licenses needed to compete for jobs on Wall Street. Andrews says his service contribution will ultimately be measured by the success of the young servicemembers coming out of Wall Street Warfighters.