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David Floren
Financial Services

"Take an exhaustive approach to finding the right job. Don't shut any doors without knowing what is behind them."

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

Probably a fireman. And if you asked me today, you might get the same answer.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Sourcing and executing a $100 million investment on behalf of Summit. Almost anyone can perform the necessary work to execute an investment, but to be the one responsible for bringing that business to your PE firm by developing a solid relationship with the entrepreneur is a great feeling.

How did you get your big breaks?

Thru on campus recruiting at Dartmouth. This is not to say that Dartmouth's career services had anything to do with it because, as they did with many of my classmates, they served as more of a deterrent than a help. But my big break came thru the fortune of interviewing on the right day with the right guy from Summit. We clicked and it resulted in me (after 4 more rounds of interviewing) taking the job there and learning an absolute ton about business and the industry.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Take an exhaustive approach to finding the right job. Don't shut any doors without knowing what is behind them.

What have you learned from your experience?

That good fortune is the result of hard work, and that one should never be afraid to ask questions. Just make sure you use some tact in doing so.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I am currently a student at Stanford GSB. I love my classes and classmates, and the weather isn't so bad either. I would say add "life style" and you have a 4-way tie.

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

A feeling of fulfillment. While I don't think work will be the defining measure by which I will be remembered, I would like to feel like I have accomplished something meaningful in my professional career. And 'meaningful' can mean a lot of things - whether it is creating something that is lasting or helping people. I just want to feel good about what I will have worked on for so many years.

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