Vanderbilt MS Finance 2009
Vice President, Asset Liability Management at Bank of Hawaii
After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Isaac Okita put his business degree to use as a curriculum writer for an education project that provided finance training for high school and college students. But he soon realized that his career path would make it difficult to transition away from an academic or nonprofit environment. The Master of Science in Finance program at Owen, he says, bridged the gap.
Isaac was attracted to Owen not only by the quality of the faculty and staff but by their commitment. "I noticed that other schools did not give the MSF programs the attention that their MBA programs received," says the Honolulu native. "Owen was the exception. And while Owen is not situated in a major financial center, the wide reputation and network more than made up for that."
Now Isaac feels ready to succeed anywhere, and is doing so at the Bank of Hawaii. "During my year at Owen," he says, "I learned two programming languages, developed econometric forecasts, presented on topics in the alternative energy industry and worked on dozens of team projects. Owen has provided me the skills not only to be a strong analytical thinker, but also a strong leader. I have expanded my small network from Hawaii to a large network spanning the globe and dozens of industries."