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Michael Strupe

Michael Strupe

Vanderbilt MBA 2009

— Concentration in Finance

Investment Banking Industrials Group, Wells Fargo


Finding His Place

Marine Scout Located Mission—Favorable Terrain at Owen


Michael Strupe knows how to assess new terrain quickly. That was part of his job when he served in the United States Marine Corps as an operator in a Force Reconnaissance Platoon.

"I used to do all the fun stuff: jumping out of airplanes, dive missions," Michael says. When his military service ended, he realized he needed additional skills, especially in finance, to attain his goal of a career in investment banking.

Michael chose Owen because of its top finance program, but he discovered much more. "Everyone at Owen really wants to be here. I remember my first day of class, when Professor Tim Vogus asked a question, and everyone in the room raised a hand to answer. There's a contagious atmosphere of learning here.

"Coming to Owen was definitely the right choice for me," Michael says. "The faculty and staff go out of their way to make sure you are achieving your goals, helping me bridge the gap from Special Forces to the world of finance."