What You Get With Your Free Membership
A Mixed Media Mentoring Experience
7-Part Video Series
The most successful people combine competence, character and purpose to win. This series will prepare you to do just that.
Weekly Audio Lessons
Learn from real finance professionals and other subject matter experts as we discuss the dos, the don'ts and everything else you need to get ahead.
Your Questions Answered
Direct access to the host, (that's me) to get your most pressing questions answered via email, video or audio.
About Your Host
David Mariano is a Director with Western Reserve Partners, a middle market investment bank in Cleveland, OH. David has spent most of his career working with business owners, CEOs, CFOs and Heads of Corporate Development as an advisor, part-owner and/or business leader. David has served in many other capacities, including Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, VP of Finance, Head of Marketing and General Manager, and has made the transition from an entry-level, analytical role to one focused on leadership and business development.
I started my finance career like most people - I was young, ambitious, reasonably intelligent and had a thirst for knowledge. I was willing to put in long hours and sought out challenges. I was eager to do whatever it took to succeed.
In hindsight, I was also a bit naive. I assumed that, once I secured my dream job, the rest would take care of itself. I performed at ‘the job’, but I didn’t understand how to really build a successful career. As a result, I made a lot of mistakes. I was impatient, I focused on the wrong skills for too long and used the wrong metrics to measure my success. I was a walking cliche - I didn’t know what I didn’t know … I couldn’t see my blind spots, etc., etc.
I needed a mentor. Deep down I understood the value of mentors, but I didn’t know how to find the right one.
As it turns out, things haven’t changed much. You and I and everyone else in the first 10-15 years of their career (and beyond, for those willing to admit it) would really like to be mentored, but mentors are impossible to find. I am frequently asked for advice about careers in finance and can do some of this in person or over the phone, but nowhere near as much as I'd like or as often as I'm asked.
Finance Career Launch fills this void. To learn more, sign up here.