BTU #25: Lee Haney – Marines to Goldman Sachs and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“If you’re going to be working that many hours, that means that’s how many hours you’re learning too. So in the course of one year of working Investment Banking you’re effectively getting two years of work that you might get somewhere else, in terms of the sheer amount of time you’re exposed to these key business problems.”
 – Lee Haney

Lee Haney works in Business Operations & Strategy for the COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He graduated in the top 5% of his class at the Naval Academy, and served in the Marine Corps for five years as a Human intelligence Officer, with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. After transitioning out of the military, Lee attended the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he graduated with honors. Since getting his MBA, Lee has worked in the Finance Industry with Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Associate, before transitioning to HPE. Lee is also the CFO for Service to School, which regular listeners will remember is the non-profit organization that I have a love affair with – they provide FREE service to any veteran to help you get into your ideal college or grad school program

In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:

  • An overview of the Goldman Sachs Veterans Integration Program and why it’s such a great fit for any veteran interested in finance
  • An overview of Goldman Sachs and the Investment Banking world
  • The day-to-day life of an Investment Banker
  • What Lee liked most and least about his time as an Investment Banker
  • How Lee made the transition to Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • And much, much more…

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Selected Links from the Episode

Show Notes

  • 1:17 – Lee’s Background
  • 2:30 – How Lee decided to leave the military
  • 3:40 – Choosing to not join the Reserves
  • 5:33 – The most surprising aspect of Lee’s transition from the Marine Corps
  • 7:58 – An overview of Lee’s experience and advice on the Chicago Booth School of Business
  • 17:15 – What drew Lee to the world of finance
  • 20:00 – an overview of the Veterans Integration Program and why it’s such a great fit for any veteran interested in finance
  • 22:25 – An overview of Goldman Sachs and the Investment Banking world
  • 24:50 – the day-to-day life of an Investment Banker
  • 32:30 – Signs that you may be well suited for Investment Banking… and signs it may not be the best career option for you
  • 33:59 – Advice on applying to Goldman Sachs
  • 36:00 – What Lee liked most and least about his time as an Investment Banker
  • 39:10 – In what ways Lee felt ahead of his civilian counterparts in Investment Banker, and in what ways he felt like he had to catch up
  • 42:00 – How Lee made the transition to Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • 45:00 – What Lee’s day-to-day life looks like at HPE
  • 47:22 – Advice from Service to School
  • 49:45 – Final words of advice