Student Spotlight: Connor Peklinsky

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from Wheeling, West Virginia and I attended West Virginia University for my undergrad in accounting. After graduation, I moved to Washington, DC where I was a tax associate for Alvarez and Marsal Taxand, LLC.

I feel the MBA-SBP program will allow me to actually contribute to the overall success of a business. Someone like me, who has a passion for sustainability practices and has a business background in accounting, this will be a perfect fit to advance my career.

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?

Attending Pittsburgh sporting events. I’m a huge Steeler and Penguins fan and will attend as many games as possible.

What are you most looking forward to in the MBA SBP program?

Being able to implement my personal interests and sustainability into my career.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Fishing! One of my favorite activities is fishing and if that turned into an Olympic sport I’d have a decent chance winning a medal.

What skill would you like to master?

Learning a second language.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

This would be difficult but I would have to go with talking about fishing. Would go into specific details on how to fish during certain conditions.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Owning some type of property instead of renting and progressing up the ranks in a successful company.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

Mallorca Spain. Between the picturesque beaches and the laid back lifestyle, this was hands down the most interesting place I have ever been.

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Where would you spend all of your time if you could?

The Florida Keys.

Who inspires you to be better?

Both of my parents. Their positive attitude and encouragement pushes me to become a better person.