From day one student was encouraged to "get out in the world and gain experience through internships, co-ops, networking and student involvement"

Distinguished Leadership Award Winner: Alex Fingerhut, BS '12

In continuing a tradition that began last year, select Rutgers Business School (RBS) students rang a brass bell reminiscent of the New York Stock Exchange opening and closing bell at Rutgers University Commencement on May 13. Graduating Undergraduate student Alex Fingerhut was one of those proud students.

Alex, who had a double major in Management and Global Business and Management Information Systems with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, is a recipient of Rutgers Business School’s “Distinguished Leadership Award” given to one student leader from Newark-Undergraduate, New Brunswick-Undergraduate, and Graduate Programs of RBS, respectively. 

The award recognizes student leaders who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, service to RBS, and leadership potential. The name of each recipient was engraved onto the Rutgers Business School Bell and will be in successive years for posterity.

Why did you decide to study business?

Both of my parents were in business and I was fascinated by the types of problems they worked on and the variety in their experiences. I also was drawn to the flexibility. No matter what you want to do in life, business is still a major part of it.

Which clubs/activities were you involved in while in school?

I was the Information Officer and then the President of the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) and a co-founder of the Rutgers Newark Student Chapter of APICS, The Association for Operations Management.

Which RBS class was your favorite and why?

My favorite RBS class had to be "Introduction to Supply Chain Management" with Professor Paul Goldsworthy. Not only did that class open my eyes to what supply chain management was, but it also completely reshaped the direction that I would take myself at RBS and to start my career.

What do you think the program has done to prepare you for your future?

The biggest impact that RBS had on me was not isolating learning to the classroom. From minute one of day one I was encouraged to get out in the world and gain experience through internships, co-ops, networking and student involvement. If I hadn't taken all of this advice to heart I wouldn't be where I am today with a job lined up at Caterpillar.

What was your favorite "RBS Moment?"

My favorite RBS moment was at the Rutgers Student Involvement Awards Ceremony when I was joined by my fellow board members to accept SCMA's award for Best New Organization. This meant a lot to me because it clearly demonstrated the legacy that I have helped to build at RBS and the friendships I have made along the way.

TAGS: Management and Global Business Supply Chain Management Undergraduate Undergraduate Newark