Matt Mccollough

  • Tucson US-AZ
Matt Mccollough

Work History

Work History
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Server Assistant

MyFlorist Cafe and Bakery

Responsible for the cleanliness of restaurant and turnover of tables; therefore increasing sales. As primary server assistant, collaborated with kitchen, bakery, and managers to enhance the customer experience.

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011

Front End Employee

Costco Wholesale

Administered front end roles such as cart return, cashier assistant, and stocking in order to assist in increasing product sales and improving member satisfaction at the local Costco Wholesale warehouse.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Lifeguard-Splashtopia

Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

Supervised large two acre pool area and enforced rules. Responsible for the safety of guests, in what is called the "Splashtopia" facility; which is the resort's main attraction for children.

Social Media

Education

Education
Aug 2009 - Present

University of Arizona

Skills

Skills

Spanish

Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Objective

 I plan to pursue a career in Financial Planning and am confident that the Eller Finance program will develop my analytical skills and overall knowledge of cash flow management, risk management, and investments in order to prepare me for the Certified Financial Planner examination upon receiving my Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Eller College of Management.

Summary

Aristotle once said that “education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity” and I have taken these words to heart. My education has provided me with opportunities that I have taken advantage of in order to take steps closer to prosperity. I graduated from high school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) certificate while lettering in Basketball, Track, and Golf. I pushed myself to manage my time by taking rigorous courses while having to dedicate a lot of time to sports. I always had the desire to attend a university and I knew the workload would prepare me. I have utilized my education as a refuge in the past; having experienced how financial hardship had caused my future to look uncertain at times. By excelling in school, I earned scholarships and grants; which allowed me to further my progress in higher education.

I have been attending the University of Arizona for over two years now and am involved in activities that have established a strong foundation for my professional future and are relevant to my career goals. I am proud to say that I became actively involved with Students in Free Enterprise during my sophomore year. As the Social Media Chair of SIFE’s Soles for Senegal project; which helped the youth of Senegal by collecting shoes around the Tucson community and sending them directly to West Africa, I collaborated with group members and advisors to construct the best possible plan for recruiting members and keeping the local community up to date with club events, goals, and achievements. In my sophomore year, my Business Math project group was selected to compete in the Spring Business Math II Competition to present our innovative business model in front of an Eller committee. This experience gave me a better understanding of how to present information professionally and effectively pitch an idea; which is relevant to my career choice because it will be vital to plan and communicate ideas effectively to clients in order to generate business. My experience in clubs like SIFE and in the Business Math Competition has polished my interpersonal skills as well as increased my global business knowledge, making me better prepared to start a new chapter in the Eller College of Management.

Although there are many potential personal benefits to my career choice, I am interested in specifically pursuing a career in Finance because it will give me the opportunity to have a positive influence on the success of individuals and companies I will come in contact with by recommending financial plans and monitoring outcomes. As a student committed to excellence, I am willing to learn and do whatever it takes to be a valuable asset to the Eller community and hope to translate my learning into success beyond graduation that will make the University of Arizona community proud. Innovation is the catalyst to growth in the business world. Steve Jobs, former Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc., once said "innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower;" therefore, I realize that innovation will be instrumental in my growth as a leader in the business world.

Awards

-Betty B Chastain Educational Foundation Scholarship2010-2011

-Arizona Academic Excellence Scholarship2009-present

-Dean's List Honorable Mention12/09/09

-Dean's List05/05/10

-Academic Competitiveness Grant2010-2011

-University Grant2011-present

-Desert Association of Realtors ScholarshipJune 2009

Activities

Business Math II Competition Finalist                                                 Spring 2011

-Presented Eller committee with innovative new business model for textbook reader technology.

-Collaborated with group to analyze the potential market and compile data and forecasting for the new product.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)                                                      Aug 2010-Present

-SIFE is an organization in which university students, academic professionals, and industry leaders share the mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

-Served as the Social Media Chair for the 2010-2011 Soles 4 Senegal Project as a first year member of SIFE.

-Constructed and developed Facebook page for the group, which connected over 200 people to our project events and reminders online, in order to promote the project and recruit additional members.

Zipperman Scholars                                                                             Jan 2010-Present

-Participated for 2 years as an active club member in this invitation-only Eller specific club. Zipperman Scholars requires that members participate in events each semester to meet the requirements of the program.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)                               Jan 2010-Present

-Inducted into NSCS in 2010. The Society is committed to recognizing and elevating high achievers in the higher education community.