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Gerald Beechum Shares Thoughts on Starting a Career in Investment Banking

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Gerald Beechum

  • Managing Partner, White Cornus Lane Investments
  • male
  • AfricanAmerican
  • 1974 (Age: 47 years old)
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Gerald Beechum is Managing Partner of White Cornus Lane Investments, an active private equity investor combining intelligent capital and seasoned operators to create leading middle market companies. Gerald was most recently CEO of Team Express, a multi-channel retailer of sporting goods equipment, footwear, and apparel.

Prior to Team Express, Gerald spent more than 16 years in several roles at JPMorgan Chase. His last role was in Chase Capital, a captive junior capital investor in middle market companies. Gerald has originated and restructured several mezzanine and equity investments in companies operating in the aerospace/defense, building products, sporting goods, and nutritional supplement industries. He was actively involved in management and board activities, often serving as an operating partner within several portfolio companies, leading initiatives in the areas of strategy, sales, integration management, information technology/MIS, finance and reporting.

Gerald was also a senior member of the finance group in JPMorgan Private Client Services (PCS), responsible for structuring and performing strategic analysis around projects with significant bottom-line impact. Prior to PCS, Gerald spent several years in Corporate M&A and Development as part of the turn-around team at Bank One.

In addition to his role in the central merger integration office during the merger of JPMorgan and Bank One, Gerald also had experience across many of JPMorgan's major business lines, including investment banking, commercial lending, private equity and credit card services. He is also a co-inventor of Blink, a contactless-payment technology.

Gerald Beechum holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. with honors in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

I'd say if you're thinking about a job in investment banking, read the book Monkey Business. That is the one thing that I would say because, from my experience, and I didn't do investment banking for a long period of time, but from my experience doing that, as well as just kind of in, as an analyst...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 2 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Gender And Racial Issues
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Video 3 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Circumstances Leading To Entrepreneurship Role
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Video 4 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Investment Analysis
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Video 5 of 12 Gerald Beechum States Importance of Knowing Your Competitor And Your Customer
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Video 6 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Approach When Acting As Management for a Company Turnaround
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Video 7 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses People Issues And Hard Choices
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Video 8 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Denial, Accountability and Handling Problems
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Video 9 of 12 Gerald Beechum States Importance of Forming Teams That Help Eliminate Your Personal Blind Spots
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Video 10 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Entrepreneurship and Impact on Family
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Video 11 of 12 Gerald Beechum Discusses Personal Metric Of Success
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Video 12 of 12 Gerald Beechum Shares Reflections On Undergraduate Relationships
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