Notre Dame MSA Program
Class of 2005
Investment Advisor, Bayshore Asset Management, LLC
“It takes a lot to lure a Miami boy to the North,” says Gabriel Bustamante, but Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Accountancy program managed to accomplish the task. Even before he was a university student, Gaby dreamed of attending Notre Dame and challenged himself to do well enough in college that he could attend Notre Dame for graduate school.
After taking the GMAT, Gaby compared a number of top-notch graduate programs before confirming in his mind that Notre Dame was the right choice. He says, “The program offered me a post-graduate experience more unique and rewarding than I had thought possible, providing a welcoming and inspiring environment, a challenging curriculum in accounting and taxation, and an array of MBA coursework.” In looking at the curriculum design, he was particularly impressed with the number of MBA electives offered. Gaby has always enjoyed accounting but has a bent toward financial planning, and he found that the MBA electives, including courses in valuations and investments, complemented the technical accounting side of the MSA program.
Gaby, who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte before joining his father’s private wealth management firm, continues to draw upon the lessons learned at Notre Dame. “Not a day goes by in my current role as an investment advisor that I don’t refer to my class notes or draw upon the lessons I learned in my school,” he says. From preparing tax returns and consulting on international tax projects, as he did in the public accounting arena, to the financial planning he engages in now, Gaby draws upon the broad base of skills he gained at Notre Dame to serve his clients—albeit back in his hometown of Miami.
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Notre Dame MSA Program
Class of 1999
Ernst & Young LLP, Senior Manager – Ernst & Young Assurance and Advisory Business Services, New York Financial Services Office
A “Double Domer,” Dana D’Amelio graduated with Notre Dame’s first Master of Science in Accountancy class in 1999. Having always had an interest in international travel, Dana was an accounting major with a minor in Italian. Dana spent a semester during her sophomore year studying in Rome. The exposure to a foreign perspective has given her the confidence to volunteer for job assignments in a global business environment.
During a career at Ernst & Young that has spanned the past 10 years, Dana has spent time in London working with large global investment banks and now, as part of the national office, is currently responsible for go-to-market strategies with regard to the new International Accounting Standards. “In my career, I’m often the first to volunteer for international assignments. Looking at the global business arena now, I’m envious of the current Notre Dame MSA students who have numerous opportunities around the globe – in places like Asia and South America.”
Dana credits the MSA program at Notre Dame with giving her the tools for success in an ever-changing business arena. “While attending the University of Notre Dame, I was aware of the MSA program’s commitment to incorporate a real-world aspect into the curriculum through the case studies, team projects, and guest speakers. When I got in to the field, it became evident there was a clear linkage between the topics being taught in the classroom and the issues being dealt with by the accounting and finance professionals,” says Dana. She was recently invited back to Notre Dame to present industry hot topics related to accounting for derivatives and hedging activities to the MSA students, giving them a glimpse into her current work at Ernst and Young.
“When I look back at all I have accomplished so far in my career, I attribute a large portion of my success to the preparation I received through my Notre Dame experience,” says Dana. Evidently, the same is true of many of her colleagues, as Dana reports that a substantial percentage of Ernst & Young partners have also graduated from Notre Dame.
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