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Business Club Explores Careers Across Greater Boston and Beyond

Members of the Business Club spent their February vacation connecting with BC High alumni, parents, and friends reflecting on what their own professional futures might look like!

Whether via Zoom or in-person, students learned about careers in corporate real estate, stock trading, strategic planning and operations, multi-purpose engineering,municipal government and finance, military psychological operations, legal litigation and general counsel, and project development, management, and financing.  They even learned about proper etiquette during a formal business luncheon.

Our alumni emphasized the importance of finding their passions and keeping an open mind in pursuing them, even if it takes longer than expected. They assured our boys that the skills they are learning now at BC High will benefit them in any area of business, even if the class doesn’t exactly relate to the specific field they want to study. Students heard about international dealings and the need to study  global sensitivities, culture, and history to navigate different landscapes successfully and effectively.

Every alumnus who spoke attributed who they are today to the formation they received at
BC High. Whether it be their work ethic, time management skills, relationship building, compassionate decision-making, or risk-taking, no place prepared them better
than BC High. They also noted unequivocally that the BC High network is unlike any other
that they have experienced. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunities they were
given at BC High, the relationships they developed within the BC High community, and the support they have received through the alumni network.

Some other key values and skills that our alumni learned at BC High are to: think critically, communicate effectively, operate with integrity and develop trust, and practice intellectual honesty.

Our students were attentive, respectful, and inquisitive. They asked thoughtful questions like, “What would your high school self think of you today?”, “What were your biggest challenges in starting your career?”, How did Covid affect your business?”, “How did you know you wanted a career in your particular field?”

Some alumni switched careers after trying what they thought they wanted to do or felt was a “safe” career. Others stayed in the same business for their entire careers.  They told our students that they would tell their high school selves to recognize the opportunities available at BC High and to ask for help and direction from outstanding teachers like Mr. Argento, Mr. Toto, Mr. Hayes, and Mrs. Raxhimi.

Every alumnus, always happy to support fellow Eagles, offered his contact information for students to reach out at any time with questions.

Special thanks to:

Tom Beausejour ’04

Principal, MedEquity Capital

Mike Bernazzani ’06

Corporate Counsel, Smartsheet Inc.

Justin Casanova-Davis ’04

Assistant Town Administrator and Acting Finance Director, Town of Brookline

Pat Crane ’13

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Deloitte, / 1LT Army Reserve Psychological Operations

Rich Gray ’74

International Executive and Senior Vice President (retired), Global Logic

Rick MacDonald ’93

Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase

Jack MacKinnon ’58

Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (retired)

Kernst Pierre-Louis ’03

Director, Mixed-Use Development, Hilco Redevelopment Partners

Joe Peroni ’16

Global Markets Equity Trade Analyst, UBS NYC

Yvener Petit ’04

Director, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, Live Nation Entertainment

PJ Sala ’92

Head of Capital Markets, Actual Corp

Greg Smith ’02

Vice President of Enterprise Sales & Business Development, Comforte, Inc.

Ben Spera ’00

Chief Operating Officer, Hilco Redevelopment Partners

Tom Walsh ’09

Project Manager, Redgate

Fergal Woods P’22

Managing Partner, Finance Boston

For a full photo album, visit: https://www.flickr.com/gp/69599832@N05/Li8A5i