Meet our Student Spotlight for the month of September: Zach Johnson. Zach comes from the small town of Washington Court House, Ohio. His journey to Ohio State began at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It was there that the seeds of an interest in a finance career were planted. Zach transferred to Ohio State for the Autumn 2015 semester to join the Buckeye family and to pursue a career in investment banking. He described his decision to transfer as:
“The best decision I’ve ever made”
Zach arrived at Fisher timid about getting involved. At West Point, the focus was on academics. By the start of his sophomore year, Zach began to increase his involvement. That fall semester he joined Buckeye Capital Investors, an investment-focused student organization at Fisher. The following semester Zach joined Scarlet and Gray Financial, a program that provides financial education to college students. Zach was also accepted into the Fisher Futures Investment Banking Program, an investment banking preparatory program run by the Office of Career Management, and he became a member of the Honors Cohort program, a leadership program offering an MBA-like experience to select honors students.
Following his sophomore year, Zach completed a long-awaited investment banking internship with Brown Gibbons and Lang in Cleveland. He followed this with another investment banking internship following his junior year with Lincoln International in Chicago.
Now in his senior year, Zach has accepted a full-time offer to return to Lincoln International as an Investment Banking Analyst. With a job locked down, Zach has turned much of his attention outside the classroom to giving back to the Fisher community. For him, becoming a Peer Advisor has provided the opportunity to help transfer students who are experiencing the same challenges he did when he arrived at Ohio State. He’s been able to share his experiences and relate his own development with these students.
“Getting involved at Fisher has been the most critical piece of my development as a leader. I truly believe there’s something for everyone here.”