Tyler Regnier ’16 – This summer I am interning for Thane Bushong ’96 at Private Capital Management Group, Inc. in Noblesville, IN. PCMG Inc. is a personal finance firm offering investment, mortgage, insurance, and financial advising services. I am also working on efforts within PCMG’s sister company, Timberline Properties, LLC, a property management group in Noblesville. My responsibilities come in a wide variety, ranging from tax abatements, to kitchen remodels, to investment portfolios.
I started this position with mostly soft skills, such as strong interpersonal skills and a detail oriented mind-set. My main technical skills included proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, which I gained from my statistics course with Dr. Byun. Through this internship I have been able to strengthen both my analytical and technical skills, as I review investment portfolios and prepare presentations for various clients. I have always been able to balance seeing and addressing the fine details of a situation while also keeping the larger picture or final goal in mind. I have sharpened this skill by working on various projects in investments, and more so in real estate and property management projects with Timberline, LLC.
Due to my diverse interests, I have not narrowed my career path. At this time I am working towards a career in personal finance, law, or education. From a young age, I have held an interest in finance and investments. Working at PCMG Inc., has enabled me to develop and strengthen that interest. I am enjoying this position in personal finance, and I find stock research and portfolio analysis to be a invigorating activity. In addition, the personal interaction with clients is a vital part of what draws me to personal finance. I can certainly see myself in a full-time position similar to this internship.
At PCMG Inc., I have been handed a number of tasks that I know little to nothing about. For instance, I am currently working on a tax abatement proposal for a historic building in downtown Noblesville that Timberline Properties, LLC will soon be renovating to create professional office suites. This task is teaching me to handle situations with a steep learning curve, a skill which will be valuable in future positions. Coming into this job, I knew nothing about local tax laws and incentives. Through talking to local officials and business owners, I have been able to compile information on tax incentives to complete this tax abatement proposal.
My Wabash liberal arts education has enabled me to perform the wide range of tasks that this position requires of me. Due to the wide array of subjects covered by a liberal arts education, my Wabash experience has enabled me to take on very diverse responsibilities as well as tasks which I initially know very little about. This internship has helped me further develop my skills and refine my career path. I am very grateful that through Wabash and the Lilly Endowment, I am able to have this internship experience.