Noah Buccio '14

Noah BuccioMajor: Accounting
Hometown: Hyde Park, NY

Describe your current job role:

I work as Business Analyst for Risk Strategies Company. I work closely with our sales team and account managers, helping them manage and grow their client base. A lot of my focus is on researching ways to increase the bottom line with higher commissions from our carriers and discovering ways to manage our business more efficiently. I also assist the finance team in monitoring production volume and budgeting for our end of the year supplemental commissions. 

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I previously worked as an accountant for DeWitt Stern Insurance Brokerage. I handled the operating side for our New York and California Offices, focusing on accounts receivable, and bank reconciliation. Working in the insurance brokerage industry helped me transition into my current role. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

Don’t waste your early years in a job that is not beneficial to your career. The experience gained in these first years can be instrumental to your success later on. Find a job that keeps pushing you to learn and makes you step outside of your comfort zone. Use what drives you to find fulfillment in your Career.

"Find a job that keeps pushing you to learn and makes you step outside of your comfort zone." 

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA provided me with a great environment where I could pursue a valuable education. While at PBA I was a member of their ENACTUS Team where we raised funds to develop local outreach programs that improved the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. This is just one example of the many opportunities I was provided, while at PBA, to learn about business and grow as a person.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Find a job that you will really enjoy. Invest in yourself by always learning new marketable skills that will continue to be in high demand. Take advantage of opportunities to continue your education through potential work-sponsored programs. Know your worth and take advantage of better opportunities as they present themselves. 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you? 

Yes, it is important to try and surround yourself with people more intelligent than you. A lot can be learned from someone who has experienced a similar career path and has had to make comparable choices. Listen to what they have to say and understand where they are coming from and then own your decision as you will have to live with the outcome.

 Spotlight posted in May 2018. For more information about Noah, visit his LinkedIn page.