Meeting a High Bar Made Us Better
Bill Fitzgerald, '88
When I was looking at business schools, I wanted the school that offered the most rigorous academic program and that would expose me to some of the sharpest thinking in business research. Booth lived up to that.
We were in school during the stock market crash of 1987, which was traumatic. The DJIA declined 22% in one day, but my classmates were bright, sharp, competitive people, full of ambition. We knew we had to stick it.
There were two professors that I really enjoyed. One was Abbie Smith who taught financial accounting and financial statement analysis. The second was Nobel laureate, George Stigler. I was fortunate enough to take his class on economics of policy. What distinguished those professors was not just their popularity, but that they were so approachable and interested in spending time with students. It was really amazing.
Booth was a performance environment and I think that bound us together. I know a common feeling among us was that while sitting in class we never felt like the smartest person in the room, but when we got out into the work environment, we felt very prepared and ready to take on anything. We had a high bar to meet and we were surrounded by quality people that were strong and talented.
I’m looking forward to intersecting with many classmates whom I haven’t seen for a number of years and learning what their life experiences have been. So much time has passed, but when we get together it really feels like no time at all. It’s just a lot of fun to see each other and to reconnect.
Bill Fitzgerald is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Asset Management in Chicago and is co-chair of the Class of 1988 reunion committee.