Alexander J. Singleton / Co-Founder, VETSI
The word technology is derived from Greek– a synthesis of two words, 'techne' and 'logos' : 'art' and 'logic' :: 'the art of science,' : 'the science of art.'
-Dr. Elias Carayannis
After graduating from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business concentrating in Finance, I began my career as an asset management intern for the Real Estate Finance Division of PNC Bank in Kansas City. Due to the real estate-centric nature of the Great Recession, my workgroup was routinely summoned for M&A to underwrite distressed real estate portfolios of target assets stipulated by purchase accounting guidelines. As an intern, I was commissioned to manage data-dumps for war-room repositories, which consequently required financial AND technical expertise, thereby nudging me into the world of programming. On the fly, I quickly learned elementary algorithms to reconcile datasets within Excel. My superiors recognized my due diligence effort and steadfast attention to detail within a formal offer-letter to serve as a capital markets analyst. Careening towards the end of my post, one day my workflow incorporated VBA in order to inject extended logic into financial models but quickly realized that I would be modeled out of the job by an algorithm someday. Motivated by this anxiety, and trying to get smarter than the next guy, my newfound technical proficiencies ignited something more profound-a passion, which ultimately forked my career into programming.
During my fourth year at PNC, I amicably resigned from my position to embark on a journey learning how to code, beginning at my my brother‘s local web development company, Kansas City Website Design and SEO. Discovering that the world of web development is more complex than co-founding and developing neighbortree.com, I customized a crash-course education in full-stack web development using Ruby on Rails at several bootcamps but eventually realized that there are no short-cuts to skill-sets; a true understanding and mastery of computer science would require academic rigor- a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology will consummate my professional and academic experience as a hybrid graduate business program crossed with computer science.
As a full-stack engineer trained in the art of business, I’m three semesters away from graduation, enrolled part-time as a grad student with a 3.8 GPA, all while independently operating under Bucephalus Holdings: a special-purpose entity chartered to facilitate offerings in financial analysis, software engineering and web development- and just recently, as a participating member in a 501c3 initiative incorporated to assist veterans re-assimilating into the modern workforce; VETSI was officially filed in cooperation with academics and executives from Wells-Fargo and The George Washington University.
As a certified Google Streetview Virtual Photographer, I enjoy both photography and cinematography as a professional hobby. I regularly attend FBI Infragard Cyber-briefings events. In my spare time, I’m an avid fitness fanatic constantly on the move with cycling, running, rowing, Pilates and anything active in between.
If I can be of service, or perhaps answer any of your questions about finance or technology, I invite you to book an appointment here or feel free to contact me directly at (913)-735-3696 or anywhere via the web!