2022 Best & Brightest Business Major: Luke Tyler, Seton Hall University (Stillman)

Luke Tyler

Seton Hall University, Stillman School of Business

“Ex-film major turned management consultant looking to build innovative products and run a half marathon.”

Fun fact about yourself: During the pandemic I started a small YouTube channel called Open Source Student where I give tutorials on niche skills in programming. The channel has had some traction with 70k views and counting.

Hometown: New Milford, New Jersey

High School: New Milford High School

Major: Finance

Minor: Computer Science

Favorite Business Course: Investment Analysis with Professor Eleanor Xu

Extracurricular Activities:

Former President and Current Advisor – Association of Latino Professionals for America

Former President – Entrepreneurship Club

Former Director of Marketing – Consult your community

Former Hall Street Fund Analyst

Founding Member of Computer Science Club

CFA Research Challenge Analyst

Community Work:

Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Member

Stillman Mentorship Program

Awards / Honors:

UBS Innovate with Artificial Intelligence – 3rd Place

PNC Bank STEAM Code Fest Finalist

Pirates Pitch Startup Competition Finalist

Pirates Pursuit Market Research Challenge Winner

Finance Honor Society Member

Where have you interned during your college career?

Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. – Digital Strategy Intern

Seton Hall Public Relations & Marketing – Student Intern

United Parcel Service – IT Strategy Intern & Finance Co-op

Ernst & Young – Business Consulting Intern

Financial Health Network – Business Operations & Technology Fall Intern

Where will you be working after graduation? Deloitte Consulting – Strategy Analyst

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? As a business student you should not feel land-locked to just your own university. You should seek opportunities outside of your campus and find resources from other leading business programs. There are a lot of local competitions, externships, and fellowships that can help you accelerate your career.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? Before switching to business, I was an aspiring film major who was looking to make movies one day. Although I traded my camera for a Bloomberg Terminal, I think that a large part of business is an art. In my classes there are often a variety of perspectives and interpretations on business strategy and there is no central universal truth that we all rely on. Even in the world of finance and analyzing the cash flows of companies, there are still disagreements since creativity fills in the gaps of an ambiguous future.

Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why? There were a lot of moments in my undergraduate career that felt satisfying, but I wish I had the chance to start a private equity and venture capital club. The school currently has the Hall Street Fund, which focuses primarily on publicly-traded securities, but I wanted to branch out and introduce students to the various types of funds and instruments for private investing. I think the due diligence process for private companies is a lot more abstract than traditional stock picking and I believe the skills learned could really benefit the student population.

What business executive do you admire most? Bryan Jakovcic, the founder and President of Fusion Health, is a business leader who I admire most. Bryan started Fusion Health when he was an undergraduate at Seton Hall in 2006, and he was able to scale his electronic health record company to serve more than 500,000 patients and employ over 80 employees. Fusion Health was built on minimal outside investments, and Bryan was able to bootstrap their continued growth. Following Fusion over the years and seeing it acquire another company inspired the entrepreneurial spirit within me. In addition to his business’s success, Bryan’s generosity to Seton Hall through donations to the entrepreneurship center and mentorship on the advisory board has been the most admirable.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? During the spring semester of my junior year, I had the opportunity to conduct research for the Securities and Exchange Commission on ESG. After two months of compiling data with another undergraduate and my business finance professor, we had the chance to present our findings to the SEC Investor Advocate and his constituents. It was a valuable moment in my college career where I was able to formulate my own perspective on actual issues and present them with confidence.

Which classmate do you most admire? Although I’ve only had one class with William Steck, his work ethic and knowledge outside of the classroom has always impressed me. Every time I sit down with him for lunch or dinner, I get to witness his unique storytelling. Beyond his factoids on niche tech tools, I respect his confidence and bold personality. I remember one time he told me a story about how he created his own position in digital strategy for the University’s admissions department. He approached the school’s admissions office with ideas on how to develop engaging content and improve their reach. This type of confidence shows when he casually talks to faculty members and manages to bring in C-Suite level executives to speak with students. Having experienced college with Will, I was able to gain new perspectives and insights that did not exist before.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank a long-time friend and mentor, Michael Riley. I had the luck of meeting Mike my freshman year when he would send me email meeting invites for his new campus consulting club. When I reluctantly attended the first meeting, I was immediately attracted to becoming a management consultant after graduation. That serendipitous meeting led me to chase every opportunity that would further this dream. After he was a fellow Pirate for a year, he transferred to another university where he was able to accomplish incredible things in consulting and the startup world. His work ethic has always motivated me to take risks and reach higher.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?

  • Serve on a Board of Directors for a non-profit
  • Become an angel investor

What are your hobbies? Mountain biking, running, chess, coding web applications and photography.

What made Luke such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2022?

“Luke Tyler is an outstanding student who excels academically and is involved as a leader in many extracurricular activities. He is an extremely hard-working, well-rounded student who sets his mind to whatever he wishes to achieve. An entrepreneur, Luke runs his own website design business and has been a winner in the inaugural statewide USB Innovation Competition and Seton Hall University’s Pirates Pitch startup contest. Additionally, he has served as president of Stillman’s Entrepreneurship and ALPFA clubs. Luke’s summer internships include stints at Ernst & Young and United Parcel Service, and he plans to work for Deloitte after graduation. Luke is always a pleasure to meet with and very appreciative of the counsel he receives from me and other faculty members.”

Susan Scherreik
Founding Director, Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

“The academic journey is replete with special students. There are some, though, who are extra special. They display a rare blend of intellect, maturity, energy, vision, and commitment. From his academic achievements and breadth of extracurricular activities to his innovative leadership, business consulting, and community outreach, Luke Tyler is extra special.”

Tony Loviscek
Professor and Finance Department Chair




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