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Finance & Venture Capital Association

The Smith MBA Finance and Venture Capital Association works to prepare students for opportunities in finance-related careers and enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the field. FVC helps students achieve their career goals through mock interviews, resume reviews, job finding strategy sessions, and seminars on careers in finance. The association also contributes through panel discussions that explore a variety of finance-related topics, sponsoring talks by leading professionals in the finance field, and arranging networking events.

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Board Members

Mat Parsons


As a former college athlete, I applied my teamwork, adaptability, and collaboration skills in the professional world by becoming a High School Teacher and Soccer Coach with Sherwood Public High School. After 6 years of teaching and coaching, I decided to pivot and go back and get my MBA. I will be doing my summer internship at Pepsi, where I will be working in the National Sales Strategy department. 

Fun Fact

I have never lived outside of Maryland! 

Zach Black

Vice President of Finance

Hello, my name is Zachery Black, most people refer to me as Zach. I currently reside in Annapolis, MD with my partner Sarah and our two German Shepard Dogs-Theo (7 yrs.old) and Abi (6 months old). I am currently working to career transition from the military to the Finance industry. I have had a desire to work in a finance capacity since high school. Where my economics teacher, as part of the curriculum, made us learn the importance of finances and watch Dave Ramsey talk about financial peace/freedom. After igniting a fire in me about finances and I continued to learn, read, and educate myself anyway possible about finance while I spent the next eight years in the U.S. Navy traveling around the world. As my time in the Navy was nearing a natural completion point, I decided to pursue that high school spark that never went out. Thus, here I am today in closing in on the final part of my first year as an MBA student focusing in Finance and excited to continue learning more! I'm excited to continue learning more about finance and engage with fellow students.

Fun Fact

I once went scuba diving/snorkeling  in the Gulf of Oman.

David Steckler

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

David is a full-time MBA student at the University of Maryland, concentrating in corporate finance. He has several years of experience working with Midwest startups as an investment analyst at a venture capital firm in Indianapolis. Before this, David studied economics as an undergraduate at Denison University in Ohio, concentrating on mathematical applications in economics. During his free time, he loves to exercise, work on his car, and spend time with his wife and pets.

Fun Fact

I have made a concerted effort to do all of my own automotive work. I enjoy working on my car and approach it as more of a hobby than an inconvenience.

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