A Leader in His Community
Tim Skinner discovered his passion for marketing analytics and finance through his professors, the Sigma Chi fraternity and the scholarship opportunities he received at the University of Idaho. His love for numbers and people has his eyes set on a future career in helping others with their finances.
“My career goals include becoming a financial analyst for a big company like Boeing or Nike, and maybe having them pay for more school if need be,” Tim said. “I’m also interested in someday working with my own clientele as a financial adviser. I’d like to help people make money and then manage their money.”
Tim’s love for his community stems from the relationships he has formed with his brothers at the Sigma Chi fraternity. During Tim’s sophomore year of college, he served as vice president of finance for Interfraternity Council (IFC), a leadership group that sets goals for all Greek houses on campus.
“Stepping into that leadership role taught me responsibility and prepared me for my future as a leader in my career,” Tim said. “I was able to work with Excel and budget over $100,000 for the organization.”
Tim is also a member of the Vandal Solutions Marketing Group and the Davis Group; the first develops marketing solutions for real businesses and the second provides corporations with investment advice.
“I’ve really had a lot of hands-on learning experience over the last few years,” he said. “Surprisingly, a lot of those experiences have come from being a member of Sigma Chi and other scholarship opportunities.”
“Last year we visited companies like Nike, Boeing and Microsoft. It was a unique experience. I don’t think a lot other universities give students the opportunity to take those kinds of trips and interact with the faculty the way we do.”
Tim is currently a member of the Graue Scholars and receives the C.W. Moore scholarship. These two scholarship programs have helped Tim be able to not only afford to attend the U of I, but to graduate debt free. “I decided to come to U of I because I knew I was receiving the Graue Scholarship,” Tim said.
Tim expressed his respect for his professor’s ability to put their students ahead of themselves. He likes all his classes, but his favorite class is finance with professor Darek Nalle.
“I probably like Darek Nalle’s class the most because he doesn’t always teach directly from the book,” Tim said. “His passion for teaching lessons based on what he thinks is crucial young business professionals know has really motivated me continue to pursue finance as my main focus.”
Tim is scheduled to graduate in May of 2019. His love for his fraternity brothers at Sigma Chi and gratitude for professors Erick Larson and Darek Nalle have placed Tim in a position to accomplish his goals and pursue finance as a way to help build up his community.
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