Two seniors from the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration have been named to the “Best & Brightest Business Majors of 2022” report Poets&Quants, a national online publication focused on business schools.
The honor roll recognizes the top 100 members of the Class of 2022 from elite business schools. According to Poets&Quants, students are selected on the basis of being “role models who embody the spirit of their school, demonstrate the possibilities, and set the standard for classes to follow.”
This year’s Pitt Business recipients are David Turnbo and Carolyn Zedalis.
“David and Carolyn truly embody our school’s mission of taking students From the Classroom, To the City, To the World,” says Lawrence Feick, Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration. “I am proud to see that they are being recognized as two of the nation’s best and brightest business students and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in their careers.”
Turnbo, who is from Silver Spring, MD, has completed three internships in three different states, including positions in investment banking, consumer banking, and endowment analytics at Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and the University of Pittsburgh. As a finance major, he is also completing a minor in economics and a certificate in business analytics.
During his time at Pitt Business, Turnbo has served in a number of leadership roles. He has served as the Executive Vice President for the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity, Equity Research Analyst for BLK Capital Management, Success Fellow for Investment Banking for SEO Career, Junior Analyst for Panther Equity, and Professional Development Consultant for the Pitt Business Career Center.
“David is truly one of my favorite students,” says Ahmed Elshahat, Clinical Associate Professor at Pitt Business. “He is an outstanding student, actively participates in the classes, works very well with his classmates, but most importantly we met few times out of the classroom and I was amazed with his maturity and how conscious he was about the impact of his decision on others.”
At the top of his professional bucket list, Turnbo hopes to serve on the board of an organization and teach at a university before retiring. After graduation, he will return to Bank of America as an Investment Banking Analyst in New York City.
Zedalis, who is from State College, PA, served as the President of Women in Business at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she coordinated with an executive board of eight women to guide and grow the organization on three major pillars—social engagement, community service, and professional development. With mentorship being one of her passions, Zedalis founded the Women in Business Mentor-Mentee program.
In addition to her supply chain management major, she is also completing two certificates in business analytics and leadership and ethics.
“Success in business requires much more than skills and experience,” says Andrew W. Hannah, Adjunct Professor and Executive-In-Residence at Pitt Business. “It requires giving extra effort to your passions and work but most of all, teamwork and servant leadership. Carolyn is a rare student that combines talent, skill, intellectual curiosity, and an undying desire to help others and ensure the team succeeds. Carolyn embodies the ideals that we hope emerge from our graduates as the enter the next phase of their career and life.”
At the top of her professional bucket list, Zedalis hopes to become part of the C-suite at the Walt Disney Company and return to Pitt Business as an Executive-In-Residence to help future students learn and grow. After graduation, she will join the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh as a Procurement Management Associate.