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Serge Permyakoff, MBA 2015

Born in Moscow and raised in New York, Serge has spent over 10 years in the New York financial industry, where he rose to become a Senior Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has a keen interest in the emerging fields of FinTech and the Sharing Economy, and recently completed a consulting project at Google.
Throughout his MBA studies, Serge was a key leader and organizer of the Stern community. Beyond being Core Group Leader for his Langone cohort, Serge was also a Langone SVP of the Entrepreneurs Exchange Club, and Chair of the Alumni Committee on the student government board. Serge drove record-level fundraising and coordinated class-wide logistics. In recognition of this exceptional dedication to our community, Serge was awarded the Stern School Service Award at graduation. An avid cyclist and triathlete, Serge lives in New York with his three bicycles and uncountable sneakers.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

I have yet to explore the Argentinian Patagonia, which I hear is full of enormous mountain ranges and scenic views. Not to mention, I love Malbec and steak...  so this sounds like the perfect destination for me!

What is your favorite childhood memory?

When I was nine years old, my sister and I won a dumpling eating contest in China -- using chopsticks!

What is your favorite movie?

Although many find the movie puzzling, Inception is my favorite because it is extremely thought provoking and action-packed. It also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the best actors in the business in my opinion. He’s really made a significant mark on the film industry.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Stern?

I felt honored and humbled when I received the Stern Service Award for my efforts on behalf of the School and the student body. It felt great to be recognized for my contributions, to see that I enhanced someone’s experience at Stern and added value to students’ lives.

Why do you choose to stay engaged with Stern as an alumnus?

I was very active as a student at Stern, and I want to keep that momentum going as an alumnus. I’m excited to be a part of the Alumni Council and help develop strategies to strengthen our offerings to both students and alumni. The stronger these communities are, the greater the value of a Stern degree.

What quote most inspires you?

“Get action. Do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.”
~Theodore Roosevelt