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Andres Melgar '02

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
Following graduation I wasn't ready for a suit and tie, so I took my first job as General Manager of a restaurant. I acquired great management experience over 2 years, and then I applied to the Union Bank Management Training program.  Following this I moved to Seattle and worked in the Middle Market doing Commercial Finance. I returned to San Diego to open and manage a retail branch downtown. From there I was promoted to Ocean Beach to manage that office. 
 
I just left Union Bank and accepted an amazing job opportunity with Torrey Pines Bank as a VP, Senior Commercial Lender. At Torrey Pines Bank, I am able to follow my passion: real estate. My new job allows me to work on real estate on a daily basis with a focus in commercial real estate (both owner occupied and investor deals.) I also do construction financing and business financing.
 
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
Every memory at USD is a fond memory. As a basketball player and fan, I really enjoyed going to basketball games on campus.  I also enjoyed playing pick up games and intramurals. I loved walking the beautiful campus with my friends. I look back on my philosophy classes with fond memories - we had plenty of profound philosophical discussions that I still think of often.
 
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
I loved my time at the Deli - it always felt like the place to be on campus for meeting friends and making new ones.  We would meet there to study, catch up and plan the weekend. My friends and I would make sure that our class schedule allowed us all to meet up for lunch every day.   
 
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Dr. Rivetti was my favorite professor. He knew how to deliver information, but keep us engaged with humor and funny anecdotes. He also gave me a great piece of advice that I took to heart: "whatever you do, don’t pay rent and you will become a wealthy man." I listened to him, saved all my money for a year and bought my first property when I was 23. I have continued to invest in real estate ever since.
 
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have participated on the USD San Diego Chapter Alumni Committee since 2007 and was recently appointed Chapter President. It has been such a wonderful experience to reconnect with the University!
 
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
If able, they should study abroad in Madrid. My 7 months there were out of this world. I would tell them to live in the moment and enjoy USD for all it has to offer, because 4 years goes by in a blink. Finally, current students should start exploring internships. The USD network is strong and continues to grow. There are a lot of successful alum out there and a current student should already be networking with them.

Interesting in connecting with Andres? Shoot him an email at AMelgar@torreypinesbank.com.

Meet Andres at the August 19th USD Alumni Party at the Del Mar Racetrack: http://toreronetwork.sandiego.edu/sd081912.

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