University of Southern California

Live From New York-- It's The Tommy Awards
June 25, 2010 • by Timothy Coleman

Dear Friends of Marshall:

The place is New York City. The date is June 28. And the vibe is Trojan. Yes, the USC Marshall School of Business global view gazes both west across the Pacific and east to the Atlantic. There are Trojans in Manhattan, and next week the USC Alumni Club of New York will present the Second Annual Tommy Awards.

The evening will showcase the creative talents of USC graduates, honor the extraordinary contributions of USC alumni to the New York community, and award over $30,000 in scholarships to incoming freshman and continuing students from the area. Along with Broadway composer/lyricist Frank Wildhorn, I'm the proud recipient of one of the Tommy Awards.

Shortly after earning my MBA at Marshall, I came to New York to work for Citibank. Within a couple of years I had moved to restructuring and found something I loved: the job called for someone who was irreverent, who could bring people together, who could fight, and could compromise. It fit my personality perfectly. Eventually, I found my way to The Blackstone Group where I now run the Restructuring Group.

The foundation for my success in this business was laid at USC. I came to school without business knowledge or connections, and I wouldn't be where I am today without Marshall. That's where I learned to think creatively about business problems, how to compete -- and how to develop lasting relationships. That's why I'm willing to fly across the country for USC Marshall Board of Leaders meetings and give back in any and every way I can.

That's what the Tommy Awards are really all about. It's a chance to give back to the school that gave us all a hand up. It's a chance to help kids who look up at the skyline of Manhattan and hold dreams of becoming a vital part of the city. Whether you join me in person at the Tommy Awards or show your support on-line, please consider helping the next generation of Trojans – believe me, they are worth it and need your generosity.

Fight On!
Timothy Coleman
Senior Managing Director
The Blackstone Group