Johan Arenas was born in Colombia, and moved with his mother to New York City when he was 12 years old, after an earthquake destroyed most of the city where they lived. By his senior year in high school Johan knew he wanted to serve this country that had given him so much, so he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps via the delayed entry program.
Johan chose to serve in the infantry, with the full understanding that this choice would result in him serving in combat. After boot camp and the School Of Infantry, Johan received orders to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Two months later he was in Iraq, fighting for his great nation.
Johan deployed to Iraq twice – first to Fallujah with an infantry company, then to Al Ramadi as the lead machine gunner in a weapons company. Johan effectively led and trained his unit through each of these combat deployments. He was honorably discharged in 2011, and will complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baruch College, New York in May, 2013.
Having always been a hard worker with a passion for business, Johan’s choice of study included a finance major with a minor in law and policy. Johan worked as a summer analyst at Citigroup ICG in 2012. His time on Wall Street reassured him that his true calling was finance, as he enjoyed the culture, the job, and the challenge of the finance industry.
Johan is looking forward to the opportunity that Wall Street Warfighters has given him, to learn more and to bring him a step closer to becoming an investment banker. While not an easy task, Johan believes that persistence is his personal key to success.
Josh Jewett was born and raised in sunny southern California. After graduating as class valedictorian from La Habra High School in 2001, Josh attended the United States Air Force Academy, gaining distinction as the Men’s Division I Water Polo Team Captain, an NCAA Academic All-American and Omega Rho Honor Society for graduating at the top of his major. Josh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 2005.
Josh spent the next eight years designing, manufacturing and operating highly complex satellite products for diverse customers across the Department of Defense and U.S. Government. Josh was very effective in multiple leadership roles, leading teams of military and civilian personnel. These roles included serving as lead analyst where he managed teams of PhD-level scientists and engineers providing analytical support to corporate and government organizations; a client-facing product specialist advising both Air Force senior management and junior analysts while deployed in the Middle East on available satellite intelligence products; and a traditional program manager role, making day to day cost, schedule, technical and risk decisions to deliver top priority US intelligence satellites.
Josh was named company grade officer of the year at the wing and base levels, and was selected by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce as a Leadership Los Angeles Fellow. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the prestigious UCLA Andersen School of Management, and completed three Ironman-level triathlons.
Josh earned numerous awards and decorations for his service, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the space, acquisitions and parachutist badges.
Josh is excited about participating in the Wall Street Warfighters program and starting a new career in the financial services industry.
Kelly Johnson is a 2010 graduate of Fordham University School of Law. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. Kelly has lived in New York City, Washington DC, and several countries in the Middle East, and now resides in Los Angeles.
While a student at Fordham Law School, Kelly was involved in many extracurricular activities including the Brendon Moore Trial Advocacy team, Entertainment and Sports Law Association, Copyright Moot Court Competition, OutLaws, and the Black Law Student Association.
Kelly also served as a mentor for incoming first year law students as part of Fordham Law School’s Academic Enrichment Program. In addition, she volunteered for Fordham Law School’s Mediation Clinic where she served as a mediator in Bronx Civil Court mediating all manner of small claims cases. As a student volunteer for the Student Hurricane Network, Kelly traveled to New Orleans where she assisted Hurricane Katrina survivors with insurance filings, guardianships, divorce filings, wills and other legal issues.
In addition to her volunteer activities, Kelly was a legal intern at King, Perry, Ramsey & Howell, and McCue, Sussmane and Zaphel, both entertainment law firms based in New York that represent many clients in the music, fashion, and entertainment industries.
Prior to law school, Kelly served five years in the United States Marine Corps as a Russian Cryptologic linguist and spent five years as an intelligence analyst for the National Security and Central Intelligence Agencies. During this time, she made two deployments to Afghanistan.
Kelly is a member of the New York and Beverly Hills Bar Association. As a participant in the Wall Street Warfighters program, she plans to apply her discipline and confidence gained from military service, and her entrepreneurial experience and analytical skills gained in her private law practice to be successful in the financial services industry.
Michael Johnston, a Long Island native, enlisted in the United States Army after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Originally from West Babylon, New York, Michael graduated from Tulane University in 2001 with a degree in history.
From 2002 to 2004 Michael served as an infantryman with the 25th infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA. In 2004, he successfully completed Special Forces Assessment and Selection and was assigned to the JFK Special Warfare Training Center at Fort Bragg, NC to train as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006 as a member of the Commandant’s List for exemplary achievement and was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, CO.
While at 10th Special Forces Group, Michael served as a Senior Medical Sergeant, deploying to Baqubah, Iraq in 2007 and to Baghdad in 2008. As a Special Forces non-commissioned officer Michael had numerous responsibilities such as providing tactical combat casualty care, ensuring the medical readiness of his team, and leading Iraqis on combat operations. He was often the only health care provider in his area of operation, responsible for the lives of hundreds of allied and indigenous personnel. In Baqubah Michael conducted combat operations during the Surge in Diyala Province. In Baghdad Michael mentored an elite Iraqi Police unit that conducted theatre wide direct action missions. After six years and seven months of exemplary service Michael was selected for promotion to Sergeant First Class. He earned many military awards, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 2009, Michael worked as a security consultant for two years at the Grasberg Mine in Papua, Indonesia where he managed a volatile situation and learned to speak proficient Bahasa Indonesia.
Michael got his start on Wall Street with a New York based broker dealer in 2012 where he learned the mortgage related products sales and trading business. He is participating in Wall Street Warfighters program to build on that experience, and prepare for a career in the financial services industry. Michael’s significant life experience, work ethic, and record of achievement will add value to any future employer.
Gary Laughlin enlisted into the United States Marine Corps delayed entry program in 2002 and was immediately selected for Officer Candidate School. In 2006, after completing all officer training and undergraduate studies at Temple University, Gary was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
Gary commanded First Platoon, India Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. He deployed to Iraq and commanded the Jolan Joint Security Station in Fallujah. He was responsible for planning, organizing, and leading his platoon in combat, conducting raids and improved explosive device (IED) sweeps. He was also responsible for some rather unconventional tasks such as holding elections, organizing local laborers, and planning reconstruction projects to rebuild the city from years of war. In the absence of local leadership, Gary found himself half-military commander responsible for security and half-mayor accountable to the people for food, water, and electricity.
After returning from Fallujah in 2008, Gary volunteered to go back to Iraq as a member of a prestigious embedded Combat Advisor Team, fighting side-by-side with the Iraqi Army while mentoring Iraqi leadership. This assignment had Gary controlling close air support, providing aerial surveillance, electronic counter measures, and disclosing time-sensitive intelligence to drive operations. Gary was awarded numerous medals for professional achievement and life-saving actions.
In 2009 Gary returned to the United States and served as a Company Executive Officer at Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West. He trained and certified 1,700 Infantry Marines in formal entry-level training. In 2011, he was promoted to Captain and assigned duties as the Assistant Operations Officer for Advanced Infantry Training Battalion. Gary oversaw all operational matters for the conduct of formal career advancement training of infantry unit leaders, reconnaissance men, and light armored vehicle crewmen.
In 2013, after nearly four years of rehabilitation and numerous surgeries, Gary was medically retired due to a traumatic injury sustained during combat operations in Iraq. He is eager to parlay his tactical prowess and combat-forged leadership skills into the financial sector. He hopes to build on his experience working in operations by mastering program management and investment banking.
Matt McGuire’s grandfather was a decorated WWII bombardier, and his great-grandfather was an infantry soldier who served in WWI. Out of a desire to maintain a family tradition of wartime service, after graduating (early) at the top of his class from Ohio Wesleyan University in December 2007, Matt decided to join the military.
He enlisted in the United States Army in February 2009 as a Psychological Operations Specialist. He completed more than a year of special operations training including Basic Combat School, Military Information Support Operations Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School (Paratrooper), and language school at the John F. Kennedy School of Special Warfare, Fort Bragg, NC. Although offered deployments to the Philippines and South America, Matt chose to join a tactical battalion in order to deploy to combat theatres.
Matt deployed in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2011, where he worked on many highly-sensitive projects. Matt participated in many high value missions and special projects, and trained US civilian and military personnel, as well as created more than 100 special operations training programs for Iraqi forces. In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He researched and analyzed demographics, economics, tribal relationships and political landscapes, and presented resulting analysis to very senior military leaders. He advised special operations groups throughout the country on how to increase Taliban defections. He was honorably discharged in February 10, 2013.
After leaving the military, Matt immediately joined the Wall Street Warfighters program. He has a strong interest in markets and is motivated to begin work in the financial services industry. He is especially interested in investment banking.
Quinlan Rakin joined the Marine Corps in December 1998. After completing boot camp at Parris Island, SC, he was assigned to Camp Pendleton, CA serving in the Network Operations Center. He worked his way up from a Private First Class troubleshooting desktop problems, to a Sergeant running the Local Area Network/Wide Area Network Team configuring and maintaining critical core computer network infrastructure for all of Camp Pendleton.
He was accepted to the very competitive Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program in 2002, completed his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in December 2004. Quinlan developed a keen interest in financial analysis while at UCLA.
After The Basic School for Marine Corps Officers, Quinlan was assigned to 9th Communication Battalion and deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq in August 2006, learning firsthand how to maintain lines of communication across battlefields and within the Headquarters chain of command. He led a small Communications Mobile Training Team to Al Asad, and to Waleed on the Syrian border where he instructed Iraqi soldiers, police, and border guards in communications equipment. A second tour took him to Camp Ramadi, Iraq where he, now a 1st Lieutenant, served as Operations Officer for a detachment of Marines supporting communications for the base’s Joint Command, the Anbar Provincial Reconstruction Command, and the Western half of Iraq.
Quinlan returned to Camp Pendleton where he was selected for Captain in the Marine Corps Reserve. He then spent another 13 months in Iraq as a civilian, supporting service members with satellite communications skills he had learned at Fallujah.
Quinlan is currently finishing his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Business with a Finance Certification. He hopes to set a good example for his two children by leveraging the leadership skills he learned in the military and the business and financial skills he is learning at UCLA to have a positive impact on the financial industry.
David Zazula was born in Stoneham, MA, and grew up in Medford, MA, a suburb of Boston. After graduating from Medford High School in 1997 he went on to serve in the Navy ROTC program at Virginia Tech. He was an officer in the Blue and Gold Society and tuba player in the world renowned Regimental Band. David graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy.
David was assigned to Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC in 2002 for 26 weeks of intensive nuclear training. After applied training at the Nuclear Prototype Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY, he was assigned to Submarine School in Groton, CT, for submarine warfare training. In April, 2003, David boarded his first submarine directly in Souda Bay, Crete. He served on the USS Augusta for three years, supporting missions vital to national security in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He led divisions as Electrical Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, and Communications Officer.
In 2006, David transferred to Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, SC, as assistant shift engineer, running and training a shift of nuclear operators. In 2008, he taught Electrical Engineering at the Naval Nuclear Power School. David earned his MBA and Master of Science degree in Finance in 2008 and 2009, respectively, during this tour. He then completed additional submarine and leadership training in Groton, CT.
In April 2010, David was assigned as Navigator and Operations Officer of USS Kentucky in Silverdale, WA, where he completed three strategic deterrent patrols, a homeport shift to Bremerton, WA, and a transition to Engineered Refueling Overhaul. His efforts contributed to the ship being awarded the Omaha Trophy as the Top Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine in the US Fleet.
David joined the Wall Street Warfighters program in February, 2013, and looks forward to applying his tenacity, analytical skills, and leadership to a career in the financial services industry.