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Marc Adams ‘99: Pushing the Limits at Wells Fargo—and in Life

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As vice president, risk consultant at Wells Fargo and Company in Charlotte, N.C., Marc Adams provides portfolio analysis and forecasts for the bank’s retail consumer credit lines of business. It’s challenging work that draws on his deep background in the financial services industry, where he experienced both the boom of the dot-com era and the subsequent economic meltdown at Barclay’s Global Investors and Wachovia.

Outside of work, “I’m learning Argentine tango with my wife, a native of Costa Rica, learning to play Flamenco guitar and traveling as much as possible,” says Adams.

What drives you in your work?

I am most passionate about digging into data and finding out what is going on, how customers behave and react to incentives, and developing new strategies and tests to capitalize on those findings.

Where has your career taken you, and where is it headed?

I am learning a third language and plan to work internationally in the near future. I like the challenge of throwing myself into a new situation and figuring things out. The international scene will provide an added cultural twist that I haven’t experienced since studying abroad for a year as an undergrad.

How has your UC Davis MBA experience helped shape your success?

The most important aspect of the MBA experience was meeting like-minded colleagues, people passionate about what they do and committed to trying new things and pushing the limits.

What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating?

I moved to Charlotte, N.C., to be at Wachovia’s headquarters years ago and now headquarters are back in California. In that interim time period, I witnessed firsthand the unraveling of the banking industry—and Wachovia specifically—in addition to the recovery.

Your favorite Graduate School of Management memory? 

The many evenings spent with fellow students working on group projects. It would be hard to pick a single moment that captures the creative interaction those meetings stimulated.

How do you support and participate in the School now?

I think one of the greatest contributions alumni can make is to be ambassadors for the GSM in our daily work life, and demonstrate the same creative interaction we experienced as MBA students in our group project meetings. Additionally, it’s crucial that we provide the School with feedback on what worked with the program and our ideas on improving it. This way, we ensure that future students receive the benefit of our experience and are even better prepared for today’s business challenges.

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