This episode features a conversation with Frank Finelli ’79, Managing Director of the Carlyle Group.
This episode features an interview with Frank Finelli, Managing Director of the Carlyle Group in Washington D.C., where he focuses on investments in the defense and aerospace sector. Frank graduated from West Point in 1979 and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was also a Field Artillery Master Gunner and served in the 82d Airborne, 1st Armored, and 3d Infantry Divisions.
On this episode, Frank shares a wealth of valuable insights on how to break into private equity, maintain relationships within your network, and think strategically about your career after the military.
(01:59) Frank’s reason to join the military
(03:50) Post West Point
(04:59) Frank’s time at MIT
(09:09) The serendipity of Frank’s decisions
(13:45) Joining the Carlyle Group
(15:46) The Sitrep
(18:00) How Carlyle thinks about the new innovations in the aerospace/defense industry
(20:30) How Frank maintains his network
(21:55) Setting up a career after serving in the military
(24:30) How Frank mentors people
(26:15) SOP—Standard Operating Procedure
(29:20) How to break into private equity