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Dave Galiyas | Carnegie Mellon Chapter

DaveDave Galiyas is a second-year MBA candidate at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University focusing in Finance, Economics and Organizational Behavior.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BA in Economics and commissioned into the United States Navy via the school’s NROTC program, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer.  At Tepper he is an Executive Board Member of the school’s Adam Smith chapter, and a Vice President of the Graduate Finance Association and Veterans Association organizations.  He is an avid reader, hiker, and Pittsburgh sports fan.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

My birthday is 6/7/89.

How do you curate your intellectual diet? What blogs, publications, etc. do you ready daily?

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Seeking Alpha are daily morning reads. I also like to have a book on hand, and next on the list is: The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff.

Imagine you are given a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?

A combined taco, pierogi and craft beer stand in a Singaporean hawker center with my buddy Kevin (be on the lookout).

Name something you’ve gained from your membership in the Adam Smith Society that you feel like you could not have gotten elsewhere in your MBA program.

The breadth and depth of intellectual discussion in an open forum about the real forces behind current events and business trends has been unmatched.

If you had to choose a theme song for the Adam Smith Society, what would it be?

"In a Big Country" by Big Country, since I think Adam Smith would be partial to a Scottish band.

Who is your favorite founding father (or president) and why?

Harry Truman because of his accountable style of leadership, his humility, and the gravity of the decisions he had to make.

NASA sends you to colonize a new planet, but you can only take 3 books: one on political & economic philosophy to help start the govt., one business book to guide entrepreneurs, & a work of fiction to keep everyone entertained. What do you take and why?

Political/Economic Philosophy: The Wealth of Nations, because it is the foundation of all modern economic thought.

Business Book: The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, because in an era of data overload it's important to learn how to distinguish between what matters and what doesn't.

Fiction: War and Peace, because colonizing a planet takes quite a long time.

If Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for them to eat?

A true Pittsburgh meal of: kielbalsa, sauerkraut and pierogies.

You have been given the power to completely repeal one government regulation of your choice (federal, state, or local). Which one would it be and why?

Pittsburgh's "Fourth Thursday of Every Month Street Cleaning" parking and ticket policy, because I think I've gotten at least three tickets.


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