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Bob Binford

Job Title: Finance Manager
Company: Amazon Web Services
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Mentor Since: Fall 2021
Will Mentor: Undergrad Students
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Job Description

Trusted finance business partner helping high growth companies develop the processes, people, and perspectives necessary to drive timely and confident decision making. DATA ANALYTICS (SQL, EXCEL) | FORECASTING & MODELING | ACTION ORIENTED | TEAM LEADER

Company Description

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, and Japan, customers across all industries are taking advantage of our low cost, elastic, open and flexible, secure platform.

Employment History

I've been with AWS for about three years. Prior to AWS, I worked in private equity owned Med-tech companies (Vyaire and Physio-Control). Vyaire builds ventilators and Physio builds defibrillators. AWS is a really great place to build a finance career with loads of data and engineers who really value having Finance at the table. My experience prior to AWS has been in the med-tech space with a focus on companies owned by private equity (Bain Capital and APAX partners).

Education

I did my undergrad at Seattle U, majoring in Economics and have a Masters degree in Finance from Notre Dame (Go Irish!).

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I am looking to help students launch their careers whether in corporate finance, product management, entrepreneurship, or whatever interests them. I ask that students come to our meetings with a curious mind and a commitment to improvement. My favorite professor at Seattle U used to say "90% is showing up".

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

We can meet in person at Seattle U or on Amazon's campus. We will figure out a good time for everyone to meet.