So my friend's dad from high school is a VP/director at a. Not entirely sure of his position but i do know that he's currently trying to get promoted to a MD. I was able to get his father to email me when he had time so that i could ask questions and speak with him. Well, after a week he finally emailed. I should also mention that i have met his father on a few occasions and have been over his house many times, but haven't really had a conversation with him. Maybe just a few hello's and goodbye's here and there. However, the thing i'm really excited about is that he's an alumni at my school. Here's a rough transcript:
Email 1: lupris, my son told me you wanted to speak to me. I'm traveling to Toronto next week so if this urgent we should try to get the conversation in this week. Let me know
My office # is xxx.xxx.xxxx but most of my day is already scheduled with meetings. I could move some things around
Email 2: Dear Mr. x,
Yes, I am currently a sophomore at ( non-target university) pursuing a major in Finance. (Son's name) mentioned that you worked at ______ ______ so I saw this as an opporunity to learn. I have a strong interest in pursuing investment banking after graduation. Although I do not have any finance related experience, I am eager to learn more about your field and what your work entails.
I would appreciate the opportunity to ask you some questions regarding your career path via email or perhaps a phone call. I understand that you are very busy, so I do not want to waste any more of your time with another meeting.
Thank you for your time.
Email 3: lupris, happy to help and talk to you, don't think it is a waste of my time. any friend of (son's name) is important to me.
my schedule changes fairly rapidly, if you are in the city on Friday then we can spend about a hour around 4PM. my office is at xx west xxnd street in between xth and xth aves closer to xth
if friday is not good, then stop by the house on saturday, we will get brunch/coffee etc and go through your questions
by the way don't call me mr. x that was my dad, henry is fine
Email 4: lupris, one other thing use my work email, have my bbery with me most of the time so will check that more frequently than my iPhone
This is my first time ever meeting with a ibanker or alumni so i'm not entirely sure of what i should be doing. I haven't responded to his last two emails yet, but I plan on meeting him this Saturday unless you guys think it's better to go to the office. Also during the meeting is it okay to bring my own list of questions rather than having to memorize them all? If i were to go meet at his office would i have to wear a suit? or would i look like a tool? Any tips or advice i should know about involving manners, jargon, etc? How prepared should i be? Any recommended books i should read beforehand? What else should i study? Thanks.