Pitching Deals- From Bull Pen to Board Room
My Life As A Watermill Intern
By Richard J. Hall
Ever since I could walk, I dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. From tee-ball to college ball, I have always desired to see how far baseball could take me. In May 2019, I graduated from Tufts University and my collegiate career came to an end as undefeated, All-American NESCAC Pitcher of the Year.
At that time, I had to make the difficult decision of pursuing professional baseball or hanging up my cleats and starting my career in business. Then I met The Watermill Group.
The Watermill Group has been a family to me during the last five months of my life, challenging me to attain a high level of Private Equity knowledge and experience while allowing me to pursue my dream of playing baseball at the next level.
Watermill has been by my side every step of the way. Whether I was presenting a new deal in IC, assisting diligence, or leaving the office early to train for baseball, the Watermill team has proven to be much more than just a world-class PE firm, they have proven to be world-class people, leaders, and friends.
This past Wednesday I had the privilege to work out for the New York Mets at their Minor League training complex in Port St. Lucie, FL. I threw a bullpen in front of a few of their scouts, prior to their upcoming spring training, with the hope of being signed to fill a roster spot on one of their minor league teams. It was an experience of a lifetime, a childhood dream come true. There will be more ‘pro-days’ to come this month, and I am eager to showcase how much I have developed as a pitcher since June.
Although the future remains uncertain, no matter the outcome, I can be sure that whether my path leads me to baseball or business, I am prepared.
Thank you Watermill for showing me the importance of hard work, thoughtful strategy and a positive attitude.
Written By Richard J.Hall