Recent York Grad Learns From Alum’s Example
York College alum, Patrick MacKrell (second from right in red tie) and recent graduate, David Haynes, (far right with key chain) share a moment at a recent college event.
Haynes, a (Patrick) MacKrell Scholar, received $4000 in tuition and a paid internship over two semesters at New York Business Development Corp., (NYBDC) the now 54 year-old loan company MacKrell joined as General Counsel in 2001.
By 2004 MacKrell had become Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and in 2005, became President and CEO.
“Mr. MacKrell did offer me a job, said Haynes proudly. “The internship was a real job. I was trained in Albany and sent to the Manhattan office and got involved right away.”
According to Haynes who was born in Manchester, Jamaica, but grew up “mostly in Brooklyn,” the internship at NYBDC allows participants to gain real-world experience while being paid a salary on top of the scholarship. He attended shareholders meetings, evaluated loan applications and in general, performed like any other employee at the company.
“It gives you great hands-on experience,” he explained. “You’re an intern, but that’s just your title. You’re like a junior credit analyst. You do the analysis to determine whether [or not] a company is able to keep making payments. You have to monitor the companies.”
MacKrell, a member of the graduating class of 1975, has also given scholarships to other business and accounting students at York -- the same opportunity as the one David Haynes just completed.
MacKrell, who was a major in the United States Marine Corps where he also used his legal training in various capacities, has been a partner in several prestigious law firms and joined the York College Foundation Board in 2005, under the leadership of President Marcia V. Keizs. He sees his involvement with the college as necessary and “a win-win.”
“30 years later I found I could contribute to the college in a different way,” he said of coming back to serve on the Foundation Board and the Small Business Development Center at York College. “David is terrific and we did offer him a job.”
Haynes explained that New York Business Development Corp. makes loans to companies which may not otherwise qualify for a loan. The loans, he said, range from a few thousand “up to three million dollars.”
A graduate of Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers (in Manhattan), Haynes, like MacKrell many years ago, has graduated from York with high honors. He originally wanted to be a stock broker, but after taking his first accounting class at York he was hooked.
Ironically, upon first arriving at York he considered transferring to Baruch College, which tends to be popular with aspiring business students. But he came to love York’s beautifully evolving campus and faculty members such as Accounting professor, Robert Clovey.
“Looking back, I can’t see myself anywhere else but York,” he said. “I like the atmosphere; I was part of the group of students who brought back the York College Accounting Society and I am one of the supervisors for the income tax program.”
And Haynes, who eventually wants a career as a forensic accountant with the FBI, got more than the scholarship, internship and job offer from MacKrell. He came away from the experience with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an alumnus of a college.
“Mr. MacKrell is doing a great job,” he said. “For him to come back as part of the [York College] Foundation Board and to give back to York this way is a great thing. For alums to come back and help the college is great.”
Haynes elaborated that some people who graduate from York don’t acknowledge it as readily as does MacKrell.
“If they go to [say] Pace afterwards then that’s what they talk about,” he said.
“They don’t acknowledge York. But with Mr. MacKrell, everybody in the company knows he graduated from York College. He’s proud of it and that’s how I will be. And I want to come back and set up a scholarship for future York students just as he has.”
The future FBI accountant, who plans to attend graduate school in the near future, also expressed the importance of commitment on the part of interns.
“It’s about work ethic,” he said. “I had to make sure to prove that York was worthy of the Scholarship. You have to prove yourself.”