The Skills Brett Barth ’93 Learned at SAE Continue to Serve Him Well

Thank you to Brett Barth ’93 for participating in this Q&A…

What year did you graduate and what did you study?
‘93, Dual Concentrations in Finance and Accounting

What made you want to join SAE?
A great bunch of guys who I enjoyed and felt comfortable hanging out with.

Are there any particular memories you'd like to share from your undergraduate years?
I am guessing many of my contemporaries would remember things such as Playing Through, or the Doughnut Truck.

What was your involvement with SAE like during your undergraduate years?
I was extremely involved, lived in the chapter house for two years; held several positions in including EA.

How do you stay involved as an alumnus?
There are many close friendships I have kept over the years.  My business partner is a fellow Penn SAE.  But importantly through a number of informal interactions such as the Suicide Pool, annual Vegas trips, etc... I also am an involved Alum for the University overall, Chairing the Penn Fund - the University-wide Undergraduate Annual Giving Program.

Why did you decide to contribute financially, and why do you think it is important for other alumni to do so?
When I was an undergraduate in the early ’90s we had wished for a stronger alumni program.  We had lost touch with many of the strong classes of the ’50s and ’60s, and while there are some stand-out brothers, many of the classes of the ’70s through the mid-’80s were quite small.  Not only have some of the older classes re-engaged with the house, but there are now two solid decades of recent alums.  The least I can do is participate financially to provide the support we wish we had when I was there.  I would encourage everyone to give something and stay connected to the house.

How has your SAE experience changed/shaped your life?  
Being involved in SAE as an undergraduate was an incredibly enjoyable and, my parents may be shocked to read this, enriching experience.  I made lifelong friends.  It made a large University feel small and comfortable.  I developed leadership, organizational and social skills, primarily through the many roles I played in the house that continue to serve me well.

Do you still keep in contact with any brothers?
Many, Many, Many.

What is your occupation now?
Managing Partner of an investment management firm.

Can you tell us about your family?
I have been married for 10 years to my incredible wife, Natalie, who gracefully indulges my regression to Barthy when around my SAE friends.  I have twin 6 year old boys, Brian and Benjamin, who someday I hope will have as great of a college and fraternity experience as I did (but maybe with less chugging).  After seeing all of the email banter about Dogger's daughter recently matriculating to Penn, I am just really glad I have sons!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I would like to thank Steve Saltzman for his many decades of service as House Corp. Chair.  He has literally done it forever.  It is thankless, and he does a great job.  Steve, I am not volunteering, but "Succession Planning?”.

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