HW Identity: Patrick McNulty

At Harris Williams, our people are the fabric of our firm — committed, tenacious, smart, and principled. Each person’s contributions to the unique culture and environment are critical. In this Q&A, get to know Patrick McNulty, a managing director at Harris Williams — why he joined the firm, what career advice he most values, and how he spends his free time.

What was your first job?

After graduating from college, I was an operations analyst at Lockheed Martin. However, my very first job was stocking and bagging groceries at the local grocery store. 

Why did you choose to work for Harris Williams?

Choosing to work for Harris Williams was an easy decision that was driven by the people and the culture. Harris Williams has an incredibly strong reputation in the market, but when I met the men and women who created that reputation, I was blown away by their camaraderie, commitment and drive. I knew right away that I wanted to be part of that unique culture.  

What do you do when you are not at the office?

When I’m not at the office, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family. Being a husband and father has given me the greatest joy in life. Weekends are typically busy with soccer games, robotics tournaments, tennis lessons, car pools, camping trips, school dances, etc.—all the wonderful chaos that comes with having children. Between family commitments, we’re involved with various community organizations. Music also provides a great outlet to recharge, and every once in a while, I will try to shake the rust off playing the piano.   

What drew you to investment banking initially?

There is no typical day in investment banking and the work is very dynamic. Each engagement brings its own challenges and rewards. Our teams are always on and trying to stay ahead of what is around the corner.  

What’s the best piece of career advice you have received?

Hit challenges head on and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is certain that any question you might have is likely a question that a team member needs answered as well. Even more senior team members often have the same questions. So, keep driving your intellectual curiosity and good things will follow.