Dylan Abrams

Quick 6 with Dylan Abrams – President of TAMID Group Beta Chapter at Illinois

What is TAMID Group?

TAMID is a rapidly growing organization that exposes business-minded students to “Start-up Nation” (the Israeli economy). Through a semester long education program, an investment fund, high-impact consulting, partnerships with Israeli firms and professional presentations, students will be given the opportunity to gain expertise and knowledge in numerous industries. Students will also be given the opportunity to professionally develop while becoming more succinct with Israel.


Why did you decide to start a chapter at Illinois?

Towards the end of my sophomore year, I had heard about TAMID through a friend of mine whom was in the process of starting a chapter at UT-Austin. Lucas Marks (Co-Founder and VP Education) and I discussed starting a chapter, in which we spent all summer putting the pieces together. Part of the solution to the puzzle was drafting an executive board that we knew we could trust. While our 7-man team is well-rounded, experienced, and driven to succeed – we’re also looking to have some fun with this unparalleled experience.


What differentiates TAMID Group from other investment or consulting groups on campus?

TAMID differentiates itself from other groups because of its focus on the Israeli economy, our national recognition, partnerships, hands-on projects and entrepreneurial stature. Students are provided numerous opportunities to gain knowledge and expertise through presentations, professional development workshops, fundraising opportunities, conducting equity research and solving real business development problems via consulting case studies.


What would you say is the toughest part about starting a TAMID chapter?

For me, the toughest part about starting a TAMID Chapter is making sure that our chapter lives up to TAMID’s national standards. There are roughly 53 chapters across the country at some of the best universities in the world including Harvard, Yale, University of Chicago, Princeton and Cornell, just to name a few. As a new chapter, we strive to make a name for ourselves at the University of Illinois.


What is one thing you would like students to know about TAMID?

Some people might think TAMID is religious due to the fact that we focus on the Israeli economy. This is an incorrect assumption; as an organization, TAMID focuses on the Israeli economy due to its rapid-growth and “high-technology sector (that is) competitively on par with Silicon Valley.” We are open to interviewing everyone and anyone, and look forward to the opportunity to diversify our chapter at Illinois.


What are you most looking forward to this upcoming school year?

I’m very excited to get this year started. In my opinion, the best part about starting an organization is gaining knowledge through experience, networking and meeting new people, and helping other students grow professionally, all while having fun. I’m most looking forward to building professional relationships and learning more about the high-powered Israeli economy.

About the author

Dylan Abrams

Year in school: Junior

Studying: Consumer Economics and Finance

Contact: dylanra2@illinois.edu

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