WHAT I DO NOW: I am an investment banker and institutional money manager.
MY WORK/JOB CONSISTS OF: I work with Fortune 500 companies to manage their investment portfolios and capital formation for mergers, acquisitions and growth.
HOW I GOT FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT: I started as an investment portfolio manager and later changed to the "sell side" of investments. My work with large corporations and government agencies brought a specialization in institutional investments to the table. My business partners brought C-suite management consulting and capital markets expertise. Our company works with corporations and the executives that manage them.
HOW I GOT TO LSUS (OR WHY I CHOSE LSUS): My master's degree started at another university, but my job transferred me to Louisiana. Luckily, LSUS was within 20 minutes of my new office.
FOND MEMORIES OF LSUS: My memories are dulled by the lack of sleep: full time job, young marriage, new baby daughter, and 6-12 hours per semester of MBA classes.
LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME: The late Dr. John Burton and Dr. Terrence Clauretie
HOW LSUS HELPED ME SUCCEED: My MBA studies occurred prior to the current dilution of the degree with eMBA/Executive MBA initiatives around the US. Over the years, I have grown in appreciation of the comprehensive and holistic approach in my LSUS MBA studies. They equipped me with both theory and actual analysis tools. These have served me well.
ADVICE TO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS: Discover your passion and pursue it. Don't enter a degree plan because of parental desires, the hope for monetary gain, or "it is an easy degree." Love what you do. Take your education seriously. Aggressively manage your degree plan. Get to know your professors outside the classroom. Visit their offices often, but not to butter them up. Be professional and an adult. Build a long-term, expansive network of peers, alumni, and faculty... and stay close to them forever. Partying or sleeping your way through college wastes the biggest opportunity of your life.
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER MY FIELD: Study the cello or learn to fish. I don't need more competition from some smart kid graduating from LSUS!
TIPS ON CHOOSING A CAREER OR MAJOR:
See the advice above.
MY TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLEGE:
The simultaneous and rapidly-changing SEC regulations, development of increasingly complex investment instruments, and the globalization of financial markets.
MY TOUGHEST PERSONAL CHALLENGE:
Learning how to order a simple cup of coffee at Starbucks
SUCCESSES IN MY LIFE:
My ego is big enough; I won't list them.
I'VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE:
No one gets out alive. Enjoy your life. Laugh often.
WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD:
I'd open a bicycle rental, t-shirt- sales and BBQ shop on a beach in a village in the Caribbean. I'd never wear socks, drive a car or pay taxes again. I would have a dog named Fozzie; I would teach him Spanish and how to uncork a bottle of wine for me. (You said "all the time in the world")