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Business Graduates

Ryan Kleiss, MBA

Ryan Kleiss, MBA

What I do now: I currently work as an Internal Wholesaler for American Century Investments.

My work/job consists of: I help Financial Advisors create diversified portfolios to allow them to work toward achieving their clients' long term goals.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): I was a Financial Advisor for 5 years and sought out something new in the financial service industry. I moved to Omaha to work at Pacific Life as an Internal Wholesaler on their sales desk and then moved to American Century Investments in 2014. Using my previous knowledge of working directly with clients has helped me relate to Advisors and partner with them to help build their practices.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): I found the program online. The program suited me well since I travel. It was also important to me that the program be AACSB accredited.

Fond memories of LSUS: I proposed to my girlfriend on December 17, 2015 at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie during my visit to Shreveport for graduation. I won't forget that or the great reception we got at graduation.

LSUS faculty who helped me: Dr. Vines and Dr. Bigler helped me a lot to understand new concepts and were truly great at interacting with me in my classes.

How LSUS helped me succeed: The MBA will help me stand out in the future if I seek other jobs. It also taught me valuable management techniques I can use with future promotions.

Advice to college-bound students: Find a school where you can get attention from faculty. It helps you understand a lot when you can ask a professor questions directly.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Find a few different people to shadow in the industry that do different jobs. This can really open up your eyes to jobs such as compliance, sales and management.

Tips on choosing a major or career: When picking a major, find something that you will be passionate about, but you also think will help make a positive impact for others.

My toughest professional challenge: I think trying to learn to speak in front of large groups of people after I graduated college.

My toughest personal challenge: I grew up in a small farm town in Illinois. Moving away to pursue my career goals was a challenge.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life: I have received two financial designations, my Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).

I've learned this from life: The more you put into life, the more you will get out of it. Hard work truly will pay off, but you have to be willing to do work that others aren't willing to do.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: I would like to read all the books in the world and travel the rest of my life.