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Jay Binderim, MBA

What I do now:
I provide financial advice and wealth management services to individuals, endowments/foundations, and retirement plans. I'm a partner at an independent registered investment advisory (RIA) firm.

My work/job consists of:
Understanding the needs and goals of a client and building a solution that gives the greatest chance of success

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
Most of my career has been in banking. I began working for a local community bank, then eventually worked at a regional bank as a portfolio manager for five years. I obtained my CFA designation while in that role. I was able to meet other local CFA charterholders who were looking for that gold standard within the finance industry.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
The MBA program fit my needs of higher education at an affordable price. It also allowed me to work while obtaining the degree.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I married my beautiful wife Trichel on the same day as graduation! It was the starting point of our amazing journey of building a family.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
I really enjoyed the marketing class taught by Dr. Wolfgang Hinck. He was German and pretty funny. All the teachers and faculty were great, although I did take a few courses online.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
The MBA program helped me sharpen my business skills and learn how to collaborate better in group settings.

Advice to college-bound students:
Enjoy the experience, make the most of your time because it goes by fast!

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Never stop learning. That curiosity will push your career as far as you want to go!

Tips on choosing a major or career:
When choosing a career, first define what you think success is, look for professionals who exhibit that definition, learn from them, redefine what success looks like for you, and repeat.

My toughest professional challenge:
Doing the best I can to manage client expectations about the markets. It's easier to focus on things you can control.

My toughest personal challenge:
Trying to keep my golf game around par!

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Chartered Financial Analyst designation received August 2014

I've learned this from life:
Family is a blessing and being a Dad is hard work, but brings so much joy and laughter. Trust is the foundation to any relationship.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Establish more relationships with more people, spend more time with family, read more, play more golf, the list goes on and on...

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