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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
As an undergraduate and a graduate student, I worked as a technical supervisor with ASU Public Events, managing lighting for shows at ASU Gammage, Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium. In that role, I forged friendships that continue to this day. I also learned to balance a full-time job with a full course load. It taught me to work hard, to plan and to prioritize the things that matter most. Now that I work in a demanding job, have community commitments and am raising two young sons, those lessons are critically important.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
I loved ASU because the faculty truly cares about the students, their dreams and careers they will build once they finish school. I learned my craft at ASU, and my courses gave me a good grasp of the theory behind the work, but also how to put that theory into practice. A finance degree from ASU, and the relationships faculty and administrators have with the business community, open a lot of doors.
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
I knew I wanted to be in a profession that helps people, and that I loved working with finance. ASU helped me put the two together. Today, I help people build the financial strategies that make their dreams possible, and it’s incredibly rewarding.
Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association.
I’ve been on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for seven years, and serve as the liaison to the ASU Foundation Investment Committee, which oversees Alumni Association funds. I relish being part of the university’s work to give back to its students and the community, and that commitment is one of many reason I’m a proud Sun Devil.
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
My family attended Night of the Open Door this spring, and it’s a great showcase of the incredible work being done at ASU. We were amazed by the research projects, and by the students’ talent, creativity and commitment. My boys even had a chance to “land” a virtual Mars module. It’s hard to beat a Sun Devil football game on a beautiful Arizona day, and you should never miss an opportunity to hear ASU President Michael M. Crow speak. His vision for a New American University, for our country, and for our global community, are truly inspiring.