Graduate students share advice, favorite memories and how they’ve been impacted by their UD experience
What is your current occupation, and what are some of your responsibilities in that role?
I am a vice president, senior financial advisor and senior portfolio advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management. For my clients, I act as their personal CFO and worry about their families, futures and finances so they don’t have to.
What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree at UD?
I pursued my degree at UD because of the flexibility of the program and the focused curriculum around finance, both on the corporate and the investment sides. This two-tiered focus of corporate finance and investment management made the decision to attend UD a no-brainer.
How has the University of Dallas helped you advance your career?
The M.S. finance track has helped ‘fill the financial gaps’ in my knowledge base, which has allowed me to deliver better guidance and advice to my clients.
I had the opportunity to take “Business and Society” with Professor Ed Hardin. I really enjoyed his class, as it forced students to think outside the box and pay keen attention to the impact our business decisions have on all stakeholders. As for my core finance classes, my favorite professor was Dr. Fernando Arellano. His focus on applying valuation and modeling techniques in a real-world context was especially beneficial, as it blended financial theory with practical applications.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
My advice to current and future students is to speak up and participate in class. Learning is a collaborative process, and you’ll get the most out of your time and energy if you participate in discussions and ask tough questions of your professors and your peers.
Fun facts about Chris:
I’m an avid outdoorsman and enjoy spending my free time on the water — surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and diving. When not in the water, you can find me exploring a new city (likely outside of the U.S.) or hiking/biking on challenging terrain.