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Tell us how life has changed since you left SPX.Life has changed dramatically since I graduated from St. Pius X in 2009. I lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for seven years and just moved back to Houston a year ago. Houston has always been home for me, so I wanted to be close to my family after being away for so long. I just got involved in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I am a member of the Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce as well as Rotary International.
What college(s) did you go to? What was your major?I went to TCU in Fort Worth and I majored in marketing with a minor in finance.
Tell us about your work with Mass Mutual Financial Group.
We do comprehensive financial planning, but I primarily focus on the risk management side/income protection. Building a financial castle is great, but what good is it if you don't have a mote to protect it? I am also working to become a Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?
I truly get to help people and make a difference in their lives financially both now and in the future as they plan for retirement. A career as a financial services representative gives you the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the financial well-being of individuals and their families.
What has been the most difficult part of working to make sure what you do every day makes an impact?
My job is to help people secure their financial future, so everything I do with the families and business owners I work with has a positive impact.
Whom do you admire and why?
I admire my grandfather because he is a self-made man. He started his career as a carpenter and transitioned into construction. He worked for a few companies until he joined a group of construction and architecture professionals, and is one of the founders of Mace Group, a global consultancy and construction firm. The company managed and delivered some notable projects including the London Eye and the Shard tower above the London Bridge Station. He has always been an inspiration to me and taught me that nothing in this world is handed to you.
What is one of your favorite memories of SPX?
I had a lot of good memories at St. Pius X, but one that stands out for me is when I was a freshman and had a playoff with another member of the golf team to make the last position on the varsity squad and I won. Also, when some friends and I piled into my truck and went to Temple for the 2008 state championship and we defeated Bishop Lynch.
What is one of the most important lessons you took away from SPX?
The most important lesson I took away from St. Pius X is understanding that the teachers at SPX truly do care about your future. Everything they do and say is in your benefit to ensure you have the best chance at success. I also learned self-advocacy and I carried that with me to college.
What were you involved in as a student at SPX?
I was involved in Student Council; I was a member of the National Honor Society and I was on the varsity golf team.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy golfing with my friends, riding horses, hunting, fishing and going out with friends.
How did your SPX education prepare you for college and your career?
SPX truly is a college preparatory school. I immediately noticed this when I got to college and I realized how much more prepared I was compared to my peers that graduated from other schools. The work ethic you are taught at St. Pius X prepares you for the work load you are given in college. It provides you with organizational skills and teaches you how to manage your time effectively.
What advice would you share with new SPX graduates?
Do not take anything for granted in this life and especially, when preparing for your career. You must focus and work hard to get where you want to be and to accomplish the goals you set for yourself. If you haven't set goals, then do so. You should create an overall vision for yourself for where you see yourself in 5, 10 and 15 years down the road. Also, creating tactics that you need to accomplish on a daily and weekly basis to accomplish those goals that will ultimately help you achieve your vision.
What does it mean to you to be an SPX Alumni?
It means good friends, great memories and outstanding teachers that made my journey through college possible. Because of St. Pius X, I got into TCU and I will be forever grateful.
Which SPX teacher made the most lasting impact on you?
All of the teachers played a role in my development throughout my high school career. One very passionate teacher was Mr. Galligan. I remember taking his speech class freshman year. He taught me how to properly communicate with people both socially and professionally.