For some people who are born or raised in the Midwest heart of St. Louis, succeeding in the Big Apple can feel like a stretch. For business teacher Andy Lange, he wanted to show his students that careers in the finance capital of the world are within their reach.
Thanks to alumni connections and support from generous donors, 12 students spent three days meeting with successful Spartans and exploring the highlights offered by New York City. They received gracious hospitality from the Leo House, Cookie Dough Confections, and Xavier High School as well as Ryan Hormberg ’06, Dan Kramer ’80, Pete Kraemer ’84, Ken Moynihan ’84, Matt Sawicki ’01, Bud Schreiber ’76, and Steve Valentino ’84.
“My favorite moment of the New York trip was the time we spent in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), as well as our meeting with Mr. Valentino at the top floor of Deutsche Bank’s skyscraper,” said Nicholas Blattel ’19.
“I went into the trip knowing I was going to go into finance, but I was uncertain about which concentration I was going to focus on. After the trip and after talking to multiple successful alumni, I decided that I am going to pursue a career in the investment banking sector."
"The trip definitely impacted my future career.”
In addition to the informative conference room sessions and alumni receptions, the business-minded Spartans enjoyed riding the subway, walking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, eating lunch in China Town, attending a Broadway show at the Lyceum Theatre, and visiting the 9/11 Memorial.
“These guys were only a year old at the time of the events,” observed Mr. Lange. “When 9/11 happened, I was exactly where they are now—a senior at De Smet Jesuit. It was pretty cool to share that while standing at the memorial fountains that used to be towers one and two.”
When asked about major takeaways from this experience, students reiterated the shared theme that hard work was the key to success.
“My best piece of advice that I learned,” said Mitchell Umbeck ’19 “was that in life you will have many careers but you will not achieve any of those by slacking off. You must work incredibly hard to get where those men are today.”
For more information on the recent trip to New York, the Ignatian Business Leaders (business club), or business courses offered at De Smet Jesuit, please contact Andy Lange. For more information about our alumni, please contact Patrick Morris, Director of Alumni Relations.
De Smet Jesuit would like to offer a special thanks to the following alumni, individuals, and corporations for their generous hospitality, networking opportunities, and cross-generational brotherhood.
James Greico, The Greico Group
Ryan Hormberg ’06, Moment Design
Pete Kraemer ’84, Chief Supply Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Dan Kramer ’80, Wealth Strategies Group
Ken Moynihan ’84, LT Apparel
Lauren Simmons, Rosenblatt Securities
Steve Valentino ’84, Deutsche Bank
Matt Sawicki ’01, USGA
Bud Schreiber ’76, Brown Brothers Harriman
Kristen Tomlan, DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections
The Leo House
Xavier High School
Photos courtesy of Jake Angus, Jeff Cernicek, and Andy Lange.