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Parallels

Herbert J. McCooey, Jr. ’76, P’04, P’09

McCooey is a retired member of the N.Y. Stock Exchange and a former managing director at Bear Wagner Specialists, LLC.

1. What qualities do you need to be successful in the financial industry? You’ve got to be nimble; markets change quickly so you better be able to change, too.

2. What’s the best financial advice you’ve ever received? Buy a seat on the NYSE.

3. What advice would you give to a student who wants to work in finance? Get your foot in the door; you’ll find your way eventually.

4. Describe Wall Street in three words. Competitive, misunderstood and maligned.

5. What makes a great leader? Someone who surrounds himself with smart people and actually listens to them.

6. What is your work philosophy? Treat everyone fairly so they treat you the same way.

7. What quality do you most value in your friends? I like people who can listen and laugh.

8. What does success mean to you? Success is the ability to look in the mirror and say I did a good job, treated people fairly and it paid off.

9. What’s your proudest achievement? I have a lovely wife and terrific kids.

10. Is it more important to be lucky or skillful? That’s easy, lucky!

11. What’s the last book you read? The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

12. What keeps you awake at night? I’m worried that my kids won’t have the same opportunities that were available when I was their age.

Dominic Carazza ’15

A senior, Carazza has already secured employment after graduation as an analyst in the Diversified Industries Group at J.P. Morgan. An English and economics double major, he is a member of the investment club, works in the Office of Admissions, and is a recipient of the Lewis H. Elliott Memorial Scholarship.

1. What qualities do you need to be successful in the financial industry? Perhaps most important is the ability to adapt.

2. What’s the best financial advice you’ve ever received? Begin investing as early as possible.

3. What advice would you give to a student who wants to work in finance? Try it. There are plenty of misconceptions about Wall Street; I just happen to love the differences.

4. Describe Wall Street in three words. Fluid, engaging and impressive.

5. What makes a great leader? Perspective and the ability to put faith in those around you.

6. What is your work philosophy? It’s simple and cliché, but to do everything to the best of my ability.

7. What quality do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.

8. What does success mean to you? Being able to live a life that you’ve dreamt of.

9. What’s your proudest achievement? Being elected president of the Delta Chi fraternity.

10. Is it more important to be lucky or skillful? Lucky.

11. What’s the last book you read? The Trial by Franz Kafka.

12. What keeps you awake at night? Planning for the future.

 

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