Daniel Pierce ‘10 is an investments compliance specialist at Genworth Financial in New York City, and is part of our cadre of Washington Alumni Admissions Volunteers.
had big plans for a financial career even before he started college, so he knew that the unique opportunity to work with the Alex. Brown Investment Fund at Washington College would help to give him the experience he needed for success.
A business management major and member of the varsity rowing team, Daniel made time during his busy senior year to initiate an independent study on investments using the Alex. Brown Investment Fund. The fund was created by W. James Price IV, a former partner and managing director of Alex. Brown & Sons and a member of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, to give Washington College’s business students an edge in launching careers in finance. Working in his free time alongside fellow senior Adam Blitzer, two other students, and a faculty advisor, Daniel managed to grow the fund from less than $400,000 to more than $430,000 despite a depressed economy during his four months on the project.
Daniel, who aspires to become a buy-side financial analyst, asserts that managing the Alex. Brown Fund in college gave him a “taste of what that career would be like” because it involved the same kind of research required on the job. He now works in Connecticut for one of the “Big Four” professional service firms as a compliance analyst. Daniel says he is gaining “really priceless experience” at the firm, and is planning to continue his education in finance. He is currently studying for the first of three notably difficult CFA exams in order to become a Chartered Financial Analyst.
In this economy, Daniel says working in financial investment is like “living on the edge,” but he is confident that his education, his experience with the Alex. Brown Investment Fund, and skills learned in his new career will help him to continue to successfully navigate the financial market. He says, “The relationships I cultivated with professors, staff, and coaches at Washington College have proven to be more valuable than my degree alone.”
- Major: Business Management
- Athletics: Men’s Rowing