Matthew Jos, East Leyden Graduate (2011)
Posted by Michael Haworth on 5/9/2022 7:00:00 AM
What business or tech classes did you take?
Sports Marketing, Economics, Statistics
What degree did you get in college?
Where did you attend college?
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Who do you work for?
Concord Development Partners
What is your job title?
Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets
What do you do in your current position?
As VP of Finance and Capital Markets my day to day includes contacting investors, lenders, and management companies to create new and foster existing relationships for the acquisition and development of commercial real estate assets as well as create and review financial metrics, underwriting assumptions, and financial reporting on those assets.
What do you like about your current position?
It's a rewarding, entrepreneurial role within a small company where the team relies on me to execute my responsibilities. The goals of the company cannot be achieved unless I pull my weight and execute.
What advice do you have for current high school students?
Create a plan for your future - 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 30 years - where do you want to be and how are you going to get there? The end goal isn't going to be a straight line. There's going to be road blocks and speed bumps throughout your entire career from high school all throughout your professional career. Business takes tenancy, a positive mind, and a lot of luck. Don't be discouraged if you don't get into your dream college or don't land that perfect job immediately. Everything takes time and there's never a lack of development opportunities; you may just need to go outside your comfort zone to achieve it. There's always a lesson to be learned and there is no success without failure.
What else do you want Leyden students to know?
Don't think that where you're from or your background is indicative of where you're going to end up. I am a first-generation American from two immigrant parents who traveled to the United States. English was their second language, neither went to college in the traditional sense, and although they supported me in my decision making, I was never handed anything. I went on to graduate top 10 in my class at East Leyden, achieved a Finance degree from one of the prominent business schools in the country, and landed a career in private equity investments. Whether you decide to go to trade school, college, the military, or any other industry, success isn't given, it's earned, especially for those in the Leyden community. My advice is to have a plan for your future, make sound decisions, and never be afraid to have a first one in, last one to leave mentality - that's where success is created.