MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY
City National Rochdale / Cort & Associates, Inc.
Senior Advisor / President
DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH
When I graduated from SU, I worked full time at Ford Motor Credit Corporation and also attended graduate school full time at the University of MD. During that year I completed all of my requirements for an M.A., in Latin American History, and wrote 3 chapters of my thesis. Business called and I never did finish that degree, but I went to work for Xerox, staying 6 years and then leaving to go to work for Omni International Corporation as an aircraft salesman. I did complete an MBA at Johns Hopkins in 1982. I worked at Omni for 6 years and then established Cort & Associates, Inc. We function as brokers, buying and selling corporate and commercial aircraft on behalf of our clients. In 2007 I was recruited by Rochdale investment Management as an Advisor. In 2011 Rochdale was acquired by City National Bank of Los Angeles, CA and in 2015 City National was acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada. My position at City National Rochdale has been quite interesting and we have developed a robust practice in assisting high net worth clients with their investment needs.
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY
Determination and perseverance are important in all aspects of life. The wonderful Faculty at the then very small (750 students in 1967) Salisbury State College encouraged us to utilize our talents, not to relent in our efforts and to be determined in making our place in the world. I've carried this with me during my 45+ years in business.`
WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
Phi Alpha Theta, Circulo Quijote
BEST COLLEGE MEMORY
There are too many to name, but the great friends that I made have been in tact for many years and I expect that they will continue for the foreseeable future.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
When I graduated from high school most of my fellow graduates went to either the University of MD or Montgomery College. I wanted to be a bit different, and my Dad encouraged me to go to a smaller school with an active campus life. We visited SU in my senior year and I was convinced that was where I wanted to go vs. the University of MD.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Opportunity, Competence and Excellence - SU presents a great opportunity for its students to develop competence based upon it's excellent Faculty and facilities. Though it is a much changed place since I attended, I always have a wonderful feeling when I am on Campus knowing that SU is a place that can make a difference in an individual's positive development.
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
Martha's Vineyard - it's beautiful, quiet, peaceful yet provides many things to do for active folks.
Definitely being the proud parents, along with my wife Lisa, of two terrific an accomplished sons.
WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
People might think that I am a workaholic, but because I love my work, it doesn't seem at all burdensome and I plan on working for a long, long time!
Reading, Long Distance Swimming, Cycling/Spinning, Golf and being with our terrific group of Family and Friends.