Brothers and Sisters
Friends and Mentors
Ryan Lester ’05
Ryan Lester ’05 is advertising and promotions manager
for the U.S. Soccer Federation. He oversees marketing for
the men’s and women’s national teams, constructing media
campaigns and directing creative design and ad placement
— a “dream job.” An internship with the National Lacrosse
League’s Philadelphia Wings led to fulltime work with
parent company Comcast-Spectacor. Promoted to marketing
manager for its subsidiary, Global Spectrum, Ryan coordinated
events for San José State University’s Spartan Stadium.
Outsider, rebel, entrepreneur
or team player A bit of a rebel-team player. I like to think
outside of the box, love brainstorming
activities and I’m a go-getter. I find that
including other members within my
department definitely makes it easier
to accomplish the object or goal.
Favorite quote “Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute,
an hour, a day or a week. If I quit however,
that lasts for a lifetime.”
— Lance Armstrong
Career satisfaction I am very happy with how I
have progressed through
the sports world. I’m
26 [and] have had
the chance to live
across the U.S., gain
a ton of knowledge
on running sports
teams and managing
arenas. I couldn’t
Industry future I see soccer in the
U.S. continuing to
grow. The team is
primed for a great run
in the 2010 Fédération
Internationale de Football
World Cup in South
Africa. We also are bidding
on hosting the World Cup
here in the states.
John Russo ’00
John Russo ’00 is a vice president for Fidelity Advisor Funds
through Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Co. Inc.
(FIIS), in Smithfield, R.I. He sells mutual fund products through
financial institutions, planners, insurance and wire house firms
throughout southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. Before
working for Fidelity, he was a sales representative for MBNA
America Bank of Wilmington, Del.
Role JWU played in your career
It was JWU that first set up an interview for me with a senior
sales executive at Fidelity Investments. This eventually led to
an internship and then to a full-time job. Had I not been
introduced to Fidelity through JWU, I might be in a very
different place today.
Impact of participation in sports Men’s soccer allowed me to build great
relationships and work in a team.
Teamwork and relationships are crucial
to my current role and career in general
at Fidelity Investments.
Best advice Dance like no one is watching. Sing like
no one is listening. Love like you’ve never
been hurt and live like it’s heaven on
Earth ... originally from Mark Twain, but I first heard
it during one of my classes with the late Prof. Frank
Tomassi, DBA I can still visualize him saying this today.
Formula for work-life balance I make a conscious effort to work while I’m
working and to be with family while I’m
with family. Having the support of loved
ones is very comforting both personally
Favorite quote “Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and
looks like work.”
— Thomas A. Edison
Jacqueline Kelly ’93
Jacqueline Kelly ’93 is executive chef at Jerry Remy’s Sports
Bar & Grill in Boston, Mass. Her culinary talents have been on
display at Bravo restaurant in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts,
The Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar at the Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Jacqueline has
appeared on NBC’s “TODAY” show and catered the Ryder
Cup, Wachovia Golf Championships and the U.S. Open.
Lessons learned at JWU Everyone has the same degree in culinary. It’s the hard
work, dedication and commitment that will set you apart
Memorable JWU experience
Being a member of the JWU culinary
team. It taught me about teamwork, being
able to take constructive criticism and
learn from it. Dedication will pay off.
Career advice for new alumni I can only speak for young
chefs, but I would say stop
wanting to be the next “Top
Chef” or Food Network
star. Be a cook first.
websites www.grubstreet.com, www.bostonchefs.com, www.zagat.com
I am lucky that
I was a cook for
many years in some
great restaurants. I
also worked in Italy,
which was a great
experience for a young
cook and gave me great
insight on food.
Books on your
nightstand “The Yankee Years” by Joe Torre
and “The Foie Gras Wars”
by by Mark Caro
James B. Norton IV, MBA, ’00
James Norton IV, MBA, ’00 is senior vice president of Branch
Banking & Trust Co. (BB&T) Commercial Real Estate Lending
in Atlanta, Ga. He manages a commercial loan portfolio with
assets in excess of $1.3 billion, and banking relationships with
large commercial developers of hotels, shopping centers,
office buildings and industrial complexes across the nation.
James is a member of the National Association of Industrial
and Office Properties (NAIOP) and was a guest panelist and
moderator for the 2010 Databank Inc. Real Estate Symposium.
Role JWU played in your career I have financed several hotel projects across the country and
find that my hospitality management education brings added
value to my client relationships within the hospitality sector.
Career satisfaction Absolutely. If somebody would have told me 10 years ago
that I would hold a senior-level position with one of the
nation’s largest financial institutions before I turned
30 years old, I’m pretty sure I would have told
them that they were crazy.
Formula for work-life balance I personally struggle with it daily, but I have
picked up several hobbies — golf, travel,
fly-fishing — which help me maintain my sanity.
Today’s forecast for the banking industry is
partly cloudy. In my opinion, there is nothing but
an up side in my business at this point.
Rebel, entrepreneur or dedicated
team player All of the above.
Qualities most admired in others Honest, dependable and driven
individuals. I am also intrigued by
people who possess excellent public