No matter where he lived, Jason Stronz always knew he would return to Jamestown.
“My and my wife’s affinity for Western New York brought us home,” Stronz said. “We wanted to start and raise our family near the people who love us, and who we love, most.”
A graduate of Jamestown High School, Stronz received his bachelor’s degree in English at Allegheny College and went on to receive his MBA in Management from Lake Erie College in 2005.
While in college, Stronz actually had the opportunity to intern for Courier Capital Corporation and offered some advice for students interested in a finance career.
“College is more than a place to earn a degree. You will likely forge your strongest friendships and build the foundations of your professional mindset and professional network while in college,” Stronz said. “Be prepared, be picky and be persistent. A diverse curriculum will prepare you for the real world of finance.”
Following a brief stint in collegiate athletics, Stronz returned to Jamestown in 2009 and accepted a position with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.
During his time with JRC, Stronz was responsible for the financial oversight of urban design and neighborhood revitalization initiatives, as well as managing over $3 Million in grant-funded downtown development projects and tasks. Although rewarding, Stronz wanted to get back to his roots.
In November 2012, Stronz accepted a job with Courier Capital Corporation as an investment consultant. In this role, he helps clients define personal objectives and constructs appropriate investment portfolio solutions. He also develops and executes operating plans consistent with his firm’s strategic initiatives for client service and development.
“Each day provides new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow,” he said.
Stronz also expressed the importance of students not giving up on their dream job.
“Don’t stop applying for jobs that interest you or will advance your career. You may hear nothing back. You may receive a boiler plate rejection letter. You may lose out after rounds of rigorous interviews. Don’t give up on the process.”
This is part of a series focusing on students who have received scholarship assistance from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and have returned to the area to live and work. If you were a scholarship recipient and want to share your story, contact Sarah Marciniak at , 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current high school seniors or college students interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities available through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation can learn more here. Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 school- year and are due June 1.