When Colin Daddino ’11 first visited the Santa Clara University campus on a family vacation, he was not considering attending college in California. First attracted to the beauty of the campus and its location in the Bay Area, he later was drawn in by the University’s academic offerings and its highly rated Leavey School of Business.
Today, Colin prepares for graduation, with a major in finance and a minor in economics, and then will return to his home on the East Coast to work as a junior equity research analyst with a New York-based money management firm. He credits his Santa Clara professors with giving him insight into the real world of finance and business.
“Several of my professors stoked a passion for finance that had always been there,” he said. “They were good teachers who furthered my interest by giving me the tools and motivation I needed to be successful.” Several professors made phone calls and wrote emails on his behalf when he was seeking internships. “I was not just another face in the classroom,” Colin said.
He was especially influenced by Sharath Sury, dean’s executive professor of finance; George Chacko, associate professor of finance; and Mario Belotti, professor of economics. Colin added that professors at Santa Clara have practical business experience, not just academic credentials, and many of them with Silicon Valley companies working on emerging technology. “Their successes motivate you to do well,” he said.
While a student at Santa Clara, he worked on campus in various jobs, including one as the business manager for The Santa Clara newspaper and staffing the information desk in the learning commons. He excelled in his business studies, as evidenced by a nomination for the “Outstanding Student in Finance Award” and his role as junior advisory board member and founding member of the SCIFIRM (Santa Clara Initiative for Innovation and Risk Management).
Once he makes the transition from student to alumni, Colin says he will forever appreciate his Santa Clara experience and the Jesuit philosophy of education. He says, “I’d like to give back to education, perhaps eventually helping fund scholarships.”