From the offices of Cassaday & Co. in McLean, Radford University Board of Visitors member Stephan Cassaday '76 reached out to his alma mater on Tuesday in an inspirational session with more than 50 students as part of the COBE (College of Business and Economics) 150 Speaker Series.
"People who are willing to move out of their comfort zones will be successful," said Cassaday, owner of a wealth management firm that supervises more than $1 billion in assets for its clients and was recently named by Barron's magazine as a top 100 independent financial advisor. "You know you are out of your comfort zone when you get that funny feeling in your tummy."
Cassaday, who also serves on the COBE Advisory Council, cited the entrepreneurial spirit as a hallmark of the Radford experience and pointed out that each student has family friends and associates who can act as "centers of influence" for them as they begin their careers.
"These people can help you if you reach out to them professionally," he said. "They are a conduit to hundreds of prospects and opportunities."
Students listened raptly as Cassaday spoke to them by an Internet video connection. "It gives me great confidence that I can follow his path to success," said Brittany Perry of Virginia Beach, a senior majoring in finance, accounting and management major.