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Recent Alumnus Finds Opportunity at Financial Firm

by Office of Marketing | Jan 30, 2015
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Less than a year after graduating from the University of Valley Forge (UVF), Rob Howell ‘14 joined the national financial firm of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. Janney is the largest Philadelphia-based full-service financial services firm. It provides financial services to individuals, families, institutions and corporations. In 2014, the firm was ranked on Barron's magazine list of "Top 40 Wealth Managers." Howell works in Janney’s account services department, where he is applying the knowledge he obtained from his bachelor's degree in business management from UVF.

Howell assists with the management of client accounts. He creates the accounts in the company’s system and transfers accounts that are moving from other financial companies to Janney. He makes sure the client accounts are accurate and updated. Janney has been a good fit for the recent graduate. "Janney wants to put you in a place that you like and where you will succeed," Howell said. He is excited about his position and the opportunities presented within the financial world.  

Howell's transition from college student to professional in the working world has been eye opening but smooth. "I like the atmosphere of having a job. It is structured and goal oriented," he said. "I like that each day builds off the previous and I get to continue what I began." His professors and courses at UVF helped Howell prepare for his first post-college job. He gained the necessary tools to succeed in a competitive business, skills such as problem-solving, understanding business practices and utilizing ethical values.

The business program at UVF provides a Christian higher education that not only prepares students for their desired vocation but also teaches moral values. “Valley Forge helps shape you into a person with integrity and honesty,” Howell said. He added that the Christian foundation of the business program teaches "a good work ethic, which other colleges might not necessarily teach. That has helped me prepare for the workforce."

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