Featured Alumnus: Tom Tkachuk
Tom Tkachuk, a former infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, is no stranger to hard work. After his honorable discharge from active duty in August of 2010, Tom knew that to be competitive in the current job market, he would need an advanced degree. Already working full time, Tom decided that enrolling in UALR’s MBA program was the key to getting his post-military career on track.
At UALR, Tom began learning from distinguished Finance and Accounting professors like Dr. Andy Terry and getting involved in professional enrichment activities. He joined a team of three other UALR graduate students to compete in the Global Investment Research Challenge, going up against teams from schools such as U of A-Fayetteville, Hendrix, and the University of Memphis. Each team had to complete a financial analysis of a publicly traded company and present their investment recommendation to a board of CFAs. The first UALR team to ever compete in the event, Tomâ€™s team finished in an impressive second place. This experience piqued Tom’s interest in financial analysis, and he began pursuing this as a possible career field.
Another interest of Tomâ€™s, entrepreneurship, came from his father and brother, who started a successful mechanical contracting business in their native Nebraska. Tom advanced his entrepreneurial skills by participating in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition. During his final semesters of graduate school, he developed a product, wrote a business plan, and began actively seeking investors to help bring his product to market. Despite significant interest from distributors and investors, Tom was unable to launch the business. However, this experience strengthened his desire to follow his father’s lead and operate a small business.
After graduating in the spring of 2012, Tom attended the “Hire Our Heroes” event for transitioning military members, where he spoke with a fellow Marine at the Edward Jones Investments booth. This Marine detailed the benefits of working at Edward Jones and the freedom he had as a financial advisor. A short time later, Tom joined Edward Jones as a full-time financial advisor. Today, he still enjoys his work with the company and the opportunities it affords him, explaining that “Edward Jones provides me with all the support I need, but allows me to operate as a small business owner. I’m so glad that I am able to experience both of my passions that got started during my time at UALR. I couldn’t be happier!”
Tom often visits UALR to spend time with the faculty that helped him achieve his goals. He is also very active in recruiting UALR graduates to Edward Jones Investments.
Thomas James Tkachuk earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2006. While an infantry officer for 2nd Battalion 7th Marines, Tom deployed twice in four years and was awarded two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals for his professional achievement and superior performance.
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