Athletes Apply a Drive to Win Toward Their Professional Success
On January 29, 2017 in Springfield, MO, Eric Clark, a Principal and Senior Wealth Advisor at Boyer & Corporon Wealth Management (BCWM), was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as part of the entire University of Central Missouri (UCM) baseball program. The induction recognizes UCM’s two national championships, as well as the success of the program as a whole. Eric is part of an enshrinement class that includes Kansas City Royals great Amos Otis, St. Louis Cardinals star Vince Coleman, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, former University of Missouri – Columbia football coach Warren Powers and many more.
Eric on stage receiving his plaque.
“I am honored to have been a part of the University of Central Missouri baseball program, and grateful for having been blessed with both the ability and opportunity to play sports at the collegiate level. I didn’t know at the time how beneficial that experience would be in my professional life,” says Eric.
Athletes who competed in collegiate programs, like Eric and other BCWM team members, share certain qualities that compel them to play an important role in both team and professional environments. Whether a team captain or player, an athlete works hard to improve his or her skills necessary to win such as teamwork, decision making under pressure, time management, mental fortitude, focus, and determination. Playing at the collegiate level provides opportunities to hone those skills, which naturally shift to the workplace after graduation.
Eric and his class of inductees with Jim Crane (left of Eric).
“I feel like I was a just a small part of the University of Central Missouri baseball program. Yet, my small part, along with other players’ contributions over the years, culminated in the program’s long-term success. My involvement with, and dedication to, the UCM team prepared me for my professional career as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®),” explains Eric. “I have had a passion for sports from a young age. I believe my early passion stemmed primarily from my eagerness to not only compete, but to win. Looking back now, I realize playing sports, particularly at the collegiate level, accelerated my maturation in social skills, conflict resolution and goal setting. It taught me the value of perseverance, sportsmanship and being reliable, humble, confident, and committed to something greater than myself. All of those qualities reflect BCWM’s approach to serving our clients.”
Eric isn’t the only former collegiate athlete at BCWM. Mindy Corporon, Managing Member and Co-Founder who serves as Chief Executive Officer, is a former college cheerleader who competed at the national level. BCWM’s first collegiate athlete hire was Laura Carley, Vice President of Investment Operations & Research Analyst and Principal, who excelled as a soccer goalkeeper for Marquette University and was an academic All-American. Eric was hired next, then Cindy Wysong, Wealth Advisor, who competed as a shooting guard for the Baker University basketball team.
“Without realizing it, we had created a team of individuals who already share values consistent with our firm’s values, including integrity, clear communication, self-starting, team focused, continuous learning and community service. These same principles are uniquely associated with being a collegiate athlete. After hiring three former collegiate athletes, we recognized this tended to be a pattern for us,” says Mindy. “At this point, we knew we must be drawn to this type of work ethic and level of perfection in ‘competing for the win.’ A ‘win’ at BCWM is to give our clients financial peace of mind.”
The next collegiate athlete to join the BCWM team was Associate Director of Investment Operations & Research Analyst, Cory Bloodgood, a highly decorated Missouri State University wrestler. Then, Matt Munoz, a former Kansas State University band member, joined us as our Para Planner. In 2015, Brittani Price, a Division 1 collegiate gymnast who was a two-year starter on the University of Missouri – Columbia’s gymnastics team, became our Director of First Impressions.
“Of course, not every member of our team competed in college athletics, but each one applies that same internal drive toward their professional success to achieve our number one goal of scoring a win, which is managing our clients’ financial legacy with care. That is just as valuable to us and our clients as awards and recognitions are,” states Mindy.